Photographed by Elemental Weddings
at Duns Castle
A Scottish Castle played host to this rustic travel-themed wedding. From falling in love at Grad school this pair brought family and friends across the Atlantic for a day jam-packed with fun and a ceilidh to remember.
Love at first sight or gradual attraction?
It was some serious ‘Gradual attraction’. We first met when interviewing at a graduate school. We had about a 5 minute conversation where Marie walked away thinking – “Wow, He’s ridiculously nerdy!” and Ryan walked away thinking “I hope she decides to go somewhere else”. Luckily, we had a second chance to sort that out because we did end up at the same graduate program. After a couple of social gatherings and some outdoor walks, we found out that we had much more in common than we first thought. In fact, the things we didn’t have in common were things we both enjoyed learning more about. Now Ryan is really into cooking and good food, and Marie is interested in camping and backpacking. As it turns out, we were both pretty nerdy… ☺
How did you personalise your wedding day?
Simon played a song with special meaning to us as part of the ceremony. Although the wedding was in a castle, we wanted a more earthy-rustic feel incorporated, as we love the outdoors and going on camping trips together. One way we tried to incorporate this was by trying to use more wild flowers than traditional wedding flowers, incorporating moss, bark, berries, and lots of greenery into some of the arrangements. As part of our travel/journey theme, we designed postcard save-the-dates, passport invitations, then continued that theme with welcome bags we made from old maps, used an old suitcase for cards, and had a guestbook that was in the style of a travel journal. The guestbook/’travel journal’ was made from an old book that we covered pages with old maps and put in postcards from the places we have lived and photos of each of our guests with either Marie or Ryan from different times/events throughout our life (and of course left note cards for guests to write and place next to their photo). We also used the same guest photos as the place cards at the tables for the reception.
What was on your wedding menu?
Dressed crab with lime and avocado, salmon with fennel-orange salad and new potatoes, followed by two different pairings of Falko cakes (two paired together are better than one!… either a lemon cake with blueberry sponge cake or opera cake with prince regent cake were served to people).
First dance – choreographed routine, or sedate shuffle?
We gave it a two or three test-runs, so it was somewhere in between.
What is your advice for future brides and grooms?
Your day is about the two of you (not everyone else, although you want to share/celebrate it with them). It is easy to get stuck worrying about what everyone will think. Don’t get too caught up in the details (don’t sweat the small stuff), especially on your big day. . . try to relax so you can truly enjoy it!
What is the one thing you’ll never forget about your big day?
Who ever forgets a good ceilidh?!!?!?
Let’s be honest… Scotland has amazing scenery and beautiful venue options! While we originally thought to have the wedding back in the USA (where we’re from), it became clear that having it here in Scotland was a lot easier to plan! We both had moved to Edinburgh about a year before the wedding. So, the wedding also became a great opportunity for friends and family to visit us here and see Scotland. We all got to spend an amazing 2 1/2 days together at the venue, giving us extra time to catch up. Many people made a holiday out of their trip and spent time sight-seeing other areas of Scotland too! It was a brilliant experience for everyone.
We love how Marie and Ryan incorporated their love of travel into their wedding. What inspires you?