You know it is so satisfying on many levels to watch men in kilts dancing the Gay Gordons.
Didn't I say that I would tell you about the wedding? Have you got time for a blether? If not, please move swiftly on, but I warn you, there is a fragrance story here....
So last week, close friends got married. She is Swiss, he is Scottish. They are both quite eccentric. It was a fabulous day. The couple and their friends put the wedding together, you know, a friend gifted the flowers, the bride and I (and a chef) prepared the food (for 140 people!!), prior to the day obviously. The chef dealt with it on the day. A neighbour did the art work. There was a ceilidh band but guests sang, played, and danced too. The best kind of wedding in my view, and I've been to a couple like that now. They are so personal to the bride and groom. There were great fun things, a cello case open and full of various hats, with a camera on a rope beside it, where guests could take pictures of each other. Great idea! There was a "poor mans tombola" with prizes such as a Pifco Trouser Press, (remember them, the box alone was a hoot) and a "make your own squirrel kit" and various other funny prizes. The venue was decorated with wooden stags heads with garlands of Ivy round their necks with fairy lights in them. It really was a wonderful, happy day. They are away to Switzerland now to do it all again in a cabin. We couldn't go unfortunately.
So, the bride and groom were genuinely delighted when I offered to do a fragrance for their wedding. I suggested something that had never smelled before, that they would both wear, that had nice projection, and a really nice trail, (but you all know all that). So we sample, sample, sampled. Various genres, various notes, everything, anything, to narrow it down for them. We discovered a few surprises. The groom, who had never been into fragrance, so he was like a blank canvas, really liked Heliotrope, instinctively, really just loved it. He would have chosen L'Eau D'Hiver but the bride didn't like it. They both really liked the Juniper of Juniper Sling (but it is an Eau de Toilette and not suitable for an all day wedding). The bride liked ambers, (yes we did L'Air DDM), and leather, and to cover the whole spectrum we smelled Muscs Kublai Khan (from a BN friend). I said nothing but the groom got it straight away and there was much growling and posturing. They both liked Iris. The Heeley was too sweet and pretty for the groom.
Then a clear winner emerged.....ta da da da... have you guessed?
Dior Homme! They both loved it. So off we went to the Dior Counter, and Dior Homme it was. Two little decants were made for the actual day, one for the brides handbag, one for the grooms sporran. The groom was getting ready at our house, and I must say when he was in his great kilt (the big over the shoulder one) and his leather belts and all the brooches and accessories that make men feel butch in kilts, he wore his Dior Homme beautifully. Honestly, with the wooly smell of the tartan fabric, which is quite strong, the Dior Homme was great, a kind of heathery, leathery vibe. I loved it on him. On the bride it was lovely, very cool and romantic. Isn't that great?
PS: The bride, who is a beautiful woman in her late thirties showed me her all time favourite fragrance. Fahrenheit, from the nineties.