Member Focus – Louise MacPherson Weddings

As part of our regular series introducing our lovely members, we are delighted to say hello today to a lovely Scottish lady, Louise, who runs Louise MacPherson Wedding Design ….

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How did it all start?

My background is in marketing, and the project management skills I learned working in busy design agencies serve me well as a wedding planner now. I trained with the UKAWP three years ago and invested some redundancy money in starting up Louise Macpherson Wedding Design. I still work with corporate clients too, so the mix of small wedding clients and bigger corporate clients keeps me up to date and on my toes!

Do you have a favourite venue?

No single favourite – but I love the smaller castle venues we have in Scotland such as Castle Lachlan or Fingask Castle, both of which I’ve worked with in the last year. These are still family homes for most of the year, so you get lots of heritage and character as well as a beautiful setting.

How would clients describe you?

Methodical, professional, and a perfectionist – you have to be in this job. It’s not just about getting the job done though, I’ve been lucky enough to become friends with many of my clients through planning their weddings – as a planner you play a supportive role emotionally as well as being able to be the logical one in the midst of stressful situations.

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Wedding planner/s you admire?

I love Amy Atlas Events – the attention to detail when creating her dessert tables is incredible. The end result is always stunning and her work is a great source of inspiration.

How do you unwind?

I love to bake and confess to being a bit of a feeder with my friends and family! I’m a big believer in cake and a pot of tea being the answer to most things.

What themes are you working on for 2013/14?

Still lots of DIY vintage styling in my 2013 weddings, plus a New Zealand/Scottish fusion, featuring the bride and groom’s cows from their own farm!

What trends are you seeing?

Vintage is still a strong trend overall – but I’m seeing my brides look to more specific eras such as 50’s, with many of them choosing short dresses with full skirts. The grooms are becoming more interested in their outfits too, with lots of dapper suits instead of the usual kilts we often see here in Scotland. Couples are also starting to become braver with colour, moving away from the traditional colour schemes to try something fresh and modern.

What is your signature dish?

I love to cook, and my husband tells me I make a mean roast dinner, preferably with my chocolate brownies for dessert!

Whose celebrity wedding (dead or alive) would you love to design?

Dame Helen Mirren – I think she’s amazing, she has such wonderful elegant style but there’s also a lot of fun in her (as seen with her new pink hair!) so designing a wedding for her would be fantastic.

Is the job as glamorous as you thought?

Having worked in corporate events I knew it wouldn’t be glamorous, but I love every minute. Seeing all the planning come together on the day just can’t be beaten.

What is your vice?

A nice chilled glass of white wine. And cuddles from my baby son – I can’t get enough of them!


Photo Credit: Christopher Currie Photography

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