For most couples, picking the date is all about venue availability or pinning down the best suppliers but, for Kirsten Young, the most important thing was finding a date her husband-to-be, Tom Buck, would definitely be in the country!
After meeting at a summer job then being firm friends from afar for six years, fate stepped in and, in 2014, Tom was posted up in Scotland with his job – he had been in the Royal Marines since 2008 and, having served in Afganistan in 2010, is now a Captain. Friendship turned to romance and, a few months later, they bought their first home.
A few years on, Tom surprised Kirsten with an invitation to a special lunch date. But before they headed to the secret location, there was another surprise: a proposal! The treats didn’t end there – when they reached the destination, their entire family (including those from Yorkshire and Jersey!) was there to join them: “He must have been pretty confident I’d say yes,” laughs Kirsten.
The first priority was finding a date to suit Tom’s work commitments and, keen on a spring wedding, they settled for Eastertime. Logie was the first and only venue they visited: “The fact there were different places to get married and the opportunity to go between the house, ballroom and grounds was what clinched it. The swimming pool and hot tub ticked the box for keeping people entertained the night before, too.”
Creative Kirsten had a definite theme in mind: fresh and spring-like. She filled the spaces with rustic, natural accessories – “lots of rocks and twigs as we love the outdoors and rock climbing” – teamed with soft white florals.
Tom’s career was very much incorporated too with a guard of honour (a ceremonial military tradition) after the ceremony and a quirky military-themed game in the evening. The favours were donations to the Captain David Seath Memorial Fund, a nod to Tom’s best friend who’d sadly passed away running the London Marathon.
Kirsten’s mum got involved too, putting a seasonal twist on the popular candy cart idea by surprising the bride with an Easter egg table, plus making up cute bathroom baskets.
They took a break from decorations, however, for a spot of dress shopping and Kirsten picked the second gown she tried on: “I didn’t actually have a ‘this is the one’ moment – but I knew I felt really good in it. I always wanted a fitted silhouette with a long train and something that would look timeless next to Tom’s uniform.”
The big day rolled around quickly and, the night before, the couple welcomed their nearest and dearest to Logie for dinner and drinks: “I couldn’t recommend it enough as the next day half the guests already knew one another. Although, I’d warned Tom not to stay up late drinking in the hot tub... and it ended up being him that had to drag me out!”
The morning passed in a blur for Kirsten and she remembers seeing Tom at the beginning of the ceremony as the highlight of her day: “There was no better feeling than just looking at each other, feeling happy and excited.”
After the humanist nuptials, guests queued up at the stunning handmade bar, Bucks Bar (stocked with lots of Buck’s Fizz, of course!), then tucked into traditional British fare – another subtle military touch.
An additional 40 guests joined for the evening when Splendid Gentlemen put on a mix of ceilidh music and modern tunes. And, as if the couple weren’t already in their element, they were called to the dance floor and given an envelope – their kind-hearted friends and family had chipped in to surprise them with a mini-moon to Milan; perfect as Tom heading off again soon meant the honeymoon would have to go on hold.