This gorgeous, greenery-filled venue is nestled at the foot of the Pentlands on the outskirts of Edinburgh. Surrounded by a fragrant herb garden and incredible scenery, it’s the perfect place to get married if you love the look of lush plants and want a venue that’ll provide a number of scenic backdrops for your wedding photos.
Couples who marry here get exclusive use of the grounds and glasshouse, and it’s a dry hire venue, meaning you can build your dream day from scratch.
We loved the idea of juxtaposing the botanical nature of this venue with sleek, streamlined dresses: a contrast of clean lines with organic shapes.
Every dress in this shoot is available to buy at wedding dress shops in Scotland, and the hairstylist, make-up artist and florist can all be hired for your big day here too (scroll to the end for more info on them). Our photographer was the uber-talented Maja Jankowska.
Read on for a peek inside The Secret Herb Garden, style inspiration and top tips on how to recreate the hair and make-up look.
A sleek royal-inspired ballgown
Stella York royal-inspired ballgown (£1,199), Olivia Cameron Bridal. Chevron stacking rings (from £25), textured ear climbers (from £16) and silver double circle pendant (£45), Marion Made. Flower arrangement (POA), Moss and Blossom.
A statement cowl back
White Rose gown with illusion lace and cowl back (POA), June Brides Glasgow. Contemporary leaf hoop earrings (£28) and chevron stacking rings (from £25), Marion Made. Flowers (on table, POA), Moss and Blossom.
The satin ballgown
Cummerbund satin wedding ballgown with deep V-neck (£495), David’s Bridal. Florence ‘Claire’ shoes (£265), Arabesque. ‘Tuya’ earrings (£340), Tilly Thomas Lux. Flower arrangement in vase (POA), Moss and Blossom.
An off-the-shoulder babe
‘Crystal’ off-the-shoulder gown with full skirt (£1,650), Mirka Bridal Couture. ‘Not Hoops’ earrings (£44), Vincent and Nancy. Chevron stacking rings (from £25), Marion Made. Bouquet (POA), Moss and Blossom.
Taking the plunge
Ballgown wedding dress with ornate lace detailing and off-shoulder sleeves (POA), Reeta Fashions. Russian ring necklace (£50) and chevron stacking rings (from £25), Marion Made. Floral arrangements (POA), Moss and Blossom.
The strapless sweetheart
Essense of Australia sweetheart neckline dress (£1,299 with belt and £1,099 without), Kudos – Edinburgh. ‘Athena’ crown (£495) and ‘Hermes’ earrings (£295), Tilly Thomas Lux. Bouquet (POA), Moss and Blossom.
A beautiful illusion
Ronald Joyce Mikado A-line gown with beaded illusion neckline and belt detail (POA), Diane Honeyman. Ruth Leslie hoop earrings (£95), Nu Blvck. Chevron stacking rings (from £25), Marion Made. Bouquet (POA), Moss and Blossom.
The one with lace sleeves
Elegant and simple wedding dress
The wedding florist
Florists Moss and Blossom are inspired by the changing seasons and nature around us. Cortaderia selloana, commonly known as pampas grass, was a key element for the arrangements in this shoot. Their cosy texture combined with wild pheasant feathers, dark greens and dancing grasses were the perfect ingredients for Moss and Blossom’s signature natural look, full of movement and with an extra special seasonal flair.
The make-up artist
Clarins Super Restorative Day Cream and MAC Face and Body Foundation provided a glowy base, accentuated by a light wash of nude tones on the eyes with some darker pink and golds built in. “I used Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Fresh Melon for glow on the cheeks, and Bobbi Brown lipstick in Natural Pink,” adds Lynne, who also fluffed Shannon’s brows up for a natural look.
The hair stylist
“We went for a sleek, smooth look,” says Kayleigh of LMQ Hair and Beauty, who used Nanosmooth serum on Shannon’s hair for that mirrored-glass effect and to prevent hairs from going flyaway. Shannon’s hair was straightened, and Kayleigh’s tip is to straighten hair in thin layers to avoid getting any hidden bumps. A mist of Wella EIMI Dynamic Fix kept everything in place.