Little Botanica are guest posting today…. and it’s a perfect hen party idea guyzzzzz….
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Here at Little Botanica we are always over the moon to host a Flower Crown Hen Party for one of our beautiful brides-to-be at our railway arch workshop in Tradeston.
 

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Bridesmaid Gillian contacted us back in January to arrange a flower related Hen Party for flower loving Bride-to-Be Gemma. It was decided that flower crowns were the perfect choice, something that all of the Hens could wear as their party continued on to dinner in Glasgow’s west end (and hopefully a lot of good old silly dancing too!!).
As the hen party date neared and the Little Botanica team grew excited, we decided upon beautiful bright colours for the girls and a selection of special white flowers exclusively for Gemma.
On the party day we welcomed 15 lovely hens into our light filled workshop! The afternoon started with a demonstartion of wiring techniques and construction methods for crowns. Then, with a glass of fizz in hand and a glamorous Little B pinny on, the ladies got stuck in. Guided by Kim, Hayley, Jenni and Elaina the hens made quick work of selecting their blooms from an array of colourful favourites from the buckets, and got on to wiring. 
Now, as we are really very good expert florists, we know that wiring is neither the easiest nor the most exciting task! So we had a few ‘here’s some we made earlier’ trays of ready-wired blooms to help the the ladies make their crowns even more spectacular! 
We were amazed at the incredible variation of crowns the ladies made, no two looked alike. It was a top job by this wonderful creative bunch!
Once complete, the girls all had the opportunity to carefully position their head gear and step in to our mini photo studio, complete with backdrop and perfectly flattering lighting. With our very own professional photographer, Jenni on hand, she collected some smashing shots of the afternoon so that the ladies could keep clear memories of how fabulous they looked with their crowns! 

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Gemma’s chat :

‘My bridesmaids had kept me in the dark with all things related to me hen party reassuring me that it was ‘one less thing I had to worry about’ in the lead up to the wedding so you can imagine my confusion and mild panic when a taxi dropped us off outside a load of industrial units in Tradeston for our activity! We were buzzed in through a private gate and what awaited us around the corner could not have been any more perfect.
Hayley from Little Botanica, who I know having met her to discuss our wedding flowers (which LB are doing) and from nipping along to any pop up shops they have, was waiting to greet me with a massive smile beside a beautiful antique trolley with pre filled prosecco glasses and hunky bar man. His sole job that day was to keep our glasses full for the duration and what a wonderful job he did!
After getting over the initial excitement of seeing all of my hens, having a glass of prosecco, taking pictures of the beautiful personalised hand painted board and munching the nibbles LB had kindly put out it was time to get on with the task at hand, FLOWER CROWNS!
LB had set each of us 15 over excited hens a station equipped with Little Botanica apron, scissors, flower tape and wire. We were given a demonstration on how best to prepare the flowers (which looks much easier than it actually is and involves wiring, taping and cutting each individual flower before attaching then to your crown!) by the LB ladies and then left to choose whatever flowers we wanted from their vast and interesting collection. Peonies, Alium, sweet peas, thistles, all colours of roses, gypsophila and eucalyptus to name a few. There was also a whole jug of white flowers especially set aside especially for me!
After some 10 minutes of us preparing our own flowers the LB ladies brought out lots of trays of pre prepared flowers for us to use, cue much cheering. They make it look so easy! They were also on hand to help us attach our flowers to the crown as and when we needed, which was a lot.
What we ended up with were 15 very unique and each equally beautiful flower crowns that not only looked so pretty it was also something we could wear all together as a group. LB had set up a little photo booth space with the perfect lighting for selfies! Who needs snap chat filters!

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The LB staff could not have done any more and I would like to take the opportunity say thank you to my bridesmaids Hannah, Gillian, Suzanne and Susan for organising the perfect activity.
After leaving LB we walked down to the Laurieston to carry on our day, you can imagine the expressions on the wee mens faces when 15 hens with flower crowns on walked in!
I am so excited to see my wedding florals now and will appreciate much more the effort that goes into the arrangements from all of the staff at LB. Thank you Hayley, Kim, Jenni and Elaina. I will see you at a workshop soon.

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Thanks Little Botanica! If this looks up your pre-wedding party street… Head on over to the guys Profile in the Directory for contact details + get in touch with them for more info!

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Big thanks to our lovely intern Cara for getting to know our Suppliers + creating this little blog series for y’all.
Take it away, I said.

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The Wedding Collective would be absolutely no where without our beloved suppliers who help to push the whole industry forward with their ever-growing, unique and creative input. Firstly, we’re going to take a look at some of our wonderful jewellers who spend countless hours debating ideas, designing and crafting beautiful alternative wedding + engagement rings for you all; one of the most important, beautiful and symbolic elements, which is why we only have the best to showcase for you.

EBBA GORING //

First up we have Ebba Goring who has been pioneering her technique of working with casting textiles since graduating in 2009 with a BDES (Hons) in Jewellery and Metal Design from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee, Scotland.

Ebba and her small team currently work from her studio/showroom in an architect restored railway platform building in Burntisland on the Fife Coast of Scotland. What a creative, funky and unique workspace to create some alternative engagement rings for you lovely, lucky clients.

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Her inspiration stems from a love of traditional needlework and a passion to translate textile skills that have been handed down through generations into a new material that will preserve them forever.

“The simple repetition of a stitch, like double crochet, can be inspiration in itself — but I am also fascinated by historic jewellery, costume and textile motifs, especially from the Jacobean and Elizabethan eras for my latest collections.”

In terms of craftsmanship, Ebba stitches her designs in a small, delicate cotton stitch and crochet, then casts them into solid precious metal.

“I enjoy this sort of alchemy process, the organic undulating stitches are captured in metal and transformed into solid precious jewels. The finished pieces have an almost ancient treasure look to them, especially the gold pieces studded with precious gemstones.”

We absolutely adore Ebba’s designs and I’m sure we’ll only have more gorgeous work to share with you in the time to come!

Photo credits: Ebba Goring

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BRAZEN STUDIOS //

Sarah from Brazen Studios is a true artist, putting a modern, unique and beautiful twist on the “traditional” wedding ring. Her work completely radiates the passion she has for what she creates. Her attention to detail and communication with each client to create something they love is a huge part of her work, and is one of the solid foundations of why she sticks out from the crowd. We absolutely love her work over here at TWC! She has so much to offer and has created some beautiful alternative wedding + alternative engagement rings over the years. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2017!

Below, Sarah explains some of her beautiful pieces:

“Here I’ve created a 18ct yellow gold encrusted engagement ring. The client I was working with wanted something less traditional but with enough statement. He also wanted to include 3 old cut diamonds from his grandmother’s ring which are also featured. We went for an Autumnal colour palette and combined white diamonds, yellow diamonds, spessartine garnets (totally gorgeous vibrant orange) and orange sapphires to create the look. They were set in a hand carved asymmetric wide gold band with lovely contouring.”

“A classic 3 stone / trilogy diamond engagement with lovely high spec (GIA – DVS diamonds) set above a fine yet structural balcony.”

Yellow gold, ‘romantic’ themed engagement ring which has an element of baroque scrolls to set off the marquise cut Tsavorite garnets and diamonds.”

We can’t wait to share more from Brazen Studios in the near future! 

KATIE LEES //

Katie Lees’ designs never fail to blow us away through her contemporary pieces – I mean, totally blow us away! 

If you’ve not heard of Katie and her work before, her inspiration and passion for what she creates is largely based on the study of industrial, engineered and structural landscapes found in her hometown of Glasgow.

“The language is drawn not only from the beauty of the pragmatic forms and robust engineering, but also from the remnants of the shipbuilding industry that once defined the industrial aesthetic of the river and my city.”

Absolutely smashing it is Katie. Her work is beautiful, intriguing, meaningful, precise and represents such a big part of who she is. We’re lucky to have her with the team and it’s been a pleasure showcasing her alternative wedding + alternative engagement rings! You certainly won’t be disappointed with any of her pieces. BEAUTIFUL.

Photo credits: Gabriela Silveira

SCARLETT ERSKINE //

Scarlett’s jewellery is inspired by her love for textures and working with gemstones and she works with precious metals to create contrasting textures, heightening the wearers sense of touch. It is then further enhanced through her intricate use of stone settings using precious gemstones adding colour and elegance to her jewellery.

We absolutely love the contrast in style, colour and appearance in Scarlett’s work! There’s really something for everyone and we couldn’t be more excited to see what’s in store for her in the near future.

“I love working with my clients to design their dream rings whether it be a customisation of one of my own pieces or a design the clients have imagined.”

We heart Scarlett!

Photo Credit: Scarlett Erskine
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That was 2016s work from those guys – The year of beautiful jewellery! Think 2017 can top it? HELLS YEAH.

BIG THANKS TO CARA FOR GUEST BLOGGING FOR US!
You can see some of Cara’s photography work in Januarys market gallery HERE x

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For our next Bridal Market foray we’re heading east where we’ll be taking over the gorgeous pastel coloured walls of  Edinburghs Biscuit Factory in the creative hub of Leith.

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We are BEYOND excited at the endless possibilities to dress those crumbly, exposed brick walls with all our creative wedding goodness. As usual expect the absolute cream of the crop in wedding suppliers handpicked for you from throughout Scotland. This 2 day event is for modern couples looking to create stylish, relaxed & seriously FUN celebrations. (No chair covers or tartan ribbons here.)

For tickets & the lowdown head to the market info page – can’t wait to see you there and here all your ideas. (hello pinterest!)

Poster image by The Curries from a recent styled shoot – but more on that v. soon!

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With only 6 days to go we’ve announced the dream team of over 45 modern wedding suppliers you can expect to meet next Saturday at The Briggait! Did we mention it’s Free Entry?

Things are hotting up in the office as we get news of the exhibitors plans for wedding inspo #GWC STYLE! These guys always put on an incredible display of creativity for you wedding-havers & 2015’s first edition is looking to be better than ever.  With a new take on the scottish wedding fair experience – different from even our own usual fun confetti-fuelled days – with an outdoor, German-market vibe, live music, hair & beauty trials, photo booth action & decor inspiration round every stall corner – it’s a free entry affair so if you are planning a wedding, you would be a wee bit crazy not to come down & see what the top wedding suppliers in Scotland have to offer!

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The line up is real dazzly, with photographers, film-makers, florists, stationers, jewellers, planners, make up artists, venues, you name it. If you’re looking for wedding suppliers – The Briggait, next Saturday, is where it’s AT.

Come along in a woolly jumper and say hello to :

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CHRISTOPHER CURRIE PHOTOGRAPHY
* MYRTLE & BRACKEN
* EASY ORCHESTRA
THE DAMSON CUP
* I HEART FLOWERS
* THREE ISLES DESIGNS
* KATE ELLIOT-MUIR
* KATIE LEES JEWELLERY
* LOVE AND LITTLE THINGS
* ROWALLAN CASTLE
* PRO BRIDAL TEAM SCOTLAND
* ERIC-RENE PENOY
* I LOVE LETTERS
* LUCY CATHERINE PIANO
* THE BYGONE PHOTOBOOTH COMPANY
* JACK FLEURISTE
* BOTANICA HOME
* ROWANJOY
* WORDLY NOMADS FILMS
* FRANCO PHOTOBOOTH
* PIN UP NIGHTS
* COTTON & THYME
* THREE SISTERS BAKE
* SKINNY MALINK
* SCARLETT ERSKINE JEWELLERY
* FLORAL MENAGERIE
* CAT ROBERTSON MAKE UP ARTIST
* EYI LOVE
* LISA DEVINE PHOTOGRAPHY
* LEMONBOX STUDIOS
* COM BOSSA
* SCISSORKICK DESIGN
* WHITE BALLOON FILMS
* LAUREN MCGLYNN PHOTOGRAPHY
* SARAH BROWN JEWELLERY
* SOLEN PHOTOGRAPHY
* HAPPYHILLS CAKES
* SD PHOTOGRAPHY
* SUGAR 8 FILMS
* FLORENCE & BETTE STATIONERY
* NIKKI LEADBETTER PHOTOGRAPHY
* HEDGEROW
* ALISON MACLEOD JEWELLERY
* CARO WEISS PHOTOGRAPHY

& the team behind the GWC scenes!

Doors open at 11am and we’ll all be ready for some good ol’ wedding chat with you – so head down to The Briggait – bring some family & pals – and find some top dollar wedding folks to help you on your planning way.

More info can be found here & on our Facebook page & over on Love My Dress Event Listings.

GW WEDDING FAIR GLASGOW

 


Hiyaaaa!
In the GWC spotlight this week………
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Here’s what this super picture-taker has to say for herself …..


1/ business:
Lisa Devine Photography… It’s just me myself and I, so no sharpie pen and post it note fuelled brainstorming sessions to come up with that name 🙂
where:
 I edit in my house where I live with my husband and our little girl, which is just outside Glasgow but shoot anywhere and everywhere. I have been lucky enough to shoot weddings as far a field as Sweden and Brazil!

2/ describe your workspace:
I’m in the process of trying to create a new work space….we’ve just moved house so I’m addicted to Pinterest and can spend hours searching for ideas and styles that I like. Up until very recently I was sat amongst cardboard boxes in a room with pale yellow wallpaper that had illustrations of teddy bears at the seaside, not the most inspiring I have to admit. Thankfully we’ve just painted it and I’m slowly beginning to unpack the boxes and find places for things. These things include a ridiculous number of used and unused vintage cameras, lightboxes, frames (hundreds of frames) and magazines! I spend so much time at my desk editing, usually until ridiculous times in the morning so it’s really important to me that it’s somewhere I enjoy being. I’ve been purchasing prints and intend to get my own work up on the walls to give it a little bit of a gallery feel. All that said the most important thing on my desk right now is probably my digital radio. It gets me through my marathon edits!

3/ where did it all begin?
I have always loved photographs and photography but I actually ended up on the Photography degree course in Manchester by total fluke.

I studied a foundation Art course in Manchester and was convinced I wanted to study Fine Art. A horrific pretentious interview for Fine Art at Kent Institute Of Art & Design made me realise Fine Art wasn’t for me and despite getting offered a place I returned to Manchester and followed my friends who had gone on to study Photography (plus the course leader liked my surname as well as my portfolio so gave me a place!).I had been doing photography throughout my foundation course but more as a means to assisting me with my paintings or installations so I had to embrace it a little. After my first year I was hooked and I graduated with a degree in Photography in 2001. Fast forward more than a few years and it was when I moved back to Glasgow after working in agencies in London and Manchester that a job with a music promoter turned me back on to it. Photographing bands, venues, festivals… somehow progressed in to shooting some weddings for friends… and I’ve never looked back. I have now been shooting mainly weddings for 3 years.

4/ favourite work to date?
I’ve been lucky to shoot loads of amazing weddings, but obviously the wedding in Brazil was a highlight for so many reasons. The couple Juliana & Roberto found me via a UK wedding blog, Love My Dress, so when they emailed I really did think it was a wind up! It thankfully wasn’t and me, my husband and our daughter went on an amazing adventure to Brazil. It’s the one place in the world I always wanted to go to so I feel so lucky that I had the opportunity. The wedding itself was beautiful. I was able to get really close during the catholic mass and I think those images are some of my favourite ceremony shots to date. I’m also getting lots of elopements at the moment, which I love. They are so intimate and special and you really become part of the day. I usually end up shedding a tear behind the camera.

5/ who/what inspires you?
Photography wise I am inspired so many I’d be here all day if I had to list them… a few would be Guy Bourdin, Garry Winogrand, Martin Parr, Sean Flannigan, Andreas Gursky, Terry Richardson, Nirav Patel, Sara Byrne….and the list goes on. Music also inspires me lots and in my personal work I tend to be inspired by song lyrics, I don’t know why, some just stick with me. I love a good magazine like Betty, frankie or Oh Comley and love flicking through them when I have a very rare moment to myself!

6/ describe a typical day:
My days vary so much… when my daughter is at nursery they can start at 9am, when she’s not they can start at 9pm (or whenever we get her to bed!). If I’m not shooting a wedding I am usually editing, replying to emails…and writing lists! I love a good list.

7/ where’s your favourite place to go? 
I love Glencoe, especially when it’s raining. It’s everything about Scotland that I love. I have spent quite a bit of time up there and last year had a mentor session with one of my favourite photographers there (Nirav Patel). I  also did a pre-wed shoot with Lisa & Stewart there which remains one of my most popular and favourite shoots to date. It’s just a really special place.

8/ favourite wedding venue:
This is a toughy as there are lots of lovely venues out there that are great at different times of the year and for different couples. Couples can use the same venue so differently! I’d have to say I love venues that are almost like blank canvases such as Crear or the new Woodside Warehouse, which I’d LOVE to shoot at!

9/ best piece of advice you’ve ever been given:
Shoot a wedding from the inside out, not the outside in!

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So she takes a brilliant photo, has a lovely new peachy logo, she worked in BRAZIL & reads all of our favourite magazines.
What’s not to like about Lisa Devine?!
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To see more of Lisa’s work and grab her contact details, head over to the Photography section in our Directory.
Team GWC x