October is one of our favourite wedding seasons at Gordon Castle –  full of colour and gorgeous sun-kissed evenings. When Phil and Katie were married here on 27th October 2018, their day was no exception. Surrounded by close friends and family, it was a weekend-long celebration.

Pre-wedding celebrations began on the Friday by taking full advantage of the estate surroundings with clay pidgeon shooting followed by lunch in the Orangery.

After a relaxing evening and family breakfast, the time had come for final wedding preparations – and one very special friend to take his place.

“From the word go, I could see that there was a very special four-legged friend in this relationship”, says Kyra, Events Manager at Gordon Castle, “Charlie was just the most lovable black labrador who seemed to touch the hearts of everyone he met. Phil and Katie explained how important his role on the day was and we did everything in our power to make sure he was involved from start to finish.”

All thanks to Charlie…

“Phil and I first met in Greyfield Woods near Bath. I was walking Charlie in the woods and noticed that a film was being shot on the field by the woods. We finished our walk and cut back through the field to have a little look. Phil was in 4×4 ambulance as he was the medic on the film set.

Charlie being Charlie had to go and say hello, frisk him for food and try to jump into his ambulance, not good as he was very soggy! After apologising for Charlie we started chatting, we chatted for a hour and that lead to dog walks together and now a new life in Scotland. “

Bridal Q & A

My favourite memory from the day was…

It has to be exchanging our vows in front of an open fire – it was simply beautiful!

My favourite part of Gordon Castle was…

I just loved how homely Gordon Castle felt, it really was a home from home.

The most hilarious moment was… 

Our evening entertainment of the ceilidh dancing as many of our guest had never been to one before and all loved it (enormous amounts of gin gave us some very funny memories!)

If I could change one thing it would have been… 

The food was outstanding but in hindsight, we would of done with slightly more of it! It’s a long day so don’t underestimate how hungry your guests might be.

Top tip for future brides/grooms

We thought that being able to stay at the castle the night before our wedding was a massive bonus as it allowed our families to stay and have a wonderful meal in the evening then relax in a family environment. 

We would also like to say thank you to all the staff who helped to provide us with a truly magical wedding. 


Photographer: Chris Henderson
Groom outfit: McCalls, Elgin
Florist: Wild Blossom, Forres
Make-up: Georgia Simpson Make-up
Band: Dandy Ceilidh Band
Cake: Couture Wedding Cakes by Sweetcheeks, Fyvie
Rings: Benchworks, Elgin

Chris Henderson Photography

“For me, it was just a beautiful setting with landscaped grounds and fields on all sides. The clay pigeon shooting offered a fun and unusual start to the day’s photographs. The castle itself (especially the guest rooms and the orangery was gorgeous too. And the fact it’s exclusive use means there’s no busy car park or anyone not connected to the wedding wandering about. Loads of big plusses from a photographers point of view!”

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  • I can honestly say it was the most fantastic weekend. From getting there and being greeted by friendly staff, to leaving after a fabulous breakfast. The setting and service was second to none. A brilliant place to hold a wedding, or any special occasion.

  • I can second that. Everything was covered and went very smoothly, a brilliant weekend and a most fantastic day had by all. The house and ground are just spectacular with beautiful pictures of PhilKatie and not forgetting (Charlie their beloved black lab) who was very much a part of proceedings. The wedding photos show Gordon Castle and the grounds off in all it’s splendour.
    Just fantastic.

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