Today I am thrilled to share this romantic windswept Scottish Castle wedding at the beautiful Kyle of Lochalsh.
Rhiannon Neale captures relaxed, natural & fun Wedding and Family Photography with a focus on capturing real moments and interactions for happy families and people in love.
She is Glasgow based and covers weddings & elopements across Scotland, the United Kingdom, Ireland and abroad!
I hand over to gorgeous Bride Michelle to tell us the couples love story, and about their pretty Scottish Castle wedding…
How did you meet?
Robert and I both had mutual friends that we met through. We spent a lot of time together as friends before we decided to take our relationship further!
As time went on, I knew that I really liked him but I didn’t think he felt the same way – it turns out he had felt the same all along and when we eventually both realised that, we became inseparable.
We will celebrate 7 years together on our first wedding anniversary!
Tell us about the proposal/engagement…
We both love exploring our country and had planned a nice week away up to the Isle of Skye, however, on route I had really wanted to take a walk through Glencoe to try and find the Lost Valley, where the old Clansmen used to his their cattle.
On the drive up from Glasgow, we found out that the road to Glencoe was closed, however, I was determined to get there as it was something I’d always wanted to do.
So we persevered and drove the long way around, eventually arriving at Glencoe, albeit a few hours late!
The day turned out to be glorious sunshine and I was so glad we had made the decision to come – we set off through the Three Sisters and up the rocky hillside, eventually coming to a gorgeous waterfall where Robert suggested we stop for lunch.
It was then that he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! Of course I said yes straight away, I couldn’t imagine spending my life with anyone else.
We wild camped that night and had some Moët with our barbecue to celebrate!
How did Covid change your wedding plans?
When COVID hit, and lockdown was introduced in March, we never for a moment thought that it would affect our August wedding.
I persevered with the plans, blissfully unaware that everything would change in a few short months.
Our original plans were always to have a relatively intimate wedding at Eilean Donan, with guests of less than 30 but a big celebration with our extended family of around 150 when we got home.
We had booked a big beautiful lodge in the Scottish Highlands for our ceremony guests to stay after the event and had hired caterers to attend and cook us a lovely dinner, it was a small affair but it was exactly what we both wanted!
As time went on and the big day was drawing closer and closer, we realised that it was completely possible our day might not be able to go ahead.
With travel restrictions in place, our Scottish Castle wedding venue still closed and no clear indication of the route out of lockdown, we were at a bit of a loss whether we should change our plans or not.
We spoke about contingency plans, who would attend if it was two witnesses only, would we get married in our local registry office? What would we wear?! There was now so much to consider!
Our date was very special to us and we really wanted to keep it, rather than postpone, so that helped us to decide that we would go ahead no matter what.
There were many tears, especially when I realised that our day wouldn’t go ahead in the way we originally wanted, and we had to have some difficult conversations with our closest family to tell them it was a possibility they wouldn’t be able to be there.
Two weeks before our wedding, the venue was able to confirm that they would be able to go ahead – we scrambled to find last minute accommodation for our respective parties but breathed a sigh of relief that we finally could relax knowing it would be happening!
Our parents and witnesses were allowed to attend, so in total there was 9 of us at our little intimate courtyard ceremony.
It was absolutely perfect, and although we couldn’t have everyone with us that we wanted, we enjoyed every minute of our day.
We went home the next day and had a bigger celebration with our original guests in the way of a garden party.
Our caterers were happy to attend there to serve everyone and our photographer also attended there to capture some even more special memories.
I wouldn’t change our day for the world, it was perfect in every way and I’ll forever treasure our little lockdown wedding.
What was your favourite bit of your day?
The absolute best part of my day was getting to go away with my new husband and have our photos taken – up until that point, the day had been hectic, I’d been full of nerves and I just missed him!
Once the ceremony was over and the register was signed, we went around the castle grounds with just our photographer, Rhiannon, and actually got to spend some time alone.
We talked to each other of our day up to that point and just revelled in the fact we were newlyweds!
It was so relaxed and as much as we enjoyed everyone else’s company, it was so nice to just be alone to celebrate for a short while.
Any advice you would share for couples getting married now?
Planning a wedding is so stressful, there are so many sleepless nights and lots of second guessing yourself – not to mention the unsolicited input from others!
If I was to give any advice it would be to do what you want, and what you feel is right, not what others think.
I’d also say that no matter what goes wrong on the lead up or on the big day, you’ll forget it instantly when you’re walking down that aisle and see your loves face.
Scottish Castle Wedding Suppliers
Ceremony Venue – Eilean Donan Castle / Reception Venue – Private Garden
Photography – Rhiannon Neale Photography
Dress – Davids Bridal UK
Kilt – A1 Kilt Hire
Floristry – Buds N Blooms East Kilbride
Hair – Bee Bonnie Beauty
Make Up – Louise Methven MUA
Confetti / Sanitiser stickers – Wedthing
Caterer – Spitting Pig
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