WINTERS TALE / CATHERINE & DUNCAN / August 2016

Duncan and Catherine came to see me about designing floral for their Highland winter wedding with a very specific brief, a collection of beautiful botanical species..flower, foliage, bark, branch, cone all curated to let their natural forms dictate the beauty of the design. We immediately shared a common love....it was just letting the collection of natures gifts tell their own story.

Catherine and Duncan have a deep connection to landscape and design. Both seriously creative professionals themselves their focus was a simple combination of contemporary elegance and a desire to use premium natural product. The brief was super clear, and then these lovely hearts left me to to find beautiful pieces to bring together for their stunning day. 

Catherine's bouquet was made of white double hellebore, white garden rose,cool water rose, thryptomene, black hellebore, black calla, variegated plum scabiosa, plum tulip, plum anenome, pink pierus, fern, poppy seed and trailing jasmine vine. All put together in an unstructured garden style bouquet with trailing ivory ribbon. The deep, moody winter colour palette was stunning against a vintage inspired wedding dress made by none other than... her beautiful mother.

Bare gnarly virginia creeper and ancient sleeping oak trees provide the most beautiful winter architectural backdrop at Bendooley Estate. 

One design element I am always a big fan of talking through with couples designing floral for their wedding day is to always focus on the key floral and do that well, rather than trying to stretch an existing budget over too many areas. Always choose the main design focus and execute those to perfection. Another wonderful way to maximise your floral choices are also to talk about what can be reused in both ceremony and reception areas. These two large scale garden arrangements on recycled tall wooden plinths gave a beautiful intimate area for Catherine and Duncan to have their ceremony in and were then transferred up to the reception area, therefore really getting the most out of their budget.

A cluster of beautiful specimens.....bare magnolia branches, succulents, orchid, hellebore, black kale and sea holly in plums, green, black and white floated and danced down the centre of each long banquet table in the Bendooley book barn at reception. Clustered clear glass votives provided the extra romantic twinkle.

Such a lot of different creatives go into working on an event like this-to deliver a truly magical moment, these are the credits you have seen in this post.........

Floral by Emma Blake Floral    

Photography by Jonathan David    

Venue  Bendooley Estate    

Dress by Brides Mother        

Make up & Hair by Bride