A Scottish Castle wedding filled with smiles and laughter…and some sun! With a colour palette of neutrals, dove grey, blush, dusky pinks and creams the tone was set for simple, elegant and chic. Not sure about you, but we’re left dreaming of sunny days…
Where did you meet?
We met in Edinburgh in 2012. We are actually both from about 15 minutes away from each other in Fife, where both our parents still live, but we met both living in Edinburgh. Craig used to work in recruitment and he worked with my bosses, before they started up their own company (that I work for), and they had all stayed friends. I met Craig when I first started with the company at a social event, the first of many! We clicked straight away and everything was very easy.
Tell us about your engagement
I moved into Craig’s flat in Leith 6 months later and, a year after that, Craig proposed at the top of Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh. He proposed with a ring he had specially made so that he could include the chip diamonds from his gran’s engagement ring. We were engaged for exactly a year – from proposal to wedding day – and during that time we also moved into our new house – so it was a very busy year!
How did you pick your wedding venue?
We are both from Fife, and grew up not far from each other, but we met when we were both living and working in Edinburgh, where we still live now. So we went to visit Dundas Castle in South Queensferry for location purposes initially – we thought it would suit our guests from Fife and Edinburgh …we fell in love with it! We wanted to have a religious ceremony, but didn’t want to get married in a church, so the Dundas Auld Keep was perfect, so rustic and beautiful.
Our wedding day was inspired by…
I didn’t want a strong colour scheme or theme for the day – I decided on neutrals – dove grey bridesmaid dresses, grey kilts and blush and dusky pinks and creams in the flowers – I was going for a simple, elegant and chic look – which hopefully came across!
Our table names were inspired by places that mean something to us. Top table was Edinburgh, where we met, and we had Fife where we are both from and Paris where we had our first city trip etc. We didn’t have a theme but this brought another personal element to the day.
2Flux who did all our stationary were amazing – they made our invites, table names, orders of service and favour labels – it was all bespoke to the style we designed which gave the it a personal touch, and they made personalised boxes for my bridesmaid for me to keep their presents, fizz and jewellery for the day in – they went down very well.
How did you find your wedding dress?
I was really nervous about shopping for my wedding dress. I’m only 5 ft, so I didn’t want a wedding gown that was going to drown me. I had an idea of the style I wanted in my head before I started looking. My ivory lace Lusan Mandongus dress was the very first wedding dress I tried on! I tried on 5 or 6 afterwards to make sure, but none compared to that first one – when I tried it on it felt like it was made for me and my shape. It was much lighter and easier to move in than the others and I knew I would feel comfortable in it on the day. I loved the lace, the long train and the backless detail to the dress.
Any surprises on your wedding day?
Craig had written a speech for when he proposed, but at the time he ended up not reading to me. however, he put it into his wedding speech. I wasn’t expecting to get to hear it and it was a lovely surprise!
How about your first dance?
Our first dance song was Iris by the GooGoo Dolls – a song that has played a lot during our relationship and when we first discussed first dance songs we suggested it at the same time straight away – so it was an easy decision for us! The band also played the Waterboys version of ‘How long will I love you’ which was my father-daughter dance, and I think it was quite emotional for some of the guests.
We went for a traditional Scottish wedding, with some modern twists thrown in – our relatives from Canada certainly LOVED being at a Scottish Castle wedding!
I love the sound of Lindsey’s boxes for her bridesmaids (for presents, fizz and jewellery) Anyone else planning on spoiling their best girls? Alie x
– Dundas Castle
– Ryan White Photography
Hercs and Ryan are fantastic – Ryan is a very good photographer and Hercs was brilliant on the day, talking to everyone and making us all feel relaxed. It’s very unnatural posing for photographs all day, but they made us feel so at ease, and we were absolutely delighted with the photographs when they came.
– Planet Flowers.
The wedding day is the first time we saw all our flowers and all the arrangements, and it was a lovely surprise. I loved our table centrepieces and the floral archway to the entrance to the Auld Keep. Planet flowers also filled the windowsills and stairs leading to the Keep with flowers in jam jars and tealights/petals and it was the exact look I was hoping for.
Make-up Artist – Lauren Gollan
Hair stylist – Laura McGlashan
Wedding dress – Lusan Mandongus
Shoes – Jimmy Choo
Accessories – Swarovski Jewellery
Groom’s outfit – Kinloch Anderson
Bridesmaids’ dresses –
Lecce Dress Design – Dove Grey from Eleganza Sposa
Jenna from 2Flux
– bespoke designs
Cake – Mimi’s Bakehouse
Caterer – Prestige Venues and Events
Band – The White Doves
Additional suppliers –
We had a friend (David Manderson) play guitar and piano during the drinks reception. We had Chris Winton from Piper for Hire Scotland
as our piper for the day and Look Look Photo Booth Hire