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Wedding hair decorations.

I found these pretty hair combs and circlets recently and have been enjoying their simple beauty. The delicacy of the honey and champagne tones make them perfect for weddings and the waxed flowers are just lovely to see as is the fine threading and wiring.

vintage wedding hair decorations
The flowers remind me of forget-me-knots, lily of the valley and paperwhites; the flowers of late spring.

honey toned vintage circlet detail

They inspired me to see what I had squirreled away in the studio that might lend itself to being wired into a circlet and remembered my gum nuts and dried seed pods. I found some eucalyptus leaves and a length of vintage lace that once wired together made this atmospheric hair piece.

wedding circlet with seed pods

Finally after an early frost I decided to inject a little antique white to the palate. I love making one-off hair decorations particularly with fresh flowers and herbs yet sometimes the dried elements have a completely different atmosphere; sun bleached and frozen in time that is just as valid.

wedding circlet antique white

Our wedding, The New Club, Edinburgh

At last I have some photos of the flowers to share with you care of our kind friends.

Wedding flowers, Lothian Chambers, The Edinburgh Suite.

We got married in The Edinburgh Suite of the Registry Office overlooking St Giles Cathedral with wonderful light flooding the room. Jamie’s cousin piped us down the Mound to The glorious New Club for drinks on the terrace followed by a delicious meal, speeches and dancing late into the night. Fiona and the band members of Corra had everyone on the floor all night and were kind enough to let our talented friend do a number with them.

The New Club really is unique; the architecture, the views, the contrast between the thoughtful modern extroverted design and the intimacy of the dining room allow for a very relaxed way of being. There is something very special about being able to move between wonderful spaces with friends and family whilst socialising and dining. The spaces punctuate the occasion in a very subtle but significant way and The New Club does this spectacularly. It made the day for us.

my wedding bouquet, May, Edinburgh
As I was wearing a dress with a strong print and colour, I didn’t want the bouquet to compete so I took a tone from the dress and kept the bouquet simple in its hues. I also wanted it to be delicate and have an air of the season.

spring wedding bouquet, edinburgh

Fortunately the late spring conspired to provide such delicacies as the pale lemon columbine, the delightful erythronium – also known as Dog’s tooth violet, pretty petit rhododendron and the honeysuckle-esq gloriosa lily. I arranged these the night before and bound them with the atmospheric ribbon that my talented friend Isla had so beautifully made with our initials embroidered in beads.

wedding arrangement, edinburghWe love bright colour so we chose coral and pink tones with lively acid green for The New Club. Peonies, gloriosa lilies, godetia, lotus pods, poppy seed heads, euphorbia, asparagus and the most decadent of cascading camellias made up the arrangements.

wedding arrangement in transit to The New Club, EdinburghOur sporting ushers brought the flowers down the hill to The New Club.

The New Club, wedding reception, May 2013After drinks on the fantastic terrace with the backdrop of the castle we moved to the elegant oak panelled dining room for a delicious meal and hilarious speeches.

wedding table decoration, The New Cub, Edinburgh

table decoration, wedding at The New Cub, Edinburgh

Each of the tables had a combination of crystal vases and candlesticks of various sizes with bunches of exotic flowers mingled with more delicate stems.

table name cards, floral cigarette cards.

I found these pretty cigarette cards that we used as our table name cards.

Hamish and Plum, Edinburgh

wedding flowers, edinburgh
Plum and Hamish were a delight to work with as Plum had a very strong sense of the colour scheme she wanted. From memory, the inspiration came from an Indian textile they had bought on one of their travels. Jewel tones with hints of chartreuse. Wonderful.

The flower atmosphere was to be relaxed and I had great fun sourcing the delicate poppies, lupins and ragged robin to give a wild feel to the flower combinations. The mottled patina of the Indian vessels I found were the perfect foil for the vibrancy of the flowers and gave just enough height to elevate them slightly on the tables but not too much. Peonies, monbretia, zinnias, sandersonia, viburnum opulus, euphorbia and copper beech were combined to give the fireplace arrangement a more lyrical shape.

