We are joined by Cate and Jonny today who were married at Cambo Estate in Fife, Scotland on the 22nd June 2019. What a delight it is to be sharing their refined and sophisticated wedding with relaxed vibes. Their country house wedding venue was so perfect for their weekend long wedding, thanks to the beautiful setting and accommodation for guests. They married outdoors against a flower arch and then headed inside for their meal before enjoying their reception in the courtyard and bar areas. As the venue is so stunning they didn’t need much decoration to enhance the space, simply adding flowers, lanterns, bunting and stationery. Gorgeous!
I really love the attire throughout. Cate wore a stunning Marylise gown with a long veil and her hair in a chic bun, Jonny chose a navy Ted Baker suit, tie and brown shoes while the bridesmaids wore really pretty frocks in differing styles. So stylish. Another shout out has to go to the flowers, the bouquets in particular which feature peonies are just so so pretty.
A massive thanks goes to Anna Urban Wedding Photography for sharing these spectacular images with us today. Enjoy it all folks.
We were on holiday with Cate’s family in Madeira for Christmas/New Years. Jonny initially only wanted to ask Cate’s dad for his permission for her hand in marriage, but he quickly decided that Madiera was the perfect place to ask the big question. When the rest of the family was out for the day Jonny got down on one knee a proposed with a picture of the ring on his iPhone; it was perfect!
From the beginning we wanted a day that was a bit quirky and relaxed, but still refined and sophisticated. We also wanted as many of our friends and family involved in the wedding as possible, but most importantly (other than getting married!) we wanted everyone to enjoy themselves.
The Planning Process
Cate’s mum plans events as part of her job, and without her none of this would have happened. We both met whilst studying in Scotland, and it is an absolutely stunning country so we knew that is where we wanted to get married. We both had friends and family who had to travel quite a distance for the wedding, so we wanted to have a weekend event as opposed to just the one day.
The day after we got engaged we all took to Google to start the venue search. When we found Cambo (which offered the entire estate for the weekend, a wedding planner, and offered very reasonably priced accommodation for a number of the guests) we were already in love. We toured a few other venues when we returned to the UK, but Cambo and their staff completely sealed the deal for us.
After we booked Cambo they provided us with their list of recommended suppliers, which was EXTENSIVE! Though we didn’t book everything through their recommendations, it was definitely a good place to start, and it’s ultimately where we found our caterer Julian for the weekend. We used Julian’s company, XO Catering for our ‘rehearsal dinner’; wedding day canapés, wedding meal, and late night snacks; and BBQ the afternoon after the wedding. One of our favourite days of wedding planning was when we went to Julian’s house to try the two wedding meal menus that we had chosen; there was literally not a crumb left behind!
We found our photographer and videographer through old-fashioned Google searches and Instagram stalking. Neither of us are particularly comfortable in front of the camera, so we wanted photographers who had a good mix of posed couple photos, as well as candid shots.
As mentioned in the Planning Process section, we chose Cambo for more than just it’s looks. While it is absolutely stunning in it’s own right, the venue offered the opportunity to have our closest friends and family stay on site and celebrate for the entire weekend. The staff were incredibly helpful throughout, and obviously have a wealth of invaluable wedding planning experience.
We decided to get married on the lawn outside of the house, held our wedding meal in the drawing room, and used the courtyard and Cambolicious bar for our reception.
I think some of the best money we spent for the weekend was renting the lawn games Cambo offered – guests used them literally all weekend, we all forgot how much fun croquet can be!
Your Outfits & Accessories
Cate found her wedding dress in a small London boutique called Angelica Bridal. They were definitely busy, but were really friendly and helpful, and made every bride feel like they were the priority of the day. Cate eventually bought the gown ‘Eternally’ by Marylise, and a long simple veil to accompany it. All alterations were made by Angelica Bridal’s recommended tailor.
Cate bought her shoes, gold wedges by Jimmy Choo, second hand from Ebay!
Jonny’s suit was a navy blue suit from Ted Baker; he bought brown shoes from Dune to accompany it.
Cate decided to do her own make-up; she bought all the make-up and took a ‘wedding make-up’ tutorial from Charlotte Tilbury.
Natasha Dardas did the hair for the bride, mother of the bride, and the bridesmaids. She is like a hair wizard! Cate actually changed her mind from half-up to loose messy bun after the trial, and Natasha still managed to absolutely nail the up-do.
The Readings & Music
Neither Jonny nor Cate are particularly religious, so we opted to have a Fife council appointed registrar marry us, and we don’t regret a thing! Veronica (the registrar who married us) organised to meet in person and have a few skype calls to ensure that our ceremony was personal to us. We both ‘wrote’ our own vows (in reality we mixed together excerpts of vows we found online, and personalised them as we needed).
We also had two of our friends preform readings during the ceremony. Jonny’s friend from university read an excerpt from Les Miserables; Cate’s university friend read an adapted version of the preacher’s wedding speech from the show ‘Fleabag’.
During the ceremony we had a mix of traditional Scottish bagpipes, and our family friends (who are trained opera singers). The bagpipes piped Cate down the aisle, our family friends sang during the ceremony when Cate and Jonny signed the wedding documents, and the piper piped after the ceremony while guests mingled.
During the reception we wanted a band that could play a mix of music for guests to dance/sing along to, but also some ceilidhs as well, and we chose “The Bridges” for this reason.
