What happens when a creative team including a florist, a designer dressmaker and a couture embroiderer get together to bring a forest fantasy to life? Something very magical indeed.
Where did the idea for this creative shoot stem from?
Mette Baillie of Freja Designer Dressmaking: “It was originally the photographer – Jay, from Elemental – who had the idea for the forest shoot. He had a specific idea about the type of forest, with darkness, gnarly roots, and some wild, untouchable feel about it. He approached myself and Gemma from Planet Flowers with the idea. We then thought of Lucy of Twig Design, who has a background in couture embroidery. We share the same ideas on style and find it very exciting to bounce ideas off each other. We all work with quite simple designs, where the detailing comes from textures and materials.
“The idea was that the model should be part of the forest, and almost come from within the forest. We loved the idea, and we wanted to use materials that would naturally be found in a forest for the dresses and accessories. Make-up artist Rosie Fraser was immediately on the same wavelength and keen to be involved. Everything came together beautifully in the end.”
The green dress looks like a wearable work of art! How did you go about making it?
Mette: “The green dress was made from bol moss, which was attached to a frame we constructed. Gemma worked her magic, using different techniques to attach the leaves and moss – the leaves were oleaster and cyclamen leaves were used for the bust. The headdress and flowers featured black berries (ligustro).”
And we love the fresh, floaty feel of the nude dress. What inspired it?
Mette: “We made a chiffon dress in a nude colour to represent the naked feel the first spring flowers have. Lucy embroidered the dress in a dark earth colour shade. On top of the embroidery we attached fresh flower heads (ornithogalum). The outfit was finished off with snowberry and twig details, and a headdress of wax flower and ornithogalum.
Are there any other creative projects you would like to work together on in the future?
Mette: “The nature of our businesses means that, so far, we have only worked together on private events, mainly weddings, and also birthday parties. We would love to work together more. In the future we would love to style outfits for waiters and performers for bigger events, where Planet Flowers would do the event styling.”
We love the creativity and skill that has gone into designing and making these floral & foliage dresses – the shapes, textures and colours are incredible! We’d love to hear your thoughts. And is anyone now tempted to rock a floral frock down the aisle?
Photographer – Jay Golian, Elemental Weddings
Photographer’s assistant – Stuart Armitt & Christina Golian
Couture dresses, flowers and accessories – Mette Baillie at Freja Designer Dressmaking, Gemma Bain at Planet Flowers and Lucy Head at Twig Design
Hair & make-up – Rosie Fraser
Model – Amy Downham
Images copyright of Elemental Weddings
Photographed by First Light Weddings
at Holy Trinity Church & Old Course Hotel
Cream, silver and pale pink were the colours of choice for an elegant, timeless wedding on the east coast of Scotland.
How was the question popped?
On the bow of a yacht under the Caribbean moonlight – it was very romantic!
Something new, something borrowed, something blue?
‘Something new’ certainly outweighed them all: the dress, the veil and most of the jewellery. My something blue was an aquamarine ring my mother gave me and my something borrowed were my wedding shoes, which a friend with the same shoe size lent to me. They fit with the dress better than any I could find in the shops.
Any unexpected moments?
Yes, the weather surprised us! It had been horrible for weeks, but the sun came out on the wedding day. It meant we could go down to the beach and through the sand dunes.
Did you embrace or ditch tradition?
Embrace – it was nice having all the traditional touches.
Honeymoon or mini-moon?
Honeymoon – we went to Mauritius. It was very relaxing and we would recommend a relaxing break after the big day to anyone – you’ll be in need of it and glad you didn’t book that action-packed holiday after all.
St Andrews is a beautiful, well-known town on the sea with a lovely beach, amazing views and beautiful church. We felt it was a place our guests would appreciate, especially as many of them were travelling to Scotland, including many from overseas.
We love the classic, timeless feel of Willa & Stuart’s wedding. What did you enjoy most about this real wedding post?
Ceremony venue – Holy Trinity Church, St Andrews
Reception venue – Old Course Hotel, St Andrews
Photographer – First Light Weddings
Filmmaker – Cherry Tree Films
Wedding dress – Kerfuffle, Glasgow
Accessories – Silver butterfly jewellery from Jewellery Bird
Shoes – Vintage Rainbow Shoes, “They were my something borrowed!”
Groom’s outfit – Kinloch Anderson
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Light In The Box. “I ordered them made to measure online – and they were fabulous!”
