Real Life Weddings

Here at Get Knotted HQ we are just starting to draw breath after a busy summer of Scottish Weddings here in the Scottish Borders and further afield. Our prop hire department has been going like a fair and this season it has been all about glass jars.  Apothecary jars to some, sweetie jars to others – to us the perfect prop for creating pretty floral arrangements.

Paxton House  @Alex Aikman Smith

From a stylist’s point of view the beauty of this kind of prop is the versatility that these jars offer.  They come in all shapes and sizes and you can use them with or without their lids to create a wonderful display with varying height and contrasting angles to show off flowers and greenery to their best potential.  The beauty of glass is the way it reflects the light so apothecary jars as a prop come in to their own when you add candles.

Aikwood Tower  @Sara Wight Photography

A simple tea light placed in a plain holder can bring an arrangement of jars to life by providing very simple up-lighting.  And glassware needn’t be restricted to table arrangements; we love using our hanging glass baubles to bring down a ceiling, and with tea lights twinkling inside them they create a magical feel.

Two of our very favourite Scottish weddings this summer have majored on apothecary jars as props to create the style and feel the bride and groom wanted for their reception.  At Aikwood Tower near Selkirk we were able to use a combination of greenery and glassware to create this natural rustic look which complimented the Cart Shed surroundings perfectly and created a lovely romantic feel to the room.

Aikwood Tower @Sara Wight Photography

At a marquee wedding at The Roxburghe Hotel near Kelso we used more than 100 glass apothecary jars to showcase seasonal flower arrangements.  Using different shaped glass jars, moss, candles and an array of hedgerow inspired flowers, fruits and berries as well as succulents and velvety roses the tables looked absolutely breath-taking.  Roses nestled inside the lids of some of the apothecary jars looked just sublime.

Roxburghe Hotel @Duncan Ireland Photogrphy

Thanks to Sarah White Photography, Aikman Smith Photography & Duncan Ireland Photography for these wonderful images.


Mellerstain House has been visited over the years by many international names and distinguished guests, and on Saturday 26 May 2012, under Saltire-blue skies, Ingrid and Alan joined that illustrious list. Happily, the sun shone for their multi-cultural wedding. Ingrid was born and brought up in Norway and Alan is from the Scottish Borders.

Norwegian and Scottish flags

 The couple divide their time between the two countries, but decided to marry in the beautiful Scottish Borders where they have a holiday home.

The pretty church of the small village of Lilliesleaf was the setting for their ceremony.

Lilliesleaf Church in the Scottish Borders

Lilliesleaf Church interior in the Scottish Borders

 Ingrid, who had stayed in the magnificent four poster suite at Mellerstain the night before, arrived in style in a white Jaguar (available from looking utterly fabulous in a lace dress with a tiara and floor length veil.

Immaculate and understated make-up was courtesy of Jody at

Following Norwegian tradition, Alan chose the bouquet  for Ingrid, with Get Knotted creating a relaxed, hand-tied arrangement in a pale pink, lilac and cream colour scheme which included peonies, roses and freesias.

Beautiful bride at Mellerstain

 Wedding photography was courtesy of Lloyd Smith (  based in Melrose, with some fantastic shots including some taken at iconic Borders viewpoints like Scott’s View (below) as the couple made their way back to the reception at Mellerstain House.

Bride and groom at Scott's View in the Scottish Borders

 The drinks reception was held in the magnificent gardens at Mellerstain on what was (still!) certainly the most beautiful day of the year, a great setting for the delicious canapes and refreshing Pimms served by Gill Orde in Catering.  During the drinks reception guests enjoyed a mini-tour of this fascinating house, followed by a three course dinner in  the splendidly period Music Room.

Bride and groom at Mellerstain House in the Scottish Borders

 Get Knotted decorated the dining tables with silver candelabra set in luxurious wreaths of flowers.

Get Knotted Flowers - table display

Get Knotted Flowers - pedestal display at Mellerstain House

During the planning stages leading to Ingrid and Alan’s wedding, it was interesting to learn that speeches are a very big part of Norwegian wedding celebrations.  Ingrid and Alan decided to incorporate several during their wedding dinner and afterwards, after a break, the speeches continued downstairs in the gallery, where traditional Norwegian wedding cakes that had been brought by wedding guests were also much enjoyed!

