Old World Avant-Garde

Old World Avant-Garde

January 17, 2010  |  In Her Shoebox  | 

Jenifer Simpson is an event designer, and owner of Marybelle’s, a couture event design company in Mobile, Alabama. They enjoy creating custom, “out of the box” events for brides and grooms who are looking for something truly unique.  It is their belief that styling the perfect event starts with the personality of the couple.


Charlie and I were married in a destination wedding in Scotland almost fifteen years ago. Getting married away was, without a doubt, the best decision we could have made, and I can honestly say I would do it again. Stylistically speaking though, if I had the chance to plan my wedding again, I would change almost everything. The two of us have very different styles. Charlie has very traditional taste, and I prefer eclectic and avant-garde design. Of course, there would have to be compromise. Using my husband’s family tartan as a starting place, I would put together an mixture of plaids in rich colors, and pair them with lush English garden style florals.


For me, love is in the details. I love texture, so I would use several tartans in a variety of fabrics, such as weathered wool, dupioni silk, and duchess satin as a base for the design.  I also have a passion for beautiful flowers. A mixture peonies, tulips, roses, and thistles would make a perfect bouquet. Candlelit lanterns would mark the path to the Gothic stone church, and the sound of bagpipes would fill the air in the churchyard. After the ceremony, our guests would then be transported by vintage cars to a 13th century castle for cocktails and dinner. We would end our evening in the castle’s library, with wedding cake and after dinner drinks, enjoying the company of our closest family and friends.


1. Dalhousie Castle 2. Modern Romance 3. Heritage of Scotland 4. Shadow Boxer Crafts 5. The Flower Magician 6. Scottish Wedding Dreams 7. 8. Unknown


1 Comment

  1. This is so unique and beautiful!! I really really love it. I need to get my behind in gear and send in my submission! 🙂

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