On December 21, 2008, Mylie and I woke up early that morning to get ready for our big day. We were to get married at Duffus Castle on this wonderful day. Our ceremony was set to start at a little before 12:00 noon. Winter Solstice will occur at 12:04 during our ceremony and the sun will set at around 4:30pm. With the sun already hanging low in the sky we made our way to the castle.
Duffus Castle, near Elgin, Moray, Scotland, was a motte-and-bailey castle (one of the oldest mottes in Scotland) and was in use from c.1140 to 1705. At the time of its establishment, it was one of the most secure fortifications in Scotland. At the death of the 2nd Lord Duffus in 1705, the castle had become totally unsuitable as a dwelling and so was abandoned.
The name of Duffus (pronounced DUFF’-US) derives from the lands of Duffus in Morayshire, Scotland. The Name is a compilation of two Gaelic words, dubh and uisg, meaning “darkwater” or “blackwater”. At one time, the region was below sea-level and the Loch of Spynie and stagnant pools of water were a conspicuous feature of the area.
We arrived at the castle and we parked a fair distance due to the motte. As you saw in the video above, as we walked towards the castle we were met with the sound of bagpipes. This was an unexpected surprise from our new found friends Angie, Will and Jackie.
Angie performed the ceremony and Will took care of the details on site and the wedding dinner, which he cooked and it was simply amazing – but I will talk about that later.
It is hard for me to put to words how amazing the things Angie and Will did to make our ceremony beyond perfect. All I can say is that they had no limits to what they would do to make sure our ceremony -before, during and after – would not be out done by anything in this world.
Even after a full day of setting up and performing the ceremony they rushed to their home and prepared a Scottish dinner for us. (You can see the meal in the slide show below) They cooked vegetarian haggis, neps and tatties, the most amazing gravy I have ever had the pleasure of putting on my taste buds and so much more. They left no stone unturned to make us comfortable and happy. Mylie and I are very blessed to have met them and to have them perform our wedding ceremony. If you are getting married I highly recommend them – check out their website – ‘Getting Married in Scotland?‘
With the video above and the slide show below it would be overkill to revisit the finer details in text form but I will be putting a photo book together soon for family and friends -if you want one, let me know.
And now for the epically cheese-y but fantastically beautiful photo slide show – Enjoy!!
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