samantha + hamish | edinburgh castle

Samantha and Hamish were married on July 4th in the Queen Anne Building at Edinburgh Castle. They started planning at the end of February 2014… “We were engaged on the first so pretty soon after to ensure we got the date and venue we wanted.” Huge thanks to John from John Johnston Photography for sharing his images with us. You can catch John on his websiteFacebook and Instagram.

The brilliant YPod Wedding Films have also shared their highlights film of this gorgeous wedding.

Edinburgh Castle Wedding
Edinburgh Castle Wedding
Edinburgh Castle Wedding

“We chose the venue quite simply because it’s Edinburgh castle. What’s a better venue than that. It’s also great to have a legitimate reason to feel like a princess for the day and there is an unbelievable view of the city too.”

Edinburgh Castle Wedding
Edinburgh Castle Wedding

“My favourite part of planning was probably choosing my dress. I had originally thought I would select it in New York, but I visited the bridal store in Bermuda and fell in love with two Maggie Sotterro dresses. It was fun going a couple of times with my bridesmaids and deciding which one was the one to go with. Also had to FaceTime with my mum back home while we were doing it so that was quite entertaining."

Edinburgh Castle Wedding
Edinburgh Castle Wedding
Edinburgh Castle Wedding

“Hamish wasn’t actually directly involved in the planning of the big day. He did choose his kilt and those for the groomsmen. Instead he organised our full honeymoon from start to finish and what a job he did!”

Edinburgh Castle Wedding
Edinburgh Castle Wedding
Edinburgh Castle Wedding
Edinburgh Castle Wedding
Edinburgh Castle Wedding
Edinburgh Castle Wedding

“I was surprised by how quickly I found my dress. I literally fell in love with it on my first visit to the bridal store in Bermuda. I was only going that day to rule out some styles and narrow down what I wanted before heading to New York. Instead I found the actual dress. It was not a style I expected to go for. It was a strapless, white gown with lace that really looked like a princess dress. Perfect to go with the castle setting.”

Edinburgh Castle Wedding
Edinburgh Castle Wedding
Edinburgh Castle Wedding
Edinburgh Castle Wedding
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Edinburgh Castle Wedding
Edinburgh Castle Wedding

“For me the best part of the day was a little bit later on when our photographer brought us out for some additional photos. The guests were still inside and we had the castle to ourselves. We were overlooking the city having photos taken and the two of us couldn’t help thinking how lucky we were to be married here. It was an awesome feeling. Another highlight of the day was the first dance as we had a choreographed routine and we didn’t really tell anyone. When we did the first lift, you could hear people gasp and cheer.”

Edinburgh Castle Wedding
Edinburgh Castle Wedding
Edinburgh Castle Wedding
Edinburgh Castle Wedding
Edinburgh Castle Wedding
Edinburgh Castle Wedding
Edinburgh Castle Wedding
Edinburgh Castle Wedding
Edinburgh Castle Wedding

“Our favourite detail of the day would have to be our guestbook. We got a Polaroid camera and had people take a selfie to go beside their comments. It was very quirky and cute.”

Edinburgh Castle Wedding
Edinburgh Castle Wedding
Edinburgh Castle Wedding
Edinburgh Castle Wedding
Edinburgh Castle Wedding
Edinburgh Castle Wedding

“As people say it goes by so fast but thankfully I feel like I managed to concentrate on everything from the day. A memory that I really want to cherish is when my mother was putting on my dress for me. It was a special moment for just the two of us. Especially as she wasn’t there when I bought my dress. She was however the first person to see me in my actual dress.”

Edinburgh Castle Wedding
Edinburgh Castle Wedding
Edinburgh Castle Wedding

“Be organised early on and you will have no reason at all to stress close to the day. I managed to not be stressed out or have a bridezilla moment. Don’t allow yourself to get stressed and just enjoy the day itself. It’s so much fun. Don’t waste it worrying about the small things.”

Edinburgh Castle Wedding
Edinburgh Castle Wedding
Edinburgh Castle Wedding
Edinburgh Castle Wedding
Edinburgh Castle Wedding
Edinburgh Castle Wedding
Edinburgh Castle Wedding
Edinburgh Castle Wedding

STAR PLAYERS

Venue: Edinburgh Castle

Band: Grand Central

Photographer: John Johnston Photography

Videographer: YPod Wedding Films

Our coordinator at the Castle Lynn Paddock was exceptional. She was so helpful and especially as we were planning our wedding from abroad, she was so responsive to emails and provided so much advice on the day. Just before walking down the aisle I was exceptionally nervous and she tried her best to relax me. She was invaluable. 

I can’t honestly pick just one as John did an amazing job with the photos. Some of my favourites include one where my husband is lifting me during our first dance and also one where he has captured me peeking into the room before I walked down the aisle. But honestly there are so many great snaps. Choosing ones to be printed will be the hardest part of the wedding!! I also loved some of the pictures of the two of us later on when we were up high in the castle overlooking the city. Those were unbelievable.