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...!