From Atlanta to Edinburgh: A 4,000-Mile Journey for Love
When Meg and Scott decided on a destination for their wedding day, there was only one choice – the Monteith’s ancestral homeland of Scotland, and only one venue – the magnificent Scottish Renaissance Castle that is Winton Castle.
119 friends and family travelled all the way from Atlanta in the US to join them for their summer wedding, and expectations were well and truly surpassed as they enjoyed Highland games in the walled garden, barbecues on the Peacock Balcony and a spectacular wedding day highlighted by dinner on the croquet lawn, followed by dancing well into the wee hours.
This is their wedding story, kindly told by the bride, Mrs Meg Monteith.
“We also wanted a uniquely personal event, replete with family mementos, meaningful speeches and titbits that would say ‘your presence is your present’ in a manner that didn’t feel as canned as a Baby Boomer-driven meme or decor pillow from TJ Maxx.
It took finding a Scottish venue that married all of our non-negotiables to finally pull the decision trigger.
What we heard most about in the weeks that followed were the personal touches. From handwritten notes at each table setting to tables adorned with photos and keepsakes; we wanted to make our guests feel as special as they’d made us feel by travelling more than a collective million miles to be there. And the staff at Winton made it so.”
How Did the Winton Events Team Ensure Your Guests Had a Memorable Scottish Experience?
“Fay, with her kind voice and gentle take-charge approach, was nothing short of a wedding angel. She attended to the needs of our friends and family like a fairy tale character with a magic wand! From setting up evenings in the Library, replete with a warm fire, drams and Prosecco, to quickly arranging last-minute transport for dozens of guests to the Winton Arms after the Highland Games, she was unflappable. And always had a smile.
As stories have trickled out from friends and family, we’ve learned that other staff members similarly went out of their way to arrange odds and ends for guests — including transportation services that fell far outside the scope of the wedding. Lexi, Toby the gardener… EVERYONE was incredible.
Same goes for the vendors Rae recommended. That guidance proved invaluable, from hair/makeup to the band and the bus, to photography and every little detail in between.
The clay shoot, the Highland Games, the wedding … the events you coordinated yielded memories that will stay with all 121 of us for a lifetime.”