Drumtochty Castle A Christmas Wedding
I love winter wedding but especially weddings at Christmas time. I can’t think of a better setting for a festive wedding than a Scottish Castle and Drumtochty Castle ticks all the right boxes.
It has beautiful grounds, a stunning great hall and has St Palladius Church just outside the castle gates. It’s also in the middle of the glens and very peaceful.
DRUMTOCHTY CASTLE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY + ST PALLADIUS CHURCH WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
Faith and Eamon had a fabulous festive wedding. It took place in between Christmas and New Year. It’s such a magical time of the year and the perfect time for a winter wedding.
It was real family affair with lots of friends coming together to celebrate. This was a very child friendly wedding. I love kids at weddings and they can give some real photographic gems.
The ceremony was at St Palladius Church which is walking distance from the castle. It was freezing and not quite the “light dusting of snow day” that everyone was hoping for. The weather did nothing to spoil anyone’s enjoyment of the day. It just made the inside of the church all the more inviting. The dainty little flower girls and the bridesmaids stood on the church steps waiting for the bride to appear. Weddings are never without a hitch so they waited and waited and waited. Eventually two late guests sprinted up the church driveway, saying something about a car being blocked in and that Faith was on her way. This was much to the relief of the bridal party who were still waiting patiently. They might have been close to mild hypothermia but the bridesmaids rocked their gorgeous red dresses. The flower girls were cosier in their adorable fur capes.
No matter! At last the bridal car arrived like a vision coming out of the mist.
Fashionably late Faith, looked stunning. She wore a full length lace bridal gown and a cathedral length veil. She walked down the candle lit aisle on her Dad’s arm. Eamon had been nervously waiting for her to arrive and a warm smile spread across his face. The minister conducted the ceremony with a fair amount of funny banter, he must have been one of the friendliest ministers that I have had the pleasure to work with. It was a lovely ceremony and it finished with the happy couple sharing a dram from a traditional Scottish quiaich.
Guests huddled under umbrellas outside the church in anticipation of the confetti throw. Faith’s gran thought she’d warm herself with a sneaky swig from her hip flask. Gran! I caught you on camera (just watch slide show). It’s these moments that I really love about weddings. It’s not just all about the couple, there are moments and stories going on all around them.
THE DRINKS RECEPTION AT DRUMTOCHTY CASTLE
Back at the castle everyone enjoyed the drinks reception. It was a huge family party. The kids had a great time, and this meant the adults could really relax.
SPEECHES AND THE CEILIDH DANCING IN THE GRAND HALL
The Great Hall in Drumtochty Castle is stunning. As the staff swung open the huge wooden doors and there were audible gasps from the assembled guests. Huge Neo-gothic windows allowed the room to be lit up with a romantic glow from the outside floodlights. There was a roaring fire in the fireplace and majestic stags heads around the walls. Once every was seated and their glasses charged, Faith and Eamon made their entrance as they followed the piper to the top table. Speeches followed between the courses. There was lots of laughter and a few emotional tears.
After the wedding meal there was a surprise sparkler frenzy. Everyone gathered outside. It was still freezing (and wet and windy) but I don’t think anyone noticed. They just wanted to enjoy the moment and wave their sparklers as Faith and Eamon walked down the line. It made for some great photos.
Next it was time to party. They couldn’t really have had anything other than a ceilidh band. It’s almost obligatory for a wedding in a Scottish Castle. Faith kicked of her shoes and the party began.
REPORTAGE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
Here’s their day as I saw it. There’s a slideshow and my favourite still photos.
Please watch the slideshow and turn your speakers up. If you are watching on a phone it’s best in landscape mode. Just click the arrow in the middle of the screen.