There is nothing wrong with hosting your wedding in a beautiful town or manor house. Don’t get us wrong, at The Wedding Secret we are a big fan of majestic stairways and ornate ceilings.
However, there is something truly magical about a tree-lined canopy and a wedding reception that literally takes place beneath the stars.
Becoming ever more popular, woodland weddings are not only sought after but they are also guaranteed to be magical and unique. There are plenty of venues now able to provide on-site accommodation, food and a blessing or licensed ceremony. Why not delve into the woods for a truly natural wedding?
When it comes to searching for your ideal forest wedding venue in the UK, it is important to choose somewhere that is not only beautiful but that reflects you as a couple.
It is also worth considering the wedding guests that you are inviting. Of course you will want your elderly relations there, however, they may struggle if your venue requires a certain amount of leaping through the undergrowth and perching on a reception chair fashioned from a tree stump or hay bale.
Luckily, there are a vast selection of woodland venues to choose from, each with their own unique benefits. So, whether you want to completely immerse yourself in nature or you would prefer something a little less remote, you are bound to find the perfect thing to reflect your relationship.
No matter what your prerequisites are for your woodland wedding, the venues below will have something to suit everyone. They may even surprise you with some of the incredible and creative aspects that are on offer for forest weddings.
Take two of the coolest cats I've had the pleasure of photographing this year, throw in my all time favourite wedding venue (Cambo House) and you've got yourself one heck of a wedding! Neil & Gemma's wedding bonanza is just too good to put into words, so I'm going to let the pictures do the talking on this one! Enjoy!
Scotland is no stranger to good food. Edinburgh has its elegant, fine-dining establishments, Glasgow has its hip, up-and-coming eateries. But if you look a bit closer, you’ll uncover culinary hotspots hiding in Scotland’s many pockets and corners.
Last week, I had the unique chance to discover one of them.
The East Neuk (“Neuk” being the Scots word for “nook”) is a sunny corner around an hour from Edinburgh, running around the east peninsula of Fife. Despite having grown up in Scotland’s capital, I’ve never ventured to this part of the country – so when the opportunity came for a taster with Kingsbarns Distillery, I was well and truly tempted.
For my fellow foodies, here’s how to spend a delicious weekend in the scenic East Neuk of Fife.
Craig & Eva Sanders Photography Copyright © 2017
Florist:Jack Fleuriste | Makeup Artist: Jade Koemans | Hair Stylist: Alison Stewart | Entertainment: Jim Jam Ceilidh Band | Wedding Dress: Made by Karen Willis Holmes, bought from Still White, altered by Fabricated Bridal | Shoes: Charlotte Mills | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ASOS | Groom’s Attire: McCalls | Stationary: Made by the bride | Cake: Loren Brand Cakes
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These wedding venues are charming, rustic and perfect for romantic wedding celebrations!
Whether it’s a converted farmhouse or a beautiful barn wedding venue, we all know how gorgeous getting married in a farm environment can be.
We’ve gathered the prettiest collection of farm wedding venues from every corner of the UK, and you are going to love them!
Cambo House & Estate – Fife & Angus
Couples looking for a wedding venue in Scotland, we have something super special for you. Cambo House and Estate is a magical place to host your wedding. The estate is filled with a variety of charming locations on site including Victorian entertaining rooms and the party woodland.
You and your guests can enjoy an overnight stay too with 17 beautifully decorated rooms, three snug cottages and two luxe glamping tents all available with exclusive hire.
Michelle Vantine www.michellevantinephotography.com
Cambo Estates Wedding : A classical Scottish love with a creative touch.
