“We are absolutely delighted with our wedding day and all that Kinkell Byre had to offer us!”

Tell us a little bit about planning your wedding?

It was really important to us to have a rustic wedding; that was more about us as a couple celebrating the love we have for one another, along with our friends and family. The feel of the day was more important than the decor and fancy frocks! Graeme is a farmer and Kelly rides horses so Kinkell Byre seemed like such a perfect representation of our lives.

What did you both enjoy planning?

Kelly enjoyed it more than Graeme!! Loved getting into all the small details, making our own favours, centrepieces, menus and flower arrangements.

Tell us about your wedding day. What made it special for you?

The day was magical, so personal to us. We loved every moment and our guests thought it was simply amazing, they spoke about it for weeks.

It was special for us to be surrounded by so much love coming from all our nearest and dearest.

What advice do you have for other couples planning their wedding?

Do what makes you happy! You will never get the special time back so enjoy planning everything and embrace the moments of the day.

How is married life treating you?

In terms of day to day life, its really just the same as before but we wear rings! However, there is a deeper gratitude now that we have committed our lives to one another. 

Photographer – Caroline Trotter

Supplier shout outs – Gourlay (Catering), Utopia Scotland (wedding Coord), Sugar Honey (Band), Event Bars St AndrewsWoods Coaches (Cars), Strawberry Films (Videographer), Dorothy Nowark (Humanist)


“We loved being able to make everything completely unique to us and really tried to add as much individuality as we could to our decor and our day over all.”

Tell us a little bit about planning your wedding? What inspired you to pick all the things that you did and what was most important to you both?

I’m from Newcastle, and had always thought I’d get married there, but the most important thing for both of us was to have a humanist wedding, so Scotland it was! We both agreed we didn’t want a typical wedding, and we loved the look of the barn weddings we had seen. We arranged to see a number of different venues, Kinkell being the first – immediately after seeing Kinkell we cancelled the other viewings and booked! It was perfect, as we both wanted a wedding that was personal to us, and the Byre was essentially a blank space for us to fill as we wanted. We also were quite set that we didn’t want a formal meal, so the BBQ option from our caterers was perfect.

We got engaged 10 days before Christmas 2016 and agreed not to begin wedding planning until after the New Year. We couldn’t help ourselves from doing the odd Internet venue search though and that’s how we came across Kinkell. We viewed it on the 30th December (already breaking the pact not to plan anything until after New year!) and fell instantly in love.

We booked that night and never viewed any other venues. Nicole is the youngest in her family and subsequently the last to get married so we had attended so many weddings already and knew that we wanted something completely different from anything we had seen before.

We loved being able to make everything completely unique to us and really tried to add as much individuality as we could to our decor and our day over all. Craig’s mum made all of our flower arrangements including all the bouquets, Craig’s sister make our wedding cake, Nicole’s sister painted all the pallets and wooden signs and Nicole’s best friends performed a mash up of our two favourite songs during our ceremony. The most important thing for us was making sure the whole day felt as relaxed as possible and we wanted our personalities to be evident in all our choices. 

What did you both enjoy planning?

We both loved writing our ceremony and making all the music choices. We booked a night away so that we were relaxed and could focus on just these two things and it was definitely the best decision we made. We had a couple of glasses of wine together and then started writing the ceremony which meant it was heartfelt but also comedic so it had everyone laughing and crying on the day! We are both big music lovers so planning all the music choices was so much fun! Oh and the wine sampling was pretty good too! 

Tell us about your wedding day. What made it special for you?

It was a big wedding with 180 guests all day and we were so grateful that so many of our guests decided to stay in St Andrews and nearby area for the weekend of our wedding. We are both from Edinburgh but have family in England, Canada, and Australia so there was plenty of travel involved. We booked the whole of Morton of Pitmilly countryside resort and had 90 of our friends and family around us while we got ready. 

Even Nicole’s hairdresser made the weekend trip to be there. A friend piped guests in on arrival and we had spent the day before hanging loads of photos of us and our family and friends around the venue so there was plenty for everyone to look at and chat about before the ceremony started.

After the ceremony we went for a short drive for photos and then were surprised on our return to Kinkell by a magician. Nicole’s parents had organised for him to be there to entertain guests during the drinks reception. We had 25 kids as guests all day so to keep them entertained we set up games and fancy dress in the raised barn.

