The Secret herb garden

Micro wedding inspiration

at Edinburgh’s Secret Herb Garden

What is a micro wedding?

This year the term ‘micro wedding’ has become increasingly popular this year, due to the Covid wedding guest restrictions, which are forcing couples to have weddings with fewer guests. But what exactly is a micro wedding? As the name suggests, it’s just a small wedding, typically with 30 guests or less. Along with fewer guests, they also tend to be more relaxed and shorter than your typical wedding day.

Many couples are using this year as the perfect excuse, to bin off the huge guest lists and have a more relaxed and intimate wedding with their nearest and dearest. Micro weddings mean a bigger budget to spend on making your day completely unforgettable. By having less people, you save on food and drink and can spend that money elsewhere, maybe on your dream venue or hiring a stylist to make your vision a reality and taking away some of the planning stress. Fewer guests also mean having more time, to spend with your closest friends and family and with each other, relaxing and soaking up the amazing atmosphere of your day. There’s no better place for a micro wedding than The Secret Herb Garden.

The Secret herb garden wedding

 For this shoot at The Secret Herb Garden I was lucky enough to work with the incredible wedding styling team Gloam. For anyone getting married in Scotland, these are the supplier you absolutely must have. Not only do they style your day, they offer all the floristry, stationary designs, and furniture hire. I mean they really are the full package and oh they do such a gorgeous job. We decided for this shoot at the Secret Herb Garden we wanted to inspire couples who are looking to go ahead with their wedding, despite coronavirus restrictions, so our layout is based on having 8 guests. We wanted it to feel modern but cosy so used a terracotta and dusty pink colour palette mixed with lots of candles in amongst the green wildness of the venue.


The Secret Herb Garden is a venue like no other. Perfect for micro weddings, based 10 minutes out of Edinburgh city centre. The venue itself is a fully functioning Greenhouse and cafe, set within huge fields. You can choose to get married outside or in, depending on the weather and there’s endless options for your couple portraits. The Secret Herb Garden is full of little nooks and crannies, so there’s plenty of options on how to set up your dining arrangements. Being a greenhouse, it’s filled with natural light making it a dream for pictures but still cosy when the candles are lit. There really is no other venue like the Secret Herb Garden, which is why I love it so much.


The dress, part of Edinburgh’s own Olive Jones Bridal’s brand-new collection, launching next year. I absolutely love this dress for a modern bride, with the low neckline and flattering shape and I think we can all agree those sleeves are to die for! Paired with a Rebecca Anne veil, which has the most delicate floral embroidery as a nod to the venue, The Secret Herb Garden. Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions our lovely Bride had to do her own make up, but hair was styled in the gorgeous relaxed curls by the lovely pamper and polish.

Being in central Scotland, no Groom would be complete without a kilt, which we hired from Slanj. They have 3 stores in Glasgow and Edinburgh, and you can buy or hire a fully fitted suit and shoes! They have lots of tartan options and colour options, perfect for grooms who want to look the part but know they won’t wear it again.

Have a scroll through and get inspired for your stylish micro wedding day at The Secret Herb Garden.

If you’re thinking of getting married at The Secret Herb Garden I would love to hear more about your plans.

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Lauren Elliott Photography

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