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