Alexa & Ian flew in from the US with a handful of close family and friends to hold their full Scottish Wedding at Neidpath Castle in the Scottish Borders and what an absolute beauty it was!
Nestled on a meander on the banks of the river Tweed and near to the pretty Borders town of Peebles, the stunning Medieval castle of Neidpath stands proud. The early castle dates to around 1190 but after suffering damage during the wars with England, it lay in ruin until being rebuilt during the late 13th century. It has housed some pretty famous guests over the years too, not least Mary Queen of Scots, who stayed here in 1563.
For this wedding I was working with top planner Laura from Wild Heart Elopements so I knew Alexa and Ian were in safe hands.I have worked with Laura on many Scottish Elopements and Small Weddings but this was our first Scottish Wedding at Neidpath Castle together and it’s definitely one of our favourite venues! She had everything dialled in to perfection ahead of the day and communication between suppliers so all was good to go!
The Wedding day started off bright, the Sun was trying its very best to reveal itself every now and then and when it did it gifted us with some of that sweet Scottish Autumnal light. Streaming in through the windows at times it illuminated the upstairs bridal suite (at the very top of the castle!) where Alexa was getting ready, and these dapples showed of the best of this authentic castle interior which has been kept as original as possible.
Ian was based in the quaint old cottage at the entrance to the castle, here he was chilling with the guys in the morning, slowly getting dressed and enjoying some local beers in the process.
I was working alongside my talented partner Justyna on this one and it was great to have two of us, bouncing ideas off each other about places for detail shots and best light. We immediately felt super welcomed in by Alexa and Ian’s lovely family and friends, we could’nt have asked for a warmer reception, a sweet bunch of people for sure!
After prep we had decided on a first look for Alexa and Ian just outside of the Castle and overlooking the river. By this point of the morning the rain had made its way West so we had to use Umbrella’s up until the last minute before the big reveal, its safe to say Ian looked delighted when he saw Alexa, his stunning bride.
Scottish Wedding at Neidpath Castle
After a few minutes we then explored the banks of the river Tweed in the shadow of the Castle, the rain was coming in heavy but Alex and Ian were up for it and looked happy to be running around, throwing stones in to the river and admiring the view.
Its was nice for me personally too, I live nearby and used to play in this area of the river as a kid during Summer holidays so to be back here as an adult (almost!), shooting a Scottish elopement was a nice trip down memory lane.
Neidpath sits in the Tweed Valley and is surrounded by some great vistas so its a perfect landscape for a Scottish Borders elopement, I knew of one such area nearby with some open hill land, old drystone walls and lots of sheep and the guys were psyched for exploring this, so ahead of the ceremony we all set of for a hike around to click some portraits in the rugged environment.
When we returned to the Castle we set up a Father/Daughter reveal and this was quite emotional for Alexa’sDad, who we had positioned on the old staircase, ready to see his beautiful daughter arrive, before taking her hand and walking her down the aisle.
A beautiful ceremony, filled with emotion, was undertaken by Ross Markle, a friend of the Bride and Groom which was a nice touch and afterwards they danced and laughed and indulged in some good Scottish food and drink between the Castle walls!
It was a special day with a great group of people and I loved being back between the walls of this homely castle!
Catering: Salitre Catering
Band: The Woohoo Band
Second Photographer : Justynamaria.com
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