Photographing a Dalhousie Castle wedding is always a real treat. Helen and Bram had exclusive use of this beautiful Midlothian wedding venue for their wedding day. This lovely couple could have chosen anywhere in the World to get married, but like many international couples, they fell in love with the history, beauty and exclusivity of Dalhousie Castle.
Family and friends from around the World had gathered for the union of Helen and Bram. And it was a truly international feel to this amazing wedding day. Helen was born in America to Swiss parents and Bram is Belgian. It was great to see a few guests wearing traditional Swiss outfits and at times it felt quite surreal to be in a Scottish Castle listening to so many people speaking German!
My day began with coverage of the preparations. I love it when a couple both get ready at the same wedding venue. This allows me to cover both preparations and get a beautifully balanced story of the day. Helen was getting ready in the highest part of the castle, a room with exquisite natural lighting.
I loved Helen's bridal wear. A beautiful pair of handmade orange silk boots really contrasted with the elegant vintage wedding dress. Helen's look was completed with a gorgeous elegant headpiece. Bram sourced his 1920's suit from a charity shop. The combination of Helen and Bram's choice of clothing looked fantastic, they have great individual taste which made for lovely unique wedding photos.
The Humanist wedding ceremony was held in Dalhousie's private Chapel. A highlight of the ceremony was the delivery of the wedding rings by an owl, which swooped over the guest's heads and onto the best man's gauntleted hand.
2013 might not have had the best weather so far compared to recent years, but I've been really fortunate on wedding days! Today was another beautiful day with glorious sunshine allowing everyone to head outdoors for the champagne reception. After a few group photos outdoors and at the top of Dalhousie's entrance lobby, it was time for a few photos of the newly-weds.
The grounds of Dalhousie Castle are lovely, with plenty of areas for newly-wed photos. We shot a few photos on the old bridge and the expansive lawn before heading back to join the guests at the champagne reception.
Bram had bought a sword for Helen and had it engraved with their names and wedding date. They used the sword to cut one of their three wedding cakes. This was another great photo opportunity, especially when Helen and Bram both licked the cake off the sword!
The newly-weds were piped into the wedding suite top table to rapturous applause. I really enjoyed the speeches, one each by Helen and Bram's fathers, followed by Bram. All really good humoured and entertaining and good fun to observe and photograph.
The evening entertainment began with the newly-weds' first dance to a song by German rockers Rammstein. The song chosen by Helen and Bram was actually quite mellow and not the industrial metal track I expected to hear!
Helen then did a waltz with her father, which was followed by a few of the guests setting up their own band in the lobby area and playing a few Swiss songs. this really had everyone clapping and cheering - it was an impressive performance and a brilliant way for my day to end.
Helen and Bram were brilliant to work for. But that's not the end of our story, as we have a 'trash the dress/post wedding photo shoot' coming up, photos of which I'm really looking forward to sharing with you very soon!
Details of the wedding suppliers who helped make Helen and Bram’s Dalhousie Castle wedding so special and unique:
Florist: Spiral Flowers
Milliner: Bundle MacLaren
Make-up: Louise from EyeCandy Professional Make-Up
Hairdresser: Edinburgh Bridal Hair by Gillian Miller
Wedding Cake: Rainbow Sugar Craft
Favours: Hanson Ellis (treasure chests) filled with Swarovski beads
Evening Entertainment: The Jiggers
Video: Inspire Video
Celebrant: Juliet Wilson
In the meantime, I'd like to share a few of my favourite photos of Helen and Bram's amazing wedding day with you, below. Enjoy!
You might also enjoy Jen and Terry's beautiful Dalhousie Castle wedding photos.