Alison and Scott

Borthwick Castle, Scotland

The setting for this romantic wedding is Borthwick Castle, a 15th Century 'keep' with some serious history attached to it. Built in 1430, a refuge for Mary, Queen of Scots and just surviving cannon attacks in 1650 by Oliver Cromwell it's a fascinating building and as you enter inside you can really feel its history coming out of every wall.

Alison and Scott had their perfect day. Family and friends were charmed by the keeps glorious decor and opulence and both the venue and the wedding blended perfectly.

Despite the weather being slightly unfavourable, the drizzle and mist added to the atmosphere of the venues exterior and surroundings and made the ceremony and reception cosier next to the huge fireplace....

The Details

As many of my couples know, photographing the details is one of my favourite parts of the day and Alison pulled out all the stops - stunning designer shoes and lace dress from Sophia Grace in Haddington and a divine bouquet form Liberty Blooms. Alison got ready in the Gatehouse, situated by the Keep gates. A stunning round, wooden panelled room with antiques and furniture in-keeping with the venues opulent decor. A particular bronze hare in a captured my heart.

The Groom, Scott, got read in the Cottage, adjacent to the Keep and I have never seen such a chilled Groom. Helped by his sons, Matthew and Derek, they got ready and headed onto meet their guests in the main hall, ready to welcome his Bride.

The Main Hall was the setting for the ceremony and the meal after. It was huge. The fireplace was roaring, lights were dimmed and mostly lit by the thin threads of light coming in from a couple windows and candlelight. It was a beautiful ceremony and being smaller guests numbers than most pre-2020 weddings, felt very intimate and romantic. Guests mingled in the The State Room up the turret as staff at turned the Main Hall around for the lavish meal, prepared by resident caterers, of which the Head Chef was the Grooms son (and Masterchef The Professionals Winner). I was very lucky and grateful to have been offered a meal and it was absolutely delicious - possibly one of the best I've tasted! Talk about fine dining! If you get a chance to eat at Borthwick, please do - your taste buds will thank you!


Many, many happy returns to Alison and Scott on such a lovely wedding and all suppliers who made their day as gorgeous as it was...

Liberty Blooms, Musselburgh

Liggys Cakes, Edinburgh

Dress and Shoes from Sophia Grace, Haddington

Catering by the amazing Borthwick Chefs

Gear using during this shoot:

Nikon D750

Nikon D780

Nikon 28m 1.8

Nikon 85mm 1.4

Edited with G-Presets and Taylor Jackson

Sarah Newman is a Scottish Photographer living by the coast, just outside Edinburgh with her husband and 2 children. She has a BA in Professional Photography from Grays School of Art, Robert Gordon University and has won some industry awards for her work whilst at university. She has also exhibited her work in Edinburgh and London in recent years.