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castles in the sky. a romantic styled bridal shoot at carlowrie castle, scotland

June 27th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

A Styled Shoot at Carlowrie Castle (c) Karol Makula (3)

Prepare to go all starry-eyed ladies as this styled shoot is the stuff of dreams; with a spectacular castle – complete with enchanting turrets and beautiful gardens – providing all the romantic feels we could possibly wish for.

Taking place in Scotland, the shoot was led by Ashleigh, a bridal makeup artist, who is based in Edinburgh. With her heart set on organising her very own shoot, Ashleigh brought on board a selection of talented Scottish suppliers who helped bring her vision for a whimsical wedding theme to life.

What we love about this bridal shoot is that it showcases three very distinct, gorgeous bridal looks in a number of different settings at the venue, Carlowrie Castle – from the timeless to the more contemporary. The styling is exquisite, with everything from the flowers and makeup to the accessories all complementing one another beautifully. There’s lots of beauty and fashion inspo to be found further down this page – that we can promise!

So, join us as we escape north of the border and let Ashleigh take us behind the scenes to share all the day’s wonderful highlights.

With images by Karol Makula

A Styled Shoot at Carlowrie Castle (c) Karol Makula (21)

ashleigh says: The inspiration behind this shoot was to bring together some of the best suppliers from Edinburgh and the East of Scotland, to create beautiful images of all of our creative visions combined.

There was a very defined whimsical theme put in place early on in the planning stage that was geared towards the romantic, contemporary, effortless, bohemian inspired bride. A mood board was easily created shortly afterwards to translate this theme to the other creatives involved.

A Styled Shoot at Carlowrie Castle (c) Karol Makula (65)

As a makeup artist and the owner of Ophelia Bridal Makeup, I also share a real passion for styling. I always look at the bigger picture when selecting images to share of my brides, on my various social media platforms. From the dress, to the hair, to the venue, I like the photos to tell a story beyond the makeup. Through working in the wedding industry, I have made some fantastic contacts and it was one of my goals this year to be more proactive and organise shoots for myself with my own chosen suppliers. Also, I was in the midst of launching Ophelia Bridal Makeup’s sister company, Ophelia Bridal Blooms and I thought it would be a great way to introduce my bouquets to prospective future clients.

A Styled Shoot at Carlowrie Castle (c) Karol Makula (84)

The location was probably the first choice I made (along with the photographer) in terms of planning. I have been lucky enough to work at Carlowrie Castle on a few occasions and it is one of my favourite Scottish castles. Carlowrie boasts a contemporary, modern interior, with a traditional, timeless exterior. Coupled with 32 acres of formal gardens and a 150-metre tree lined drive, the decision was far from difficult.

A Styled Shoot at Carlowrie Castle (c) Karol Makula (90)

As we were following a relaxed theme for the day, we very much wanted the bouquets to tie in and follow the same vibe. Snapdragon, Edinburgh provided the bouquet and buttonhole used in the outdoor shots. We worked closely with Cathie and Amalia from their Bruntsfield store and agreed that an oversized, hand tied bouquet with lots of foliage would be perfect for the outdoor element of the day.

The shoot was split in to three different looks, so I showcased two of the new bouquets from Ophelia Bridal Blooms. “The Airen” accompanied the second look which was more vampy, with lilac, mulberry and purple peonies. Then the third look was paired with “The Aria” which is a much more feminine bouquet with soft pinks, blush, creams and ivory peonies and roses. The groom, meanwhile, wore a smart and traditional kilt from Bathgate-based The Kilt Studio.

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