Sunday 21 October 2012

An Autumn Highland Wedding in a special highland place.

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” 

Heading north past Faskally and Pitlochry, in early morning mist and mizzle, foliage of red leaf and gold leaf and Indian mustard hues lingered on the roadsides and the hillsides and the lochsides. I drove slowly into Nethybridge, through Boat of Garten first where, when my children were small, we used to take the steam train to Santa. Then Abernethy. Autumn lined. Then Aultmore House  today, host to Louise and Craig's beautiful beautiful wedding day. 
The House is beautiful and the grounds the perfect backdrop to a truly Highland wedding. Louise and family and friends made almost everything that contributed to the loveliness of the day - individually made bark backed wedding invitations, miles of purple bunting, t'r'ee lights. And everything reflecting the setting and the seaon.

Louise's dress was beautiful. Laced. Figure hugging. Soooo lovely. And bridesmaids - in Indian silk in purples and gold.

There was a lady piper in sparkly shoes.... 

... a roller haired bridesmaid putting the final touches to the final touches...

and a big hearted kilted bar man...

Prosecco popping to toast and to celebrate 

Cullen skink shots with breadystick dippers

All in a magical beautiful Autumn gloried landscape that made your heart sing and thump and jiggle in your body

They feasted on generous flavours and food that had been cooking, slowly, all day long, in a glorious kitchen that made me happy - roasted parsnip and lemon grass soup, game terrine, venison casserole, chocolate, hazelnut and vanilla profiteroles. The kind of food that when you're in the glorious beautiful Highlands you really really really have to eat.

So, beautiful Louise. Thankyou to you and Craig for trusting me with your day. Happy as happy can be.


And to Aultmore House in its magical setting overlooking snow capped peaks and forrest trees and fountains and follies.... you are a very very very beautiful and romantic and special special place. Really. And of course, I got to work with the fabulous Cara and Nye of Lillian and Leonard again. I'll post the link to their blog and their photos as soon as they're live. Love these photographers. They make me happy too!

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