I'm thrilled to share this styled shoot I put together with a team of amazing local vendors and Cambo Estate , a stunning 13th century luxury country estate right on the scenic North Sea coast of Scotland, UK. My idea was to have a very Scottish look but keep the modern, colorful, artistic feel that I strive for in my work. Mostly though, to show off the AMAZING beauty of the estate and the oozing talent of the vendors involved which they made very easy!
|Florals by Blue Poppy Florist|
Richard Shultz - Professional Advertising & Editorial Photographer based in the U.S. came to Scotland to do a personal project. Cambo was approached by LS (www.lsproductions.com) to be part of Richard's project and Cambo obliged. Here are some shots from our day with Richard. Our fave is of Elliott & Duncan in the garden.
I'm writing to express our huge, huge gratitude for everything you have done for us over the past year to make our wedding so perfect. You have been so willing and reassuring and done everything to accommodate all I have asked for. Can you also pass on to the staff at Cambo our thanks, they were all so kind and helpful over the weekend and put up with our family taking over the house with all our plants and handmade everything! Our day was truly amazing, it was so us and that's thanks to you and everyone at Cambo. I'm going to attach a few of our photos that you are welcome to use on you're website. After seeing them it would make anyone fall in love with Cambo! Lots of love and best wishes for the future. Mhairi And Ross
Top 10 wedding venues in Scotland
written by Sophie Grabham January 8, 2017
Got your heart set on a Scottish celebration? Wedding planner Love Cat D Wedding & Events shares her top wedding venues in Scotland… Cameron House Hotel Situated on the “bonnie bonnie banks of Loch Lomond”, this luxury 5-star hotel offers couples a truly breath-taking setting for their wedding. This stunning hotel and its vast beautiful grounds remains a popular choice for both local couples and those traveling from further afield. Across its many romantic reception rooms it offers a variety of choice, accommodating small and intimate weddings as well as larger parties of up to 220 guests. Plus, where else would you want to choose if your wedding transportation is going to be a helicopter or sea plane?
A truly magical venue nestled on the east coast of Scotland, about 10 miles from St Andrews. Fancy a fairy light lit wedding in a cobbled courtyard? No problem. Maybe you’d prefer to have a more bohemian woodland vibe to your celebrations… they’ve got that covered. Or perhaps you want to have a country house setting in keeping with Downton Abbey…they can do that too! Cambo Estate has such a wide variety of choice and can also be hired on an exclusive use basis You’ll never run out of ideas for your perfect day!
Head to camboestate.com now for more details.
Christin Geall is not the typical flower designer. She was a young woman who was protected by a famous herbalist and cultivated her first garden on a remote island. Then she left the floriculture for another passion: non-fiction literature. Over the years she returned to the field to grow flowers and has a studio in the city of Victoria, British Columbia. Cultivated by Christin is the blog where she tells of his latest adventures.
Christin Geall knows that is a luxury to take whatever she needs from her garden. Nervertheless, she misses living in a big city with a big flower market. (Photograph Christin Geall)
The Luxonomist: You are a master of color and design. Did this come to you instinctively or through persistence?
Christin Geall: Thank you! A few years ago I signed up for a colour theory course, and for three months blended colours and painted tiny pieces of paper. It was incredibly challenging, like yoga for the senses, stretching me to actually ‘see’. I tend to be drawn to analogous schemes in my floral work and aim for harmony, not disruption. But when I look at pictures of interiors, playful wallpapers, and dramatic historic spaces, I’m drawn to bravado. Today I met with a bride who wants to hang fake peacocks in trees. To paraphrase Ariella Chezar, “take the work you don’t think you’ll like. It will push you creatively.” As for my designs, I do believe in persistence, in practice. I have flowers available in my garden, so I can run out and snip the right thing, colour or shape as I work. That’s certainly a luxury. I try to create something beautiful every day—be it a sentence, a photograph, or an arrangement.
The flower grower and designeer is also expert in non-fiction literature. Her blog is Cultivated by Christin. (Photograph Christin Geall)
TL: You worked with herbalist Heidi Schmidt in Massachusetts when you were young. What was so special about your work there?
CG: Our relationship was (and is) still special to me. Heidi took me under her wing when I was nineteen and mentored me in the long tradition women’s healing. Plus Martha’s Vineyard—an island off the coast of Massachusetts—is simply idyllic. Every summer throughout college, I’d garden all day, do the flowers, make potions, cook with herbs, and skinny dip at night.
