A small, intimate Scottish wedding at stylish design-led venue Dun Aluinn
Planning a small, intimate wedding in Scotland? That’s precisely what Rachel and David did, opting to tie the knot in stylish venue Dun Aluinn, located in Aberfeldy.
We were wowed by the images of their Dun Aluinn wedding, captured by Luke Bennett Photography. Keep reading to see more pics, and to find out more about the wedding in the words of the couple themselves.
We met in 2010 when we were both studying at Strathclyde University. After eight years together, David proposed when we were out for a walk in the hills overlooking Loch Tay.
We weren’t in a rush to plan the wedding, but when we did it all happened quite naturally. We decided that a small, intimate wedding was what we wanted, even though it was a hard decision to not involve all of our family and friends.
We chose Dun Aluinn for its setting overlooking the Tay Valley down to Schiehallion. As soon as we saw the terrace with the stunning views, we could picture ourselves getting married there.
The house itself has been beautifully renovated.
We booked Dun Aluinn for three nights, so our wedding wasn’t so much a day but a weekend.
Our wedding was very relaxed and informal, so we didn’t have a set theme.
My dress was called ‘Olmo’, part of the 2019 White One collection by Pronovias, and was the first dress I tried on. I really liked the slim-cut style and open back to it.
Our ceremony took place out on the terrace, with just 18 family members.
We had two readings as part of the ceremony, the first by Rachel’s uncle Mark who read “Love is” by Susan Polis Schutz and the second by David’s sister Emma called “The Giraffe and the Monkey” by Daniel Thompson. Despite the latter being the more light-hearted reading, Emma still managed to shed a tear or two!
Our archway was built and decorated by Rachel’s dad. He loves a little project and agreed to make one after Rachel saw a photo of one online.
We saw it for the first time on the morning of the wedding once it has been assembled on the terrace. Needless to say we absolutely loved it! It was the perfect backdrop for our ceremony, made even more special by the fact that it had been made by Rachel’s dad. We can’t thank him enough.
Our wedding was catered by Ballintaggart Farm who served a selection of canapes and drinks in the afternoon and a lovely three-course meal in the evening.
They were very professional and easy to work with, and created a delicious menu to suit our tastes.
We absolutely love the photos our photographer Luke took. He managed to capture the day perfectly whilst making everyone feel relaxed and at ease. We couldn’t have asked for a better photographer!
We didn’t really have a first dance as it was such a small wedding. We were so lucky with the weather over the weekend – it was the warmest weekend in August, so we spent the evening outside on the terrace.
We did have a ceilidh later in the year (December) to celebrate our marriage with our extended family and friends, so I suppose our first dance was a lively Orcadian Strip The Willow with all of our family and friends!
The day after we got married we had a barbecue on the terrace and went white water tubing on the River Tummel with all of our wedding guests (except the grannies…). It was a great start to married life!
Venue: Dun Aluinn | Photographer: Luke Bennett Photography | Catering: Ballintaggart Farm | Bride and bridesmaid dresses: Perfect Bridal Rooms | Florist: Unique Thistles | Hair and make-up: LouVonne Hair & Beauty