Stylish autumnal wedding day at Craigellachie Hotel, Speyside

Make-up artist Heather Dick and subsea engineer Darryl Smith married in Craigellachie Hotel, set in the heart of whisky county on 28th October 2017.

Capturing every moment of the stylish and sentimental big day was Emma Lawson Photography.

Here, bride Heather tells us all on their day of I do’s…

Darryl proposed in Vietnam on my birthday. He took me to an incredibly romantic restaurant with an impossibly beautiful beach setting. After finishing our main courses, we went for a walk on the beach and as we were sitting on the steps to the beach, he got down on one knee.

The Craigellachie is surrounded by woodland and during autumn is particularly beautiful. We received the warmest of welcomes from Kara and her team and were treated to a tour of the hotel and our lunch at The Copper Dog. While we talked over lunch, we knew this was the venue.

I chose a two-piece from Halfpenny London that consisted of the ‘Thea’ full-length satin slip with a low back, and the ‘Susie’ skirt, a full tulle skirt with appliquéd flowers. Darryl wore a full dress kilt outfit in Cullins of Skye tartan.

My two best friends, Jaye and Lynne, were my bridesmaids – they wore blush pink satin full-length dresses. Darryl had three best men: Iain, Barry and James.

As a make-up artist (and being particular about how I wanted my make-up to look), it made sense to do it myself. I wanted to feel natural, so I kept it simple with neutral tones. I am very lucky that my best friend – and one of my bridesmaids – Jaye is an incredible hairdresser. She knows me well and created the perfect soft natural waves.

My friend Laura of Juniper Press is an incredibly talented illustrator. Having given her a brief she created a unique design for us that we both loved.

I walked down the aisle to Fairy Tale Lullaby by Bombay Bicycle Club. Darryl and I wrote our own vows for our humanist ceremony, which we both felt was important to keep our wedding very personal to us.

The Craigellachie is beautifully decorated in a style we love and required only some small personal touches such as photographs of my parents’ and Darryl’s grandparents’ weddings, vintage candles and flower vases.


One of the reasons we chose The Craigellachie was the quality of the food. We had pan-fried Shetland scallops followed by fillet of Beef Wellington, then sticky toffee pudding for dessert. It was incredible.

Darryl’s three best men compiled a poem with individual stories of their friendship. It was hilarious and personal. My dad and Darryl’s mum each gave very personal stories of our childhoods and our relationship; both were very emotional.

Our band, Footerin’ Aboot, added a Scottish flavour to our favourite songs. They were absolutely incredible – their rendition of The Black Keys’ Lonely Boy will long live in our memories.

Once the band had finished, our guests split their time between dancing to a playlist we created and relaxing in The Craigellachie’s famous Quaich Bar, which has a huge selection of whisky.

It is only one day so keep it in perspective and don’t feel pressured to do the stereotypical things.

Ultimately your day is spent with the people you love and who love you and of course marrying your best friend – and what is more important than that?


Venue: Craigellachie Hotel | Photographer: Emma Lawson Photography | Bride’s dress: Halfpenny London

Wedding rings: Finnies The Jewellers | Bridesmaid dresses: Jarlo London

Groom’s outfit: Georgian Dress Hire | Stationery: Juniper Press 

Florist: Kim Dalglish Florist | Make-up: By the bride  | Hair: Linton and Mac 

Celebrant: Janet Donnelly, Humanist Society Scotland | Band: Footerin’ Aboot