Today I am thrilled to share a Stunning Ayrshire Wedding with a Pronovias Gown and gold, navy and blush details.
Images were captured by Foden Photography.
Foden Photography are Matt and Brenda Foden, a husband and wife photography team based in Surrey.
They love shooting weddings, and it’s their mission to capture the fun and emotion of their couples’ wedding days in a natural and relaxed way.
They say of the couple and their day…
We’re based in Surrey, so we actually didn’t meet Helen and Kyle until the day of the wedding, but we did have a couple of chats over Skype before the big day.
For us it’s wonderful to shoot big days beyond the South East of England, where we shoot the majority of our weddings.
Blairquhan Castle is a breathtaking venue in a beautiful location, so that’s always a dream for photographers, and it was for us.
One of the other elements of the wedding that we really enjoyed shooting was the ceremony itself, which incorporated traditional elements such as the tying of the knot.
The humanist celebrant did an amazing job, and we’ve always found humanist-led ceremonies to be warm and engaging.
Oh, and of course the ceilidh –that was a riot!
Of course, it’s people that make weddings at the end of the day, and you couldn’t wish to meet a lovelier couple than Helen and Kyle!
I hand over to beautiful Bride Helen…
How did you meet?
Kyle was living in Australia and I was living in the UK at university.
I went backpacking around Asia over my summer break and Kyle went to Thailand with a friend for a holiday.
We met in Koh Phanang on the beach when I started chatting to the guys next to us.
We spent Kyle’s two week holiday together and they changed their plans to come island hopping.
I promised in that fortnight that I’d move to Australia to be with Kyle, but I don’t think he believed me!
Tell us about the Proposal…
It was perfect. I’d always said I’d hate a public proposal and it was just the two of us.
I got home and the door was locked with the key in the back so I couldn’t come in.
It turns out he was lighting hundreds of tea lights and it was taking longer than planned!
When he finally let me in, he was down on one knee and had scattered rose petals and tea lights throughout the room.
Apparently he’d been planning on doing the rose petals and tea lights at the beach but a torrential storm rolled through!
I wouldn’t have had it any differently though. We opened a bottle of champagne to celebrate.
Tell us about your wedding planning journey …
Our journey was more complex than most.
We were living in Australia and had booked a beautiful venue in Margaret River, WA.
Kyle was then moved with work at very short notice to Aberdeen.
We eventually decided to cancel our original wedding plans as it seemed strange asking all our family to travel to Australia for a wedding when we weren’t even living there!
We’d already been engaged over a year at this point and I didn’t want to extend our engagement even more so we booked a wedding for 5 months later at the beautiful Blairquhan Castle in Maybole.
I did most of the wedding planning as Kyle was working away for almost the entire 5 months leading up to the wedding.
My job involves project management so I didn’t find it too difficult.
Any special touches/DIY?
I had a DIY disaster. I made beautiful homemade soaps, with fresh rose petals to represent my English history and thistles to represent Kyle’s.
I made them a couple of months in advance and put them in a box in the cupboard.
A couple of days before the wedding I pulled them out and all of the rose petals had rotted and turned the soaps brown!
We had some lovely sentimental touches though.
We used Kyle’s Grandad’s sword to cut the cake, which had been part of his uniform in the colonial days.
We got both of our Nanas to “tie the knot” for us which was a really special moment.
We had a wonderful humanist celebrant who did a beautiful speech about how the hands we were holding would support each other; there wasn’t a dry eye in the place.
My ‘something borrowed’ was a beautiful pearl necklace loaned to me by Kyle’s aunt.
What was the theme /colour palette of your Big Day?
Our theme was gold, navy and blush.
We didn’t need a huge amount of décor however as the venue was beautiful and filled with lovely antiques.
What was the best bit of your day?
The most special thing for me was having all our friends and family together in one room.
Everyone made such an effort to mingle and make sure everyone else was enjoying themselves.
My dad’s speech is still a really special moment that makes me tear up when I remember it.
I loved every moment of our ceremony.
Is there anything you would do differently?
Not a single thing! Except perhaps not bother with the soaps.
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
Create a really good spreadsheet to stay on top of everything.
Create a wedding email too or you’ll be getting adverts from suppliers long after the wedding.
Relax and enjoy the process, the day soon flies past.
Thank you so much to Foden Photography for sharing this elegant Blairquhan Castle Wedding Day.
The setting is just breathtaking, the floristry spectacular and together the pretty colour palette in navy, gold and blush compliments beautifully.
Photographer – Foden Photography
Venue – Blairquhan Castle – Maybole
Bridesmaid Gowns – Dessy
Kilt – House of Argyll – Alexandria
Cake Maker – Liggy’s Cake Company – Bearsden
Florist – Lorraine Wood Flowers
Rings – Orla James
Stationery – Kismet Weddings
Make up – Asteria Bridal (Jennifer Peffer)
Hair stylist – Christine Bruce