All bridesmaids dresses were ordered from BHLDN. Cate chose the colour ‘morning mist’, and the bridesmaids were allowed to pick whatever style they preferred. My sister then discovered that the designer Jenny Yoo made dresses for BHLDN in morning mist colour, so some bridesmaids picked dresses straight from her site as well.
We decided my maid of honour (my sister) would wear a navy blue dress so that Cate’s wedding dress would stand out more in pictures.
Groomsmen were told to buy any suit in navy blue, and it worked perfectly! They were also told to pick their own shoes. Jonny bought matching knitted navy blue ties from M&S, and a simple white pocket squares from amazon.co.uk.
We chose Anna Urban because we loved her photography; even the staged photos looked natural, and the couples all seemed at ease. She was so easy to work with, and went out of her way to make sure all the photos we requested were taken. We also sent her examples of photos we liked from other photographers, and she recreated them in ways that were even better than the originals! On the day Anna was completely professional, and though she got pictures from all angles, we genuinely don’t remember seeing her, she was like a photographer ninja! We felt so comfortable in front of the camera with her, which is a testament to how amazing she is, as before the wedding we barely had any good couple photos together.
Initially we were not going to have a videographer, but when we saw Zoe Alexandra’s videos we could not resist! Her editing made it feel like we were watching the weddings in real time, and we loved that she does not have any audio of the wedding day itself (she puts songs over her videos).
On the day Zoe and her husband also made us feel so comfortable, and they worked with Anna to get the best shots that would work for still photos and video.
All of our wedding flowers (except the flowers around the ceremony arch, which were all fake and sourced by the mother of the bride at a craft store!) were supplied by Adelaide. As a couple we had a few ideas of what we liked, and made an ‘idea board’ which we sent to Adelaide. She used the board we created, as well as a few phone calls to discuss the details to create bouquets and boutonnieres that were better than we could have dreamed of.
Since we were planning on getting married outside, Adelaide suggested we go for meadow arrangements to frame the ceremony arch; we later moved the arrangements inside to add to the decorations inside.
Cate’s mum is a potter, and made small vases to decorate the venue; Adelaide also supplied three buckets of flowers that we used to fill the vases.
The Details & Décor
Luckily Cambo itself is already stunning, so there was not too much in the way of decorations. As mentioned before Cate’s mum made small vases to be filled with flowers to be placed around the venue; we actually used these as wedding favours as well, and they were so well received that guests were hiding and bargaining with each other over their favourites!
In the courtyard we hung solar panelled coloured lanterns that looked magical in the day and night. We also hung Mexican wedding bunting among the Christmas lights that Cambo already had in place.
For table decorations, as well as vases we used silver plated candelabras from eBay.
For the rest of the décor – including wedding signs, the table plan, table number holders, cake stand, ‘guest book map’, and card letterbox, we used Etsy! Cate also found the crochet pillow pattern that she used to make the bridesmaid’s gifts on Etsy.
Our friend’s mum has recently started her own cake business (Flourish Cake Couture), and kindly agreed to make our wedding cake. Like the flowers, we sent Fiona a few pictures of cake designs that we liked and she put them together perfectly.
Like the wedding menu tasting day, cake tasting was up there on our favourite wedding planning experiences. We told Fiona that our favourite cake flavours were chocolate and carrot cake, but we also wanted a more ‘traditional’ sponge and jam layer too. Fiona sent us two variations of each flavour that were so delicious we finished them all! The guests also seemed to like the cake; by the end of the weekend there were literally only crumbs left!
For our honeymoon we wanted the ultimate indulgence; an excuse to really do nothing but eat, drink, relax, and sleep. We chose to go to TRS Yucatan all inclusive resort in the Riviera Maya, Mexico, and it was everything we wanted and more. By staying at TRS we had access to the other 3 hotels in the resort, but to be honest we loved the TRS so much we barely left it. The staff were all so friendly, and treated all the guests like royalty. It was an all inclusive resort, but we did not expect them to be so generous with absolutely everything! While we did not take advantage of any of the excursions, they were also available for guests to book.
We booked our entire trip through TUI, and got an incredible deal on the hotel, flights, and transfers.
The entire weekend felt like a dream, it was amazing! It’s difficult to pick out any specific part!
When picking out a wedding dress Cate brought her very critical mother and god-mother, and it was one of the best decisions of the entire planning process. They were blunt and truthful, but in the best way possible. There’s no point bringing people who will just say what you want to hear instead of the truth.
Advice For Other Couples
Book early! We thought that a year and a half engagement would give us plenty of time, but we found that a lot of wedding venues/bands/photographers/caterers etc, can book up up to two years in advance!
Having a venue with a dedicated wedding planner was an absolute life saver. Not only did they know the venue (best places to get ready/get married/where to have what), but they also pointed out aspects of the wedding that we would have otherwise completely forgotten about.
You can never be too prepared! We thought we only had a few errands to run the week of the wedding, but the day before the list of jobs seemed to just accumulate! Luckily we had a team of friends and family who arrived early to help get jobs done – make sure you have your own army of friends and family who can help, it was an absolute life saver.
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Anna Urban Wedding Photography
Eternally by Marylise
How very elegant and fun.
Cate and Jonny thank you both so very much for sharing your fabulous wedding day with us xo Lou