Victorian Gothic Halloween Wedding at Edinburgh’s Prestonfield House, Scotland

You want to see some alternative wedding style? Well, how about a bit of Victorian Gothic for Halloween at Prestonfield House in Edinburgh?

I just love everything about this quirky, tattoo ladened, Pagan derived, Victorian Gothic, Halloween, dark and beautifully styled wedding of Jim & Lisa.

Picked up by Rock N Roll Bride and BuzzFeed for the completely unique look of everything from the wax sealed, bat themed Ouija board invitation boxes complete with vintage photographs of weddings long passed, to the candlelit ceremony in one of Prestonfield House’s lushly decorated drawing rooms.

It’s not as dark as it might sound. Everything was a huge celebration. The Ouija board invited loved ones sadly missed to be part of the wedding, while sunset on Halloween is the date Jim & Lisa celebrate the start of a new year. The imagery was great to photography and has made for a pretty spectacular set of pictures if I do say so myself.

You’ve got to love how fitting the lavish style of Prestonfield House (in the shadow of Edinburgh’s Arthur’s Seat) was to this unique wedding, and a wander around the city’s Old Town by The Royal Mile provided more historic backdrops from it’s World Heritage Site status.

Absolutely love it!  Throw away that “How To Plan a Wedding” rule book, do your own thing, follow your heart and what makes you happy.  That’s where perfect weddings come from.

Preston Field House at Halloween

Hallowen Wedding at Prestonfield House

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Bollywood Colour at Hopetoun House Hindu-Scottish Wedding

Imagine how cool this wedding was: Our Scottish groom, followed by his guests in colourful Indian clothes, dance across the gravel driveway of Hopetoun House towards the wedding ceremony, where guests of the bride’s family await, guarding the entrance until impressed enough by the groom’s party’s dance moves to let them in.

Judging by the amount of air he’s getting, the groom has been practicing his moves, though his wedding party have a way to go before the stables ceremony room doors will be opened. Sensing they may be losing their audience, the groom partners his mother to lead the group in some more familiar Scottish country dancing – The St Bernard’s Waltz.  It’s good, but not good enough…

A few relatives of the bride, wearing kilts, head off the advancing group to educate them on the standard of dancing required. As the British conservatism slowly drops, dance moves are replicated, crowds cheer, and the two groups of family and friends start to mix amongst the shared laughter and good times.

The doors to the stables are opened so the ceremonial entrance of the groom and his party can start ahead of the Hindu wedding ceremony with all it’s colour and tradition.

But that was only a small part of the day that also featured a traditional Scottish wedding.  Hopetoun House, just outside Edinburgh in South Queensferry maintains it’s reputation as one of the grandest wedding venues in Scotland, Heritage Portfolio still serve the best food this wedding photographer has ever been gratefully given, and Luke at the Edinburgh Film Company captured the whole thing beautifully.

Just take a look at the photographs to see how cool and original this wedding is.


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