We asked a selection of photographers to nominate their top venue in Scotland – fancy a nosy at where they picked?
“I think we would have to go with Glen Tanar in Royal Deeside, simply because of its unrivalled beauty. It truly is a quintessential Scottish wedding experience. The serene tranquillity of the lochs and rivers, the quiet majesty of the forests and the grand spectacle of the ballroom. It really has it all…
We have so many beautiful images of Glen Tanar. But this photo accurately sums up that moment when the newlyweds contemplate the breathtaking scenery they first fell in love with when they booked the estate for their big day.”
Left: Carlowrie Castle – 1500 Photography
“The venue that stood out for me in the 2018 wedding season was Carlowrie Castle, near Edinburgh. Carlowrie was the venue for Danielle and Simone’s wedding in August and it looks absolutely sensational, especially in the autumn when the ivy turns bright red.
Then, when the sun comes down a little, you can capture an amazing silhouette at the front door. I love it”
Right: Guardswell Farm – The Gibsons
“We give major props to Guardswell Farm, Perthshire, for so many reasons – a venue that has nailed it in every aspect – from beautiful farmhouses and cottages to stay in to the indoor and outdoor areas for your ceremony. Same goes for photography: there’s plenty of plan B options inside if it’s raining.
“The whole set-up of the reception area is incredible and full of light. To top it all off, once the sun sets, there is a path in the woods lit up with fairy lights. You can’t EVER go wrong with fairy lights.
“Oh – not forgetting the surroundings! The view from the venue is so romantic with rolling hills and the river in the distance.”
“Tucked away off Ferry Road, Leith Theatre celebrated the joining of Leith to Edinburgh in 1920 and was opened in 1932. It has lots of stunning original period details including ticket booths and gorgeous pillars and tiling in the main entrance hall area.
“It’s very spacious and open, giving guests a great experience no matter what the weather does! The Thomas Morton Hall is bright and neutral, making it easy to put your own stamp on the space, with the skylights making for fantastic light for photos.
I personally love the old theatre area. I took Vicky and Neale (above) for photos and it was so atmospheric. The Water of Leith walkway and Shore area are close by, offering more fantastic spots for your photographs.”
“House For An Art Lover is a beautiful building that is steeped in character and has so many unusual places for couples to have their photograph taken, including the Oval Room, Piano Room and Music Room.
“There is just something about the house that makes it timeless for a wedding. It even works if the weather is bad, but when the sun is shining the grounds are just perfect. The walled gardens and the quirky elephant statue are must-have shots for me.”
“The Treehouse at The Lodge on Loch Goil is so gorgeous! It has always been one of our most-loved venues to capture weddings at.”
The great outdoors – Bill Baillie
“This is a tricky one for me as my favourite venue has to be outside. Over the last few years, more and more couples want to be married outside on a beach, up a hill, in a wood or in their garden. This photo was taken in Argyll and the dinner and dancing took place in a marquee on a clearing on the hill!”
“My preferred venue is Assynt House, an exclusive use five-star venue near Evanton in the Highlands. For me, the best weddings are the smaller ones, where the bridal preparations, ceremony and reception are held in the one place, which helps the couple and their guests to relax, and this comes across in the photographs.
“This private and luxurious country house is an ideal venue for a Highland wedding, with its beautiful gardens and woodland setting, and excellent hospitality from the owners, Graham and Elizabeth Waugh. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Assynt House to anyone planning a wedding in the Inverness area.”
“One of my fave venues in Scotland is Culzean Castle in Ayrshire. I mean, who doesn’t love a castle? But this one is such a stunning example and in a great location for all sorts of amazing photo opportunities, including round rooms and a stunning staircase, plus a nearby beach and woodland.
“The team at Culzean and National Trust Scotland have created many beautiful areas for weddings, so it’s a brilliant spot for a small intimate gathering or huge formal affair (and everything in-between).”
The Ayrshire coast – Emma Sanderson Photography
“The place I adore taking photographs most is on the Ayrshire coast – on the beach with a couple of newlyweds is my definitely happy place. Whatever the weather or season, the seascape is such a spectacular backdrop.
“I love taking my couples down onto the beach after the ceremony to capture some images as naturally as possible. This gives them time to have some quiet moments, and allows me to capture precious images.”
“Philipburn House in the Borders is beautifully set within its own picturesque grounds, with areas for outdoor or indoor ceremonies. It’s close to the River Tweed if couples want to go down the riverside for additional pics also. There are just so many interesting backdrops and nooks and crannies dotted around the place, that it’s an absolute delight to shoot there!”