Photographed by Susan Renee Photography
A one-of-a-kind yurt proved the perfect spot for Kimberley and Richard’s rustic, shabby-chic wedding. Vintage bunting and whisky barrels brought the space to life, along with rather a few storm lanterns, tins, vases, jugs, crates and jars. So much pretty to enjoy…
How did you meet and become engaged?
We met on new years eve 2009/10 at a mutual friends house and went on a date 2 months later.
We got engaged at Craigmillar Castle in Edinburgh on 26.08.13. When we were walking up to the castle Richard said he had forgotten his sunglasses and would run back to the car for them, but was actually getting the ring. When he caught up with me he was wearing his sunglasses but had forgotten to leave his normal glasses and was still holding them in one hand, he must have been nervous!
When we got to the roof it was a beautiful sunny day and the view was stunning. We were completely alone when he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I obviously said yes and cried a lot. We waited until we were home the next day so we could tell everyone in person and see their reactions.
How did you personalise your wedding day?
Our table names were places we had been on dates & day trips to: castles, distilleries, lakes, beaches etc. We used a big LOVE sign that Richard made as decoration, hung vintage bunting around the yurt, bought whiskey barrels to use as poser tables, had pictures displayed of us on the barrels, I wrote out the menu on a chalkboard we made using an old mirror, we had a wooden pallet with the timings of the day displayed…we had lots of personal touches.
Tell us something surprising about your day…
I organised a surprise for the groom in the form of a VW camper van because he loves them! The grooms brother was our officiant so that was really special!
Tell us more about you wedding venue and how you found it…
We got married in the yurt at Crimonmogate and stayed there for the reception too. There is a lovely reception room in the house which is also used for ceremonies but it only holds 60. The yurt is one-of-a-kind in Scotland and we were looking for something different so it was perfect for us.
We were allowed to decorate however we wished and we knew exactly what we wanted to do as soon as we saw the yurt.
How did you go about decorating the yurt?
I had been collecting items for the table centres since we got engaged as I knew I wanted each centre to be different so it went with the rustic/shabby chic theme. There were storm lanterns, tins, vases, jugs, crates, jars etc all filled with flowers and lavender. Kelly (of Blooming Good Flowers) provided the lavender we used to tie each persons name tag too as their table setting. She also provided tree stumps either side of where we stood to say our vows with a big flower display on each one, tree trunks next to one of the entrances covered in flowers and moss, ivy wrapped around the trellis of the entrance yurt…everything was beautiful!
What is the one thing you’ll never forget about your big day?
I remember standing at the alter with my almost husband and looking at all our bridesmaids, flower girls, groomsmen and pageboy and thinking about our friends and family standing there with us and thinking how blessed we are to have so much lovely people in our lives.
I love that Kimberley organised the VW Campervan as a surprise for Richard. Anyone else planned a surprise for their groom? Alie
Venue – Crimonmogate
, Lonmay, Aberdeenshire
Photographer – Susan Renee Photography
. Susan was brilliant on the day, so relaxed but so efficient making sure she captured every photo we had requested. There was a cornfield on the drive up to the yurt that I had mentioned to Richard would be great for photos so when Susan mentioned it on the day we were both delighted. We managed to sneak away for a while before the dance to get the photos and this also gave us some time alone which was lovely too.
Filmmaker – Apricot Tree
. You can see our wedding film here
Wedding Dress – Stella York from Perfect Bridal Rooms
, Aberdeen. The three things I was looking for when I went wedding dress shopping was lace, back detail and no big skirts so when I tried on ‘the one’ it ticked all the boxes!
Wedding Shoes – Next
Make-up Artist – Chloe Marie
Hairdresser – Kimberley Ewen
Bridesmaids’ Dresses – Sorella Vita
Groom’s Outfit Supplier – Georgian Dress Hire
Florist – Bouquets & flower crowns from The Flower Shop
, Peterhead and Venue Flowers by Blooming Good Flowers.
I dealt with Amy from The Flower Shop in Peterhead and she created exactly what I asked for, even ordering in samples of the flowers I had mentioned to allow me to see them together before finalising the order. The flowergirls looked so sweet with their flower crowns too! The venue flowers were by Kelly at Blooming Good Flowers. When these arrived on the Friday night they totally transformed the venue and our vision finally came together! She also delivered exactly what I had described.
Catering – Hudson’s Catering
Cake – Cakerella Cakery – by one of my best friends.
Band – Bahookie
. The band were incredible and had the floor occupied the entire night. Our first dance was to our song ‘fly me to the moon- Frank Sinatra’. My brother played it on guitar for us to dance to- it was a lovely moment.