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Today I have created a lovely and simple pageboy bow tie DIY tutorial. Being a mama to a little boy I sometimes find the outfit choices a little limiting compared to the options for girls. For a celebration however I don’t think there is anything more adorable than a boy in a bow tie – paired with some braces, a flat cap, or blazer you can’t really go wrong.

These bow ties are so simple and easy they would be perfect to make for little pageboys, and the advantage of making them yourself is you can choose any fabric that compliments the rest of your wedding party. I chose a red gingham fabric but you could choose any kind.

The tutorial today has been adapted from one by Slow Mama which I used a couple of years back when my little one was a baby. Now he’s a little older I made a couple of small changes to suit a family wedding we had this summer. You really don’t need to be a pro seamstress to make one, I am most definitely not!

What you need to create a pageboy bow tie

How to make a pageboy bow tie // The Natural Wedding Company

What you will need:

  • Fabric (at least 25cm x 20cm)
  • Complimentary thread & needle
  • Sewing machine (optional)
  • Scissors (material scissors preferable)
  • 2 x small safety pins
  • Tape measure
  • Iron (optional but helpful)

Making your pageboy bow tie

How to make a pageboy bow tie // The Natural Wedding Company

Step 1 – Cut the fabric

Cut the two pieces of fabric required to make the bow tie:

  • Piece 1 – 25cm x 12cm
  • Piece 2 – 8cm x 4cm

As my fabric was chequered it was easy to follow the lines. If you are not confident in cutting the right sizes in a straight line, make the templates out of paper/newspaper first and trace onto the fabric.

How to make a pageboy bow tie // The Natural Wedding Company

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Vicky and Steve’s DIY Village Fete Wedding // Lucy Jane Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Today’s beautiful DIY village fete wedding is that of  a couple you may recognise from these very pages – Vicky and Steve, one of our TNWC Real Bride couples from last year. We followed them through their epic DIY-ing journey and now we get to share in their gorgeous day and enjoy all their efforts.

After being together over six years Steve proposed to Vicky on holiday in the beautiful Skopelos. Since then with friends and family on board, and with Steve’s handy occupation as a builder, they have gone about creating the most wonderful projects to fill their day with personal touches, all of which you can find out about here.

Naked wedding cake with flowers // Lucy Jane Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Eliza Jane Howell beaded wedding dress for Vicky and Steve’s DIY Village Fete Wedding // Lucy Jane Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Coconut shy for Vicky and Steve’s DIY Village Fete Wedding // Lucy Jane Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Rustic wooden direction sign for Vicky and Steve’s DIY Village Fete Wedding // Lucy Jane Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

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Bohemian hellebore wedding flower crown for Spring brides // PHASE 2 photography // The Natural Wedding Company

I don’t think I will ever, ever tire of a flower crown, a bold statement I know but if you take a look at today’s beautiful bohemian hellebore wedding inspiration and the to-die-for spring flower crown I think you would agree that regardless of fashion trends they are pretty timeless.

Today’s inspiration shoot was lovingly curated by Beamsley Blooms and shot by Phase 2 Photography  to showcase the possibilities of using seasonal British flowers for Spring brides and grooms, offering a stunning alternative to the more traditional Spring associated blooms. Clare from Phase 2 Photography explains, “The aim of the shoot was to let the pure, natural beauty of the flowers speak for themselves and give brides an idea of what can be achieved with these stunning flowers.”

Susanne from Beamsley Blooms goes on to give us a little more information about the inspiration behind the shoot for us…

Bohemian hellebore wedding inspiration shoot for Spring brides // PHASE 2 photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Bohemian hellebore wedding flower crown for Spring brides // PHASE 2 photography // The Natural Wedding Company

 Bohemian hellebore wedding flower crown for Spring brides // PHASE 2 photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Bohemian hellebore wedding inspiration shoot for Spring brides // PHASE 2 photography // The Natural Wedding Company

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Hanna and Guy's storybook inspired spring garden wedding with a marching band and humanist blessing beneath a tree // Images for Life // The Natural Wedding Company

Today’s wedding is just making me long for those lush spring days when the English countryside is covered in cow parsley and buttercups. Hanna and Guy were inspired by childhood storybook’s and fairytales, with fun details dotted throughout their wedding, which took place in a beautiful family garden.

We adore this kind of wedding, with its down-to-earth feel, involvement by family and friends, and those magical moments – in this case a marching band leading the bride and groom through a field of cow parsley (see below). This wedding was beautifully captured by our friend Joanna Ornowska of Images for Life, one of our TNWC Recommended Suppliers. Over to Hanna to tell you more about her whimsical storybook garden wedding…

Wedding procession with a marching band through a meadow // Images for Life // The Natural Wedding Company

Rustic wedding picnic // Images for Life // The Natural Wedding Company

Vintage wedding marquee in a meadow // Images for Life // The Natural Wedding Company

Fairytale inspired wedding // Images for Life // The Natural Wedding Company

Back garden wedding // Images for Life // The Natural Wedding Company

Hanna and Guy's storybook inspired spring garden wedding with a marching band and humanist blessing beneath a tree // Images for Life // The Natural Wedding Company

A back garden wedding inspired by childhood stories

I liked the idea of having a wedding that was as tailored to our personalities and values as possible, and so the idea of using a venue that was licensed for civil ceremonies and had already hosted countless big days was immediately dismissed. Instead, we decided to have a humanist blessing in Guy’s mum’s glorious two-acre back garden, which is somewhat incongruously hidden away behind a suburban bungalow in rural Cambridgeshire.

