After a string of postponements, Laura and Kyle had an incredible autumn wedding at Dalhousie Castle, just outside Edinburgh. This venue is the perfect setting for fairytale romance, with an ivy-covered tower, spiral staircases and four poster beds (as well as hidden dungeons, suits of armour and falconry!) and is beautiful in every season. I recommended my friend James from Little Films as the videographer for their day and it was great to work alongside him.
Kyle and Laura were such a laid-back couple, and their day was a perfect mix of elegance and fun. The bride got ready with her bridesmaids in a suite at the castle and her glam squad including Beautography Hair and Makeup styled the ladies to perfection. Kyle got ready with his groomsmen in the lodges in the grounds. They had exchanged letters to open in the morning - capturing their emotional reactions to reading these was very special!
Laura wore a stunning Kenneth Winston dress from The Bridal Courtyard, Glasgow. She invited both her father and the groom's father up to see her before the ceremony and I don't know who was more emotional! Everyone was speechless but their faces said it all. I love these 'first look's - a fleeting moment that will be treasured forever.
The beautiful marriage ceremony was conducted by Humanist Gary Smith in the castle’s chapel, complete with owl ring delivery. She swooped in and flew to the best man, Kyle’s brother, where he took the rings and directed her back to the falconer! The amazing flowers were provided by Mud Urban Flowers, who can work with any colour scheme to create something incredible. They also 'tied the knot' with a handfasting and shared a symbolic drink from a quaich. We then gathered everyone outside for confetti and family photographs.
The reception room was elegant with a champagne and gold colour scheme that perfectly complemented the autumn themed décor. Tables were adorned with rustic leaves, miniature velvet pumpkins and bags of homemade tablet, and Laura and Kyle were welcomed into their wedding breakfast by a bagpiper's toast. After the speeches and dinner, they had a band who serenaded their first dance in style.
The bride said "Looking through [the photos] I felt so emotional, it was like reliving the day all over again. I don't even know how to summarise how much I loved them and how grateful we are to you!
Firstly, I can't get over how many there are, I'm blown away! You've captured everything we could have wanted and more and we are so grateful to you for that. I don't know how I'll ever chose which ones to share, print etc. - there are too many good ones!
I love how well you have captured both the emotion and joy of the day (the picture of me clutching the tissue box made me laugh because I don't think I've ever cried so much). You have captured so many tender and touching moments that we will cherish forever
I loved seeing the photos of our family and guest's reactions, these are the bits we don't always see on the day so to have that captured is so special. I especially loved seeing Kyle's reaction when he was waiting for us/me to come down the aisle
I love how you've captured all the little details, a lot of time and effort into picking/making everything (probably too much) so I loved seeing all of it captured so beautifully
The colours - just wow! The pictures outside with the ivy and leaves are so stunning. When I first visited Dalhousie I fell in love with the red ivy, so to have this in our pictures is just so special. You made all my autumn wedding dreams come true!
I love our couple pictures; they are so relaxed and beautifully incorporate the castle and the grounds. I love the pictures of us in front of the castle, walking over the bridge and under the big tree - they give me such fairy-tale vibes..
We are so grateful to you for capturing our day so beautifully and for all of your help, ideas and direction on the day. You made us feel so at ease and fit into our day perfectly."