a selection of work from weddings, events, photoshoots and more...
Martha and Craig
Martha and Craig gave me total creative freedom with their wedding flowers. We used a mixture of Scottish and Dutch grown flowers in a bright bold "mexican fiesta" palette to create a fun colour pop look. Martha didn't want a traditional bouquet so I made a bespoke headpiece and corsage for her and a flower colour for Dotty the pug.
Venue: Woodside Warehouse, Glasgow
Photography: Neil Thomas Douglas
Colin and Nuala
Colin and Nuala's autumn wedding at the beautiful Harelaw Farm was filled with seasonal wild flowers in deep burgundy, white and green.
I used Scottish grown flowers to capture the natural laid back feel of the venue and mirror the season. For Nuala and Colin's reception we lined the tables with jars and bottles filled with dahlias, cosmos and other seasonal wild flowers.
"It was such a pleasure working with Mel on our wedding flowers. She was so accommodating to what I wanted and provided us with the perfect floral accompaniment to our day. The whole process was so laid-back and any communication I had with Mel was positive and helpful. I would highly recommend Mel to anyone looking for more natural and wild flowers at their wedding. Mel's creativity is second to none!"Nuala
Hannah and Chris' spring wedding at Pollockshields Burgh Hall in Glasgow had a beautiful pastel palette and used a mixture of Scottish and Dutch flowers to give a soft, wild flower, romantic feel. Hannah's bouquet was finished with delicate heirloom silk ribbon wish caught the wind beautifully in her photos.
For her table centres we created an enchanted woodland theme with bell jars, fairy lights, succulents, moss and Scottish grown spring wild flowers.
"I would thoroughly recommend Melanie - she did the flowers for our wedding in April (2017) and I was delighted with the results. Melanie was friendly, professional and creative and the flowers / table decorations were beautiful and attracted a lot of comments from our guests."Hannah Boyd
Seonaid and Craig's laid back barn wedding was filled with soft pastel shades and lots of foliage. Seonaid's unusual bouquet featured succulents and a large tillandsia airplant as well as lots of wild flowers grown in Scotland.
"Thanks so much Mel for making my flowers for the wedding they were so beautiful and everyone commented on how different they were. The air plant is surviving well and looks lovely in our living room".Seonaid
Matt and Sunayna's colourful May wedding was a beautiful, vibrant celebration of spring wild flowers. Using Scottish grown flowers I worked with Sunayna to choose an unusual colour palette of bright and contrasting colours to mirror the spools of wool at her venue, the Dovecot in Edinburgh.
The couple built their own archway inspired by the looms used at the venue and I dressed it in seasonal foliage, rambling roses and other spring flowers.
"Thank you for arranging the most beautiful flowers for our wedding. We were absolutely delighted with all of them - I think my bridal bouquet is the most gorgeous one I have ever seen, and the bridesmaids bouquets were also stunning and very complimentary. I absolutely love what you did with the arch too, it provided the most beautiful background for our ceremony. Thank you also for being so lovely to work with in the build up - I really enjoyed discussing what would be in season and may work well together, and your booklet of what went into our arrangements was such a special extra touch. "Sunayna
Fiona and Alasdair's rustic barn wedding was filled with blousey wild flowers, texture and even a bit of taxidermy. Fiona wanted to include feathers and wings in the design and was keen to include texture with elements such as succulents, alder cones and grasses. We opted for a loose flowing style of wedding bouquet to match her veil and gown and fit with the rustic setting. Using Scottish grown wild flowers I used blush and peach tones contrasted with pops of deeper red and burgundy to create a striking look.
"Melanie could not have done a better job with the flowers for my wedding! They were beyond anything I could have imagined. She was a delight to work with and I'm so happy she played such a wonderful part in our big day!" Fiona
Chelby and Michael's summer wild flower wedding at the beautiful Broxmouth Park near Edinburgh was full of soft pastel tones, Scottish grown flowers and geometric touches like succulents and terrariums. They got married under a beautiful archway outside decorated with rambling roses and wild flowers and in their marquee we decorated behind their top table creating a natural backdrop for photos.
