Colm & Joanna | An outdoor, winter wedding at Kinlochard Village Hall


Colm & Joanna | Kinlochard Village Hall

Last Autumn, Colm and Joanna took me up to Loch Ard to show me where they were getting married. It was frosty and blue skied but we didn't imagine we'd get exactly the same beautiful weather in February. These two were so relaxed in their planning and had some unique ideas to making their wedding a chilled celebration for their friends and family to enjoy. They chose to have a small, intimate ceremony with just close family, ending by the loch side where they threw pebbles into the water. As the rest of their guests arrived we snuck away to some of Colm and Joanna's favourite spots for a walk and to take some photos. The area has so many beautiful spots that we were spoilt for choice, ending up in the forest by a waterfall followed by the beautiful beach in front of Altskeith House where Joanna and her bridesmaids got ready in the morning. 
Back at Kinlochard Village Hall, guests were enjoying the Scottish gin bar that Colm and Joanna had set up instead of favours (such a great idea!) with an amazing selection of the best gins from around the country. Kinlochard Village Hall is such a beautiful blank canvas venue, with a full glass wall framing stunning views over the lake at one end of the hall. The decor was simple, with gin inspired centre pieces and copper details. The ceilidh strung with lights to add atmosphere in the changing winter light. I always recommend festoon lights as a simple and effective way of decorating a diy space- They look great and give off a warm ambient glow which is perfect for your evening reception lighting and a romantic first dance.
Despite in being February, guests spent the evening at the loch side with fire torches, sparklers and warming themselves by the swedish fire logs. The evening was clear and beautiful, a perfect opportunity for some more couple shots before the darkness fell. 
The celebrations continued into the night with a ceilidh by Skipinnish Ceilidh Band, if you look carefully you'll see photos of the guests reactions when the band announced that Scotland had won the rugby that afternoon.

Here is Colm & Joanna's story...

Claire Fleck