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Carla Ten Eyck

Highlands Party with Sarah Haywood Mount Stuart Scotland

Highlands games on the lawn of Mount Stuart Castle on the Isle of Bute Scotland

When London based Luxury Wedding and Event Producer Sarah Haywood contacts you for an event, it’s a thing. When it’s a multi day affair in Scotland at a historic castle, peppered with custom tartans, fireworks, Scottish drummers, Highland Games on the lawn, and a staff ratio of 250 for 65 guests…? It’s an epic event! Epic events are Sarah Haywood’s specialty. I have had the honor of working with her on a few events and let me tell you this: WOW. I love being a part of the buzzing beehive of production that surrounds each event at the highest levels. We are surrounded by experts performing at the highest levels for each event, and the result is out of this world. Things go wrong, there are bumps along the way but the way they are resolved and handled is the what happens when you work with event producers at this level! Everything comes off flawless and stunning and all of the guests have the most amazing time.

C + C’s wedding was filled with bespoke details at every turn! It took me hours to photograph each well curated detail and had to do this event in two posts- this one is just the pre-wedding party / Highlands Game day with a stunning elevated rustic tented pork roast. The florals were lush and amazing and the cocktails were an event in themselves! Come see for yourself..!

 

Creative partners for this amazing event:

Planning + Production: Sarah Haywood, International Luxury Wedding Planners and Party Producers, London, England

Art Direction, Interior Styling, Florals: The Aisle of You, London England

Venue: Mount Stuart, The Isle of Bute, Scotland

Catering: The Last Supper

Bar Service + Creative Cocktails: Holy Water, London England

Entertainment: LP

Fireworks: Alchemy Fireworks

Photography: Carla Ten Eyck, Hartford CT

From the Aisle of You:

“Art Direction, Interior Styling, Flowers, Stationary & Bespoke Items

The dream commission, from Sarah Haywood Wedding Design, we were asked to take a holistic approach to creating a bespoke, locally sourced, handmade wedding for an American couple with a love for Scotland. Transforming the blank canvas of Mount Stuart on the Isle of Bute into a boutique hotel for 4 days, we brought in all furniture, dressing, plants and flowers for the occasion to make every space and bedroom feel warm and inviting. The design of two evening dinners involved making vegetable dyed linens and embroidered napkins, illustrated menus, and specially commissioned ceramic plates by Astier de Villatte in Paris. Guests were given gifts each day of thanks from the bride and groom, including a screen printed keepsake book of poems and history of the house to take notes and collect memorabilia of the weekend, designed by The Isle of You and Wyvern Bindery, with screen printing and illustrations by Alice Gabb.”

All the ladies received a pair of Hunter boots, which was perfect since it rained on the wedding day a bit!

Kitten Grayson is a genius. She transformed the greenhouse solarium space in the master bedroom to a tropical oasis! I could have spent the entire time in there just soaking it up. Oooh la la.

Greenhouse off the master bedroom at Mount Stuart Castle on the Isle of Bute Scotland

Gorgeous little terrariums with geodes and succulents and magic, tucked into nooks that maybe no one would even see… but I did!

Mount Stuart master bedroom greenhouse on the Isle of Bute Scotland Greenhouse off the master bedroom at Mount Stuart Castle on the Isle of Bute Scotland

Bespoke perfumes for each of them! Charming beyond. Like. Spritz me, please.

Custom perfumes at the Isle of Bute Mount Stuart Scotland Interior stairway at Mount Stuart Castle on the Isle of Bute Scotland Bride and groom land via helicopter at Mount Stuart Castle on the Isle of Bute Scotland

Mount Stuart is located on the beautiful island of Bute. Bute is only 33 miles from Glasgow and is one of the most accessible of the westerly isles from the Scottish Central Belt. It’s a peaceful island haven, just a stone’s throw away from the mainland of Scotland. Also makes for quite a landing pad for your helicopter!! Hello grand entrance!

Can we even with these super charming beer steins! Each one is different! Such a special thing to see, I loved it!

Silver beer mugs in Scotland for Highlands style event at Mount Stuart Scotland

A little risky cup over here! I love it!

Don’t even get me started on the individual flasks here! There were whisky stations for guests to top off their flasks as needed! COME ON!

Custom flasks at the whiskey bar at Mount Stuart Castle Isle of Bute Scotland

Soft flannel throws were flung casually around, should one catch a chill and need to cozy up! Brrr!

Beer stein bar on barrels at a Highlands Party at Mount Stuart on the Isle of Bute Scotland

This little area had my heart in a twirl… it was the stuff of my dreams! On the wedding day there were plans to host the cocktail hour here but it rained, so the gorgeous tent hosted the festivities.

The lush ground of Mount Stuart Castle on the Isle of Bute Scotland Winding lush paths on the grounds of Mount Stuart Castle on the Isle of Bute Scotland Lush Scottish forests meet the rocky beaches at Mount Stuart Castle on the Isle of Bute Scotland Lush green ferns on the ground of Mount Stuart Castle on the Isle of Bute Scotland

Do I even need to say anything? Except, pass the butter.

Fresh picked lobster meat and claws at Mount Stuart Castle on the Isle of Bute Scotland

These lads were so sweet and humored my many requests for photos…I couldn’t help it, their music was overwhelmingly beautiful and really had me in the spirit of being in Scotland. My heart aches to remember how wonderful it all was.

Scottish drummers and bagpipers in front of Mount Stuart Castle on the Isle of Bute Scotland Red headed Scottish bagpiper at Mount Stuart Castle on the Isle of Bute Scotland Feast is set for the Highlands party at Mount Stuart Castle on the Isle of Bute Scotland Scottish drummer at Mount Stuart Castle on the Isle of Bute Scotland Mount Stuart Castle exterior on the Isle of Bute Scotland Interior of the foyer at Mount Stuart Castle on the Isle of Bute Scotland

The bar’s garnish game was out of this world amazing! It was like a salad bar!

Bar set up in the foyer of Mount Stuart Castle on the Isle of Bute Scotland Stairway interior with stained glass at Mount Stuart Castle on the Isle of Bute Scotland Interior of the stairway at Mount Stuart Castle on the Isle of Bute Scotland

I was coveting the MESS out of these things. Literally. KITTEN!!! You are the best.

Bell jar with terrarium amethyst geode and white orchids Highland games on the lawn of Mount Stuart Castle on the Isle of Bute Scotland

No bigs. Just tossing a log.

Log throwing at Highland games on the grounds of Mount Stuart Castle on the Isle of Bute Scotland

More to come. This was just a little teaser of the first part of the day!!!!

For more destination events photographed by Carla click the links below:

Opulent wedding at the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel, San Juan Puerto Rico

New York City Wedding at The Harold Pratt House 

Elevated Rustic Wedding at the Wm. H Buckley Farm in Ballston Spa NY

Wedding at The Mansion on Turner Hill Ipswitch MA

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