real wedding | rosie and fred

WHERE does one even start?

When Rosie came to me to chat flowers back in 2018 I instantly warmed to her; she has the most bubbly personality. When she told me flowers were to be a big part of her day and that they should feature everywhere I got excited. When she showed me her colour palette I got even more excited. Then she allowed me to take creative reign and I knew this wedding would be one I’d never forget.

As the owner of her own business, Rosie Sugden Cashmere, I think perhaps she knew that when you allow a creative person to do their thing you will be rewarded with some pretty cool designs.

To achieve the soft, romantic, whimsical summer wedding vibe I decided to contact a couple of local growers to source some seasonal flowers. The lovely School House Flowers & Cloudberry Flowers produced some amazing mixed buckets of blooms which included ammi, foxgloves, lupins, orlaya, mixed grasses & lots more.

I then ordered peonies, ranunculus, garden roses, tulips, snapdragons, dahlia, delphiniums and much more from growers in Holland which arrived via Flowering Direct.

The arrangements required for Rosie’s wedding were;

  • the bridal bouquet & floral hair comb

  • 3 bridesmaids bouquets

  • gents buttonholes

  • floral pew ends for the church

  • 3 pedestal arrangements for the church

  • floral arch for the church entrance

  • 44 vase arrangements for the trestle tables in the marquee

  • foliage garland for the front of the bar

  • flowers & foliage to be added to the marquee poles

I began setting up the marquee florals on the Friday evening. Orde Food Company had dressed the tables ready for me to add the florals to and Rosie’s choice in linen colour combined with the coloured tapered candles complimented the flowers perfectly.

The setting was simply stunning and the marquee from Best In Tent was probably one of the nicest marquees I have ever seen! It had been erected on the grounds of the family home in Lilliesleaf in the Scottish Borders.

On the Saturday morning it was an early start to get to Bowden Kirk and put together the floral arch. It was a family affair as I needed two vehicles to get all of the buckets of flowers and pedestals to the church so my long suffering husband and kids came along to help too. It was nice to have some company while working away!

Once the church was suitably adorned with flowers I headed off to the family home to add florals to the marquee poles & pass on the bridal party flowers to Rosie and her girls.

Melissa Beattie Photography captured Rosie & Fred’s day so perfectly and Rosie kindly passed on some flowery photos for me to share with you all. I hope they bring you as many smiles while looking through them as they gave me designing them.

Thank you Rosie for allowing me to get creative and play a little part in your special day. It has been the highlight of my summer.


Photography - Melissa Beattie Photography
Marquee - Best In Tent Marquees
Catering - Orde Food Company
Make Up Artist - Anna Millington
Hair Stylist - Signature Hair by Kirstie
Local Growers - Cloudberry Flowers & School House Flowers
Dutch Supplier - Flowering Direct
Garlands & Foliage - Irish Green Guys
Flowers - Stems

real wedding | brodie and lewis

Although Im currently swimming in flowers I had to pause for a moment when an email from Lianne Mackay Photography appeared in my inbox.

It contained all kinds of loveliness from the wedding of Brodie & Lewis who got married in April at Wedderburn Barns.

Brodie opted for a soft nude, blush & white colour palette. The floral recipe consisted of pink ranunculus, nude roses, white delphiniums, lisianthus, nigella, hellebores, eucalyptus & asparagus ferns.

I designed the bouquets for Brodie & her bridesmaids, the gents buttonholes, added foliage to the main beams & provided flowers for Ruby & Pearl Cake Art to add to the cake.

It’s so lovely to see how everything came together in these beautiful photos from Lianne. I think you’ll agree she captured their day so perfectly.

Venue - Wedderburn Barns
Photographer - Lianne Mackay Photography
Wedding Dress - Whimsical Bride Melrose
Flowers - Stems
Cake - Ruby & Pearl Cake Art

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.

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