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Wellies and a floral dress for a garden wedding

Today’s wedding takes DIY to a whole new level! Not only did Rona & David create their own stationery, and do their own flowers, but they even made their own venue. From their ‘Best Dog’ Bracken (who behaved impeccably – much to their surprise!) to the Lego buttonholes, there is so much to love. Prepare to be inspired…

How did it all begin?

We met online in 2012 and David asked me to marry him in 2015 at the top of St Margarets Bower in Linlithgow Palace (I grew up in Linlithgow).

We were inspired by…

Gardens, plants, outdoors, good food, all the things we like. As we did most of the wedding ourselves, there was a lot of personal touches and DIY involved – from building our own venue, making all our own stationery, doing the flowers, sourcing or making everything we wanted to make it very individual and personal to us.

We had a friend make wooden signs that we then put in the garden as a trail from the wedding garden to the reception. The confetti was made by a local flower grower. As we are a small business ourselves, we used small local businesses for everything.

The flowers were a continuation of the wedding venue, as I used herbs and flowers from the nursery gardens. Each table had a bouquet of flowers tied with rafia in a jar, which was then given as a gift to some of the important ladies at the wedding.

My bouquet was a larger version of the table flowers, with added sweet peas around the edge. The men’s buttonholes had fennel flowers, Monarda and poppy seed heads, with a Lego man chosen by each of them tied in with the flowers.

Tell us about your ceremony setting…

We own our own plant nursery in the Scottish Borders, where we propagate and sell plants ideal for Scottish gardens. We are also creating a series of gardens in the nursery to inspire visitors and customers, and show them what they can achieve in colder, more exposed gardens.

We decided in 2016 that we wanted to get married in the nursery in 2017 and we would create two gardens specifically for the wedding and then for customers to enjoy for years to come.

The scented garden takes you up a winding path surrounded by the fragrance of flowers and foliage, and into the herb garden which is designed in a traditional pattern. We were married between the white borders at the end of the herb garden, filled with silver foliage and white flowered plants.

Tell us why you chose your photographer?

Natalie has a great approach to her photography, capturing both formal and fun moments throughout the day. From the bride getting ready to the first dance, she captured exactly what our day was about, love, laughter, fun, friends, family and happiness.

We love your vintage style dress! Tell us more…

I bought my dress from Vivien of Holloway – I wanted something completely different and fun and floral. I wore it with a vintage shawl from Etsy. And my shoes were floral wellies from Rocket Dog.

Tell us something surprising about your day…

It worked out exactly as we wanted (despite the weather) – it was great fun, very personal, and shared with family and friends who had a fantastic time. We had our dog Bracken as “best dog”, he carried the rings in and behaved! That was surprising.

Any advice?

DIY weddings are cheaper, very personal but a lot of work and yes we did a bit above and beyond building the gardens but they are there as a lasting memory and for everyone to enjoy.

Most of all, it’s your day so make it about you both and what you love in life.

What’s the one truly unforgettable thing about your wedding day?

How happy everyone was and how much everyone enjoyed the day!

I love the sound of saying I do in a herb garden. Anyone else taking the alternative/DIY route for their day? Christina x


Venue – 
Quercus Garden Plants Nursery & 
Whitmuir the Organic Place
Photographer – Natalie Martin, Story of Love
Florist -
 Flowers by the bride, using flowers from the nursery gardens
Hair stylist – Claire at Headcases, Peebles Hydro
Make-up artistDanni Burnside
Wedding dressVivien of Holloway
ShoesRocket Dog floral wellies
Accessories – Vintage shawl from Etsy
CakeDarrells Cakes
Caterer – Val Brunton at Whitmuir Kitchen (the most amazing food!)
Additional suppliersSGL disco