Creating a wedding that was both affordable for them and their guests was paramount to Danielle Wilson and Christopher Guiney.
Danielle, 29, and Chris, 26, rolled up their sleeves and got DIYing for their barn wedding in Gervald Village Hall, Scotland. The pair said ‘I do’ at a small ceremony of 75 day guests, and hosted 218 guests total for the evening reception at The Strawberry Barn, where they enjoyed speeches, a delicious hog roast, and the party atmosphere.
Every element of the wedding was locally sourced – the venue was only a 20-minute drive away, and as Thirsty Cross Cider is made in that region, Danielle and Chris used it as their toast drink.
Even Chris’s passion was included in the day! As a tree surgeon, Chris hand made the centre pieces out of trees and logs he’d cut himself. His talents even helped with the creation of 218 wedding favours – tree slices sanded and personalised with each guest’s name.
“Our wedding was fun, laid back, quirky, home made, different, and still HUGE with 218 guests!” says Danielle. “We were able to plan the wedding in such a way that allowed us to have everyone we wanted there.”
Photos courtesy of Cademuir Photography.
Danielle’s gorgeous lace wedding dress was actually a sample sale gown!
Chris and his groomsmen donned traditional Scottish attire for the big day.
Danielle and Chris’ ceremony was officiated by Scottish marriage celebrant, Claire Digance. “Our humanist ceremony was so fun and upbeat,” recalls Danielle.
The decor was either made by Danielle, which included bunting made from pastel wallpapers and the centrepieces, or collected over the duration of planning their wedding.
The jars for the candy bar were donated by a friend after her own wedding, and the sweets were spotted for a bargain by a work colleague.
The pastel four-tier cake with bunting cake topper was created by the award winning 3D Cakes.
“The reception was an amazing atmosphere,” says Danielle, “And the dance floor was packed all night!”
“We’re both pretty laid back, casual people who love a laugh, so we wanted that reflected in our wedding,” Danielle says, “And we 100% got that.”