This Scottish Brodie Castle Wedding is a Legit Fairy Tale Come to Life

March 20, 2019 | juliette

It turns out fairy tales do come true, and we’ve got proof with Colleen and Patrick’s gorgeous Scotland wedding at Elgin Cathedral and Brodie Castle! The couple, who have deep roots in the UK, chose these iconic locations as nods to their history, which inherently made it the whole day feel magical. The fact that both the cathedral ruins and the castle are visually stunning was just an added bonus! Their planner Sarah, of Weddings by Sarah Jane, combined the couple’s love of moody colors and luxurious decor into an unbelievable design, and the traditional tartans and Scotch tasting Colleen and Patrick included only added to the overall regal feel. There were so many dreamy details to capture throughout this special day, and Emily Delamater Photography could not have been a more perfect choice to document it all!

The Couple:

Colleen and Patrick

The Wedding:

Elgin Cathedral and Brodie Castle, Moray, Scotland

Elgin Cathedral and the Highlands of Scotland hold a special, sacred place within our hearts. Both of our families have roots within Ireland and the UK — especially the Highlands of Scotland. Elgin Cathedral, in particular, is a constant within my husband’s family. Patrick has ancestors buried there and who were married there. It seemed only fitting, with the two of us so smitten with history, and have absolute respect for our ancestors, that we honored our roots by being married in such a special place. We chose Brodie Castle as our reception space because of the location and because we wanted everyone to be able to stay with us for the whole four days. We all stayed in the Lairds Apartments within the Castle. It was so fun to celebrate with everyone for much longer than just one day. What an experience!

I wore a beautiful ball gown from Anne Barge. It was important to me that I felt comfortable but also matched the venue. I mean, you get married in Cathedral ruins and have your reception at a Castle, you wear a ballgown right?! So I did! It has pockets, and I just adored it. My accessories were custom pieces by the amazingly talented Emma Katzka. My tiara was tasteful and so perfect. Patrick wore a custom kilt in his family’s tartan. His Best Man wore a custom kilt with his own family’s tartan. It was important to both of them to represent their families.

Our welcome boxes were some of my favorite touches. My planner, Sara Jane, went out of her way to put them together. She found these sweet little wooden boxes and decoupaged vintage Scottish maps on the inside. We filled the boxes with custom candles I had designed in the Outer Hebrides, a homemade tartan ornament, a bottle of champagne, a bottle of Scotch Whiskey, Scottish tablets, and a welcome card. They were such good keepsakes, and they made my heart so happy!

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Emily Delamater Photography
Event Planning – Weddings by Sarah Jane
Ceremony Venue – Elgin Cathedral
Reception Venue – Brodie Castle
Floral Design – Floral Menagerie
Catering – Good Highland Food
Officiant – George Caldow
Ceremony Writer – Swoon Union Ceremonies
Harpist – Sarah MacNeil
Bagpiper – Piper on Parade
Stationery Designer – Jessica Beebe
Letterpress – Laughing Owl Press
Hand-Lettering for Menus, Guestbook, and Escort Cards – Sarah Wissler
Makeup Artist – Adore Rouge
Hair Styling – AMM Team
Wedding Dress – Anne Barge via Musette Bridal
Bridal Accessories – Emma Katzka and Sibo Designs
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Badgley Mischka
Groom and Groomsmen’s Apparel – CLAN by Scotweb
Rings – Verragio and Heather Perry Jewelry
Rentals – 88 EventsWhitehouse Crockery, and The Green Cockatoo
Transportation – Chauffeurs Inverness
Favors – Sandwick Bay Candles
Paper and Ribbons – Silk & Willow


Congratulations to Colleen and Patrick, and a huge thanks to Junebug member Emily Delamater Photography for sharing this incredible Brodie Castle wedding! For more from this photographer, check out this rustic free-spirited Maine coast wedding at The Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm!

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  1. A fairy tale wedding indeed! Absolutely beautiful photos. Lovely blog post

  2. Probably the BEST real wedding blog I’ve seen this year! Love this couple, clearly so in love and enjoying their special day. The venue is breathtaking and the photos are worthy of an award! I hope the day went well and wish them all the best. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thank you so much for these kind words! We absolutely had the best time- and our photos of the day are absolutely a treasure! Thank you for taking a peek at our gorgeous day!

  3. A full ball gown with off the shoulder straps and classic ruching matches the timeless opulence of this historic setting. Scottish tradition and rich green and scarlet tones take central attention.

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