“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


“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.