Today I am thrilled to share this colourful Scottish Wedding with Cluedo details at Rowallan Castle.
Images were captured by Tom Cairns Photography.
Tom Cairns Photography is a fine art portrait photographer, wedding photographer and corporate photographer based in Kilmarnock, Scotland.
His approach to photography is a refreshingly simple one: his style is honest and fun, celebrating life, love and family.
Tom shares his recollections of the couple and their Scottish Wedding…
“Rachael and Rory got married recently at St Joseph’s church in Milngavie, before jumping in a gorgeous vintage car to head down through Glasgow to the beautiful setting of Rowallan Castle just outside Kilmarnock in Ayrshire.”
“Totally refurbished over the last few years, it truly is a stunning location to celebrate a wedding.”
“Perfect combination of a Scottish and Irish couple and their families having an amazing day as only us Celts know how to.”
“To top it all, after their exotic honeymoon, they have headed off to Australia to start life as a married couple. Can’t be bad.”
“It was so obvious through the day that this pair were totally meant for each other, as Rory said in his speech, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bride smile and laugh so much on her wedding day.”
I now hand over to gorgeous Bride Rachael…
How did you meet?
“Rory and I first met on the party island of Ibiza when my friends sat next to Rory’s mate in a bar.”
“It was a holiday romance that went the distance and we’ve definitely put in the miles.”
“From Inverness to Cardiff, Melbourne to London, and Glasgow to Sydney – we’ve survived a long distance relationship and we’re over the moon to finally be living together as a married couple.”
When did you get engaged?
“On the 9th May 2014 Rory got down on one knee to pop the question at Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness, the location of our very first date.”
“It was a very romantic evening with the castle lit up in the background and the perfect ring.”
Tell us about your wedding planning journey
“Not long after getting engaged Rory took a job opportunity in Sydney, so my amazing mum stepped in to accompany me to venue viewings, flower appointments and cake tastings.”
“After attending the Scottish Wedding Show to get some ideas, I initially felt overwhelmed by how many decisions had to be made.”
“The first thing I prioritised was booking the perfect wedding venue.”
“My mum travelled with me to viewings across the length and breadth of Scotland, but as soon as we visited the beautiful Rowallan Castle we knew the search was over.”
“The exclusive venue ticked all the boxes and after sending Rory photos of the stunning interior we agreed it fitted perfectly with our traditional Scottish wedding theme and our ‘Cluedo’ idea for stationery.”
“We just had to consider the logistics of transporting our guests from the church in Milngavie to the castle in Kilmaurs!”
“Rowallan recommended photographer Tom Cairns and we really liked his relaxed style.”
“He perfectly captured the special moments on our big day and all the bold colours looked amazing.”
“The next booking was our band, Papa Shandy and the Drams.”
“I knew Rory’s Irish family would appreciate their folky sound, they also played ceilidh to get everyone dancing and our guests loved their folk twist on modern songs – the dance floor was never empty!”
“We even changed the date of our wedding to secure this talented band.”
“The only negative experience I had was with the dress shop. I had fallen in love with a satin princess Pronovias dress and I had an idea for three different coloured bridesmaid dresses; teal, burgundy and purple.”
“The customer service was appalling, especially considering the amount of money I was spending.”
“I wasn’t allowed to try a veil on with my dress, it was a hassle to order colour swatches, then despite being advised dresses would be ordered a size bigger as it was easier to alter down the way, two of the bridesmaid dresses arrived two sizes too small.”
“The shop refused to take any responsibility although none of the measurements matched up.”
“The Citizen Advice Bureau advised that I had a strong case to seek a remedy, but unfortunately I didn’t have enough time to pursue this to ensure I had finished dresses on my wedding day as the shop refused to cooperate.”
“Fabricated Bridal Alterations saved the day and successfully altered my bridal dress and inserted a sentimental touch – lace from my Gran’s wedding dress – as well as fixing all three bridesmaid dresses.”
“We were all thrilled with the finished look!”
“The next time I went to the Scottish Wedding Show I was much more organised and managed to take advantage of deals when booking a hairdresser, vintage cars and the cake.”
