A wedding day that started with an early morning beach ceremony and ended with a party in a barn featuring a bucking bronco, sounds like our kind of celebration. Oh and did we mention the pier jump?
How did you meet and become engaged?
We met over 9 years ago in St Andrews and became great friends within 6 months. Eventually that friendship developed into something more serious however, I would still say that I was fortunate enough to marry my best friend.
As for the engagement, we both agreed that perhaps getting married would be a logical next step. As a feminist I had my reservations about James asking me so he came up with the rather creative idea of having our dogs ask us to get married. We went for a casual evening walk and my sister, who was hiding in the trees holding the dogs, released them and they came running full speed towards us wearing bandanas that said “Marry Him” and “Marry Her”. It was so perfect and so sweet. Plus I could never say no to the dogs!
Tell us about your venue…
Our morning ceremony was our favorite part of the whole day. At 8am in Scotland, believe it or not we were already applying sun cream! Thankfully the tide had washed away all the seaweed that was present only 24 hours earlier, and Castle Sands looked better than ever.
Our suppliers had arranged 100 chairs on the beach, we had sound systems all set up and a cellist playing for guests upon arrival. We had a humanist wedding ceremony. I don’t believe any of our guests had ever attended one of these before, but it meant we got to write everything that was said throughout the entire ceremony, and our celebrant delivered it superbly with some incredible ad-libbing along the way. Our guests loved it. There wasn’t a dry eye on the beach!
As former St Andrews students, Kinkell Byre was home to some of our favorite memories (balls, fashions shows and parties). When it came to picking a reception venue in our favorite town, Kinkell Byre was an easy choice. We wanted to include a touch of Calgary (where we both now live) and so had a bucking bronco which turned out to be a massive hit!
Our wedding day was inspired by…
If you decide to get married then make the day an honest reflection of who you are as individuals and who you are as a couple. Make sure the ceremony and reception tell a story of how you got to where you are today. In addition, wanting to give our guests the greatest possible St Andrews experience, hence why we made a full day of it and started our ceremony so early!
We love your photos! How was the experience?
Jay and Christina were amazing! We don’t really like posed photographs, so they did an incredible job in capturing all the greatest moments of the day with very candid shots. It was probably the longest wedding day they have ever had to shoot – from 8am all the way until midnight! I doubt many photographers would have been willing to commit to this effort – from morning beach ceremony, to hotel brunch, to mini-putt golf, to pier jump and then an entire evening of entertainment. The quality of their images was absolutely perfect and we keep looking at our photo album to bring back the memories.