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Ayrshire wedding photographer // Harelaw Farm wedding

The stunning Harelaw farm DIY wedding for Nuala & Colin. If you are planning DIY wedding and struggling with the planning & ideas; read below Nuala & Colin's wedding story & their advice to the newly engaged couples. Take your favourite cup of tea, some yummy chocolate and take a time to explore. Let me know what you think... 

A huge thanks to my lovely married couple Nuala & Colin for finding the time to share their story. I was honoured to be your wedding photographer and capture your relaxed and perfect wedding day. Thank you for having me along! Oh.. and my warmest congratulations with your addition to your lovely family. Can't wait to meet him soon. 

Scroll down to see the amazing wedding suppliers Nuala & Colin used for their farm DIY wedding. 
 

A lovely wedding testimonial from Nuala & Colin

Olesja was the photographer for our wedding in October. From the first time we met Olesja we knew she was right for us. Her photos have a really natural feel to them, which is exactly what we wanted for our wedding photos.

Olesja offers a complementary engagement shoot, which was great for us because neither of us are used to having our photos taken. Olesja was kind (and mad!) enough to agree to a trip to Glen Coe, which is one of our favourite places.

On the day of the wedding Olesja wasn’t intrusive at all, our couples shoot was kept short as we didn’t want to be away from our guests for too long. Olesja managed to capture the vibe of our day perfectly. Smiles, laughter and love!
 
 A confetti shot after the couple got hitched
 

How was planning & organising our own farm wedding in Scotland?

Colin & I knew we didn't want a church wedding, we were looking for something a bit different. We only had a few requirements; it must be big enough for all the guests we wanted to invite and it should be a wee bit unusual. Firstly, we fell in love with a lovely venue in a remote part of the west coast, however, we hadn't worked out out final guest number (BIG mistake) and in the end it wasn't going to be big enough for us. Colin found Harelaw farm before they'd even had their first commercial wedding. When we visited the venue we fell in love with the setting but mostly the owners! Donna & George were so warm and easy going. We knew almost immediately it was the wedding venue for us.

When choosing a wedding venue it's important to be flexible but go to visit venues with a few non-negotiable points. There are so many beautiful wedding venues in Scotland; you 'll be bound to find one that's perfect for you. I was heartbroken when we realised that the first venue we picked wasn't going to be big enough. But then we found Harelaw farm wedding venue and I couldn't be happier with how the wedding went. it was the best day ever!

After we found the venue we set about finding out wedding suppliers. The only thing that came with the package at Harelaw farm was the food so we had to book everything else ourselves. I was really excited about this part of the planning process.I started by searching blogs and found some amazing wedding suppliers. We booked our Glasgow based & destination wedding photographer first - Colin & I loved Olesja's natural, relaxed and creative photographic style and her personality. She was an absolute star on the day as well.

Our wedding florist, Mel at Briar Rose Design was understanding of our budget requirements and provided us with beautiful bouquets, buttonholes and centerpieces well within budget. She as s super talented wedding florist and she was lovely to work with too. She really helped me when decided what I wanted my wedding bouquet to look like. 

Colin's only request for the wedding was to make sure the band were really good. We decided early on that the party part of our wedding was very important to us. We wanted everyone on the dance floor all night! We found Nick Bruce and his Blinding Lights on the wedding collective. Colin went to see them rehearsing and knew instantly they were the band for us. He said the drummer was amazing and that was the selling point for him! On the day, the band came to Harelaw farm to do the sound check in the morning, so as no to interrupt the post-dinner chats. This was so kind of them to accommodate our needs. The night of our wedding was one I won't forget, the band were fantastic! I was on the dance floor most of the night as were most of our guests and loads of people commented on how good they were.

Colin and I knew early on that there would be a lot of DIY and crafting for our wedding. We ended up designing and creating our own wedding invitations; Colin even designed a purple and gold origami envelope for each invite to go into. I still can't believe we managed to pull that off. I also created our wedding table plan which I took inspiration from a wedding fair I went to. Colin also made the name cards, but being Colin he didn't do it the easy way. He decided to make origami animals - a cow,pig, sheep, bunny and hen. So many people took them home with them and commented on how unusual and lovely they were. Colin spent many nights folding paper and getting paper cuts; it was all worth it though.

Family members also helped us out making the cards box, the order of the day, a flower hoop, bunting and decoration for the barn and my aunt created some beautiful floral decoration for the ceremony byre. My mum also made the wedding cake, which was delicious, and a beautiful, simple drape to frame the window we got married in front of and my dad made a gorgeous sign of all the locations that our guests had come from. 

If you have the energy and time I'd definitely recommend doing some DIY or crafting for the wedding day. We really enjoyed doing it and it added such a personal touch to our wedding day. I think we probably saved a bit of money too.

