making time to pause and just be

Keep close to Nature’s heart & break clear away once in a while. Climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.
— John Muir

I’m often told by people around me to slow down. The thing is I don’t want to. I genuinely love what I do & when Im not working with flowers Im thinking of 100 other things I could be doing.

The one ‘downside’ to the way my mind works is I never stop and just be. I can’t sit and watch TV on an evening. I’d rather Google a language to learn or think of an instrument I could find lessons on (I’d love to learn to play the piano). I want to get every vehicle licence possible. I want to get a skydive license. Id love to BASE jump. I want to become better at snowboarding. I want to see the world. I want to sit in cafes and watch people of all cultures wander on by. I want to absorb everything possible while maintaining a stable income and family life. It can be massively overwhelming at times.

I find I’m able to switch off when skydiving (you try thinking of business plans while free falling at 130mph) or when flying down trails on my mountain bike. When work life isn’t too manic you will find me creeping round the trails of Innerleithen or Glentress quite happy in my own wee bubble. I hate the cycle or push up to the top but the views at the top followed by the adrenaline rush coming back down make it all worth while.

A couple weekends ago I went on a spontaneous trip with Becky from EnaMay Photography to climb my first Munro. I’m not really a walker, give me wheels any day of the week but I’ll try anything once. So off up my first mountain I went. We chose to climb Ben Lomond which over looks Loch Lomond and I won’t lie, the first part of the climb had me questioning what the hell I’d agreed to. However, the higher we climbed the more amazing the views became and the more alive I felt. That kind of feeling I usually get when flying down the trails on my bike. I live for this feeling. Just absorbing the world around you and how awesome it is. There was a moment as we almost reached the summit where I paused and turned to the edge of the mountain and just stood with the clouds coming towards me. I could have stood there for hours. The rugged landscape was spectacular. I was actually on top of a mountain. Excuse my language but it was cool as fuck.

We climbed 3,196 ft and I came away feeling like I could achieve anything.

We camped that evening, child and husband free. We drank wine and ate chilli I had cooked for us the night before and we enjoyed the calm. It was only one night but it completely re-charged us. Watching Becky sniffing the wood for the fire enjoying the simple things while making crude jokes was everything my soul needed and more.

Life can be busy, overwhelming and exhausting at times, for everyone, for many different reasons. Take that time to reconnect with yourself, away from distractions & remind yourself of how lucky we are to be alive.

Here are some snaps from our walk. Make up free, wifi free & bloody happy.

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