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Victoria Photography

Victoria is one of our most recent recommended photographers. Her bubbly personality makes it impossible not to smile around her and the way she connects with her couples is amazing. She has kindly answered a few questions about her business and ways to help you decide on your photographer!


Story behind Victoria Photography?

Once upon a time there was a girl who didn’t have a clue what she wanted to be when she was older. So she went to South Africa for 2 months to be a student Game Ranger and while she was there she picked up a camera and has fallen deeper in love with photography ever since.

I am so grateful to have found wedding photography and to have such success in this industry. I really do love my job more and more each year.

What do you love about photographing weddings?

The energy! Everyone is so happy. It’s hard not to get addicted to capturing the joy, emotion and the romance of a wedding.

What is your favourite thing about photographing a wedding at Kinkell

I could shoot 10 weddings at Kinkell and they could all look completely different. I love the seemingly endless creative possibilities that Kinkell offers, and I love seeing how each couple transforms the venue to make it their own.

What services do you offer your couples?

I offer my photography ninja moves for anywhere from a couple of hours to a full day. Albums, USBs and online galleries are included with all of my packages. It’s YOUR wedding day, I will fit in with what YOU want.

Any personal advice you would give to couples when choosing their photographer?

You have to feel comfortable around your photographer. Always arrange a meeting/Zoom before you book so you can get a feel for their personality and how they make you feel. We are with you for most of the day, so you need to like your photographer enough to want them to be part of your big day!

How do couples book and what is your process

Get in touch via email and tell me about the plans for your wedding day. We can arrange a meeting where I’ll tell you more about how I work and what you get from me when you book me, and you can tell me about you (or we end up talking about how awesome dogs are for 20 minutes before the word wedding is even mentioned!) You choose your coverage/package, I take a small deposit and you are officially booked in!



Our second micro wedding of 2020 was Laura & Ross. After originally postponing their wedding to February 2021 they realised all they wanted, was to be married. So they reverted back to their original date 10/10/20 (such a good date!) and got married alongside close family and friends.

I’ve never met a more lovely couple, they proved to us that having a wedding with 20 guests and restrictions does not make it any less beautiful. The way Stevie from i-Light utilised the space with the lighting fitted the amount of guests perfectly.

Laura & Ross have kindly shared their experience of the day

What first attracted you to Kinkell Byre? And what made you decide that it would be perfect for your special day?

The first venue we viewed was a hotel, and as lovely as it was, it made us realise that it wasn’t quite right for us and that we really wanted to find a space that we could put our own stamp on and make personal to us as a couple. With this in mind, google and word of mouth led us to Kinkell and we’re so glad we found it! As soon as we entered the Byre we knew it was the place we wanted to be married and spend our big day with our loved ones. We loved the flow through the different spaces inside, the stunning views outside and the fairy lights are magical. 

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? 

We really wanted to create a relaxed, informal and fun day for our guests. With plenty of good food! One of the first things we booked was our caterer, Lazy Sunday. From our first email with Carole we knew we wanted them to cater for us and it was definitely the right decision. 

Another important detail for me was the flowers. I absolutely love flowers and fell in love with Blue Poppy’s style at one of the open days at Kinkell. We were delighted with what she was able to create for us. 

Of course, the most important thing for us both was that we could be married, and start our next chapter, and we were very lucky that we could alter our original plans thanks to Kinkell and our wonderful suppliers.

What did you both enjoy planning? 

I enjoyed planning most aspects of the wedding, but I have a tendency to get a little bit carried away when I see pretty things! Ross is much more sensible so he reigned me in. One of the things that Ross organised was a magician which he was excited about, but unfortunately we were unable to have due to restrictions. 

Tell us about your day? 

Our day was perfect. After initially postponing, we decided to revert to our original date with 5 weeks to go as we just wanted to be married. 

Despite the stresses and heartache that came with drastically reducing the number of loved ones we could have with us, we wouldn’t change it. 

We got the relaxed and informal day that we wanted and because of the reduced number of guests we were able to spend time with everyone and sit back and enjoy and appreciate our day. 

What made it so special? 

The staff at Kinkell and all of our suppliers went above and beyond to accommodate us at a time that was and is incredibly difficult for the wedding industry. We will be forever grateful for this level of care and service. 

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

Try to enjoy it! I know it is very difficult right now to make plans, but better days are ahead and you will have the most amazing day as you will get to celebrate your love for each other. 

How is married life treating you? 

We have settled well into married life, and are delighted to be expecting our first baby in the summer!

A massive congratulations to Laura & Ross for their new addition making an appearance in July 2021!