Hair Stylist – Made-up
Florist – Jamie’s
Cake – A traditional fruit cake with white icing made by the groom’s mother and decorated with flowers by the florist
Band – Slinky
Wedding transport – St Andrews Executive Travel & Chauffeurs of Carnoustie
Images copyright of First Light Weddings
The Pommery Champagne Cafe Bar
Fancy some fun as the festival comes to town? A delicate dalliance with decadence? Then popping over to the Pommery Champagne Cafe Bar on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile is a must and as a special treat for some lucky winner we are giving away a Champagne afternoon tea for two…
The Pommery Cafe Bar is open this year throughout the festival, from 3rd August right through until the 27th August, so no excuses for not having any time for sipping champagne, or indulging in some delicious delights from their menu.
The lovely team are offering a prize of Champagne Afternoon Tea for two – a tempting tower of sweet and savoury treats and a glass of perfectly chilled Pommery Brut Royal Champagne. To win this, all you have to do, by midnight on Tuesday 7th August 2012, is tell us at firstname.lastname@example.org extra special event is happening in The Pommery Champagne Cafe Bar on 21st August 2012. Need a clue? Visit their Facebook page here
Whether it’s a night out with some pals, or a cheeky wee afternoon tea with Mum, this is definitely the place to be seen this summer in Edinburgh. We’ll see you there. Oh and good luck with the competition!
Photographed by Soraya Photography
at St Andrews Cathedral & Aldourie Castle
From the unconventional proposal – on an escalator, in a shopping mall, in Hawaii – to the “Southern United States Game of Thrones meets Swedish Downton Abbey”-style big day, Annika & Tab’s Scottish Highlands wedding was unique, full of personality and a celebration that none of their guests will ever forget.
Something new, something borrowed, something blue?
Eeek, this is totally a bride question but I (the groom) will tell it from my side: New: my sword; borrowed: my kilt jacket; blue: my blue seersucker trousers.
Best compliment on your wedding?
“You have a picture of a castle…in Scotland…on a fridge magnet as a save the date? Who the hell is not gonna come to this thing?!” -Bobby Wise, Chicago, IL, USA.
Did you embrace or ditch tradition?
A little of both but mostly ditching I’d say. No father down the aisle, no rehearsal dinner the night before (two nights before), no groomsmen on the altar (pastor’s orders, still don’t know why!), no bouquet throw/garter toss. But at the same time we embraced it by cutting the cake with a sword (nicknamed The Bride), having a piper (Spud, he’s awesome, he did Madonna’s wedding), groom not seeing the bride until she walked down the aisle and in fine Swedish wedding tradition, everyone was seated boy-girl-boy-girl at dinner and no-one who is married or a non-engaged couple can sit next to each other.
Close your eyes and think of your wedding day – now describe it in three words…
We both attended University of St Andrews together. The distance to the US was out for Annika’s family as was the difficulty to get to Annika’s family’s summer island off the coast of Sweden for my family. We settled on neutral ground – Scotland. We opted against St Andrews since we never dated there until the very end of uni – we didn’t want to mix wonderful, happy memories with debauched, dirty ones.
Favourite thing about being married?
The best thing is the little things. Having lived together before we got married, being together in the apartment is not that different (though the growing pile of wedding gifts without a place is starting to affect one person), but mainly just having that legal and spiritual stamp on our relationship makes it so much bigger in our hearts and the way we talk to people about it. That and wearing matching rings is pretty cool too.
We love how much of their own personalities Annika & Tab injected into their big day. What’s your favourite thing about their wedding?
Ceremony venue – St Andrews Cathedral, Inverness
Reception venue – Aldourie Castle, Loch Ness
Photographer – Soraya Photography
Wedding dress – Alvina Valeta
Accessories – Annika’s sister, Cecilia Ostman made a hair comb and the bride wore family jewelry
Shoes – Alvina Valeta
Groom’s outfit – Jacket and Waistcoast from Highland House of Fraser, Inverness; Seersucker Trousers from Dumas and Sons, Charleston, SC, USA
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Annika’s sister, Cecilia Ostman designed and sewed them.
Hair & make-up – Annika’s sister, Cecilia Ostman
Florist – Angela Stewart Creative
Cake – Designed by Tab’s sister and made by his sister, mother and grandmother.
