Scotland is associated with its majestic Castles so I am thrilled to share a stunning Castle Wedding captured beautifully by the fabulous Stuart Craig, and assisted by Sarah McMichael
The gorgeous Big Day was held at Oxenfoord Castle, near Edinburgh.
Oxenfoord Castle is a country house in Midlothian, Scotland. Originally a 16th-century tower house the present castle is largely the result of major rebuilding in 1782, to designs by the architect Robert Adam.
Oxenfoord was the seat of the Earl of Stair from 1840, and remains in private ownership. It is protected as a category A listed while the grounds are included in the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland.
Stuart recalls memories of the day,
“A graffiti strewn blouse greeted me as I entered the bridal suite at Oxenfoord Castle. It contained handwritten messages of love and support from Karen’s friends.”
“The writing was on the wall I thought as the camera surveyed the scene.”
“Dresses were hanging nearby waiting for their moment of destiny, while the girls practiced the technique of literally jumping into them.”
“The mums watched on with anticipation, sipping champagne and giggling with excitement.”
“By the time the dress was fitted you could sense this was going to be beautiful day.”
“As Karen gazed out of the window clutching her bouquet, the boys were busy greeting guests who had gathered in the sunshine.”
“Hugh seemed in relaxed mood, leading the team over to a tractor for some manly looking photographs.”
“They grinned and snarled in the random manner, the kilts adding some eye candy to the rustic scene.”
“The wedding rings glistened as folk began taking their seats, while the two matching bridesmaids appeared right on queue at the bottom of the path grinning from ear to ear.”
“The bridesmaids pointed the way to the castle, keeping an eye out for Karen’s arrival as I ran back and forth to the church to introduce myself to the last minute appearing minister.”
“Karen leapt out of the car and was piped up the pathway in the sunshine, the bridesmaids following behind each with a hand on the dress.”
“Inside the church Hugh waited patiently, turning around only when Karen and her dad appeared to walk down the short aisle.”
“His beaming face was a picture as he took in the glamorous sight.”
“The ceremony got underway with a hymn, before Karen and Hugh turned to face each other and say their vows.”
“The quirky minister added plenty of humour to proceedings, my favourite moment being when he asked how the happy couple might look in 30 years when gravity has taken it’s toll.”
“There was an obvious pause as he looked directly at Hugh parents, before everyone burst out laughing.”
“With the rings exchanged, the newly weds kissed to seal the deal before ending with an impromptu high five. It was the icing on the cake.”
“The piper led everyone into the woods en-route to the rear of Oxenfoord Castle.”
“We would return there 30 minutes later after some celebratory drinks and family photos on the lawn, only this time I would be alone with Karen and Hugh.”
“The bridesmaids joined us for a Team Bride version of the tractor scene, before one of them would borrow my camera and take it for a spin in the reception room.”
“Sarah is actually Hugh’s sister, a future bride of mine and a keen photographer to boot!”
“It offered the perfect solution to some tight timings.”
“Karen and Hugh warmed up with a rugby ball, the perfect prop given they are such keen touch rugby players and actually met that way.”
“After a few line out’s we put it away and tackled some romantic portraits in the moody surroundings of the woods.”
“The happy couple took it all in their stride, almost perfectly recreating the look of their pre-wedding shoot some weeks before.”
“They strolled off hand in hand, the majestic castle awaiting their return.”
“The stunning yellow room played host to a treasure trove of eye candy, much of which was ably captured by bridesmaid (and future bride!) Sarah McMichael.“
“Each table embraced properties and streets which featured in the couples lives, along with a background description for context.”
“It was topped off with cute elf theme naming and boxes of smarties which contained some surprise lottery contents.”
“The beautifully crafted room filled with people as the speeches and wedding breakfast began the evenings entertainment.”
“The yellow room was completely empty as Karen and Hugh made their entrance for their first dance.”
“Wedding band (Callanish) introduced them onto the dance floor as everyone gathered at the entrance clutching cameras.”
“The happy couple embraced, shuffling along romantically with increasing pace.”
“The ceilidh kicked off as the bridal party and parents joined in.”
“It sounded and looked like great fun, and a fitting way to end such a beautiful day”
Thanks so much to Stuart for sharing his stunning images and congratulations to Hugh and Karen.
Also best wishes to Sarah on her forthcoming marriage and also as she makes a fabulous start on her Photography career.
She has chosen an extraordinary Photographer for her own Special day and a fantastic person to learn from and work with, Stuart is a gem.