amy + adam | the secret herb garden

Amy + Adam were married on 11th June at the Secret Herb Garden, followed by a dinner and celebration at The Strawberry Barn. They were planning their wedding for around a year. Huge thanks to Emma from Emma Lawson Photography for sharing her images of their day with us. You can catch Emma on her website, Facebook or Instagram.

"In March 2015, we visited the Secret Herb Garden on a Sunday afternoon looking for cup of tea and cake on a chilled-out day. When we walked into the glasshouse, the colours and herby smells blew us away. Rosemary, mint, basil – it was herby heaven. The idea of getting married amongst the flowers and bumblebees, with the air smelling so sweet, felt perfect for us. We liked the chilled-out, relaxed vibe, with our friends and family standing around us, peering through the greenery. We wanted an intimate, small ceremony and this was the perfect place."

"At that point, we didn’t know if The Secret Herb Garden did weddings so we fired off an email to the owner the next day to find out more. Liberty got back to us to say that they’d only had one wedding for a close friend, but they’d love to have us. We booked in our wedding ceremony soon afterwards."

"We wanted a smaller ceremony then a big party with everyone we love there for dinner and dancing. No tricky guest list cuts – the more the merrier! The Strawberry Barn is only 30 minutes from the Secret Herb Garden. It gave us an awesome dance floor, bar in the same room, affordable prices, tasty food, and loads of freedom to customise the spaces. The staff were really organised and helpful, which really helped us bring it all together. We made all the decorations but the venue put them up, which was awesome."

"We had a civil ceremony by a brilliant registrar from Midlothian. Adam’s cousin, Ned, played piano as I walked down the aisle (Nick Cave, Into my Arms) and my brother played lap steel guitar whilst everyone was sipping champagne. We had three reading that were all special;
I Wanna Be Yours, by John Cooper Clarke which is also an Artic Monkeys track we love...
Hard-Wearing Flowers, by Robert Crawford. It’s about Harris, we got engaged there and
What is a Marriage, chosen by Adam’s sister, Rachel, as a surprise which was lovely."

"We both loved the ceremony. The lead-up to the day was busy with decoration prep at two venues and coordinating friends, family, and accommodation. All anxiety melted away as soon as we were in the glasshouse surrounded by beautiful flowers and all our favourite people. Everything felt really calm and right. It was perfect."

"We got excited about having all our favourite people in one place. It was fun pulling together the list and inviting everyone. We had a small ceremony, but a big party with everyone for dinner and dancing, so we were able to include all our friends."

"We loved the creative process of brainstorming ideas too. Dreaming up things to make, songs to play, and things that felt unique to us."

"We talked about everything and split the job pretty much 50/50. I did more of the craft stuff, like making decorations, and Adam did more of the wed-min like bus bookings and building our wee website (no paper invites)."

"Adam loved the experience of shopping for his suit at Walker Slater on Victoria Street. He went out into the street to check the colours in the daylight and a tourist took photos of him! It is a dark brown tweed, with a blue Harris Tweed jacket."

"I adored my bouquet. I wanted bright, bold, clashing summer colours and Linzi from Jack Fleuriste nailed it. There was a giant poppy the size of dinner plate (!), which I pressed so I can keep it forever."

"I left shopping too late due to indecision, which meant there was not time to order a dress. I am not going to lie, there was a few days of mild panic, but I fell in love with ‘the one’ as soon as I saw it. The relaxed, comfortable style was exactly what I was looking for. I had the train altered to make the long veil. Comfiest dress ever."

"The table names were Newcastle United football legends (Adam LOVES his football), and we booked a Mariachi Band during the drink reception because the music just reminds us of happy times. On the bus to the reception, we served chilled cans of gin ‘n’ tonic and played the Proclaimers. It was just fun coming up with all this stuff!"

"We made the giant ‘L.O.V.E’ letters from wooden pallets donated from a local mason yard. We painted them with some of our best friends on a sunny day with a few beers."

"Our friends and family were a huge help, especially my mum. She made 200 meters of bunting (!!), all the table runners, and helped with the flower arrangements. We also made the favours, table centres, and giant balloons with garlands."

"Don’t sweat the little things. No one cares on the day. Keep the traditions that suit you, ditch the ones that don’t. Ask for help from friends and family. Especially if you’re having a DIY wedding!
Make sure you have a great MC or venue manager on the day to make things flow."

"Spend time finding a photographer that suits your wedding. We wanted a relaxed approach, with only a few formal or posed photos, so we needed someone who would get amongst the day. Emma Lawson was awesome!"

"My clearest memory is hanging onto Adam tightly during our first dance, spinning, completely happy. Singing along to our song. Adams is looking around during the ceremony feeling so proud to be marrying by best friend in front of all my favourite people."


Venue: Ceremony: Ceremony at Secret Herb Garden with dinner and after party at The Strawberry Barn

Band: Callanish

Florist: Jack Fleuriste

Cakemaker: Marks and Spencer with a few wee decorations by me.

Transport: My mum and dad rented the Bentley as a gift so I wouldn’t arrive in a taxi(!). We also used Eve Coaches in Dunbar to transport guests between venues.

Photographer: Emma Lawson

"Emma Lawson is a tip-top photographer and full of wedding wisdom. We will treasure our photos, and it was genuine pleasure to have her there on the day along with her second shooter Kellee Quinn. They captured amazing moments and were a hit with the guests."