I survived the month of may

I won’t lie, a few weeks ago I was pretty apprehensive about heading into the busiest wedding ‘season’ (read; spring, summer & autumn) to date. 

I’ve become the list operator. Lists of stem counts needed for each and every wedding. Lists reminding me when to order the flowers for each wedding so I can ensure I’m getting the pick of the bunch followed by notes reminding me what days the flowers will arrive direct from Holland. Lists of emails needing replied to in-between sorting said flower deliveries. Lists of vases and containers to look out for each wedding. Lists to itemise which arrangements should be designed on what day. Underlined notes in my diary reminding me about the kids school trips, horse riding lessons, swimming lessons. Wedding delivery schedules & so on…

Now that all of May’s weddings, photoshoots & events are complete I have no idea why I had the fear *touch wood*

I think I had forgot how much I’m actually capable of doing. I had Cody, opened the shop, brought Rachel on board and the last few years have whizzed by in a blur. 

Now that the boy child is at nursery/with his lovely childminder I have time to myself to crack on and I am bloody loving life. Who knew just how much one florist can do when she’s child free and the music is blaring?! 

Of course, they will probably throw a curve ball (sick day) at me soon, but for now, I’m absolutely loving the madness that is working in the wedding industry.

Here are just a few photos taken over the last three weeks.

Em x

dining in a glasshouse

This styled shoot was one I patiently waited months to execute and it did not disappoint.

The idea was originally a woodland dinner setting. One which I had envisioned for a long time but never had the headspace or time to organise. Scottish weather put a stop to the woodland setting on the week of the photo shoot so Becky and I wracked our brains to think of somewhere suitable indoors that was rustic enough for our planned styling to work within the new surroundings. Almost simultaneously we came up with the idea of the greenhouses on the grounds of Cringletie House as our new location.

I am a huge believer in everything happens for a reason and as I watched it all come together on the day I knew this was the setting we were meant to be in. It just worked.

I LOVE foliage & texture and because this was a styled shoot I could really encapsulate my style into the designs and layout of the table setting which made me happy no end.

I opted for varieties of foliage not usually used in our wedding and event work to show just how versatile greenery can be. I added in some of my favourite asparagus ferns, viburnum snowballs, green eryngium, seed pods, hellebores, olive, eucalyptus, white ranunculus & a peony or two.

To create a real feast for the eyes I wanted to bring different vessels and containers at varying heights to the table while keeping them all complementary to each other. I chose white wash wooden troughs, glass candle sticks at mixed heights, geometric terrariums which added a subtle touch of gold to the mix, stone effect jugs and terracotta plant pots with succulents planted into them. I then added moss into the terrariums & candlesticks to soften the glare of the glass while keeping with the green theme.

We decided to mix the crockery up a bit by using mixed shapes and sizes of plates and using a vintage selection of cutlery - we didn’t want it to be too matchy matchy. With the addition of natural linen napkins and a sprig or two of foliage the places were set.

When it came to the cake Nicola took inspiration from the forest floor. The ruffles, taken from the feel of wild mushrooms, combined with the rough textured finish and edible moss (yup, she is a Heston in hiding) looked as though it was made with the glasshouse surroundings in mind. With cookies and meringues to complement the cake we were kept fed for the duration of the shoot too, always an added bonus!

Becky did her camera wizardry and I couldn't be happier with how she captured everything. Because we chose to have no models, I worried that there wouldn’t be many angles or points of interest for her to play around with. I clearly forgot she has an eye for this and is drawn to angles you or I wouldn’t even consider when handed a camera.

Bram from Hopler Wood Co, Nicola and I watched on (while feasting on the aforementioned cookies) as Becky worked her magic and by 1.30pm we were done.

I cant thank these guys enough & Louise at Cringletie House for their part in this styled shoot. Should you be planning a wedding or event I wouldn’t to hesitate recommend them all. Their professionalism, eye for detail & great banter is a winning combination.

SUPPLIER SHOUT OUT:
Venue - Cringletie House, Peebles
Photographer - EnaMay Photography
Flowers & styling - Stems
Cake, cookies & meringues - Ruby & Pearl Cake Art
Wooden trestle tables, benches, chairs & ladders - Hopler Wood Co.
Crockery - Gary Moore Catering Services
Luxury Eucalyptus garland - Irish Green Guys

Now for some photos… if you’ve read this far kudos to you!

Em x

newhall estate

A couple of months ago I was asked by Jasmin Skye Photography if I could provide the flowers for a bridal shoot at the newly refurbished Newhall Estate.

The fun thing about styled shoots is that you’re given full creative reign so I was more than happy to take part.
The brief was light pastel tones with trailing silk ribbons to finish. With ranunculus being in high season I had to incorporate them into the bouquet alongside some muscari, quick sand roses, white double eustoma, hellebores (a firm favourite of mine), green eryngium, white delphiniums, eucalyptus & asparagus ferns.

Being in the midst of wedding season I had actually completely forgot about the shoot so I was delighted to find an email from Ruth at Jasmin Skye Photography sat patiently waiting to be opened in my inbox yesterday.

I couldn’t attend the shoot so flicking through these images was a real joy. Everything from the hair & make up to the style of dress just works so perfectly. I love the wax stamp finish to the wedding stationery!

There were lots of images to choose from so I have tried to keep it to just a few to tell the story of the day.
If you’re getting married at Newhall Estate and have yet to find your florist please give me a shout. It’s a stunning venue with endless floral design options to enhance the space.

SUPPLIERS
Photographer - Jasmin Skye Photography
Model - Shannon Dawe
Venue - Newhall Estate
Make up artist - Laura Jane
Hair stylist - The Bride To Be
Lingerie - Miss Vivienne
Dress - ‘Bron’ by Wendy Makin supplied by Reflections
Stationery - Fine Art Calligraphy
Ribbon - Silk & Purl

and into the madness I go!

So I feel I should probably start by apologising for the radio silence.

I’ve been gearing up for what is to be one of the busiest wedding seasons to date with no break until November… ouch.

I am so excited to be dressing some of my favourite venues this summer/autumn alongside some exciting new venues and private functions.

I’ve been up and down the country sourcing some pretty cool props and items to help bring my couples visions to life and I will share some images with you all in due course.

This week I am taking part in a woodland themed styled shoot with my long suffering camera wizard EnaMay Photography, the crazy talented cake ninja Ruby & Pearl Cake Art and the perfectly natural Hopler Wood Company. I’ll keep the location quiet for just now but I’ll share some images afterwards.

The lovely Isabella joined the team yesterday. Im so excited to have such a happy and energetic wee soul helping me out with keeping the place in order and all stock in check while I am back to back with weddings and events. Rach will also be back to freelance on some of my busier weekends too - roll on the hilarity!

Because of the workload mixed in with making sure the kids are kept watered, fed and clean I may be a little quieter on here over the next few months. Should you wish to discuss your wedding flowers with me please get in touch via the contact form and I will get back to you as soon as I can. May, June & July are back to back so please bare with me during these months.

To keep up to date with the daily goings on and for some sneak peeks you can follow my stories on Instagram or posts on Facebook.

Here are some snaps of some gorgeous flowers I’ve had in recently and some designs I’ve made.

Over & out.

Em x

P.s - If you’re passing the shop (especially on Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays) coffee & cake care packages are always welcome…