The stunning all white wedding of footballer John Souttar and wife Kayley at Carlowrie Castle
When a wedding story starts with a boat proposal in Central Park, is immediately followed by a search for a Scottish fairytale castle and comes with a flawless all-white theme, you know it’s going to be a love-filled day packed with luxe yet classic, romantic touches.
The magical venue
Business owner Kayley and footballer John quickly fell for Edinburgh’s Carlowrie Castle – “It’s modern and stunning, and simply takes your breath away,” – and got to work planning their white-only celebration.
“I wanted neutral décor with no greenery or colour.
The stationery was gold – I sketched the castle for it – and we had white gypsophila, roses, peonies and orchids as well as white blossom trees,” says the bride.
They added some DIY details too.
Kayley hand-cut the confetti with her sister and roped in her sister-in-law to help tie tags to gold jars of tequila (Kayley’s shot of choice) for the favours.
Utterly on-theme, the bride had dreamed of a floaty, fairytale-style off-the-shoulder A-line dress but, instead, fell in love with a super-flattering sultry number, complete with an unlined illusion lace bodice, a deep sweetheart neckline, delicately beaded spaghetti straps and back detail to die for.
She hadn’t forgotten her original wish, though, and went back to Edinburgh’s La Novia to find a lightweight gown for the evening.
Enzoani’s ‘Evangeline’ design, with its floral embroidered lace, Chantilly lace and tulle, fitted the bill perfectly.
The next step? Making sure her five best girls looked just as glam and stylish as her!
Kayley explains, “I searched for a long time for a champagne gold satin dress and, eventually, Pretty Lavish brought out a range that was everything I was looking for.”
She added gypsophila to their hair-ups to tie in with the overall theme, and did the same with Myla, the couple’s one-year-old daughter and flower girl.
She had the cutest flower crown and mini bouquet we ever did see!
On her wedding eve, Kayley went out for dinner then stayed at Carlowrie Castle’s gate lodge with her bridesmaids, her mum and Myla.
She remembers sleeping amazingly and waking up surprisingly calm.
“I was waiting for the nerves to kick in but they never did!” she laughs.
After exchanging gifts with her gals – her ‘maids had made her a special memory book and treated her to lots of other goodies – she headed for the castle’s orangery.
Looking effortlessly glam and totally flawless, Kayley walked down the aisle to A Thousand Years by Christina Perri and was beyond excited to see John waiting for her.
“We got married under a beautiful flower arch, surrounded by gypsophila, roses and orchids, and repeated vows from the minister, Steven Manders of Morningside Holy Corner Church.
“He got the wedding off to a great start with his amazing humour and really entertained our 135 guests.”
King and queen of the castle
The couple made their way back up the aisle with Myla in tow and totally nailed ‘those’ confetti shots with the most beautiful castle backdrop.
Afterwards, Carlowrie was their playground and everyone enjoyed the exclusive use space as WooHoo Band played in the piano room.
The venue served traditional Scottish fare for dinner, then the groom was suitably embarrassed during the best man’s speech (complete with picture
boards!) before celebrations continued in the castle’s marquee.
Still on-site, WooHoo Band started the party for the newlyweds and Kayley remembers the dancefloor always being full.
“We’d had singing waiters before dessert, which helped the atmosphere and people never wanted to leave the floor.
“It was amazing!”
Later, they had a DJ and saxophonist, provided by Tartan Entertainment.
“That’s when it became more of a rave,” laughs Kayley.
“It was brilliant. Our guests were talking about it weeks later and I can’t recommend Tartan Entertainment enough.”
Reflecting, Kayley admits she loved every second of planning her big day, especially the wedding band showcases and castle-hunting around Scotland
with her mum and hubby-to-be.
The toughest part, she recalls, was deciding where everyone would sit at dinner.
“I’d advise other couples organising their marriage to take their time and not rush into anything.
Try not to get too absorbed in it all.
Just enjoy the process and, when the wedding comes around, enjoy every second.
It really is the best day of your life.”
And another precious highlight?
“Having our daughter, Myla, be part of the day as our little flower girl was just so special,” smiles Kayley.
“Our wedding was delayed due to the pandemic and if we’d got married on the original date she wouldn’t have been there.