Today we’re travelling to Fife, where WFIL reader Kirsty wore a vintage dress to tie the knot with Rob in a Victorian country house, followed by a relaxed celebration in a fairy light festooned village hall. With nods to the music they love and glow-in-the-dark balloons to get the dancefloor going, it was one very fun day.
Who saw who first?
We met when we were at university in Aberdeen. We both like music a lot so we were at a lot of the same gigs. We became engaged on holiday in Cuba 9 years after we started going out. Lots of mojitos were consumed.
We were inspired by…
Things we like. We tried to keep it as informal and relaxed as possible. We knew we wanted to create an amazing disco playlist and have songs that we love playing throughout the meal. Rob is a big music fan, so spent ages collecting 7 inch vinyl for the table names. We wanted guests to have plenty to amuse them at the tables so we made up a music pub quiz that could be played in case conversation lagged.
The hall didn’t need too much doing to it as it’s naturally beautiful, but we brightened it up with paper chains and flowers, and hired fairy lights in. We also hired tableware from Gordon’s Catering Hire and the vintage teacups and crystal looked really pretty.
And the flowers?
I didn’t have any firm ideas about flowers but I knew I’d prefer them wild and seasonal. From looking on Cath’s website I knew I’d be in safe hands since all her bouquets are stunning, so all I suggested was including reds and purples. Cath made my flower crown and also made a brilliant flower wall for us in the reception hall by sticking up flowers on windows with washi tape. I was going to attempt this myself but I decided in the end that Cath would make a much nicer job. My Aunt and Uncle also spent months growing tubs for us full of tulips and daffodils which went outside the hall and really brightened up outside.
Tell us about your venues…
We knew we wanted to be married around Fife as we have had many happy times there and it’s a good central spot for both our families. I was looking into hiring a village hall and a friend told us about Crail. As soon as we visited, we knew it would be perfect for our reception – it’s beautiful inside and has a lovely calm feeling to it. We then looked into finding a place to hold the ceremony and stay the night before, and when we found Cambo just along the road it couldn’t have been better. We were so excited to stay there, every room is full of character and history.
And something surprising about your day…
Rob and his brother blew up some glow in the dark balloons the morning of the wedding and when we finally remembered to release them it got everyone up on the dance floor and kicking balloons at each other. Simple things…
We love your dress – how did you find it?
I tried on some traditional dresses but none felt quite right, so I decided a vintage dress would be the way to go. I went to a few places in Glasgow, York and Newcastle and had a great time trying things on, before realising that there was a shop closer to home that had a vintage rail. I had such a lovely experience at Lamsley, and was so lucky my dress was waiting there. I initially wasn’t going to try it on as it looked too small, but as soon as I did I knew it was the one – I felt like myself in it and twirled a lot. I went to a seamstress who made some alterations by lowering the neckline and added some pearl buttons to the back.
I wore my Mum’s locket which has a picture of my Mum and Dad in it.
What did you choose for your first dance?
Our first dance was to Jackie Wilson ‘Your Love Is Lifting Me Higher’ as we thought going fast paced would make it less awkward. However, I think could have both definitely benefited from a few more glasses of wine.
We had a ceilidh and then an ipod disco after. Again, we were really lucky with our band as we hadn’t heard them before but they kept everyone right with the steps and sounded great – the floor was full!
Go with suppliers you like personally and who respond quickly, it makes things so easy. We were really fortunate with everyone we chose. Have fun with the planning process but don’t get too wrapped up in little details, as they really don’t matter. There really isn’t much that can go wrong if you have enough wine, a good playlist and you both turn up.
What’s the one truly unforgettable thing about your wedding day?
It felt really lovely to have all our friends in one place wishing us well. We both loved the ceremony itself, Dorothy our celebrant was so lovely and made it so relaxed and fun. It was also really nice to see the hall look so lovely after spending the day before decorating.
I love the way Kirsty & Rob made the venue their own! Anyone else planning a village hall wedding? Christina x