Monday, 14 November 2011

Nicola and Andrew's colourful, quirky, autumn celebration (or the tale of driving, dahlias and ducks)

I've been absolutely dieing to tell you all about today's wedding! It seems finding the time to blog has been more and more difficult recently, so I was happy to have a bit of time this morning to write about Nicola and Andrew's amazing wedding at the gorgeous Achnagairn House, Inverness.

I could tell it was going to be fun working with Nicola right from our initial skype consultation - any bride who casually drops words like taxidermy into the conversation is my kinda girl! Nicola wanted a striking and colourful seasonal bouquet, with lots of purples, greens and pinks, berries and dark foliage. We used dahlias, september flower, hydrangea, black viburnum, and "Cezanne" roses with cotinus, juniper and eucalyptus; and big beautiful "Fred Shoesmith" chrysanthemum blooms on the tables - I am an absolute sucker for big curly chrysanthemums in the autumn!

We used the most colourful flowers in Nicola's bouquet, the boys' buttonholes, the vases in the church and the wreath which decorated the front door of Achnagairn House, keeping the rest of the flowers in simple white tones. Nicola's three bridesmaids each carried a different posy of white hydrangeas, roses or dahlias. We used white flowers on the tables too, filling the vintage glass vases Nicola's family had collected with chrysanthemum blooms, september flower and dahlias. Nicola used some beautiful white doilies as her place settings which stood out beautifully against the navy tablecloths.

The real talking point on the guests' tables were the incredible taxidermed birds Nicola had also collected, a different specimen on each table! After the wedding Nicola also told me she and Andrew had been given a beautiful wedding present which they loved - none of your standard run of the mill photo frames or champagne flutes here, but a large and impressive taxidermed pheasant! Some of the other little details at the wedding were a super cool yellow vintage typewriter and a big cloud of helium balloons. I could hear the groomsmen having fun blowing them up in the room next to where I was working on the morning of the wedding!

So without further ado here are the pictures of Nicola and Andrews beautiful, colourful day. Many thanks to the lovely Amy Murrell of Especially Amy Photography for providing the images, and capturing everything beautifully.

Nicola chose fab Vivienne Westwood & Melissa Lady Dragon Skull shoes

One of the vases from the church, which we re-used to decorate Achnagairn House for the reception.

Congratultations Nicola and Andrew and thank you for giving me the chance to work on such a cool wedding!
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