Cutting the wedding cake at Mellerstain

 The evening of festivities was brought to a rousing close with music by Colin Train and his band The Fabulous Shire Boys

Wedding dancing in the Mellerstain vault

Newlyweds dancing at Mellerstain House

We were delighted to see another lovely couple embark on married life, and we wish Alan and Ingrid every happiness together


We were delighted when Andrea Benn got in touch about her wedding in early December at the lovely Ednam House Hotel in nearby Kelso in the Scottish Borders.  Here are a few images from the day showing her wonderland winter wedding style, including the natural Scottish palette of her bouquet and a veritable forest of twiglights!

Andrea’s bouquet combined white anenomes, cream roses, freesias and heather in a hand tied posy, finished with pearls and cream lace.  She wore a stunning dress with lace bodice and a fabulous fur wrap.

Andrea wanted to create a sparkling, wintery theme for the dining room with plenty of candles.  Several of the tables were decorated with beech and twisted willow branches and finished off with hanging jars and votives.  We put arrangements of vintage coloured roses at the base of each centrepiece and further candles in stemmed glasses.

Photograph by: Adrian Gould / Borders Photographer

Andrea was keen to use a number of different accessories for the dining tables.  The long oval top table was set with two-tier candelabras.  They contained a mixture of small posies of flowers and candles.

On other dining tables glass domes were used to hold the bridesmaids bouquets.

Andrea used pretty frames for her seating plan and we added small posies of flowers to add colour to the table.

The room was finished off with sets of tall glass vases containing a myriad of twiglights to add warmth and sparkle to the outside of the room.

Adrian Gould / Borders Photographer

We wish Andrea and Iain every happiness in their married lives together.

Many thanks to Andrea and Iain (and  Sam at for allowing us to use their lovely images.  Also a big thank you Ralph Brooks at The Ednam House Hotel for allowing me to take images of the dining room during the set up.





January is a great time to recharge and plan the next adventure, but it’s also a chance to look back and recall the old year.  So before the moment passes, here are some great memories of 2011 and some of the lovely Borders wedding venue couples. I feel very lucky to have been able to work with them and see them celebrate the start of the next chapter of their lives.

Things got off to an early start in February last year with David and Niccie who came up from the Manchester area to celebrate their fabulous wedding weekend at Hoscote.

Hoscote also made the perfect location for Alison and Paul’s spring wedding.  All the spring flowers were out and we put lovely magnolia buds, beech twigs and small orchids in her natural bouquet.

Hardeep and Ives married at Mellerstain in May.  A fabulous Sikh-Christian fusion wedding, there were beautiful saris in abundance!

Susan and David celebrated their special day (with more traditionally Scottish attire on show) at Mellerstain…

… we couldn’t resist this shot of the bride dancing in more modern footwear!

Nicola and Paul had a really lovely house party wedding at Hoscote in June. The garden was bursting with colour and a wonderful Barn Owl delivered their rings.

Wendy and Bernie organised a two day wedding extravaganza at The Buccleuch Arms! An intimate wedding ceremony with closest friends and family and 100 guests for a party with Scottish dancers and local haggis the following day.

Michelle and Johnny brought along a tandem to their wedding!

And Michelle and Alan married in the beautiful St Andrews church in Kelso and then celebrated the rest of their day at Mellerstain.

Candy and Anthony put their medical studies on hold while they also celebrated at Mellerstain.

And it was great to welcome Jody and Simon up from London for their Civil Partnership at Hoscote.

Rachel and Jose Maria celebrated their Scottish/Argentinian wedding at Mellerstain and guests sang and swayed to Elvis songs during their humanist ceremony.

Hilary and Barry celebrated their wedding at Hoscote in style, with Hilary wearing a gorgeous red dress.

Louise and Dan came all the way from Australia to celebrate their vows – we all wanted those fabulous yellow shoes!


Becky and Nick’s wedding was split between Mellerstain and Hoscote and was our final celebration for 2011.   Becky got her wish with a fairy-tale dusting of snow.


To all the Borders wedding venue couples whom we had the pleasure of meeting, and seeing married at one or more of our venues in 2011, a huge thanks for having us be part of your day, and the very best wishes for 2012 and beyond.











A Hoscote House tipi wedding with a green theme was a summer highlight for Get Knotted! This was our first tipi wedding, and the atmosphere was very special and individual. Tonia and Ben, our lovely couple from Newcastle, had a clear idea of what they wanted, and the whole day was very laid back and relaxed – as you might expect from a couple who have been together for 15 years!

