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We are beyond excited today to introduce you to our four – ever so slightly fabulous – new contributors. We’ve cherry-picked from our favourite creatives working in the Scottish wedding industry, to assemble this top team who will inspire you with their ideas and thoughts each month. So let’s meet our 2017 bloggers, who will be bringing their expertise on all things sartorial, floral, beauty and styling to WFIL this year…

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Before we begin our new series, we thought you might like to get to know our new bloggers a little better, so we put a few questions to them to find out how they got into the world of weddings and what inspires their work. First up, we’ve got our queen of all things sartorial, multi award winning designer dressmaker Mette Baillie of Freja Designer Dressmaking.

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If you’ve been reading WFIL for a wee while now, then Mette will no doubt already be a familiar face. Not only do her uber stylish brides regularly feature on the blog, but she recently shared her incredible personal story to raise awareness of breast cancer.
Originally hailing from Denmark but having now made Edinburgh her home (it was love at first sight!), she is our expert on all things Scandi, wedding dress and motorbike (totally true!) related. She’s been a huge supporter of the blog ever since day one, and we’re so happy to have her write for us in 2017.

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HOW DID YOU GET INTO FASHION DESIGN AND DRESSMAKING?
I can’t remember when I started designing clothes. My mum tells me I never played with my dolls as a child. I just made them clothes. I drew clothes and made clothes from anything to hand. I knitted my doll a football kit when I was five or six. My mum said it was too hard to knit stripes as my first project, so I hid it from her! I think I made my first real clothes for myself at the age of seven. Some of my earliest memories are linked to fabrics, colours, textures, and the inevitable language clothes communicate. This has fascinated me for as long as I can remember and it still does.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT IT?
I love how good clothes make you feel. I love to see that in people’s faces – that is why I make clothes. It’s the way that swishy skirts make your twirl and straight skirts make you walk elegantly. Bodices and tops which fit you perfectly, make you hold your head up high and relax your shoulders, and make the very most of your figure and posture, and that way make you beautiful. Good clothes can boost your confidence and seriously change how people perceive you and how they interact with you.
WHAT’S BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT SO FAR?
It is really hard to say, I have highlights everyday! But I think working with my amazing team and how we together develop new techniques, and discuss problem solving and celebrate the success together. My staff are so dedicated, and wonderful to work with. I have constant highlights of lovely, beautiful and famous people wearing our designs.
IF YOU WEREN’T CREATING BEAUTIFUL DRESSES YOU’D BE?
I can’t imagine myself not creating dresses! But I do love sport, and I do love clothes, and I very nearly went into the world of making performance clothing for sports people. I love watching how people move in clothes, and how clothes can make them move differently. In performance clothing, you try to make clothes to follow or even enhance the movements of the wearer. That I would find hugely interesting. I have to analyse people’s bodies when I make them clothes; often I discover a client has had a frozen shoulder, or that they play tennis or something that has altered their bodies, and I then have to cater for this in the clothes they have made.
ON A RARE DAY OFF WE’LL FIND YOU WHERE?
I don’t have many days off, but when I do, I am usually pretty active. You will see me running around Edinburgh often – Holyrood Park is my clear favourite, Gypsy Brae a close second. You may see me riding my Ducati 600 Monster on bendy sunny roads, or simply enjoying the company of my lovely friends. For my holidays, I love to escape to the tropics for scuba diving.
Something tells us Mette’s posts are going to be more than a little amazing. And the good news is that you won’t have long to wait for the first one, she’s putting together something very special for us at this very moment.

