Today I am thrilled to share the intimate beach wedding of Ricardo and Gill at the picturesque Saddell Estate on the coast of Kintyre.
Saddell Castle is a complete, early 16th-century Scottish tower house in a stunning location on Saddell Bay on the east coast of Kintyre, looking out across the Kilbrannan Sound to the Isle of Arran.
Images of the day were captured by Gillian Glover MacLean Photography.
In 2004, Gillian Glover MacLean bought her first professional camera, and its also the year her daughter came into her life.
Her little muse inspired her to follow her real passion.
She grew up in a small town north of Inverness and believed her passion was fashion.
At 16 she moved to the city of Glasgow to follow her dream and after years of living and working within the fashion and design world realised that her true zest was indeed for the images that portrayed it.
She went on to study a diploma in photography, which lead to work on fashion editorials for a lifestyle magazine and assisting an award winning wedding photographer.
She also thoroughly enjoyed shooting a varied range of musical events, working backstage and choreographing fashion shows.
Now with Wedding Photography it is hers aspiration to endeavour to witness the truth and beauty of each event that she is involved in.
She aims to create something that is unique, empowering and full of emotion.
I hand over to the dashing Groom, Ricardo to tell the Couples story…
How did you meet?
“We met in Spain when we were on holidays five years ago.”
“We were both on holidays with our friends, but as Ricardo is from Portugal and Gill is from Edinburgh we still think that we were so lucky to have found each other.”
When did you get engaged?
“We got engaged on the 3rd of January 2013 on the top of one of the hills at Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh.”
I made some massive letters saying, “Gill will you marry me?” and Gill’s sister, Fiona, was supposed to put them at the bottom of the hill so that I could surprise Gill once we got to the top.”
“Anyway, on that morning I phoned Fiona and told her that I needed her to go to Arthur’s Seat and put the letters in position, as I had just convinced Gill to go for a walk there.”
“I tried to give her time but Gill kept asking me why I was taking so long getting ready.”
“When we left the house, Fiona wasn’t even at Arthur’s Seat yet, so I just drove as slowly as I could.”
“After we parked, Gill stood on dog poo and it gave me some extra time.”
“We started walking slowly and although she wanted to walk faster I managed to keep the pace quite slow.”
“As we got near the place I got a text saying it’s ready.”
“I took Gill to the top of the hill and told her to close her eyes when she was close to the edge.”
“When she opened her eyes she saw the letters and as she turned I was knelt down with the ring on my hand.”
“I popped the question and she said yes. We kissed and a group of people that was near the letters clapped. It was perfect!”
Tell us about your wedding planning journey
“We started planning our wedding maybe a few months after getting engaged.”
“We decided we didn’t want a conventional wedding so we have decided to hire all the properties of the Saddell Estate and organise everything ourselves.”
“We decided we wanted to get married on the beach and we wanted the ceremony to be really personal.”
“We decided to ask a minister we had met on a trip to LA and he said he would come to Scotland to marry us.”
“We asked some of our friends to do readings, dance, sing and play music at the wedding.”
“We booked the Saddell Estate for 5 days so that both our families could spend time with each other and get closer.”
“We spoke to one of our friends who is a chef and our families all said they would help with the cooking.”
“After that all we had to organise was the decoration and all the logistics so that my friends and family from Portugal could come over.”
When did you get married?
“We got married on the 9th of July this year on a beach located on Saddell Bay on the coast of Kintyre.”
“Our guests stayed in the properties of the Saddell Estate and hotels situated near by.”
What was the best bit of your day?
“The whole day was extraordinary. The ceremony was amazing, very emotional, personal, funny and different.”
“The weather was perfect and having all your friends and family in the same place was amazing.”
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
“Have fun, enjoy each moment of the day because it goes so quickly.”
“Keep it simple, personal and intimate.”
Thank you so much to Gillian for sharing this amazing intimate beach wedding.
Such a glorious backdrop to a family centric and beautiful celebration of love.
I particularly love the unity candle ceremony, and the amazing wedding feast reflecting the fusion of cultures.
Venue – Saddell Castle
Photographer – Gillian Glover McLean Photography
Flowers –Fresh Connection, Campbeltown
Dress – La Novia, Edinburgh
Shoes – Rainbow Club Shoes at John Lewis
Grooms Suit and shoes – Bowdens
Hair – Arthaus Hair, Edinburgh
To Contact Gillian Glover MacLean Photography