Thirlestane Castle wedding – Shelby & Jack

September 7, 2023

Thirlestane Castle, a castle wedding venue in the Scottish Borders

Shelby and Jack, a beautiful American couple currently living in England, totally nailed their dream destination wedding in Scotland. They chose Thirlestane Castle in the Scottish Borders for their epic castle wedding venue, and invited a bunch of guests from the States to join the party.

Thirlestane is a 16th centry castle with lush grounds making it a perfect backdrop for wedding photos. Whether it is a 2 people elopement , or big celebrations with 200 guests, Thirtlestane is a perfect venue for an exclusive use. There is an onsite accommodation available too, and more options in a nearby Lauder.

American wedding in Scotland

The day kicked off with some chill lawn games, setting the vibe just right. Shelby looked like an absolute goddess in her lace dress from Madison James with this cool cape, and Jack and his crew rocked suits with floral ties that fit the whole vibe perfectly. My Thirlestane Castle wedding photos captured them looking like a squad straight out of a magazine against that historic castle backdrop.

Their humanist ceremony was outside on a very warm September day. – the weather was on their side. After they said their vows and tied the know, everyone chilled with drinks outside while guitarists played folk tunes. Perfect for Shelby and Jack, who are all about that country music life.

The night wrapped up in style with a ceilidh in the marquee. Laughs, music, and dancing went down, making it a party to remember. Thirlestane Castle was the bomb backdrop for their love story, blending tradition with the stunning Scottish setting. What a wedding, what a vibe! Certainly one of my favourite weddings last season.

Thirlestane Castle

Dress designer:Madison James

Flowers: Hidden Botanics

Make-up & Hair: AMM Team

Catering: Orde

Music band: Glenpark Ceilidh Band

Celebrant: Sandy Caldwell


Thirlestane, a castle wedding venue in the Scottish Borders. Archery activities at the Thirlestane Castle in the morning of the wedding. Thirlestane Castle in the Scottish Borders, a majestic wedding venue. Bride getting her make up done at the Thirlestane Castle. Groomsmen trying to figure out how to attach buttonholes. Groom putting on his floral tie in the morning. Groom posing with his groomsmen at the Thirlestane Castle. Bridesmaids gift packaged in cute little boxes with a green ribbon.Bride gifting tartan scarves to her bridesmaids. Shelby getting in her dress with the help of her mother. Shelby posing in her beautiful lace wedding dress, Shelby posing by the window at the Thirlestane Castle.Shelby's bridesmaids putting on a wedding cape.

Scottish piper at the Thirlestane Castle, playing traditional Scottish music on bagpipes. Jack waiting for his bride to arrive for an outdoor ceremony in the Scottish Borders. Bride walking down the aisle at Thirlestane Castle. Wedding entrance for an outdoor ceremony at the Thirlestane Castle. Wedding guests watching bridal party walking down the aisle. Sandy Caldwell doing the humanist ceremony at the Thirlestane Castle. Bridesmaids wearing light green dresses for the wedding ceremony in Scotland.  Shelby and Jack tying a tartan knot outside the Thirlestane Castle.Thirlestane Castle Photographer's black and white photos.

American wedding in Scotland, photographed by Scotland wedding photographer.Groom getting wishes from his guests. Drinks reception during an outdoor wedding in September.  Ladies posing for the photos during drinks receptions. Wedding guitarists playing during drinks reception. Funny photo captured by Thirlestane wedding photographer, Wedding canapés served at the Thirlestane Castle. Groom giving a hug to his father during a reception. Black and white wedding photo taken during drinks reception. Wedding couple on the steps at Thirlestane Castle. Shelby and Jack looking at the camera during their wedding photoshoot at the Thirlestane Castle. Wedding couple walking down the grounds at the Thirlestane Castle. Bride's family posing for a photo for a Scotland wedding photographer. Bridal party posing for photos at a venue in Scotland. Bridal party posing for a funny photo. Groomsmen posing on the steps at the Thirlestane Castle in the Scottish Borders. Wedding tables decorated with Autumnal flowers for a wedding at the Thirlestane Castle. Wedding guests posing for a photo during dancing at the Thirlestane. Thirlestane Castle wedding photographer capturing father-daughter dance. Thirlestane Castle wedding photos showing the couple during their 1st Dance.  Wedding guests dancing in the marquee at the Thirlestane Castle.