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Venue showcase: Cornhill Castle favourites

Cornhill Castle, in Biggar, is one of the most popular venues that I get booked to photograph weddings at and it's simply magnificent in every season.

Weddings at Cornhill Castle are beautiful in every season so it is always a pleasure to work here. The recent refurbishment and expansion of accommodation makes it a superb wedding venue. A long tree-lined driveway leads up to the grand castle, with sand coloured brick towers and a Scottish flag flying high. The bedrooms are large and spacious, full of natural light, perfect for getting ready with your loved ones on the wedding morning.

I especially love capturing emotion-filled ‘first look’ moments here on the landing or staircase – there is nothing more touching than watching a father react to seeing his daughter dressed as a bride for the first time, or more poignant than a few quiet moments shared between the couple just before they go down to their marriage ceremony.

Ceremonies usually take place in the marquee beside the castle, which is always light and bright inside and can be decorated to suit any colour palette. After the ceremony I love to invite guests outside for a confetti shower or a whole group photograph – a lovely way for the newlyweds to make their first entrance as a married couple and then everyone can congratulate them! I always enjoy capturing these happy moments with lots of emphasis on candid, natural photographs before moving on to any arranged group pictures.

This venue has endless possible backdrops for group pictures and couple’s portraits, from the magnificent driveway to the front of the castle, the grand staircase, the bandstand or in front of the fountain with views across the hills. The choice is yours!

The grounds are particularly stunning in the golden hour before sunset so I love to head outside again during this window of magical light and make the most of it.

Guests can wander outside and explore the grounds or relax and mingle in the conservatory and bar whilst waiting to be seated for dinner. Speeches are recommended to be before dinner, so the speakers can then relax and enjoy their food which works really well here.