Jenny and Ross were married on the 20th of June 2015 at The Byre at Inchyra in Perthshire. At the time of booking there were some major renovations going on but they were able to visualise the plans despite there being no roof.
Photography by Christine McNally Photography
“Our day was shaped by Scotland and Cornwall, where we grew up. The venue meant we had different areas to use throughout the day and a mix of a classic wedding day and casual night time party. Our ceremony was in the Stable Room, then we moved to the grand open space of the lawn for drinks. For dinner we moved back to the Byre and danced the night away under the twinkly lights.”
“We met while travelling America nine years ago. When we returned we had a long distance relationship for two years before Ross decided to move to Glasgow for uni and luckily he stayed! Ross proposed in Cornwall where he’s from.”
“I wanted to look myself in both hair and make-up. I changed my mind on my hair about 20 times but Kylie from The Aisle Bridal was brilliant and we all had such a chilled morning!”
Previously against wearing a veil, Jenny tried one on and surprised herself by loving how it looked with her dress. She also got a flower crown for a day to night change. The only other accessories she wore were a Monica Vinader ring she got for her 30th and a silver swan necklace from her granny.
Jenny concentrated her dress search on the high street and only tried 5 dresses on in total. This was the first one she loved but Coast had completely sold out of her size so she continued to look for something else but to no avail…
“One day I decided to have a quick look on eBay and found my dress! I didn’t bid at first as it was a size bigger but no one else bid and it was relisted for a crazy £99 so I decided I had nothing to lose! Amazingly it fit me almost perfectly! I got some small alterations done and added a belt from Etsy.
It’s a shame you only get to wear your dress for one day. I’ll be keeping mine forever as it is as I loved seeing the dress my mum made for her wedding day in the 1970s. It’s an important part of family history!”
One of Jenny’s biggest tasks was finding dresses for her bridesmaids. She sent No.1 Jenny Packham dresses to Madrid and Australia and luckily the style worked on everyone. The 5 ladies all wore wired flowers in their hair and looked amazing on the day.
Jenny and Ross chose Christine McNally Photography to capture their wedding day and absolutely loved the images.
“Christine was fantastic, she works in a very calm way which made everybody relax and took photos of details we may have forgotten otherwise. There are so many photos we hadn’t realised or noticed she was taking.”
“I couldn’t be happier that we picked Christine as not only is she very talented but also a lovely person. Christine made me realise that choosing a wedding photographer is a huge decision, your photos are what you have left to remember your day!”
The couple met Lisa from Sparrow and Rose at The Glasgow Wedding Collective. Their vision was to use flowers everywhere, from the troughs around the dance floor to the gorgeous table arrangements. Lisa’s style is very natural and pulled the look together beautifully.
“We wanted lots of music throughout the day. Cairn String Quartet played during the ceremony and drinks reception and we then had a piper for the rest of the afternoon. After the meal, ‘It’s No Reel’, a brilliant céilidh band played.”
Everyone was enjoying it so much a half hour set turned into 2 and a half hours! It seems a Scottish wedding isn’t finished until everyone is in a circle singing Auld Lang Syne!”
“My Dad walked me down the aisle to ‘Moon River’ by the string quartet. I thought I would be crying my eyes out at that point but I think I was so nervous and excited that I didn’t really feel like any of it was real! ‘Old Pine’ by Ben Howard played as we signed the register and the ceremony was over in a flash. ‘Rather Be’ by Clean Bandit played as we left, perfect to get the drinks reception started.”
“Our humanist celebrant Susan Douglas Scott was great at helping us put the ceremony together. We ended up with a very personal ceremony that was about 20 minutes long which suited us just fine. It took us a while to find readings that we liked that weren’t too cheesy. After much searching, we picked ‘Sooner or Later’ which reflects our feelings pretty accurately.”
“Ross and his groomsmen all wore navy three pieces from Debenhams, with blue and grey ties. You can’t beat a good suit and they all looked so smart.”
“We picked En Croute to cater because their food was not only very tasty but their presentation is quite quirky and we could have complete freedom in our menu. I loved the little touches like heart shaped croutons in the soup and a miniature apple with the chicken and cider main course.”
“Ross and I had a moment of calm on the lawn while everyone was seated for dinner. We were then announced to the room and the piper played us to our seat with everyone stamping their feet, clapping and cheering. Everyone looked so happy!
Seeing people from different points in our life who had never met before chatting and having fun was amazing. When you get engaged you think it’s just about the two of you getting married but the whole process leading up to the wedding makes you realise how brilliant your friends and family are.”
“We ordered our stationery from RememberNovember. Heather was fantastic and turned everything around really quickly. She is based in America so I would often email her wording late at night and by the morning it was in my inbox ready for printing. Our favours were simple pink rock sweets that said ‘With Love’ from Say it with a Sweetie.”
“I collected and made props for the photobooth and got a selfie stick and it worked perfectly! It was great seeing guests from both of our families in photos together all dressed up!”
“Our first dance was to ‘Scars’ by James Bay. The lyrics remind us of leaving America thinking we might never see each other again.”
“I wouldn’t change anything about the day but I do wish I had made myself eat more, I seemed to have no appetite on the day. It’s funny to spend ages picking food and then not managing to eat much! I also wish we had recorded more of the music somehow and that I had pressed some of the gorgeous flowers from my bouquet.”
Words of Wedded Wisdom
“Try to get the balance right between DIY and getting an expert to do things. I enjoyed making some things but I am so glad I got Sparrow and Rose to do the extra décor. The day before was stressful enough and I could never had done anything as lovely as what she produced! The same goes for photos, nothing could replace what Christine took.
It’s difficult not to listen to what others say but at the end of the day everyone who cares about you will have a brilliant time no matter what.”
Thank you to the wonderful Christine McNally for the gorgeous images and congratulations to Jenny and Ross on such a beautiful wedding day.
Love Caoimhe xx
Photographer – Christine McNally Photography
Venue – The Byre at Inchyra, Perthshire
Wedding Dress – Coast + Etsy Belt
Shoes – John Lewis
Accessories – Monica Vinader + Coast
Bride’s Scent/perfume – Tom Ford Black Orchid
Groom – Debenhams
Bridesmaids – No.1 Jenny Packham
Florist – Sparrow and Rose
Cake – Waitrose + ReadyGo Topper
Entertainment – Cairn String Quartet + ‘It’s No Reel’
Rings – Chisholm Hunter
Catering – En Croute
Stationery – RememberNovember
Hair Stylist + Makeup Artist – Kylie from The Aisle Bridal