Colstoun House Wedding Photography

Feb 14, 2018

Colstoun house & cookery school is a new Scottish wedding venue near Edinburgh. It’s actually my favourite wedding venue – so much so, I got married there myself in October. When planning my own Colstoun wedding, I stumbled across this quaint and beautiful restored coach house thanks to a good friend of mine who scoured Instagram for days trying to find something worth considering. Colstoun House is everything we wanted, and more. I thought that I’d put this page together to help you plan your Colstoun house wedding, as a fellow bride and as a wedding photographer. Colstoun is: A beautiful restored coachhouse with light stone walls and well lit interior. A wedding venue that ticks all boxes, and suits a wedding of medium to large in size. With beautiful surroundings, really taking advantage of Scottish scenery, Colstoun is the perfect venue to host a relaxed blank canvas wedding. I have found the staff at Colstoun to be incredibly helpful with any questions I have. They couldn’t be more helpful if they tried. Below are some recommendations for various supplies, ideas and tips.

The Polytunnel

  The fantastic thing about the polytunnel conversion is that if it rains, this can easily be used, whilst still utilising the natural daylight. With it being a DIY venue, you could think ahead and decorate the polytunnel with bunting, flowers, paper cranes – the list is endless. What I would say about the Polytunnel is, it’s beautiful just the way it is. The Colstoun  team have really thought about everything and have live plants growing inside. If it does rain, the polytunnel can be a bit noisey with it being made from a plastic type material, so do bare that in mind. If it rained on our wedding day, I personally wouldn’t have minded because it’s so gorgeous.

TOP TIP: If you’re having a summer wedding in the Polytunnel, have some cold drinks/bottled water on ice for your guests whilst they wait for the ceremony. Also make sure you leave enough time to get ready and arrive on time, so that guests aren’t waiting in the heat for too long.

Photo opportunities at Colstoun

The rest of the grounds comprises of an adorable bridge with a river running under it, walled gardens, the greenhouse, the front of the coachhouse, the main house itself and then other little sections throughout the estate. With the coach house, there’s the beautiful brickwork which can be incorporated into photographs if you’re wanting a static background for group photographs. The house has such character that regardless of the weather, you’ll be sorted for opportunities for photos and gathering space. There are plenty of little nooks and pathways to walk along and get creative. It’s the perfect venue for relaxed candid wedding photography too as it will get people to relax and let their hair down, especially if they are hanging out in the courtyard. The coach house has nice light for speeches, although if you’re having a winter wedding I would highly recommend having an earlier ceremony of around 1 pm so that you have time for photographs before it gets dark.

Wedding Ceremony Locations

Church: There is a church in Haddinton Polytunnel: This is my personal favourite. Getting married in the Polytunnel was a magical experience and all our guests commented on how unique it was. Outside: This is a great option too – but a risky one in case it rains. The other issue you face with an outdoor ceremony is the brightness of the sun, depending on where you are setting up. The polytunnel solves this problem by diffusing the light and providing shelter, although comes with its own challenges of heat. The Drawing room: This is a lovely room neighbouring the Thistle bedroom. This room is spacious and gets great light. If the weather is awful or you’re wanting something different to the Polytunnel or outside, this is a great option. From what the team have told me, the first floor in the house can be used for canapes and mingling after the ceremony so that guests do not need to go to the courtyard if it is raining. The Library: The library is one of my favourite rooms in the house. With a moody atmosphere and many wonderful features it’s worth considering if your ceremony is more intimate. The great thing about Colstoun is you can discuss your ideas with them and they’ll advise on what is possible and give you help and advice. No one knows the venue better than them after all! 🙂  

Furniture & Decor 

Festoon lights: I chose to have festoon lighting which was gorgeous and added to the feel of the day. What I didn’t realise was how much light they gave off. This was fantastic for the speeches and for the first dance, but Mackie kindly turned them off after the 1st dance to allow for the band’s lights to add some more atmosphere and get the party going. Tables and Chairs: Colstoun has tables and chairs that are fantastic, and really affordable to hire. Linen you will need to source from your catering company or an external wedding styling company. If you want more of a rustic look, you can bring in external seating such as upcycled tables and benches. One of my Colstoun couples made their table tops from wood! You can hire something similar here: Virginias vintage hire Scotland   

Colstoun Wedding Suppliers

Photography: I’d love to be considered for your Colstoun wedding. I know the venue like the back of my hand, got married there myself in 2017, LOVE the Colstoun team to pieces – and have worked there as a photographer before too. If I am unavailable, I’ll be able to recommend other photographers of a similar style and approach. Videographers: My very own wedding videographer, Chris Kelly Films. This guy is amazing! He is super laid back, unobtrusive and really focuses on making a film of your day that you’ll want to watch time and time again. Catering: It’s worth speaking to Colstoun about this direct as I don’t know what goes on in the kitchen, so they might have their prefered suppliers. Caterers I have worked with in the past who were incredible were Gourlay & Co who catered my wedding, and Regis Banquetting who do incredible BBQs. Bands: The Kicks, Franco, Numbers The Band, The Black Ties, The Honeymoons just to name a few! If you need recommendations for anything else, do let me know. I’d be only more than happy to help!  



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