Hayley shares the story of her real-life fairy tale—marrying her fiancé, Ryan, in a Scottish castle—brought to real life with photos and a beautiful wedding video.
Date and Location: January 28, 2014, at Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
The Venue: We visited the seaside town of Crovie in 2011 and fell in love with Scotland. We wanted to have our wedding during the winter and in a beautiful location, so Edinburgh seemed ideal. It’s an amazing, historic city, and Edinburgh Castle is absolutely breathtaking.
Special Details: Our wedding day was exactly what we had hoped for. The weather was chilly; the castle was warm and cozy, and we felt full of love and laughter. We were so touched that our friends and family made the journey with us from the United States. We loved the idea of having a cozy and elegant winter wedding with lots of candles. We knew we wanted a smaller, more relaxed wedding to let the conversations flow and ensure a fun time for all.
Favorite Moment: We wrote our ceremony and asked our wedding party to perform it—each person taking a section or a reading. It was wonderful to make our vows and promises “to” our friends and family rather than an officiant.
The Dress: I chose the Two by Rosa Clara Bambu dress at the Nordstrom Wedding Suite in Scottsdale. My mom spotted it on a mannequin, and it was love at first sight. It’s a lovely soft English net and has such a beautiful layered look. Our Wedding Stylist was Kathy Valentine, and she was so kind and helpful!
Advice for Other Brides: Plan the wedding you want and, above all, have a good time! Weddings shouldn’t be stressful—they should be about celebrating and bringing people together. And dancing. A small wedding is highly recommended!