Justine & Andy's Dalkeith Palace wedding is right up there as one of my favourite weddings and at a stunning location too. The Buccleuch Estate, locally know as Dalkeith Country Park it's a vast area of natural beauty with Dalkeith Palace as a stunning jewel in it's crown.
The ceremony took place at St Mary Scottish Episcopal Church just inside the gate of the estate. It was also great to catch up with Rev Peter Harris again. He always conducts a lovely but fun ceremony for the happy couples and is also the school chaplain at the special needs school my son attends.
I headed to The Scotsman Hotel in the heart of Edinburgh to meet up with Andy and the guys. They were getting ready in one of the suites in this converted newspaper HQ. There was great banter with the guys as they all seemed nice and relaxed as they prepared to head out to Dalkeith.
I then headed to Justine's parent's house just outside Edinburgh for the bridal prep photos. The girls were all very excited about the wedding which made for great fun and relaxed photographs. Justine looked stunning in her dress as the girls fussed around making sure every detail was absolutely perfect. Finally....it was time to head to the church.
After The ceremony, Justine and Andy were met with a London Red Bus and a full pipe band lead by Pipe Major Andrew. They marched the short distance to Dalkeith Palace a little further into the estate where drinks and canopies were served. Even though it was May, it was kind of chilly too. The guests were fantastic though as they waited patiently for their turn at the family photos. We flew through them nice and quickly so that everyone could get back to enjoying the drinks and chatting with family.
After the speeches we nipped back out for a few more photographs then head back for the cake cut and the first dances. I couldn't resist staying on a little longer as some of the dance moves were awesome. The guests really got into the Ceilidh in a big way and there was not a floorboard to be seen on the dance floor. Everyone was up dancing and having a blast at one of this years best weddings!