Country estate wedding with Hindu blessing at Cambo House, St Andrews

If both you and your partner have huge families, wedding days can be a complete nightmare in organising and planning.

When Thalia and Nash decided to tie the knot however, they turned this conundrum into a major boon – what’s a celebration without your nearest and dearest after all?

The couple threw a huge party for the wedding which lasted the full weekend at the gorgeous Cambo Country House, and had a Hindu blessing ceremony that was the perfect ending to an amazing celebration.

Read about the day from bride Thalia’s point of view…

We visited Cambo Estate as B&B guests three years before we got engaged, and even at that early stage in our relationship, both of us decided that we wanted to make our vows to each other at the venue.

We were looking for somewhere special, different and unforgettable that we could make our own for the wedding and hold a celebration over a whole weekend.

We wanted somewhere that had an outdoor area that we could use over or stay (as we were hoping for sunshine!) and we wanted somewhere where we were able to pick our own suppliers to make own wedding as personalised as possible.

Cambo is unique; it has beautiful and natural gardens, is right beside the sea and has beautiful interiors. From the moment you enter the grounds you are surrounded by beautiful woodland and greenery.

Kiddies ran amok on the lawns enjoying the gardens, and our guest were able to walk though the walled secret garden, which has a beautiful apple blossom avenue, and down through the forest to the beach.

We rented the accommodation and filled the house with family and friends, and Frances, who takes care of all weddings at Cambo, guided us through all of the preparations skilfully and was a pleasure to work with.

Full of great ideas, and quick to iron out worries and advise, she made the preparations great fun and very easy.

We had originally hoped that the rain would hold off and that the ceremony was going to be outside (so we could make the most of the beautiful grounds) unfortunately on the morning of the wedding it was bucketing it down and had to change plans at the last minute and together with the staff, set up a room inside for the ceremony.

The large ballroom inside the house was a perfect size to conduct our ceremony. We still managed to have our reception outside as it dried up and gave our guests the opportunity to wander around.

Our theme was warm, creative, relaxed and family friendly. We pretty much had run of the area.

Frances and Struan allowed us to decorate the grounds and marquee with whatever we wanted (as longs as it was safe) as a lot of the weekend was outside we had a fire pit, lots of candles and hanging lanterns.

We chose our own flowers and had an open bar with drinks provided by our guests and ourselves.

We wanted a DIY wedding, so there were so many things to plan! From organising the marquee, kitchen, generator and dealing with all the individual suppliers and making sure that timings of arrivals and setting up were sorted.

We both have such big families and organising a wedding for 230 people had its own stresses, making sure that everyone was happy.

My best advice for planning is to not let little things bother you and try not to organise your guests too much. They will all be fine! Most importantly, make sure you both have fun!

The good thing about having to move our ceremony indoors was that our guests got to see much more of the house. Anyway, rain on your wedding day is supposed to be good luck!

Being surrounded by all of the people we treasure, and seeing so many smiling faces, made us feel like we were on top of the world!

We had a Hindu blessing on the Sunday and the weather was gorgeous; the sun was beating down and everyone was dressed in Indian outfits.

It was so nice to see how much effort our guests had gone to. We love dancing and we loved the band. Many of our guests told us how amazing they thought the band was. Introducing friends and family to each other and seeing everybody dance together.

Straight after the wedding we were knackered, overwhelmed and on cloud nine. It was lovely to get away and spend some time together remembering all of the different happy bits of the weekend.

Neither of us had anticipated the change in the way you feel when you get married. Not that either of us had changed, but there is a new sense of peace, strength and solace together.

There’s this safety and security that you feel after getting married to have someone who is on the same team as you!

Venue: Cambo Country House | Photographer: Neil Thomas Douglas Photography

Caterer: Bespoke AwB | Entertainment: Tom McGuire and the Brassholes | Hair: Babu Hair and Beauty | Make-Up: Makeup by Bekki

Catering Hire: Andrew Wilson Catering Equipment Hire Hire Edinburgh | Marquee: Greenfields Marquees | Benches and tables: Papakata