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Soft Lilacs and Gentle Greys

Homemade and personal, Eilidh and Ross chose to get married in a castle five minutes from home. We love their laid-back approach (even the wedding rings going missing twice didn’t faze them!) and their silent disco will inspire you…

How did you meet and become engaged?

We met in the local pub. After 7 years together Ross proposed on Kildonan beach, a favourite spot on the Isle of Arran- somewhere we’ve visited many times. Our table names were all named our favourite places on Arran.

Our wedding day was inspired by…

Our natural Scottish Borders surroundings and woodland, the home made aspect was a huge part of our planning. Most of our detail included rustic wood touches, all made by my father. He made all the disc names places, wooden plynths for our jam jar posey’s to sit on and made a beautiful wooden wishing well.

All our stationary was home made using brown recycled card and lace. Our bunting was grey and lilac ditzy print and our guest book was a wishing tree and tags, all of which we’ve kept in a lovely wooden box to be looked at whenever we like.

Our family had collected wedding photographs of our grandparents and parents weddings and had them framed beside our wishing tree. This was another lovely home made touch which was a great surprise to us.

Tell us about your venue…

Barony Castle’s long winding driveway leads to the lone-standing, historic white building.
The ceremony was held in the Castle’s Elibank Suite. With ceiling to floor panelled windows there was plenty of natural light.

The drinks reception was held in the beautiful courtyard, which was originally where the ceremony was to take place, but a pre-ceremony rain shower changed the plan. This was fortunately the only rain we had all day. Whilst having drinks and canapes our guests were free to enjoy the court yard, wander the grounds including the 16th century stone altar or romantic stone gazebo.

The wedding breakfast was held in the Meldons suite. With soft grey walls and rich grey, checked carpets the décor tied in perfectly with the weddings lilac and grey colour scheme.

And your photographer?

Becky specialises is natural, rural and outdoor photography. Perfect for our wedding in the rolling hills of the Scottish Borders. Her photos told the story of our day from start to finish with an expert flow.

She caught all those natural, happy moments of not only the bride and groom but of our guests too, lovely for us to see.

How did you accessorise?

I chose not to wear a veil, the dress spoke for itself. Instead I had fresh flowers in my hair, attached to a comb by Stems.

I wore my mother’s pearl drop earrings and a pearl bracelet with a “groatie buckie” shell attached by my father, a good luck charm from Orkney.

And your flowers?

Stems created the bridal bouquets, button holes, added gypsophila for the milk churns and made the hair slide for the bride’s hair.

She used soft lilacs and added the grey element with succulents, foliage and grey twine. Cloudberry filled the jars and jugs for the centre pieces.

All her flowers are home-grown in her garden, which fitted in perfectly with our “home made” theme and were seasonal to September.

What did you do for evening entertainment?

Our first dance was to Coldplay’s Yellow. Having seen them in concert together several times it was an easy choice. The band played a great set, with some Scottish ceilidh dancing mixed in.

After our buffet we had a silent disco for an hour which went down a storm. Very funny! The band then came back on into the wee hours.

Tell us something surprising about your day…

The rings were lost TWICE on the morning of the wedding.

First the groom left them in the taxi when he arrived, then the best man lost them in the lining of his waist coat through a hole in his pocket.

Any advice?

Make all the small details personal to you, it’s about you, not what you saw on Pinterest!

What’s the one truly unforgettable thing about your wedding day?

Taking a moment to take our headphones off and seeing our 130 guests dance in complete silence to two different tracks. There were different channels on the headphones, so whilst some were dancing to “Don’t stop me now” by Queen others were dancing to “Mr Vein” by Culture Beat. Priceless!

LOVE the sound of the silent disco. Feeling inspired to have one for your wedding? Alie x


VenueBarony Castle, Peebles
PhotographerEna May Photography
FloristStems and Cloudberry Flowers
Make-up artistXanadu Beauty Clinic, Peebles.
Wedding dressCharlotte Balbier from Kudos Bridal, Edinburgh
ShoesRainbow Club
Groom’s outfit McCalls Kilts
BandBack Green Band