Musicians – An original song written and performed by Bubba Bryant and an original song written and performed by Chris Auster
Catering – Good Highland Food
Wedding transport – Bride & Groom: 1936 vintage Rolls Royce from KK Timeless Classics; Wedding Guests: Jacobite Cruises
Images copyright of Soraya Photography
Rachel Scott Couture
Well-known for its quirky and creative window displays, Rachel Scott Couture is a treasure trove of the finest designer wedding gowns. Based on Dundas Street in the capital’s New Town, it specialises in designers who focus on simple but high quality tailoring and celebrate individual style. We caught up with owner, Rachel who tells us how she spotted a gap in the bridal retail market and fills us in on the latest wedding dress trends.
How did you get into retail and bridal couture?
It was actually when my mum got remarried some years back now that I noticed there was a gap in the market for high quality, unique wedding gowns. I adore designers that focus on simple but exquisitely executed tailoring to give an elegant and sophisticated frame to a bride on her wedding day. I wanted to be able to offer brides something a little bit different from the mainstream – unusual fabrics, textures or details, but without compromising on quality of construction. I can’t believe I’ve been running Rachel Scott Couture for eight years now!
What do you love most about it?
The type of bride who like our collections tend to be looking for something a bit different and often have initial concerns that they might not find a wedding dress that truly reflects their personality. I offer advice and inspiration in an environment where a bride can experiment and play with her individual style. There is nothing more satisfying for me than seeing a bride’s face light up when you’ve shown her that she can get a look that makes her feel like a bride, while still reflecting her as a person.
And what’s been the highlight so far?
Winning The Best Bridal Retailer in the North of the UK award at this year’s Bridal Buyer Awards was an amazing achievement! We were delighted to have even got to the final six, as the award covers the whole of the UK, so there are a lot of other good retailers in the running. To find out that we had won felt fantastic. I know that the personal service I offer to each of my clients and the styling of my business is very unique in the wedding industry, so to know that others are enjoying and appreciating it too felt very satisfying.
Which new trends are you seeing?
There’s lots of texture coming through in the fabrics I see clients choosing, gruipure lace or raw silks, for example, but always with a focus on classic lines to act as a base. Cover-ups are very in vogue for next season, whether they made in lace, organza or even little softly draped cap sleeves. I’m also seeing more clients opting for a full length veils but styled without much in the way of detailing, simply something soft and romantic.
What’s your favourite thing about the Scottish wedding scene?
We have an amazing range of wedding service providers in Scotland, from unique venues, bands or photographers to cake designers and firework companies! I think what really makes me proud to be part of the Scottish wedding scene though, is our reputation for being friendly, welcoming and flexible to our clients’ individual needs. As a nation we are passionate people and no-where is this more evident than in the wedding industry where there’s an enthusiasm and excitement towards each client’s wedding that I adore. I believe that’s why we have so many couples choosing to marry in Scotland, you know that your wedding suppliers will settle for nothing less that a perfect party!
What/who inspires you?
I’m inspired by passionate people, it doesn’t matter what they’re passionate about, just that they have something that motivates them. It’s the excitement in someone’s eyes when they talk about a subject they love that I find totally infectious. I love people who do things differently and I love people who are open to trying new things or doing new things. My children are probably my biggest inspiration though, nothing drives you on more than wanting to make your family proud!
If you weren’t selling beautiful dresses you’d be?
Even the thought of not being able to work with such brilliant designers and their beautiful dresses makes me shiver! I think, if I wasn’t doing this job though, I’d have to be in a job that still allowed me to use the creativity and passion that I bring to work everyday at the moment. I couldn’t bear the thought of not having the job satisfaction that I have now.
On a rare day off we’ll find you where?
Enjoying coffee and cake with my husband and our two boys is absolute bliss. You can never underestimate the simple pleasure that an Americano, a chocolate cup cake and fabulous chit chat with the family can bring.
Photographed by Zoe Campbell Photography
at Rosslea Hall Hotel
From the groom’s arrival by tandem to the gingerbread favours (a nod to their first date) and the salsa-inspired first dance, Victoria & Iain stamped their personalities all over their big day.
We were inspired by…
I am an events planner so I took little ideas from all the weddings I have done.
How did you personalise your day?
Lots of little quirky things but our favourite was our favours, we had little gingerbread bride and groom versions of us made, because for our first date Iain had turned up to my door with a bottle of vino and a gingerbread men making kit. It was so random but such an ice breaker. I’ve never laughed so much!
FIRST DANCE? CHOREOGRAPHED ROUTINE OR SEDATE SHUFFLE?
