A gorgeous relaxed and sentimental Killearn Village Hall wedding in Stirlingshire
Victoria and Matthew met through a mutual friend when Matthew first moved to Glasgow.
There were many nights out over the years before they finally realised they had feelings for one another.
After 10 years together, they decided to make things official.
“We booked the wedding in October 2021, but kept it a secret from everyone until Christmas,” Victoria explains.
“Handing them what they thought was a Christmas card only for them to discover it was a Save the Date was lots of fun!”
The couple wanted somewhere relaxed that would feel like a big party rather than anything too formal – and Killearn fitted the bill.
“We loved that everything could happen at Killearn, but that each space they offer felt different.
“It was close enough to our hometown of Glasgow for people to get taxis, but far enough out to get the beautiful Scottish landscapes.”
A toast to Tom
Sadly, Victoria’s dad Tom passed away unexpectedly just six months before the wedding, so she found ways to ensure he was still part of their special day.
“We weren’t doing lots of the traditional things – he wasn’t doing a speech or father daughter dance – the only thing he wanted to do was walk me down the aisle.
“So I wanted to acknowledge him in a non-traditional way too.” she explains.
“I know if he had been there he would have been propping up the bar all night offering to buy everyone drinks, so his friend gave me the idea of brewing a beer in his honour.
“We did this with Stewart Brewing, which was a brilliant experience.
“I designed the label myself ready for us to bottle everything a few weeks later.
“We then used the beer to toast to my dad during my speech, which felt like a nice way to include him.”
Victoria and Matthew also asked the venue to keep the empty bottles so they could fill them with flowers and drop them off to people the next day.
Burgundy was always going to feature, as it is a favourite of theirs along with bright colours and patterns.
“I knew I wanted to splurge on flowers, so a 70s disco in a wild field was the general vision I had when planning!” Victoria reveals.
And choosing her dress helped set the tone for the wedding.
“It was quite floaty and nature-inspired which kept the rest of the wedding quite natural.
“If I’d gone for the first one I liked then it might have been a very different wedding!”
Her gown was ‘Jenessa’ by Rebecca Ingram.
“I instantly felt so special in it and loved how the shimmery underlay brought a subtle bit of sparkle to the dress that captured the light when I moved.”
She finished the look with bright pink Sophia Webster shoes with a furry pom pom, and an intricate bobby pin trio.
Victoria’s sister, Megan, and childhood friend Nicola were bridesmaids.
She didn’t mind what they wore as long as they felt comfortable and they ended up opting for similar styles.
Matthew wore the kilt his dad bought him for his 21st birthday and purchased a new sage green jacket to complete the outfit.
His brother was his best man and two old friends were ushers.
The night before the wedding the couple stayed with family at Finnich Cottages and had a chilled morning before the ceremony.
Happy to be there
Victoria recalls being so happy walking down the aisle to It’s Always You by Chet Baker.
“I was just focused on seeing Matthew again and didn’t really feel like I saw anyone else to be honest,” she says.
“The one thing my dad had wanted to do was walk me down the aisle so I had been a wee bit nervous before that it might have been emotional.
“But my nerves vanished when I saw my brother and how proud he looked to walk me down the aisle.”
Humanist celebrant Mo Waterston helped to include personal touches, and Victoria and Matthew wrote their own vows.
The handfast the couple used was made by a friend from pieces of fabric with sentimental meaning.
For their guest book, they created a scrapbook with mini envelopes stuck inside and asked everyone to write them a letter that they would eventually open on their first anniversary.
“I was the first to do a speech where I did a toast to my dad which obviously brought a tear to the eye but was a lovely way to honour him,” Victoria goes on.
There were 76 guests during the day and a further 36 people joined later for a big ceilidh.
Victoria describes the atmosphere as absolutely joyous.
“Everyone was beaming and so happy to be there.
“The dance floor was always full and everyone was chatting all night long with each other,” she smiles.
“Our first dance was to Still Into You by Paramore so it quickly set the tone for the kind of night we wanted to have!”