Lewis & Katie’s Autumnal Fairytale at Cluny Castle

Written by Caitlin Hoare
Imagine a majestic and secluded 200 acre estate, set in the prettiest Aberdeenshire countryside, where you can welcome and delight your guests on your special day… Cluny Castle is that place.

Lewis and Katie fell instantly in love with this fairytale castle as soon as they set eyes on it (well, wouldn’t you?!) and went on to marry here in early October surrounded by their loved ones and their precious golden Labrador, Eric.

If you’re a fan of autumnal tones, men in kilts and that warm October sunshine then you’re going to love this traditional castle wedding.

Notes from the Bride

Katie says…

We had seen Cluny Castle previously and fell in love with it straight away. Not only was it beautiful to look at from the outside, the inside was just as amazing and as soon as we saw it the first time, we knew we couldn’t get married anywhere else. We would recommend Cluny Castle in a heartbeat. It is an absolute dream venue with the most amazing team who are there to help every step of the way. We just absolutely loved our day at Cluny Castle and wish we could do it all over again!!

My dress was a long sleeved lace dress with plenty of sparkle giving it a boho feel. Lewis and his best man wore an ancient Gordon tartan kilt which was passed down from their dad.

Our theme for the day was boho and rustic but I also tried to incorporate my love of ABBA without it putting Lewis off the wedding too much! We ended up settling on the addition of vinyl records as our centerpieces to demonstrate our mutual love of music.

Sandra Forbes who is a family friend looked after our wedding flowers and she was just brilliant. We just said we wanted autumnal colours and she did the rest!

We went for a three-tier sponge with lemon drizzle, chocolate and Victoria sponge for our wedding cake and it was just delicious. It was decorated with dried flowers and a little statue of our beloved lab Eric (who would definitely of tried to eat the cake if he had a chance). The cake was made by our beautiful best friend Martha Rennie who is just so talented.

Our catering was by Thistle Catering who were amazing from start to finish. We are so lucky they were there for our special day, not only was their food out of this world the service they provided us with was extraordinary. We are still thinking about that sticky toffee pudding!

Our photographer was Danielle Leslie Photography who was just amazing and unbelievably talented, we are so lucky to have met her. She was unable to be there on the day but we had Sandie Ritchie Photography and Louise Malcolm Photography who captured the day wonderfully and were a joy to be around!

Our videographer was Ray and Kelsie Allan from Simple Wedding Films. They created the most amazing video from our special day that we will treasure forever, they really are a credit to the wedding industry.

Best part of the day

There were so many ‘best parts’ of our wedding but a few that stick out were; when my mum, dad and Lewis saw me ready for the first time. They all mean the world to me and are the most important people in my life so to see them so happy meant everything.

Our golden Labrador, Eric, acting as our surprise ring bearer and being able to be part of our special day was amazing. He did so well and of course looked so handsome running up the aisle.

It’s hard to choose just moments as being surrounded by our beloved friends and family at the beautiful Cluny Castle was so special and it truly was the best day of our lives.

From one couple to another…

Our advice would be try to enjoy the lead up and the day as much of possible without getting too stressed and take some time just the two of you to really enjoy the moment, it really does go so quick.

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Venue Cluny Castle

Photographers Danielle Leslie Photography, Sandie Ritchie Photography and Louise Malcolm Photography

Catering Thistle Catering

Florist Sandra Forbes (family friend)

Videographer Simple Wedding Films

Piper Callum Lamont

Band Foot Stompin’ Ceilidh

Pianist Kenna Ross

Cake Martha Rennie (family friend)

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