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 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.
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 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.
There’s a small selection of photos here, and more to see if you click on this link to the order photos page.
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!
As usual, you can see more photos by clicking on this link to the ‘order photos’ page.