Of the ~26,00 marriages in Scotland in 2019, almost 20% took place in Edinburgh and its surrounding areas. The number of amazing wedding venues in and around Edinburgh is mind boggling!
There are castles, hotels, grand houses, barns and much more. That kind of variety suits my style of wedding photography brilliantly!
I've photographed a lot of weddings across the Edinburgh and Lothian area, here is some information about some of my favourites...
One of my absolute favourite venues across the whole of Scotland. As a photographer I essentially rate venues as being able to cope with bad weather and not being able to cope with bad weather. There are lots of other factors but that's an important one for me. If it rains, is there somewhere nice that I can take the couple for some portraits?
Not to be missed: The jetty over the pond, especially as dusk falls. Walk around the rear of the castle and come back up the steps to pass the croquet lawn as the sun sets behind the castle and trees. Sheer photo magic!
Winton Castle has that ability in abundance. For more images and information on Winton, click WINTON CASTLE
Strangely enough in the city world famous for its castle, I've included another castle for my Edinburgh wedding venue list. Dalhousie Castle is a 13th century fortress set amongst acres of wooded parkland. I particularly enjoy it's ornate ceiling in the reception area and of course, the fact that the castle is lit up at night.
Not to be missed: The ceiling in the main reception hall, absolutely spectacular!
For more images and information on the venue, click DALHOUSIE CASTLE
A beautiful luxury hotel set amongst 55 acres (yep, really! I checked!) of grounds and yet it sits 5 minutes drive from Edinburgh Airport. Don't think that that means the hotel is constantly overflown by arriving and departing flights. I can honestly say I can't actually remember ever hearing any aircraft at all passing overhead.
Norton house has quite a few different options for wedding rooms, including a separate building for more intimate events. The image above was taken just beside the spa building and has a really funny story attached. If you're looking for a photographer, get in touch and remind me to tell you about it!
Not to be missed: The water feature beside the spa swimming pool. With a creative eye it can look amazingly romantic.
For more images and information, click NORTON HOUSE HOTEL
Voted one of the top three venues in Europe, Carlowrie Castle is an exclusive use venue for corporate events, weddings, celebrations and family gatherings.
The castle is an amazing mixture of fairytale castle on the outside, with modern decor on the inside. It's walls are hung with pop-art style portraits, done in huge colourful canvases.
The gardens have brilliant variety for photographs, all within 2 or 3 minutes walk of the castle entrance. In the summer, the sun sets to the rear left of the main castle building and floods the gardens there with golden light.
Not to be missed: Has to be the road leading into the castle. It's lined with trees and is so grand it HAS to be used. Look both ways so you then have the fairytale castle in the background without have to do anything other than turn around.
For more photos and information about click here, Carlowrie Castle
I'm probably stretching the area a bit here by including Cornhill Castle in my Edinburgh wedding venues list, as it sits in Biggar which is in South Lanarkshire! So sorry about that!
Anyway, that all said Cornhill Castle is absolutely beautiful as you can see. I've photographed weddings here during the heigh of summer and in the depths of winter. Blazing sun and snow fall whipped by high winds! This venue handled it with aplomb. There is a nice blend of old and new here, with the main hall being a recent extension to the castle and so having air conditioning etc
There's even a helicopter landing pad should you fancy arriving in style!
Not to be missed: It has to be how gorgeous the castle looks at dusk or night. Be brave though! Even if it's raining or windy, head out and get a photograph that you'll probably frame and put on your wall for the next 50 years!
For more photos and information about the venue, click here Cornhill Castle
There's a rather fine view from the rooftop terrace of the George Hotel in Edinburgh city centre. Out over the city or across the water towards Fife.
The hotel itself has a tremendously grand main hall, which caters brilliantly for ceremonies and evening receptions. The main talking point of the room being the enormous chandelier.
From the hotel you can visit Queen street gardens for photographs with a more country feel or take advantage of the urban landscape all around George Street.
Not to be missed: If it's available the Lothian suite MUST be used for some photographs. The Queen street gardens are also fantastic and just 3 mins walk but there are loads of urban options right outside, especially as it gets dark and the lights of the nearby shops and restaurants come on.
For more photos and information about The George Hotel, click HERE (link to be added asap)
Hopefully you'll find some useful advice. I promise the only bias in the blog is for photography in general and not specifically towards me!
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