Stone roses – how to decorate a 15th century church

That moment when guests begin to arrive at the church and step inside is always an exciting one: it’s when everything begins – with that atmosphere of happy anticipation. And at Dunglass Estate, that moment can be particularly dramatic, because our church dates from the 1400s and in its semi-ruined state is the most romantic of backdrops. Combine the faded carvings and beautifully coloured stone with the softness of flowers and even fabrics, and you get a remarkable and utterly unique effect which can mesmerise guests as they wait for the big entrance.

Unusually, we allow brides and grooms pretty much a free rein when it comes to adding their own style to the church; some places can be very strict but although the building is precious (and looked after by Historic Scotland), within reason you can allow your imagination to roam. We’ve seen dark red rose petals scattered on a rustic hessian aisle runner; masses of candles in storm lanterns clustered around the altar; end chairs or pew ends decorated with little bunches of wild flowers tethered with raffia.

For the ambitious, you can hang muslin or tulle to create a draped, tented ceiling effect, or use vintage rugs and bold blooms for a striking look. Dunglass Church is your plain but beautiful canvas to do with as you wish; or leave the ancient stone to speak for itself and make  the bride and wedding party the main attraction.

The church aisle in the sun

The church aisle in the sun

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