We’re both passionate about traditional children’s stories and so we chose to follow a loose ‘storybook’ theme, transforming the garden into a magical fairytale land that we jokingly called ‘Ermine Island’.

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2016 is proving to be a busy and exciting one for The Natural Wedding Company, which is amazing and we are embracing the opportunities but as such the workload for myself and Samantha, who juggle TNWC and motherhood, is ever increasing.

This is where you come in – we are looking for someone who loves writing (and weddings) to join us as an intern to help with our real wedding features. We receive so many beautiful real wedding submissions we want to make sure we can showcase them all. In addition to writing up some of our real wedding, there will also be opportunities to help contribute to other blog feature ideas.

This is an unpaid internship and would be suitable for someone that is available about 4 hours per week and who wants to get some valuable blogging experience (and knowledge of the wedding industry if that is where your interests lie).

What we can offer you

  • Experience writing for the UK’s leading eco-friendly wedding website and blog that receives around 150,000 page views a month.
  • The chance to pick our brains about all things wedding, blogging and small business related.
  • Once we get to know you, we will be more than happy to hear what you’d like additional experience in that we might be able to provide or help with.

Who we are looking for?

Someone…

  • With a genuine interest in what The Natural Wedding Company is all about, both our weddings and our ethos.
  • Who is a creative writer with great attention to detail.
  • Who has experience of editing and resizing pictures.

Bonuses but not essential…

  • Ideally based in the UK, but we are open to working with anyone anywhere.
  • Previous experience writing blog features.
  • Knowledge and experience of using WordPress.

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Our behind-the-scenes tour of the flower fields and confetti shed at Shropshire Petals // The Little Caravan Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of a day trip to visit Shropshire Petals, wander their fields cutting flowers, playing with confetti, and learning about the process of how they transform these beautiful blooms into the petal confetti that will shower you on your wedding day.

I met up with fellow TNWC wedding photographer Sarah from The Little Caravan Photography, and together with our little girls we were treated to the most wonderful tour from Ashley at Shropshire Petals. Sarah captured these awesome images from our day and I’m delighted to share them and our experience with you all today.

Confetti giveaway and discount

To celebrate our visit to Shropshire Petals, we have teamed up to giveaway a pack of 10 Petal Pouches that come filled with your choice of confetti. For more details and to enter head over to our Instagram where we’ll be holding the giveaway.

For anyone getting married or looking for confetti for a wedding, Shropshire Petals have an exclusive 10% discount off orders over £50 for our visitors, full details here.

Our behind-the-scenes tour of the flower fields and confetti shed at Shropshire Petals // The Little Caravan Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Our behind-the-scenes tour of the flower fields and confetti shed at Shropshire Petals // The Little Caravan Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Our behind-the-scenes tour of the flower fields and confetti shed at Shropshire Petals // The Little Caravan Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Our behind-the-scenes tour of the flower fields and confetti shed at Shropshire Petals // The Little Caravan Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Our behind-the-scenes tour of the flower fields and confetti shed at Shropshire Petals // The Little Caravan Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Our behind-the-scenes tour of the flower fields and confetti shed at Shropshire Petals // The Little Caravan Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

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Dear bride-to-be, why you should consider an unplugged wedding ceremony // Maureen du Preez Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

The wedding industry can be full of information on what you need for you wedding, “must haves”, “can’t do without’s” and all manner of people telling you that your wedding day just won’t be a wedding if you don’t buy this that and what-have-you. Don’t get me wrong, I like to buy nice things as much as anyone else, but I often find myself feeling rather suffocated in this social media world that can make you feel like you just need to have so much stuff.

When I come across articles like this one, written by TNWC photographer Maureen du Preez, it feels like a big gush of fresh air that reminds me of what I want to share, to champion, to encourage when it comes to weddings.

With kind permission I am sharing this beautifully written piece on Why You Should Have An Unplugged Wedding Ceremony, originally shared on Maureen du Preez’s blog. Included in this article are photographs from beautiful ‘unplugged weddings’.

Why You Should Have An Unplugged Wedding Ceremony

Artistic wedding photography for soulful couples // Maureen du Preez Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

An Open Letter to the Permanently Plugged.

I never really got this modern desire to photograph every single thing happening in front of me, which you may find strange coming from a photographer… I often just get so caught up in the moment that I don’t even think about grabbing my phone/camera from my bag. I prefer to enjoy the moment as it unfolds, without distractions, as it won’t happen again. After attending many weddings over the years I realise I’m in the minority though.

It’s during moments like the ceremony that I’m sometimes astounded at the amount of people all wielding phones, ipads etc, all desperately trying to take the same photo. Some of them stepping out into the aisle, blocking the professional photographer (and more importantly the groom’s!) view of the bride entering. Some of them ruining the pro’s capture by using their DSLR’s pop up flash.. A moment that can not be repeated now lost.

Artistic wedding photography for soulful couples // Maureen du Preez Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

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