The last time I saw Lucie and Tommy was on a shoot/pub crawl in London.  They “dragged” me round some of their favourite pubs and some of their favourite east end and square mile locations.   I fell asleep on the tube on the way back to Heathrow.


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Anyway, they are my kinda couple.  Pretty relaxed (on the surface anyway) while still having a firm idea of what they want and quite non-traditional in a traditional sort of way, if you know what I mean.  They chose a classic country house for their wedding,  Harburn House, and decorated it to look stunning but omitted any of the really stuffy pomp in favour of riotous fun, the widest variety of alcohol I have seen at a reception and possibly the cheekiest speeches I have witnessed in over two hundred weddings.  Plus, Lucie has that smile!!



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I am, over the next few weeks,  going to be padding out my own inane and obtuse blogged thoughts with some posts which you will actually find interesting and possibly quite useful.   You see I meet a lot of rather clever and talented people doing what I do.  Not just the brides and grooms who of course are among the most dazzlingly brilliant people to walk the planet yadda yadda,  but also many suppliers.   From folk who make invitations to pipers, from firework companies to bridal designers and from florists to wedding planners.  These are all people with a wealth of knowledge and an abundance of skill all focused on making your wedding run smoothly, look beautiful, go with a bang, taste amazing and live long in the memory.

I have asked a few friends who’s work I admire to answer a few questions about themselves and their work.  I hope you find these interviews interesting and informative.

We start with local artisan florist Lucie.

Introduce yourself Lucie. 

Hi,  My name is Lucie Murray, I am a freelance florist based in the Scottish Borders Town of Lauder.

Please tell us a little about your background and how you developed your business.

My business is called Silver Fern. The name comes from fond memories of my time in New Zealand when I was still a nurse. Beautiful country with lots of inspiration! Returning to Britain I had my first child and it was then I decided to leave nursing and try working with flowers. It is a passion I have had all my life but had never considered as a career. I trained at the North Tyneside College in Northumberland and gained a distinction in level 2 floristry. I particularly love wedding work and so initially worked solely in this field but since moving to Lauder I have started to expand into general floristry and now offer cut flowers etc…  at ‘The Garden Room‘ in Lauder on a Wednesday and Friday.

Do floral fashions change as rapidly as clothing?  How do you keep “on trend” or one step ahead?

 There are floral trends and they are definitely influenced by clothing and other industries but take a while to filter through. London fashion surprisingly take a few years to become popular up in Scotland. For example the shower and tear drop styles of bouquet are now becoming really quite popular but I remember taking note of a sudden return of them back when I was at college and they are only now starting to be selected by brides north of the  Borders more frequently. Colour of course changes more quickly. I think we tend to be more traditional up here, primrose yellows were featuring a lot last year in London but no sign up here yet. The most popular colours remain the pallets of purple and white. I think that demonstrates the strength of mind that Scottish brides have because no doubt they are aware of what is in fashion but are not swayed by it and prefer to have what they personally love, not what fashion dictates.

Tell us about you typical dealings with a couple. Do you meet couples prior to them booking you?  Do brides tend to have very fixed ideas about what they want?  Do you guide them through the process. 

 I always offer the bride a free consultation, she will normally bring her mother or a bridesmaid. Sometimes the groom will come too. The consult can take as little as 20 minutes but I have had one which lasted 4 and a half hours!  I always ask the bride to bring along any pictures, ideas, materials linked to the wedding theme. Sometimes she will have a very set idea of what she would like me to create with lots of pictures of flower bouquets etc…and other times she might simply have a colour of a bridesmaid dress. I always have lots of images, magazines and fresh flowers to look at and consider so generally we always manage to draw up a plan of her flowers within that first consultation.

Following the consultation I will draw up a flower summary and a price for each design which is then emailed or sent by post to the bride. Alterations can be made right up until the bridal flower order is made which is generally 2 weeks before the wedding.


Is floristry one of those careers which can bring very early mornings and very late nights?

Gosh yes! Unfortunately a great deal of bridal work requires working as near to the day of the wedding as possible to ensure the flowers are as fresh and beautiful as possible. That often sees me working right through the night, last year I had one episode where I got 4 hours sleep in 48 hours!! It was worth it though, it was a fabulous wedding!


As a photographer I see the joy and excitement that beautiful bridal flowers bring to the morning of the wedding.  You must enjoy that part of the job? 

The hard work is definitely worth it. It really is a terrific feeling creating such an important part of a couples wedding day. It’s such a lovely moment when you hand over a brides bouquet on her special day. I find it a real privilege to be part of it. Being a wedding florist is an amazing job, I love it!


What’s going to be hot in 2012?

My recommended flowers for 2012 would be a country garden style theme using lots of beautiful vintage roses, delicate summer flowers such as nigella and astrantia and lots of pretty eucalyptus greenery. Very elegant, very beautiful and on trend.
Thanks Lucie.
Please visit Lucie’s spanking new website. 



Just back from London where I was covering the wedding of Rich and Eve. The weather was terrible but the day and the occasion was just fantastic. The ceremony took place in the stunning (though very dark) St James the Less church after which the guests boarded a river boat for a trip up the Thames for the reception at the beautiful Fulham Palace.

The whole day was great fun and both Eve & Rich were a joy to photograph. We wish them a very happy and long life together.

Below is an image from their pre wedding shoot. Will hopefully show some shots from the wedding once they have had a chance to see them.


Back from a hot and busy 3 days in London.  Its a great place to visit now and again but I really could not live there, or any city now.  My city living days seem to be very much behind me.  Is an interesting place to take a camera to though but it appears I have come away with a few hundred images of my baby daughter (which I could have done without leaving the house) and very few of London.  Did manage one or two of the usual tourist spots though.

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Jess's Grandad


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