Today's real wedding is truly the personification of rustic elegance. Andy and Danni's barn wedding is perfectly embellished with deep burgundy hues, leafy greens, fairy lights and rustic décor to make a really simplistic yet impactful visual. The couple chose the beautiful Dalduff Farm in Scotland's Maybole for their celebration which really set the scene for this gorgeous relaxed day. The day was all captured by Ross Alexander Photography and will likely convince many of you to have your very own barn wedding!
Andy and Danni met after New Zealander Danni had moved to Scotland and were both on a night out in Glasgow. "We met during the commonwealth games," Danni told us. "We were both out with friends and ended up in The Social in the city where Andy bought me a drink after being caught by friends checking me out. I fell for his Scottish accent and sense of humour straight away and the rest, as they say, is history."
While their first meeting took place in Andy's hometown, the proposal happened in Danni's. "I had just returned to New Zealand for a friend's wedding," Danni told us. "Andy had told me he would be traveling to Switzerland for work and wouldn't be in touch for a few days which I thought nothing of. Unbeknownst to me, he was actually on his way to my hometown in New Zealand to track down my dad and ask for my hand in marriage. He turned up the morning after the wedding at my sister's house and got down on one knee. I burst into tears and was in complete shock. I had to keep reminding myself I wasn't dreaming as we spent the day celebrating with my family."
Unsurprisingly, high on the list of priorities for this couple was an easy-going vibe. "We wanted our wedding to be relaxed and fun for all our guests," Danni said. "We wanted everyone to enjoy themselves so a live band was a must for us. We also really wanted to find a photographer that would capture the day beautifully so we could look back on the photos for years to come."
The backdrop for their celebration was a hit with this pair as soon as they went to view the space. "Dalduff Farm was the first venue we went to see in person and we loved the fact that we could tailor the day to what suited us," Danni told us. "It fit perfectly with the outdoor feel we were looking for but we also had the security of an inside space if the Scottish weather didn't hold up. And there was the added bonus of the 'family style' dining and delicious locally sourced food."
Danni and Andy weren't lying when they told us they were keen to tailor the day to suit them - this pair filled their wedding with personal touches. "We had a Hand Fast with Andy's family tartan and I used my stepdad's family tartan," Danni told us. "We also had a Quaich ceremony and Andy's father gift an engraved Quaich and whiskey glasses with the New Zealand silver fern and a Scottish thistle that was used for the ceremony. We also made a signpost with all the places we had traveled to together on it with the distance from our venue."
All in all, the couple had the wedding of their dreams. "Our wedding was truly everything we could have hoped for - the weather even held up! It was an Autumn barn-style wedding filled with candles, fairy lights, and greenery, making it feel so magical. It had a chilled vibe and the atmosphere was informal and inviting - just what a Kiwi/Scottish wedding should be!"
It will come as no surprise that the married couple's advice to others planning their big day is all about having fun and enjoying the process. "Take time to enjoy the planning and the build-up to the big day - have fun with it!"
Danni & Andy decorated the reception space with long wooden tables adorned with greenery, candles and muslin table runners. The barns were draped in fairy lights, floral candeliers and rustic décor creating a magical barn wedding vibe.
Tunnocks Teacakes and Tunnocks Caramel bars - we can't think of a better Scottish wedding favour combo!
Thanks so much to today's couple Danni and Andy for sharing their gorgeous farm wedding with us and to Ross Alexander Photography for being there to capture the magic.