After having stressful and anxious times in bridal shops my friend recommended going to see Wendy at Flossy and Dossy. After our first meeting and describing the dress I wanted, I knew it was the right path to go down. Over the following months leading up to the wedding I saw Wendy about once a month and I found the whole process of design the dress, choosing fabrics, colours and lace very organic. Wendy was great to work with, very laid back and I always felt relaxed when I visited her; the exact opposite of the way I felt in the bridal shop. 

I 'll never forget wearing that dress on my wedding day. I felt amazing and the look on Colin's face was great! I went for a bluey/grey colour and I loved it! I can't thanks Wendy enough, it was my favourite part of planning the wedding and I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat! I 'd really recommend finding a talented dressmaker like Wendy to make your wedding dress. The whole process was so much more chilled out than the traditional bridal shop route and I really enjoyed the creativity of it all.

The morning of the day was very chilled out. Colin and his family were at one side of the farmhouse and my family, bridesmaids an I were at the other end so Colin and I didn't see each other until I was walking down the aisle with my dad. My MUA and hair stylist arrived and we started getting ready. JoJo and Holly were lovely and totally accommodating to my requests. I ended up with very simple make up but I loved the look that JoJo created and felt like a million dollars. 

My only advice for the morning of the wedding is just to enjoy it. I started to get nervous when my dress was going on and I just wanted to get going - in the end I was 5 minutes early! Just be yourself and do what feels right for you. It's your day after all!