Tipi wedding, Hoscote House

The tipis are absolutely magical, and made a wonderful alternative to a wedding marquee. Tonia and Ben had two Sami-style ‘kata’ tipis joined together, making a spectacular silhouette against the backdrop of Hoscote House. Inside was friendly and welcoming, with soaring tipi poles, wooden tables and pretty natural flowers from Wiggly Wigglers carrying through the rustic theme, and a fantastic fire pit which was lit after dinner and threw beautiful flickering shadows on the canvas. The tipis were provided by Highland Tipis, who are bringing a wow factor to weddings all over Scotland with their unusual ‘hat’ tipis.

Tipi wedding, Hoscote House

Tipi wedding, Hoscote House, tipi fire pit

Tonia and Ben chose to get married under the sweeping copper beech in the Hoscote gardens.  ‘We’d been looking for beautiful wild scenery, a long way from anywhere,’ says Ben, who is a craftsman and cabinetmaker based in Newcastle. ‘Enough modern comforts for older guests, but relaxed enough to throw a great big party for all our friends, where they could all feel at home.’ Solicitor Tonia came across the website after looking for a special wedding venue in the Scottish Borders. Lovely scenery was also a factor when Ben decided to pop the question: ‘4,200m above sea level in the Peruvian Andes, looking down a stunning valley, with a diamond I’d brought out to South America – not perhaps totally spontaneous, but very memorable!’

In keeping with the natural, artisanal theme of the day, Ben also made the cake stand and the cake table, and Borders-based Sizzling Piggy provided a succulent hog roast from their quirky rotisserie trailer with its pigtail-shaped chimney and on-board computer! The Settledown Café in Newcastle manned the barbecue and provided delicious salads, desserts and accompaniments, while the bar was provided by Wilson from the Lauderdale Hotel in Lauder. Excellent music came from The Fabulous Shire Boys – superb multi-instrumentalists who can play everything from ceilidh to funk and have supported top rock and pop artists including Texas, Hue and Cry and Fish.

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Hog roast, tipi wedding, Hoscote House

Hoscote tipi wedding, strawberries and creamTipi wedding, Hoscote House, Scottish Borders

Tonia and Ben spent their honeymoon travelling around Italy by train, taking in Florence, Pisa, Venice and the northern Tuscany mountains, where, as Ben describes, ‘we kicked back under the clear blue sky for a week in a little stone hut, scrumping fresh figs from the trees. Dumped the hire car and took the train to Venice for a few more days of ‘Bling’ before a slow train back to Paris, England.’ Their ‘little Yorkshire dumpling’ is due to arrive in November, which they say will be a breeze compared to organising a wedding!

All the best for the future to a lovely couple from Get Knotted!

Wedding tipi:
Hog Roast:
Music: The Fabulous Shire Boys, available through

Lindsey Hunter of Get Knotted is a wedding planner for Scotland and the north of England. She’s the in-house wedding planner for four lovely Scottish wedding venues: Mellerstain HouseAikwood TowerHoscote Estate, and the Buccleuch Arms Hotel. For more wedding inspiration, visit our gallery.


Mellerstain House, Scottish Borders wedding venue

Warm congratulations to newly-weds Hardeep and Ives, who got married at Mellerstain House in the Scottish Borders, in a gorgeous spring wedding. The couple are from Watford, and met at college 11 years ago when they were 18. Hardeep works with children with behavioural difficulties, and Ives is a painter-decorator and fabulous artist. I was so impressed that romantic Ives went to Paris to buy the ring!

Mellerstain wedding, Scottish Borders, with Get Knotted wedding planners

Hardeep’s family are from Kenya and Ives’s family from the Congo, and it was lovely to have the chance to work together on a wonderful Sikh-Christian fusion wedding. Get Knotted has built up considerable experience organising Asian weddings, and we were delighted that Hardeep was impressed with our knowledge of Sikh traditions!

The wedding started on the Friday evening with the Choora ceremony, a pre-wedding Sikh bangle ritual where the bride’s maternal aunt and uncle place red and white bangles on her wrist, with ornaments made of silver and gold tied to the bangles.

On the day itself, London and Manchester caterers Payal provided tea and samosas for all the guests before the ceremony, which was followed by the civil ceremony at 1pm.  Hardeep’s mother had made a special ring cushion, which was exquisitely embroidered.

Wedding rings at Mellerstain - Hardeep and Ives

After the ceremony, photos were taken by talented Parminder Matharu in the beautiful grounds.  Family and friends enjoyed  more of Payal’s fabulous Indian canapes and drinks were served on the lawn.

Mellerstain wedding, Scottish Borders, with Get Knotted wedding planners

After the drinks reception, the Payal team provided a delicious Asian meal.  It was great to be working with them again – their food is always cooked freshly on site and is outstanding. They set up outside gazebos and cook with clay ovens and burners, and the smell of the curries is just mouth-watering.

