Guest Blog Post: Guides for Brides’ Top UK Outdoor Wedding Venues

I am all about community over competition, so love a good guest blog post on my website! This week, I have Guides for Brides giving the low down on their top 6 outdoor wedding venues in the UK. I adore outdoor weddings – the english countryside is  so beautiful, why not embrace it!

Over to Guides for Brides with their ultimate list…

The Mill Barns, Shropshire

Gorgeous barn wedding venue lit at night

*All images in this blog are not my own, they are from Guides for Brides

This beautiful barn wedding venue is set on the site of a former 17th water mill, which means that you can get married waterside, on their sunny outdoor Terrace overlooking The Mill Pond. The Terrace is licensed for outdoor weddings of up to 170 guests, which means that they accommodate weddings big and small, and the eight acres of gardens make for amazing wedding photography. Inside, the impressive oak-beamed barns bring the outdoors in, meaning you don’t have to sacrifice a natural feel if the weather isn’t fantastic.   

Kippilaw House, Scottish Borders

Bride and groom getting married under sunlit trees in England

Kippilaw House is a stunning manor house near Edinburgh set in its own private woodland, which makes it the perfect setting for a humanist ceremony under the boughs of an ancient tree. Unlike in England and Wales, humanist ceremonies are legal in Scotland, so Kippilaw is ideal for romantic outdoor elopements, too. Both the grounds and the gorgeous 15th century manor house are available for weddings between April and October, with winter weddings available on request, and can accomodate weddings between 75 and 100 guests.

The Walled Garden, Cowdray Park, West Sussex

Newly married couple kissing under large tree

A garden is the perfect place to hold an outdoor wedding ceremony, and what prettier garden than The Walled Garden in West Sussex? This historic grade I listed wedding venue is set within the award-winning grounds of Cowdray Park, near to Cowdray Ruins. Hold your wedding here and you could say your vows underneath the fragrant Rose Pavilion surrounded by flowers, before moving into The Courtyard Room or The Castle Room for your wedding reception. The Walled Garden can hold weddings of up to 150 guests, or you could opt for an intimate wedding of less than 30.  

Ocean Kave, Devon

Outdoor wedding venue by the sea in UK

If you’ve always dreamed of a beach wedding, then Ocean Kave could be the perfect seaside wedding venue for you. Set in the picturesque North Devon coastline, Ocean Kave does exactly what is says on the tin, as you can hold your wedding ceremony and reception in a rustic candle-lit cave – ideal for intimate gatherings. Alternatively, hold your outdoor wedding in their licensed gazebo overlooking the coastline, or in their glass-fronted Sunset Rooms. Whichever you choose, your guests are in for an incredible view!

Notley Abbey, Buckinghamshire

Notley Abbey outdoor wedding venue

Notley Abbey is one of the most beautiful country house wedding venues in Buckinghamshire, and unsurprisingly has a stunning garden to match! The Walled Garden is made up of the ruins of the historical Abbey, and includes a picturesque ivy-clad nook for your legal ceremony to take place. The Walled Garden can fit up to 190 guests for a wedding ceremony, and after the wedding breakfast indoors you can retire to the lawns for drinks with your evening guests as the sun goes down. Just perfect!

Lamorran Gardens, Truro

Newly married couple under an outdoor canopy

*All images in this blog are not my own, they are from Guides for Brides

For a small outdoor wedding, Lamorran Gardens in Truro, Cornwall has to be one of the most picture-perfect options in the South West. You and up to 30 guests will feel like you’re at a destination wedding, thanks to the garden’s stunning exotic palms and ferns, as well as camellias, azaleas and rhododendrons galore. Say your vows under the stone pillars and temple roof of the The Cupola in the middle of the gardens, with beautiful views over St Anthony’s Headland and the lighthouse, before enjoying your champagne reception on the terrace of the house.

Thank you so much to Guides for Brides for their guest blog post. These are some seriously gorgeous wedding venues! If you’re getting married outdoors, get in touch – I would love to shoot your big day 🙂

For more stunning outdoor wedding venues, visit Guides for Brides and set up your free online wedding planner. My 2019 diary is filling up fast, so get in touch to save your date 🙂 

Caroline x x

Essex Wedding Photographer: Boho Cacti Inspired Shoot at the Old Parish Rooms

Bride wearing nude make up and with a loose boho updo

Inspired by the current ‘botanical pick me up’ trends, and having always had a love for cacti, I’ve always wanted to do a styled shoot featuring them. Whilst succulents have been in the wedding spotlight for a while, I thought their spiky cousins deserved to be included in the action. This shoot happened back in March, but we were waiting for it to be published on Bride & Tonic before we could share anything. 

Bride looking out of a gothic styled window at Church

Pink engagment ring resting on a cactus

I wanted a modern and bright venue for the shoot – my first choice was the Old Parish Rooms, a gorgeous intimate venue in Rayleigh. The airy white surroundings made it the perfect blank canvas for a modern shoot focused on details and striking decor. Against the white walls, I added a strong contrast of colour – greenery from the plants, and a vibrant peach to bring the palette to life.

Styling was provided by Rock the Day, who created a stunning wedding banquet set up with a peach dip dyed tablerunner as a centrepiece, topped with black potted cacti and a hanging floral hoop above.

Wide shot of a wedding top table with a coral table runner and cacti decor

4 tier vegan wedding cake with cacti toppers and decoration

I absolutely loved their dream catcher inspired chairbacks, which added a whole new feel to the bohemian furniture supplied by Anthology Vintage Hire. Stationery was provided by Knots and Kisses, who I’ve wanted to work with for a long time. 

