Buttonhole Mood Board

Buttonholes

Today our wedding mood board is to give you inspiration when organising your buttonholes for the groom and your male bridal party members. Traditionally a buttonhole would be a flower from the bride’s bouquet, but it doesn’t have to be. We have found some great ideas for buttonholes, including golf tees and spider web designs. You could also make your own buttonholes if you are feeling creative. Make a statement with your buttonholes!

Mood board showing different ideas for buttonholes at a wedding

DIY buttonhole – Martha Stewart Weddings

Golf Tees – Wish Special Events

White Chrysanthemum – Blooms of Hope

Roses – Park Flowers

Vanda Orchid – Floral Haven

Orange Chrysanthemum  – Jasmine Star Photography

Pocket Flowers – The Startorialist

DIY Paper Roses – The Bowie Bride, courtesy of Nicole Polk Photography

Thistles – Planet Flowers, courtesy of Rankine Photography

Spider Web – Green Earth Flowers, courtesy of Chris Hanley Photography

Exotic – Hayford and Rhodes, courtesy of Brides Magazine

Haunted wedding venue Comlongon Castle in Dumfries

Haunted Wedding Venues

After some quite frankly terrifying research we have put together this post on just some of the UK’s haunted wedding venues. Read on, if you dare…

Comlongon Castle, Dumfries

Haunted wedding venue Comlongon Castle in Dumfries

Comlongon Castle is a beautiful 15th century castle wedding venue in Clarencefield, Dumfries. This historic venue is reportedly haunted by the ghost of Lady Marion Carruthers. On the 25th September 1570 she “did wilfully take her own life by leaping from the lookout tower”.

An apparition of a young lady was often seen in and around the castle, usually crying. Also, no grass would grow on the spot where she fell.

Her death followed a long dispute over the estate. Sir Simon Carruthers, Baron of Mouswald Castle, left the estate to his daughters, Lady Marion and her sister. Two neighbouring families, The Douglas family of Drumlanrig and the Maxwell family of Caerlaverock Castle, hoped to obtain the lands including Mouswald Castle from Lady Marion.

Although Sir James Douglas obtained consent to marry Lady Marion, Lord Maxwell took and occupied Mouswald Castle. The Douglas family then contested his right to occupy the castle.

The ghost of Lady Marion Carruthers sighted in Comlongon Castle

In 1563 Privy Council settled the case in Sir James’ favour. But Lady Marion then fled to her Uncle, Sir William Murray of Comlongon Castle. She tried to escape the intended marriage by giving her Uncle half of her dowry. Sir James Douglas sued through the courts for his just inheritance and won. Lady Marion then threw herself off the lookout tower of Comlongon Castle.

Some believed Lady Marion’s death was actually murder rather than suicide. They suggested Sir James Douglas’ men throwing her off the tower so he would inherit the Castle and land without having to marry a reluctant bride.

Over the years there have been many reported sightings of Lady Marion. Reports say she haunts the castle, looking for a proper resting place. With suicide suspected at the time she didn’t get a proper Christian burial.

Chillingham Castle, Northumberland

Haunted wedding venue Chillingham Castle in Northumberland

Steeped in local and natural history, Chillingham Castle, and the Elizabeth and Mediaeval State Rooms have housed many historic wedding feasts. Regarded as one of the most haunted wedding venues, and places, in the country, there are many ghostly stories including The Blue Boy, Lady Mary and the White Pantry Ghost.

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L'Artisan du Chocolat 'O' Collection

Chocolates from L’Artisan du Chocolat

We get a lot of products sent to us to sample and review, including a lot of chocolates, cakes and yummy edible products (it’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it). We were recently sent some of the most amazing chocolates that we have ever tasted from L’Artisan du Chocolat.

The chocolates we sampled were their wedding collection, which will make the perfect wedding favours with prices starting at £2.

The L’Artisan du Chocolat wedding collection has three options:

Mini Monogram Box

L'Artisan du Chocolat Truffles

The Mini Monogram Box is a sliding box containing three beautiful pearl balls, each with a mouth watering filling. Much thought has gone into these amazing chocolates. Inspired by South Sea Pearls®, which are the rarest and most luxurious pearls in the world, L’Artisan du Chocolat have created the finest dark and milk ganaches covered with a thin layer of white chocolate and pearlescent silver and gold colours.

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