Login

Blog

What a truly seasonal British Valentine's bouquet looks like - hellebores, daffodils, primroses, snowdrops, violets // Flowers from Forage For // The Natural Wedding Company

I love roses, but garden grown and in season, not on Valentine’s Day. But what does a seasonal British Valentine’s Day look like? We asked Anne-Marie from Forage For to make us a Valentine’s floral creation – she is quite renown for her stunning floral designs.

So from one corner of Suffolk in a walled garden, this is what was seasonal this year – and it’s worth noting that this has been a particularly unusual year, with unseasonable weather resulting in quite an array of flowers.

The above floral heart features bellis daisies, witch hazel, primroses, hellebores, snowdrops, heather, daffodils, violets, violas, scabious, muscari, blossom and cow parsley (yes really). This crazy unusual weather means that Anne-Marie still has one cow parsley plant that’s hung on all winter and is still flowering. Incredible.

Read more

Learn how to make a winter viola and ivy table wreath // Lock Cottage Flowers // The Natural Wedding Company

Well what a week it’s been full of wreath idea – and nothing Christmassy in sight. Alice from Lock Cottage Flowers has shown us how to create a January moss wreath, seasonal Valentine’s wreaths, and today she’ll be showing us how to make a table wreath with potted violas and ivy. If you’d like to see all the posts in this feature series then you’ll find them here at Wreaths Throughout The Seasons.

I’ve really loved her use of living plants in her wreaths, and creating living centrepieces is something we’ve previously shared on the blog. I would love to see more weddings using them in creative ways, and as these ideas show they would work beautifully for a woodland inspired wedding or an eco-chic city wedding perhaps.

If you’d like to follow along or join in (we’d love this) you can find us on Instagram with the hashtag #11monthsofwreaths – I am hopeful we might get some contributions we’d like to share. Just a reminder that the project guidelines are:

  1. No floral foam
  2. Only British flowers and foliage used
  3. Wreaths must be seasonal
  4. Christmas wreaths will be excluded from this project

Over to Alice

Winter viola and ivy table wreath

Learn how to make a winter viola and ivy table wreath // Lock Cottage Flowers // The Natural Wedding Company

This is a terrific wreath designed to lie on the table as a centrepiece using garden centre bedding plants – use something dainty here. I would avoid pansies for example.

Use a wire wreath frame and swaddle ivy and British grown viola plants in moss as explained earlier on this post. Push them straight through the bars of the wreath frame and voila—viola!

Read more

Minna eco-chic wedding dress // The Natural Wedding Company

When  I was asked for write a blog post with my tips and advice on how to budget for your wedding dress, I pretty much dismissed the invitation immediately because budgeting is not my strong point – or to be truthful, even something I’m vaguely good at. But this year I am trying to take up some challenges, even if they might seem small like compiling advice (eek) on budgeting.

TSB have put together a guide called Saving for your Wedding with some sound advice from fellow bloggers such as Annabel at Love My Dress and other industry suppliers. I’m not sure I’ve ever really written about budgeting, because let’s face it, I’m inclined to pretend budgets don’t exist! But once I got thinking on the topic, I realised I did have some advice (and experience) to share.

Sister Organics eco-chic wedding dress // The Natural Wedding Company

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon we are reminded everywhere about falling in love, that feeling that we all find so hard to describe or put our finger on, yet so many try to put into words. For me, falling in love with *the* dress for your wedding is a pretty similar experience.

I guess this is where my first piece of advice, or perhaps even a gently warning, stems from. In starting the search for your wedding dress, you are putting yourself out there to fall in love with a dress. It goes without saying that if you venture in boutiques or shops with wedding dresses priced out of your budget, you are risking falling in love with a dress that you might not be able to afford, or you will stretch your budget for – stretch, or (if like me) completely yank apart.

Sister Organics eco-chic wedding dress // The Natural Wedding Company

Read more

Wild twiggy heart wreath with berries for Valentine's Day // By Lock Cottage Flowers // The Natural Wedding Company

Did you see Monday’s post on how to create a January moss wreath with seasonal winter flowers? This week we’ve kicked off a new series called Wreaths Throughout The Seasons with our friend Alice from Lock Cottage Flowers. We’re hoping to inspire you to start putting up seasonal wreaths on your front door or in your home at times other than just Christmas.

Today it’s all about heart-shaped Valentine’s Day wreaths – I particularly love Alice’s wild and twiggy heart with its bright red berries. These could be used to decorate your door this weekend or the smaller heart wreath would make a great DIY project for a wedding.

