real wedding | alex and richard

The wedding of Alex & Richard was a little bit extra special as Rachel was one of Alex’s bridesmaids. We had to make sure everything was perfect and I think Rach felt the pressure more than ever on this one.

The wedding was held at Melville Castle and the day was captured as naturally as ever by Becky at EnaMay Photography. I wasn’t there on the morning of the wedding so Rach took charge of decorating the cake, placing the table centres in situ and, most nerve-wrackingly of all, presented her best friend with her bridal bouquet.

Alex opted for rich burgundy bridesmaids dresses from LA Bridal so this became the colour to work with in the floral designs.

When it comes to selecting your wedding flowers I always advise using a few different tones of the main colour featured in your wedding alongside another colour or two and/or some foliage. This just breaks it up a little and allows each bloom to shine. If you try to colour match a bridesmaids dress to a product from Mother Nature I feel you’re taking a gamble and probably won’t come out a winner. For Alex, we chose burgundy dahlias, deep red hypericum berries, dark pink wax flower, white roses, soft cream spray roses, burgundy amaranthus, anemones, grey brunia berries, senecio and eucalyptus.

You can see in the girls group shots just how well this combination brought both the bridal gown and bridesmaids dresses together while not blending into either colour of dress.

Here are a few photos kindly sent over from Becky. Enjoy!

Suppliers:
Photography - EnaMay Photography
Flowers - Stems
Dresses - LA Bridal
Venue - Melville Castle
Venue decoration - Something Borrowed Events
Hair & Make Up - Caroline Stewart Make Up Artistry & Hair Styling
Band - The Stereo Beats
Kilts - The Kilt Store

real wedding | morven and andrew

I do love an autumn/winter wedding. Especially one at Wedderburn Castle and Barns!
I knew from the initial emails between Morven and myself that their floral style was in sync with my own. I also knew I really, really wanted to design their wedding florals so I was delighted when they asked me to be their florist.
The theme was woodland inspired with lots of foliage and texture. We wanted to bring the outdoors into the barns. We added large branches to the beams and entwined a variety of foliage & trailing amaranthus and then hung glass baubles with tea lights inside from them. With candles galore and fairy lights romantically lighting up the exposed brick walls it was all so picture perfect and cosy.
For Morven’s bouquet we brought in a soft touch of peach to compliment her breathtakingly beautiful dress and we kept a mixture of foliage within her bouquet to keep consistency with the venue decoration and the countryside surroundings. For Andrew’s buttonhole we used a delicate spray rose and thistle with foliage to signify the coming together of Scottish Morven and English Andrew.
I was thrilled to discover Jen Owens would be behind the lens capturing their day and she did not disappoint! She kindly sent over some images for me to share with you all… take a look!

Suppliers;
Flowers by Stems
Photography - Jen Owens Images
Venue - Wedderburn Castle & Barns
Make-up Artist - Ciara Mackenzie Make Up
Hair Stylist - Lisa Ivone Wedding Hair
Lighting & Props - Get Knotted

real wedding | alison and stuart

Alison and Stuart got married at Mertoun Kirk followed by Clint Lodge in the Scottish Borders back in June and we were delighted to be asked to design their flowers.
They chose timeless whites, creams, greens and foliage along with a touch of twisted willow and were happy for us to select the flowers used.
For Alison we designed a large bouquet with roses, sweet peas, hellebores, green eryngium, white scabious, spray roses, soft ruscus & twisted willow entwined.
The bridesmaids had bouquets of just gypsophila with trailing ribbons and the gents had rustic buttonholes with the smaller elements from the bridal bouquet.
I was delighted my studio neighbour EnaMay Photography was shooting this wedding and she has kindly sent me some images to share with you all… Enjoy!

Photography - EnaMay Photography
Make Up - Anna Millington MUA

article | the life of a florist

I was delighted to be asked to feature on Florismart’s online magazine series ‘The Life of a Florist’.
It’s been a journey to get to where I am just now and it’s not been easy but I have loved every minute. You have to take the good with the bad and ride every wave taking notes along the way. It’s all been worth it to watch my crazy kids grow up. Here’s to the next few years…!

Read my story in full here.