Photograph care of Ashley Coombes

Liam and Mandy’s wedding, Prestonfield, Edinburgh

wedding flowers, Prestonfield House bouquet, Prestonfield House Hotel, Edinburgh

Liam and Mandy hoped for a very natural look to their flowers during the day and something a little more glamorous for the evening. The delicate simplicity of cosmos lent itself to this and I knew just the right local grower to source it from. A combination of this with astrantia, roses, senecio, cow parsley and eucalyptus fronds gave just the right balance for a relaxed look.

cosmos bridal bouquet, edinburgh bridal bq .
We discussed the possibility of mix matching vessels for the table decorations which meant I could pull out all my favourite props that I had collected over the years and it kept an air of informality whilst letting the flowers breathe.table decoration 1

table decoration 2

For the evening we decided on a magenta pink colour scheme for the flowers. On every other table we suspended pompoms of these from white branches in pewter toned curvaceous vases.

wedding flowers, The Stables, Prestonfield, Edinburgh.
Branches dripping with hanging orchids, glass beads and a carpet of candles in an array of lanterns and glass vessels gave a soft atmosphere to the party room.evening reception flowers

The wish tree I made with glass beads and pearls.wish tree

Stunning photography courtesy of Alan and Jackie Rankine,

Lucy and Richard’s wedding, The Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh


confetti shot

ImageIts always a treat to dress the theatrical Royal College of Physicians,, with its spectacular Greek revival flourishes and Victorian extroverted colour scheme in The Great Hall. Remember to look up!
Professional photographer Alice Bartholomew recorded the day;

After discussions with Lucy we decided on an elongated bouquet with ranuncula, anemones, lily of the valley, eryngium and flowering jasmine whilst bringing in a hint of a warm tone to compliment Richard’s tartan. The bridesmaids and flower girl held tighter posies of anemones, muscari, ranuncula and bouvardia with gentle foliages.

Bridesmaid's posy.

In the church we brought in a little more of Richard’s kilt tones into the flowers with celosia, amarylis, french tulips and roses.

celosia, amarylis, french tulips and roses in the church.

For the Great Hall at The Royal College of Physicians, we decided to have a richer colour scheme that was more dramatic and in keeping with the lush surroundings. The candle lit table decorations included ranuncula, godetia, tulips, roses, eryngium and herbs.

wedding decoration edinburgh

Roses, tulips, godetia and herbs.

David Austin Roses ahoy. Melville Castle, Midlothian

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The wedding cake with David Austin roses good enough to eat.

The wedding cake with David Austin roses good enough to eat.

the wedding party,david austin roses in the wedding bouquets.

the wedding party,david austin roses in the wedding bouquets.

Beth’s wedding was predominately pink and we had a lot of fun with it; pink sashes on the bridemaids’ dresses, pink shoes, pink ties, pink petals, pink tie-backs and pink champagne! In the bouquet’s, the buttonholes and in the marquee. Albeit close to the Chelsea Flower Show, David Austin looked after our order wonderfully and it was a joy to work with Beth and the beautiful scented roses. Duke Photography captured the day.
Venue, Melville Castle,

Beth with bouquet of David Austin roses, Soloman's seal and sapponaria.

Beth with bouquet of David Austin roses, Soloman’s seal and sapponaria.

Hues of pink in the wedding marquee.

Hues of pink in the wedding marquee.

Beth and her wedding bouquet en route to Roslyn Chapel, Edinburgh.

Gorgeous wedding flowers, Greywalls, Edinburgh

romantic table decoration with pink roses, hydrangea, alstromeria, gypsophila, hebe and eucalyptus

romantic table decoration with pink roses, hydrangea, alstromeria, gypsophila, hebe and eucalyptus

Lisa and Mark with bridesmaids, Greywalls, Edinburgh

bridal bouquets

Lisa's bouquet with roses and gypsophila

Lisa’s bouquet with roses and gypsophila

Lisa and Mark’s wedding, Greywalls Hotel, Edinburgh
Photography by james.

Lisa visited me at home and saw the palest of pink roses from my garden from which the palate grew.

This was a wonderful commission on a beautiful late autumn day. Once I had set up in the house and checked over everything I had a wander in the Jeckyll gardens taking in the senecing planting reluctant to head back to the city.

The end of autumn in the grounds of Greywalls Hotel found after putting the flowers in place.

Winter hues

A gentle palette of ivory and mocha.

A gentle palette of ivory and mocha.

I’ve been looking at some previous wedding bouquets I did and now that the snow is begining to fall gently it seems appropriate to show you some in the palest of shades. Every bride has an idea of the atmosphere she would like for the day and after a period of chatting and looking at visuals together I try and capture that.

wedding bouquet edinburgh

Another gentle combination of whites, pale pinks and a hint of coffee in Hannah’s wedding bouquet.

Meredith's wedding bouquet was inspired by the heirloom fabric that she had incorporated into her wonderful dress.

Meredith’s wedding bouquet was inspired by the heirloom fabric that she had incorporated into her wonderful dress.