desire, decadence and decay

Ladies and gentlemen I proudly present to you the result from an inspirational shoot for Brides and Grooms by the creme de la creme of the Scottish wedding industry. Some of you might have already drooled over the feature on the gorgeous Love My Dress wedding blog but if you’ve missed it, here it is in all it’s glory!

The shoot was a collaborative effort between myself, dress designer Rowan Joy , videographer Eileen O’Rouke , jewellery designer Alison Macleod and florist Diane Graham from Roots, Fruits & Flowers – all members of the Glasgow Wedding Collective. The GWC brings together the best and quirkiest wedding suppliers that Scotland has to offer. For Bride and Grooms who are looking for something a little bit different. If you haven’t heard of the collective before get yourselves over onto the site and feast your eyes on what is out there! We made the conscious decision of getting as many of it’s members involved in the shoot as possible and really show off what the Scottish wedding industry has to offer. The other suppliers were also all Scotland based including the amazing William Chambers Millinery  and my fave Timorous Beasties.

Eileen came up with the title Desire, Decadence and Decay for our shoot, after an essay written about F. Scott Fitzgerald. The title very much dictated our moves from then on and I was keen to work with all 3 elements through the photography.

Inspired by the shoot title and Rowan’s beautiful vintage inspired dresses we came up with the idea to get 3 real life couples as our models. I believe that that way we could really show off the genuine love and affection (desire) they have for one another. Something you don’t really get using models who don’t know one another. The girls were dressed in 3 of Rowan’s dresses the 1920’s inspired Clara, the 30’s Chloe and 50’s Flora and the boys in matching suits and accessories provided by the Glasgow Vintage Company and Retro.

The venue choice was Ardkinglas House, situated on the shores of Loch Fyne in Argyll, against a spectacular background of mountains and forest, Ardkinglas House is an architectural gem and definitely one of my favourite wedding venues in Scotland. It’s a truly magical place with so much charm, soul and character. They are having an open weekend this Saturday and Sunday (24th and 25t March) so get yourselves over there to check it out!!

We decided that we want to bring the three couples together through staging a vintage tea party all beautifully styled by Be Eventful with the yummiest cakes by Three Sisters Bake and Cup Couture and make it really decadent but fun at the same time.

And the flowers – gosh, I could gush about them all day and the florist extraordinaire Di at Roots, Fruits and Flowers. Working with this lady has been amazing – she is so full of incredible ideas and this is what inspired her choices for our shoot:

‘I found Rowan Joy’s dresses a huge inspiration for this shoot.  All of the dresses move beautifully and the 1920’s and 1930’s bride’s bouquets in particular were designed to compliment this and flow in tandem with the fabric.  The 1950’s bridal posy was very much inspired by Jackie Kennedy and sat perfectly with Rowan Joy’s mid length dress. I wanted the flowers to be true to each era with a touch of wildness and decadence and have used heavily scented roses throughout coupled with fresh Jasmine and Olive.

As a quirky alternative to flowers, I used Kale, Parsley & Dill for the table pieces along with some fruit, and a small scattering of flowers to create the country house tea party effect.

On the day of the shoot, we found a family scrapbook in Ardkinglas House of every wedding from the early 1900’s and it was great to see that the flowers and the dresses that were created for the shoot were exactly as they should have been.

1920’s Bride:  Loose hand tied of David Austin Juliet Roses, Tuberose, Scabiosa, Dill and Hellebores with a Fresh Jasmine & Olive Trail

1930’s Bride: Hand Tied of Norma Jean Roses, David Austin Keira Roses, Hellebores, Tuberose and Astrantia laced with Olive

1950’s Bride: Hand tied posy of David Austin Juliet, Patience & Keira Roses, Peach Avalanche Spray Roses, laced with Astrantia. ‘

A big thank you goes out to the whole team involved and of course our lovely couples! You are all the bestest!

But now to the pictures! I hope you enjoy!

Happy Friday lovebirds!



Photography: CandySnaps

Venue: Ardkinglas

Dresses: Rowan Joy

Men’s attire: Glasgow Vintage Company and Retro

Flowers: Roots, Fruits and Flowers

Videography: Sugar 8

Jewellery: Alison Macleod

Headpieces: William Chambers and La Belle Epoque

Stationary: E.Y.I Love

Cakes: Three Sisters Bake and Cup Couture

Lace for table and wallpaper: Timorous Beasties

Styling: Be-Eventful

Hair: Anne Marie McElroy

Make-Up: Julie Diplacito





Thank you for your lovely words you fabulous lady! It was a joy to work with such a fantastic team and this is reflected in your stunning photography x

Amazing styling, wonderfully photographed, awesome!

Beautiful… stunning photography! A real treat to see such fabulous work from all! 🙂 X

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