Happy Happy Monday!

I'm so excited to share this rustic, 100% handmade / free-cycled barn wedding with you shot by the super talented (and ever so lovely) Photos by Zoe.

Elsbeth and Chris had an intimate, rustic celebration filled with handpicked flowers at their farm in Fife, Scotland. Family and friends pitched in to make it a creative, musical, colourful and delicious DIY occasion incorporating both Scottish and Japanese elements.

A ceilidh + sushi = such a wonderful combination!

Elspeth is one of the most stunning brides I have ever seen ~ all raven hair and snow white, beautifully be-freckled skin. Both her bridal looks were all about Lace. With a capital L. Yes, lucky Els wore two gorgeous dresses from Japan.

She was, quite literally, covered from head to toe in lace ~ from her veil to her earrings (both made by her mum) and even her pretty pumps!

Els shares a little bit about the unique button holes she DIYed:

I made button holes for the two groomsmen and Chris using buttons, old watch faces, paper clips and some burlap. On the day I put some baby’s breath in and wrapped it up with thread.

I'm a little bit obsessed with Els' eye make up. Chic black eyeliner flicks embellished with two tiny pearls and shimmering bronze and gold eyeshadow. Beyond gorgeous.

Els' father is a minister and conducted their wedding ceremony, allowing the couple to have a great amount of control over the wording. They wrote their own vows and had a passage from Ruth read in English and Japanese, and then a reading from The Little Prince.

The couple share a little more about their day:

We wanted a small, personal wedding, which slowly grew from 30 to 60. The main theme that we had was ‘zakka’ which is basically Japan copying old western/European styles. We happen to live on a farm with a number of out buildings in various states of disrepair, so most of the work there was done for us setting wise, but for the actual event we chose the one building that had the most water-tight roof. We say ‘most’ because there was one leak. We cleared it out, painted it, and furnished it through free-cycle and a cheeky Chris. A huge thanks goes to the Library of St Andrews who donated all the chairs!

With the barn in a passable state, Els’ mother arrived and we formed a quick assembly line of producing various decorations, delicacies and delights. Chris’ dad, who is a builder, was able to wire the barn so we had electricity and the rest of both of our families worked in the days proceeding digging trenches, and other farm-y duties. 

It was far far too difficult to fit all the gorgeousness from this wedding into one post, so come back tomorrow for Chris and Els' creative, fun filled reception.

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