Inspired by bringing together two cultures, Ash and Craig were married in a Scottish-Indian ceremony at Kinnettles Castle in Angus. From the super pretty flowers to the confetti cannon (which Ash’s mum insisted upon!), it was an incredible day. And to think that if it wasn’t for a chance night out, their paths might never have crossed…
How did you meet?
We met in Aberdeen back in 2010 in Tiger Tiger nightclub – Craig happened to be out celebrating a mate’s birthday and I decided last minute (with two of my eventual bridesmaids) to head to Aberdeen from Glasgow, where I was living, for a night out. Craig was obviously smitten from the start.
Fast forward 1.5 years and we moved to the other side of the world together, to Perth Australia! We had the best time exploring and living together. On our 5 year anniversary, Craig had planned an elaborate proposal which was quickly squashed when I told him that I was going to a One Direction concert that evening.
He postponed until the following week and he had hired out the honeymoon suite at one of the best hotels in town, scattered rose petals everywhere and ordered champagne to the room. He proposed as soon as I walked in, and after calling our families we tucked in to a delicious three course meal in our own private dining room. A perfect evening!
Our wedding day was inspired by…
For the ceremony, it was bringing together two cultures. We had a meditative chant from India and a Scottish reading, we had symbolic gestures from both cultures and we had flower garlands which we placed around each other’s necks.
We wanted everyone to feel involved, so our ceremony was as far away from serious as you could get and our amazing celebrant, Brenda engaged our guests throughout.
Our food menu was a mix of cultures as well and the wonderful chefs at Kinnettles helped us to create a menu for our guests to select from in advance.
For the decor, the amazing ideas and creativity of our suppliers inspired us! We had our key colours in mind and everyone worked around these. Our main goal was for everyone to have fun and enjoy the day!
Tell us more about your venue…
The castle is absolutely beautiful, and we fell in love with it immediately. We were living in Australia when planning our wedding so left it to my parents to conduct a few viewings. They were understandably nervous about making such a big decision without us, however they weren’t to know that I was planning a surprise visit for their 30th wedding anniversary which would mean I would be joining them for all the viewings!
The castle was our number one choice right from the beginning, and we were very lucky to secure a free weekend for the following year. Kinnettles Castle is stunning and fairytale-like, with tasteful modern decor inside – we loved the contrast very much.
The team were an absolute dream who ensured everything ran perfectly. They do the best hot chocolates, and have the comfiest leather sofas in their bar area – perfect for planning sessions, which were of so much value to us. We hired the venue for the whole weekend to make a celebration of it as we were fortunate enough to have lots of family and friends who flew a long way to be with us. The marquee was the perfect blank canvas for our event design team to dress it up, and the views are unparalleled.
Your photos and film are so beautiful!
We don’t even know where to begin with Westley… other than to say that I knew I would hire him for my wedding even before I got engaged! We watched his beautiful highlights film of our friends who got married a few years back – sadly we couldn’t attend, but the video stuck with us ever since.
As soon as wedding planning commenced, we got in touch with Westley and asked him what dates he had available for 2016, before then approaching Kinnettles Castle for their free weekends. The rest is history and we have the most amazing videos and captures from our day. Westley is just such a joy to be around, he puts you at ease and made the planning so very easy. He is hugely talented and you barely even notice him there on the day! We can’t thank him enough for allowing us to relive the wedding day and all of the moments that we missed, in such beautifully filmed and edited videos.
Our photographer, Sam came highly recommended to us by friends for his natural, reportage style of photography which we absolutely loved. He manages to capture the essence of the moments in such a relaxed style, while also snapping some amazingly dramatic photos. It was a lot of fun to shoot with him and we’re having a hard time whittling down the photos to our favourites for printing! He did a pre-wed shoot with us too which allowed us to get to know his style of shooting and create some more beautiful photos for our family album.
And we love your dress…
I actually didn’t try on too many dresses before I found this one…my first attempt wasn’t too successful, with me telling the sales lady that I wanted a simple fitted design, didn’t want satin and I definitely didn’t want a princess style dress. She put me (more like wrestled me) into a satin number first, followed by – yep you guessed it a big pouffy dress. Don’t get me wrong, I think both are stunning, but satin is too unforgiving on me and I can barely walk around in flat shoes without losing my balance, so having all that material surrounding me was not the best for me!
