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Teamwork – Making the magic happen

My clients and colleagues will often hear me refer to the wedding team. That is because I am truly passionate about the power a combined team can have when brought together to create the perfect day. And none can demonstrate that more elegantly than the beautiful wedding of Amy and Kyle.

Amy and Kyle are a local couple. With Kyle’s family right here on my Glenlivet doorstep and Amy’s family from just a wee bit further in Aberlour, it was fitting that they should choose their suppliers from their local community and friends. Their venue? The stunning setting of Aswanley, whose carefully restores Victorian barn offers a fabulous location for ceremony, reception and dance on the banks of the River Deveron.

The brief was really quite simple – with a wonderfully creative Mum there were already some lovely pieces to be incorporated. My main task was bringing all the elements together in a cohesive design, on the perfect canvas, sympathetic to the venue, yet with a lot of their personalities shining through.

A mix of birdcages all dressed individually with lovely silk flowers (Amy being seriously allergic to fresh). Every cage was different, even a mix of colours. The perfect mix for a rustic steading at Aswanley. And all set on a layer of our lovely eco-jute hessian runners (made right here in North East Scotland) and lace combination. Pretty-Aswanly-Steading-wedding

The family had already begun laying some of the foundations for the day with dressed light rings inside and bunting out. Shirley (Mum) also produced a wonderful box of goodies for me and the team on the day which I referred to as “my very own dressing up box”. Beautiful silk foliage and rose hearts – a matching pair – well they were just perfect for the mirrors. Lovely damask style glass hearts which were the perfect accessory for my lovely elegant lace swags. No top table would be quite complete without a “Just Married” or a “Mr and Mrs” and I had two of those to play with. Big hessian bows made by Shirley and woven with roses made from music sheets – a theme which would emerge again – and again. Honestly, the items just kept coming.


The ceremony would continue the theme with our popular hessian and lace knotted sash. Then with the addition of a wee musical twist. Paper cones which we hand crafted from actual music sheets and then filled with artificial heathers.

Aswanley-ceremony-rusticTo continue the musical note theme cake designer and creator JLR Sugarcraft, also of Glenlivet, produced a rather clever two faced cake. To the front it might fool the guests into thinking it was a traditional cake, that is until you had a peep around the back and discovered the icing peeled away to reveal beautifully written song lyrics. And as if that wasn’t clever enough, even the whisky cask upon which it sat presented two personalities having come to the wedding wearing our blush sequin “wrap”.  Who says you can’t marry rustic and sequins?

Then afterAswanley-wedding-breakfast the drinks ceremony and photos the guests were piped in by one of the regions best known characters Spud the Piper and served a lovely dinner by long standing family friend and caterer Anne Geddes and team of Annie’s Wee Catering Company. Anne is an absolute treasure, a pleasure to work alongside, who simply wanted everyone to have an enjoyable meal.

Mother of the Bride sent us this lovely photo of the first view the guests saw as they entered the steading. “You did a fantastic job it looked fabulous. Thank you very much for helping to make the wedding special”. Mother of the Groom said “The venue was gorgeous and lots of people commented on it.  I cried when I saw it”.

Well we don’t mind tears so long as they are tears of joy. Congratulations to our new Mr and Mrs Stevenson and thank you for inviting us to be a part of your day.

May 2016

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