We love every wedding we get the privilege to style, but this one was extra special, because the bride was our gorgeous stylist Hazel! Hazel’s been bringing her brilliant eye for design and her infectious enthusiasm to our couples and their weddings for years now, but this time it was her go in the spotlight. Her and handsome husband David went for a warm pink, earthy palette with pops of gold and black, and blousy, abundant blooms as part of their modern boho meets romantic wedding styling.
But enough from us – what’s it like styling your wedding, as an expert wedding stylist? Over to Hazel…
A modern boho, romantic wedding style
“Having worked with Gloam for over 2 years before our wedding, I was very lucky to see so many beautiful weddings and get inspired by everyone’s personal take on it! It also meant that I knew lots of venues and suppliers so that was a massive help in our planning.” she says.
“We chose Falside Mill, St Andrews for our venue because we loved the modern barn conversion mixed with rustic original details; the perfect setting for our romantic wedding plans. The venue is huge and allowed us to have lots of flexibility with how we wanted to use each area. We had an outdoor ceremony as Covid restrictions were still in place so this meant that our 60 guests could sit socially distanced and take their masks off so we could see their smiling faces!”
Romantic wedding flowers that brought the meadow to the Mill
“The floristry that Kate and Morven created for us was out of this world. It was exactly what we had imagined and more.” Hazel continues. (Sure, she has to say that, but it’s also, coincidentally, true.) The largest display was the free-standing floral pillars at either side of our ceremony backdrop. With touches of pink and cream roses and peach lupins, it sat beautifully with the colour of the painted barn doors it was positioned in front of. Each table also had a gorgeous centrepiece in a ceramic dish, adding more colour and a wild touch.”
Co-founder and Head Florist Kate says, “For that romantic wedding feel, we used blousy blooms, focusing on seasonal delights. We opted for neutral nude tones, mixed with soft blush and peaches, and minimal foliage to ensure that abundant feeling. We wanted it to feel like walking through a summer meadow! Then, for the bouquet, we used some brighter poppies to really let it stand out.
“Using Scottish blooms with natural curves really helped to add depth and freedom to all the tabletop flowers, too. The use of footed bowls and pin frogs lifted the arrangements, too, making the tables feel light and airy and stopping them feeling cluttered. We wanted to allow the stationery to breathe.”
Romantic wedding stationery
And what stationery it was! “Our stationery and signage really brought the look together and gave us the modern look we wanted whilst still having that romantic feel. We had individual menus per guest with their name on a place card, which was then attached with a gold clip. We also had a gold initial on each place name to really make it pop. We loosely tied beige napkins from 88 Events and placed a bunny tail on each setting – a little nod to boho within our romantic wedding aesthetic.
“Our signage was a mixture of pink painted boards and gorgeous birch wood with black and gold text. We incorporated more birch wood into our table design by creating free-standing clipboards to attach our table names – all named after films – to. This gave a really clean, modern look and made the coloured card stand out beautifully.”
Jessica, our resident stationery extraordinaire, explained a bit more about the process, to see how Hazel’s designs went from inside their brilliant brains to on top of the gorgeous tables. “We wanted to create a minimal but luxurious feel, using materials and tactile textures to give depth to the more modern and minimal layout.” she explains. “So we spoke about textures Hazel likes, which included coloured paper, birch plywood and metallic accents.
“As part of the process, Hazel also shared a Pinterest board with me, and using that alongside our conversations, I created a mood board that was a visual translation of how we could bring all these ideas together in a way that complemented each other and focused the look and feel.”
“Thinking about how the designs would translate to the on the day items from the offset is always important,” she continues (pop that pearl in your notebook somewhere!) “so we had a cohesive look and feel to all the stationery. At each step we built on a warm and neutral palette, from save the dates, to invites, to the on the day designs where we brought through the full palette which included blush pinks and terracottas. We also used a monogram of Hazel and David’s initials as a design detail throughout.” All of this ended up with a friend mentioning she liked Hazel’s ‘branding’ – which is pretty much the highest compliment!
And of course, a wedding day isn’t all about the aesthetics (surprised to hear a wedding styling company say that? You can read why we do what we do here.) It’s about you, as a couple, celebrating your love in a way that reflects you and your personal story. With this in mind, Hazel also wanted to incorporate butterflies into her styling, as they were her sister’s favourite. “I sourced some realistic looking butterflies from Etsy and dotted them all around the venue,” she explains. “My family also surprised us during the ceremony by releasing real butterflies in the courtyard, it was truly amazing!”
And it’s about the start of your new adventure together, and continuing that love forever more. “The day after the wedding as we were clearing up, myself, my family and David’s family were all able to take home bunches of gorgeous flowers and greenery – something I wanted to be able to do to keep the love going! My family and I took some flowers to the place where we scattered my sister’s ashes, a really special moment for us to keep her included in the celebration.”
Hazel, David, David, Hazel – if we could kiss ya through the computer screen we would, right now. Thank you so much for having such a gorgeous, romantic wedding day that we can proudly show off to the world, but for being such gorgeous people too!
If you’re looking for modern, boho, romantic wedding styling then feast your eyes on the images from the tremendous Claire Fleck. And if you’re looking for someone to bring it to life, we’d love to hear from you – drop us a line.
Event Design – Gloam
Floristry – Gloam
Stationery – Gloam
Photographer – Claire Fleck
Videographer – Boda Productions
Caterers – Regis Banqueting
Dining tables and chairs –Falside Mill, St Andrews
Celebrant – Claire Digance Humanist
Musicians – Eclectic Strings
Cake designer – Butter and Bodoni
Wedding cars – Vintage Wedding Cars Fife
Lighting – Steve Page lighting
Kilts – MacGregor and MacDuff
Mother of the bride outfits – Catherine’s of Partick
Makeup Artist – Jennifer McLachlan
Hair – Gillian @ Pin up Glasgow