So, you’ve decided that an elopement is the perfect way for you to bring your dream day to life (and it most definitely is!). You want to share the beautifully intimate and romantic moments of your day in a stunning setting, with just you and maybe those closest to you, but what about the flowers? How will it work? And how will you get them to such remote parts of Scotland safely?
In this post, I talk to Lucy from To A Mountain Daisy who provides wild wedding floristry for both intimate elopements and big grand wedding parties. Lucy answers some of the questions you may have about the logistics, the style, and how you can tell your love story through the flowers you choose .
1. Can you tell me a little bit about your business and how long have you been a florist?
To A Mountain Daisy is ran by me, Lucy with the help of my Husband Stephen from Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland but we travel all over Scotland and North England.
The business started as a partnership between my friend, Rebecca and I around 3 years ago. When we first started, we did everything including growing the flowers and all you would expect from a floristry business from sympathy flowers, workshops, markets and weddings. At the beginning of 2020 we decided to split the business as it was starting to grow many arms and legs so quickly. Rebecca now focuses on growing Scottish flowers at her Mountain Daisy Farm while I focus on Weddings and Hen Do workshops.
I feel as a florist who solely does weddings it means I can really concentrate on getting to know my clients and helping create their dream. To A Mountain Daisy focuses on seasonal, unusual flowers and foliage that give a more wild and natural approach to wedding florals as well as creating dry florals that can be posted before your day and kept as a beautiful keepsake afterwards.
2. Can you tell me a little about your journey and background to becoming a florist?
To be honest, I never planned on being a florist at all but I knew I was going to end up in a creative career! After I studied a Degree in Fashion Design, I moved to New York City and interned thinking I would become a fashion designer. After a few months of unpaid internships that consisted of coffee runs and stitching other people's designs, I ended up getting a job as a Visual Merchandiser for a retail company which I got to travel all over the world setting up retail stores with.
After a few years of living in America I moved to London and then Glasgow and found myself in fashion retail management with less and less creative input. As much I loved the people side of my job and the running of a business, I craved something of my own. Around 6 years ago I left my retail management job to become a carer for my elderly grandparents which I did full time for 2 years, this really gave me a little breathing space to think and try different creative skills.
My Granny loved gardening and flowers, so I helped maintain her established garden when she couldn't which helped develop my appreciation for flowers. After a few months travelling around Asia, I came back home and I found myself helping do the florals for my friend's wedding. In the following months I found myself getting more interested in florals and weddings and I've never looked back.
3. Do you have a certain style? What has inspired this?
To A Mountain Daisy is known for wild, natural shaped florals with lots of texture. My main inspiration is the seasons and the natural shapes British flowers tend to have. I never really know what a bouquet will look like till I start as I find working with the ingredients instead of against them always leads to the best outcome. Through 2020 I became known best for my wilder dry floral bouquets which are perfect for an elopement.
4. Have you got any favourite flowers or styles to work with?
My favourite flowers for a fresh flower bouquet would have to be British garden roses for all their frills, bends and colour and poppies for their papery romance that only lasts a day or two.
When creating dry floral bouquets, I love mixing dry grasses and intense colours from dried dahlias.
5. What is your favourite part of the job?
I'm pretty lucky that I love my job for the most part. For those big installations I love hearing client's initial ideas and the handing over of the Brides bouquet on the morning of the wedding. For those intimate dry floral weddings, I love seeing the couple's photos afterwards and hearing about it as well as where the bouquet has ended up. I think in the early days I really saw the creating the best part but as more confident I get with my own designing I realise how the whole process is so important.
6. Where do you source your flowers from?
The majority of my fresh and dry florals are British but I do use certain things that are imported from a wholesaler e.g. everyone wants eucalyptus all year round. I try to be as transparent as possible through this process.
Through the summer months I use florals grown across Britain including Scottish cut florals from Rebecca on the Mountain Daisy Farm. Recently there has been a strong change in how some florists look at their craft and source ingredients. I think it's really important to be aware of chemical use, labour conditions and air miles on your flowers and to be honest the naturally grown British blooms offer more than just that, they also lend themself to my designs with bendy stems and natural appearance.
For me it's important to have an open conversation with clients with where their flowers come from and the seasonality of any specifics, they would like then I can leave the decision to the customer.
7. What advice would you give to a couple who have decided to elope to Scotland and are wanting flowers?
There's a lot of things to think of when eloping but when you find your florist then they will give you options right for your situation. Here are a few things that I would suggest:
• What do you really want? Have a think about what you really want from your flowers in terms of feel and vibe for your day but also have a think about budget and if you just want a bouquet and buttonhole or a beautiful backdrop or intimate table setting. In an elopement, flowers can be more important and personally I think an elopement isn't any less of a wedding so if you can have the budget for the things you dreamt up then why not!
• What's possible in your budget and location? One of the bigger issues I have with my clients eloping is that if they are wanting fresh flowers delivered on the morning of their wedding then this will probably cost more to deliver than the items you are wanting if you are getting married in a wild remote location. Unfortunately, the weather in Scotland is also not guaranteed so be certain to always discuss ideas and even second options.
• How do I find my florist? Recommendations are so valuable finding all your wedding suppliers and using a planner is a massive benefit in this before the actual planning has even started. If you are set on fresh flowers look at recommendations and florists that are local to your days location but always look for a florist that you like the past work of and feel reflects what you are wanting for your day. It's never a good idea to choose a florist because you think they are your only option. Some florists may let you pick up flowers they day before if you don't mind a little detour and are travelling past them on route to your destination so this could be a good option. It's so much easier for a florist to work with their strengths rather than trying to create something out of their comfort zone.
• Remember florists know what works for them. All florists work differently so just remember you are paying for the full service and it should be an enjoyable experience not stressful. I love hearing couples' vision for their day but ultimately I know a bouquet will be my best work if I'm working with a colour palette, vibe or the client's personal style rather than lots of specific flowers. Equally if a particular flower means something to you it's important to communicate that. There is nothing more satisfying than including heather I've picked from Glencoe the previous year if that's where you are eloping!
8. Where is your favourite location for a Scottish elopement, and why?
Oh, how can I choose?! My Husband and I eloped in September 2020 to Glen Etive so I guess I should say that, we love it up there and it's so special to us as we used to camp each summer there so holds so many memories. If we never took our dog with us (who is prone to car sickness on long drives) we would have thought about going to one of our favourite islands like Skye, Mull or Islay for the endless beauty.
See below the gorgeous images of Lucy and her husband by Belle Art Photography.
9. Anything else we should know? Top tips, advice or information for couples eloping in Scotland?
Enjoy it of course and most importantly relax! To be able to elope is to be incredibly lucky. Not many people get to create a wedding day all about them and get to make so many treasured memories of just the two of you in love, spending such an important day together.
As an elopement planner, I work directly with your florist in bringing everything together on the day. Having the most beautiful flowers to enhance the beauty of your day is key. It is such an important part of tying all those magical moments together. You can visit Lucy’s website to find out more about her floral services here if you’d like to bring wild floristry to your magical elopement.