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Maren+Kyle

Photographed by SDM Photography

at Dunrobin Castle

Golspie-Scotland

A fairytale castle in the Highlands of Scotland made the perfect home for this Scottish-German wedding. And now we’re left wondering if all weddings shouldn’t have a Bavarian Beer lifting contest. The stuff of legend for sure…

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WHO SAW WHO FIRST?
Kyle and I met at a local pub quiz night. My cousin introduced us and little did she know that 7 years later she would be a bridesmaid at our wedding!
WE WERE INSPIRED BY…
The romantic setting of Dunrobin Castle. I fell in love with the castle straight away – its fairytale turrets, grand staircase, stunning views and beautiful gardens. Getting married there was a dream come true! When planning the details of our wedding we always had the romantic atmosphere of the venue in mind.
HOW DID YOU PERSONALISE YOUR WEDDING DAY?
Kyle and I decided to have a humanist wedding which gave us a lot of freedom to personalise our ceremony. It was really important to us that our six month old son was included in the ceremony and that it was conducted bilingually to make our British and German guests feel equally welcome. Our celebrant did a wonderful job with creating a personal and unique experience for us and our guests. Thinking about it still brings a tear to my eye!
We also added personal touches to our day by making our own table plan, place cards, favour labels and sweetie buffet.
At the evening reception our German friends surprised us with a Bavarian beer lifting/drinking contest for which they wore traditional Bavarian dress. It was great entertainment and brought a piece of my home to Thurso.
WHAT WAS ON YOUR WEDDING MENU?
We chose a traditional three course menu featuring a variety of local produce. Our guests were offered a choice of three options:
Starter – Tomato and Red Bell Pepper Soup; Grilled Goats Cheese on a Herb Crouton With Cherry Tomatoes and Basil Pesto or Local Haggis Coated in Oatmeal and Mixed Herbs on a Bed of Mixed Salad Leaves and a Whisky Sauce
Main – Roast Scottish Beef, served with Roast Potatoes, Yorkshire Pudding and a Rich Gravy; Lightly Poached Supreme of Chicken Smothered with a Tarragon and Garlic Cream or Steamed North Sea Cod Steak on Wilted Spinach and Dressed with Citrus Butter
Dessert – White Chocolate Cheesecake Drizzled with Raspberry Coulis; Homemade Apple and Cinnamon Pie with Fresh Cream or Halkirk Strawberries with Vanilla and Basil Ice Cream
Everyone enjoyed the food and our adventurous German guests were delighted to be given the opportunity to taste Scotland’s national dish!

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FIRST DANCE – CHOREOGRAPHED ROUTINE OR SEDATE SHUFFLE?
Sedate Shuffle to “Feels like Heaven” by Fiction Factory. It had to be a song from the 80s for us! Kyle is a massive fan of 80s music and I have spent many a car journey listening to his CDs and mocking him for his love of 80s power ballads.
WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES AND GROOMS?
Enjoy every single moment of your special day, it passes so quickly! And remember to take some time out from your responsibilities as a bride and just have fun!
WHERE DID YOU SPEND YOUR WEDDING NIGHT?
We stayed in the honeymoon suite of The Weigh Inn Hotel – not far from home.
WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU’LL NEVER FORGET ABOUT YOUR BIG DAY?
The moment I walked into the room and our eyes met for the first time. Kyle stood there holding our little son, he looked so touched. I was just completely overwhelmed!
WHY SCOTLAND?
Kyle was born and raised in Scotland and although I am originally from Germany, Scotland has always been a second home to me. My mother is Scottish and I spent most of my childhood holidays in the north of Scotland. And, of course, Scotland is the place where Kyle and I met and set up home together. So when Kyle and I got engaged, a Scottish wedding felt right for us both.

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I love the sound of the Bavarian lifting and drinking contest. Anyone else partaking in such top antics on their wedding day? Alie x
Suppliers
Ceremony Venue – Dunrobin Castle, Golspie
Reception Venue – The Weigh Inn Hotel, Thurso
Photographer – SDM Photography
Florist – Buds ‘n’ Blooms, Thurso
Make-up Artist – Blisss, Brora
Hair Stylist – Hair at 21, Thurso
Wedding dress – Ghislaine by Enzoani from Emma Roy of Edinburgh
Shoes – Belle by Paradox London; shoe clips by Freya Rose London
Accessories – Veil and head piece from Emma Roy of Edinburgh
Groom’s outfit supplier – McAllans, Thurso
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Dessy Group from Emma Roy of Edinburgh
Cake – Cakes by Carrie-Anne, Thurso
Band – The Riffreshers, Glasgow
Transport – Scott Mackay, Brora
Additional styling – Chair covers, sashes and draping from K G Events, Wick