We had organised with the caterers for our guests to be involved in serving their own dinner so after the starters were cleared we asked guests to look under the seats and if they had a chef’s hat or an apron then they were to make their way to the kitchen to become servers for the evening. This was one of our favourite moments of the day because the atmosphere and hilarity in the room when half the guests walked out dressed as chefs was just amazing. After dinner it was straight to dancing the night away, we don’t think the dance floor (or the bar) were empty once.

What advice do you have for other couples planning their wedding?

Just remember it is your day so go with the choices that make you happy. You are planning the happiest day of your life so don’t sweat the small stuff, those things take care of themselves! And finally, we know it’s clichéd but it really does go by so fast so make sure you take it all in!

How is married life treating you?

Nicole is still getting used to the new name but apart from that not much has changed. We are very happy and having the memories of our wedding to think back on is just perfect.

Photographer – Clear Photography

Other supplier shout outs – Scott’s Catering Services, Just Married Movies, The Riffeshers (Band), Moira Heatly (Celebrant), View from the slow Lane (Wedding Car), Andrew Mckinley (Magician), Kavelle Couture (Brides dress), Morton of Pitmilly, Event Bars St Andrews


“We are absolutely delighted with our wedding day and all that Kinkell Byre had to offer us!”

Tell us a little bit about planning your wedding?

When we got engaged, we both agreed we were in no hurry to get married too quickly, as having just bought our first flat together we were still working on renovations and wanted to take our time to make our wedding exactly how we wanted it.

Our only initial thoughts were that we wanted something that we could make unique and customise to match what we believed was a reflection of us as a couple.
Location wise, we are both from around the Aberdeen area and wanted to choose a venue neither of us had been to before and one that would hopefully be a surprise to our friends and family. Having been to so many weddings we both agreed the ones that can be the most fun are those where we’ve travelled to and made a weekend of. Ideally, we wanted a June wedding, as all the best things for us have happened in June.

With this criteria in mind we did some research of venues around Scotland and one of the first we came across was Kinkell Byre. St Andrews and Crail are both places close to our family’s hearts and we believed the area would be a great place for our guests to spend some time in. We planned a visit to Kinkell and within about 10 minutes of being in the venue we knew this was the one. There was no need to even venture elsewhere, it had everything we wanted and with a stroke of luck it had a Saturday date in June 2 years later which is exactly what we hoped for.

From then on everything seemed to flow quite easily, Sam & Sandy at Kinkell were amazing at helping us with suggestions of suppliers and steering us in the right direction. Meeting Cath at Blue Poppy, who offered such friendly advice and suggestion from her experience of Kinkell Byre, was an instant no-brainer. (She later created the most incredible swing which hung at the alter above us as we said our vows and it was an instant show stopper – if only we could have kept it forever!)

One of the most important aspects for us at our wedding was the food!! As known ‘foodies’ we wanted to make sure we gave our guests a meal to remember and wanting to steer away from the norm we had desires for an Italian feast, reason being that Amy’s family has Italian heritage and Frazer’s family just love all things Italian. We had been in touch with a few caterers with our ideas but Scott’s Catering Services was the one who stood out. Scott also travelled from Fife to Aberdeen on a Friday evening to meet with us before we had even agreed to proceed with his services which to us instantly suggested excellent service. We were able to plan and tailor our menu with Scott, and even had a tasting thrown in.

With our dining room design of long trestle tables, beautifully designed with trailing greenery by Blue Poppy, romantically lit by iLight and amazing sharing platters and pasta dishes by Scott we had our ideal Italian feast with friends and family – mangia mangia!

The rest of the venue was again so expertly lit up by Steven at iLight who designed the room with us and took control of our music on the day. In addition we used lots of jars, apple crates, empty gin & whiskey bottles with some fairy lights in, prints of some quotes from our favourite bands and also photos of us over the years with our friends and family to decorate the rest of the byre. It came together beautifully.

What did you both enjoy planning?

The fact that KB is a “blank canvas venue” means that literally everything can be personalised to match our tastes. This means that all our ideas could be incorporated into the day so I think we had the most fun coming up with quirky original ideas to really make the day feel like ours and Kinkell Byre were fantastic at accommodating any ideas we had and actively encouraged new concepts.

