Araminta Campbell’s Scottish Garden Wedding

Posted on 4 August 2017
Wedding couple and pets

Family photo – Araminta, Jamie, Piccolo and Pocket

Araminta Campbell married Jamie Birse-Stewart on the 27th of May 2017. As well as being such a special day for them and their family and friends, it was also a beautiful celebration filled with glorious flowers and foliage, handmade details and a stylish nod to their traditional Scottish roots.
On a sunny afternoon Araminta and I sat down with a cup of tea to look over the wonderful photos from Photography 78 and chat about how it all came about.

What she wore: Araminta’s dress was made by Caroline Castigliano, who she worked with to create some special features, including a removable train so she could dance the night away!

What he wore: Jamie wore a kilt in the Hunting Stewart Tartan, and a jacket in a softly checked tweed – both made by Stewart Christie bespoke tailors in Edinburgh.

Where did the big day happen and how did you choose the venue for your wedding ceremony and reception?

We got married from home – Altries house in Aberdeenshire. For me there was never anywhere else! It is where I had always imagined getting married and it is a really special place for both Jamie and I. We had the wedding reception in the garden and the ceremony in my local church; St Mary’s at Blairs, where I was the third generation of Campbells to get married!

There was a lovely natural feel to the wedding styling – how did you go about creating that?

The gardens at Altries are one of my favourite places. In addition to them being the setting for our reception I wanted the sense of being surrounded by foliage to flow through into the interior spaces as well.

We did a lot of it ourselves using plants and flowers we collected from our garden and the surrounding woods, adding to the beautiful greenery features and bouquets by florist Green Pea Studio. For the week leading up to the wedding it was all hands on deck, with family and friends all pitching in and my Grandparents watching over the proceedings from the lawn!

I loved the fact we had so many different people contributing – from my aunt etching all the place settings to Jamie building the bar himself from reclaimed timber and wineboxes. A particularly special touch was my childhood doctor offering his vintage Rolls Royce as my wedding car – apparently it has also transported Winston Churchill and the Queen!

Were there any last minute wedding disasters or did it all go to plan?

Well there were the tulips…Being a May wedding I thought it would be a lovely idea to have crates of tulips planted up to decorate the drive. Back in November we planted hundreds, and patiently waited until spring to see our hard work pay off. Unfortunately the unpredictable Scottish weather had other ideas! The weeks before the wedding were unusually warm and the tulips came out in all their glory, only to all blow over just days before the big event!

But when we got to the day itself none of that mattered, we had the most wonderful time celebrating with everyone and I wouldn’t change a thing!

luxury pashmina for wedding

Araminta wore one of her handwoven alpaca shawls to keep warm during the evening.

Greenery wedding bouquet

Araminta’s wedding bouquet by Green Pea Studio. She wanted to keep it simple, using foliage for contrast.

Scottish wedding chapel

St Mary’s at Blairs is a beautiful historic church, and Araminta was the third generation of Campbells to get married there!

wedding trees decoration

Trees lined the corridors at St Mary’s of Blairs

Wedding greenery

Greenery and flowers in the church

vintage wedding car in Scottish village

The vintage Rolls Royce wedding car which had previously driven Winston Churchill and the Queen!

unique wedding dress and groom's bespoke outfit

Jamie and Araminta in the grounds at Altries

secret garden wedding venue

The marquee used for the wedding reception was transformed into a secret garden with trees, greenery and delicate florals.

garden themed wedding decorations in marquee

The wire frames of old lampshades were wrapped in moss from the garden to create unique focal features for the wedding marquee.

wedding greenery decorations

Greenery and floral wedding decorations by Green Pea Studio

garden themed wedding bar

The bar at the reception which Jamie made from reclaimed logs and wine crates.

alternative summer wedding cakes

The wedding cakes and family sword for cutting.

kilts on the wedding dancefloor

Dancing the night away to live band



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