Dundas Castle Winter Wedding
Emma and Graham were married in a stunning Dundas Castle Winter Wedding, at South Queensferry Edinburgh on the 30th December 2017.
On a snowy day in Edinburgh, Emma and Graham and their family and friends gathered at The Dakota Hotel, a cool boutique hotel in South Queensferry the night before their wedding for an informal drinks reception.
The next day started bright and early with bridal prep starting at The Dakota before the girls moved over to the Castle for final preparations and dressing.
The whole family, but especially Emma and her Mum had spent lots of time and effort on homemade features including the beautiful cake, bridesmaid dresses, table centres and many other touches.
Final preparation at the castle was great fun with the boys getting ready in one wing of the castle and the girls in the other. The exchange or pre-wedding gifts between Emma and Graham was an emotional period for both along with Emma giving out gifts to her Mum and bridesmaids.
The ceremony was to take place in the oldest part of the castle, the 600 year old Auld Keep which was beautifully decorated with candles and flower petals for the day.
Lead by a lone piper with the bell of the Auld Keep ringing, the bridal party progressed from the main part of the castle to the Keep into the ceremony hall where Graham, his groomsmen and all of the guests were waiting to receive them.
After the ceremony, we had the opportunity to go to the roof for the breathtaking (quite literally it was a freezing cold day) view of the bridges over the Firth of Forth.
Then onto the drinks reception to warm up and speeches on the magnificent staircase of the castle. The speech by Emma’s son had everyone in fits of laughter and more than a few tears were shed as well. They are such a warm loving family and it was a real pleasure getting to know them in the run-up to their wedding day.
After photos in the Castle next to the Christmas tree, it was time to be piped down to the wedding breakfast. The food was amongst the best this photographer has ever tasted with the most mouth-watering and melt-in-the-mouth blade of beef.
Dancing the night away to a Ceilidh Folk Band we were all blown away by their energy and I tell you, amplified bagpipes! with a full band sound pretty darned amazing. Well done to all of the guests who lasted the many rounds of dancing.
Emma and Graham had one final surprise for their guests, they had organised a full Scottish marching band for the beating of the retreat at Midnight in the grounds of the castle.
After that, the guests started to leave for home and hotels after a wonderful wedding. Some of the guests were staying overnight in the castle so there was time for a nice dram of scotch and a cup of tea and cake to end the night.
A summary slideshow of the wedding can be seen here.
I wish Emma and Graham and their lovely family every happiness for their future together – it really was a pleasure capturing your day.
I’m looking forward to seeing Emma and Graham again soon to design their wedding album.
Paul x – the lemon house
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Dundas Castle is one of Scotland’s most beautiful and historic castles and it is one of the top 5 Star Exclusive Use venues in Britain. Unlike a hotel, the Castle is booked in its entirety for a wide variety of events – weddings, conferences, business meetings, incentive travel group visits, golfing holidays, private dinner parties, launch parties and receptions.
The long history of Dundas castle can be found here.
Whether you’ve had a morning of pampering, hair teasing or even golf we look forward to welcoming you to continue your preparations. Upon check-in, you and your guests who are staying at the Castle will be shown to their rooms where they can relax and look forward to the day ahead. You and your fiancé(e) will be taken to different wings of the Castle should you wish to adhere to the tradition of not seeing each other before the ceremony.
Our team will be on hand to ensure that your final preparations go smoothly, and most importantly, enjoyable before you make your way to your ceremony location. Remember, today is to be filled with fun and laughter and we will do our best to ensure that this happens!