One of the biggest highlights for us was writing our ceremony along with our chosen humanist Dorothy Nowak. We had opted for a humanist wedding as in our experience it meant the ceremony would be personal and very ‘us’. We were so glad we went with this route as Dorothy allowed us to be part of the whole planning of it. We were able to tell our story as a couple, write some secret parts about what we love about each other, which Dorothy read out on the day as a surprise to us both, and we also wrote and exchanged our own vows. Dorothy told our story exactly as we would tell it, and our guests all commented that they were totally engrossed and that the ceremony felt so inclusive and had everyone laughing and crying (happy tears, of course) at the same time.

Tell us about your wedding day. What made it special for you?

To describe our day in one word it would be – happy! From getting ready in the morning with our respective families and bridal party to the end of the evening where the floor was full and everyone was having a great time, the entire day was simply happy.

Kinkell Byre were amazing at assisting us in the day before the wedding and on the morning of the, where Frazer could come by and ensure all the finishing touches had been seen to, before arriving with his groomsmen later in the day, so he could be relaxed and ready to get married.

Our ceremony was beautiful and personal, and we were able to incorporate some of our favourite Scottish traditions which allowed various members of our family to participate in the ceremony too.

We were blessed with a stunning day of weather, making those Kinkell Byre views all the more wonderful (which even in the rain still packs a punch), when guests mingled and enjoyed the tasty canapes with a glass of prosecco in the grounds whilst we got some stunning shots done with our photographer. Steven from iLight was an excellent master of ceremonies for the day, at no point did we ever have to think about what was going on or where we had to be as it was all taken care for us,  music cues and all. Steven introduced us to dinner welcomed by a merry crowd of friends and family who were all suitably happy and enjoying the prosecco before sitting down to the afore mentioned Italian feast. Before tucking in, our speech givers had the room in simultaneous floods of laughter and tears, adding to the fun of the day.

When the pasta had settled and the lemoncello had been drank, our guests then enjoyed the offerings of beer pong, a Scottish gin table, and, for those who caught it, the stunning Fife sunset, before dancing the night away to The Kicks (with a short break for some pizza of course).

What made your day so special?

It’s hard to pinpoint what made our wedding day/weekend/week/month/year (the build-up was as much fun as the day itself!) so special. But sharing it with the people we love the most is definitely up there. Not only on the day itself but we were able to incorporate as many people, into our wedding as we could feasibly manage. We enlisted the help of so many of our talented friends and families offerings of readings, hair design, make up, stationary design, sign making, home baking, building, crafting… the list goes on. We came to realise that we have a very talented bunch around us who we appreciate so much and who being able to incorporate into our wedding made it all the more special.

Of course in addition to this, having the venue and wedding of our dreams exactly as we both dreamed it would be was the absolute icing on the cake. It was genuinely more than we ever could have imagined.

What advice do you have for other couples planning their wedding?

Our advice would be to try and get the “big ticket” items ticked off as quickly as possible e.g. date, caterer, florist, band and drinks providers. Although this sounds obvious enough we really were grateful to have these things in the diary and deposits paid a good two years before our wedding as this offers obvious piece of mind and also meant that we had more time to consider and make real all the little personal touches we wanted to incorporate into our big day.

It’s very true what they say, the day does fly by. Our advice to anyone is to just take that minute, sit back at dinner and look at the room, stand back from the floor and watch those moves, all the people who are there are those who genuinely choose to be there for you as a couple and you want to appreciate them all too. We were so glad we opted to have a venue with that little bit of distance as, as we had hoped, the majority of our guests opted to make a weekend of it, meaning the wedding inadvertently became a 3 day event, letting us greet so many of our the guests day before as they arrived with excitement and anticipation, and on the day after where we could sit back and relax and reminisce on the wonderful day passed.

Our wedding accommodation was Morton of Pitmilly, just a 5 minute drive from the Byre offering beautiful cottages and lodges in amazing surroundings, with excellent facilities. Our families and bridal party and some more of our guests opted to stay here too which meant on the Sunday, the day after the wedding, we could host a BBQ which Morton of Pitmilly were more than willing to accommodate.

How is married life treating you?

