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A DIY wedding with locally grown flowers and a silent disco

wedding at Bride and groom on their wedding day at Comrie Croft in Perthshire

Award-winning Perthshire eco-farm, Comrie Croft was the perfect setting for Katie and Craig’s relaxed, DIY wedding. From creating the dessert table to designing the stationery, their talented family and friends all pitched in to help create this colourful, fun celebration. Add in gorgeous, locally-grown flowers and props from WFIL favourite, The Little White Cow and the scene was set for an incredible day (and night!). So much to love!

Love at first sight or gradual attraction – how did you two meet?

We first met when we both worked in a bar in St Andrews. We became friends initially as we hung around with the same people but did grow to something else! Humour definitely made that spark start.

What inspired your wedding plans?

I read WFIL all the time for inspiration!

We basically flew by the seat of our pants for this one. Since we live about two hours away, we only had two visits to the venue. We didn’t have any theme in mind and just went for it. I wouldn’t have wanted matchy, matchy anyway but we were very lucky it all came together and looked so good!

We knew we wanted it to be very DIY and wanted to get all our guests involved so we did a lot of it ourselves. The morning we left our house we emptied it of all photos, candles, plants and even cushions to use on the day. The barn basically looked like a bigger version of our house!

We decided to go with flowers that had been grown onsite and were very fresh and natural. We knew we wanted a floral arch to get married under and to have some photos taken with. Me and my bridesmaids wanted floral crowns, the boys wanted buttonholes and I wanted buckets of flowers for decorations in the barn and to make up our own bouquets. The girls at Tomnah’a were awesome and were so knowledgeable on what we would need and what would look good. The wild flowers were stunning and there were so many that guests took some home the next day. I also wanted to donate a lot of the leftover flowers to my grandma’s care home. The best men, groomsmen and dads all had buttonholes from Tomnaha flowers too.

The Little White Cow were great too! We hired lots of props from them and they have plenty of options to suit your budget.

My lovley friend Caitlin did our wedding website, invites and save the dates. Moira Watters (MOTB) made our cake and our dessert table was made by guests.

Tell us about your venue…

Comrie Croft was our number one choice from the start. We absolutely loved the DIY aspect as this really appealed to us. The fact that most of our guests could stay onsite with us made it all the more appealing. I was obsessed with having an outdoor wedding and it came with so many options to do this, it was a no brainer.

The staff were incedible and were always available to chat over email and give advice on what would suit the venue and what we could do with it. They had a great list of local suppliers that we wanted to use too.

Andrew Scott Catering were fab! They worked with us so well and allowed us to stick to budget. They were great all day and helped us to relax and let the day just happen!

How did you choose your photographer?

We met Fraser when he was photographing a friend’s wedding a couple of years ago and we just loved him. He was so relaxed and informal that we knew we would want him for our wedding. Luckily he was the first we approached and he was free. We couldn’t have asked for a better photographer. He blended into the background and caught some fantastic candid shots of all the guests. He made us laugh a lot (hence the reason I look crazy in a lot of the photos!) and was so patient when people were pulling him in all different directions. We would highly recommend!

Again, we knew our filmmaker, Kyle through some friends and loved his work. We were only looking for some short footage of the day to rewatch and send to people who couldn’t make it. He did this perfectly and every time I watch it I am immediately taken back to the day and how fantastic it was.

We love your dress! Tell us more…

I had visited a few dress shops and wasn’t blown away by anything. I knew that I didn’t want a traditional white dress but all I was offered was yellow or black! I had a friend who had gone to Dragonfly Dress Design for her wedding dress and she suggested I tried there. I initially went and loved that they would do whatever I wanted. I thought of a design, told them and it happened! I was absolutely delighted with the outcome. I plan to shorten the skirt and wear it to other occasions too! Blue was also my grandma’s favourite colour, so it was a nod to her too.

My flower crown was probably my main accessory as I didn’t wear any jewellery or anything. The girls at Tomnaha Flowers did an amazing job and it was just what I wanted. I more or less knew that I would wear a flower crown whatever my dress looked like. I would wear a flower crown on the daily if I could!

I also had a dusky pink leather jacket for the evening that I bought from Ebay and had a local artist write “Mrs Kyle” on the back. That got a lot of attention! It was also practical for the slightly cooler evening as we were always popping indoors and outside.

We wanted to do our own makeup, as none of us like getting our make up done. We had done the same for my sister’s wedding a few years earlier and it worked great. We had more time to get ready and it turned out to be a very chilled morning.

We tried a few dresses online for my bridesmaids and had looked at jumpsuits too. Both my sisters are quite different shapes so it was hard to find something they both liked. We bought the dresses from ASOS and they suited them both so well! I loved them and I think they did too!

Craig wore trews with a tweed jacket. He wanted to be different from the others so they all wore kilts. Even the English best men got their first taste of wearing one!

What was your first dance song?

Elvis Presley – ‘I’ve Got A Thing About You Baby’. We wanted something a bit more upbeat that a slow dance and both loved this song! We ended the night with a silent disco!

Honeymoon or minimoon?

Both – you only do this once! We really milked it. Straight after the wedding we went to a cottage in Glenfarg with our dog, Zoey for a few days of chill before heading back to reality.

A few weeks later we jetted off to Italy for a friend’s wedding and extended our stay. In January we took our ” big” honeymoon and spent two weeks travelling Sri Lanka, which was absolutely wonderful!

Any advice?

Do it your way! We planned ours from start to finish exactly how we wanted it. We loved having so many family and friends involved and could not have asked for it to go better. Also, use friends’ and family’s talents – ours were delighted to be involved!

What’s the one thing you’ll always remember about your wedding day?

The sun! We were so incredibly lucky with the weather and I remember when we were getting married just looking around and everyone looked so relaxed with their summer dresses, kilts and sunglasses on. That was exactly what we had wanted.

We love a silent disco at a wedding! And how great do those shapes being thrown on the dancefloor look. Thanks for sharing your day with us Katie & Craig! x


VenueComrie Croft, Perthshire
PhotographerFraser Stewart Photography
Filmmaker – Kyle Littlejohn
FloristTomnah’a Florist
Hair stylistAngela Gibson
Wedding dress – Bespoke design by Dragonfly Dress Design (now closed)
ShoesMarks and Spencer
Groom’s outfitGibbs
Bridesmaids’ dressesASOS
Food & drinkAndrew Scott Catering & Mobile Measures
PropsThe Little White Cow
MusiciansThe Midnight Specials