WEDDING STYLING AND FLOWERS THAT PACK A STYLISH PUNCH.
Robin’s Egg Styling is an all-round good egg, and you’ll soon see why. Her eye for style and ability to transform a wedding venue will blow your mind – she can take your brief and make it m a g i c. Whether it’s lush foliage, feathery pampas or cool whites and greys that you’re wanting for your wedding, Hazel is your gal. Find out more below about how she works, her favourite venue to work from, and what shade her office is painted (with a design eye like hers, you’re going to want to go and buy some to match!)
WHO ARE YOU + WHERE ARE YOU BASED?
I am Hazel Thomson, and I am based in the wilds of the north east of Scotland. Milton of Crathes near Banchory to be precise.
DESCRIBE YOUR WORKPLACE
I work out of the most magical studio, which sits right next to a burn that runs into the River Dee, and surrounded by trees. The granite buildings have been here for three hundred years and used to be the mills and potters for the Crathes Castle Estate. Two of the buildings still have working waterwheels. So I feel like am continuing the creative flow that has been here for centuries. My desk looks out to the trees and burn, and there is no end to the wonderful distraction of birds, herons in the water, people walking their dogs, and the trees in all their beauty and changing glory.
I have a big custom made workbench, and a HUGE double florist sink. They were my two treats to myself when I moved in. Farrow and Ball “Sulking Room Pink” walls and pink chairs. Deep windowsills that i can decorate, or sit on and pretend I’m back in the 1700’s waiting for the carriage to come by.
WHERE/HOW DID IT ALL BEGIN?
It began back in 2011 when planning my own wedding. I saw a gap in the market up here for alternative weddings. I started with vintage china and prop hire, and it all just grew organically from there.
FAVOURITE WORK TO DATE?
Most of my Coo Cathedral weddings. It’s such a blank canvas for me, and I can get in with my team several days before to start decorating and getting things organised, so nothing has to be rushed. We did one last July that we made mesh frames for and decorated them with lots of foliage and grey roses, and used lost of reclaimed concrete and old pipes. It looked amazing. Helped that The Curries were there to capture it!
I also had a wedding in April where we had a neon sign for the bride and groom and got to make a foliage and flower wall for it. That was amazing.
WHO/WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
I really get inspired by nature. The trees, the stars, the moon. It makes me giddy. The colours nature comes up with and combines is so damn clever. I can be stopped in my tracks by a particularly vibrant piece of moss or lichen growing on a brach after it’s been raining.
I also love following all the Australian wedding stylists. They are ahead of the game, and always pushing the boundaries of what can be done at a wedding.
I get so excited by colour and texture and shapes.
DESCRIBE YOUR TYPICAL DAY
I have an army of children, four to be precise. One is up and away from home, but the other three have to be dropped at school first thing. Home to have breakfast in peace. Then I will sometimes have to go to the flower wholesaler, or my artist Amy Singer to drop off items for the wedding that week. I am usually out at my studio by 10am and work there until around 4pm. Emails, quotes, ordering. From Wednesday onwards, it’s full on wedding mode. Conditioning flowers, getting things looked out, ready, and organised for the wedding that weekend. Friday is usually the start of setting up, loading up vans etc. Saturdays are spent at our wedding for that week, Sunday is clear down, and then it starts all over again.
WHERE’S YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO GO?
You can’t make me leave Florence when I am there, I have to be dragged kicking and screaming to the plane. But when at home, I am at my happiest in the woods, sitting under my favourite tree in the peace and quiet watching the squirrels jumping about. But if I could live anywhere, it would be on the northern Californian coast. A house in the woods but not far from the ocean.
FAVOURITE WEDDING VENUE?
Coo Cathedral I think. I love the light, the space and how you can do whatever you want with it and it looks amazing. Bloody freezing out of summer though. You need many many layers on.
Love a Barra Barn wedding though. That a close second. And much warmer.
TRENDS YOU HOPE TO SEE THIS SEASON
I would love to see more ombré, and more bold use of colour and colour blocking for backdrops.
BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN?
Don’t be afraid of your own fire. Let it burn, and let it burn bright.