Today I am thrilled to share this stunning Country House Wedding in Ayrshire with hints of champagne and black.
Kerry and Chris celebrated their marriage with their nearest and dearest at the beautiful Dumfries House.
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.
I hand over to gorgeous bride Kerry…
How did you meet?
“We got together back in 2008, the 300 mile distance between Ayrshire and Birmingham seemed a ridiculous notion to keep a relationship going, but we persevered and shared many weekends together in those early months.”
“A few years of Chris driving 300 miles to my home on a Friday evening and 300 miles back to Birmingham on a Monday morning was hard going and we agreed that we needed to find a more permanent solution and Chris made the commitment to move to Scotland in 2011.”
Tell us about the Engagement…
“On 19th September 2015 as we were getting ready to head off to Ayr Gold Cup races for the day, I turned to Chris and said “how do I look?” Chris responded with “yeah ok but you’re missing something.”
“As I checked myself in the mirror and worried that something awful was amiss Chris produced a box with my engagement ring and proposed….now I say propose but I had to prompt him to speak and ask the question!”
Tell us about your wedding planning journey –
“We knew we wanted to create lots of our own details and personalise our day so we invested in a commercial laser cutter and experimented.”
“We made our own invitations, favours, table plan, personalised coat hangers for dresses, top table name plaque, outdoor wedding sign and put lots of ourselves into our day to make it as special as possible.”
“So we had to be organised and work out dates to have certain tasks completed. We enjoyed the whole process and are very glad we did it ourselves.”
“At the venue the excellent events team helped us with planning of our day and timings so we took their advice in many of these details.”
“Our day flowed perfectly.”
What was the theme /colour palette of your Big Day?
“Well, initially we had agreed on blush pink and ivory with black as Chris knew he wanted to wear a tuxedo.”
“However, when I went dress shopping I fell in love with a Julian Alexander champagne coloured satin gown, and many sleepless nights followed as it was everything I hadn’t imagined choosing.”
“But I loved it so took the leap and ordered it.”
“Blush pink just didn’t go at all so the bridesmaids ended up in ivory which worked perfectly and I then had to discreetly discuss colours with the florist and cake shop as Chris was involved in all the planning.”
“Our colours worked great as our venue, Dumfries House, has décor of bold colours, greens and reds, so we were not competing with the house but instead all of it complemented each other with ivory and greens coming through in our flowers.”
What was the best bit of your day?
“Being with all of our friends and families in one place. We felt very lucky that so many of them had made such an effort to be there for us.”
“And The House staff really looked after us and them so well, we just felt so special all day.”
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
“Enjoy your engagement, we had such a lovely time being engaged and planning our wedding together and that leads a very relaxed and enjoyable day. ”
Thank you so much to Tom for sharing this amazing Country House Wedding, isn’t it just so elegant!
Venue – Dumfries House – Cumnock – Ayrshire
Photographer – Tommy Cairns
Celebrant – George Smith of Fuze Ceremonies
Suit Hire – Moss Bros
Cake Maker – Sugar & Spice – Troon
Florist – 27 Alloway
Videographer – Adore Weddings
Rings – Marlow’s Diamonds – Birmingham Jewellery Quarter
Stationery – Self
Make up – Jacqui Harrow Make up artist
Hair stylist – Linzi Smith Hair at Distinction
Entertainment Evening: Waterfront Wedding & Event Band
Entertainment Daytime – Elliot Bibby Magicman
Ceremony & Daytime entertainment– Afton Strings (quartet)