A stunning Tartan inspired Winter Wedding in Cumbria

Today I am thrilled to share this stunning Tartan inspired Winter Wedding in Cumbria with beautiful seasonal tones, and rustic touches.

Images were captured by Joshua Wyborn Photographic.

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Joshua Wyborn is a Lake District & Cumbria based wedding photographer.

He covers the UK & destinations for weddings and elopements In a contemporary style.

His approach is more observational, creative, and documentary-style rather than the stiff formality of endless group shots.

His eyes are be peeled for those unexpected moments that can make a day creating shots that are unposed, candid, spontaneous.

They are moments captured rather than created and will tell the story of your big day in a naturalistic way.


Bride Sharon tells us the story of the couples Tartan inspired winter wedding day…


How did you meet?

Jim and I met at a Farmers Auction Mart where he was selling cheviot rams, and I was working.  We got chatting through a friend when he wouldn’t answer her texts. But he answered mine.

It was a long time after that he asked me out, his idea of a romantic Italian meal left him traumatised when I ordered whitebait and proceeded to offer him one, he says he can still see its eyes.

We’ve been together 14 years now.

In that time we have both lived and worked together….had the highs and lows but we have always laughed and had a laugh.

Tell us about the Proposal…

We had spent the day working sheep getting them ready to attend the Royal Highland Show, and had just eaten supper.

While clearing the table afterwards he just came out with it.

After such a long time working and living with each other you can imagine my surprise

After all the romantic settings we had been in over the years the kitchen table is where it happened.

I said yes!! Lets have a winter wedding, lets do it this November.

He said “Oh my giddy aunt! People take at least a year to get it all sorted.”

But then we cracked open a bottle of bubbles and decided November it was.

It doesn’t sound the most romantic way of proposing, but it was special to us.

Tell us about your wedding planning journey…

Everything about this part was amazing and so much fun.

Firstly we focused on the venue, originally we wanted to get married at home on the farm but thought November in Scotland so we quickly decided against it.

We also realised we would need the shed for the cattle by then.

We went to Skitby House which we new ticked every box, it had that Wow factor as soon as you go in through the door.

Both Katherine the manager and Chris the owner / chef are totally gifted in what they do.

They were more like friends just after your first meeting there was nothing they wouldn’t or couldn’t do to make your day run more perfectly, and Katherine was there at the other end of the phone if I needed to pick her brains about something.

We went for tasting sessions for the evening guest, where we decided to go for the menu “Around the world.”

Our guests being mostly farmers have big appetites, but I can honestly say after two tasting sessions and covering 8 countries we thought our wedding outfits my struggle to fit.

So we had absolutely no worries in that the guests would leave Skitby hungry.

Picking a photographer was the next massive thing we looked at. There is plenty to choose from but picking the right one for you can be daunting. We looked at their blogs and reviews and both agreed that Joshua Wyborn stood out.

He has a natural approach to photography using the light to capture everything from the little glances or a kiss to the moments of laughter and smiles that you never want to forget.

We new he was perfect from the beginning as soon as he got in touch he wanted to know all about us, not just the present but the past the how’s and whys about what we liked and didn’t.

We can honestly say he never left any detail out, so when we met him it was like we’d known him forever. Which came in handy as he helped some of the guests get ready.

That night he ate his dinner with our guest and they thought he was just that.

Josh is not only a very talented photographer but he a gift for being in the zone as its known I think that’s why he captures images only friends would otherwise be able to.

He’ll happily offer advice if you need it and is totally focused on making your day as special as he possibly can.

Our Band were called The Highway band and Katherine of the venue had heard them before along with others so again we went on to listen to numerous other bands but these guys blew us away. Again they got in touch and were fantastic with us from then on. We picked some songs from their playlists and let them do the rest.

This band knows how to keep the bride relaxed, they kept in touch all the way through with us and eventually told me not to worry they had it! And they did. They even went out there way to play a special song that the flower girls had requested asking them to come up on the floor.

The church where we got married is called Ewes Kirk which is a small farming kirk just outside of Langholm. Its old fashioned and quirky with a bell that hangs from on an old tree outside, they say its to be rung after the wedding as it brings good luck.

We had a close friend on that job, and another friend of ours did the flowers which were beautiful.

Cochranes nurseries adorned the church with seasonal flowers and greenery, and  jam jars were tied with twine at the end of each pew end. The sun shone through the stain glass windows and the old church was alive with colour from all the florals

Another friend who is a pipe major came and piped us out of the church to Highland Cathedral, this was a great way to end the church service as the majority of our guests were going to be wearing their kilts.