Perhaps my favourite detail however was create a floral pocket square for Chelby's "bridesman". As her maid/dude of honour she wanted him to have something more than a buttonhole but not a bouquet. I used thistles, succulents and roses to create something unique for him to wear on the day.
Joanne and Ewan's summer wedding at Sloans in Glasgow city centre had a beautiful pastel palette and used a mixture of Scottish and Dutch flowers to give a soft, blousey, romantic feel. Joanne's bouquet was finished with delicate heirloom silk ribbon wish caught the wind beautifully in her photos.
“Thank you so much for all of the beautiful arrangements and buttonholes...there were so many compliments on the flowers and I couldn’t stop looking at my bouquet ... Your designs are exceptionally beautiful, the movement and feel of the flowers was exactly what I was looking for... You’re incredibly talented and I won’t hesitate to recommend you to anyone getting married.” Joanne
Rosalind and Charly's autumn wedding at the Balmoral used gorgeous burgundy and white flowers combined with eucalyptus to reflect Rosalind's time spent time in Australia. They opted for a soft, classic and natural look that coordinated with the beautiful interiors of the Balmoral hotel. The rich burgundy flowers were Scottish grown and matched perfectly with the bride's gorgeous shoes.
"Thank you so much Melanie! You were a pleasure to work with, interpreted the brief perfectly and you have beautiful creative flair! For anyone looking for wedding flowers, we highly recommend Melanie." Rosalind.
Book-lovers Natalie and Jamie got married in a burst of summer colour at Altskeith House. They chose wild, garden style bouquets and a gorgeous flower crown to suit the country surroundings and laid back feel to their wedding. Because the couple loved reading I included a paper rose in the groom's buttonhole and Natalie's wedding bouquet made from the pages of their favourite novel.
Aimee and Michael's spring wedding in Glasgow city centre had an unusual colour palette of gold, teal and hot pink. Aimee's love of design and clean lines informed the flower choices and colour palette and we used succulents, craspedia and spring flowers so create her colour pop bouquet.
"I absolutely loved my wedding flowers- I had a rough idea and Melanie worked with me to create the most beautiful and unique flowers I have ever seen!! They were a huge highlight of our big day, getting lots of compliments (they lasted for aged after too!) I would highly recommend Briar Rose Design to any bride looking for a florist for their day- Melanie will definitely make it prefect!!" Aimee.
Jill and Graeme's beautiful autumn wedding was filled with plummy tones, rustic finishing and the blue gray colours of succulents. Working in the rustic setting of Dalduff barn we filled the space with candles and whisky and beer bottles filled with flowers. Other decor touches included wild arrangements in mason jars, hanging floral installations and trailing foliage around the window.
Emma and Scott's summer wedding at Strathallan Castle in Perthshire used a mixture of Scottish and Dutch grown flowers. With a pallette of pale colours and pastels I used wheat, forget-me-knots, Memory Lane roses and wild flowers to create a natural rustic look. I also included a yellow rose in the centre of Emma's bridal bouquet in memory of her grandma, whose favourite flower was a yellow rose.
“I was blown away by the beauty, talent and care of Briar Rose Design’s work. My bouquet, bridesmaids’ bouquets and every single flower were a dream come true. I was in love!” Emma.
Danielle and Craig's September wedding at Dalduff farm was a true colour pop affair. Danielle wanted me to make her bouquet bright and fun and I used a mixture of Scottish grown and Dutch flowers to create a vibrant bouquet or bold colours and texture. Some of the ingredients used were dahlias, garden roses, craspedia, echinops and crocosmia.
Her bridesmaids work colourful ribbon style wrist corsages instead of bouquets, that contrasted brilliantly with their dresses.