A princess bride and her prince marry in their very own Scottish castle…
WHO: Bethany and Jonathan
WHERE: Comlongon Castle, Clarencefield, Dumfries
WHEN: November 2011
PHOTOS: Blue Sky Photography
Jonathan’s romantic winter proposal very nearly didn’t happen, after seriously heavy snowfall. “The weather in Scotland had been so treacherous that week, it’d been making the national news,” remembers Bethany. “I was certain we’d have to cancel our trip to the Isle of Mull. However, I should have suspected something when Jof pulled out all the stops to get us there, being uncharacteristically irritable when I suggested we should delay! He brought every available piece of emergency equipment for the car and packed us off. The next day after we’d arrived, was sunny and cold, and on a walk overlooking the sea in front of castle ruins he suddenly got down on one knee,” she adds
The bride’s outfit
“If I’m being totally honest, I had no idea who Jenny Packham was – until I fell in love with my wedding dress!” laughs Bethany. “To me, it was the only one in the shop. I immediately loved it and couldn’t imagine wearing anything else.”
The groom’s outfit
We’re loving Jonathan’s traditional Robertson tartan kilt, like his name, Roberts. It was made for him by Slanj Kiltmakers in Edinburgh. “He looked unbelievable,” beams Bethany. “Not many men suit kilts, but Jof looked like he was born to wear one!” she adds
The couple’s two, gorgeous adult bridesmaids wore full-length silk dresses from John Lewis. They perfectly suited the twenties theme.
Bethany and Jonathan’s romantic service took place in the castle’s 15th Century Keep – beautifully decorated with candles, a log fire and medieval flags hung from the ceiling. “Jof’s dad is a retired Baptist minister, so he conducted the ceremony,” explains Bethany. Both mums also gave a reading, keeping the service simple, and focused on family
The romantic day took place at Comlongon Castle. “We used roses entwined around tall candelabra on the tables to decorate, but the venue was so full of suits of armour, flags and candles, it created its own atmosphere,” says Bethany
“Watching the fireworks was definitely a memorable part of the day,” smiles Bethany. “And then, when it was all over, Jof and I were just looking at each other, both so amazed at how well the day had gone for us,” she adds.
Was an American road trip taking in the sights of New York, San Francisco, Big Sur and Yosemite. “It was a holiday dream come true,” smiles Bethany. “The most exciting adventure.”