The designer was a florist in residence at Cambo State House, Scotland. (Photograph Christin Geall)
TL: What led you to a remote island in British Columbia at age 24 to develop your first garden?
CG: Big question! Knowing one’s desire, the perennial yank of heart. I did not possess this skill when I was younger, when I was still navigating life on instinct. Which is precisely how, at age twenty-four, with more air miles than sense, I found myself looking at real estate on a tiny island with a winter population of sixty. I believed that my mother would have approved of me using her money for a back-to-the-land experience. The newspaper ad described the place as ‘Canada’s Caribbean’. The island was rustic, if not romantic; it had no electricity or running water. I wanted a big bright sky like Martha´s Vineyard, a vast beach, and here it was—a broad swath of south-facing white sand, a bay of silver, beige and blue. Ohh, I thought. Beauty can justify whatever you’re going to do next. Justification was required: In the five years since my mom had died, I’d spent most of my inheritance travelling. I had to stop myself from spending it all by spending it all—on land.
Composition in pale rose with dahlias, roses and chrysanthemums. (Photograph Christin Geall)
TL: Name three principles learned from Zita Elze?
CG: At Zita Elze in London, I learned: 1. Live in a major city if you want to work with architecture and art in a serious way; 2. No detail is too small; 3. Connect the dots—art does not exist without context and floral design is shaped by political, economic and environmental forces.
Pear branches, amaranthus, dahlias and more in the delicate compote. (Photograph Christin Geall)
TL: And from Erin Benzakein (Floret)?
CG: Erin is a wonderful teacher and her passion for growing inspiring. The three days I spent at Floret changed me. I learned firstly to honour the gifts I had and shape my business towards those talents; how important marketing is and how to use social media to create community and reach customers; and the importance of not underselling myself or the flowers I grow.
The designer was a florist in residence at Cambo State House, Scotland. (Photograph Christin Geall)
TL: You are a flower farmer and a florist. Which is the best and the worst of both professions?
CG: The best part of flower farming is watching a flower you have sown and tended finally bloom. Double that joy if it’s a plant new to you. I will never tire of that magic: it’s soulful work. The trickiest part of flower farming has been pricing my product, ensuring I’m making a fair rate per stem. As a florist, best part is being called upon to convey emotion with plants. The worst part is being an actual florist. I don’t think people have much respect for the profession, consider it trite, feminine, or somehow lacking intelligence and therefore diminish the work. I try to use the term ‘floral design’ over floristry as a result. These views are changing, but it’s slow going.
Christin follows Ariella Chezar’s advice “take the work you don’t think you’ll like. It will push you creatively.” (Photograph Christin Geall)
TL: How was your experience being a ‘florist in residence’ in Scotland? Did you just knock the door?
CG: I wrote a great proposal letter. Long have writers and artists been supported by creative residencies to develop new work. Cambo State hosts visiting gardeners, so I thought floral design might fit, straddle that space between interiors and exteriors, bridge the domestic to the wild. I made something new every day, explored and identified plants, stretched myself creatively to design historically, helped in the garden a bit, and scouted locations around the estate daily. The work I do requires a sophisticated gardener, a designer, and a photographer. (I don’t count the writer but I should, I suppose). Having those professions perform at optimum levels for five days straight was harder than I thought.
TL: Do you know any other place in the world where you can be a ‘florist in residence’?
CG: Yes, the Villa Lena in Tuscany.
TL: Which garden or park you would you like to visit?
CG: This is entirely ecologically irresponsible but I’d like to do floral/botanical tours of Japan, Morocco, and South Africa, looking at both wild and cultivated places. (In fact, I’d love to lead/plan/organize such trips. So send me an email if you’re inclined!).
Close to Christmas, poinsettias inspired this flower design. (Photograph Christin Geall)
TL: If you could visit one garden in history, what would it be?
