23 Oct Real Wedding: Hazel & Adam, March 2023
Hazel and Adam’s wedding day was a wonderful testament to embracing the elements and making the most of their very special occasion. The festivities began the night before with supper in the atmospheric Stag Chamber, perfect for an intimate wedding rehearsal. The following morning the groom and his ushers chose to keep the nerves at bay with a quick game of Billiards once they were dressed in their traditional kilts. The bridal party popped a bottle of fizz to begin the celebrations while they got ready in Spring bedroom.
The Scottish weather did not deliver the anticipated sunshine; however, this did not dampen their spirits as they proceeded to tie the knot in the Pavilion. Dressed with beautiful soft pink and white florals with fresh foliage, it was the perfect spot to say ‘I do’.
Following the nuptials, Hazel and Adam took a moment to themselves to capture some everlasting memories on the roof of the Auld Keep. They were welcomed into their drinks reception before cutting the cake in front of their friends and family. Hazel’s father then kicked off the speeches from the grand staircase in the Front Hall, a super vantage point for the wedding party to join in a toast to the bride and groom.
Guests merrily made their way from the Castle to the Pavilion under a line of umbrellas, fully embracing the age-old saying that rain on your wedding day is a sign of good luck. They enjoyed a wedding breakfast feast whilst listening to the final few speeches between courses. As the night approached, the Pavilion came alive with the rhythm of dancing feet, and the joyous celebration continued into the wee hours.
“When we got engaged, we knew Edinburgh was where we wanted to tie the knot – however, we didn’t know where to start with choosing a venue. We arrived at Dundas on a cold, wet day in January, and the team had opened the doors, especially for us on a bank holiday. Everyone was so welcoming and took the time to walk us through our wedding vision to give us a real sense of excitement about the day before we had even booked. It was clear Dundas was the wedding venue for us – aside from the gorgeous setting, it was the team at Dundas that swung our decision.”
“In the lead-up to the wedding, the team were so organised and left no stone unturned for the plans. We worked closely with many of Dundas’ recommended suppliers, which made the planning and communication seamless as they have such good relationships with each supplier.”
“We clearly remember being told, “Treat Dundas as your home for the weekend,” when we arrived for the wedding. This put us at ease ahead of the celebrations, and we spent the Friday night enjoying the castle with our wedding party, having pre-wedding drinks in the Billiard Room and dinner in the Auld Keep.”
“On our wedding day, everything went perfectly to plan. If there was an issue, you can be sure the Dundas team sorted it before we even knew! This led to a stress-free wedding morning, enjoying our respective plans (golf for the guys, fizz for the gals!) and getting ready for the big day. We had 135 guests, so we held our ceremony in the Pavilion, which we had decorated with beautiful flowers from The Stockbridge Flower Co, and some gorgeous drapery from Beautifully Covered. We then had our drinks reception back in the castle before dinner, speeches and dancing in the Pavilion, with the illuminated backdrop of the castle behind us. There’s no denying Dundas is a spectacular setting for a wedding. Many of our guests commented on how special the castle was – traditional yet homely. We were lucky to have the venue the whole weekend, allowing us to bring our guests back on Sunday for coffee, cake and a debrief – and a healthy dose of fresh air on the roof of the keep!”
“The day went by in an absolute flash, so we are incredibly grateful for the support from the Dundas team and our suppliers in creating the memorable day we imagined. It really did feel like home!” – Hazel and Adam
Celebrant – Fiona Scott
Piper – Pipe Major Iain Grant
Photographer – Ryan White Photography
Videographer – Craig Heaslip
Florist – The Stockbridge Flower Company
Makeup Artist & Hairdresser – Natalie McKenzie Bridal Hair and Makeup
Wedding cake – Liggys
Ceremony & Reception Music – Andrew Edmond Pianist
Music during evening reception – Skara Ceilidh Band
Ceremony Decoration – Beautifully Covered