Why Destination Wedding in Scotland?

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Destination weddings are a growing trend in recent years and for good reason. Whether your friends and families are far flung across the globe, or simply because you love to travel, a destination wedding can make your big day a truly stand-out event. I had the privilege of photographing Gillian and Tim’s destination wedding in Scotland and it was an unforgettable day in many ways. 

Why choose Scotland for your destination wedding?

With its dramatic landscapes and fairy tale castles, Scotland is an undeniably romantic location for a destination wedding. The country has a long and rich history, resulting in a strong cultural identity. From music and poetry to kilts and tartan, Scotland offers plenty of scope for a charming, unforgettable occasion.

In Gillian and Tim’s case, personal history influenced their choice. Gillian is from Canada and Tim from Australia, so when the pair got engaged, they knew family and friends would have to travel for their wedding. As Gillian’s mother is Scottish, originally from West Lothian, a destination wedding in Scotland was the perfect solution. A great way to unite everyone in a neutral location, whilst paying tribute to their ancestry. 

With generally fewer guests than most weddings, a destination wedding focuses on quality, not quantity. Quality was certainly a key feature in Tim and Gillian’s wedding. Careful logistical planning was needed to incorporate the many elements of the day to make the most of being in Scotland.

So what are some the must-haves for a destination wedding in Scotland?

  1. Scottish Bagpipes

One of Scotland’s most emblematic icons, bagpipes are recognisable throughout the world. As unique in sound as in appearance, bagpipe music is guaranteed to give a true essence of Scotland to your wedding. Since the pipers always dress in full traditional costume, bagpipers can be a great aspect in wedding photos too. 

As guests arrived at the church for Gillian and Tim’s ceremony they were greeted outside by a bagpiper playing traditional Scottish tunes. He also played as the couple left the church as newlyweds to be showered with confetti by their friends and family. 

  1. Culture and tradition.

Tim and Gillian had their wedding ceremony in Abbotsgrange Parish Church in Grangemouth. With its stone exterior, wooden pews and stained glass windows, this church set the tone for a wedding that celebrated the tradition and history of the local area. 

Scottish history and culture dates back many thousands of years and Scots have a strong national heritage. Whether you choose a traditional venue, or incorporate your clan’s tartan into your décor, paying tribute to the Scottish heritage will give a rich and meaningful atmosphere to your vows. 

A Fairy-tale Castle

Nothing will bring more magic and charm to your wedding day than the backdrop of a fairy tale castle. Famous for its multitude of beautiful castles in stunning locations, a destination wedding in Scotland would not be complete without one. From ancient stone keeps to luxurious royal palaces or grand manor houses, Scottish castles take various forms. Some serve as striking backdrops for wedding photos, whilst others can be hired for the reception and even for overnight stays. 

Tim and Gillian had their wedding photos taken at Linlithgow Palace. Once the residence of the Stewart monarchs, this stunning palace is steeped in local history and was the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. 

  1. Lochs and mountains.

Linlithgow Palace is situated on the banks of Linlithlow Loch and the loch was a stunning location to take wedding photos.  Standing on the jetty the couple posed right in the middle of the still water with the green hills beyond. A picture of peace and tranquility. 

The Scottish landscape is breath-taking, from the wild and untamed nature of the Highlands, to the peace and tranquillity of the lochs. The iconic Scottish scenery makes for spectacular wedding photos, setting your wedding album apart from the rest.

  1. A party spirit

What better way to end your celebrations in true Scottish style than with a ceilidh. This traditional Gaelic folk dance dates back to the late 1800s and features a Ceilidh band playing traditional folk music. A caller instructs the guests on their moves, making it easy to join in whatever your dancing ability. And of course, a good dose of Scottish-made whiskey can do wonders for alleviating any sense of awkwardness.

One of my favourite features of capturing a wedding is seeing their friends and family celebrate together. Tim and Gillian’s wedding guests had flown from Australia, Italy, New Zealand, Canada, USA, Philippines and Scotland to be there with them. The reception was at the Macdonald Inchyra Hotel in Falkirk and was the perfect ending to the day. With superb catering options and a variety of spacious function rooms the hotel is a fantastic place to host the reception. 

Destination wedding photographer

If you are planning a destination wedding in Scotland and are looking for a wedding photographer, feel free to get in touch. I take a photojournalistic approach to wedding photography, capturing the moments as they naturally unfold. My natural wedding photography style allows me to document your day from start to finish, without dictating or getting in your way. I am flexible in my approach and work closely with the couple to understand how they want me to tell the story of their day. I would love to tell your story too. 

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Gillian

    Booking a wedding photographer can be challenging at the best of times but we were fortunate to find Tom at a distance of 6000miles. He was great at listening to our requests and was totally unobtrusive the whole day. Wonderful memories now on film ?

    1. Tom

      Thank you Gillian. It was an absolute delight to photograph your day

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