real wedding | lana and gregor

I’ve been fair excited to share the images from the lovely Lana’s wedding at the Kingsknowes Hotel, Galashiels. The camera wizard behind these photos was Laura from Eilidh Robertson Photography. I love how she captured the day - the happiness surrounding Lana & Gregor is so clear to see. I was smiling the entire time I was sat selecting these images.

For flowers Lana wanted to keep the colours simple and complementary of her bridesmaids dresses so we went for whites, creams & greens. She loved texture so we added in some succulents and lots of lush foliage alongside some white roses.

We added a little touch of foliage, eryngium and white spray roses to copper geometric candle holders which we placed down the aisle. Later they doubled up as table centres alongside cacti favours for the guests.

Rather than trying to explain how gorgeous it all looked here are some photos to show you all.

Photography - Laura at Eilidh Robertson Photography
Dress - Mori Lee from L.A Bridal
Flowers - Stems
Venue - Kingsknowes Hotel

real wedding | bryony and brodie

While sat in a beautiful traditional Portuguese house in the mountains of central Portugal I realised I needed to make more effort in blogging our weddings.

With all the time in the world while on holiday I began my mission of messaging photographers from recent weddings and asking if I could possibly share some of their images. The first to get back to me was the lovely Jen from Jen Owens Images.

We’ve worked together before at this very venue however I didn’t meet Jen until I delivered Bryony’s flowers on the morning of her July wedding at the beautifully rustic Wedderburn Barns in Duns.

Bryony & Brodie had the most idyllic summers day for their outdoor ceremony. After getting ready in the nearby cottages they made their way to meet one another in the courtyard to say their vows surrounded by family and friends.

The beauty of Wedderburn is how relaxed it is, with everything on site and the place to yourselves everyone can let their hair down and enjoy the day.

There are photo opportunities galore and I love how Jen whisked them off to grab some moments together in amongst the beautiful countryside surroundings.

Rather than trying to describe their day (I’m rubbish at writing!) here are some images kindly sent over from Jen to show a little snippet of their special day.

Photography - Jen Owens Images
Hair & Make Up - Emily Millar
Dress - Charlie Brear at Rachel Scott Couture
Flowers - Stems
Caterer - Stock Events
Venue - Wedderburn Barns

please vote for us in the British Florist Association Awards!

We were delighted to find out we've been shortlisted for not one but two awards at the highly regarded BFA industry awards! 

We're up 'against' some fantastic florists in categories Florist Retail Shop of the Year and Florist Website of the Year so the chances of actually walking away with anything are slim but we thought we would try and bring in some votes anyway :-) 

If you have two minutes please give us a vote by clicking 'Stems, Innerleithen' in categories 1 and 3 HERE. 

Thank you so much! Em & Rach x


meijer white label avalanche roses

Only the best for our couples. 

Since becoming Meijer's Grower Ambassador all of a sudden I've become a rose pervert who's fascinated with watching them at every stage of bloom. 

My go-to large headed white rose is the Meijer White Label Avalanche. It's a younger crop to the world renowned classic Avalanche in the purple Meijer wrap and they are perfection. 

Rather than just talk about them I thought I'd take some snaps and share their beauty with you all... enjoy! 

wedderburn barns

I first dressed Wedderburn Barns back in 2014. I've lost count of how many times I've decorated both the Castle & Barns since then but never once have I seen two weddings the same here. 

Set in the beautiful countryside just outside of Duns it really is rather special. The Barns are a blank canvas for any couple to make their own. You can add streamers, fairy lights or flowers to the beams. You can choose round tables or long trestle tables to seat your guests at for the wedding breakfast. You can say your vows in the courtyard or barns (or perhaps even the beautiful Castle). There are photo opportunities galore. You can stay on site in the quaint cottages or within the castle. You have the most wonderful wedding coordinator in Cat and knowledgable recommended suppliers who know the venue like the back of their hand ready to help make your day perfect. 

I love nothing more than seeing photos of weddings we have been a small part of so I was thrilled when one of our lovely Wedderburn brides Rona popped some photos from her wedding day into my inbox. 

The images below were captured by the very talented Photography78 

Rona, you looked absolutely stunning and everything fell into place perfectly. Thank you for allowing us to be a small part of your special day & for sharing your photos with us. 

behind the scenes of wedding set ups!

I'm forever sharing photos of beautiful wedding set ups but no one gets to see the work put in behind the scenes to create them. I decided to hire Becky from EnaMay Photography to shadow us one sunny Saturday in May while we set up two weddings around the Scottish Borders.

I started at 6am that morning in the shop wrapping bridal and bridesmaids bouquets, designing fresh buttonholes and corsages and packing the last few bits and pieces into the van. I had pinched the husband the night prior to help load all of the big stuff - men folk definitely have their uses! 

