Intimate + romantic wedding with handmade wedding dress at Dundas Castle

American couple Rachel and Garrett tied the knot in a castle that was recently crowned Scotland’s best – Dundas Castle!

We love the romance of their intimate, friendly wedding, and the fact that stylish bride Rachel made her own beautiful wedding dress.

So we asked her to share some of the gorgeous photos from Duke Photography and chat us through their special day…

Dundas Castle

“Two years before our wedding, we took a vacation. On our second day in Venice, Garrett asked me to marry him.

My response was: “I don’t know.” Not one to give up, Garrett started to propose everyday, sometimes at home, sometimes driving, sometimes at dinner.

I said yes five months after the initial question, sitting on our couch wearing PJ’s and watching TV. His response was “Are you sure?” – I was.

Dundas Castle felt right after searching all the beautiful castles. It has an old world charm. We like to think we made some real friends with the staff as their presence enriched our experience.

There wasn’t a theme, just the desire to have our closest friends and family travel to Scotland and make memories we will all talk about for years to come.

Dundas Castle

I designed my own dress then my mom and I made it over a long week, two months before the wedding.

Garrett likes to say that it’s an original DeMay!

Having only two days at Dundas, there wasn’t enough time to do it all, but a must for anyone is to walk through this gorgeous property.

Garrett and I walked the mile loop before returning to go our own ways ahead of the ceremony.

Our Scottish piper led the procession of guests to the lawn, under the large tree with its swing.

We were the first wedding to be given permission to do so; we wanted to keep everything simple with a standing wedding on the lush lawn.

After our officiant, Erik, who is also a good friend, gave an intimate few words, vows were exchanged and Garrett kissed me with a dramatic dip.

After the ceremony, guests retired to the warmth of the castle for drinks while we took to play with the llamas, caught a few bees on my dress and took a ton of photos!

Our guests keep talking about Fleur, our liaison for Dundas, hurdling the llama fence in a skirt and heels like she was running an Olympic event!

She was pulling a car around to shuttle us to the boathouse for more photos. Everyone was impressed by her hustle.

Our cake cutting was done with a sword – we loved these traditional Scottish flairs.

It was then time to file into the intimate Stag Room, located in the 600-year-old tower and lit with golden light from candelabras.

Speeches were not planned, but after some drinks, our friends gave some moving words.

I wish we would tell each other how we felt more often. Our friendships grew in the sharing of those words.

As the night began to wind down, Cameron, our late night keeper, let me lock the front door with its large iron key.

It was an honour to secure Dundas for the night and I still smile when I think about it.

Married life has been great. We were together eight years before we got married and engaged for two.

We are continuing on our adventure together and laughing all the way.”

Venue: Dundas Castle | Photographer: Duke Photography

Cake: Liggy’s Cake Company | Florist: Narcissus Flowers and Plants

Piper: Mike at Edinburgh Pipers

 

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