A Fairy Tale Wedding in Scotland

The story for this wedding is wonderfully romantic and storybook -but very long. I'm told young girls don't like to "read all that stuff" and would prefer big pictures. So, my apologies to the bride and groom, I really shortened this one, but I encourage everyone to take the time and read the full story here.

Maegan Bardes & Brian Ernsthausen
September 1st, 2009
Ceremony and Wedding Reception Dinner:
Dalhousie Castle, Bonnyrigg, Edinburgh, Scotland EH19 3JB

Maegan and Brian wanted something different than the normal church wedding and reception. Since they go on a big scale European vacation every 3 years and 2009 was the next big trip, they decided to combine the wedding and honeymoon into their trip to England and Scotland.

The destination wedding was Dalhousie Castle, a castle steeped in Scottish history. Maegan recommends that there are two things to consider if you're doing a destination wedding: hire a wedding planner and if you have to have wedding VISAS then go through a VISA company. They did it themselves the first time and were denied which added a lot of stress.

Originally, Maegan was going to go the traditional wedding gown, but her mother found a plaid wedding gown that was perfect for her. She found the plaid after extensive searching though a company called Lochcarron of Scotland. She then founda local seamstress to make the dress who had nothing to go by except a picture from the Internet. You can see the results in the pictures.

The wedding party of 15 stayed at the castle. The rooms within the castle are very old and just what you would expect out of a unique venue like this. The castle is run very much like a B&B, so you can wander around pretty much wherever you like. The themed bedrooms are very upscale, just what you would expect from a Von Essen property. Brian and Maegan had the Mary Queen of Scots honeymoon suite which is one of two historic rooms in the castle.

You can organize private falconry displays for your guests during your stay for an additional fee. They also offer "owl delivery" for your wedding rings for an additional fee. Maegan jumped on this, because it was so magical. Their owl's name was Teddy. So when it is time for the rings during the ceremony, the owl flies down to the Best Man's glove with the ring bag and "delivers" the rings in the chapel. This is a very cool addition and is only offered to those having religious ceremonies.

Their wedding day would not have been complete without the Star of the castle which was Pipe Sergeant, Andrew Sharp. Maegan sent him 5 songs to play since they didn't plan on having any other music at my ceremony. He piped in all of the guests and then he came up stairs and met the wedding party in the honeymoon suite. Andrew piped Maegan, her mom, her sister, and dad all the way down the stairs to the entrance of the chapel. Then it was Maegan and her Dad's turn. Andrew learned a special song for her bridal processional that she had found on the internet.

The entire wedding was a fairytale come true for Brian and Maegan. The castle, the people and their honeymoon was amazing and it was a trip of a lifetime.

  • Photography - Gary Donihoo and Kym Skiles F8 Studio www.f8studio.com
  • Flowers - Bryan's Farm Florist http://www.bryansfarmflorist.co.uk
  • Makeup - Jo Bechard Makeup www.jobechardmakeup.co.uk
  • Music - Andrew Sharp, Pipe Sergeant (Bag Piper)
  • Minister - Reverend William Brown
  • Falconry - Falconry Scotland http://www.falconryscotland.co.uk
  • Dalhousie Castle - www.dalhousiecastle.co.uk
  • Fit Tailor - Mai - Plano, TX - Park/Preston
  • Lochcarron of Scotland - www.lochcarron.com
  • Melville Golf Centre - http://www.melvillegolf.co.uk