Ruby + Mike's Cosy Celestial Wedding at Kinkell Byre

Monday, October 19, 2020 St Andrews KY16 8PN, UK

Mr + Mrs McEwan
14th July 2019︱Kinkell Byre, St Andrews
Instagram: @bluemoonruby Photographer: Rachel & Tonie
Ruby and Mike wanted to capture their love of sci-fi by incorporating cosmic vibes into their wedding. and so opted for a celestial theme. They were wed in a humanist ceremony at their gorgeous venue underneath twinkling fairy lights... so magical! The bride wore a beautiful ballgown, teamed with a cathedral veil and iconic red lip. Ruby shares their special day with us, and tells us all about the planning process and the suppliers who made her dream a reality...
How did you meet each other?
Mike and I met just after I graduated, I got a job working at the coffee kiosk in his office. We would chat every day and it blossomed really naturally into a strong connection. When I left that job, we went for Sushi on my second last day with a friend and his now wife - and the rest is history! 
Tell us about the proposal...
Mike proposed in April 2018 on a walk to my Grandparents’ house. I had been hinting massively about getting engaged for a few months but he said we should wait until the end of the summer once I had my teacher training under my belt. Little did I know this was a decoy to really double down on the surprise! I’m rarely speechless, but he managed to render me so. It was a beautiful day.
Tell us all about your wedding theme...
Mike loves gaming and movies and I am a Science teacher and big geek. For that reason, we went for a space/sci-fi/cosmic vibe. We didn’t have a colour scheme as such, more of a desire to create a celestial and cozy space with plenty of candle light and fresh flowers. The girls at Little White Cow (now Gloam) took this brief and played an absolute blinder. We still can’t get over how beautiful our venue was. 
Favourite wedding purchase:
Aside from my dress, my earrings! They only cost a tenner and I wear them all the time now.
Tell us all about the dress...
I went dress shopping with my Mum and Gran. We went to a vintage shop first, which had lots of beautiful dresses but none that I loved that fit me (was well worth the experience though!!). We then went to an outlet where the sales assistant got me to try on five massively different styles. I had something very boho and floaty in my head, but when it came down to it I discovered that a ballgown/a-line style felt more me! We then headed down to Wed2B in Leith where I fell utterly in love with the Georgette dress by Anna Sorrano. I went from seeking out something understated to owning a ballgown and cathedral length veil in a single day. Expect the unexpected when it comes to dress shopping!
  • Song you walked down the aisle to: Bron-Y-Aur Stomp - Led Zeppelin
  • Song for walking back up the aisle as a married couple: Happy Together (cover) - Weezer
  • First dance: Drops of Jupiter - Train
  • Bride's dance with Granddad: Que Sera Sera - Doris Day
Tell us about the ceremony...
We had a humanist ceremony in the Tattie Shed of the venue under hundreds of fairy lights. Mike’s brother read an excerpt from The Amber Spyglass which resonated deeply with us both, and we tied the knot with a handfasting using ribbons of our family tartans. Our Mums were our witnesses. 
Where did you find all of your inspiration? 
Wedding must-have...
Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint - The perfect red and I did not have to reapply it once!
Did you have anything unusual at your wedding?  
Our friends are acrobats and performed an incredible fire dance to Burning Love by Elvis. We planned this without Mike knowing and so got everyone outside for the surprise as the sun was going down. It was incredible and a wonderful way to include one of my oldest pals in our day.
Who was your favourite wedding supplier?
All of our suppliers were incredible but we really feel like Little White Cow and Blue Poppy Florist were the Dream Team that transformed our venue into paradise!
Tell us about your honeymoon...
We spent a fortnight in Sorrento taking trips around the Amalfi Coast. it was the perfect balance between utterly chilling out and sightseeing, as well as stuffing our faces with gelato.
What was your favourite part of the day?
The speeches were truly incredible. We had speeches from Mike, my Dad and our two Best Men. We knew they would be good, but we definitely weren’t prepared for the tenderness and full-on belly laughter that ensued. Our favourite photo from the day was taken during the best men’s speech at the end of a particularly inappropriate story!
What was your best wedding splurge?
The flower cloud above the top table was sheer decadence but it quite literally took our breath away when we saw it for the first time. The scent of the flowers was unreal and we felt like royalty sitting beneath it.
What was your favourite wedding planning moment?
Two stand out for us. One was the first time we met Beverley, our celebrant and really clicked with her. We had so much fun telling her our story and she is such a warm and kind person, we knew we were in good hands. The other moment was when Jean sent through the full styling brief for how the Little White Cow gals were gonna style our venue. It was everything we had in mind and more and made it feel really REALLY real!
Advice for future brides...
Don’t sweat the small stuff!! Your day will be incredible and you will be in very good hands. We are so grateful for our suppliers making the preparation and day run so smoothly. Shop around and read reviews to find the suppliers you trust with your special day, and relax.
Tell us about your wedding favours...
We got each guest a lucky dip lotto ticket. My dad and one of our mates won £170 each so it worked out well... Especially since my Dad broke his glasses dancing, it covered the new pair!
What was the most emotional moment of the day?
After our first dance as a married couple, I had a dance with my Granddad who had Parkinson's disease. He had been undergoing physiotherapy with the goal of dancing with me at the wedding. He passed away this past May so this is a particularly treasured memory. Looking back at photos and seeing the tears in everyone’s eyes brings a tear to mine now. It was a beautiful experience that I am so grateful to have had.
Venue: Kinkell Byre, St Andrews
Photographer: Rachel & Tonie
Florist: Blue Poppy Florist
Cake: 3D Cakes
Décor: The Little White Cow / iLight
Signage/Table Plan: Dursley Design Co
Catering: Gourlay Catering
Stationery: Papier
Dress: Wed2B
Shoes: Monsoon
Bridesmaids Dresses: Valdenize on Etsy
Suits: McCalls Kilt Hire
Wedding Rings: Leigh Rogerson
Celebrant: Beverley Bryant
Band/DJ: The Dawn Patrol 
Entertainment: Go2 Event Hire

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