There was also a feast for the eyes with everyone’s gorgeous outfits in such a lovely setting. Hardeep’s beautiful coral saree came from Santoshi in Southall, and she changed into a stunning green outfit for the evening. Her colourful bouquet was by Fiona Halliburton, who did all the flowers and supplied the large pedestals.

Wedding bouquet, Mellerstain wedding, Scottish Borders

Speeches were all heartfelt and moving, and a painting of Hardeep’s grandparents was presented by Ives to Hardeep’s mother.

After the meal, there was a break in the proceedings – some guests went for a walk in the glorious gardens, while others went back to the self-catering accommodation in the grounds of Mellerstain. The West Lodge, Clockhouse Cottage and Courtyard Cottage are only moments from the main house, giving plenty of accommodation on-site for immediate family – 14 in the self-catering cottages and four in the fabulous main house suites –  which is important as lots of couples like to have their close family by them.

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Festivities continued into the evening with DJ Bobby Singh from GTown Desi, who played a great mixture of Bhangra and British music. GTown Desi are Scotland’s No. 1 club DJs, and pioneers of the Scottish UrbAsian sound. They’re used to travelling to gigs in Cyprus, Italy and Majorca, as well as Glasgow, Edinburgh and Newcastle Mela, so it was fantastic to welcome them to a Mellerstain wedding!  Payal continued to please guests with their final gourmet menu and the evening ended with the cake cutting of vanilla and chocolate cupcakes.

Mellerstain wedding, Scottish Borders, with Get Knotted wedding planners

Mellerstain wedding, Scottish Borders, with Get Knotted wedding plannersMellerstain wedding, Scottish Borders, with Get Knotted wedding plannersMellerstain wedding, Scottish Borders, with Get Knotted wedding planners

Photography was by Parm Matharu, who is based down in the south of England.

Inge of Cupcake & Cookie (edit: currently site not available, June 2012), based near Kelso, provided cupcakes.

Wedding stationery was designed and printed by Rikesh Majithia

Hardeep and Ives spent their honeymoon in Barbados, where they completely switched off for 11 days and enjoyed the beautiful beaches, weather and food – together with a spot of marathon training!

Mellerstain House, Sat May 28 2011



Lindsey Hunter of Get Knotted is a wedding planner for Scotland and the north of England. She’s the in-house wedding planner for four lovely Scottish wedding venues: Mellerstain HouseAikwood TowerHoscote Estate, and the Buccleuch Arms Hotel. For more wedding inspiration, visit our gallery.


Hoscote House near Hawick gave a sunny spring welcome to Alison and Paul for their houseparty weekend wedding in early April. Alison’s family originate from County Durham and Paul’s parents from Birmingham, and relatives came from as far as Berkshire and Somerset to the Scottish Borders for the occasion.Hoscote House Wedding

The couple met through work at NG Bailey and Paul proposed on the romantic Isle of Mull off the west coast of Scotland in May 2009.

Alison was very clear about the sort of look she wanted for her wedding, opting for a wonderful natural bouquet, including lily of the valley, magnolia buds, jasmine, dendrobium orchids, hellebores, beech twigs and a twine handle.  For her table decorations, we used vintage coloured roses, pale pink ranunculus and skimmia in silver teapots, with 19th century hand-painted cups and saucers surrounding each teapot. Her dress was a Sassi Holford design found at The Bridal Gallery Finedon in Northamptonshire. Sassi Holford also designed the dress worn by Autumn Kelly, Princess Ann’s daughter-in-law, at her wedding in May 2008.

Hoscote House Wedding FlowersMeldon Catering provided sandwiches and cake for lunch, and then a delicious meal including black pudding and grilled goat’s cheese with sweet chilli dressing, followed by fillet of beef or salmon, and French apple tart. They were also up early on the Sunday to treat guests to a fabulous full Scottish breakfast.

Dominic Ibbotson from Duke Studios in Edinburgh – a VOWS nominee 2010 – was photographer for the day.  He has a great chatty, fun approach and always gets the best out of wedding guests.

Paul and Alison were really thrilled to have their parents and close family relatives with them.  Alison’s 91 year old grandmother, Margaret Howden, really enjoyed herself.  There was a special kiss for her as Alison and Paul walked out of the ceremony.  Margaret was found contentedly crocheting the night away in the conservatory, while the younger guests danced around her during the evening!

