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Coos And Foos – A music festival inspired barn wedding

Bride and groom kiss as the sun sets

Kirsty and Allan were married at The Cow Shed At Crail – a blank canvas barn venue in Fife. With 40 guests staying onsite and the celebrations lasting all weekend, their wedding was full of festival feels. Very apt considering they first met at Rockness!

Where did your story begin?

We met at Rockness festival in June 2013, when we started chatting in one of the music tents. We then found ourselves hanging out most of the weekend, enjoying the festival together.

Before long, we were boyfriend and girlfriend. Allan lived in Aberdeen at the time, whereas I was in Glasgow. We did the long distance thing for about a year until Allan got a work transfer to Glasgow and moved in with me; we then bought our house together in November 2015.

Fast forward to April 2017, Allan proposed at a Skye Bridge viewpoint whilst we were visiting our friends up north (who were in on the proposal plan!). It was the most beautiful setting for a wonderful surprise and I eventually said yes once I got over the shock and crying!

What inspired your wedding plans?

We got married at The Cow Shed near Crail in Fife. Initially we didn’t want to go as far out of Glasgow but we went for a nosey anyway. Five minutes into our tour, we looked at each other and I knew we were both thinking the same thing – this was the one. A blank canvas venue, with a lovely relaxed feeling about it, with enough space for our big guest list and epic party. Perfect for us!

The fact we met at a festival really inspired us – 40 of our guests were staying on site, so our wedding pretty much lasted the whole weekend, just like a festival.

I also have a thing for ducks and have countless rubber ducks from all over the world and various duck ornaments in the house and garden, so I knew I wanted to incorporate it somehow – so everyone got a mini rubber duck as an extra favour. We actually walked into the meal with everyone squeaking the ducks at us, which was very funny as we hadn’t even thought about that!

We did all the set up ourselves. We decorated with lots of lights, candles, photos, light up boxes, pin boards etc. However, I think if you ask our guests what their favourite touch was, they would say the Pimp your Prosecco station which got drunk dry before the meal!

As we met at Rockness, we wanted to base our tableplan around the festival, so we asked David at Bottled Love to use the poster from that year as his inspiration. Our table names were all DJs or bands that made up our dream line up at a festival. We’re actually in the middle of getting our table plan framed to hang in our hallway!

In terms of my bouquet, I wanted to go bright. I absolutely love reds and oranges, and I knew they would brighten up the blues and greys of the wedding party colours. In contrast, I wanted gypsophila for the bridesmaids and centrepieces as it works so well with everything else. Amanda at Floral Design Boutique got my brief straight away and was so easy to work with.

We love the happy vibes in your photos!

I’ve actually known Jacqui for years, she’s an old school friend. Regardless of her being an absolute gem of a girl, she is such a talented photographer. There was never any doubt that I would book her – I probably would’ve changed dates to suit her if she hadn’t been free on our initial date. Her photography skills are second to none – her style is fresh, natural and simply beautiful. Every emotion was captured. We love every single photo! We’ll treasure our wedding photos forever thanks to Jacqui.

Were there any surprises on the day?

Allan’s sister’s partner, Euan McNab kindly piped for us on the day and did a great job. During the speeches my dad (who is also a piper) surprised me with a tune he had written called Mrs Kirsty Mayberry’s Wedding. I knew nothing about it until then. He presented me with the music printed and framed, and Euan had learned it so played it for everyone. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house!

Which part of the day stands out most for you?

Our ceremony. We had spent a lot of time creating the ceremony with Fiona. We wanted it to be relaxed, funny and personal. We wanted to introduce our whole wedding party so everyone knew who they were and why they were so important us. We also shared some funny stories about us a couple, plus Fiona asked us both to submit three things we loved about one another and one thing we each needed to work on, which resulted in a lot of laughs!

For me, the moment that sticks with me the most is walking through the door to the ceremony on my dad’s arm, to see everyone I loved in the one room smiling at me, with Allan standing waiting at the bottom of the aisle. I couldn’t help myself from saying hello to everyone as I walked down the aisle, I wanted to take everyone in. Then we said our vows to one another – I was so overcome with love and emotion, I wanted to bottle that feeling forever.

See more from Kirsty & Allan’s day over in the Summer issue of our online magazine…

Read the Summer issue here

Images by Chic Photo