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Working in the wedding industry, as today’s bride does, you get to see so many cool venues. But this one, a distillery, was a hidden gem. Photographer Chantal of The Gibsons told me, “Kristin is the creative behind Struve Photography, and after seeing wedding after wedding she realised that she just wanted to make the day how they would want their day to go. So they got ready together and did a first look then on our way to Glengoyne Distillery we stopped off at locations which had meaning to them both. Kristin was pregnant with their son at the time so this was very convenient for her as well.

“The wedding was small and heartfelt filled with their favourite people. The guests got a whiskey tour while we snapped some more photos of the two of them around the distillery.

“Tables had an outdoorsy forest theme also involving their two beloved cats Pepper and Fidel. There was no dancing in the evening. Just the enjoyment of conversing at the table with each other which was so lovely!”

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The Story of the Wedding

Kristin says, “we wanted something simple, uncomplicated, and not too polished or structured. A lot of the things we went with – flowers, clothes – I suppose had quite an organic feel to them. We wanted a small, intimate and special day with our family and a few friends invited along.

“Being a distillery, whisky was a major part of the wedding! Guests were given a guided tour, and we had five courses with a different dram of whisky with each course, ranging from five to 25 year old malts, and an explanation about the tastes. They also supplied little mason jars so anyone driving, or wanting to save their whisky, could take it away afterwards.

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The Planning

Planning the wedding was a special experience given that Kristin works in the industry. She told me, “I really enjoyed talking to and dealing with the suppliers! Everyone we worked with was a friend of mine. I chose friends who work in the industry, whose creativity I could trust, and who I knew would be able to interpret what i was after.

“Jonathan chose the venue. He had been there for a work socialising event, and came back and told me how wonderful it was. They don’t do many weddings, in fact they don’t advertise it and have only ever hosted a handful of weddings. This worked for me as I am a wedding photographer, and wanted somewhere i hadn’t photographed before or likely to photograph again. As a venue I loved it because the buildings are beautiful and old, and while very Scottish it wasn’t tartan twee. It was clean and calm and felt like a blank canvas.”

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Our Suppliers

“Our celebrant was the wonderful Gerrie Douglas-Scott – a dear friend and wonderful humanist who made the day so much more personal.

“The florist – I Heart Flowers – also did the beautiful table centrepieces, which as far as I was concerned were a major part for setting the tone and theme, with succulents and a moss table runner.

“Wendy from Flossy & Dossy was amazing. She made me the most comfortable maternity wedding dress, and helped Miho to design her own dress, customising it with a cat button as Miho loves cats.

“Our photographers were Scott and Chantal from The Gibsons. I knew I could trust their vision and take on the day.

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“My headband, and gift necklaces for the mums, were from Gioia Mia. Sonia was able to create custom necklaces for our mums, based on colours from their outfits. Her wonderful headband just finished off my hair and outfit perfectly.

“Una at Blush Hair Design did my hair. Love this woman! She totally got what i wanted, and I adored what she did with Miho’s hair, as well. I couldn’t stop looking at my beautiful stepdaughter! Sophie Edwards Make-up is beyond a doubt one of the most skilled make-up artists I’ve met. Seriously, she made me look incredible! I was so sad when I had to wash it off afterwards!

“Our venue was the wonderful and helpful Glengoyne Distillery. I loved reading the bio of the chef: he was on Blue Peter as a kid for his cookery skills! As venues go, they were very accommodating and reasonable.

“For our cakes, we had a selection from Three Sisters Bake, while my mum and aunt decided to have a ‘Bake Off’ weekend before the wedding and made lots of cakes, too!”

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Anything you would change about the day?

“I think we both felt it was the day it was meant to be, and perfect in itself as a result. The only thing I think was getting married in a distillery, and being six months’ pregnant at the time meant I couldn’t enjoy a drink! So timing could have been better!”

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DIY and Details

“My stepdaughter designed our wedding invitations. The seating plan was DIY, we named the tables (two) after our cats, Fidel and Pepper, because to us we love our cats equally and also loved our guests equally, too. Our table place settings were little half casks from the venue, and my stepdaughter and I selected a different picture of our cats for each guest. She had the job of deciding who got which pictures.”

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The Music

“We walked down the aisle to John Denver’s Sunshine On My Shoulder. Initially we were going to get married outside, but the weather was a bit iffy, so we moved it inside. The song choice was last minute, really! We didn’t have a first dance (or any dancing) because it was a small wedding with 29 people, including us. However, I did put together a playlist playing in the background, and interspersed songs we liked with songs my stepdaughter enjoyed, too.”

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Favourite Moment?

“I enjoyed so many parts of it. I think being pregnant at the time, though, I really enjoyed the reception and the meal, just to slow down a bit, chat, and speak to our guests! We planned a lot of time for the meal so that guests wouldn’t feel rushed through it, and could mingle between courses, and did this instead of having music and dancing. We just wanted people to kick off their shoes, relax their belts, and enjoy themselves.”

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Our Advice

“Stick to what you want. It’s hard sometimes for people to see your vision, but trust in yourself to do it. And set up a Facebook group to introduce guests to each other and organise taxi/car shares. I also put a timeline of the day for all our guests online, and that seemed to relax people a lot about what/where/whens, which is actually what a lot of guests tend to stress about most (and then ask you a million questions about as a result!).”

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Photography | The Gibsons

Bride and flower girl | Flossy & Dossy

Headband | Gioia Mia

Bridesmaid | Coast

Groom | Slaters

Hair | Una at Blush Hair Design

Make-up | Sophie Edwards Make-up

Flowers |  I Heart Flowers

Cakes | Three Sisters Bake; bride’s mother and aunt

Celebrant | Gerrie Douglas-Scott

Venue | Glengoyne Distillery

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