Elegant Destination Cluny Castle Wedding, Scotland

March 18, 2023


N + C’s Cluny Castle Wedding

As someone who travelled almost four thousand miles for love (and yes, I married him…) then I like to think I’m in a pretty good position to offer all kinds of helpful hints, advice, and tips to couples getting married abroad. 

Take N and C for example. These laidback Californian lovebirds flew into Scotland with 30 of their nearest and dearest in order to tie the knot in a real life castle. I don’t blame them, there’s nowhere on earth with better castles than Scotland, and Cluny Castle is one of the most enchanting that’s for sure. 

Weddings at Cluny Castle, Aberdeenshire

Surrounded by Aberdeenshire countryside and acres of parkland, Cluny Castle is secluded, tastefully decorated and perfect for the intimate wedding that N and C had planned. It also has a rich history, having been in the same family – the Gordons of Cluny – ever since it was built hundreds of years ago. 

C and N’s day was – as all the best weddings are – just the right mix of elegant and chilled out, with beautiful touches of colour throughout. I adored N’s Hayley Paige dress, those layers were amazing! The green of her bridesmaid’s dresses looked incredible and went perfectly with C, and his groomsmen’s, navy suits. N’s flowers were a wonderful mix of wild, colourful country florals. 

They had planned so many brilliant touches throughout their day, from oysters served during the drinks reception to arcade games and wedding favours of quintessential Scottish treats (Irn Bru, teacakes and miniature whiskeys). As everytone was staying at the castle it felt like a big old house party, especially when Touch of Class started playing and everyone took to the dancefloor! 

Not just a wedding photographer…

Oh no, I’m definitely not just your wedding photographer. If I’m hanging out with you for the day then I’ll be your buddy, your confidante and (if needed) your tour guide. I knew that N and C needed to head off the beaten track while they were over here.

I’m a firm believer that you can’t visit Aberdeenshire without stopping off at some of the seaside towns and putting the local ice creams to a taste test. N and C loved this recommendation and passed it along to some of their guests who decided to take up the challenge too! 

So, if you ever find yourself this far north then my top three places to check out are (in no particular order) 


Cruden Bay


Of course, while I was there I tried out all the local ice cream shops. It’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it. For taste test purposes I opted for strawberry and I’ve got to say, Cruden Bay is my fave. If you ever find yourself in the area make sure you pay them a visit and treat yourself to an ice cream! 

After that bonus Aberdeenshire tourist tip, here are some highlights from C and N’s Cluny Castle wedding day…

Supplier shout-outs

Venue – Cluny Castle

Associate Shot by – Emma Lawson Photography

Bride’s dress – Hayley Paige

Groom’s suit – Men’s Wearhouse

Florist – Kim Dalglish

Hair – Michelle Reid

Make up – Jodie Gibb

Caterers – Hudsons

Cake – Love Laura Lane

DJ – Touch of Class

Oysters – The Oysterman Events

Jewellery – Mejuri

Rings – Anueva

american bride and groom walking and smiling around the grounds at cluny castle wedding scotland

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