A Highland & Rustic theme Wedding at Carlowrie Castle with Whisky Details

Today I am thrilled to share this beautiful Highland & Rustic theme Wedding at Carlowrie Castle with Whisky Details.

Bride Kelly is a Judo champion being selected to represent Great Britain in the 2012 Olympics in London and winning Silver at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and Groom Allan is a strength and conditioning coach for athletes.

Images were captured by Vivvi Photography.

Ewa and Sly are Vivvi Photography and are a husband and wife photography team

They work together you have the advantage of two different perspectives.

As Photographers they have an unobtrusive documentary style, and strive to document stories from a creative and personal point of view.

Together, they capture fresh, beautiful images for couples and tell stories through their photography.


I hand over to gorgeous Bride Kelly…


How we met…

Allan and I first met when I moved to Edinburgh for my Judo training.

Tell us about your Engagement…

After a wild Hogmanay spent with friends in Edinburgh, Allan suggested a New Year’s Day walk up Arthur’s Seat.

His original plan was to surprise me with an engagement ring at the top, but seeing a poor wee wifey being blown over and almost certainly breaking her leg, it seemed a better option to wait until they were safely at the bottom, to ask me to marry him.

Tel us about your Wedding Planning Journey…

Having both relocated to the Midlands for work, Allan & I missed Edinburgh and knew we wanted to get married in the city where we met and was so special to us both.

With time on our side, we spent months researching unusual venues in and around Edinburgh until I came across the stunning hidden gem, Carlowrie Castle.

At this point Carlowrie Castle hadn’t yet opened its doors to the public and hadn’t hosted a wedding, but myself & Allan were blown away, and knew we would love to have our special day amongst family and friends in the renovated luxury Castle.

From day one of our wedding planning, we were keen to ensure that the people who have made our lives so rich, shared in their marriage celebration and we decided that our wedding should be a relaxed, sociable and shared experience.

With Allan’s Highland heritage we decided upon a Highland & Rustic theme with a modern twist for the Orangery.

We both share a love of whisky as well as the outdoors and really wanted our personalities to be portrayed throughout their wedding day.

Empty whisky bottles and log slices were collected by family and friends to feature as centre pieces, whilst whisky barrels personalised with our names came from the Glenmorangie distillery (Allan’s favourite whisky and the distillery nearest to his family home in Tain) stood at both ends of the aisle.

The interior of Carlowrie is so grand and elegant, they didn’t need to do a thing. Kelly loved adding personal touches to the day, such as the ‘Welcome Table’, photo place cards of every guest and not forgetting the huge ‘A&K’ lettered lights.

Wedding Gown…

I knew the style of gown she wanted, but after 6 months of visiting various shops, I found herself stressed and struggling to find exactly what she wanted, until she made an unexpected visit to The Dressing Rooms.

After describing exactly what I was wanting and not being very hopeful, I got an unexpected surprise when Gail pulled out the stunning Justin Alexander gown that ticked all the boxes.

Fishtail, intricate detail, sleeves – I loved it!


Allan & I had no reservation about booking Scotland’s leading 5* luxury caterers Wilde Thyme.

Guests were wowed with the canapes & evening food although Allan and I were so busy chatting with guests we didn’t even sample any ourselves.

The wedding breakfast service went like clock-work, guests enjoyed a 3 course meal after all the speeches had been heard and then it was time to party.

Best Bits…

The Cake was incredible!! The 5 tiered cake was absolutely delicious and all Gluten Free.

Allan and myself met Angela and Phillip, The Little Pink Wedding Shop owners, at a wedding fayre 3 years ago.

Angela’s creativity was refreshing and unique, we totally trusted Angela’s creative instinct and wanted her to have fun designing it, so we agreed the first time we would see our cake would be on our wedding day as we both like surprises.

Angela was also the florist and dressed the Castle, making the already amazing venue even more spectacular.

Our Advice to Others…

Don’t stress on the day, just enjoy it as it goes so quickly and make sure you make time to spend with just each other.

If you can, hire a videographer to capture a beautiful wedding film of your day and don’t scrimp on your photographer as these are special memories you’ll treasure forever!

Thank you so much to Vivvi Photography and the couple for sharing this incredible Edinburgh Wedding.

Love the subtle use of tree slices and hessian and white florals to further the natural look in the styling.

Whisky barrels create great impact on the aisle and using whiskey bottles for flower vases is an economical, stylish and clever re-use.

The cake is just spectacular too and the glorious castle backdrop is just a perfect setting for this beautiful day.


Wedding Suppliers

Venue: Carlowrie Castle

Photographer: Vivvi Photography

Humanist Celebrant: Tim Maguire

Dress: Justin Alexander Gown from The Dressing Rooms

Kilt: Grooms own kilt from Chisholms – Inverness / Grooms  jacket along with the Groomsmens attire was from Nicholson’s Kiltmakers – Edinburgh.

Bridesmaids Dresses: Pandora’s

Videographer: Orangetide Films

Cake & Flowers: The Little Pink Wedding Shop

Caterers: Wilde Thyme

Piper: The Pickled Piper – John Rae

Band: The House Band


To Contact Vivvi Photography

Website: http://www.vivviphotography.co.uk/

Email: contact@vivviphotography.co.uk

Phone: 07837 796 392

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  1. Reply

    Love the couple shots – colours are beautiful!

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