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Our wedding planning blog. Keep up to date as we blog our latest finds, ideas and inspiration from the amazing and beautiful world of weddings.

We’ve got 150 fresh, stylish and comfortable white folding chairs new in and available for hire.  They look great for both ceremonies and dining and can be used inside or out – whatever the Scottish weather!  Made from the brightest, smoothest and toughest resin, they will also not mark or chip easily.

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For decorative ideas, why not tie ribbons to the chair backs, or fit colourful fabric sleeves to the tops.

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Or look out for vintage textiles for a different effect.

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For more information and prices click on White Folding Chairs

 

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I’ve seen a few things in my time as a wedding planner but a VIP  (Very Important Pig) at a wedding reception was a new one.

Olive (one of two resident pigs at beautiful Mellerstain House in the Scottish Borders) decided it was time to break free and get a slice of the action! So, one fine wedding day, she made a cunning escape and joined the party.

The ceremony had taken place, champagne corks were popping and guests were chatting.  And then, out of nowhere, our four-legged friend was spotted mingling with guests on the terrace.

Olive, who had a beautiful designer mud outfit on for the occasion, was dangerously close to the bride’s white dress.  I had a ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ moment  – but, miraculously, the pig was a hit.   The guests were relaxed, the bride was relaxed and Olive was relaxed.

The Mellerstain team, headed up by resourceful Jane Malloch, coerced our hairy friend down the terrace. But, Olive started to pick up the pace, and did a de-tour, this time heading straight for the art gallery and kitchen.

Fortunately, Lord and Lady Haddington arrived in the nick of time with a bucket of  food which did the trick.   And, as good as gold, Olive trotted off behind her owners, back to home base – naughty old Olive!

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It’s our favourite magazine.  Loved by florists and brides nationwide, it’s always packed with great ideas.  We always suggest it as a perfect starting point for our brides to get current vibes and trends and if they aren’t familiar with flowers at all, then there’s a really helpful section on lots of different varieties of flowers at the back.

It’s extra special for us this month as we are included in the Notebook section!

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We created a hand-tied bouquet, a table decoration (in one of our urns available to hire),  a buttonhole finished with hessian twine and a little necklace onto which we threaded hypericum berries and small roses.  The brief was pink flowers – we chose to combine a range of pinks with orange and greens.

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What a fantastic summer we have been having here in the Scottish Borders. Aikwood Tower, 4 miles from Selkirk, is a gem of a wedding venue that can be hired on an exclusive use basis for a house party wedding.  Polly and Ross celebrated their wedding earlier this summer with 120 guests.

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Ross and his ushers looked fantastic in their kilts.  Get Knotted made buttonholes with thistles and green chillis.

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Our rustic ceremony poles lined the aisle in the garden.

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The scenery that surrounds the ancient Tower is breathtaking.  If you don’t know the Scottish Borders, take a closer look.

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Sealed with a kiss (and much cheering from all the guests)!

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A very well behaved and perfectly turned out visitor looks on.

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We used vibrant Vanda orchids for Polly’s bouquet and white orchids for her bridesmaids.

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In the little orchard at Aikwood – check out that sporran!

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A marquee adjoined both the Tower and the Cart Shed.  We decorated with our sandblasted manzanita branches and attached Vanda orchids and little tealight lanterns.  Polly and Ross also hired our rustic ceiling with driftwood and hundreds of twinkling lights.

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Other dining tables were decorated with hand-tied arrangements of cream roses, vanda orchids and twisted willow to compliment the branches.  We loved the apples used for table names.

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The wedding ‘cheese’ cake looked colourful.  The base was the most enormous pork pie.

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The brilliant band, Kilter, provided music for the evening …..

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and this fearless, fun-loving couple led the dancing after dinner

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It was quite a party …..

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… and everywhere you looked was another smiling face

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…. and another

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Polly and Ross were great to work with and we wish them every happiness in their lives together.

Many thanks to Andy of Images by Andrew Jack 

 

 

 

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Antonia and Andy travelled from Australia to get married at Aikwood Tower near Selkirk here in the Scottish Borders.  Antonia works in the events industry and Andy is a chef.  They combined their talents to create a truly gorgeous wedding day despite some hideous weather!!

Antonia hired a very special car from White Heather Wedding Cars and travelled in style to St Johns Church in Selkirk which is only 4 miles from Aikwood.

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A quiet moment before the ceremony

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Get Knotted created pretty gypsophila pedestals in the church …

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…. and we also used gypsophila for her bridesmaids posies

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Antonia’s hand-tied bouquet was relaxed and contained red roses and white peonies in full bloom.

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After the ceremony everyone headed back to the Tower.  The fireplace in the Great Hall makes an impressive backdrop for photos.

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and the upper gallery is ideal for taking pictures of guests down in the Laich Hall.  Aikwood is a fantastic combination of ancient and modern.

