A Beautiful Woodland Wedding at Fingask Castle

Fingask Castle is a beautiful wedding venue set amongst the rolling Scottish hills near the River Tay. As castles go, it’s got so much to offer couples planning a wedding in Scotland. It makes a wonderful setting that feels like you’re in your wee wedding bubble away from the world. This was the perfect setting for Kimberley and Rory’s woodland-themed wedding. It was an honour to be chosen as their wedding photographer at Fingask Castle in Perthshire. What an incredible venue to tie the knot!

Kimberley and Rory initially booked me for their wedding date in May 2020. However, it was not to be. They contacted me a few years later, now as parents to Patrick, for their new date. They swapped their West Coast venue for the East Coast. Kimberley told me “We chose Fingask because we fell in love with the quirkiness and the character of the place. The castle is full of original charm and I of course had to ask which rooms were haunted!”

Fingask Castle Wedding Venue

It was one of those beautiful warm summer days, which worked perfectly at Fingask Castle in Perthshire. Fingask is quite an unusual castle for a wedding. The grounds are brimming with unusual topiary, statues, hidden-away cottages, follies, summer houses, gardens, and fountains. It offers on-site accommodation for up to 45 people in the various self-catering cottages; further accommodation in the castle itself; and accommodation for 18 to spend the night in the Potting Sheds.

Rory and Kimberley opted to have an outdoor wedding ceremony, next to Fingask castle. The estate is located on the hillside around Perth, and this meant we had beautiful views over the Tay Valley. The surrounding hills and trees offered shelter from any winds. This is a wonderful hidden gem in Perthshire.

Fingask Castle – Wedding Prep

We started the morning inside the castle, as Kimberley and her bridal team got ready in one of the many rooms of the castle. I love being a photographer at this part of the wedding story, and Fingask Castle made a wonderful backdrop for it.

I loved all the opportunities this Perthshire wedding venue had for me as a photographer too. Fingask Castle has so many photographic spots to offer, such as using the mirrors and utilising the beautiful light.

The atmosphere was buzzing with the fun camaraderie I love to photograph at Scottish weddings. Music, chat, a few glasses of fizz, water bottles at the ready, and food while everyone had their hair and make-up applied and fixed. It feels less like a wedding morning, just a lovely morning with your besties, hanging out in your jammies, getting glammed up.

But then it hits!

And that’s kind of the magic about bridal prep.

This isn’t just a nice morning of pampering and everyone being extra nice to you and topping up your glass.

You’re about to get married, and it’s happening now.

It’s real, it’s today.

And it’s time to leave the comfy clothes in a wee pile on the floor and put on your outfit.

I really love photographing that bit. This is such a sweet part of the day that you see people suddenly shift gear. The emotions change from happy-go-lucky to the excitement and anticipation butterflies setting in. It’s not just the couple who experience this either. You watch as bridesmaids get emotional, parents get emotional, the photographer gets emotional… it’s all part of the story.

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony in Perth and Kinross

Kimberley and Rory had the wonderful wedding celebrant, Senga Ishaq as their humanist celebrant for the day. There were readings, and run away toddlers which all made it part of their unique story for the start of their marriage.

Their florist provided a gorgeous floral arch and lined the aisle with beautiful whimsical floral displays which tied in with Kimberley’s beautiful bouquet. Of course, as a wedding photographer, I loved the views over Perthshire! Kimberley walked up the aisle to a piano version of Champagne Supernova. Then it was time for confetti and drinks! Wedding reception drinks and canapes were served in the courtyard around the castle. It all felt very elegant. As a wedding photographer of course, being outdoors at Fingask Castle gave me lots of space to move around silently during the ceremony.

bride and groom walking through confetti throw at outdoor wedding at Fingask Castle

Wedding Photos at Fingask Castle

While wedding guests were enjoying their drinks, it was time for some photos with the newlyweds. I took Kimberley and Rory on a little wander – although I think there’s still so much of this wonderful estate to explore and photograph! I really wanted to make sure we incorporated some of the different types of plant and woodland, to tie in with their wedding theme. From my perspective as a photographer, it was such a brilliant Perthshire wedding venue for opportunities.

It was also important to make sure we featured the interior of this grand castle in the wedding photos! We popped back in the evening for some cute couple wedding photos inside Fingask Castle. The light through the windows was absolutely beautiful. The staircase was a great backdrop with it’s rich warm tones of the decor and with paintings.

Fun in the evening at the Pavillion

The pavillion sits a short distance from Fingask Castle and it’s perfect for hosting the wedding reception in the evening. Kimberley and Rory decorated the tables with small vases with flowers that tied in with their theme. Each table was named after a different tree. I loved that they had leaves from each tree in the floral decorations on the accompanying table.

I also loved the very simple table plan – a round bronze ring with green ribbon. It’s really quite a simple and elegant approach to a wedding detail!

There’s a lot of space as well in the Fingask Castle wedding Pavillion, so as a photographer I could manoeuvre around the tables.

Kimberley and Rory danced to All I Want is You by U2 for their first dance. I asked Kimberley and Rory about the wedding vibe they wanted from their day. Kimberley replied “A laidback party! I am already itching to get on the dance floor!”.

Fingask Castle Wedding Photographer

If you’re planning a wedding at Fingask Castle and looking for a photographer, please get in touch! I love this wedding venue in Perthshire and I still have lots of ideas for photos there. I have different package options, so if you love this style of photography, I’d love to hear from you.

Also don’t get caught short if you’re planning an outdoor ceremony, check out my hot tips for things to have with you on the day!

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