When you think of Scotland, what usually comes to mind is plenty of tartan, thistles, bagpipes, stags, and a spot of rain. Yet most modern brides and grooms generally break with these traditions nowadays (except for the rain – that’s always there!) Not so Alex and Ally, who married at the stunning Mar Lodge Estate one July. As far as Aberdeenshire weddings go, this was the epitome of Scottish love. There was an abundance of local flowers, tartan everywhere you looked, and yes – that rain – though it dissipated quickly not least because our couple shone so brightly themselves.

Mar Lodge summer wedding bride getting ready

Alex and Ally’s Mar Lodge wedding, set in the glorious nature preserve in Braemar, really showcased Scotland. The main house is picturesquely set against a backdrop of Caledonian pine forest while inside, there is an abundance of Scottish flair. For this reason alone, Mar Lodge wedding photography is such a pleasure. The bride and her bridesmaids all got ready wearing tartan dressing gowns, which set the tone for the day to come. Meanwhile, groom Alex and his groomsmen donned their kilts and boutonnieres of thistle and heather, and very much looked the part too.

Bride and groom wedding rings
Mar Lodge summer wedding dress details

The bride and groom tied the knot inside the estate’s lodge room. The summer sun made its appearance as it filtered beautifully through the bright windows as they said their ‘I do's’ in front of family and friends. The bride’s bouquet and matching flower arrangements posed a beautifully natural backdrop for their photos, featuring more Scottish thistles, white roses, and an abundance of daisies. Alex and Ally ventured outside as husband and wife to the cheers and petal confetti showers of their guests.

Bridesmaid getting ready at Mar Lodge Estate
Bridal wedding dress details

Here, the couple enjoyed the sunshine and the beautiful views while catching up with their smiling friends and family; and smiles really were all around this July day! Cocktails were enjoyed before I whisked Alex and Ally away on a wee wander through the pine forest for – even if I dare say so myself – some truly stunning photos. Their love for both each other and their beautiful venue really shone through in the pictures amidst the trees. Being a National Trust for Scotland owned venue, it is just so perfect for nature lovers.

Bridal hairdressing
Groom and groomsmen at Mar Lodge Estate

As a bagpiper marched them into the imposing stag ballroom of the Mar Lodge Estate, guests enjoyed their rustic, daisy-clad cake, drinks, and – of course – Scottish faire beneath the hundreds of stag heads. Both little and large enjoyed the dancing, and even the kite flying outdoors during a break! Truly, a Scottish wedding to remember.

Wedding flowers bouquet
Happy bride getting ready for her wedding
Bridesmaid make-up
Wedding dress and shoes
Proud mother of the bride
Bridesmaids chatting at Mar Lodge Estate
Bridal preparations at Mar Lodge Estate
Mar Lodge Estate wedding confetti
Wedding guests at Mar Lodge Estate
Wedding guest enjoying outdoors
Bridal preparations at Mar Lodge Estate
Wedding ceremony at Mar Lodge Estate
Mar Lodge Estate wedding Scottish Highlands
Groom chatting with guest at Mar Lodge Estate
Mar Lodge Estate wedding Scotland
Bride and groom at Mar Lodge Estate
Wedding guests having fun
Mar Lodge Estate wedding bride and groom
Traditional Scottish wedding attire
Wedding party celebrations dance
Happy bride celebrating with guests
Documentary wedding photography Scotland
Bride and groom at Mar Lodge Estate
Wedding celebrations at Mar Lodge Estate
Bride and groom cake cutting
Wedding party dance fun