Blair Castle Wedding Photography
The sun shone for Natalie and David’s wedding ceremony at the stunning Dunkeld cathedral. The history of Dunkeld can be traced right back to the ninth century when it emerged as an important religious centre for the early Celtic church. The present cathedral was built in 1318 so boasts all the medieval grandeur you would expect from this time. Nestled in the heart of Dunkeld, it is a perfect location for a wedding ceremony.
Natalie prepared for her wedding at Blair Lodge (on the grounds of Blair Castle). Blair Lodge is a great place for bridal preparations and it was great for me to get to take shots of Natalie and her bridal party (five bridesmaids and a flower girl) as they prepared. Natalie, who did her own make up, looked amazing in a cream wedding dress, with beautiful lace detail. Her bouquet of a cream and purple arrangement of flowers tied in elegantly with the bridesmaids purple dresses.
Not to be outdone David’s grooms’ party was also large with a best man and five ushers. All looking handsome in their traditional Scottish attire. It’s always lovely to see my clients again and at this wedding I got to see Cammy and Jenny, whose wedding I shot a while back, and on whose recommendation I was booked to shoot for Natalie and David’s big day.
After a lovely ceremony we travelled to Blair Castle for the reception. I have approached Blair Castle so many times but each time it takes my breath away. It really is a fairy tale wedding venue. On arrival we walked around the grounds, and the tree lined driveways, and I took some great shots of Natalie and David outside (the light was so good and the grounds so stunning that looking at them you’d think they were shot in the middle of summer not March!)
Once we got back into the warm, Natalie and David were able to enjoy a reception drink, and I took some group and family shots in the majestic entrance hall set in front of the beautiful carved fireplace (that is adorned with a weapon display which is a feature of the Scottish Baronial style). Next was the wedding breakfast which was held in the Great Hall. Originally built in the 16th Century it is an opulent room with sumptuous interiors. The plaster work and ceiling roundels show the four seasons and local landscape scenes painted by famous artists of their day. It is a beautiful and splendid room with real grandeur that gave a buzz of excitement amongst Natalie and David’s guests.
During the speeches it was clear that Natalie’s father had gone to some trouble to embarrass his daughter by putting together a slide show of photographs of Natalie growing up which had everybody crying with laughter!
Evening entertainment was provided by the band ‘Corra’ who offer traditionally Scottish ceilidh with a twist as they effortlessly switch between genres from jazz, swing, rock n roll, soul, funk, disco and then back to ceilidh again. They went down a storm (which was a relief as I had recommended them!) Natalie, David and all their guests were up onto their feet in no time, where they remained for the rest of the evening.
A cathedral followed by a castle ending with a knees up! This wedding had it all. Congratulations to Natalie and David for getting married. I hope my images will allow you to relive your day again and again for many years to come.
Blair Castle Wedding Photography: