Late summer romance

We love it when we find a couple who only want to use local flowers for their wedding day. Huzzah for Helen and Johnathan! And better still they had chosen the wonderful venue of the John Hope Gateway at Edinburgh's Botanic Gardens. Better still? They wanted something 'a little different' for the table centers. So not only did we get to play with all the flowers we had grown by hand through monsoon rains, we got to try out a new idea- tripods!

Creating height on table centers usually has it's limitations to those tall slim vases we have all seen a million times. Well not any more for Pyrus! Welcome the tripod..

We love the romance of late summer flowers mixed with the first touches of texture and warmth that Autumn brings. A special thanks goes to the fallen beech tree who gave us the gorgeous golden foliage.

aien aristeuein (ever to excel!)

Not the Pyrus motto we must add but the motto of Scotland's oldest University, St Andrews.  And off we were again to beautiful Fife, bags packed, to dress St Salvators Chapel and the Lower College Halls for two alumni.  A lot to live up to then!  We love this venue, formal and elegant but the light really does showcase the flowers and the staircase, well, WHAT  a staircase!   It's just crying out to be adorned at events, give us a staircase and some chicken wire and we're very happy flower girls.

Our brief for this young couple was romantic, blowsy and elegant with a touch of the Dutch still life painting about it.  Happy to oblige we set to work with dripping cherry blossom, frilly peony blooms, fox gloves and delicate black ranunculas to pick out the darkness of the paintings in the room. 

I fell in love at the seaside

We were lucky enough recently to be gifted a day out at the seaside courtesy of one of our wonderful brides- thanks Ruth for having the foresight to get married in quaint and picturesque Crail.  Not only was your wedding picture perfect in every way (think vintage style 1950's style gown with quiff and red lips, lovingly decorated village hall by the sea and ceremony at an old monument on the cliffs) but the weather was just glorious and showed off the East Neuk at it's most beautiful. So, we rightly took the opportunity after we had played our part in the festivities to go exploring and have some seashore adventures of our own.

happy, informal and relaxed; just like the bride herself

weddings just as we like them, homemade bunting and a village hall

 proptastic! vintage books, decanters and cloths 

sometimes we want to join the wedding, this was one of them

well you've got to at the seaside haven't you?

we heart lichen- nice use of rock in landscape

Spring time delights

At last the sun has come back out to say 'hello'. A perfect opportunity to share our springtastic wedding from when the last time the sun came out! We were delighted when the fabulously talented studio jeweller Erin Daly asked us to do her wedding flowers. 'Joyful, Spring and local' was our brief - perfect! We were lucky enough to have a bright sunny day for a forage on the estate and found an abundance of spring delights! 

 flowery fun in our old engine shed studio....
Erin was our perfect bride - creative and trusting! Which meant we were free to use all the little treasures we found hiding in corners of the garden. We found pockets of snowflakes hiding behind a wall, washes of garlic under the big sycamore, and the first bluebells venturing up in the woods, to name just a few!


A host of golden daffodils

A wedding like this needs little introduction from us.  The truly lovely Anna and Ross were our very first wedding of 2012 and asked for a spring wonderland with daffodils to take centre stage.  More than happy to oblige folks.  The intrepid travelling florists journeyed to Fife where we were lucky enough to adorn St Salvators Chapel and the Lower College Halls in St Andrews with hundreds of fragrant British grown daffodils, narcissi and snowflakes, foraged foliage, blossom and some amazing pieris in full bloom which melted our hearts.  That and some knockout silky tassles, the florist's show girl. We had lots of fun and learnt a few new flowery tricks, looking forward to returning to beautiful St Andrews next month.