Our minister Scott has moved parishes and is now in Glasgow, but came back to marry us not being your run of the mill minister.

His easy going nature puts everyone at ease and can get rid of any nerves that we might have had, I think that’s his gift and why he remains so popular in our parish

Accommodation for the family since there was well over 30 of us all we hired Glingerbank House which has 15 rooms and is situated between Ewes kirk and Skitby.

Its a massive house with a pool and a hot tub, and beautiful gardens and as Jim was staying at the farm with his best man and ushers it was perfect for everyone else,

The house is where our winter wedding celebrations began, and the atmosphere in it although its huge is great for families coming together for special occasions.

Any special touches/DIY?

My Dress – I had seen something I liked but it wasn’t quite perfect.

As were from Scotland and have a sheep farm and Jim is also the vice chairman of British Wool. I really wanted to wear tartan but not satin tartan It needed to be wool.

Sourcing someone to do this wasn’t as easy as I thought, they kept saying no its to heavy or sorry we just don’t do things like that .

Eventually my cousin Kerry found a lady in Ayrshire that would do it who eventually tracked down the Robertson Tartan in 8oz wool and we set to work.

I handmade our invitations which was I felt was really personal, it meant more than just being asked to join us on our special day as we really wanted everyone to be part of it.

Jim and I made the table plan using the pictures of part of the show team as the table headings. Between Jim sawing and gluing and me titivating we eventually got it finished.

My Daughter Kayleigh (maid of honour) and I made the favours which was great fun, while my cousin Kerry ( Bridesmaid) put the order of service together.

Our flower girls cut out heart shaped confetti and close friend Allison managed to set up the church speakers to play my favourite song as I walked with dad down the aisle to Jim.

Our car was whisked away by another friend and valeted and returned as a bridal car with flowers, bows and ribbons attached, he even got a chauffuer’s hat for the occasion.

My brother Derek and his wife Donna who live in Wales made the wine for the tables, which they labelled, packedand dropped off at Skitby.

Finally my Aunt Georgia’s friend Ann made our cake in Beith (Ayrshire)and they kept it as a surprise until cutting it.

What was the theme /colour palette of your Big Day?

Our winter wedding theme unknown to Jim was based around his family tartan.

To achieve this my dress needed to be reversible ( a little quirky I know) but, walking down the aisle to meet him I wasn’t yet a Robertson,

This is why only a small portion of the tartan on my dress was on show.

It was only later that day that we turned it round, his face was a picture and the guests dd a double take when I walked by.

I felt fantastic wearing it and every bit Mrs Robertson.

As it was November my Maid of Honour and bridesmaid wore the seasonal winter colours of  ice silver and the flower girls in a midnight blue.

Their flowers and poses were made up with white roses and thistles, as were mine and were all bound together in the Robertson Tartan.

The old Kirk with big glass stained windows and its bell hanging from a tree. Skitby’s special feel with its twinkling lights and beams covered in earthy green colours and its warm atmosphere,

I think to some our theme up would be, tartan with a dash of rustic charm & natural colours, but all the time remaining elegant .

What was the best bit of your day?

Waking up to my dream day and watching it unfold.

Jim said his was when he saw me walking down the aisle to him ( and they say farmers aren’t romantic!)

What advice would you give to other couples getting married?

I would say get lots of ideas and don’t be put off by anyone, enjoy working your way through them to find out whats best for you as a couple.

Some will work and some won’t, but that doesn’t really matter just have fun doing it.

At the end of the day you will have your own fantastic memorable wedding with the things important to you, enjoy every minute.

Thanks so much to Joshua for sharing this amazing winter Wedding.

A Bride is her own person, and that means she doesn’t have to be stuck in the box of tradition, and that is never more true than with the Wedding Gown she wears.

Whether you go white, coloured or in this case, tartan, your Wedding Gown reflects you as a person, and I love Sharons Winter wedding style.


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Venue: Ewes Church and Skitby House – Cumbria

Bridal Prep Venue: Glingerbank House

Photographer: Joshua Wyborn Photographic

Wedding Dress:  A Scottish Touch

Bridesmaid Gowns: L Comeau  – Canada

Kilt Hire supplier: Andersons Kilts – Dumfries

Cake Maker: Ann Hay – Beith  – Ayrshire

Florist: Cochranes Nurseries

Rings: Beadle and Hill 

Stationery: Bride and Groom

Hair stylist: Emma Robb Freelance hairstylist

Band: Highway


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