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

real wedding | siobhan and fabiano

So Siobhan & Fabiano’s Barony Castle wedding fell between Christmas and New Year 2018. Now I usually take 2 weeks off from Christmas into the New Year however when Siobhan called I couldn’t say no and Im so pleased that I did bend my own festive rule to design her wedding flowers.
Siobhan’s choice of colours and textures for her own bouquet allowed for me to have a lot of fun with the flower selection. There was a very Scottish feel to her handheld teardrop bouquet. The bridesmaids had just gypsophila bouquets and the made of honour had a gypsophila bouquet with the memory lane roses we had used in the bridal bouquet added in as well. Each bouquet had the addition of pheasant feathers and the stems were wrapped in a tartan provided by Siobhan. Signature Hair by Kirstie also added in some thistles & feathers to the hair-ups. Fabiano and his groomsmen had thistle, purple statice and eucalyptus buttonholes to coordinate with the bridal bouquet and the tartan they were wearing.
Their photographer David Grant Simpson has kindly allowed me to share some images below. I think you’ll all agree both bride and groom looked amazing and Im so pleased our Scottish winter weather behaved for them!

we're in Go Hen!'s top 50 UK wedding florists of 2019!

Well this was a nice wee surprise! I received an email from Katie at Go Hen! letting me know I had been selected by their research team to be one of their top 50 UK wedding florists of 2019. I didn’t even realise my work was being looked at by these guys so this was a lovely email to receive.

Click HERE to check out all of the amazing florists listed around the UK.

Here is what they wrote about Stems;
’Emma and her trusty team at stems are floral designers extraordinaire! To date they’ve won a bouquet of awards and created dream weddings for a number of very happy couples. Understated yet incredibly elegant with a focus on rustic and real looking blooms, Stems bring the very best seasonal flora together to create simply breath-taking displays. Check out their Instagram feed for your own wedding inspiration.’

Thank you Go Hen! for making one wee Scottish florist awfy happy!

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