CG: I’d love to have been at The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew during the great age of botanical exploration in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Not many women were of course, but it must have been a tremendously exciting time.
Christin stook a three month course in a credited art school to master color theory. She describe this experience as yoga to the senses. (Photograph Christin Geall)
TL: Which garden and flower books you recommend?
CG: I love (and teach) narrative nonfiction so with that in mind: Beverley Nichols, an amusing English writer who wrote gardening books in the 1940s; Molly Peacock’s The Paper Garden, an exceptional book about an 18th century woman in her 70s discovering the art of botanical collage; Still Life With Oysters and Lemon by Mark Doty which isn’t about flowers but is about seeing. If I had to pick one great how-to flower book it would be Sarah Raven’s The Cutting Garden. I met her recently at Perch Hill and she is still discovering new flowers for use in design.
Floral design inspirted in Thanksgiving festivity. (Photograph Christin Geall)
TL: What would be your advice to a florist-to-be?
CG: Do the math. Can you afford to be an artist? If you can, then specialize, find a niche, aim high with your education, and really go for it. Don’t settle. Take classes on business. If you can’t afford to be a florist now, find a second job to support yourself while you grow into the trade. And garden or volunteer at a botanical garden. Learn about plants. The worldwide WWOOF program (Workers on Organic Farms) is fantastically accessible.
As part of her botanical education, Christin was an intern at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, England. (Photograph Christin Geall)
TL: You have botanical knowledge, a gift with words and photographer’s eye. When is your flower book coming out?
CG: Hah! I did make a deal with myself that if I hit 10K followers on Instagram I’d approach a Canadian agent with a proposal. But I’m not there yet, and frankly I probably need 100K followers these days.
*Photographs by Christin Geall.
Licenciada en Historia, periodista y aprendiz de escritora. Compagina la escritura con el gozo de hacer un arreglo de flores. Actualmente cursa el máster de escritura creativa en la New York University. www.sylviagubbins.com
Inspirational! Gathered from the walled garden at Cambo. © Christin Geall
Some of these flowers (and the cabbage and brussels) came from the lovely Katherine at Wormistoune. Thank you.
Innes & Amelia's wedding was certainly a day I'll never forget, these guys really know how to throw a party! Split between two stunning venues - Magicwell House (Amelia's family home) and the incredible Cambo House, the day had a real sense of grandeur! Amelia looked absolutely stunning in her Sabina Motasem dress, and Innes and his band of merry man scrubbed up pretty well too! From the impromptu trumpet solo during the ceremony to the rather chaotic ceilidh dancing later in the evening, the day was full of fun and laughter! Here's Innes and Amelia's amazing wedding day...
I was lucky enough last week to be invited to Cambo Estate, near St. Andrew’s, home to Sir Peter & Lady Catherine Erskine, to a presentation of their beautiful new glasshouses. Their walled garden had beautiful Victorian timber framed glasshouses that had seen better days and were needing an upgrade.
They engaged Alitex, mastercraftsmen to undertake this project and I have to say I think the Alitex Glasshouses are simply stunning. Keeping the Victorian style which undoubtedly is the best for this beautiful walled garden, Alitex glasshouses combine the use of modern materials and technologies but retain the elegance of the Victorian style and the same growing experience as Victorian timber frames.
My clients will generally be looking to replace a timber greenhouse rather than a larger structure such as a glasshouse and I would have no hesitation in recommending they look at Alitex Greenhouses. They will always ensure that their Victorian Greenhouses will complement your garden and fulfil your growing needs as they have the engineering and structural expertise, especially when it comes to bespoke solutions and flexibility of design. Browse their website for yourself and see what they have to offer, you won’t be disappointed. I’m sure the Victorian pioneers of glasshouses would be as impressed as I was…..