We set off at 8.15am to Melrose Parish Church where we added 20 floral pew ends to create a beautiful aisle for Rona to walk down and positioned a large pedestal arrangement by the pulpit. We then placed the Groom & groomsmen's buttonholes in the entranceway ready for them to attach on arrival. Next we stopped by the loveliest guest house in Melrose to deliver all bridal party flowers to Rona. The offer of a scrummy breakfast was almost enough to stop us in our tracks but somehow we resisted temptation and got on our way to our next stop, Runningburn Marquee just outside of Kelso. 

This was the venue for Rachel & Gavin's wedding and they couldn't have had a more perfect setting on such a summery day. We carried the arch into place and added the finishing touches to the flowers on it. We then placed rustic buckets of gypsophila down the aisle before adding a jug full of lovely blooms onto their signing table. We then set up all 11 table centres which were beautiful tall designs that complimented the linens and surroundings perfectly. Next up we added mixed glass vessels to the top table and to the table plan which was designed onto a set of ladders. Finally, we positioned two milk churns at the entranceway to complete the set up. The marquee really did look beautiful and the owners were wonderful to work with. Very efficient which always makes our job that bit easier! 

It was then time to go and find the bridal party who were staying in a beautiful countryside cottage. We delivered Rachel her bouquet along with her bridesmaids bouquets and hair flowers and left them be with their glam squad to get ready for the big day. 

Off we went to our final stop, Wedderburn Castle & Barns in Duns. 

I've worked here that many times I've lost count but the one thing I LOVE about Wedderburn is no two weddings are ever the same! Rona's was no exception. I got started on the beams which I covered with a variety of foliage, trailing amaranthus and roses to finish. Rach worked on the tables while I was up the ladders adding mixed glass vessels to the tables. We then added foliage and flowers to the 'Bar' sign, table plan & cake. Next we whizzed over to the Castle to sneakily place some bouquets in the mother of the bride and mother of the grooms rooms and popped a large vase design on the main table in the castle entrance... Phew! 

Mornings like this take a lot of pre planning, coffee and energy but I wouldn't have it any other way. The feeling you get as you step back and see the brides vision, your designs, come to life is something else. It was even more enjoyable receiving these images from Becky afterwards and seeing our mornings work through someone else's eyes. 

Here you have Stems at work...! 

two very different weddings on one very lovely day

It's not uncommon for us to design the flowers for two weddings on the same day if its manageable and logistically possible.

Last weekend we designed the flowers for Laura's Wedderburn Castle and Barns wedding in Duns and also for Jen's Barony Castle wedding in Peeblesshire. Originally Jen was due to get married later on in the year but brought it forward for family reasons. We had to find a way to make this work as we got along so well with Nick and Jen and loved all of their ideas for their wedding flowers that we couldn't not be a small part of it.

Between the two weddings we had 21 table centres, 4 pedestal arrangements, mossed letters, vase arrangements, a long & low table piece, garlands, cake flowers, bridal bouquets, bridesmaids bouquets, lots of buttonholes and corsages, hair flowers... the list goes on! 

Becky at EnaMay Photography kindly took some bouquet shots for me ahead of delivering the flowers & here they are...  

 A very Scottish themed bouquet with Memory Lane roses, eryngium, heather, nigella, hydrangea & eucalyptus.

A very Scottish themed bouquet with Memory Lane roses, eryngium, heather, nigella, hydrangea & eucalyptus.

 Another shot of Jen's bouquet.

Another shot of Jen's bouquet.

 An unstructured bridal bouquet designed using a mixture of foliage, astilbe, sweet avalanche and cream avalanche roses, lilac, double eustoma & nigella.

An unstructured bridal bouquet designed using a mixture of foliage, astilbe, sweet avalanche and cream avalanche roses, lilac, double eustoma & nigella.

 Another shot of Laura's bouquet.

Another shot of Laura's bouquet.

the secret herb garden styled shoot

Do you dream of a laid back, natural, light and airy kind of wedding day? Somewhere with space to put a sneaky gin bar and stretches of lawn for some summer garden games with your wedding guests... The Secret Herb Garden is that place. You don't have to bus your guests off out into the countryside - it's in Edinburgh! Just 5 minutes or so from the bypass it's very well situated but also tucked away enough that you and your guests would not think you're in the capital - win win.

Below are some of my favourite images from the shoot and here are the suppliers we worked alongside...
Venue - Secret Herb Garden
Photographer - Siobhan Stewart Photography 
Flowers - Stems
Bridal gowns, accessories & shoes - Whimsical Bride
Mensware - Walker Slater, Edinburgh
Models - Rio & John from Superior Model Management 
Stationery - Laura E Patrick Calligraphy 
Venue styling - Pretty Rustic Events
Make up - Carrie Duffy
Hair - Lauren at the Loft