Photographer Caro Weiss 

Celebrant- Raymond Lawrie Celebrant

Florist – Blue Poppy Florist

Caterer- Lazy Sunday Catering

Lighting – Stephen Leslie I-light

Dress – Bijoux Bridal

Kilts – McCalls Highland Wear Glasgow 

Cake & Favours – Kirsty’s Travelling Tearoom 

Piper – St Andrews Piper

Wedding Car – Vintage Wedding Cars Fife.





It brings us so much joy to be sharing Rae & Kyle’s wedding blog. Like many couples, COVID 19 restrictions shattered Rae & Kyle’s wedding plans but they were determined to make the most of what they could do on their original date and decided to have their wedding at Kinkell Byre on their original date anyway! On Saturday 8th August they had a small ceremony in the Kinkell Byre Orchard with close family and it was breathtakingly beautiful.

They were kind enough to share their day with you and be a part of our Real Wedding Blog


What first attracted you to Kinkell Byre? And what made you decide that it would be perfect for your special day?

The major selling point for us was how many different options we had in one venue; the spectacular view over the water, the amazing ceremony room with it’s beautiful lights, the charming orchard in the back (with bonus wildlife!)… truly a blank canvas with character.

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?

Well, with the lockdown disrupting our plans we really ended up planning two weddings. Originally we were going to decorate the whole venue and have our ceremony in the ceremony room, then have a street food buffet and a DJ. Once it became clear that none of that was going to be possible we considered what was really important to us – actually getting married where and when we wanted. So we pressed ahead and amended our plans as restrictions changed over the summer. Fortunately, despite Kinkell’s size it was more than possible to plan a spectacular and intimate wedding.

Tell us about your day?

We set up to have the ceremony in front of the wall in the garden area but due to Rae’s phobia of bees we quickly moved to a spot between two apple trees (the lighting was much better for photographs too!). We had our bridesmaids and groomsmen record themselves reading poems and quotes from our favourite comic books and TV shows; we edited the clips together and had them displayed on a TV at different parts of the ceremony (shout out to Steve from iLight for handling all the music and video cues), it was a great way to involve more people in our special day given the restrictions on guest numbers. After we were declared husband and wife we signed our marriage license on one the famous Kinkell barrels; after that we walked alone through the long bar area to the other side of the building, taking in the views over the water and just soaking in the moment.

What made it so special?

Many things. The fact that it happened on schedule amidst a pandemic made it feel almost like a miracle. The weather was spectacular, genuinely could not have asked for a better day. While we were observing social distancing rules it still felt like our wedding was happening inside a little bubble, away from all the stresses of COVID. Also, being able to film everything with our GoPro allowed us to share our day on YouTube with everyone that wasn’t able to attend (after some video editing tutorials).



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

Make an Excel spreadsheet! It’s a massive help with budgeting. Speaking of budgets we suggest that you choose what type of couple you are early on; you are either the type that sets a budget and sticks to it, or the type that have no self-control and just keep letting it get more and more expensive. We were definitely the latter and once we let go of the idea of staying on budget we became much more relaxed (and poor); in our eyes it was our big day and we won’t regret doing whatever we want, so why fight it?












How is married life treating you?

We still haven’t got over the novelty of referring to each other as ‘husband’ and ‘wife’. We’re currently waiting for our first house to be built, so in February we will be a married couple in our 30’s with a mortgage – maybe we’ll finally feel like grown ups then, because at this point we are still just as silly and childish as we were before we got married, we just love each other even more.




” We had to change our wedding plans due to COVID-19, but we decided to ahead with a more intimate ceremony in the orchard on our original date, 08/08/2020, and move our reception to a later date. The team at Kinkell and Steve from i-light were all so supportive in facilitating our changing plans and were so accommodating in helping us hold our smaller ceremony, and were always on hand throughout the day to help direct us, which meant so much!

It’s been a tough year for the wedding industry but Kinkell have been amazing at keeping in touch and up to date every step of the way, can’t recommend this beautiful venue and team enough! ” – Rae & Kyle Stewart




Supplier shout out:

Photographer: Victoria Photography 

Humanist Celebrant – Gary Smith

Cake – Pippa’s Kitchen

Flowers – Blue Poppy

Audio/Visual  – Steve at iLight

Kilts – 8 Yards

Dress – Ivory Pinks

Hair – Terri Hunt at Derek Smith Hairdressing

We took one step inside the Byre, looked at each other and in unison said “this is it”

Back in January we had the absolute pleasure of hosting the wedding of Emily & Graeme Southwood. Their 2 year old Gracie absolutely stole the show that day with her gorgeous smile and dance moves! Read a little about their day below!


What first attracted you to Kinkell Byre? And what made you decide that it would be perfect for your special day?