Paul’s brother, to whom he is very close, made a very moving speech and was a real support to Paul and guests. Unfortunately, Paul’s mum, Brenda, had a fall and broke her ankle in the gardens.  The weather was beautiful and she was determined for the photographs to continue, so everyone gathered round her for some lovely group shots.  Sadly she missed the meal, as an ambulance took her and her husband, Geoff, to Borders General Hospital. We wish her a speedy recovery.

Alison’s mum, Ruth Howden , did a brilliant job with a lot of the organising, and there were beautiful bouquets to thank mums for all their support.  Arthur, Alison’s dad, looked so proud as they walked into the ceremony.

All the guests had a wonderful time, and everyone loved the fact they there was time to chat over the weekend.

Alison and Paul have just returned from their honeymoon, which included Singapore, Malacca, Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi off the mainland coast of north western Malaysia.  They flew via Quantas and were treated to two bottles of champagne on the way and another one on the way back.

Photographer: Duke Studios
Flowers: Get Knotted
Catering: Meldon Catering
Hair and makeup:  Katherine Milby
Piper:  Anthony Carson
Ceilidh band:  Stuart Anderson

Hoscote House Wedding

Hoscote House Wedding

Hoscote House Wedding

Lindsey Hunter of Get Knotted is a wedding planner for Scotland and the north of England. She’s the in-house wedding planner for four lovely Scottish wedding venues: Mellerstain HouseAikwood TowerHoscote Estate, and the Buccleuch Arms Hotel. For more wedding inspiration, visit our gallery.


Hoscote House, one of our favourite our big house wedding venues in the Scottish Borders, was delighted to welcome Niccie and David from Cheshire for their winter wedding celebrations in early February.

These special house-party weddings for up to 40 are wonderfully intimate occasions, with nearest and dearest spending time together over the special celebratory weekend. We were delighted to welcome to Hoscote for the first time Mark Archibald from award-winning Archibald Photography, who provided us with these amazing pictures:

Niccie looked fantastic in a stunning lace Cymbeline dress from Paris which she found at The Wedding Shop in Alderley Edge, and her hair and make  up were created by Katherine Milby.  Get Knotted created the flowers with a vibrant red colour theme.

Julie from Falconry Scotland brought along the beautiful Bonnie the barn owl, who silently swooped in to deliver the wedding rings – always a wonderful moment. And there was a dusting of snow outside on the hills in the beautiful Roberton Valley, just as the clients had wished for (and all part of the service!!!).

We wish David and Niccie every happiness and a wonderful honeymoon to New Zealand later in the year.

Photographer: Archibald Photography
Cake: The Cake Partnership
Flowers: Get Knotted
Makeup: Katherine Milby
Piper: Roddy McIntyre
Ring Delivery by Owl: Falconry Scotland
Dress: The Wedding Shop in Alderley Edge

Lindsey Hunter of Get Knotted is a wedding planner for Scotland and the north of England. She’s the in-house wedding planner for four lovely Scottish wedding venues: Mellerstain HouseAikwood TowerHoscote Estate, and the Buccleuch Arms Hotel. For more wedding inspiration, visit our gallery.


Hoscote House in the Scottish Borders welcomed Guests from as far as Texas and Wigan for the wedding of Liz and Gareth on 26th February. Liz and Gareth have busy lives working on board chartered yachts in warmer climes, and were looking for a chilled-out relaxed weekend with friends and family.

Hoscote’s fabulous in-house caterer, Cathy Barker from Meldon Catering, supplied a Friday night supper for everyone and the following morning Gareth and the boys took off to Braidwood Sporting Clays while the girls enjoyed the whole process of getting ready in 5* luxury at Hoscote.

It was a particularly special ceremony as we said farewell to Mona Hope, our lovely registrar in Hawick who is off to enjoy a well earned retirement.

Liz looked amazing in an incredible dress by Tadashi Shoji with a feather skirt, which she bought from Bloomingdales in the States.

Head chef Tony was busy all day preparing a slow cooked Borders beef dish and fantastic smells eminated from Hoscote’s kitchen!

After dinner, Stuart Anderson’s fantastic ceilidh band had everyone dancing till late.

Lindsey Hunter of Get Knotted is a wedding planner for Scotland and the north of England. She’s the in-house wedding planner for four lovely Scottish wedding venues: Mellerstain HouseAikwood TowerHoscote Estate, and the Buccleuch Arms Hotel. For more wedding inspiration, visit our gallery.

Supplier links:
Dress: Tadashi Shoji Design from Bloomingdales
Flowers: Get Knotted
Catering: Meldon Catering
Ceilidh: The Stuart Anderson Ceilidh Band


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