If you’re looking for small wedding Scotland inspiration, then we’re bringing it in buckets today in the second instalment of our dreamy microwedding shoot at The Cow Shed Crail. (Want a refresher on the first instalment? Find small wedding Scotland inspiration: this time it’s coastal here!)
The Cowshed, Crail
Though it’s probably most well known as a venue for bigger weddings, The Cow Shed Crail is also a dreamboat destination for celebrations with a guestlist that’s on the leaner side. For this next slice of small wedding Scotland inspo, our brilliant wedding stylist Lauren created a microwedding setup that was warm and intimate, focusing on using natural elements in an elevated and elegant way.
A warm welcome to set the tone
Before going through to the beautiful roundel room, guests were welcomed with sleek wooden signage, letting them know they’d arrived amongst friends. Soft blue and stone-coloured fabric was draped over the setup, which married (geddit!) beautifully with the weathered blue rug that formed the ceremony area in the room itself, dotted with chunky pillar candles nestled in lanterns and partially-surrounded by a semicircle of beautiful minimalist wire chairs. Small wedding Scotland inspo doesn’t get much bonnier than this.
A small but beautiful ceremony space
Alongside its beautiful stone walls and double glass doors, the roundel room also has a high wooden ceiling, which Lauren utilised for an alternative altar focal point: attaching bunches of dried grasses and stems to a metal grid suspensed above the ceremony. Pinterest worthy small wedding Scotland inspo or what.
To the side of the space, a mismatch of beautiful hued glass vases were filled with dried flowers and stems, set on a wooden plank atop two barrels. Our newlyweds then moved through to the cute patio area, decked out with homely rugs and wicker furniture.
Bringing your personality to the design
After a glass of bubbly, we moved through to the reception space. Lauren’s vision with the shoot – as well as being generally just bloody gorgeous, as you can see – was to showcase how attention to detail can go a long way. One of the greatest things about having a small wedding in Scotland and beyond is that the luxuries that can get lost in a larger celebration really get their chance to shine.
Lauren’s skills missed nothing – even detailed the way the napkins would be set up; folded underneath the plates, and draped so as to hang down. All of the fabric was sumptuous soft, sustainably sourced cotton, in shades of stone and a beautiful warm blue. (As an aside, we think warm blue is a shade that’s definitely not used enough in wedding styling, but Lauren has shown us how to absolutely smash it.)
Attention to detail
Carefully considered speckled plates formed the backdrop to a hammered menu bundle, and foraged pebbles and dried flower stems. Running down the middle of the table of dreams sat varying candles placed in pairs, and locally sourced florals built into delicate arrangements by Kate, and foliage in buttery warm tones. The table plan was a black grid wall with elegant place cards attached, alongside randomly placed bunches of dried grasses and stems, echoing the alternative altar installation for the ceremony.
We know you’ll agree that Lauren knocked this small wedding Scotland inspo shoot out of the PARK – and thanks as well to the dreamy suppliers that helped make it happen!
Venue: The Cow Shed Crail
Photography: Nikki Leadbetter
Dresses – Bella Nude
Cake – Butter & Bodoni
Floristry and styling – all us
Models – our own Hazel and her man David