NH Wedding Photographer / Millyard Studios / Searles Castle / Ashley & Dustin

Ashley and Dustin brought a little bit of Scotland to New Hampshire for their wedding day at Searles Castle.  As fall was settling in, it was a wee bit damp at times but it seemed oh so appropriate for our Scottish themed day. Not to mention it only made their tartan colors of blue and green stand out and look that much more rich against the lush, earthy hues of the castle.

During the ceremony our bride was ushered in with bagpipes and Ashley and Dustin literately “tied the knot” with a traditional handfasting.  To make it official, our couple recessed under a sword arch where the bride was welcomed to the clan with a friendly pat on the back (side) with one of the gentlemen’s swords. And the only thing that could have stolen the show was the adorable ring barer just trying to keep himself together! 😉

This little Scottish celebration didn’t just have a few tartan plaid items scattered around a castle. Our couple really pulled out all the stops for their big day!  The Gentlemen wore formal kilt attire complete with flasks, sporrans and swords that of Clan Mackenzie where our groom’s family descended from; while the ladies wore a coordinating dark blue and carried Scotland’s official flower of thistle in their bouquets.   The reception tent was blanketed in a deep navy with plenty of tartan accents abound.  Each table included a booklet telling the history of our groom’s Scottish clan and a little bit of Glenfiddich Scotch Whisky to keep their guests warm.

It was a day of celebration that was rich in tradition and full of love!  Cheers to Ashley and Dustin!

Photos By: Amanda