Naomi & Ross’s Cluny Castle Wedding

Written by Caitlin Hoare
Cluny Castle is a spectacular wedding venue at any time of the year, but when the rhododendrons and azaleas are in bloom, it really is a sight to behold!

Every element of Naomi and Ross’s June wedding is completely enchanting, from the location (Cluny Castle is considered to be one of the most impressive wedding venues in Scotland) to the setting for the ceremony (a stunning private chapel located at the heart of the castle), and the stylish neutral colour palette incorporated in the outdoor marquee reception. Not forgetting the gents in kilts, a guest appearance from their beloved dog, and their gorgeous wedding portraits with the fairy tale castle in the backdrop. All expertly captured by Nicola Drummond Photography.

Notes from the Bride

Naomi says…

From the moment we entered Cluny Castle’s grounds and saw the castle, we instantly knew it was the ideal wedding venue for our special day.

The road leads up from the large main gates through a section of forestry, and as you emerge, you are met with the breathtaking sight of the castle with the pond and well-maintained lawn in the foreground. There is ample space for a large family wedding. The castle holds a historic Scottish feel with impressive furnishings. It was even more impressive to know the castle was still a family home and housed the Lord Barron of Cluny and his family.

Ross chose a traditional Scottish fawn tartan kilt, complemented by a brown tweed jacket and waistcoat from Neil Selbie, Peterculter. My dress was made by Justin Alexander and purchased from Blush Bridal, Fraserburgh.

We wanted our day to be minimalistic with a neutral colour theme. We chose to go with Hay’s Flowers; I had been stalking their Instagram page for a while. Jill was amazing, a very talented florist and a lovely person. She was so helpful. What I had envisioned for my wedding bouquet is exactly what Jill delivered. This was made up of white hydrangeas, roses, peony roses and finished with eucalyptus.

Our wedding cake was made by Cakes by Kirsty, based in Oldmeldrum. It was a three-tier cake with white icing and pearls.

For catering, we chose Country Flavours; they also catered a BBQ for us, our family, and friends the evening before the wedding. Everything was delicious. So many people complimented the food and how good the catering was.

Our photographer was Nicola Drummond Photography, who is fantastic. We first saw her on Instagram when she shot Jamie and Camilla’s wedding (Love Island Season 3 contestants). We loved how natural their wedding photographs looked. Everything was so candid, and that’s exactly what we were looking for. Nicola was amazing from start to finish. She gave us so much advice regarding everything wedding-related. She knew the vibe we were looking for and guided us in the right direction to create that.

Best part of the day

Our most memorable part of the day was the evening reception, where we could relax and let our hair down surrounded by friends and family, although the ceremony was amazing.

The backdrop from the marquee with the castle lit up in the background contributed to a magical feel.

Our wedding day went smoothly from start to finish. The staff were accommodating and made sure everything went to plan. They went over and above what was asked of them and were always on hand to answer our questions; Natalie even helped me into my wedding dress! Neil Lynch was our celebrant and made us feel at ease through our ceremony. He made all our guests laugh and made us enjoy it, as all eyes on us were something we found daunting.

Natalie from Cluny Castle liaised with all the caterers/suppliers and arranged timings. This took a lot of pressure off us, meaning we could relax.

From one couple to another…

Enjoy the lead-up to the wedding as much as the ceremony and evening reception. It all comes together, and having our wedding at Cluny Castle was a perfect example of this due to the excellent organisation of all staff and suppliers.


Venue Cluny Castle

Catering Country Flavours

Photographer Nicola Drummond Photography

Videographer Reel Weddings

Florist Hay’s Flowers

Dress Blush Bridal

Groom’s Outfit Neil Selbie

 Celebrant Neil Lynch

String Quartet Rococo String Quartet

Bagpipes Thistle Piping

Marquee Frame & Tailor

Decor Thoughts & Crosses

Wedding Cake Cakes by Kirsty

Band The Big Papas

Bar Reynolds Cocktails

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