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Completely Classic Scotland Estate Wedding

When you cross a classic-loving bride and a formal Scottish manor, you’ve got a wedding that could even give Kate Middleton a little run for her money. From the exchange of vows on the marble staircase, to the regal celebration that followed, Craig & Eva Sanders photographed the swoon-worthy moments, and it’s all waiting right here in the gallery.

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From The Bride & Groom…Soon after we got engaged we always knew we wanted a spring wedding in Scotland. Our plans started out simple, we wanted a beautiful big house for our ceremony and reception. Half our guests would be traveling from England the other half from Scotland so it was really important to have the whole day in one place.

The ceremony was going to be an intimate one and the venue should be a place for our friends and family to relax and enjoy the day. Followed by good food, good wine and of course, a band with whom we could dance into the wee small hours of the night.

After being engaged for a few weeks, we booked the breattakingly beautiful Gosford House. The venue was everything we could have ever dreamt of and more, located near our home in East lothian, it was the perfect ‘Big House’ for our wedding day.

A traditional Scottish wedding day with little English touches, we choose the marble staircase and landing as the perfect setting for our intimate humanist ceremony. The light and space was perfect for our guests to enjoy the house and share in our own words what marriage meant to us as we had written the ceremony ourselves.

With colours of peaches and cream running through the marble and the light from the glass roof filling the room, we designed our seating to complement the flow of the stairs, we wanted each of our guests to have the best seat in the house, whatever seat they chose.

Our inspiration for décor was easy, Gosford house is decorated so beautifully, original paintings fitted with gold gilt picture frames and giant antique mirrors, and we simply complemented the house by adding in lots of pretty details.

Our flowers were inspired by the marble staircase – colours of coral, pink, peaches and cream. Keeping the overall look loose and unstructured, we wanted a relaxed regal feel!

Photography: Craig & Eva Sanders Photography | Videography: The Edinburgh Film Company | Florist: Linden Flowers | Wedding Dress: La Novia | Bridesmaid's Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Gourmet Events | Entertainment: Edinburgh Pipe Band | Entertainment: The White Band | Entertainment: The Ritz Trio | Groom's Attire: Geoffrey Taylor | Bridal Hair: Jennifer Crawford | Bridal Makeup: EyeCandy | Chairs: Pretty Settings | Gosford House: Gosford House | The Red Bus: The Red Bus

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Aberdeenshire Scotland Wedding from Craig & Eva Sanders

Every relationship is a journey, but this couple’s journey was just a bit more challenging than most. However, they now have a love story that led them down the aisle in none other than gorgeous Scotland, where they could start the next chapter of their life, and do so in style. Craig and Eva Sanders made sure they had the most timeless of keepsakes of this memorable day with their gorgeous images, and you can see them all right here.

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From the Bride… We moved to Scotland a year ago from the States and completely fell in love with the country. A few months after the move, my husband was forced to leave the United Kingdom for an unknown duration due to some visa issues. Our lives seemed more like a movie script than reality- two lovers torn apart by the Atlantic Ocean. The distance made everything a lot more clear about our 7 year relationship. When he returned he had a ring in his pocket and proposed on the cliffs overlooking Dunnottar Castle.

Drumtochty Castle in Auchenblae was the perfect backdrop for our wedding, where we stayed for two nights with 50 of our closest family and friends. Having our wedding in a fairy tale castle tucked away in a Scottish forest created the intimate setting we wanted, and provided that once in a lifetime experience for all our guests. Female guests wore millinery (fancy hats a la the Royal wedding); everybody had a ball with this and coordinated their outfits with their hats. Scottish treats included delicious cheese cakes from a local dairy farm topped with local seasonal strawberries, and traditional Scottish tablet as wedding favors.

We had a classic fiddle and concertina play Scottish and Norwegian folk music at our ceremony. The musicians led a wedding party parade from the church to the castle- a ¼ mile walk through the forest. The traditional Scottish ceilidh had all our guests spinning around the dance floor with giant smiles on their faces. Also, a talented American expat friend performed Bluegrass, bringing real Americana to good ol’Scotland.

Norway was present through the Kransekake (traditional Norwegian wedding cake) that my stepfather carried on his lap on the flight from Norway, the ceremony reading that my mother wrote and read in Norwegian, and the bunad (national costume) that my Norwegian family wore.

My husband was the most involved groom ever! He always felt that it was “his wedding too” by doing most of the DIY and being a huge part in the planning process. He drew the church and castle used on all the stationery, and the guestbook artwork of our engagement castle. He stayed up into the wee hours of the night sewing the ceremony programs, baking Scottish shortbread for the welcome bags, hand-stamping favor boxes and lavender toss satchels. He also made the cake topper, menus, bride and groom chalkboard signs, and table numbers. Being a homebrewer, he made speciality beers designed to pair with the wedding menu.

For our colors we choose layers of sage green and white. Our favorite pastime is hiking in the Rocky Mountains and Scottish highlands and we wanted to incorporate the colours of nature.

We had so much fun on our wedding day. We felt so much love from everybody around us and for each other. We surprised our guests and one another throughout the day. All the DIY made the wedding feel like it belonged to us. We have so many vivid memories from the day that we will cherish forever. We will never forget when we saw each other for the first time at the altar, the heartfelt speeches, and the ceilidh dancing.

Wedding Photography: Craig and Eva Sanders | Makeup: Chicabelle | Hair: Tracy Allen | Wedding Cake: Devenick Dairy | Wedding Dress: Pronovias “Alcanar” via Brudekjolen | Bride’s Shoes: Jenny Packman | Bride’s Jewelry: Nordstroms | Groom’s Attire: Reiss | Ceremony Venue: St. Palladius Church in Aberdeenshire, Scotland | Reception Venue: Drumtochty Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland | Letter-Pressing: Glasgow Print Press | Ceremony Music: Blyde Lasses | Reception Music: Danse McCabre |

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Scotland Wedding from N. Barrett Photography

You know you’re meant to be when you meet the love of your life halfway across the globe from both of your homes. Yup, this adorable couple met in Kenya and fell in love almost instantly. Fast forward and their standing in the most gorgeous chapel in Glasgow saying their I Do’s. N. Barrett Photography captured each and every beautiful moment and there’s so much more to see right here.

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From N. Barrett PhotographyMaria and Lee were wed in Glasgow, Scotland at the Glasgow University Chapel. They met in Kenya, but Maria is originally from Kentucky and Lee is from Scotland. Their day was beautiful and it came with its very own piper. The men are wearing uniforms from the the British Army and Royal Air Force. At the art club, Maria changed into her party dress and Lee put on his kilt! They danced the night away to songs from a Celtic band.

Wedding Photography: N. Barrett Photography / Ceremony: University Chapel at University of Glasgow in Glasgow, Scotland / Reception: Glasgow Art Club in Glasgow, Scotland / Floral Design: Little Flower / Wedding Coordination: Louise MacPherson Wedding Design / Wedding Cinematography: Sugar8 / Bakery: Three Sisters Bake / Wedding Invitations: RSVP Candy / Music: The Strides / Piper: Piping Services Scotland / Cake Topper: Oklahoma Stencil Company / Guest “Book”: SayAnythingDesign / Transportation: Ecosse Classic Wedding Cars / Wedding Dress: Suzanne Neville “Mirabeau” / Bride’s Reception Dress: Kitty & Dulcie / Bride’s Shoes + Jewelry: Nina / Bride’s Fascinator: ThereOnceWasAGirl / Hair: Gillian Cleminson / Makeup: Kat McSwein / Bridesmaids’ Fascinators: MaddieLus / Bride’s + Bridesmaids’ Robes: SingingSlowly