A beautiful rustically inspired  festive Ayrshire Wedding with pretty red and cream details

Today I am thrilled to share this beautiful rustically inspired  festive Ayrshire Wedding with pretty red and cream details.

The fabulous Christmas time celebration of Nikki & Gary was held at at Lochside House Hotel in Ayrshire.

Images of the day were captured by Tom Cairns Photography.

festive ayrshire wedding

Tom Cairns 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 says of the couples Ayrshire wedding day…


There is always a special feel about a Christmas wedding, and Lochside was beautifully decorated with all its festive finery, fitting in beautifully with Nikki’s theme.

This was such a fun day, full of love, humour (mainly at Gary’s expense) tears and laughter and everyone was there to party.

Dexter the dog also made a very  special appearance.


Bride Nikki says of the couple and their gorgeous Ayrshire Wedding…


How did you meet?

We met almost 10 years ago, when we were both 18.

I worked in a bar & restaurant (Riverbank) along with Gary’s cousins and we became friends. Then in July 2010 we became a couple.

Tell us about the Proposal…

It was 21st August 2014.

Gary had decided to pop the question, and after asking my dad on the Saturday previously he didn’t hang about.

It was a regular Thursday night in our pyjamas at home on the couch. He literally just pulled it out from behind a cushion like a magic trick with a big smile on his face and said “well…” And of course, I said yes!

Although I later found out he had some grand plans involving our new puppy Dexter, but the nerves kicked in and he proposed 2 hours after he bought the ring.

Tell us about your wedding planning journey…

We didn’t rush into the wedding as we knew it would take a lot of planning and saving; so it wasn’t until September 2017 that we booked our venue.

Lochside was the only venue we had looked at but having been there many times before we knew it was where we wanted to have our big day.

The scenery is just beautiful and was a perfect setting for photographs by the Loch.

Any special touches/DIY?

I made all our invitations by hand using mostly crafts and embellishments purchased on eBay.

Each one was placed in a little box filled with fake snow and glitter. There were a lot of messy carpets when we delivered them..

The night before the wedding I stayed in one of the Lodges at the hotel with my bridal party.

I surprised each of them with a personalised goody bag filled with some gifts.

We all had matching robes, pyjamas, slippers, hangers and champagne flutes most of which I had bought on Etsy.

I also made a little pamper bag for each of us with face masks, lip scrubs and other bits and bobs to get ready for the big day.

I wanted to bring my love of dogs to the wedding somehow and have our dog Dexter involved.

He joined us on the day for some photos of course, but instead of traditional favours we donated to the Dogs Trust and gave all of our guests a little card with information on the Dogs Trust and a cute pin badge.

I also made personalised ‘doggy bags’ with Dexter’s photo on the front. We gave one to each guest who had a pet, dog or cat.

Inside was a personalised Christmas bauble with their pet’s name filled with treats.

Table Plan and Welcome sign – I bought a large standing mirror for the table plan and smaller version for the welcome sign.

My uncle is a sign maker and helped me to design these and did all the stickering.

I bought a mix of artificial flowers and greenery and made the floral displays for the corner, with the help of some cable tie and a glue gun!

Photo Collage – I bought a large collage frame and placed photos of both our parents, Grandparents and great grandparents on their wedding days.

I decorated this with some greenery and flowers to match the theme. This was displayed beside our guest book which my friend personalised for us.

Leather Jacket – Bespoke chalk and print on Etsy. Hand painted ‘Mrs Anderson’ jacket with flowers and greenery to match my theme.

Children’s Favours – I had personalised Christmas stockings made for all the kids and filled them with sweets toys and games to keep them occupied during the meal.

What was the theme /colour palette of your Big Day?

I had a vision from the start for our Ayrshire wedding being festive. I wanted warm burgundy’s and reds, lots of candles and flowers, and of course some Christmas sparkle.

The tables were named after reindeer – there was a little sparkly reindeer on each table and the table plan and welcome sign had reindeers too.

We had wooden table names and place names made to match the reindeer theme.

The place names doubled as a Christmas tree decoration, an extra little something for our guests to take home.

It was also important for us to have Dexter involved too as mentioned above. He even made it onto the wedding cake made of fondant!

I hired in Winton Weddings to do most of the decorating and Jackie exceeded all my expectations with the beautiful floral arrangements and floating candles.

The floral/LED backdrop was stunning and my favourite part of the decor.

I had artificial silk bouquets made by Stemz & Gemz.

They also made the flower combs and crowns for my bridal party, and with a mix of burgundy blush white and greenery, they were just perfect.

What was the best bit of your day?

Honestly can’t pick the best bit as the whole day was so amazing.

We are so glad we had a videographer and now get to play it back again and again and see all the things that we missed on the day.

Is there anything you would do differently?

We wouldn’t stress too much on the little things as on the day they did not matter.

I stressed for weeks over the weather and on the day we had some rain and wind but our photos turned out beautifully regardless.

What advice would you give to other couples getting married?

Enjoy the whole process, from booking your venue and picking colour schemes, to finalising your menu. You really miss it when its all finished.

Probably so cliché too, but just take some time out for yourselves on the day.

Have a drink and just try and take it all in as it’s over in a flash.

Take a look at the couples wedding film…


Ayrshire Wedding Suppliers

Venue – Lochside House Hotel

Photographer – Tom Cairns Photography

Wedding Dress – Enzoani at Anne Priscilla Bridal – Glasgow

Bridesmaid Gowns – Sistaglam at Next

Suit/Kilt Hire supplier – Kilts 4 U – Kilmarnock

Cake Maker – Sugar & Spice –  Troon

Florist – Donna McAloon – Stemz & Gemz

Videographer – Alan Gray – Memories by Movie

Rings – Jenny Packham at Goldsmiths

Venue Décor – Winton Weddings

Wedding Planner –  Fiona (Lochside wedding co-ordinator)

Bridal Dresser – Linzi at Don’t Stress The Dress

Stationery – VM Bespoke – wooden table names and place names. Various other stationery made by Bride.

Beauty – Sharon Cuthbert (make up) Rachel Hall (hair)

Afternoon Entertainment – Ginny & The Tonic


To Contact Tom Cairns Photography

Website: https://www.tomcairnsphotography.com/

Email: tom@tomcairnsphotography.com

Phone: 07775 896 680

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