A Stunning Castle Winter Wedding In Scotland With Gothic Details
20th March 2017
by Marina Licht
I can’t help staring at the photographs from Kimberley and Alan’s stunning castle winter wedding in Scotland. The reason for this is that they are just so utterly beautiful. Their photographer is Andrew Rae. This is the first time I am featuring the work of Andrew, and I am seriously impressed. His photographs capture all the emotion and beauty of their day, and I am sure you will be as transfixed as I am.
Kimberley and Alan’s castle winter wedding took place on the 14th of January 2017. They had a small intimate ceremony in St Margaret’s Chapel in Edinburgh Castle followed by a larger reception in The Caves in Edinburgh’s Old Town. ‘We chose to have the ceremony in the chapel as my husband is in the army, and the castle is his regimental home (Royal Scots Dragoon Guards),’ explains Kimberley. ‘It was quite special to have our ceremony in such an iconic venue, even if it could only fit maximum 30 people inside!’
Kimberley and Alan first met on Facebook via a mutual friend. Alan was based in Germany at the time, so they chatted for a few months by text and phone. They finally met in person when Kimberley flew to an army base in Germany to meet him.
The couple dated for around two years before Alan proposed whilst they were on holiday in Portugal.
Kimberley and Alan decided to marry relatively quickly, five months from engagement to wedding. This was so that they could relocate together with Alan’s job. Kimberley found her wedding dress at Wed2B in Glasgow. ‘I knew I wanted a simple, but classic dress,’ says Kimberley. ‘However, I found the search a bit difficult as I was faced with so much lace and bling. When I tried my Amore dress from their Signature collection, I knew it was the one from my mum’s reaction. I’d recommend Wed2B to anyone looking for a fuss free experience and the dresses are so reasonably priced and really great quality. My dress was then altered to fit me perfectly by Fabricated Bridal, who were amazing. The dress fitted me like a glove.’
For her something ‘old,’ Kimberley wore her late grandmother’s burgundy fur coat. Her something borrowed was a beautiful necklace with a pearl pendant from Alan’s mum. ‘Alan’s sisters were my ‘something blue, says Kimberley. ‘I got blue lotus flower necklaces specially made for them. Everything else was ‘new.”My sister Jemma bought me some beautiful pearl stud earrings to wear on the day. I also had Alan’s army uniform name badge sewn onto the inside hem of my dress too, which was a nice surprise for him.’ Kimberley’s beautiful veil was from Baba-c.
Kimberley knew that she wanted a gothic/rustic look for the tables at her castle winter wedding reception. Our reception venue The Caves, needed absolutely no decorating inside, it is just stunning,’ says Kimberley. ‘We very loosely based the wedding theme around Lord of The Rings/The Hobbit as I am a huge fan. I even have a Lord ofThe Rings tattoo! It was important to us that our reception was laid back and informal, like a big party. We didn’t have speeches other than Alan saying a brief thank you to everyone for joining us and to our parents and bridal part.’
As Alan was away for most of the wedding planning, Kimberley was helped by Alan’s sisters and her friends. Kimberley was lucky enough to have the mother of her maid of honour create all her wedding flowers. ‘She has her own floristry business, Bespoke Blooms, and made all their bouquets and buttonholes,’ says Kimberley. ‘I knew I wanted the bouquets to look quite loose and natural, and with a lot of greenery.’
Alan wore his dress uniform for the ceremony and changed into a Label Lab suit from House of Fraser for the reception. Kimberley’s bridesmaids ( her two best friends and younger sister) wore dresses from ASOS.
Kimberley’s father in law, who is a landscape gardner, salvaged a tree he cut down, and sliced it up to give them wooden slices for the tables.These were Holly and foliage was scattered round them by their florist. The hurricane vase centrepieces were provided by The Caves.
The couple’s cake was made by Kimberley’s friend Julie McKee, who is a baker at CakeThatBothwell. She made the cake as a gift to them. ‘The bottom tier was made to look like a tree stump, with our initials carved in it,’ says Kimberley. ‘We were completely blown away when we saw it for the first time at the reception and it fitted the venue perfectly,’
According to Kimberley, the highlight of the day was walking into the Caves after their ceremony to be greeted by their family and friends cheering and blowing bubbles. ‘It was just a really, happy poignant moment to know that everyone had made the effort to be there for us, under one roof.
Although Kimberley and Alan had originally booked another wedding photographer, Kimberley knew as soon as she met Andrew Rae that she had to change her mind. ‘His style was exactly what I was looking for,’ she explains. ‘Andrew was truly amazing and I’m so grateful to him for giving us such beautiful memories of our day.’
I am certain you are going to love Kimberley and Alan’s beautiful castle winter wedding in Scotland
A stunning castle winter wedding in Scotland
More Seasonal articles ...