Wedderburn Castle Wedding Photographer

Shona and Jon’s wedding at Wedderburn Castle

I love being a Wedderburn Castle Wedding Photographer – it’s one of my favourite wedding venues in Scotland.

Wedderburn Castle nestles in the rolling landscape of the Scottish Borders. Just 45 miles south east of Edinburgh and 15 miles west of Berwick on Tweed, it is a hidden gem of a wedding venue.
And it really is hidden – invisible from the road, you really are in your own world when you stay there.

Shona and Jon wanted their wedding to take on the style of a Country House Weekend, and Wedderburn was the perfect place for them. Built in 1770 to a design by the renowned Scottish architect Robert Adams, its most striking feature is a sweeping stone staircase that greets you as you enter, and leads to the first floor with its 5 grand reception rooms. With 12 huge and individually decorated bedrooms, it’s the perfect place for a wedding party!

Shona and Jon made full use of the space. While Bride Shona and her bridesmaids got ready in the Bridal Suite (complete with a 4 poster bed!) Groom Jon and his Best Man and father were immediately below in ‘The Glorious 12th’. Bedrooms can often be crowded places to photograph during all the busy preparations, but the rooms at Wedderburn are huge!

Their ceremony was held in the Ballroom – the perfect setting for any civil, humanist, or religious service, complete with marbled columns, Georgian windows and chandeliers. Once married, they and their guests moved to the drawing room, with its huge log fire and large and comfortable sofas.

While their guests enjoyed champagne, I took Shona and Jon outside to photograph them on the grounds of the castle. The sweeping drive is one of my favourite photo locations for natural and relaxed wedding photographs, along with my obligatory photo of them leaning out of a window with a crest below them, its motto: “Remember – True To The End”

Both the Bride and Groom are vets, and two of their clients gave them wonderful, and unusual, wedding presents. One farmer gifted them the beef that was served at dinner (carved by the guests themselves) and another dairy farmer donated the cheese that was served for dessert at the wedding breakfast.
Jon had made the favours: hand-tied fishing flies mounted on a broach, and even more unusually, Shona made her own decorative wedding cake!

The evening continued with a hilarious Best Man speech, and then ceilidh dancing in the ballroom. In between the reels, guests relaxed on the sofas in the drawing room.

Auld Lang Syne brought the celebrations to a traditional Scottish finish, and the end to a wonderful day.

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Natural wedding photography 2016

Here’s a small selection of my favourite natural wedding photography in Scotland from 2016.
For personal reasons I took six months off this year, and several couples requested that their wedding photos were not posted on the web, but I still have many favourites that I can show you.
There’s everything here, from grand venues, laughing brides, winking grooms, reflections and shadows, a very embarrassed (by her husband) mother of the bride, the most amazing table decorations made from antique tea cuos and wild flowers, a bare foot bride walking on gravel, and of course, dancing!
All of these photos were unposed – some were guided in that I put the couple in a location and told them the angle of view I had – I just photographed their reaction and ‘the look of love.’ If you’re looking for a wedding photographer who takes natural wedding photography – get in touch!

Emma and William’s Scottish Borders wedding

As you can imagine, I listen to lots of speeches. Whether it’s the Best Man, the Father of the Bride, or the Minister conducting the ceremony, I’ve usually heard most of what’s being said, in one form or another, before.
But Emma and William’s Scottish Borders wedding ceremony in Jedburgh’s Old Parish Church was different. It wasn’t just the lack of a central aisle, which meant I couldn’t photograph the couple as I wished to, it was what the Minister said in his address.
My own parents’ 60th wedding anniversary is looming on the horizon, and the ministers words on the meaning of love, in the long term, took on a special meaning. I’m not going to tell you what he said, as I’m going to use it myself in April next year! And I want it to remain a surprise….
After those lovely words we all made out way up to the Carfraemill Lodge Hotel, 30 minutes away. At a visit before the ceremony I’d discovered a single track road, that just 400 meters from the venue, had the most wonderful tunnel of trees. I’m a sucker for either a beach or trees, so I was happy! As were Emma and William when I showed it to them, and their subsequent pictures.

Wedderburn Castle wedding photographer

What a perfect Saturday for a wedding at Wedderburn Castle. The sun shone, but not too hotly, the clouds came and went without dropping any rain, and Ashleigh and Ross got married surrounded by their family and friends.
Add to the mix two young and very cute bridsemaids, the beautiful relaxed setting of the castle and it’s interior, enthusiastic dancing in the evening, and it all added up to a perfect day!

Favourite Wedding Venues Wedderburn Castle

Wedderburn Castle, in the Scottish Borders near Duns, is one of my favourite venues to visit. It’s not just the stately building, the magnificent rooms and grounds. There’s also a lovely feeling to the place, of relaxation and care. Not to mention the food! They are one of the few venues I know that employ their own chef. No matter how large or small the wedding party, or whatever the weather throws at you, there’s plenty of scope for some wonderful wedding photography.
Ashleigh and Ross have just booked me to photograph their wedding there in June – but they live in Hong Kong and haven’t even visited Wedderburn. So while we can meet over a Skype call, I thought they might like to see a few photographs that show off the place!

Civil Partnership at Wedderburn Castle wedding photographer

Summer finally arrived in time for Dean and Paul’s celebration at Wedderburn Castle last weekend. Not only did the sun make an appearance, but the midges did too, and their Friday night bbq had the backing track of the annual Jim Clark rally taking place on the roads around Duns.
Saturday was quieter, but no less warm. After a hilarious ceremony conducted by the local registrar, guests were entertained by two friends, one singing and one accompanying her on the piano. Then we were all summoned by the piper, another friend, for champagne and cocktails on the lawn.
The perfect way to celebrate – surrounded by friends and family, drinking wonderful champagne and wine and eating the superb food that Barry, Wedderburn’s resident chef, always manages to produce!

A Bride and Groom’s lovely comment about my documentary wedding photography

This was such a lovely comment I felt I had to post it here. Gareth and Fumino have been looking at the proof of the album I have put together for them, and they wanted a couple of changes:
“Page 26: I guess you chose 139 instead of 138 because you are visible in the mirror, but if it’s OK with you we’d like 138. You were also a great part of our day and it would be nice to see some photo of you in there!”