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.  www.silverfernfloristry.co.uk 

 

 

Hi everyone

No weddings over the last couple of weeks but been busy meeting new clients, booking in pre-wedding shoots and getting round to photographing other things.

I spent a day with Eleanor Conner, the owner of Things Pretty.  She is having a little re-launch of her website with lots of new stock and needed some product shots done.  We had the idea of shooting  in a grand Georgian house filled with lovely furniture to give the  homely yet aspirational feel which her stunning products deserve.  Luckily Eleanor has a friend who had just such a home, who was only to happy to give us the run of it for a day.

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As you can see Things Pretty has some lovely pieces (can’t believe I used the word ‘pieces’; will be using a ‘space’ instead of a room next) and they are excellent value (well they seem good value to me anyway and I’m pretty tight).

Little Aaran

Last Sunday I had the pleasure of capturing Aaran’s 1st birthday party.  I arrived and straight away knew I was in for an interesting experience, as everyone was dressed up in animal costumes.  Dad looked particularly interesting in his lion outfit.  Perhaps a little too realistic; just ask the poor wee girl who cried for the first hour until he took off his make-up.

I was reminded of my childhood with the kids playing party favourites like pass the parcel, musical statues and musical bumps.  Of course there was the usual cheating.  If you ask me, blinking is a definite no no  in competitive  musical statues.  I’ve never seen a statue blink,  except those crappy painted people who line the streets of Edinburgh at festival time.  Anyone remember the particularly annoying guy dressed like the Prince of Persia or something who would jump around and whistle every time a tourist plopped a coin in his box?   The silver  robot dude is there all year round as far as I can tell.

Anyway, here are a few shots from wee Aaran’s party.  He is such a photogenic little guy, bit of  poser really but if you’re that cute, why not?

 

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Well a quiet couple of days before a super busy weekend to come when we have three and maybe four pre-wedding shoots in the diary.  Here’s hoping for fine weather.

Over and out.

Craig xxx

It’s days like today which make me really glad to be a photographer. The weather over the last few days has been pretty poor to say the least but today the clouds broke and the sun shone for my shoot with little Rebecca. This lovely wee lady had a great time playing in the wildflowers while I kept having to think of new way to keep a four year old’s interest in having her photo taken. She told me about cornflowers and I told her about poppies. What made it extra special was my wife Jess and little Esme tagged along and together with Rebecca and her mum Clare we enjoyed a lovely picnic prior to the shoot. Great day seems to have been had by all. Plus, we managed to get some lovely shots of little Rebecca.