Kate & Kenny's wedding
Kate & Kenny got married at Dalduff on Saturday 23rd July 2016 and they created such a beautiful, relaxed, rustic wedding, we wanted to ask them all about it!
What type of venue were you looking for and what made you choose Dalduff?
We both wanted something different for our day. We knew we definitely didn't want the typical hotel wedding, so my Mum and I had been at all sorts of different venues, from botanic gardens to galleries.
When we first went to Dalduff we loved it, but there were no weekend dates available for 2 years- and I really didn't want to wait that long! However, when I took Kenny to see it (just in case), James told us they had literally just had a cancellation the day before for a weekend in July! It was meant to be - I knew it was for us!!
Did you have a theme in mind for your wedding?
We totally wanted a fun, relaxed atmosphere full of love and laughter. Dalduff absolutely gives you that! We have a lot of very close, special friends and family and very much wanted it to be a celebration of all the times we have all shared together. The idea of the big long dinner tables was something I had already thought of, so the fact that Dalduff could do this was fantastic! It was so different and meant everybody could mix which I loved. I also loved that it was a blank canvas to decorate as we wished.
How did you decorate the barn and other spaces?
As I say, it is a blank canvas. I visited the barn about 4 times before the wedding so picked up ideas from that, loads from the Dalduff website and Facebook pages, Pinterest of course and different websites. Obviously the barn is very naturally rustic, so we collected glass jars for a few months and decorated them with hessian and beads. We had clusters of 3 together on the tables filled with tea lights and wild flowers and they looked so effective. It was such a cheap way to have such a great looking venue. I had loads of pillar candles and tea lights dotted about which made it look so intimate.
I absolutely adore photographs and the memories they bring, our house is covered in them! So I had seen an idea on Pinterest of having Polaroid pictures as name places. I trolled through hundreds of physical photos from years ago, and did a lot of Facebook stalking to get a picture of every guest with either Kenny or I with them, and ordered them off Photobox. I put them onto corks at each setting and they looked amazing... Everyone thought it was so different and had a right laugh at the old photos!! I also had big boards and frames full of polaroid's of fun times we have had together and with our friends, which brought lots of laughs for everyone. We made up little baskets of toiletries etc. for the toilets, which everyone thought was a very personal touch. And finally I ordered eucalyptus garlands from local florist June Dunlop. They looked and smelled amazing!
Who married you and did you have anything additional as part of your ceremony e.g. Hand fastening, music, special readings?
Claire Digance, of The Humanist Society Scotland, married us. She was an absolute gem of a find!! She completely got our idea of having a chilled, fun atmosphere and created an amazing ceremony. So many guests have said what a fantastic, personal service it was. We had ring warming at the start, then a candle lighting ceremony to join the 2 families. After our vows, we also did a vow to our 2-year-old daughter Erin, promising to love and protect her and to continue raising her in a home full of fun, happiness and encouragement! There were a few tears from the guests!!
Did you have music for your ceremony and fizz reception?
For music during the ceremony and then at the drinks reception in the courtyard we had Alan McDonald, a guitarist, playing. Again so relaxed and he was just amazing - everyone raved about him!
What did you think about the wedding feast?
I knew from the start I didn't want the typical sit down soup, chicken, cheesecake meal (no offence to others- just not my thing!) I had already discussed with the other possible venues of having family style eating so the fact that Dalduff did that was amazing. Plus we come from 2 families of BBQ fanatics!! Kenny was desperate for the Hog Roast when he heard about it!! Food was delicious, honestly- just fantastic!
I loved the idea that Dalduff suggest you have your wedding cake as dessert. We had the most amazing 'Naked Cake' from Jenny's Cakes. I had told them I wanted it big and very dramatic and I definitely think we got it. We served it with wild berries and little bottles of cream. At night, we had the hog roast and the delicious cheese board provided by Dalduff - so different from the usual bacon rolls that everyone was impressed!
What was the favourite dish on your menu?
The pork ribs were amazing, so delicious!! The teriyaki chicken skewers for the canapés were scrumptious!
What was the highlight of your day overall?
Walking into the barn for the ceremony and seeing everyone there so happy for us. I had planned for an outdoor ceremony in the beautiful grounds but the weather was too wet earlier in the week so we opted for indoors and I'm 110% happier with that- it was so intimate inside the barn- what an atmosphere!!
How was your stay in the farmhouse?
The farmhouse was amazing!! Spotless, spacious and delightful! What an absolute bonus to have that there! Around 40 guests travelled down on the Friday and we all went out for dinner, then I went back with my immediate family and bridesmaid and had a lovely night in the farmhouse. It was so good being at the venue in the morning to check everything. And the best bit....we got to sneakily watch Kenny and the boys, and all the guests arriving out the window! I loved it!!
What would your top tip be to other brides thinking of getting married at Dalduff?
I would definitely recommended getting the small gazebo we had in the courtyard. We had an 8ft square one, and I was dead against this as I was worried it would take away from the feel of the barn. However everyone else said I should get it and I'm glad I did. It drizzled slightly at times but the gazebo meant guests could stay outside which was amazing! Even if it's really hot, it will provide shade. We decorated it with fairy lights and had it lined by Finesse Marquees who we hired it from, which was so effective and I can honestly say it looked brilliant in the courtyard.
Also have an MC who is confident speaking in public and can keep the day going- we had our friend John who worked together with James from Dalduff to run it perfectly.
Anything else you would like to tell us about your wedding experience at Dalduff?
Absolutely could not have asked for a better venue. James, Jeny and Kathryn at Dalduff are such a joy to work with, giving support and advice but also allowing you your own space to decorate and run the day as you please. Follow their advice- James has a wealth of knowledge and ideas about the venue so brides should make use of it!
Your guests will be astounded by the venue- so many of our guests have said it has been the best wedding they have been to and I really do think they mean it. The fact it is such a unique venue and you can have so many personal touches makes it's a beautiful day for your guests.
Kenny & Kate's Supplier List
Photography - Lauren Stirling Photography
Videographer - Edinburgh Wedding Videos
Dress - Sloanes Bridal, Hamilton
Bridesmaids Dress- This Years Love, Hamilton
Flowergirl Dress- Sarah Louise from Reeta Fashions, Glasgow
Groomswear - Gilt Edged, Glasgow
Hair- Alison & Kayleigh at Mohka Ladies, Hamilton
Make Up - Gillian Lees - Our Vow
Flowers- Eros Flowers, Blantyre and June Dunlop, Maybole
Cake- Jenny's Cakes, Crossford
Entertainment- guitarist Alan McDonald (www.connect-ent.org) and Strange-Bru Band
Marquee – Finesse Marquees - www.finessemarquees.co.uk