“I decided to design and make a lot of the stationery and table decorations myself including save the dates, order of services, place names, signage and miniature vases.”
“My dad helped construct a freestanding frame for our photobooth area, carve corks to hold place names and he arranged the flowers at the castle himself.”
“In the weeks leading up to the big day it was all hands on deck and I cannot thank my parents enough for all their help.”
“At times the wedding preparation did get stressful, but it was all worth it.”
“We had the best day of our lives celebrating with family and friends from across Scotland, Ireland, England, Wales and Australia.”
When did you get married?
“On Saturday 4th June 2016 Rory and I tied the knot at a beautiful ceremony at St Joseph’s Church, Milngavie before celebrating becoming partners in crime at Rowallan Castle, Kilmaurs.”
What was the best bit of your day?
“It is so difficult to pick just one special moment.”
“Obviously that moment when we exchanged vows and were pronounced husband and wife in front of all our loved ones was unforgettable.”
“Father Currie put everyone at ease and gave a heartfelt sermon, our friends and family beautifully delivered readings and prayers, the offertory by Rory’s nieces and nephew was a lovely touch and his cousin’s singing was exquisite.”
“After the ceremony Rory and I thoroughly enjoyed the drive in a stunning vintage car where we could spend some time together, just the two of us, as a newly married couple.”
“The sun was shining so the roof was down and we were sipping on champagne as people tooted their car horns to congratulate us. When we arrived at the castle it felt like a fairy-tale.”
“All three speeches from the father of the bride, the groom and the best man were outstanding.”
“They were funny, sentimental and just the right length.”
“We appreciated the best man Andy’s nod to Rabbie Burns when he composed a poem all about Rory including his love for Alfa Romeos!”
“Papa Shandy and the Dram’s rendition of our first song ‘Falling Slowly’ was beautiful and I felt so proud to be dancing with my new husband.”
“They followed it up with ‘Caledonia’ and it was a lovely moment to be able to dance with my dad, and Rory with his mum.”
“The band had the party in full swing for the rest of the evening!”
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
“At first wedding planning can be daunting but you just need to break it down into one decision at a time.”
“I had a folder where I would keep a record of everything I booked, receipts, and ideas.”
“Try to stick to a budget and I would say if you can make something yourself, do it!”
“Not only is it cheaper but you can design it exactly how you want it and make it unique to you both as a couple.”
“Don’t be afraid to ask family and the bridal party for help so it doesn’t become overwhelming.”
“After my dress shopping experience I would advise brides and bridesmaids (as well as grooms and groomsmen) to measure themselves before getting fitted and then make sure those figures correspond with the shop’s measurements.”
“Write down every measurement taken at the bridal shop and the size they intend to order.”
“Don’t be persuaded to order a size bigger. If you normally buy a size 10, then order a size 10 – you would in any other shop – and you could save a fortune in alterations!”
“It is nice to have little personal touches but it is easy to get carried away.”
“For me, if the guests are sitting in the chairs you can’t see the chair covers and bows, so why do you need them?”
“I think it’s important not to get carried away and remember it’s about creating a magical day for all your family and friends to enjoy and celebrate your commitment to one another – we had a ball!”
Thank you so much to Tom for sharing this elegant Scottish Wedding.
Love the rich vibrant colours and the Cluedo table stationery and tableplan is inspired.
Ceremony Venue: St. Joseph’s Church – Milngavie & Celebrant: Father Patrick Currie
Reception Venue: Rowallan Castle – Kilmaurs
Photography: Tom Cairns Photography
Videography: Astro Productions
Alterations: Fabricated Bridal Alterations
Suits: Moss Bros
Flowers: Janet Caroll Creative Florist (bouquets, button holes, top table)
Make Up: Stephanie McDowell
Cake: Liggy’s Cakes
Cake Topper: Perlilla Pets
Band: Papa Shandy & the Drams (Hireaband)
Piper: Iain MacDonald – National Piping Centre
Coaches: SHM Travel
Stationery & table decorations including save the dates & order of services & place names & signage and miniature vases: Made by Bride
Invitations: Mac and Leigh
To Contact Tommy Cairns Photography
Phone: 07775 896 680