Wedding

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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why this thank you card meant the most


So I don’t normally do weddings between Christmas and New Year because the auction dates can be tricky meaning you’re left with no room for error. If flowers are missing or arrive in poor condition (it does happen - the joys of working with Mother Nature!) you have no back up plan. 
This wedding was one I would usually politely turn down because the anxiety of the above mentioned issues over Christmas is something Id prefer to avoid however when Siobhan contacted me I just couldn’t say no.
Her wedding date fell on the 29th of December. The first date for delivery after Christmas was the 28th, if there were any problems with quality or delivery then I was goosed. I pre-ordered what I could and cherry picked the rest of the flowers from the live auction on my birthday (the 27th). 
They arrived straight from Florismart in Holland via Cavalry Transport Ltd first thing on the 28th and every stem was perfect. There was a massive sigh of relief and even more so when I handed Siobhan’s bouquet over to her the following day.
After a really rubbish week with two poorly kids and one trip to A&E, receiving the following card from Siobhan on Friday meant the world... 🥰
‘Dear Emma, 
I would just like to thank you for our absolutely stunning wedding flowers that you so beautifully created. My bouquet was exactly what I had envisioned and it looks just as spectacular in the photographs. You come across as extremely hard working, professional and a generally lovely person and we are delighted that we chose Stems to be our florist on our special day.
Love Siobhan & Fabiano x’

Siobhans bouquet

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