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It poured down – relentlessly – but this wasn’t going to stop this wonderful group of guests from enjoying themselves.

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Get Knotted decorated the dining tables with informal arrangements of hydrangeas, roses, alchemilla, sweet peas and peonies in a vibrant palette of reds, greens, pinks and whites.  We also added little bottles each containing a few stems of similar flowers to add splashes of colour down the tables.  Antonia and her friends had set the Cart Shed the previous evening and added runners of hessian and black and white ribbon to the place settings.

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The Cart Shed at Aikwood seats up to 80 guests and it is situated right next to the ancient tower itself.

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There are lovely rustic pieces of furniture at Aikwood – the cake looked perfect on this old oak sideboard.

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Antonia had hung pretty white paper pom poms from the Cart Shed ceiling

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A delicious meal was served by Marie at Delizique in Glasgow.  Some of Andy’s signature recipes were incorporated into the meal.

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After dinner everyone headed back into the Tower for a party in the Laich Hall

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Every happiness to Antonia and Andy in their future lives together.

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A million thanks to Lindsey Parker of Mack Photography for all the images in this post

 

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We’ve really enjoyed working as florist and set stylist with a great creative team headed up by Alex and Lloyd Aikman Smith for the current edition of Best Scottish Weddings.  The shoot took place recently at beautiful Cherrytrees House near Kelso in the Borders.

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A whole host of fantastic British designers were featured (and included two of our brooch bouquets available at the gorgeous Lily Luna, William Street, Edinburgh.

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Cherrytrees has the prettiest walled garden and exquisite orangery.

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Check out Best Scottish Weddings for the full story and watch out for lots of exciting news around the corner about Cherrytrees!!

 

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Eve and Bob gathered their nearest and dearest to celebrate their wedding at the beautifully secluded Hoscote Estate
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They hired our Original Wurlitzer Jukebox, asked guests to request their favourite records …. and then secretly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…… took dance lessons and surprised their guests with some knockout moves!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brilliant!

Every happiness to Eve and Bob.

 

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Would you like to have one wedding album that includes photography of the day and hilarious photobooth pics signed with a special message from your guests in the evening?

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve teamed up with Sheila Scott, one of the Scottish Borders most experienced photographers to provide a wedding album with a difference.    

Here’s how it works:
1  Sheila will take professional, relaxed, reportage-style photography during the day
2  We’ll set up the Borders Photo Booth, complete with crazy props after dinner
3  Guests receive 2 copies of their booth pics.  If desired, they may write a special message on the back of one and return it to the booth attendant
4  Sheila will then incorporate wedding day images with the booth pix and messages into one gorgeous album chosen by you
A perfect record of every part of your wedding day.
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We’ve recently been contacted by Emma-Jane of Buckingham Events.

 

 

Emma-Jane is a very busy lady organising events in and around Leicestershire.  She also has a gorgeous online boutique with stores on board such as Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue, Fortnum & Mason and Marks and Spencer – plenty of international inspriation for your wedding!  In addition, she produces really interesting and inspirational blog posts.  Our bouquets caught her eye.

Check out her lovely blog post about our vintage bouquets and then enjoy browsing her site  http://www.buckinghamevents.co.uk/blog/vintage-brooch-bouquets/

Thank you Emma-Jane.

 

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Bethan and Neil got in touch with us to help them with styling their wedding at Marchmont House last October.  Marchmont is an incredible building 20 minutes from Kelso situated in magnificent parkland.  It’s one of the few properties in the Scottish Borders that can seat 140 for dinner and accommodate up to 200 for an evening party.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s a fabulous driveway up to the front of the house.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bethan looked radiant.  She chose a shower bouquet in beautiful vintage pink and cream roses and we added snowberries and orchids.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We decorated the hall with a really large arrangement and added lots of extra fairy lights.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ballroom, a fabulous wood panelled room with church organ, provided the backdrop for the ceremony.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We created two large arrangement in urns for the top of the aisle in lovely soft vintage pink and cream colours and plenty of greenery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And we followed the colour theme into the dining rooms.  We also added fairy lights to the centre of the large fireplaces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We loved making these flower ‘trees’ for the alcoves in the dining room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And we reused the long arrangement from the registration table on the top table.  There are some beautiful flowers in the autumn including pink snowberries, with sedums and astilbes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bethan and Neil had great ideas and we thought these hand-crafted table names were so stylish – made from slate and wood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are lovely grounds at Marchmont – and the weather for Bethan and Neil’s wedding couldn’t have been better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After dinner, guests enjoyed a fabulous party in the Ballroom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May we wish Bethan and Neil every happiness in their future lives together.

Also, many thanks to Craig McBeth from www.mcbethphotography.com for all the fantastic images.

 

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