Wide shot of wedding venue with Bride and Groom top table seats

A large hanging foliage hoop with pink and purple flowers

To add a bit of fun to the shoot, Fable and Moon brought along their kids tepee corner, specially filled with cacti activities, a photobooth and miniature cacti inspired sweet treats by Tiny Sarah’s Cakes. Having gone vegan myself a few months ago, I wanted to use a cake supplier with the same ethics for this shoot. Alongside the bitesize treats, Sarah also created a three tiered vegan cake, complete with adorable Mr & Mrs Cacti toppers.

Children's tepee and play area at a wedding

Our final setup was a ceremony area with a large hoop, expertly decorated with florals provided by Bohotanical. Using eucalyptus as a stunning base, there were pops of colour provided by Carnations, Roses and Clea Veronica. This hoop really added a luxe and stylish backdrop for an eye catching ceremony. You also can’t beat a peacock chair, so of course Rock the Day included one for the day 🙂 

Beautiful bride stood in front of floral hoop and holding wild large bouquet

Zuzanna was dressed in bespoke vintage inspired gowns by Poppy Perspective. We chose two contrasting gowns – one with an incredible lace cape, for a soft, carefree look, and a second, gold sequined dress to provide a more luxe, stylized feel. Knot Your Average Bride completed the contrasting looks with a loose up do and nude make up, followed by catwalk worthy slick backed hair and deep lips to perfectly match the colours within the florals. The gold dress and deep lips really look perfect for a festive wedding, don’t you think? 

Bride in gold dress sat on bohemian peacock chair

To add that extra sense of boho luxe, Zanna wore lace ankle boots from House of Elliot and handmade, unique jewellery from Aimee Winstone. Together, they added the beautiful final touches! 

Lace bridal shoes in a vintage green dresser

Pink engagment ring resting on a cactus

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For more ideas on how to use cacti and succulents in weddings, follow my Pinterest board. Caroline x

London Wedding Photographer: 10 Boho Wedding Trends for 2018

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  1. Macrame

I personally love this 1970s craft – it’s so versatile. You can use it in different areas of your big day – you could be bold and go large with a ceremony backdrop like the below from Vintage Garden Weddings, or go small and include macrame in your table decor. There are endless possibilities – and the great thing is with macrame also in trend for interior design you can then re use it at home after the wedding!

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  1. Floral crowns 

Flowers in your hair are a staple of bohemian! For the wedding day, floral crowns are totally on trend. You can get either fresh crowns from your florist, or you can get a pre version with fake flowers. Both look fantastic, especially with a loose updo. If you don’t want to go for a full crown, you can still incorporate flowers in a more subtle way for a bohemian goddess look.

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3.Wild Flowers / Foliage 

Foliage and greenery in interior design has definitely been a huge trend in 2017 and it is spreading into the wedding industry in 2018. I am a huge fan of this look – I try and incorporate nature and greenery into my photography a lot as I find it really inspiring, so for it to be incorporated into weddings more can only be a plus! This look can play out in various parts of your wedding – in a bouquet, perhaps with wildflowers, table decor (foliage runners), and also across your wedding stationery.

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  1. Dreamcatchers

 I didn’t realise this was a trend until Vintage Garden Weddings came armed with a ton of them to my first styled shoot. I’ve always loved dreamcatchers so I was more than happy. They can make the perfect backdrops for a ceremony, portraits, hanging around your venue, or as place decorations at your reception dinner! There are so many ways you could use them, and you can personalise the colours to your theme.

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  1. Less rustic, more new age bohemian

Walking round clothes shops over the last few months, edgy but effortless and romantic is EVERYWHERE. It’s been a nightmare on my bank account as this is basically my favourite style.. Just think Stevie Nicks as your style icon and that’s a great starting point. Wedding decor style, this translates into skulls with feathers and tons of florals, crystals and precious rocks, and rich colours. Which neatly leads me on to…

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6. Deep colours

Whilst blush and light colours will always be a wedding favourite, they are being nudged out slightly, with favour falling towards deep colours. As someone who loves pastels it wasn’t until I did a burgundy and navy wedding shoot that I started to find a huge love for bolder palettes. Burgundy is proving to be the in colour for this year, along with navy blue, dark greens (in line with the foliage trend) and black.  

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  1. Velvet

The 1970s are officially back.. Yay!! I’ve always wanted a velvet jacket and it seems I can now go wild. If you are also a velvet fan, velvet bridesmaids dresses or jumpsuits could be a way to make use of it! If you want something for yourself, how about some velvet heels? As for the guys, velvet dinner jackets could be the option for your groomsmen.

  1. Oversized Bouquets

Big is definitely better in 2018! Bouquets are getting larger and featuring a more cascading look. This is where the greenery trend ties back in – get as much foliage in there as you can! I’m not sure if it is more of a trend from across the pond from here, but I also love the look of long flowing ribbon around your bouquet – matched to your colour scheme of course.

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  1. Industrial spaces

That edgier new-age bohemian style works so well in an industrial space. They also leave lots of room for imagination and personalising for your big day. For styling, you may want to consider some bigger, bolder pieces to fill the space – soften the look with a lovely vintage sofa or some macrame backdrops around the place. Florals and greenery everywhere will also take the space to a chic but pretty vibe.

  1. Burgundy for guys

Yep.. back to those deep colours again! Perfect for a autumn or winter wedding, burgundy is where it’s at for the boys. If you have a burgundy colour scene but aren’t won over enough for a burgundy suit, burgundy accessories will work too!

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So..in conclusion.. A recipe for a 2018 wedding…. Take an edgy industrial venues covered in macrame and lots of greenery. Combine with deep colours, and kit out everyone in a burgundy velvet suit.. Voila! 😉

What do you think of these trends? Drop me a comment below!