Phoebe and Huw’s romantic Scottish Highland wedding was filled with love, laugher and lots of emotion. After searching high and low for a rustic wedding venue that felt just right for them (and dismissing many that felt were too formal, stuffy or predictable) it was Phoebe’s father who finally suggested Monachyle Mhor – having enjoyed a romantic weekend break there with Phoebe’s mother a few years previously. They knew instantly that it was the one!
They loved the laid-back farmhouse vibe, the stunning Scottish Highland setting—and the mouth-wateringly good food (which was going to be pretty important, as Huw’s side of the family are from Italy…) Together they have a large circle of friends and family, from all around the world, and it was important to both of them that there was going to be room for everyone to come and celebrate their marriage with them.
Fortunately, Monachyle Mhor—in addition to being a superb hotel—is also a working farm. For the small number of weddings that they host each year, their large and airy barn is cleared and decorated in an effortlessly cool rustic wedding style—transforming it into the perfect place to hold a bohemian wedding party.
Phoebe and Huw began their wedding day with a ceremony in Balquhidder Parish Church, a characterful chapel overlooking Loch Tay. It’s a place that’s steeped in history—the grave of Rob Roy MacGregor, the eighteen century Scottish outlaw, in the churchyard bears witness to Scotland’s colourful past!
After a beautifully moving ceremony, everyone returned to Monachyle Mhor for a champagne and oysters reception. Guests were able to enjoy the immaculate gardens, which were in full summer bloom, despite a brief shower. After taking a few quiet moments to themselves to pause and drink it all in beside Loch Voil, Phoebe and Huw re-joined their family and friends for their evening celebrations in the barn.
Their evening meal, cooked by the team at Monachyle Mhor, was created using fresh Scottish produce locally sourced from the surrounding area. As guests dined, family and friends gave a series of speeches, which were by turns hilarious and heartfelt. Special mention must go to Huw’s two best men who won a wager by delivering their 10 minute speech with no notes—an impressive feat!
With dinner over, the tables and chairs were cleared away to make room for dancing. The evening ended to the sounds of a traditional Scottish ceilidh band—a must-have for any wedding in Scotland! We left Phoebe and Huw dancing the night away, and as we walked out into the night air the moon broke through the clouds, bathing the whole valley in cool, clear light. It was a beautiful end to a truly special day.