So much of our style for films relies on building the atmosphere of the wedding day and we spend the early morning before we film a single member of the bridal party filming one of the main characters in a couple’s wedding film; the venue. There are few more wonderful than Drumtochty Castle in Aberdeenshire.
Nestled in a hidden valley of its own Drumtochty Castle boasts an incredible private church, a ballroom and its own herd of deer. The long drive way leading up from the chapel rises through the woodland until you emerge out into the light and the open vista of the main castle frontage.
It’s more sturdy than the normal Scottish baronial style you find in most Victorian mansions, but the circular turrets and mini-battlements make for a commanding presence.
Inside the decor is eclectic and unique. Also a wee bit odd at times. I’m not sure why there is a portrait of Nathan Bedford-Forrest hanging in the entrance hallway, but there you have it.
But the whole of Drumtochty Castle feels very much lived in and comfortable. Certainly the sort of place you can imagine returning to after a day on the hill and warming your toes by the fire. That said, it pulls out the magnificent as well as the homely, with a spectacular ballroom, with floor to ceiling windows that look out towards the landscaped grounds beyond.
The grounds and wider estate themselves are beautiful. If you’re wondering where you’ll have photographs taken, there is a picture perfect little lake with a bridge down below the castle.
It even has lilies which would have Monet enthusiastically cracking out the brushes and easel.
Couples and filmmakers (& photographers) looking to get some truly epic shots can take advantage of the chance to get a lift in the king of all vehicles (the estate Land Rover Defender 110) up into the hills surrounding the castle. Here, you not only find wide vistas but a resident herd of deer.
Yet for all the splendour, it is possibly the Hogwartian little church which is our favourite part of the estate. It is just about as close to perfection as you’d wish to get.
Ashlynn and Will’s Drumtochty Castle Wedding Film
Where is it
Drumtochty Castle sits in a beautiful wooded valley in rural Aberdeenshire, about 2hrs north of Edinburgh Airport and about 1hr south of Aberdeen Airport.
Who should I contact?
Nicki is Drumtochy Castle’s wonderful wedding wizard, really friendly and quick to ensure that everything runs smoothly for you. Contact her at:
Tel: 01561 320 169