I am so excited to share Jem & Will’s amazing DIY Barn Wedding in the beautiful Perthshire Countryside with you as I was lucky enough to be part of their day with my company YPod Wedding Films.
It was just the best day working along with the super talented Claire Juliet Paton Photography at the awesome venue Comrie Croft and having some fun exploring the beautiful Loch Monzievaird. It really is such a beautiful part of the world.
You can watch our highlight film from their awesome DIY barn wedding and a little film from Loch Monzievaird here:
Jem & Will’s wedding day was special for so many reasons, but I particularly loved how unique and personal everything was.
They had arrived at the Comrie Croft, which is set amongst the beautiful Perthshire countryside in Scotland, with their family the day before their wedding and transformed the blank canvas of the barn in to the most amazing woodland wonderland wedding venue. We actually said “wow” when we walked in. This is exactly how you do a DIY barn wedding!
Their whole day had such a relaxed and fun atmosphere, with a real family feel to it. They had so many amazing little details such as the incredible brooch bouquets made by Jem and her bridesmaids with brooches representing their family members, a cool snowboarding cake made by Jem’s sister, multi-coloured pompoms, bales of hay, acorn favours and gorgeous floral bridesmaid dresses. Of course, Jem looked stunning in her Caroline Castigliano dress with her feather shrug and her super cute Irregular Choice shoes and Will looked very smart in his custom tweed suit.
They had a Humanist ceremony which was really personal to them. Jem & Will had written their own vows which they read from memory and the Celebrant had put together the story of how they met based on accounts given to her by their friends and family.
After dinner Jem popped on her flowery wellies and we headed up through the forest for some photos in the Nordic Kata that they were spending their wedding night in.
I asked Jem all about her DIY barn wedding, Here is what she told me:
We loved how rustic the whole place was and the fact that it was so DIY. Also, the possibility of having all of our friends staying on-site with us was exactly what we had in mind. It was the first venue we visited and, having only looked at one other place, we decided it had everything we were looking for and more.
We had the ceremony in The Barn, complete with church pews, then moved through to The Cowshed for live Jazz and Cocktails whilst a small team removed the church pews in The Barn to open that space up for the ceilidh dancing later. We had our wedding breakfast in the larger part of the Barn, which worked fantastically as there was plenty of room for all the tables and it didn’t feel squashed at all. It also meant we didn’t need to move any tables after the meal, before the dancing.
Will’s mum, Maria, did the most incredible job decorating the spaces with all of the hessian, topiary, hurricane lamps and other bits and bobs she hired for the day. She transformed the stage into the perfect altar for Will and I to be wed on.
We didn’t really, wholly, buy into a particular theme although there was a heavy Rustic vibe going on, what with it being in a barn, but apart from that we were really rather all over the place! I was adamant that there needed to be a lot of colour injected into the spaces so the place wasn’t too dull and we also wanted to inject some of our own personality into the decor. We had a fair bit of hessian, ivy and topiary placed around as well.
I ended up buying lots of differently sized pompoms of varying bright colours; these we dangled from the fairy light canopy that was strung up across the whole barn. We also pinned them to the wall behind the “kid’s corner” which was situated beside the Top Table and in which we made two hay bale sofa’s covered in colourful blankets for the children to sit at for their special Feast style meal.
Will and I are also avid snowboarders, so our table names were all the different ski resorts we’ve been to over the years; I printed out the piste maps, printed the resort names on each and popped them into frames to go onto the tables.
My older sister, Jade, made our cake which was a 3 tiered snowboarding themed masterpiece! It consisted of a layer of fruit cake, a layer of red velvet cake and a layer of carrot cake. She had been practicing each layer for months before hand (her colleagues both loved and hated her for all the cake she brought in!) and it showed, it was incredible!
Our favours were giant pine cones which we collected in Spain, in the little village that Will’s family have been going to for over 30 years. Trying to bring back over 100 pine cones in your hand luggage is surprisingly quite the task; they do not come across well on the airport bag scanners!
I also liked the idea of vintage touches, so the centrepieces were old tins, like tea tins, biscuit tins, recipe tins…all different sizes and colours. We bought flowers from the local supermarket the day before the wedding for these. I guess, with regards to colours, I just wanted all the colours!
My bridesmaids had matching 50’s dresses but in different floral patterns and colours. Our bouquets, which we made from brooches, were all different colours also.
We memorized our vows and Will went first; he delivered his so perfectly and with so much emotion it was extremely intense…in a good way! I remember panicking, just before I said mine, as I had a very dry mouth and I was worried I couldn’t do my vows as much justice as he had done his. I ended up stumbling on the words a couple times but Will helped me through them and everyone thought it was very endearing, thankfully! Also, listening to Will’s speech was a delight; he hates being the centre of attention yet he delivered his speech so calmly and elegantly, I was very proud of him.
My little sister, Jo, sang our first dance song along with Will’s friends Tomlin and Gordon; that was very special. Tomlin also played guitar for us during the ceremony…he said after that playing had helped him not to cry!
- Venue: Comrie Croft
- Photography: Claire Juliet Paton Photography
- Videography: YPod Wedding Films
- Venue Decoration: All the amazing DIY barn wedding decoration was done by Jem, Will, Will’s mum and their family and friends (what a bunch of clever cookies they are).
- Bouquets: DIY by Bride and Bridesmaids
- Bride’s Dress: Caroline Castigliano‘s Mesmerizing dress from Pan Pan Bridal
- Bride’s Belt: Davie & Chiyo on Etsy
- Bride’s Shoes: Irregular Choice
- Groom’s Suit: Taylor made by Healy Menswear in Crowthorne
- Groomsmen’s Suits: Healy Menswear in Crowthorne
- Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Lindy Bop
- Hair: Nicole at LC Salon in Crieff
- Buttonholes and Topiary: Coach House Flowers in Grandtully
- Cake: Bride’s sister Jade Heinemeier
- Caterers: Gourlay Catering, Crieff
- Bar: Mobile Measures
- Rings: The Beautiful Company
- Jazz Band: Dick Lee and his Jazz Quartet
- Ceilidh Band: Teannaich Ceilidh
More photographs from their awesome DIY barn wedding: