Romantic Scottish elopement wedding at Melville Castle, Edinburgh

I absolutely love Scottish elopement weddings. There’s just a really special kind of romance about the occasion; two people, so in love, running off to a place that’s just for the two of them; simple and honest.

I imagine it’s a very exciting project for a wedding photographer to be involved in. These two people who have decided to get married far away from home are inviting that third person in to share all of those most intimate moments with them, something that their families and closest friends don’t even get to witness first hand. This couple chose Alastair Burn-Murdoch Photography to share in their day with them.

Emily and Duane decided to hop across the pond, all the way from Utah, to have their dream day at Melville Castle in Edinburgh. Organising from afar, you could be forgiven for thinking bride Emily would be super stressed but actually, she found cutting out the guests meant less stress!

Read more about this gorgeous Scottish elopement wedding from Emily… 

Duane and I had been friends when we were in our early teenage years and ended up dating when we were teenagers.

We never seemed to be able to figure it out when we were younger, but even 10 years later, we were still very much in love with one another.

So when we reconnected and were both finally on the same page, our relationship came easily and everything seemed to fall into place, even our wedding.

We chose to elope to Scotland and share each part of our wedding day with only each other; it made every moment that much more special.

Our whole day was so unique, because anything that might have been perceived as unpleasant in the mix of trying to organise a larger wedding just felt like not a big deal during our elopement.

We knew we wanted to get married somewhere beautiful, with history. It felt romantic to get married where so many had been married before us.

We had looked at a lot of venues online, but when we saw pictures of Melville Castle in Edinburgh, we fell in love with it.

We were so pleasantly surprised when we got to the venue and saw it; it didn’t disappoint at all and was everything we’d hoped it would be.

What made our wedding day special was that we travelled somewhere new and beautiful, which we both love to do.

We also got this opportunity to be selfish about sharing those special moments on our wedding day with just the two of us.

It was a little bit of a challenge because we had to do everything via email and we had to put our trust that each detail would go according to plan in people we hadn’t met yet. We are just so thankful that those who helped us did such a fantastic job.

We felt euphoric and like we couldn’t believe that we had actually done what we had been talking about for the past year.

Being married feels like we fulfilled something we have been waiting years for.

Venue: Melville Castle | Photographer: Alastair Burn-Murdoch Photography

Dress: Maggie Sottero from The Perfect Dress, Utah | Suit: Perry Ellis Portfolio from Men’s Wearhouse

Make-up and hair | Caroline Stewart Makeup Artistry | Florist: Floral Ambitions | Engagement ring + wedding bands: Shane Co.