A PEEBLESSHIRE hotel is the best in Scotland when it comes to bringing wedded bliss.

And a photographer from Innerleithen was also in the frame as she was crowned the country's best.

The Barony Castle Hotel beat off competition from around the country to be crowned Most Desirable Wedding Venue of the Year at the recent Scottish Confetti Awards.

Innerleithen-based photographer Natalie Martin also landed the prestigious Photographer of the Year category at the event.

And there was also a runners-up spot for Peebles businesswoman Amy Clancy in the Wedding Dress Retailer of the Year.

Ms Clancy's L A Bridal Wear outlet in Galashiels had won the title in 2016.

Hundreds of venues, dress retailers, florists, photographers, make up artists and cake designers packed into the Glasgow Hilton for this year's glitzy awards ceremony.

Despite 10 stunning venues being shortlisted for the Most Desirable Wedding Venue category it was the Barony Castle that judges liked the best.

The Barony's wedding co-ordinator Ashley MacDougall and the sales co-ordinator Emma Smith collected the award from host Des Clarke.

Ashley told the Peeblesshire News: "We were delighted to receive this prestigious award at the recent confetti awards ceremony.

"We look forward to participating in future and expanding the services we offer to create unique and bespoke weddings.”

While the Barony Castle has decades of experience to fall back on, the 2017's champion photographer has only been focussing on happy couples for four years.

Natalie Martin's Story of Love saw off competition from across the country to win the award.

But she does have the advantage of a tutor who is a past wedding photography winner.

Natalie told us: "I was taught my craft by my photographer dad Kenneth Martin, who is also a past UK Wedding Photographer of the Year.

"My gallery space on Innerleithen High Street is just along the road from my mum and dad’s first studio 32 years ago.

"I have won a few awards now but I am especially delighted with The Confetti Award as this is a vote by the public to reach the final and then judged by industry specialists to find the ultimate winner.

"I love doing weddings, because you are capturing someone's special day. That's what I want to keep on doing.

"It's good to have that specialist area, rather than just take photos of everything."

Several other local companies reached the Confetti Awards finals, including make-up artists Danni Burnside and Anna Millington, Stems florists and Ena May Photography.