This year has been incredible, for Tupelo Tree and for me personally, iv had some of the coolest weddings this year, have met more super amazing people in the industry, photoshoots and using locally grown wildflowers for the first time and amongst it all my husband and i recently bought our first house! Its been a mad whirlwind of busyness and paint (the most amazing colours of Farrow and Ball iv ever seen), planting my own garden after working with big wedding blooms each day has been such a joy. Iv never owned my own garden or even had one of my own to begin with, so this small patch of grass at the front of my house has been wonderful - learning about soil and seasons, slugs and ants, honeybees in the walls and cats who refuse to be friends with me no matter how hard i try!! Iv noticed how calm i have been since settling into our home after 22 moves in my 27 years. Finally, a place to call my own.
I think I'm in love with every wedding I'm involved in, i cant say theres any weddings iv not enjoyed as Tupelo Tree, all of my brides are amazing and so chilled that it makes the job so much more enjoyable. A couple in particular so far have been away over in Crear in the west coast of Scotland where i stayed overnight and foraged early in the morning for big suspended hoops and floor length trailing bouquets (wow!).
Also, an awesome industrial styled wedding at Drygate with huge overhanging green canopies and wild garden styled pieces all over the tables and aisle... my goodness its been fun!!
The west coast is my favourite, and this wedding inspired a trip around scotland again with my husband - last year we travelled on the North Coastal 500 which is a round trip of the coasts from inverness, up to John O' Groats and all the way back round again where we ended on the Culloden war exhibit (i first learnt about this in the series Outlander, and of course have fallen in love with Scotland all over again because of it). This year we are travelling over 2 weeks slowly round the coast starting near where this wedding was and up to the Hebrides where my granny lives, back to Skye again and around the full coast once again.
I dont have any control of when brides choose to book me, so bizarrely i have lots of August off this year, so we will travel until our hearts are full.
I cannot possibly put into words what happens when i travel Scotland, I'm alive in every part of me. I feel so connected to the hills and the trees, but have a saddened heart at the thought of villages and families for generations living here and working the land, although i feel this sadness, i also have so much joy and happiness walking amongst places that once were busy with vegetation, cattle and children but now lie in ruins. Little piles of stone where we can only imagine what it once was. No photos, no documents.
Theres times when all i want to do is run away to a tiny piece of land right in the heart of scotland in the hills somewhere and live off the land and make things, have chickens for eggs an cattle for milk. It sounds like a dream, but reality pops into mind and reminds me the practicalities of this life and mine, for now they do not coincide but maybe one day i'll have parts of this that can be my version of this wild life i dream of.
I appreciate every one of you who take the time to read this and follow my photos and stories throughout my journey as Tupelo Tree. Truly, i wish i could meet all of you in person and thank you. As lots of you who have followed me for a while know, a little under 2 years ago i got so busy with weddings and moving house (again) that i became incredibly stressed, this was before i had any staff, and was really quite ill. Ever since then iv battled with anxiety and feeling overwhelmed (amongst other things!) and its been a slow and long road to finding my feet fully again. I cant say I'm there yet, as its such a huge job dealing with deep rooted issued in your own mind as many of you will know too, and its not spoken about an awful lot. Well, anxiety sucks!! It can take over my body even if my mind is calm, it shows up when you least expect it to and points out things you didnt even know were going on in your mind.
Iv recently taken on more help and am on the hunt for a much larger studio as the little room i work from i have outgrown quite fast. This morning i viewed some spaces nearby and they are incredible with mounds of space for making mess. But its funny how hard it actually is to find an industrial unit that isn't 240,823 square foot with 4 loading doors and 6 offices! ;)
My husband (a videographer and photographer) made a short video of one of my set ups over at Crear last month (below) which shows a typical wedding set up for me out foraging, lots of tying and structural work, and lots and lots of moss!
This week iv got a stunner wedding thats been in the plans for months and months, maybe the most bohemian wedding iv ever done so watch out on Instagram and Facebook for updates!!