At Duns Castle, we are well versed in hosting celebrity guests. In recent years, these have included Dame Judi Dench and Sir Billy Connolly, Kristen Scott-Thomas, Joseph Fiennes and Rutger Hauer as well as the wedding of sports star Robbie Fowler.
On the 5th and 6th of September, Duns Castle welcomed a group of 45 international guests to celebrate what was described by the accompanying journalists as “The German Celebrity Wedding of the Year.” For this was the wedding of Germany’s prominent actress, singer and presenter, Caroline Beil, and her husband, Philipp Sattler, a successful orthodontist.
The couple had had their hearts set on a Scottish wedding for a long time and discovered Duns Castle back in February while on a special mission to Scotland to find their wedding venue. As is often the case in the world of show business, many celebrities prefer to celebrate their wedding in an intimate way with their closest friends, away from the public eye and below the radar of the Paparazzi. It is no wonder therefore that Caroline and Philipp should have chosen Duns Castle, as the venue offers everything from beauty, nature and exclusivity to onsite accommodation, bespoke activities and absolute discretion.
Among their guests were a number of other international celebrities, all of whom contributed towards the enjoyment and wonder of the occasion with performances of music, song and comedy. By choice of the couple, the guests were fully immersed in Scottish culture with a kilted rehearsal dinner accompanied by a whisky tasting, Address to the Haggis, Gaelic Toast and bagpipes as well as a tournament on the Duns Golf Course using old hickory golf clubs. Another surprise that the Duns Castle team had to keep secret, this time from the guests themselves, was that the wedding rings would be delivered during the ceremony by an owl, much to the guests’ delight and amazement.
After the success of HomeAway’s global campaign last year linked to Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and in which Duns Castle played the starring role, a German celebrity wedding such as this will clearly add towards raising the castle’s profile internationally and that in turn will hopefully bring additional benefits to the local community and to the Scottish Borders.
Since exclusive publishing rights had been awarded to the German social weekly Frau im Spiegel we have kept the exciting news to ourselves until now out of respect for the couple’s wishes. We now have their permission to share the news and are hugely grateful to them and to Frau im Spiegel (and not least to the photographer, Andreas Blumenthal) for these wonderful images.
We wish Philipp and Caroline every future happiness together.
Couple Photos: Andreas Blumenthal, Frau im Spiegel
Owl, Cake & Heart Photos: Jonathan Findlay