Colm+Joanna | A Scottish Highland Engagement

Colm, Joanna and I took a little road trip up to where they are planning their wedding in the Scottish Highlands. We roamed the area to find all the best photo spots and get to know each other a little better. It is so beautiful up there we ended up spending hours wandering, and hoping that they weather is this great next month for their wedding!

Top Scottish Wedding Venues of 2017

Newly engaged and looking for a Scottish wedding venue? Let me introduce you to my favourite wedding venues I've visited in 2017. All of these spots are perfect for a relaxed celebration where you can add your own personal touches of creativity. I've been so lucky to shoot at some of the most beautiful venues, and you really don't have to travel far to find them. 

Timberyard Edinburgh

Timberyard is the foodie's dream venue. The large, old factory building has been converted into a seasonal, high end restaurant with tasting menus to choose from. Right in the heart of Edinburgh its feels hidden, with a private courtyard where you can have an outdoor ceremony, or open up the doors for some fresh air straight into the reception area. I love the idea of using the outside space for staggered speeches throughout your event.

see more of Murdo and Jess's intimate celebration at Timberyard here.

The Cow Shed, Crail

The Cow Shed is set in the beautiful fife countryside just outside of Crail. Consisting of a large garden, courtyard, two barn areas and a huge marquee, you are spoilt for choice and can create an event completely unique to your taste and guest list. Being 5 minutes drive from the rocky cost, its the perfect spot for adventurous photographs, or stay on sight for beautiful views over wheat fields and crop fields. 
Get in touch with The Little White Cow to help you transform the space which comes totally blank so you can style it however you want. I'd recommend lots of festoon lights to create a cosy, atmospheric evening space for your guests and making the most of the out side space for food trucks, lawn games and even your ceremony!

see more of Lauren and Fin's greenery filled celebration at The Cow Shed here.

Guardswell Farm

Guardswell Farm is a brand new venue, set in a renovated farm with the most beautiful scandi details throughout. With natural light streaming in, the granary and cattle court are perfect for a relaxed wedding, with lots of cosy corners to sit and look out at the incredible Perthshire scenery. You can't walk two paces through Guardswell without coming across a handmade piece of furniture draped with a sheepskin to keep you comfy. I would recommend staying overnight on site to get ready in one of the five onsite houses. A personal favourite is the 'farmhouse', perfect for the whole bridal party to spread out and get ready in. Then cuddle up in the wooden bothy-like 'Infield' after the wedding for a hilltop escape with breathtaking views. Also, have a chat to Anna about what food she would recommend- when not hosting weddings Guardswell farm is a cookery school so she has lots of great tips on feasting.

see more of Barry and Shona's Scottish, whisky, travel themed wedding at Guardswell Farm here.

The National Museum of Scotland

If you've lived in Edinburgh for any length of time, you will probably have visited The National Museum of Scotland. The best thing about having it as a wedding venue is you get to run around it after closing hours, exploring the galleries with no one else around- pretty magical! There is also a private, circular, rooftop terrace, reception room and dinner room which can host around 40 guests (or use the Grand Gallery area which wholes loads more!). With panoramic views of the centre of Edinburgh, delicious food from the Tower Restaurant, and a private tour of the museum galleries, I would recommend The National museum of Scotland for a quirky city centre celebration.

see more of David and Alice's quirky wedding at The National Museum of Scotland here.

Colstoun Cookery School

Colstoun has everything you might want in a venue. A large country house, extensive, lush, natural land, a cosy coach house and a quirky ceremony poly tunnel. There's the option to get married pretty much wherever you like so you can plan for an outdoor ceremony but quickly move inside if the weather doesn't agree. I'd recommend getting married in the summer or early autumn to make the most of the grounds and beautiful kitchen gardens however this place is so beautiful all year round and has so many cosy indoor spaces too. 

see more of Steve and Christine's autumnal wedding at Colstoun here. 

 

I also can't finish without mentioning a few new Scottish venues that I would highly recommend having a look at. 

The Barras Art and Design centre have opened their doors to weddings as a unique, glass covered courtyard space wedding venue. With a glass roof, its perfect a bright and airy space set in the edgy Barras area of Glasgow- perfect for couples who want to do things a little differently. 

The biscuit factory in Leith offer one of their factory floors to wedding partys. Exposed brick walls and factory feel decor looks perfect covered in festoon and fairy lights for a wedding gathering.

Civic House and The Glue Factory are both managed by the lovely eventful spaces and are total blank canvas venues, meaning you can create the party that best suits you from caterer to furniture, no strings attached. I love this approach and it's exactly what Caragh and Ryan did at the Glue Factory - their wedding is so full of quirky decor inspiration!

I can't wait to shoot at Crear, Cambo Estate, Harburn Estate and Myres Castle this year, as well as lot's of marquees, Tipis and other venues set in stunning locations across Scotland.

 

Best Moments of 2017

2017 has been so full of  big, creative, laughter filled moments that take so much planning and care to achieve but also loads of those little, poignant moments you can't plan for. I've been so lucky to witness and capture these for all the amazing people who have entrusted me to document their wedding day. Sometimes its not about the dramatic mountain backdrops, expensive dresses and fancy venues, its about the magic that happens when you put a bunch of people who really love each other in a room together and turn the music up.

I have been so immensely lucky to work with some amazing suppliers and photographers. A special thanks to all my ninja second shooters this year, and to some of my favourite venues: Guardswell Farm, The Cow Shed Crail, The Secret Herb Garden, The National Museum of Scotland, Timberyard Edinburgh, Colstoun Cookery School not to mention all the beautiful woods, tipee's, tents and Gardens that I've had the joy of photographing people marrying in. 

Here are my best moments from 2017 featuring dogs, doughnuts, rooftops, tractors, stars, some tears and a whole lot of laughter. If you make it to the end you'll be treated to my favourite photo of 2017. When you see it, you'll know why! 

While you're scrolling, have a listen to a favourite editing song of mine, written by our good friends Chasing Owls who sang during our own wedding this year.