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

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.

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

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 

when the borders girls come together...

The Haining, situated in Selkirk is a stunning old building sat on a beautiful estate with photo opportunities galore. I was too excited to be asked, along with Something Borrowed Events, to dress the building and marquee for some photos which they would use for promotional purposes.

Bringing in more weddings & events will create more revenue to help restore some of the rooms within the building which are currently not in use. 

I asked my go-to photographer Becky from EnaMay Photography if she would be keen to shoot and thankfully she was free. The idea then came to us to do a full on styled shoot, so we found a 'couple', got them suited and booted and got some action shots. 

There are so many wonderful images from the day but here are a few of my personal favourites.

Click the here to see more images as featured in Tie The Knot Scotland.

Massive shout out to everyone involved...

Photography - EnaMay Photography  
Bridal-ware - Whimsical Bride  
Venue - The Haining, Selkirk  
Hair - Signature Hair by Kirstie 
Makeup - Danni Burnside MUA
Mensware - Scotch Tweed
Event decor - Something Borrowed Events
Cake - Ruby & Pearl Cake Art
Models - Heather Hall & William Brown

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