 
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 Wedding rings outside of Harelaw farm
 The entrence to the Harelaw farm, Ayrshire wedding photographer
 DIY details that made the groom
 Harelaw farm entrance, Ayrshire wedding photography
 Harelaw farm, Ayrshire wedding
 DIY details at the Harelaw Farm, Ayrshire wedding photographer
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 Greens at the Harelaw farm, Ayrshire wedding photography
 Bridal wedding dress
 Colin's DIY wedding details, Harelaw farm wedding
 Bridal preparation at the Harelaw farm, Ayrshire wedding
 Bridesmaid is on her getting ready and happy
 Wedding photographer in Harelaw Farm
 Bride and bridesmaid are getting their makeup and hair done at Harelaw farm
 Bride is nervous before the wedding ceremony at the Harelaw farm, Ayrshire wedding
 DIY details at the Harelaw farm wedding
 A wedding flower bouquet, Briar Rose Design
 Stunning Briar Rose Design blooms at the Harelaw Farm
 Bridal wedding jewellery
 Mother of the bride on her preparation
 Wedding details
 One of the bridesmaid is taking down the bride's wedding dress at the Harelaw farm
 Bride is getting ready into the wedding dress
 Bride with flowers g irls
 Bride with her bridesmaids
 Bridal portrait at the Harelaw farm, Ayrshire wedding
 Harelaw farm details at the ceremony room
 The wedding plan on a wooden platform outside at the Harelaw farm
 Guests arriving at the Harelaw Farm
 Groom is welcoming the guests at the Harelaw Farm
 Happy guests are mingle with each other
 Groom shakes the guest hand
 The flowers girls stands next to the door, ready to go for the wedding ceremony at the Harelaw farm
 Guests sits in the ceremony room at Harelaw farm
 Flower girls walks at the aisle of Harelaw farm
 Bridesmaid walks down the aisle at Harelaw farm
 Groom is seeing his bride for the first time at Harelaw farm
 Bride with her father walk the aisle at Harelaw farm and groom is seeing the bride for the first time
 Brides gives the hug to her father
 Funny guests at the wedding ceremony at the Harelaw farm
 Groom holds brides hands and looking at her with a love
 Mother & father of the groom at the wedding ceremony at Harelaw farm
 Bride of the father is looking at his daughter during the ceremony at Harelaw farm, Ayrshire
 Groom is smiling and looking at the bride at the ceremony in Harelaw farm, Ayrshire
 Brother of the bride is doing wedding readings. Harelaw farm wedding photographer
 Fast crafting ceremony, Harelaw farm
 Craft fasting ceremony at the Harelaw farm
 Happy wedding ceremony at the Harelaw farm
 The bride is reading at the ceremony in the Harelaw farm
 The bride is doing readings for her husband at Harelaw farm, Ayrshire wedding photographer
 The groom is putting a wedding ring on his wife's finger at Harelaw farm
 First kiss as a husband and wife, Harelaw farm wedding photographer
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 The groom is signing the marriage document. Harelaw farm wedding photographer
 Wedding witnesses with the bride and groom. Harelaw farm wedding photographer
 Confetti shot at Harelaw farm wedding, Ayrshire
 Bride is holding the stunning Briar Rose Design bouquet during the confetti shot at Harelaw farm wedding
 The stunning Briar Rose Design bouquet in bride's hands.
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 Snacks before a wedding dinner at Harelaw farm
 One of bridesmaid is laughing with other guests at the Harelaw farm wedding reception
 Naked wedding cake at Harelaw farm venue
 Creative table set up at Harelaw farm, origami paper animals made by groom
 Rustic table set up with origami paper animals
 The main table set up - best day ever
 Flowers and paper origami animals are on the table at Harelaw farm wedding
 Rustic, farm and relaxed wedding at Harelaw venue in Ayrshire
 Origami cow at the table set up, Harelaw farm wedding
 Paper origami animal for table set up at Harelaw farm
 Paper origami bunny for table set up, Harelaw farm, Ayrshire
 Rustic table names, Harelaw farm, Ayrshire
 Dance floor rules at Harelaw farm venue, Ayrshire wedding photographer
 Wedding photographer in Greece, Santorini
 Briar Rose Design flowers at Harelaw farm
 The stunning naked wedding cake with 3 tiers and roses as a decoration
 Couple's kiss as a husband and wife in front of Harelaw farm wedding venue
 Boho style Scottish bride, Harelaw farm, Ayrshire
 Groom is helping his boho bride to carry on her Flossy and Dossy wedding dress. Harelaw barn, Ayrshire
 Bride and groom are walking together. Groom is holding Briar Rose Design wedding bouquet. Harelaw farm wedding venue.
 Newlywed boho couple's portrait in the field of Harelaw farm. Ayrshire wedding photographer.
 Boho Scottish couple on their portrait photo session. Harelaw farm, Ayrshire.
 A romantic portrait photo session. Harelaw farm wedding, Ayrshire.
 Bride and groom are laughing during the couple portrait photo session. Harelaw farm.
 Bride is having fun in Flossy and Dossy wedding dress. Harelaw farm, Ayrshire.
 Bride is dancing in the field of Harelaw farm.
 Happy boho style couple. Harelaw farm.
 Bride and groom are standing next to the green doors at Harelaw farm wedding venue.
 Children on the wedding with parents. Harelaw farm, Ayrshire
 An intimate moment between the bride and her granddad at Harelaw farm, Ayrshire wedding photographer.
 Group of family formals at Harelaw farm
 Bridal party formal shot at Harelaw farm.
 Bride and bridesmaid are holding Briar Rose Design bouquets.
 Guests are welcoming the newlyweds couple at Harelaw farm, Ayrshire
 The newlyweds are entering to the wedding reception at Harelaw farm.
 Guests are welcoming the wedding couple to the wedding reception at Harelaw farm.
 The bride is doing speech at the wedding reception, Harelaw farm, Ayrshire wedding photography
 Guests during the speeches at Harelaw farm.
 Flower girl is listening the speeches at the wedding reception. Harelaw farm DIY wedding.
 Bride's dad speech at the wedding reception, Harelaw farm DIY wedding.
 Bridesmaids are standing with smiling faces and champagne glasses at the wedding reception at Harelaw farm DIY wedding.
 Groom's speech at the wedding reception at Harelaw farm DIY wedding.
 Bride, her mum, dad and bridesmaid are laughing at the wedding reception during the speech at Harelaw farm DIY wedding.
 Groom and his mum are laughing at the wedding reception at Harelaw farm DIY wedding.
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 Origami cow on the table at the wedding reception at Harelaw farm DIY wedding in Scotland.
 Guests doing cheers at the wedding reception at Harelaw farm DIY wedding in Ayrshire.
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 Children on weddings. Flowers girls are dancing at Harelaw farm.
 The guest is writing the wedding wish in the wedding guest book for the couple at Harelaw farm.
 Guests looks at the polaroid photo.
 Naked wedding cake with the red roses at Harelaw farm DIY wedding in Ayrshire.
 The newlyweds couple is cutting the wedding cake at Harelaw farm DIY wedding.
 First dance as a husband and wife at Harelaw farm DIY wedding in Ayrshire. The wedding band is Nick Bruce and his Blinding Light.
 Newlyweds couple is on the dance floor at Harelaw farm DIY wedding.
 First dance in front of family and friends at Harelaw farm, Ayrshire.
 Busy party time at Harelaw farm DIY wedding.
 The best wedding band in Glasgow, Scotland - Nick Bruce and his Blinding Light.
 All guests and family on the dance floor at Harelaw farm.
 Bride is dancing with the flower girl at Harelaw farm.
 Bridesmaid is dancing with other guests at Harelaw farm DIY wedding in Ayrshire.
 Bridesmaid is dancing with the bride at Harelaw farm wedding DIY venue.
 Bride is cuddling the wedding guest at the dance floor at Harelaw farm DIY wedding in Ayrshire.
 Guests are dancing at Harelaw farm wedding.
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 The groom's mum on a dance floor at Harelaw farm DIY wedding in Ayrshire.
 

The wedding video by Paper Street Productions:

 

The amazing wedding suppliers Nuala & Colin used for their DIY farm wedding:

Wedding venue // Harelaw Farm
Nuala's wedding gown // Flossy & Dossy
Make up & Hair // JoJo professional makeup & hair by Holly
Naked cake // Nuala's mum
Flowers // Briar Rose Design
Wedding coordinator // Sarah's Creative Occasions
Ceremony music // Sedona Park
Wedding band // Nick Bruce and his Blinding Lights
Videographer //
Paper Street Productions
Second shooter // Craig Hayes