I headed up to Scotland for the beautiful winter wedding of Jess and Joe at the imposing Castle Menzies in Aberfeldy, Perthshire. The scenery in this part of the world is truly breathtaking and it provided the perfect backdrop for this wedding in the wilds of Scotland.

A perfect winter day

Jess and Joe were blessed with perfect winter weather and made the most of the sunshine by staying at the Farmhouse at Mains of Taymouth in the week leading up to the wedding. I’m sure they managed to take some great photographs for themselves before I arrived to snap their wedding photography.

A view across a loch towards Kenmore

A magical glow

I captured some shots of Jess and her bridal party getting ready at the Farmhouse. We then headed to the stunning Castle Menzies. The ceremony took place in the wooden beamed attic of the castle. This being Scotland in the winter, fires were lit in the Main Hall below to keep us all warm. The subtle rising smoke made for some beautifully atmospheric shots with the light streaming into the windows providing a magical glow to the celebrations.  After a drinks reception in the warm and cosy Main Hall at Castle Menzies, we headed outside for some more pictures. The beautiful and rustic landscape surrounding the castle provided a stunning backdrop to the photographs.

Bride and groom hand in hand next to a river with a bridge in the background

Drinks, cake and dancing into the wee hours

We then moved on to the Kenmore Hotel where there was a further drinks reception and the cutting of a very colourful cake with an individual cupcake on top just for the happy couple to share. There was much fun, laughter and tears during the speeches at the wedding breakfast held at The Courtyard Bar and Restaurant at Mains of Taymouth followed by an evening of dancing into the wee hours. Every time I go to Scotland I tell myself I need to visit more often. This Castle Menzies Wedding Photography truly encapsulated the history, landscape and charm that Scotland has in abundance.

Lounge Bar lit up in the scottish countryside

And in Jess’ own words…

“We met at work a few years ago. Having spent plenty of time enjoying the mountains in Scotland and the Lakes and working around Scotland together, our chosen location for the wedding was ‘UK + Mountains’. Eventually, we settled on Castle Menzies in Perthshire for the ceremony, because we loved the setting, and Jess’ family are familiar with the area. The reception was at a nearby restaurant, the Courtyard in Kenmore, which had the added bonus of everyone being able to stay within a few minutes walk!

We had a humanist ceremony, which meant we were able to (with our lovely celebrant, Jane’s help) make it completely unique to us – not only the readings, but the vows and all the words in between were a collaboration between us and her, which was lovely for us and a lot of fun to do. As well as readings, one of our bridesmaids sung beautifully – despite the smoke which had started to accumulate in the room! Out of all the parts of the day, it was so hard to pick a favourite, but the ceremony was probably it! Most of the flowers were done by one of our bridesmaids, who made lovely buttonholes and bridesmaids bouquets, as well as lots of other general arrangements.

We first met Mike at the Wedding Show in Manchester, aside from being immediately impressed by his gorgeous photography style, we just thought he was someone we’d rather like to have at the wedding! It was a great time driving to a few random spots in Perthshire for photographs together, our friends who sat with him at dinner enjoyed his conversation, and the photographs are utterly fantastic. There would be no hesitation to recommend him to anyone else!”

Bride in portrait in front of window wedding guests taking their seats for the ceremony Bridesmaids walking behind the bride entering Castle Menzies Bride being hugged by her bridesmaid Bride being walked down the aisle at Castle Menzies Bride and Groom smiling together Wedding ceremony taking place at Castle Menzies Wedding party seated at Castle Menzies Light from window illuminating wedding guests Bride and Groom's first kiss as a married couple The attic room at Castle Menzies during a wedding ceremony The bridal party together during the wedding ceremony Bride and Groom walking down the aisle surrounded by bubble confetti Bride and Groom walking down the aisle with bubble confetti Wedding party blowing bubbles down the aisle Father of the groom making a wedding speech wedding party raising a glass to the happy couple Older man in a suit holding a glass of champagne young boy being held by his father and playing with his face Bride and groom smiling together outside Castle Menzies Bride with her bridesmaids sharing a joke Castle Menzies Wedding Photography Bride and Groom hand in hand walking down a path at Castle Menzies Bride and groom embracing in the scottish countryside Bride and Groom photobombed by a duck Bride and groom walking along the pavement towards a white building wedding guests crossing a stone bridge over a river in the distance A view across the River Tay towards a forest Bride and Groom laughing

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