Edinburgh Botanic Gardens Wedding: H & J’s Autumnal Celebrations

March 3, 2023

Botanic Gardens Wedding Venue in the Autumn

I am so happy to work at wedding venues with gardens and trees nearby , especially in the Autumn – my favourite time of the year for outdoor ceremonies! I was very delighted when Hayley and Jack emailed me to check my availability for their Edinburgh Botanic Gardens wedding.

I’ve photographed September wedding at the gardens before – I remember beautiful colours and light at Victoria & Fraser’s wedding a few years ago.

Victoria and Fraser saying their wedding vows at John Muir Grove at the Botanics.Autumnal colours at the Edinburgh Botanic Gardens wedding.

This time the weather forecast wasn’t great and the gardens were closed to the public. Jack and his groomsmen were waiting for the girls at the East Gate – when Hayley arrived I was stunned seeing her in vintage velvet dress and dark green cape complemented by autumnal bouquet from Roseparks. The couple walked together down the aisle and made their vows in front of the floral arch.

Groom waiting for his bride at the Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh.
Rainy wedding day at the Botanics in Edinburgh. Indoor wedding ceremony at the Royal Botanical Gardens wedding in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Botanic Gardens wedding: Hayley & Jack

For drinks reception everyone gathered in the Caledonian Hall. We were waiting for the rain to stop and when it didn’t, we decided to start the bride and groom photoshoot with umbrellas . Hayley and Jack were so natural and cute together. I love couples who are not afraid to get out in the rain. We’ve had a little walk around and took a few photos under trees. So lucky it wasn’t torrential at this time of the day!

The speeches were sweet and untraditional. After the meal we got a pleasant surprise – dry sky and the most beautiful light. I took the couple out again, down to the little bridge where they’ve had their very first date. The evening has finished with ceilidh and everyone was enjoying it with laugh.

Drinks reception at caledonian hall on a rainy wedding day. Group photos at the marquee next to Caledonian Hall. Bride wearing unique vintage velvet dress and a cape. Rainy wedding photos taken at the Botanics in Edinburgh. Wedding ceilidh at the Botanic Garden in Edinburgh. best scottish wedding photographer

Venue: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

The Caledonian Hall

The Caledonian Hall is the smaller one of the two buildings at the Botanic Gardens wedding venue. Situated at the east side of the Garden, it is a grade B building with a view of the Rock Garden. It is wheelchair accessible and includes a small marquee that can host small wedding ceremonies or drinks reception High ceilings and big windows make it a perfect space for indoor wedding photos. The hall has been refurbished recently – scroll down to see the new look!

The Hall can accommodate 100 guests for a wedding ceremony and meal and further 20 for the evening dancing.

Photos from newly refurbished Caledonian Hall

Newly refurbished Caledonian Hall at the Royal Botanic garden in Edinburgh.

The hall before the refurbishment

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Edinburgh Botanic Gardens wedding: an outdoor wedding in the Summer

As much as I love Autumn, I must admit the Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh look even better in late Spring / early Summer. Blooming trees and exotic plants make an impression ! Plus you have more chances of a good weather for weddings between May and August.

Rachel and Geoff had an outdoor wedding ceremony at John Muir Grove, a magical woodland off the main path at the Botanics. The space is a truly stunning location  for an outdoor wedding ceremony in Edinburgh! It is suitable for both civil and humanist wedding ceremonies and can comfortably accommodate 120 guests.

The couple chose a Chinese theme wedding. I used this opportunity to take a few photos at the Chinese Pavilion, which is also a location for smaller wedding ceremonies at the Royal Botanic Garden.

Outdoor wedding ceremony at the John Muir Grove at Botanics Garden in Edinburgh. Chinese themed wedding at the Edinburgh Botanic Gardens.

The John Hope Getaway wedding in the winter

The John Hope Getaway is the biggest of wedding spaces at the Edinburgh Botanics Garden. Located near the West Gate, it is suitable for big weddings for up to 200 guests or 300 for an evening reception.

Tables set up for a wedding at theJohn Hope Gateway. Bride and groom kissing at the Botanic garden wedding.

Lastly, no matter the wedding season, The Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh is my favourite wedding venue in the city. I am looking forward to visiting back in July and October this year 🙂

Victoria & Fraser’s beautiful warm wedding day at the end of October  

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