Autumnal Scottish castle wedding at Taymouth Castle, Kenmore

Bride Catriona describes lots of events during the planning stages and wedding day to husband Robert as ‘happy accidents’. Having heard the couple’s story, I like to think of those moments as fate playing a hand.

When her mum’s hairdresser suggested the pair check out Taymouth Castle, she actually meant another venue. However as soon as they stepped inside, it was love at first sight. Turns out that Catriona’s mother found out she was pregnant with her at a ceilidh there many years ago!

Catriona and Robert share lots of coincidences too: both of their mums were secretaries and their dads were surveyors. Robert studied the same course as Catriona’s brother at the same uni and Robert even wears the same aftershave as Catriona’s grandad. See; definitely fate!

Read more about their wedding at stunning Taymouth Castle, captured by Neil Fordyce Photography…

“We opted for an autumnal theme and wanted to have a traditional Scottish wedding. We had 100 guests but made sure it felt like an intimate wedding as we had the venue entirely to ourselves.

We chose purple and gold for our stationery. My brother piped my down the aisle to Highland Cathedral and we had a hand-fasting ceremony which my 90 year old gran performed. It made her feel part of the wedding.

The registrar was a friend of my mum’s and we had our first meeting with her at my old high school in Aberfeldy. Mo made sure the ceremony was very personal.

We had three readings including a Burns reading by one of Robert’s closest friends. We wrote our own vows and both drank from a Quaich at the end of the ceremony.

We wanted to get married in a castle where we could have everything under one roof and not in a Marquee. We also wanted to have the wedding local to where I am from in Pitlochry.

We were one of only a handful of weddings last year at the Castle so it felt very special and historical as Queen Victoria had her honeymoon there.

We tried to source everything locally, from the food to the favours. We had chocolates from Highland Chocolatier in Aberfeldy and we had a Headway badge on each table.

This is a charity that has helped close members of both our families with head injuries.

We asked Bob’s best man Stuart and my bridesmaid and best friend Morag to write a bit about us and how we met. This was read out at the start of our ceremony and meant a lot to us.

It also added a bit of humour to the formality of the service.

We went off on honeymoon to Sri Lanka and the Maldives after the wedding so we didn’t have much time to reflect on the day but it was the happiest day of our lives and we feel like a proper partnership now that we are married, although I keep forgetting to sign my new name!

Venue: Taymouth Castle | Photographer: Neil Fordyce Photography | Transport: Carriages of Scone | Dress: Pretty Woman, Edinburgh

Cake: Catriona’s auntie, Andie Steed | Florist: Coach House Flowers | Entertainment: Dram’s Ceilidh Band | Piper: Catriona’s brother, Callum Buchan | Garter: Handmade by Robert’s mum

Stationery: Danscot, Perth | Hair + Make-up: Fiona O’Donnell Bridal Hair Design | Caterer: Wild Thyme | Wedding planner + decor: Janice Grimley-Evans, Blue Thistle Weddings

Kilt hire: Macgregor Macduff | Fireworks: 21cc Fireworks