My first job after University was cataloguing all the fittings for the as yet unbuilt House For an Art Lover on the South Side of Glasgow. It is a recreation of a building that Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed for an architectural competition and as such, there were only plans for a few of the rooms and the outside.
This makes it the ideal venue for events - there are the beautifully recreated rooms - a music room, a darkly paneled hall, a dining space - and then there is acres of space left for all the back up functions like kitchens, admin and storage which are often so difficult to fit into historic buildings without compromise.
I was delighted when Fleur and Jethro asked me to arrange the flowers for their wedding - there is actually a florist who has the contract for the events there but Fleur wanted something different from these very cookie cutter cream flowers and grass in vases on offer from them (below- as they were automatically put out on the tables and I had to get them collected up).
The theme of the wedding was vintage - Fleur's dress was heavy cream lace, their cakes were to be displayed on old mismatched cake stands and we carried this onto the flowers with table arrangements in tea cups.
I was most pleased however with the 2 large arrangements which were to flank the ceremony - the hall is a very dark, formal space with black paneling so I decided to go completely against that and create meadow like effects in 2 large urns with teasels and Scotch thistles