We stumbled across Kinkell Byre one Friday night whilst googling barn wedding venues in Scotland. When we saw the pictures of Kinkell we instantly fell in love and just knew we had to book a viewing. On our drive up from Glasgow we spoke about how if the venue looked like it did in the pictures then it would definitely be up there with our dream venue for our big day. We took one step inside the Byre, looked at each other and in unison said “this is it” – and from that moment we never looked back.

We knew we wanted an exclusive use wedding venue with plenty of space for our guests to move around. The ceremony room, in all its glory is something you could only ever imagine and the lights around the venue which you can design to create the most perfect setting was an absolute game changer. Kinkell Byre ticked all the boxes for us!


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?

Planning our wedding was quite an organised process, Graeme loves a spreadsheet and was in charge of all the pennies. I lost count of the number of Pinterest boards I created with all my ideas we had for our special day. This was super helpful in sharing our ideas with our suppliers, so they were able to create the most perfect look for us. The most important thing for us was to create a relaxed day that both us and our guests could enjoy. We focussed on picking both a photographer and videographer who fitted our style and also liked to capture the more candid moments of the day. We couldn’t have wished for a better team and they have created memories we can look back on for years to come.

What did you both enjoy planning?

For us, food and drink are a massive part of our lives so this had to be incorporated into every part of our wedding day. The caterers had to be just right as we are total ‘foodies’ and wanted our guests to love every minute of their meal. Gourlay’s delivered everything we could have hoped for and we created a menu that everyone could enjoy. From soup shots, haggis bon bons to a trio of desserts and mini steak pies, kept our guests filled up all day long. We also took a trip to France to buy all of our wine which was quite the adventure… we even had some left over to enjoy after! Beer was also a big priority for Graeme and both him and the boys had a great day creating and bottling ’Gracie’s Favour’ at Drygate Brewery for all our guests to enjoy.


Tell us about your day?

The day itself still feels like a bit of a blur… it is one of the most surreal days of your lives.

I think because it is a day that you plan every element of for so long, it doesn’t quite feel real when it finally arrives. The wedding morning was very chilled which was exactly what we wanted. The boys enjoyed a long lie and nursed a slight hangover with plenty irn bru while the girls took it in turns to get their glam on whilst enjoying some fizz. Arriving at the doors to the Byre before walking down the aisle is still a moment which fills me with butterflies. Saying ‘I Do’ and officially becoming Mrs Southwood surrounded by our family and friends was just amazing. After the ceremony, we took a walk down to the golf course and braved the freezing temperatures to grab some epic shots. The time that we spent together just the two of us was so lovely. It was the first time we had been able to chat since the previous evening and it felt like a lifetime. We walked, chatted and sipped champagne all whilst Stevie and Pretty Little Films worked their magic in the background.  Walking back into the Byre and the wall of noise that hit us with the chatter of our guests made us feel so good. The atmosphere was buzzing, and everyone was having the best time. We partied into the small hours and had more shots than we care to admit…. it really was the best day!!



What made it so special?

Having all our family and friends there to share our day was always what was important to us. Also being able to have our daughter Gracie be a part of this huge milestone was so special. Gracie had just turned 2 when we got married and was a little star the whole day – she completely stole the show and everyone’s hearts. From running down the aisle straight into her daddy’s arms to cutting some serious shapes on the dance floor, she was an absolute asset to us from start to finish. I now love that we all share the same name and can begin our next adventure as ‘The Southwood’s”.


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

Our biggest advice would definitely be to not focus too much on all the little details and think about what is important to you as a couple. When your big day finally arrives, it passes in a flash and you honestly will not be worrying whether the linen is the right shade of cream or if your candles are arranged in exactly the same way as your Pinterest image. Focus on what you want as a couple and what your guests will remember. For us good food, plenty of booze and a band that kept you on the dance floor all night long was a must.  Also, don’t forget to take some time out just the two of you, away from everyone else, to look at your day from a distance and admire what you have created.

And if it all gets too much… don’t forget the real reason as to why you’re planning all of this – to marry your best friend!!




How is married life treating you?

So far so good. Considering coronavirus hit shorty after our big day and we’ve been working from home together ever since, I’m surprised we still enjoy spending time with each other. But all joking aside, we look back on our wedding day with such fond memories and continue to count our blessings that our wedding day was able to go ahead.



Supplier Shout Outs 

PhotographerStevie Weir

 VideographerPretty Little Films

 FlowersAmy Annand Flowers

DecorFifty Six Events (previously Just Vintage Hire) and Two Tabbies

Humanist – Gary Thomson

Band – Pacific Wedding Band

CateringGourlay Events

 Dress – Pronovais at Ivory Pinks

JewelleryGioia Mia

Make Up – Lesley Neil, Hair – Cameo bridal Styling

CakeCakes and Craft Falkirk


“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.