Styling is about more than just something pretty to look at (though this day had that in abundance): it’s also about the flow and the experience of the day too. Fiona and James’ gorgeous Gordon Castle wedding is a perfect example of this, and we’re so excited to be sharing it with you on the blog today!
Gordon Castle Wedding
Fiona and James chose a Gordon Castle wedding because it’s a beautiful space close to Fiona’s family and the area in which she grew up. “We really liked that it was exclusive use so we could not only have the whole place and the grounds for the weekend, but dinners/brunches either side of the wedding too.” Fiona explains. “Tower Hall itself has an industrial/barn feeling to it but it’s still quite unusual, and the Orangery attached to the castle is also a really stunning space. The whole place makes quite an impression when you drive up to it!”
However, as an events manager herself, Fiona was keen to ensure the day flowed beautifully throughout the spaces, and that the setup didn’t induce too much upheaval or disjointedness. Fiona, James: we’ve got ya!
The vibe for the day was a late autumnal celebration; modern, industrial Scandi chic with natural, seasonal Scottish foliage and flair. We used a bold palette of forest green, mustard and plum for the day, and kept the other styling elements light, textural and romantic to sit against them.
Fiona and James used two of the spaces available for a Gordon Castle wedding: Tower Hall, where they had their ceremony, meal and party, and The Orangery, where they had their drinks reception.
The architecture of both is breathtakingly beautiful, so we designed their ceremony with that in mind. We used the gorgeous stone arch detailing of Tower Hall as a focal point at the top of the aisle, placing the signing desk in the nook itself. To frame the arch, we created a statement ceremony backdrop comprising a wild column and low meadow placements; these both featured seasonal Scottish foliage and dried elements which reflected the landscape of the estate upon which their Gordon Castle wedding was taking place. Fiona and her bridesmaids, all wearing beautiful shades of dusky pink, carried bouquets featuring rich hues of deep maroons and soft pinks, as well as fragrant greenery and textural elements.
At the end of each row of chairs, we also lined the aisle with foliage and candles. Candles had been one of the couple’s main wants from the start, to create a romantic, dusky feeling perfect for the end of autumn. Altogether, the ceremony styling was wild and wonderful, but with an undeniable sleek Scandi edge.
The Spaces for a Gordon Castle Wedding
Remember what we said about flow? As they’d also be eating dinner in there, separating the Tower Hall space was really important to Fiona and James: they didn’t want guests to see their tables during the ceremony. To split the space up without feeling hemmed in, and to keep it cosy without feeling closed off, we brought in a rattan screen set to act as a divider. Not only did it look great, but it was also a practical solution, and easily moved by the ushers when it was time for the meal (and, of course, for cake cutting later, which we housed back in the nook where the signing table had been!)
The other space they used for their Gordon Castle wedding was the Orangery, which is where the newlyweds and guests headed for the drinks reception. The bar was set up with champagne towers (captured in that light so beautifully by the very talented Curries) and musicians – another important element of the wedding for Fiona and James, who initially bonded over their shared love of music.
On the other side of the Tower Hall, long trestles were set up ready and waiting for the feast they were about to enjoy, from Bespoke Catering. The table decor reflected the colour palette of the signage we’d designed and placed around the venue, with candles in shades of deep plum and ochre mixed with nudes and soft muslin fabric runners. We kept the flowers here simple, too, with vases of foliage, heather and thistles interspersed amongst the candles.
The signage – and their love of music – also continued to their tables, which were named after their favourite bands. Guests were welcomed by an elegant black sign; found their place on a table plan that juxtaposed dark, Scandi-style wood with modern typography; and, once sat at their seat, were greeted with an elegant place name that bore a sprig of foliage held in place with a hint of gold.
The final space we had the pleasure of styling for Fiona and James’ Gordon Castle wedding was a whiskey bar and lounge set up in the turret area. Using the bureau desk that also featured as the signing desk, we created a cosy gentleman’s lounge area, which also featured armchairs and rugs for ultimate classy, comfy vibes.
When we asked Fiona and James how they wanted their guests to think of their wedding 10 years on, they said they wanted people to remember “that it was fun, thoughtful, flowed well and that they were part of something special.” We not only loved their vision and aesthetic, but this fundamental focus on experience, too – so thank you, Fiona, James, friends and family, for having us as part of your Gordon Castle wedding. It was an absolute joy!
Venue Gordon Castle
Photographer The Curries
Florist, Stylist, Stationer Gloam
Catering Bespoke Catering
Tables and Chairs Virginias Vintage Hire
Brides Dress Andrea Hawkes Bridal