Edinburgh Norton House Wedding
The Wedding Venue
Norton House is a tranquil, romantic wedding venue just outside Edinburgh. This grand manor house sits in an estate of over 55 acres of parkland and gardens that provide a colourful wedding backdrop all year round. I was honoured to be the Norton House wedding photographer for Louise and Johnathan as they celebrated their magical day here.
The couple live in Fife, so this venue – to the west of Edinburgh – was an easy distance. For a classic, elegant wedding day, Norton House is an ideal setting. A tree lined lane leads through the estate to the entrance, giving you a sense of occasion as you arrive. The gardens slope away in front of the house providing a great space for couple and group wedding photographs.
As a spa hotel, couples can use Norton House for the whole event, from accommodation, ceremonies, receptions and spa packages. There are various room options, from larger spaces seating up to 140 guests, to small and intimate rooms for up to 40 people. There is even the option to have an outdoor ceremony seating up to 140 people.
Norton House Wedding Photographer
For Johnathan and Louise, intimacy and exclusivity were key, with their nearest and dearest joining them to see them tie the knot. The couple fell in love years ago and on their wedding day they celebrated their journey together with their three children beside them, a moment they will never forget.
The sense of joy and affection during the day reflected the strength of relationship between the couple and their guests. It was wonderful as the wedding photographer to capture the smiles and laughter throughout the day. The couple got married on Valentine’s Day and had both their ceremony and reception at Norton House.
Photographing Louise and her bridesmaids come down the central staircase created a real sense of anticipation. And the look on Johnathan’s face as he watched her walk up the aisle summed up the atmosphere of the whole day. The ceremony was full of emotion and as a photographer it was humbling to document.
There was a captivating moment when Johnathan and Louise, together with their children, filled an hourglass with different coloured sand, symbolising their unity as a family. As Louise and Johnathan came outside after the ceremony their friends and family showered them with confetti.
One of the things I love about being a Norton House wedding photographer is the variety of magnificent images that can be captured around the expansive grounds and gardens. From the lush foliage of the parkland to the period features of the main house and the contemporary architecture of the spa and pool, the venue draws on many different elements.
I especially liked the photos of Louise and Johnathan by the pool, with the faded concrete walls creating a striking backdrop. As a popular wedding venue, the hotel offers a wide range of bespoke dining options, including buffets, sharing platters and hors d’oeuvres.
There are also interactive options such as sweet carts or “pimp your prosecco” cocktail bars. Johnathan and Louise chose a sophisticated, formal wedding breakfast followed by a champagne toast for the speeches, which included the perfect balance of laughter and emotion.
The wedding was beautifully decorated with attention to detail in all the finishing touches. Delicate features in peach and gold from the bouquet to the table decorations drew the whole event together with elegant style. There were classic touches of Scottish heritage, including personalised bottles of blended malt scotch whiskey for wedding favours.
The three tiered wedding cake had a cascade of peach roses and was displayed framed by a gold hoop of flowers.As a wedding photographer at Norton House, I love the opportunities to create romantic, artistic memories around the varied backgrounds of the venue. I use primarily a documentary wedding photography style, to tell the story of the couple as it unfolds throughout their day.
By aiming to blend into the background, I am able to witness the raw emotions and special moments throughout the day in a natural, intimate style that can never be achieved through simply posed, rigid shots.
Well framed and posed formal couple and group shots are an important aspect of commemorating the event. But there is so much more that goes on during the day and it is by catching these natural moments on camera that I can truly reflect the atmosphere and emotion.
If you are getting married at Norton House and looking for a wedding photographer, please get in touch. I would be honoured to capture your wedding day for you and create lifelong memories you can look back on for years to come.