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A winter wedding in a Scottish glen

We have been so excited to share this one with you! WFIL guest blogger Joan married her love, Nairn in a romantic castle on a beautiful winter’s day. From the Scottish glen setting to the mistletoe entrance and mulled cider bar, their wedding was every bit as wonderful as we’d imagined.

How did you meet?

Nairn and I actually went to school together and were high school sweethearts! We did break up for approx. 5 years while we both went to uni but thanks to the Halloween party of a mutual friend, we rekindled the romance! 

Although an item, we did the whole long distance thing while I lived in Stonehaven and Nairn was in the South of England with the army.

On summer leave in 2014, he planned a very romantic picnic on the cliffs of Dunnottar Castle (I clearly have a thing for castles) and he popped the question! I remember being very shocked, very excited and furious that I hadn’t done my nails!

We were inspired by…

Christmas! I always wanted a Christmas wedding so that’s what we had! Think crackers, carols, mulled wine! I loved to follow the progress of other brides to be on WFIL and more importantly, steal their beautiful ideas!

Our florist, 
Jill was fabulous from the moment we met her at her beautiful home in Torphins. She has an amazing vision and will create anything you ask for. Jill brought my bouquets to me on the morning on the wedding and was armed and ready to tweak them to ensure I was delighted with them, they were perfect on arrival so no tweaks were required!

Tell us about your venue…

All brides know Drumtochty Castle, they all stumbled across it in their wedding dreams as little girls! Drumtochty Castle is particularly special to me as my Mum grew up in the neighbouring village of Auchenblae, so I’d spent all 29 years of my life catching glimpses of it through trees that shield it from the road through the glen.

It was also the wedding venue of one of my best friends, Laura – so full of happy memories.

How was being photographed?

Having Niels and Alie involved in our day was literally like having two friends on the journey with us! They captured so many special moments of our day that we will treasure forever.

Your dress is so beautiful! Tell us more…

I always wanted a dress with long sleeves, however at the time I was looking for my dress, I saw a lot of friends in the same style and wanted to do something different. When I finally tried on Novello, I fell in love with it, my waist is the best part of my body and Novello was the perfect dress to show this off. Although our wedding was five months ago and I sold my dress in March, I still think about it every day!

My accessories were minimal, I wore my Mum’s sapphire ring and a bracelet and earrings from Liberty in Love. My dress, although quite big was very simple with clean lines, I wanted simple jewellery to mirror this.

And what about Nairn?

My now husband is an officer in the Royal Tank Regiment, it was important to him to wear uniform on our special day. During the ceremony he wore his blues and in the evening he changed to mess dress.

Tell us something surprising about your day…

Nairn and I finished the evening eating pizza in bed!

Any advice?

Make it as straightforward as possible on the big day, you should enjoy every moment and don’t stress the small stuff! Also, you really don’t need to spend a fortunate unnecessarily, I remember almost buying a £40 lipstick to wear, I then had a reality check and remembered that nobody will really notice, or care!

And, finally, a shout out to Night Nurse, the night before the wedding was the best sleep I’ve had in years!

What’s the one truly unforgettable thing about your wedding day?

The speeches! I hadn’t head the speeches prior to the day so it was a really humbling experience – so much love!

Why Scotland?

Nairn and I are both Scottish and from Stonehaven so it made sense to plan the wedding near our home town. We live in Bath so planning from a distance was sometimes challenging and consumed most of our visits home. It also meant that our Somerset based friends had a really long way to travel so close to Christmas.

I love the sound of late night pizza for two, don’t you? Christina x


VenueDrumtochty Castle

Blue Sky Photography

FilmmakerDerek Allan

Florist – 

Hays Flowers
Hair stylist – 
Lauren Tattersall
, Beau Cheveu
Make-up artistFrancine Ray

Wedding dress – 
Suzanne Neville, Novello
 from Carina Baverstock
Carvela, Gammo
AccessoriesLiberty in Love
Bridesmaids’ dresses
Ghost, Salma and Sylvia
CakeThe Fine Cheese Company. Although my Mum also baked a cake.
MusiciansCapella String Quartet & 
A Side Soul