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Dalhousie Castle | Lasswade | Scotland

Dalhousie Castle

With its fairy tale turrets, moat and breath-taking scenery, Dalhousie Castle is a stunning wedding location. Located on the outskirts of Edinburgh, the venue is an easy distance from the capitol, yet is hidden within a stunning 11 acre estate.

Working as a Dalhousie Castle wedding photographer is always a privilege, thanks to the wealth of picture-perfect opportunities it offers.

I photographed Mhairi and Michael’s wedding here in June. The couple booked me over a year in advance and the day was beautifully sunny and blue skied.Originally built in the 13th Century, Dalhousie Castle is Scotland’s oldest inhabited castle and has a long and intricate history.

The residence itself was constructed with local red stone quarried from the other side of the South Esk River.

The luxury of the castle’s interior creates the perfect atmosphere for a special occasion. With an award-winning restaurant, spa and luxurious accommodation, everything from the ceremony to the reception and beyond can be held in one place. 

Getting married at Dalhousie Castle

Mhairi and Michael held their marriage ceremony in the Dalhousie Chapel. This chapel can accommodate up to 100 guests and can be used for both religious and civil ceremonies. In the case of the latter, the room is referred to as the Gun Room. With arched French doors opening onto a sunny terrace beyond, the room is full of light and is a wonderful setting to tie the knot.

The bride’s entrance into the ceremony is always a big occasion. Walking up the aisle with all eyes turned towards her, it is a moment of anticipation and awe, especially in this chapel. With its ornate wooden staircase at the back, the anticipation had even longer to build as the bride and her bridesmaids made their entrance down the stairs and up the aisle together.

The castle’s own pipe sergeant played Mhairi down the aisle in true Scottish style and the vows were said below the arched stain-glassed windows at the front of the chapel. 

Dalhousie Castle Wedding Photos

Dalhousie is a true escape from reality, surrounded by manicured lawns and dense woodland. During the afternoon I took portraits of the couple and their guests around the leafy gardens. My photography style is that of a natural wedding photographer, documenting the day from the background, rather than dictating events.

This approach allows the couple to enjoy their day without feeling awkward. It gives me the opportunity to capture candid, natural moments, creating a true reflection the atmosphere and emotions of the day.

However, I also believe in the value of having formal portraits at some point in the day. These classic poses are a formal record of the day for the sake of posterity and ensure that all the guests are included in the wedding album. For wedding photos, there are few backdrops more impressive than a castle and this is something I love about working as a wedding photographer at Dalhousie Castle.

The groom’s men and fathers of the bride and groom all wore kilts and made a striking impact in the portraits, alongside the bridesmaids who were in pale grey.  And the young page boy and flower girl were a very adorable addition to the group. 

After that the couple escaped their guests for a few moments of quiet contemplation around the beautiful gardens and woodland. Wedding photographers have the unique privilege of being able to record these moments of the couple walking together as husband and wife for the first time. 

The reception

The Castle has a range of rooms to accommodate parties of varying sizes. There is even the option to book the entire castle to yourselves, from the 35 guest bedrooms to the beautiful grounds to enjoy. All weddings at Dalhousie Castle come with a complimentary night in the honeymoon suite, so you don’t have to travel far after your busy, momentous day. 

Following the ceremony, Mhairi and Matthew left the chapel through the French doors to be greeted by their guests on the terrace, showered with confetti. Their drinks reception on the terrace took advantage of the gorgeous weather and superb views across the South Esk River, to relax and mingle with their friends and family. 

The wedding breakfast was hosted in the Ramsey Room, with its lavish chandeliers and antique fireplaces giving it a regal presence. The speeches were fantastic, with smiles and laughter throughout. And the day finished off in true Scottish style, with a rousing ceilidh in the Sir Alexander Suite. What better way to celebrate the end of a magical day? 

Booking a Dalhousie Castle Wedding Photographer

If you are getting married at Dalhousie Castle and looking to reserve a photographer for the day, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. With my past experience as a Dalhousie Castle wedding photographer, I have a great knowledge of the venue – angles, lighting and the best spots for photos.

Depending on your plans, you can hire me for the whole day – from the morning preparations to the evening dancing – or just for a portion of the event. Whatever your preferences, I aim to be as flexible as possible, to make this day 100% about you.

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