a remote scottish wedding on a private beach lochnell castle

Hollie and William were married on 29th April at St. Orans Church in Oban, followed by a reception at the beautiful Lochnell Castle. They were planning their wedding for seven months. Huge thank you to the lovely Fiona Watson for sharing her images of their day with us. You can find Fiona on her website, Facebook or Instagram.

"We chose to get married near Oban because we were living in different places (Fort William and Glasgow) during our engagement. We had both spent time in Oban previously. I had worked there, visited many times and love the area, and William had been there as a child on family holidays."

 "St. Oran’s Church of Scotland kindly allowed us to get married in their beautiful church in Connel. Our mutual friend Reverend Shewan conducted our service."

"Our reception venue was a stunning remote castle with a private beach. The main room was a large hall (the Chapel) with high ceilings a wood burning stove and open fires. This meant we had a blank canvas for decorating."

"Seeing all our hard work come together after so much planning and effort was our favourite part of the planning process."

"William was involved in every step of the wedding planning (apart from the dress). We spent many weekends/evenings/lunchtimes making invitations, planning the order of service, organising menus, selecting and buying wine, making wedding favours whilst commuting one hundred miles to see each other and both working full time."

"I chose my wedding dress with the help of my mum over the course of a weekend six months before the wedding. I chose a lace, A-line dress with a sweetheart neckline. I loved the unique style of the dress and I knew I had found the one as soon as I tried it on!"

"I loved the marriage service itself, and then spending time on the beach with my new husband for photographs and splashing in the sea! The food was amazing and it was great to see so many family and friends join in the ceilidh."

"We made our own wedding favours – clay candleholders, which with long-burning tea-lights were also useful as table decorations. We used champagne bottles for a special type of guest book. Our guests wrote notes for us to open on our first and twenty fifth wedding anniversaries, rolled them up and put them in the bottles (we are excited to open our first bottle in a couple of months)!"

"I have so many wonderful memories. Some of the most special were getting ready with my family and lovely friends in the morning. I remember listening to lovely heartfelt messages in the speeches. I also remember being absolutely freezing on the beach (but loving every second) and watching my new husband chase my veil across the sand! William lost his Sgian-Dubh in the process, but after hours of beach combing the next day my parents managed to find it washed up… but shiny!"

"Have fun and don’t let any part of the planning become too stressful. Enjoy getting ready in the morning and savour every moment of your day. It flies past."


Venue: St Oran’s Church and Lochnell Castle

Band: Glenfinnan Ceilidh Band 

Florist: Petals of Oban

Cakemaker: Our friends Emma and Rob made an absolutely beautiful and delicious cake

Make Up and Hair: Make-up: my amazing friend Gemma Harrop // Hair: Wedding Hair Scotland

Bridal Outfit: Designer: Lusan Mandongus from Melle Cloche 

Grooms Outfit: Colquhoun Kilt, Tweed jacket and waistcoat. Bought in Houston Kiltmakers Paisley (Christmas present from his fiancée)!

 Transport: My car and my dad’s van

Stationery: Handmade Invitations, Order’s of Service and Thank You cards

Favours: Handmade clay candleholders

Photographer: Fiona Watson

Catering: Concept Banqueting - our friends and family also provided delicious home baking and brought a selection of lovely Northern Irish breads for guests to share on arrival at the castle. 

“Concept Banqueting were fantastic and managed to set up a mobile kitchen when the only facilities available at the castle were a power supply and cold-water tap!”

“Our photographer Fiona Watson captured really beautiful photos throughout our day. It’s very difficult to choose a favourite. I especially love the photos of us by the sea. “