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
Rosalind and Charly
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.
Fiona and Nial's summer wedding took place at the beautiful Crear on the west coast of Scotland. The muted tones of the Scottish grown flowers were inspired by the colours of the the Scottish landscape. Fiona wanted her bouquet to mirror the tones and textures of the Highlands - the sea, sky and mountains. She loved Scandinavian design, clean lines and plants so I used an air-plant as the focus of her bridal bouquet with the unusual lines and colours reminiscent of the sea shore.
"Thank you so much for all your patience and creativity, the flowers and plants were beautiful and received so many compliments." Fiona
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
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.
Rowan and Robert's beautiful autumn wedding in Perthshire had a natural, woodland style. Rowan chose deep purples, plums and marsala tones to contrast with the paler nude colours of the quicksand roses I included in her bouquet. We used asparagus fern, viburnum berries and wax flower to give an ethereal woodland look to the bridal flowers, candelabras and centrepieces.
"Fantastic service, Mel knows her stuff and is very professional and fun to work with, helping to bring your vision to life.” Rowan
Craig and Erica's beautiful autumnal wedding took place in the Trossachs in Scotland. Erica loved dark burgundy, red, and navy colours and wanted her bouquet to look wild rich and autumnal. I used Scottish grown autumnal flowers, berries and pheasant feathers and finished her bouquet with delicate heirloom silk ribbon to give a loose and natural look.
Venue: Brig o' Turk and Gartmore
Photography: Ian Dawson
Alix and Marty
Alix and Marty's fun summer Glasgow wedding had a rock n roll theme with the bridesmaids in bold colours and 50s style dresses. Alix loved tea and wanted to use some vintage china teacups she had found at home in the wedding flowers as well as a sparkly pink teapot for her own bridal bouquet! I designed a unique bouquet cascading out of the teapot and mirrored this design in the bridesmaids' bouquets which had flowers flowing out of them like spilt tea. To link the buttonholes into the theme I used dolls house china to add tiny teacups and tea pots to the designs.
“Melanie was excellent with her communication and briefing. We gave her some challenging ideas and she totally lived up to it and delivered exactly what we wanted. The designs really stood out as one of the most commented on parts of our wedding particularly in the buttonholes which was Melanie’s idea. The mums loved the thank you bouquets and everything was delivered early on the day ensuring no stress. Would definitely recommend Briar Rose if you’re looking for someone to do that little bit extra for you. We really liked how nothing was a chore for Melanie and she was open to try something a little off beat from the norm.”Alix and Marty
Tanya and Dean's summer wedding was themed around Tanya's surface pattern designs, which she used to make the bridesmaid's dresses, her own bridal dress and the bunting. A relaxed and natural wedding in a village hall and marquee we decorated the space with mixed wild flowers in tin cans and wooden crates, using blue, white and greens to match the other colours of the wedding. Tanya's bouquet was a wild handtied design which aimed to look like it had been foraged from a hedgerow on the way to the wedding! I used nigella, forget-me-nots, foxgloves and queen Anne's lace as well as umbrella fern and grasses to achieve a wild and natural look.
Samantha and James
Samantha and James' beautiful winter wedding was full of gothic marsala tones, gold and blush pinks. The ceremony took place in St Conan's Kirk on Lochawe and was filled with candles, garlands of seasonal foliage and berries, and berry and ivy pew ends. The wedding reception was at Ardanaiseig Hotel, which we dressed with garlands of seasonal foliage and berries along the bannisters and over the four fireplaces. I also created a beautiful wreath for the entrance hall, and of course no December celebration would be complete without mistletoe!
Samantha's front facing bouquet was loose and natural looking with conifer, berried ivy, eucalyptus and asparagus fern to set off the rich wine colour of the Black Baccara roses. She also had memory lane roses, astrantia, hypericum berries, and anemones amongst other ingredients.
"Thank you so much for all your hard work for us. We absolutely loved the flowers. My bouquet was especially stunning and everyone commented how tasteful and gorgeous they were. A number of guests said mine was the most beautiful bridal bouquet they'd ever seen!You really nailed it!
You really listened to and took on board all my ideas, even though some were certainly not as clear as others! We really can't stress how pleased we all were with the final results. So many of our guests have told us that ours was the most elegant and tasteful wedding they'd been to, and so much of that was down to you!" Samantha.