Inspired by wild Scottish landscapes, Jenna and Dan’s wedding has it all: A fairytale castle in a Scottish glen, wild weather and cosy fires. Oh and guests who were so ready to party that they polished off the white wine the night before the wedding…
How did you meet and become engaged?
We met through a colleague of mine/friend of Dan’s. Our friend invited me round for spontaneous Sunday evening Christmas drinks. It was a wet Sunday and I almost hadn’t gone, but I’m certainly glad I did! After a bit of wine and dancing to One Direction… true, I got a late taxi home thinking of a Scotsman in a red Christmas pudding jumper. Dan emailed me to ask me out the next day and we’ve been pretty much inseparable ever since.
Dan really smashed it out of the park when it came to our engagement. He surprised me with a weekend in remotest Wester Ross. We stayed in a hidden gem in Poolewe, the Pool House hotel. It has a stunning little cottage at the mouth of the loch, think cozy fires and gorgeous views. Even a resident seal which comes by the play in the evening. The actual engagement was on one of the most remote, and beautiful beaches at Mellon Udrigle. Not the loveliest sounding name but spectacular. We spent the rest of the weekend relaxing and walking in the gorgeous Scottish surroundings. Perfect.
We were inspired by…
Wild Scottish landscapes.
Why Drumtochty Castle?
The most classically Scottish venue we could imagine. Secluded in an intimate little glen in the highlands, it truly appears at the end of the romantic, tree-lined drive like something out of a fairytale. And because you have the entire castle to yourself for the weekend you can relax and disappear into the magic of it all
Our friends apparently really like a drink. We had a bbq for everyone arriving on the Friday evening and managed to run out of white wine! Dan’s father and uncle had to make an emergency run to the Aberdeen Majestic to restock. Crisis averted!
We love your dress. Tell us more…
I wanted something classic, timeless, essentially Grace Kelly. I loved this dress the moment I tried it on. The original design was high-necked, so I asked Kavelle to take it off the shoulder and remove the belt. The result was brilliant and easy to dance in, as a bonus! My favourite feature is the lace and button back with the dramatic long train.
How was your photography experience?
We felt at ease with Jay & Christina from the start. They are lovely and relaxed and seem to be everywhere all at once, yet you don’t even notice! They did a fantastic job documenting the day and even put up with traipsing around in the mud and rain with us to get some gorgeous snaps on the Cairn O Mount.
Any advice for other couples?
So many people told us this before, but every so often take a moment to soak everything in. It really does go by in a blur.
What did you opt for as your first dance?
We opted for a ceildh band which absolutely got the dance floor heaving. We chose Mumford & Sons ‘There Will Be Time’ as our first dance song because it has a nice, slow romantic start but turns into a song everyone can join in on. Watch the lyric video for the translation, it’s great.
What is the one truly unforgettable thing about your wedding day?
Dan cried! I was not expecting that, he isn’t really the sort, but I was thrilled to see how much it meant to him. Dan says his memory is our first dance. He loved that all our guests were straight on the dance floor and kept it going into the early hours.
Scotland means a lot to both of us. Dan is Scottish and we have shared some of our best memories there. Plus, it is stunning!.
Love that Jenna and Dan’s wedding guests drank all the white wine on night one. The start of a true great party by the sounds of it. Alie x