The Cow Shed in Crail was the perfect venue for Rachel and William’s recent micro wedding in Perthshire. They organized a beautiful and intimate day with just 20 of their closest family and friends. Consisting of; jumping on hay bales, DIY boho decor, an intimate first dance by the fairy lights, a competitive game of volleyball (which inevitably resulted in the Groom having a nosebleed!), and sparklers in the evening. As a result, from start to finish, Rachel and William were entirely my types of people, a truly fun wedding! What’s not to love..?!

Full Day Wedding Coverage, Collection III – One Photographer

cow shed crail scottish wedding

Why have a micro wedding at the cow shed crail?

Micro weddings are fast becoming a popular option and I believe they are here to stay! Rachel and William were married in the time of COVID restrictions and had to limit their guest list to just 20 people. The Cow Shed was a perfectly sized venue for a micro wedding. The staff was always at hand and extremely helpful on the day. Therefore, I highly recommend this stunning venue if you are planning a wedding at The Cow Shed Crail. Feel free to email me to discuss how I can help further at or fill out my contact form here

scottish wedding the cow shed crail

A laid-back scottish wedding

The morning prep was at a nearby Air BnB, just a 10-minute drive from The Cow Shed, Crail. Rachel opted for a natural make-up look, which she applied herself since she had to keep her supplier numbers minimal. It was a laid-back morning with bacon rolls and minimal fuss. As such, nerves seemed to really be kept at bay and it was a truly relaxing morning for all.

scottish wedding bridal prep

The first look

Emotions were high when Rachel and William were told they would have to wear face masks during their ceremony. Understandably so, seeing one another’s reactions is one of the most anticipated parts of a wedding day. As such, I threw a bit of a curveball when I suggested something a little less traditional – a first look. Simply put, this is when they see one another BEFORE their ceremony. The beautiful courtyard at The Cow Shed is the perfect setting for a first look.
Keeping to tradition, Rachel’s Dad walked his stunning daughter arm in arm towards her soon-to-be husband. Just LOOK at the anticipation and excitement on William’s face as he heard the gravel crunching nearby. That cheeser – sooo dreamy!

first look at the cow shed crail scottish wedding photographer

The cow shed ceremony

Even with a first look, Rachel was still walked down the aisle by her Dad. It was lovely and emotional for everyone (I’m not crying, it’s just been raining on my face ok?!). There is something about a more intimate wedding, that really allows you to feel the emotions of everyone in the room. Rachel and William were permitted to remove their masks for their first kiss. It was actually super sweet and romantic seeing how excited they were to whip those masks off!

micro wedding at the cow shed crail
micro wedding ceremony scottish wedding cow shed crail
micro covid wedding at the cow shed crail

The styling details

With the help of Gloam, one of my favourite venue stylists, Rachel opted to create chilled-out boho vibes. They created cosy areas where her family could relax and socialise after the ceremony. I feel like, having a smaller guest list gave more opportunity to create these cute wee areas in the venue. Therefore, there was more focus on comfort and socializing. With Rachel’s creative flair, they also opted to DIY many parts of their styling. Such as; her beautiful welcome board, her glorious display of pampas grass in large vases, and THE most delicious scented candles by DW Home. As a result, they created a warm and inviting setting for her family to enjoy.
In conclusion, The Cow Shed, Crail was literally the most perfect venue for a micro Scottish wedding.

boho wedding at the cowshed crail
the cow shed crail micro wedding styling
the cow shed crail scottish wedding photographer
boho scottish wedding the cow shed crail pampass grass

Wedding portraits

With no reception, band, or dance floor for the evening, we had extra time for portraits. Firstly, a short stroll in the courtyard where we had Rachel and William’s “first dance”. It was really refreshing seeing a Bride and Groom alone for this moment, it hadn’t happened before. Above all, I could see them relax and have fun with no pressure attached!
Secondly, Rachel and William had previously expressed their desire to have pics in a cornfield. Sadly the fields had been harvested but we did manage to find a field, just 10 mins away with haybales. We may or may not have snuck into the field…just quickly and causing no damage, promise!

scottish photographer bride and groom
wedding portraits in a field
scottish wedding portraits in a field
scottish wedding portraits in a hayfield
first dance at the cow shed crail
bride and groom at the cow shed crail

wedding decor at the cow shed crail

What to do when there is no dancing allowed?

A game of volleyball, for instance! I have to say, I was very impressed at Rachel’s ability to jump around in her stunning Avorio Bridal dress. It was pretty much pitch black by this point. As a result, this inevitably resulted in the Groom having a bloody nose and yes, I did get hit on the head with the volleyball! I saw that ball coming, and made sure my babies (cameras!) were shielded, so it was all good. 🙂

scottish volleyball wedding garden games

The grand exit

As I said my goodbye’s (socially distanced of course!) we snuck in a cheeky little sparkler exit. I love doing these shots. Everyone loves sparkles and always looks so happy. As such, it just feels like a nice way to round the day off!

sparkler wedding exit scottish photographer

The Suppliers

Check out this handy supplier list, if you are looking to create a similar vibe wedding, at The Cow Shed, Crail

You can view my wedding packages here
or to enquire about your date contact me here

Venue – The Cow Shed, Crail

Brides dress – Avorio Bridal

Grooms suit – Marc Darcy

Bridesmaids dress (link to similar) – ASOS

Flower girl dresses – Next

Flowers –

Hair Styling –

Venue styling/Furniture Hire – wearegloam

Stationer – Rosemoode Atlier + Ginger Ray

Cake – Bride’s Mum

Dried flower confetti – Amazon

Bride’s personalised silk robe – Bespoke Gems Co.

Pampas Grass – Triangle Nursery

Catering – Gourlay Events

Peace and Love,
Danielle x

Ready to become BFFs and book me as your wedding photographer? 

Get in touch here.

Or for more wedding day tips check out my super awesome Free Resources page.


January 26, 2021

boho decor wedding ceremony set up

Micro Wedding at The Cow Shed, Crail

Danielle Leslie


  1. Carol V Leslie says:

    Wow Danielle!! I am so impressed at what you have put together here….! This wedding looks like it was so wonderful……it is amazing to me that weddings can be so enjoyable and recorded in such an amazing way….even during a time of pandemic……such a ‘historic’ moment really. Seeing folks with facial masks on…having to socially distance etc. Very well done!