CHECK OUT ALITEX @ www.alitex.co.uk
The Cambo Woodland Retreat
When I was young, summer holidays consisted of family trips to Grandma's house. Grandma stayed in a cute little cottage in the middle of nowhere, about 20 minutes outside of St Andrews, on the outskirts of the Cambo Estate near Kingsbarns. Our summers were spent enjoying fish and chips in Anstruther, sharing warm donuts on the pier and eating copious amounts of Irn Bru sorbet that always dripped through the end of the cone before I could finish it. (Even my childhood memories are all food based...)
I've since introduced Gordon to the wonders of Luvians sorbet and we often detour through St Andrews on the way from Edinburgh. Usually we don't have time to do much else on our pitstops and vow to spend a whole weekend exploring more of the Home of Golf. So, as a little wedding present for my new husband, I planned us a surprise roadtrip! Hotels in the area turned out to cost an absolute bomb (£200 per night, no thanks) but then I remembered the Cambo Estate!
Browsing the website for room availability at the Cambo House, I stumbled across the Woodland Retreat. A hidden gem, the campsite is surrounded by trees in the grounds of the Estate. You can sleep in the newly opened CamBoat or cosy up in the Bell Tents. And so we found ourselves, on our third and fourth day as husband and wife, "glamping" in the woods in the Kingdom of Fife.
The Bell Tents
Two tents sit side by side on a wooden deck in the clearing, romantically lit with fairylights. Inside, our humble abode featured a double bed, coffee table and chairs atop a patterned rug, with extra blankets to warm us up in the evening. Outside we had our own little firepit and dining area. We were greeted with a bottle of wine and a welcoming letter from the owners, inviting us to make ourselves at home. A little booklet told us all the essential information, like where to find our own private bathroom. Our tent was even equipped with power - just enough to charge our phones and chill our drinks in the coolbox. All the essentials!
Unfortunately they were having electrical issues during our visit... which I found out the hard way when the power cut out mid hair drying! This didn't affect our stay in any way though. Extra battery powered lighting was provided in the bathrooms and we used tealights to atmospherically light the tent and kitchen area. I actually think the lack of power and phone service added to the experience. There's nothing like the loss of 3G to make you enjoy a conversation and appreciate each other's company!
The Cambo House & Gardens
The Estate has been owned by the Erskines since the 1670's and is still home to the family today. You can take a trip around the house itself, browse the gift shop or grab a bite to eat in the café. Guests have access to a pool table, foosball and table tennis, and there's even an actual tennis court for any budding Andy Murrays out there! For golfers, the Kingbarns Golf Links is only a stones throw away.
After hairdryer-gate, my only hope was that the hot summer sun would work it's magic and dry my fro. Taking advantage of the weather, we explored the grounds rather than the house itself. The Walled Garden is a must visit with its pathways lined by apple trees and colourful wild flowers. Our peaceful wonder through the woodland eventually lead to the golf course and a picturesque view of the sea.
Cambo Estate plays host to an eclectic array of events, from their Snowdrop festival and outdoor plays to the more unusual Batwalk or wild food foraging days. You can even host your wedding in one of their many venues. Imagine how pretty the pictures would be! The Christmas food and craft fair sounds like my cup of tea, and I hope to experience the Cambolicious craft beer festival later this year!
The Woodland Kitchen
Heading back to the campsite, the kitchen area was probably my favourite part. Surrounded by a ring of fairylights, with a parachute roof, it was the perfect shelter from the unpredictable Scottish weather. There's a wooden table with benches, and tree stumps to huddle around the fire. A tripod sits above it for warming the BBQ, which comes provided, as well as a gas cooker. Gordon was in his element building fires and searching for suitable marshmallow toasting sticks! On our first night we shared prosecco and beers and munched on homemade shortbread leftover from the wedding.
