A Macdonald Houstoun House wedding outdoors.

Lisa and Austin’s had a Macdonald Houstoun House wedding. It is a venue with history. It was once a place where Mary Queen of Scots lived. Lisa and Austin are one of the cutest, most in love couples, with the best sense of humour and all that shone through at their wedding. We were really privileged to be a part of their day and had a fantastic time photographing it.

The Location

The earliest mention of the lands of Houstoun is in a charter of 1342, when David II granted them to William Douglas. This wedding venue has history! The lands were later owned by the Houstoun family until 1569, when they were bought by Sir John Shairp, an advocate to Mary Queen of Scots.

The building still has that old world feel to it. You can see original timbers and features all around the grounds. There are the beautiful gardens and grounds surrounding the hotel too. We’re always impressed at how great the staff are too. They really know how to keep a wedding on time without anyone noticing at all. It’s always a pleasure to photograph here.

Before the ceremony

Austin got ready at his parents house. It was hard to photograph them at first because they insisted I sat down with them all for breakfast (which was ace). After a good feed we started documenting the preparations and had a good laugh along the way. Lisa prepared in the Bridal suite at the Huston House. There was lots of hugging, crying (happy) and gifting that morning, it was a really nice place to be.

The ceremony

The decision was made to have the ceremony outside. It was a good idea, even for a slightly chilly spring day, because the light was perfect. Having a Houston House wedding means that you have options for inside or outside weddings. That’s really important in Scotland. We haven’t seen many weddings where everyone was laughing so much during the ceremony. There was a lot of joy here.

The celebrations

The evening was a great big disco. Everyone at the wedding got involved and danced throughout the evening. Again, you could feel the love at this Houston House wedding, during the evening. There was even more fun and laughter and by the time we left we knew that this would be one of the highlights of the year.