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Next up, we have our botanical expert, the wonderful Gemma Bain of Planet Flowers. Not only is Gemma insanely talented when it comes to floral design, she also has crazy skills on the craft front too.
Based in Edinburgh, she has been surrounded by flowers since a very young age, and likes nothing better than dragging her lovely hubby around flower shops when they are on their travels.
From topiary Disney characters to orchids strung from the ceiling, the installations she and her team create never fail to take our breath away. It’s little wonder that if there’s a celebrity wedding or major event happening in the area, chances are the Planet Bees are there. Remember when Chanel’s prestigious Metiers d’Art show was held in Scotland? Shh, we didn’t let you in on that secret…

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How did you become a florist?
Throughout my childhood I was always surrounded by flowers. My parents owned several flower shops and then went on to run a a large flower wholesaler. When I reminisce back to growing up, most memories are being in the cold at busy times, playing in massive boxes that became my den for the weekend or making oasis and leaf soup in big tanks of water! A child’s heaven, I now realise. Clear as a bell I can remember being sat up on a work bench, being taught how to make bows for Valentine’s bouquets. Even our holidays would more often than not involve a visit to the local flower market and the best flower shops there (a habit that I have not been able to shake, to the disappointment of my husband!).
When I was eleven, I started working at the weekends, helping out in one of the larger shops. First as just a Saturday girl but then as a trainee florist. When I decided to leave school it was the natural progression to start working in the family business. I started working full time which led on to me completing a Dutch masters in floral art in Aalsmeer.
What do you love most about your work?
When I first started, my most favourite thing was shop display. Getting a massive delivery of fresh flowers, conditioning the flowers and filling the shop as full as I could with my favourite things – so much so, customers would sometimes trip over things on the way to the counter! Now things have changed and we concentrate on weddings and events, I have different favourite parts of the job. We are part of a day someone will never forget, we get to meet them at the very start of their planning, get to know them (and sometimes their families) and help bring their wedding dreams alive. I am lucky enough that some clients let me envisage new designs that I have never created before. Seeing these come to life, quite often being the focal point of the room is always a good day! Flowers bring so many things to a room and, in my mind, play a major part to the look of a wedding or event.
And what’s been your career highlight so far?
There have been so many exciting things I have been a part of, yet the most meaningful parts are the amazing places I have worked in and the incredible people I have had the opportunity to work for.
If you weren’t creating incredible floral art you’d be…?
Movie set and stage design, without a doubt..
On a rare day off, we’ll find you where…?
Spending time with my husband Chris and our best buddy Mac (our black Labrador). We love the movies and taking long walks with Mac.
We are so excited to see what Gemma will be bringing to her guest column. Prepare for a whole lot of pretty and be sure to let us know if you have any flower related questions we can put to her.

Lynne Mills, Eyecandy

Our beauty blogger for 2017 is makeup artist and entrepreneur Lynne Mills, who runs Scottish makeup team EyeCandy. When she’s not making brides look incredible, Lynne is busy developing her own range of beauty products – her innovative false eyelash design was stocked by Harvey Nichols and went on to be snapped up by a major brand.
She’s also no stranger to the fashion scene, having worked backstage with the likes of Vivienne Westwood. One of our favourite stories is the time Lynne was a little surprised to arrive at a wedding venue and find a slightly unusual vibe to the day’s preparations. It wasn’t until she set to work that she discovered who had really hired her. We’ll let her fill you in on the rest…