We did the usual soppy song shuffle which remixed into a salsa routine, just for fun.
WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES AND GROOMS?
Remember it’s your day so don’t forget to take some time to yourselves. Take a wander or just have a seat in the garden and take it all in. You spend such a long time planning for one day and it’s over so quickly, so don’t forget what it’s all about.
WHAT WAS THE ONE THING YOU’LL NEVER FORGET ABOUT YOUR BIG DAY?
Our friends from Canada, America and Bermuda travelling all that way just to be with us. Made our day!
We both grew up here and wouldn’t dream of doing it anywhere else. Such a beautiful setting!
We love the quirky touches in this wedding, especially the tandem. Feeling inspired? Let us know your favourite element of Victoria & Iain’s big day.
Ceremony & reception venue – Rosslea Hall Hotel, Rhu, near Helensburgh
Photographer – Zoe Campbell Photography
Wedding dress – The Wedding Planner, Helensburgh. Victoria: “Lorna, KJ and the girls are wonderful and I would recommend every bride go take a look.”
Accessories – Victoria wore her Nana’s wedding ring and some elegant Swarovski. Iain wore cuff links from his brother.
Shoes – Both bride’s and groom’s shoes from Dune
Groom’s outfit – St Kilda, Glasgow.
Bridesmaids’ dresses – The Wedding Planner, Helensburgh
Hair & Make-up Artist – Sophie Edwards
Florist – Endrick Blooms
Cake – Marks & Spencer
Images copyright of Zoe Campbell Photography
Photographed by Archibald Photography
at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery & Tithe Barn
Inspired by the desire for a great party, Rosie and Kenny’s laid-back wedding saw them saying “I do” in the morning room of a museum and dancing the night away under the beams of a barn.
Who saw who first?
Roseann saw Kenneth first, liked his smile and told her friend. Who, to Roseann’s horror, in turn told Kenneth.
How did you personalise your wedding day?
We decorated the tables at both venues and did our flowers ourselves. The doiley table runners were hand stitched by the mother of the groom, the wedding cake was baked by the mother of the bride. The wedding car and lighting was a skills swap with the groom for car restoration.
First dance? Choreographed routine, or sedate shuffle?
An embarrassing slow shuffle to a Zero 7 song from an album that we once played, on repeat, one windy night we spent in our campervan many years ago on the Isle of Skye.
Any advice for future brides and grooms?
Don’t sweat the small things.
What is the one thing you’ll never forget about your big day?
A feeling of true freedom we felt walking with our daughter from the wedding venue to the reception venue, as our family and friends followed, carrying our wedding cake and flower displays.
We love Rosie and Kenny’s relaxed wedding and how much they made their big day their own. What have you planned to put your own stamp on your wedding?
Images copyright of Archibald Photography
Looking for a string quartet who can bust out a bit of G’nR’ or a drumming workshop to entertain your guests? If you’re on the hunt for wonderful wedding musicians, you’ve come to the right place.
We fell in love with the Glasgow Gospel Choir when we saw them perform at a wedding recently, sending shivers down the spine. The choir has a wide ranging repertoire, including traditional gospel, African songs and a gospel take on modern classics.
String quartets can offer both classic and contemporary pieces. Perfect if you’re looking for someone to play the Star Wars theme tune. Check out Cairn String Quartet, Apollo String Quartet & Strings Aloud.
For a little bit of afternoon Jazz drifting through your drinks reception, you could get in touch with the magical Ritz Trio Band.
Or you could find a soloist who captures the mood of the moment. Recently we got to hear the wonderfully chilled sound of Gillan Edgar Music.
There are lots of great pipers around, but we’ll let you into a little secret, Pipe Major Roddy Deans is one of the best. Full of energy and great banter, he’s the perfect addition to any Scottish wedding.
And if you haven’t yet heard the sound of brazillian beats meets bagpipes, then you are really missing out. Macumba are one special band.
If you’d like something a little more hands on, then Njuzu can organise a drumming workshop for your guests. The perfect ice-breaker, it will be a hit with guests of all ages. For more details, contact Dougie Hudson.
Or how about your very own three tenors? Described as ‘The Rat Pack of Opera’, Tenors Un Limited bring their own unique blend of wit, charm and vocal arrangements to the classical crossover genre.
And to really take your party to another level, you could get in touch with a group with a unique sound that will get your guests grooving along. How about someone who can mix a little beatboxing with some music, like The Magnets.