An introduction to Borthwick Castle
As Sonya and Kordell’s Borthwick Castle wedding photographer, we want to take you on the journey of their true love story and immerse you in the romance and luxury of their perfect day. Having photographed many happy couples at Borthwick Castle over the years, we knew it was going to be an amazing day at this wonderful venue in Midlothian.
Borthwick Castle oozes regal style and ultimate grandeur. Steeped in history, the castle is located only 20 miles from Edinburgh.
Constructed in 1430, this magnificent fortress was once home to Mary Queen of Scots. This exclusive-use Scottish castle boasts a beautiful setting. It truly is a venue of dreams that packs a serious wow-factor punch; Borthwick Castle is bursting with charm, history and exceptional style.
Sonya and Kordell’s day was a grand, lavish affair shared with their dearest family and friends. It was a true celebration of their love and the coming together of their mixed cultures and heritages.
We arrived at the venue to photograph Sonya’s bridal preparations. The atmosphere was wonderfully relaxed as Sonya’s make-up artist applied the finishing touches to the beautiful bride. Jonathon then captured candid photos of Sonya and Kordell’s guests while waiting for the marriage ceremony.
Hindu ceremony in The Garrison
Sonya and Kordell had a Hindu ceremony held in the Garrison room on the top floor of Borthwick Castle. Alba Musica string quartet entertained the guests as they waited for the ceremony to begin. A Hindu wedding ritual is a major sacrament in the lives of Hindus, which is preceded and followed by important ceremonies, in addition to any other cultural observances and festivities. The ceremony was conducted by Pundit Sarveshvar Sharan and is based on the ancient Vedic scriptures.
The welcoming of the Groom (Var Puja), where Kordell arrives with his family and is welcomed by the bride’s family, is ceremoniously known as Madhuparka. Kordell enters the Wedding Mandap (stage) for the ceremonial washing of the groom’s feet by the bride’s father.
All eyes then turned to Sonya as she made her grand entrance into the room with her father. This is known as Kanya Aagama – The arrival of the bride.
Sonya was such a beautiful bride. She filled the room with her breathtaking beauty. Dressed in traditional Indian bridal wear in red, symbolising new beginnings and prosperity in the Indian culture.
Kordell couldn’t take his eyes off his bride. They exchanged flower garlands which symbolise their welcome into the lives of one another. There was prayer and the circling of the sacred fire, where the bride and groom circled the fire four times. Each circumambulation signifies the intention to be financially independent, charitable, and blessed for children; seek knowledge, patience, and wisdom to weather any storm in unity. Love and be faithful to each other, remaining lifelong partners with God’s Blessings.
The Pundit administered the marriage vows. This is called Sapta Vachan. On acceptance, Sonya stood on the left of Kordell, symbolising being closer to his heart.
Kordell then placed vermillion powder in the parting of Sonya’s hair and put the mangalsutra necklace around her neck. Then the bride and groom exchanged rings.
It was a joyous occasion to see Sonya and Kordell marry, surrounded by their family and friends. As their Borthwick Castle wedding photographer, it was wonderful to be there to capture it through the camera lens.
Stateroom champagne reception
After the excitement of the flurry of soft falling confetti outside the castle, gets were taken to the Stateroom to relax and enjoy an elegant champagne reception and canapes.
Speeches and party in the Great Hall
The aptly named Great Hall of Borthwick Castle hosted the sumptuous meal and evening celebrations. A room quite simply fit for a King and Queen. This room leaves you awe-struck with so many outstanding features, from the high curved ceiling to the magnificent fireplace. Running either side of the room were two long tables adorned with glassware, silver candelabras and beautiful fresh flowers. The top table was positioned at the top end of the Great Hall, in front of the grand fireplace.
Newlyweds Sonya and Kordell changed their outfits for this part of the day. They looked gorgeous together! Sonya wore a sensational white gown, and Kordell looked handsome in his tuxedo outfit.
Celebrations started with emotional and heartfelt speeches from both sets of parents, best man and groomsman Kordell. How lovely it was to see a room full of people having such a wonderful time and to be able to photograph these special moments.
Later in the evening, there was the opportunity to take the newlyweds outside for more photos. We were spoilt for choice as we explored the castle grounds together. The archway at the entrance to the castle was perfect; the three flags of India, Scotland and Canada were proudly flying high, a meaningful symbol of Sonya and Kordell’s union. We strolled down to the picturesque old bridge and met some horses in the fields surrounding the castle.
Back inside Borthwick Castle, the newlyweds made their grand entrance to cut their cake and perform their first dance as husband and wife. Lovingly surrounded by their wonderful friends and family, Sonya and Kordell look utterly in love.
Borthwick Castle Wedding Photographer Photos
Such a truly unforgettable wedding day as Sonya and Kordell’s Borthwick Castle wedding photographer. We are delighted to share some of our favourite photos from their magical day.