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How did you become a makeup artist?
Make-up has always been a big part of my life, which may sound a bit silly! But ever since I was 8 years old and playing with my Tinkerbell lipsticks, as well as playing ‘Make-Up Counters’ with my Mum’s empty Clinique boxes, the obsession has never faded…!!
Strangely enough it was never something I had considered as a career – firstly studying drama where I ended up putting more work into my make-up backstage than learning my lines (signs were already there!!). But it was while working in IT and planning my own wedding, back in 2003, that the light bulb finally went on – that this is something I should actually do as a career! So the next year, in 2004 I signed up for a course at The School Of Make-Up in Manchester. I set up my business in 2005 and have never looked back since!
I originally thought of it as a part time business and was considering trying to work for Mac or a similar company too, but the business took off so quickly, I was rushed off my feet andfull time before I knew it! I then began to build up a team of MUAs to cope with the demand and EyeCandy was born!
What do you love most about your work?
Definitely that moment of transformation and giving people that extra bit of confidence, I just love it when a client has the look of surprise and delight in the mirror! That wonderful feeling never fades! With weddings, it’s a real honour to be part of such a special moment for the bride and her family/friends, such a fun happy job over all really!!!
I love photo shoots as well though and creating something that is a bit more outside the box, pushing myself a bit more and trying new things that I’m not necessarily that confident in! Then seeing it come together so amazingly in the final shots! It’s such a great feeling to sit back and look at them!
And what’s been your career highlight so far?
There’s been a few but I think launching my own Eyelash Range back in 2012 ‘Miss Flicklash’ would be one. Then when it was launched in Harvey Nichols a few months later, then finally when we handed it over to Eylure at the end on 2012. But also launching my Make-Up Brush Range ‘Girl Meets Brush‘ as well, which has just celebrated it’s first birthday!
I’ve had the pleasure to work with a few celebrities over the last few years too and working with the Great British Bake Off Team as well as other backstage work and meeting Vivienne Westwood, to recently working on Lip Sync Battle have been just a few! Oh and not to forget Ronan Keating’s wedding last year at Archerfield!! I had been booked via a coordinator and had no idea until I arrived there that morning!
If you weren’t making people look fabulous you’d be…?
I actually don’t know what else I’d do! Maybe an actress that actually learned her lines…!!?? Haha!
On a rare day off, we’ll find you where…?
Spending time with my two little ones Evie and Mollie, singing along at Monkey Music or Song Circle in Edinburgh and then heading off to the Botanic Gardens! Also drinking as much caffeine as possible – changed days from sampling the many bars Edinburgh has to offer – now it’s all about the coffee shops!
From the latest makeup trends to how to get your skin in top condition for your big day, if you’ve got a question on anything beauty related, then Lynne will be very happy to help.

Toria, Arrow & Twine

The final member of our new guest blogging team is wedding stylist Toria Clarke-Adair, whose beautifully curated Instagram account constantly has us crushing on contemporary table plans and Scandi-influenced design.
Toria runs Arrow and Twine from her home in Aberdeenshire, and loves nothing more than helping couples create an individual, personal style for their day. From sourcing off-beat props from salvage yards to helping brides who have reached peak wedmin burnout, she loves everything about planning a wedding…

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How did you become a venue stylist?
When my friends began to get married, it became clear that unless they wanted pink glittery decor, there was very little that matched their personal styles. As a frequenter of auction houses and salvage yards, I was happy to help them find unique props that would allow them to put their stamp on whatever venue they had chosen. And because of my work with interiors, I was able help with styling too.
I loved all elements of the lead-up: sourcing, creating, styling, and taking the stress out of designing a cohesive look for their day. I didn’t want it to end there, so I established Arrow and Twine in order to continue helping other creative, modern-thinking couples.
What do you love most about your work?
The endless creativity! It really is like making Instagram come to life. And because I am on the OCD spectrum in terms of organisation (read: I am probably unbearable at times), I love being able to say, ‘Don’t worry, we’ve got this. We will get your styling sorted and I will be there to ensure it is all done in time for you to float down the aisle in beautiful surroundings.’ That’s a great feeling.
And what’s been your career highlight so far?
Helping a bride who had reached peak wedmin burnout and who felt she had left too much to do herself. We started the phonecall with her nearly in tears, and by the end, we had agreed that I would source and coordinate the suppliers she still needed to secure, along with providing on the day assistance. I could hear the relief from all the way down in London, where she was calling from, and that made me super happy to be doing what I am doing. It sounds like a small moment, but it’s a big part of why I enjoy what I do.
If you weren’t making places look amazing you’d be…?
The owner of a shop that sells one-off chairs, preferably based in Helsinki or somewhere else in Scandinavia. I was born in Norway and love Scandi interiors and product design. Either that or trying to land a role in ‘Vikings’ – MAJOR fan.
On a rare day off, we’ll find you where…?
In a cafe with a good book, probably drinking more coffee than is good for my A-type personality, or watching rugby at Murrayfield. I can’t wait for the six nations to start again!
Struggling to pick a look for your wedding day or worried that a particular trend may seem dated later? Toria will be our go-to girl for all your styling questions.

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So there we have it, our top blogging team for 2017! We are constantly inspired by these four and cannot wait to see what they bring to the blog this year. Christina x