We are loving married life, it’s been over 3 months since our wedding but our guests (and others who have only seen pictures) still want to talk about our wedding day and tell us just how much fun they had. We are still yet to go on our Honeymoon (not happening until December) so we have still managed to stay in the bubble, making the whole experience last that bit longer.

We have so many plans ahead of us that we can’t wait to become reality as we continue to build our life together and we are so glad that we will forever have the memory of our wonderful wedding at Kinkell Byre to look back on happily.

 

Photographer – Kellee Quinn Photography

Supplier shout outs – Catering/Caterhire – Scott’s Catering,  Florist – Blue Poppy,  Videographer – Chris Kelly Films,  Make Up – Samantha Cardno Make Up Artist,  Humanist – Dorothy Nowak,  Lights – iLight


“Immediately after seeing Kinkell we cancelled the other viewings and booked! It was perfect”

Tell us a little bit about planning your wedding? What inspired you to pick all the things that you did and what was most important to you both?

I’m from Newcastle, and had always thought I’d get married there, but the most important thing for both of us was to have a humanist wedding, so Scotland it was! We both agreed we didn’t want a typical wedding, and we loved the look of the barn weddings we had seen. We arranged to see a number of different venues, Kinkell being the first – immediately after seeing Kinkell we cancelled the other viewings and booked! It was perfect, as we both wanted a wedding that was personal to us, and the Byre was essentially a blank space for us to fill as we wanted. We also were quite set that we didn’t want a formal meal, so the BBQ option from our caterers was perfect.

What did you both enjoy planning?

I loved planning the more personal aspects of the day, we made a lot of our own decorations, hangover kit favour bags, and flavoured shots for guests, I’m lucky to have some amazing friends who got roped into helping. Jeff planned the catering side of things and the music, spreadsheets and technical drawings galore!  

Tell us about your day?

We got married in October, and we were so lucky that the weather was a beautiful clear day (with the odd gust of wind!) – looking out the window to see the view of the famous golf course in the morning really set the tone for the rest of the day!

Our amazing bridesmaids and ushers had helped set up the venue the day before, while we went to collect our marriage licence, and I can’t thank them enough, as it meant the morning of the wedding was completely relaxed.

It was a Scottish/English wedding, we had tried hard to reflect that through the day, from the ceremony, the personalisation of the venue, the speeches, the cocktails, even down to the props used in the photobooth! I loved that we were able to have so much of ourselves, our family and friends incorporated throughout the day!

The day flowed so smoothly, I’m a total control freak, and I never even had to think about anything – Sam from Kinkell and Stevie from iLight were outstanding, and we can’t thank them enough. Our photos from the various spots around the Byre are amazing – we barely walked anywhere, but the versatility of the surroundings made it look like we were at about 6 different locations!  

The speeches were my favourite part of the day – I had no idea what to expect, and they were just brilliant, they still make me laugh watching them back.

After dinner, we let our hair down, hit the bar hard and partied the night away with our favourite people.

What made it so special?

Our friends and family making such a brilliant effort to share our day with us – we didn’t make it easy for them, as we were asking everyone to travel to St Andrews from Glasgow, Newcastle, and further. They all were just amazing, and made our wedding day as memorable as it was. They also were very obliging to follow the lead of a very drunken bride and groom! We had put so much effort into the planning, we wanted it to feel really personal to us, and everything paid off on the day, with everything going just as planned, thanks to our wonderful suppliers.

What advice do you have for other couples planning their wedding?

Don’t get caught up in what other people want – its your day, and you’ll remember it for the rest of your life. Go with suppliers you actually like as people – you’ll be speaking to them a lot, and you need to be able to trust them. Go with your gut feelings and if you can, pay as you go along – it felt so good to be able to have things paid off well in advance of the wedding. Also, if you can, get a videographer! It was one of the last things we did, but it was honestly the best decision – there was so much of the day that we either couldn’t remember or missed, and we got to see it all on the video – worth every penny.  

How is married life treating you?

After saving hard for 2 years to pay for our wedding and becoming hermits, the past year has been a blur of making up for it. Married life is exactly what we wanted it to be – not much changed, apart from my name!  We have completely enjoyed our new ‘official’ life together, and we plan to continue doing so.

Photographer – PJ Phillips Photography

Supplier shout outs – Chris Kelly Films, Gourlay Catering, The Kicks wedding band, The flower house, Event Bars St Andrews and i-light.