Modern Scottish Winter Wedding at Rowallan Castle

March 16, 2018 | juliette

Lorna and Ryan put a modern twist on traditional Scottish traditions in their wedding at Rowallan Castle, and it couldn’t have been more beautiful. Their mix of autumn and winter colors worked perfectly with the old-world architecture, and the combination of bare branches and lush foliage gave the entire space a whimsical, modern feel. They also incorporated nods to their Scottish heritage, which included the groom’s MacGregor and MacDuff kilt, a hand-fasting ceremony, and Quaich toast at the reception. The bride blew us away with her modern, romantic style that featured a stunning Berta gown and a silver braided updo accented with a diamond and pearl headband. From the joyful getting ready photos to the intimate couple portraits throughout the castle grounds, The Gibsons could not have captured every gorgeous moment of this Scottish wedding more perfectly!

The Couple:

Lorna and Ryan

The Wedding:

Rowallan Castle, Kilmarnock, Scotland

Autumn/winter is my favorite time of year and I wanted to mimic what was going on outside on the inside. I definitely wanted everything to have a whimsical feel about it. I chose more foliage and bare branches for the bouquets and table centre pieces over lots of flowers. We also had 2 free standing tree’s, with lots of foliage and candles for where we stood during our ceremony. I wanted everything to feel effortless and natural.

We chose to have a Humanist Wedding. It is a non religious ceremony that is personal to you. We wanted something that was personal to us, that told our story. It made the ceremony more enjoyable and fun, which is what we wanted. Due to it being a Scottish wedding we also incorporated some Scottish traditions such as Handfasting-2 pieces of material are taken from the bride and groom and used to tie their hands together to symbolise the joining of the couple. It is where the phrase ‘tying the knot’ comes from, and a toasting from the Quaich- a Quaich is a 2 handled shallow cup, you then fill it with a drink of your choice, usually whiskey- we choose Jagermeister, and the bride and groom take a handle each and drink from it. We did this as we got to toast our marriage straight away instead of waiting for the speeches during the wedding breakfast.

Straight after we got married we were outside the venue, before the guests had even left the ceremony room, we got about 5 minutes to ourselves (the photographers were there, but it felt like we were alone). It felt so surreal that we were actually husband and wife. We both had this amazing feeling of excitement and joy all rolled into one. It was nice just to get that time to enjoy what had just happened, before we were ambushed by our guests.

If you aren’t happy or unsure with something wedding related don’t be afraid to speak up and say. It’s your day and your vision and you should have it exactly the way you want it. Don’t stick with something because you don’t want to offend a supplier, just to look back and potentially regret some of the decisions you made, all because you didn’t speak up!

Processional – “Always and Forever” by Heat Wave
Recessional – “Sugar” by Maroon 5
First Dance – “Baby, I Love Your Way” by Peter Frampton

The Wedding Team:

Photography – The Gibsons
Venue – Rowallan Castle
Floral Design – Myrtle and Bracken
Cake – Happyhills Cakes
Officiant – Stuart Rodger
Live Music – Groove Anatomy
Videography – Leven Films
Stationery – E.Y.I.LOVE
Makeup Artist – Laura Gray
Hair Stylist – Laura Clark
Wedding Dress – Berta
Bridal Accessories – Corrine Smith
Bridal Shoes – Prada
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – The Finer Detail
Groom and Groomsmen’s Apparel – MacGregor and MacDuff
Rings – Roisin Connolly
Favors – Ayrshire Hospice


Congratulations to Lorna and Ryan, and a big thanks to Junebug member The Gibsons for sharing this gorgeous Scottish wedding with us! If you’ve ever thought about getting married in a castle, you’re definitely going to want to book a castle venue after seeing this Chateau de La Noue Le Coq wedding!

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