The Balgove Night Market set us up with a few treats for our second evening. We sipped Eden Mill cocktails and beers from St Andrews Brewing Co and watched our marshmallows turn golden brown over the hot flames. You can hire extra cooking equipment when booking and our neighbours from the CamBoat talked of delicious fish curries they'd enjoyed on previous nights. It sounds like they cooked up a storm! We weren't quite so adventurous and our culinary skills stretched as far as barbecuing sausages for breakfast. Balgove's pork and thyme sausages, smothered in Angus and Oink rampant angus hot sauce... breakfast of champions.
Take that, Bear Grylls!
The Cambo Woodland Retreat was the perfect getaway for us newlyweds and an ideal base for exploring St Andrews and the East Neuk. A casual, relaxed escape where we watched the sunset and toasted our marriage beneath a blanket of stars. Even a little power cut and downpour of rain couldn't dampen our spirits!
If glamping isn't your thing, you can stay in the Cambo House itself - more info on their website!
What a glorious Spring Day it was today and we were out and about enjoying our "Monday Meander" courtesy of a lovely recommendation from The World According to Harris =)
We visited the Cambo Estate and Grounds in Fife. Although their official Snowdrop Walk is over there were still lots of them around to appreciate and we had a walk through the Walled Garden (dogs allowed on leads) which are no doubt gorgeous in the Summer months. The pups then had a blast on a beautiful sheltered sandy cove which the estate leads down to. These are the best types of days off
Vanity Fair Double Edition - We are in both!
Katrina her family and bridesmaids were staying in the house and got ready in one of the beautiful bedrooms with a four poster bed.
Plenty of beautiful windows and rooms to catch some really special pictures. Katrina looked absolutely gorgeous
The bridemaids were in the right blue for the drawing room – couldnt have been better!!
Ready to go to church – Robbies grandfather gave Katrina away. Just love this b/w shot
Arriving at Crail church, in the East Neuk of Fife
And the first look
Congratulations to the new Mr & Mrs Stewart
Back to the beautiful walled garden at Cambo for the bride and groom photos
Happy guests – telling the story of the day
A quiet moment before going into the marquee
The cake cutting
And the dancing
Feature in The Citizen for the shoot we did for Reveal Magazine.
A gorgeous event full of fairy lights .....
The Lumsden Club
The Lumsden Club is a proud supporter of women’s, children’s and neighbourhood charities. Currently, we have a handful of local and international charities which we support financially and through hands-on volunteering.
All members of the club participate in weekly volunteering to help our community and those in need. The Lumsden Club has a longstanding relationship with a number of local charity shops including Save The Children and Barnardo’s and we are excited to have recently expanded our volunteering to the British Heart Foundation charity shop. In keeping with our aim to promote the arts, a number of members also volunteer at the Byre. The club looks forward to increase our support network for Families First, who are committed to assisting and encouraging local family units..
The Lumsden Club directs all the proceeds from our events to the projects we support financially. A crucial factor when discerning the recipients of our financial contributions is a clear insight into how the funds will be spent. Hence, all of the organizations we support monetarily is either based locally or is relatively small. To that end we have established a close collaboration with Tayside Children with Cancer and Leukaemia (TCCL), located in Fife.
In the recent past, we have contributed to charities such as orphanages and HIV centres across the globe from Guatemala to Kenya
Cambo cartshed forms one side of a traditional pan tiled farm courtyard tucked away in the East Neuk of Fife. It is adjacent to Cambo farmhouse which forms another side of this courtyard. Both these houses were completely modernised and first occupied early in 2015. The heating is underfloor on the ground floor and with radiators on the first floor driven by a ground source heat pump which is powered by our wind turbine.
The cartshed consists of an open plan ground floor with two beds adjacent to a wet shower room and Loo with a sitting area and 42 inch colour TV at the other end. The sitting area can be shut off from the bedroom area by a sliding doors across the room.
Upstairs is another twin bedroom (or the beds can be zipped together to form a king-size bed), shower and loo and fully equipped kitchen.
The accommodation was designed for my mother and her carer and as such works extremely well. The ground floor is entirely wheelchair accessible but as all the cooking facilities are on the first floor it is not suitable for a disabled person on their own.