Kippilaw House Melrose Scottish Borders Wedding

February 28, 2013

Kippilaw House Melrose Scottish Borders Wedding. In recent blog posts I’ve been saying I’ll be writing shorter blog posts in the future but just recently, in fact twice, I returned to possibly my all time favourite wedding venue. About 18 months ago I photographed a wedding at Kippilaw House in Melrose, which resides in the Scottish Borders (really beautiful part of the country), for Kelly and Niall so I was extremely delighted when I booked not one but two weddings in the space of a month there.

Kippilaw House for me is an absolutely perfect wedding venue. At most wedding venues you feel like, or at least I do, you’re part of a manufacturing line. You stay in the hotel the night before, you get married the following day, everything goes by a schedule and you’re shipped out the following day and you have to pay a lot of money for not a lot of time.

I won’t mention names of venues here but many venues in Edinburgh cost in excess of £6000-7000 just to walk in the door to get married while at Kippilaw House you pay considerably less than this but you can hire the house for a whole week. Let’s put it this way, if you fill out the whole house which has 13/14 bedrooms, fill these out and it will cost on average £100 a head to stay there for a week. Outstanding!

Certainly the wedding couples I’ve worked with at Kippilaw House really understand why somewhere like Kippilaw House is so great. You arrive a few days early, have lots of parties and on the day everyone is so relaxed and it really shows.

But back to this wedding, I was hired by Jonny and Angela to photograph their wedding just a few days into January. Angela I believe works in design while Jonny is a chef and owns a restaurant in Musselburgh, Edinburgh. Of course with Jonny being a chef food was a big part of the day and one of the reasons they booked Kippilaw House (Kippilaw House has an absolutely fantastic kitchen) and the theme behind the meal was inspired. Every table was named after a chef and each table had a large carvery chicken. One person from each table would wear an apron saying that particular chef attended the wedding and I thought this was great.

Everything about the day was really fantastic. Angela and Jonny despite being a bit camera shy (at least in Angela’s case) were really easy to work with and really super nice people. Angela looked absolutely beautiful in her wedding dress and was a joy to photograph and the whole day while long (I was out for about 14 hours on their wedding day) it really didn’t seem that long.

This post as you can see contains a fairly huge amount of images but I really wanted to share with you many more than I have included. At the time of writing this post I’ve just started editing another wedding I photographed at Kippilaw House this past Saturday and I’m also really excited about sharing that wedding which I will do in a couple weeks time. This new wedding had a completely different feel to it compared to Angela and Jonny‘s wedding but was equally fantastic.

Hope you like the images below.

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