Earlier this month I was delighted to be back at two of my favourite wedding venues – Dornoch Cathedral, and Dunrobin Castle. Lynn Day and Martin Doak had their wedding at the Cathedral and then their reception was at the Castle. It was a lovely day again – much better than much of the weather we’d had in July. Lynn got ready at the Royal Marine Hotel in Brora before driving up to Dornoch in a stunning vintage Rolls Royce. I love weddings at Dornoch Cathedral, as it’s a stunning building, with loads of space to shoot the key moments, and the minister there Susan Brown is fantastic and makes the whole event as much fun as it should be. A far cry from some of the ones I’ve encountered recently. Then on to Dunrobin, my favourite Castle in the country! You can’t fail to get good photos at this venue. The Sutherland Schools Pipe Band turned up after dinner to play on the staircase and the sound in the old building was out of this world, and they are so talented! The evening finished for me with one of the best first dances I’ve seen – so take a bow Lynn and Martin!
Ceremony Venue: Dornoch Cathedral, with the service performed by the fantastic Reverend Susan Brown. We had guests telling us it was the best wedding service they’d been to.
Reception venue: Dunrobin Castle
Dress: Bride’s Delight, Aberdeen
Shoes: Diane Hassall shoes from Arabesque, Perth
Cake: Heather Clubb, Dornoch
Rings: John Park, Aberdeen
Hair: Lorna Benson
Make Up: Laura Milne
Cars: 1932 Austin from Chapelhill Wedding Cars
Groom’s Highland Outfit: Georgian Dress Hire, Aberdeen. The bride helped make the kilt!
Stationery: Signature Wedding Specialists, Aberdeen
Flowers: Angela Stewart Creative
Piper: Pipe Major John MacDonald
Band: The Blue Notes Dance Band
Pipe Band: Sutherland Schools’ Pipe Band
Catering: Swift Catering, Alness
What was your favourite moment of the day?
Martin saying his vows to me – I couldn’t look at him, I was so close to crying!
What advice would you give to other brides planning their wedding?
Go with your gut feeling on suppliers, trust your instincts! And keep the day’s events simple, there’ll be less to go wrong and the day flies by as it is.
Was there anything you’d have done differently?
Absolutely nothing! It was a perfect day.
Any other stories or comments
The pipe band went down a treat with the guests – everyone was raving about it and couldn’t believe it was a schools’ band, they were so professional. The sound on the staircase was phenomenal and brought a tear to the eye!