A fairytale Scottish castle elopement

What started as honeymoon planning turned into an intimate Scottish wedding for two. Angela and Matthew’s fairytale elopement is giving us all the feels today! Rain or shine, all that mattered was that they got to marry each other…

What inspired you to elope to Scotland?

I have quite a few lines of Scottish immigrants to America in my heritage, so Scotland is in my history. I have always wanted to visit Scotland anyway to see where they came from but we both also wanted to go to see the history and beautiful scenery. It seemed like a good fit for a honeymoon trip and then the ceremony.

We were in the middle of planning just a honeymoon trip to Scotland when we discovered Culzean Castle. We were going to book a room to stay with them while on our vacation. While perusing their website, I discovered their honeymoon package. I laughingly made a joke about how it would be awesome to go and do something small…

I never expected Matthew to be up for it, much less excited for it. We had already been trying to keep the wedding and ceremony smaller. I’ve attended plenty and catered weddings once upon a time when I was in school. I have nothing against large weddings, sometimes they have to happen to facilitate large families and everyone that has to be there. I was hoping to keep them both small, so it was an intimate affair. So when everything worked out to elope here, we were in love with the fact that it was just us. We got to focus on just each other. No drama. Nothing to take away from the moment. Rain or shine, all that mattered was that we got to marry each other.

The celebrant was from the Ayr Registrar’s office and her name was Caroline Agnew. She was wonderful and I would definitely recommend her if you’re ever looking for one.

Tell us more about your venue…

We received so much help from Culzean Castle to make all of the details happen while being so many hours away and not being capable of attending in person. They sent pictures of possible places to have a ceremony. They helped me sort out some issues and confusion I had with filling out some of the marriage paperwork as I was unsure of what to put in a few places. They took care of the flowers and their care of us while we were there, truly blew us away. It was an experience I would do over and over again, without a doubt.

After the ceremony we had champagne and then dinner in their dining room overlooking the water. It was right at sunset and we were the only people eating dinner there that night. The meal was top notch. It could have been the day, could have been the champagne and wine but either way, both of us ranked the meal that night as easily the best we’ve ever had.

The castle itself was gorgeous. It blew us away and the staff took such good care of us, we are already planning a trip back. It was a perfect day, with no stress in the perfect setting with lovely people.

The lovely weather was a great addition to the overall day. It rained the day before and the day after the ceremony. The two days it didn’t rain for our two weeks in Scotland was the day of the wedding and the day we golfed in Saint Andrews. I know that kind of weather is to be expected in what felt like the land of waterfalls. I love the rain, so I enjoyed it.

How did you discover your photographer?

With the quick timeline I was worried we wouldn’t find anyone that was available on such short notice. I found Jacqui online, while looking for photographers in Scotland. She came up on that list and I found my way to her website.

I was immediately in love with her graphic style and approach. I showed her website to Matthew and he agreed she would be awesome if we could get her booked. We were so excited when we found out she was free for the day we needed her! It helped that we had the ceremony on a Wednesday and early in the afternoon. She had to travel a bit to get to us, but we were so glad she made the trek. We wouldn’t have had it any other way.

We love your outfits! Tell us more…

I wore a wedding dress from Maggie Sottero and Matthew wore comfy clothes from a place call UNTUCK-IT. His one rule was that he wanted to be comfortable and so no suit. We were going to snag a kilt for him to wear at the ceremony but ran out of time. We weren’t really sweating the details though. We were just there to have a good time and get married.

Did you DIY any elements of the day?

I did my own hair. I didn’t do anything special to my fingernails, just toenails. I did a simple pink and then I brought lace from our mother’s wedding ensembles to wrap around my flowers.

Tell us something surprising about your day…

After some thinking on this question, I think we both agreed that the most surprising part of the day was how much it felt like a fairytale. From the location, the food and weather, to the staff and Jacqui, everything was perfect.

How did your families react when they found out?

There were a few that were disappointed it didn’t happen where they could be a part of it, but they were still all incredibly supportive and excited it was such an adventure.

Any advice for couples thinking of eloping to Scotland?

Do not underestimate the paperwork and how much time it takes to complete it. Applying for a visa can begin within three months of your departure date. I strongly recommend starting it then so you have time to get all the necessary items rounded up and sent in for visas and the marriage application.

What’s the one truly unforgettable thing about your wedding day?

I think for both of us, the most unforgettable part will always be getting to see each other for the first time just before the ceremony. I could never ask for a better person to share the rest of my days with.

Angela and Matthew’s faces in these photos! I love that they stripped everything right back, and made their day about the two of them and how they feel for each other. Christina x


VenueCulzean Castle
PhotographerChic Photos by Jacqui
Wedding dressMaggie Sottero
Groom’s outfitUNTUCK-IT

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