I lucked out at Tuscany Bridal (only the second store I visited) and my lovely helper was more than happy to listen to the styles I liked, and select some for me. She even held my ipad while we skyped my mum back in Scotland so she could try on the dresses with me! I ended up cutting out the netting on the dress so it would sit even closer to the body, and asked my dress fitter to add a simple sequin belt just to break it up a bit. Unfortunately I think the dress is now out of stock but the designer has a lot of similar designs available on their website.
We had a diamond necklace and earring set in our family which my mum purchased some time ago in India, which went perfectly with the dress. I also wore some Tiffany bracelets gifted to me by Craig a few years ago for my 27th birthday.
I wore Jimmy Choo’s Fyonn 100 which are now sold out but the most beautiful, sparkly laser cut booties that I can, and have, worn again and again!
Tell us something surprising about your day…
Craig was so exhausted come 11pm that while taking a burrito upstairs for us to enjoy once the party ended, he clocked the comfy bed and climbed in for a 20 minute power nap!
Our first dance song was Coldplay’s – Sky Full Of Stars. Neither of us have got ‘the moves’, despite what Craig says, so we had a few dance lessons so we wouldn’t feel too awkward with all eyes on us. Ruby, my mum, had been insistent on a confetti cannon, and after many months of saying no, we gave in – and we’re glad we did as it gave us one of the most unforgettable photos from the entire day!
The band, very hilariously, also dealt so well with a gatecrashing farmer from a neighbouring field who stormed the stage around 10pm and demanded that the music be turned down! They were unflappable in the face of the farmer’s rage which gave us a brilliant memory from the evening!
Any advice for future brides and grooms?
Trust your suppliers! We made sure that we vibed with and trusted everyone that we used, and we couldn’t have been in better hands. We barely had to do a thing in terms of setup, which left us with ample free time to enjoy the weekend with all of our guests.
We quickly learned that a lot of our Pinspiration ideas wouldn’t work and are very grateful to everyone for being so creative, professional and inspiring in what they do.
And RELAX! If something goes wrong it’s not the end of the world. Just enjoy the day. And don’t slope off for a disco nap like Craig did!
For the brides, our videographer mentioned to us that it’s best for the bride to have her hair and make-up done in the middle of the bridesmaids, so as to avoid any mad rushes at the end. Very wise words and even doing that, it was a bit of a scramble as we neared the ceremony time!
Also – break in your shoes!! Don’t do what I did…I have some very pretty pictures of my shoes looking brand new but I had very sore feet… also if you plan on walking across grass and you have stilettos, definitely invest in a pair of heel stoppers (and one backup pair, as my only pair split after an hour!).
We wouldn’t have had it any other way – when you luck out with a beautiful day, Scotland is like no other place; and even if you do happen to be on the end of some rain, it’s still an amazing country that we are lucky enough to call home again.
What’s the one truly unforgettable thing about your wedding day?
Having so many family and friends there for a fairytale of a day. So many of our guests travelled so far to be with us, and we are so grateful to them for taking precious time out of their schedules to travel such distances to celebrate with us.
Our honeymoon was pretty spectacular as well, as we went travelling for 6 months. Definitely one way to test the marriage early on but I can happily reveal that we are still very much together!!
Aside from the raging farmer (eek!), it sounds like a pretty perfect day. And we’re glad Ash and Craig were able to laugh about that too. Christina x
Venue – Kinnettles Castle
Photographer – Sam Brill
Filmmaker – Aberdeen Wedding Films
Florist – Jordana Events
Hair stylist – Bespoke Bridal Hair by Robyn
Make-up artist – Francine Ray
Wedding dress – Essense of Australia, Sissy from Tuscany Bridal (Perth, Australia)
Shoes – Jimmy Choo, Fyonn 100
Groom’s outfit – Slanj Kilts
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Adrianna Papell, Floral Embroidered Illusion Gown, bought from Macy’s
Cake – Tower Bakery
Stationery – One of a Kind Stationery
Musicians – The Vinyls
Additional suppliers – Premier Coaches, Nevis Coach Hire, NJE Fireworks, Viva Design flower preservation, Bellarie Couture (for veil), Steven Anderson Jewellers, Brenda Reid (humanist).