Katie and Glen – Forter Castle Wedding
With the Scottish week and Burns Night approaching, it feels only natural to share some stories about one of the very traditional Scottish weddings we’ve had recently.
The drive to Glenisla is always adventurous. Beautiful sights, quiet narrow streets, slow rivers and colourful, autumnal trees… The castle may be deserted and well hidden but it’s all worthwhile to take the bumpy trip. Glen and Katie’s wedding in November wasn’t our first wedding there, but every time we’re here it’s thoroughly enjoyable.
It wasn’t the first time we met the Dancing Feet Ceilidh Band at Forter Castle wedding either. Kate and Roddy created some amazing energy. With their singing, dancing, playing and stories about Scotland and Glenisla in particular, the day finished with an extra dose of magic. They sang many of Robert Burns’ songs. But there was one that was stuck with me for the next few hours after I left the castle. So beautiful and so suitable. ‘Red, red rose’ by Burns:
O my Luve’s like a red, red rose,
That’s newly sprung in June:
O my Luve’s like the melodie,
That’s sweetly play’d in tune.
As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry.
Katie and Glen aren’t Scottish. They came from England as they fell in love with Forter castle during their wedding venue searches. They decided to have a destination wedding, even if the destination was only hours away from their home. Their end of the autumn wedding day was cold, but the light was magnificent! When I arrived at the castle the talented Sandra Cormack- Award-Winning Professional Hair & Makeup Artist was already making Katie even more beautiful. The young couple decided to have an intimate wedding. With only their parents, siblings, their partners and a special auntie witnessing them saying ‘I do’, they felt comfortable and relaxed. After their short ceremony at the castle’s chapel, they were taken outside by the piper. We took our time for some fun confetti shots, happy photographs of the bride, groom and their family and some more funky portrait photographs of the two of them.
It wouldn’t be a wedding without the most amazing food! Venison, wild mushroom risotto, chestnuts, red cabbage… but my ultimate number one was the gin and tonic sorbet and vegan avocado, coconut and chocolate torte cherry sorbet. I could have them daily (don’t judge me!). Food made by the passionate chef Greg and his fabulous team at The Highland Kitchen.
Yes, it was one of many super lovely weddings we had last year. Have a little look what it was like at one of our Forter Castle weddings last year.
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