Come find us on Instagram at #11monthsofwreaths where you’re welcome to share your seasonal wreaths that fit with our project guidelines, which are:

  1. No floral foam
  2. Only British flowers and foliage used
  3. Wreaths must be seasonal
  4. Christmas wreaths will be excluded from this project

We’ll be posting all of the wreaths shown here to that hashtag and hopefully more wreath makers will tag theirs as well – please join in and we might feature your wreath.

Over to Alice

Dainy and wild skinny wreaths for Valentine’s Day

This first Valentine’s wreath is made from British parvifolia (small leafed eucalyptus – smells divine) and dried lavender which isn’t too visible here, but is very fragrant. These smaller wreaths are terrific for hanging on a small space in the kitchen, or hanging on a doorknob. For weddings they make terrific chairbacks.

I used heavy duty garden wire – the kind used for wall training roses – a coat hanger could be taken apart and used as well. Don’t worry if the heart is slightly wonky – this is preferable.

Learn how to make a heart-shaped eucalyptus and lavender wreath // By Lock Cottage Flowers // The Natural Wedding Company

Read more

Rustic plantable save the dates complete with wedding date clay plant tag

We have had such a great start to the week – the website was relaunched (I will blog about this in more detail soon I promise) and we kicked off our new blog feature series called Wreaths Throughout The Seasons – we’ll be filing all the posts under that link over the coming months.

Back in the early days of writing this blog I used to share a lot of snippets of inspiration that I found whilst browsing beautiful weddings on many of the US wedding blogs. It seemed to really hit a note with my readers, perhaps because I cherry-picked ideas and saved them hours of trawling the internet in search of inspiration.

So today is one of those posts, a great idea that I spotted and instantly loved. I can just imagine some of you, my readers, being inspired by this idea and wanting to create something similar for your wedding. Not only are these save the dates above plantable (after reading of course) but they also come with a sweet clay plant market inscribed with your wedding date (or perhaps you could do your initials).

Read more

Learn how to create a January moss wreath with seasonal winter flowers // Flowers by Lock Cottage Flowers // The Natural Wedding Company

I am delighted to be kicking off a brand new feature series on the blog this week on seasonal wreaths – I’m calling it wreaths throughout the seasons. Back in my teens I spent a couple of years living in America and it seemed that every season or holiday celebration houses would be decorated with wreaths. I have often thought it sad that we don’t do this more in the UK, and I found out my friend Alice at Lock Cottage Flowers shares my thoughts on this.

So we’ve decided to do something about it – Alice is going to be creating some lovely wreaths of all kinds to take us through the different seasons and holiday celebrations, and I’m going to be showcasing them here to inspire you on the blog. I even want to set myself a personal challenge to decorate my front door at least in some way to fit in with Alice’s posts, so watch this space.

Alice has even set up a hashtag on Instagram #11monthsofwreaths where seasonal wreaths can be posted that fit with our project guidelines below. We’ll be posting all of the wreaths shown here to that hashtag and hopefully more wreath makers will tag theirs as well – please join in.

Valentine’s – I’m sure many of you are well aware that this coming weekend is Valentine’s Day, so this week Alice has created a series of seasonal spring wreaths that are fit for Valentine’s Day or to bring a little cheer to your home this damp spring.

Over to Alice

Wreath making is my favourite form of floristry and one of the oldest so I think it’s a shame to just do Christmas wreaths and the occasional memorial wreath. Fortunately, a lot of brides order flower crowns (a type of wreath) or I’d go bananas waiting until December to be allowed to make them.

My rules for this project are:

  1. No floral foam
  2. Only British flowers and foliage used
  3. Wreaths must be seasonal
  4. Christmas wreaths will be excluded from this project

The first instalment that I’ll be sharing this week covers late winter and early spring:

January moss wreath with winter flowers

Learn how to create a January moss wreath with seasonal winter flowers // Flowers by Lock Cottage Flowers // The Natural Wedding Company

For this wreath I used pots of helleborus niger (the Christmas rose) which are good because the flowers face upwards along with cut flower stems of narcissus, snowflake (or snowdrops) and hawthorn blossom in floral tubes.

Read more

Wedding day food inspiration with delicious edible flowers from Greens of Devon // Taylor Wolf Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Did you see the beautiful edible flower inspiration we brought to you last week? The inspiration we have for you today is just as lovely, but takes on a more unusual twist. Ever thought about serving flowers with a fish dish? No me neither!

These beautiful images are a collaboration between two of our lovely recommended suppliers from our directory; gorgeous edible flowers and herbs by Greens of Devon and all perfectly styled and captured by the talented Taylor Wolf Photography.

Inspired by Italian and Mediterranean al fresco dining, these mouthwatering images prove that pretty flowers aren”t just for topping the wedding cake. They are so effective at adding the finish touch to every dish throughout your big day!

Wedding day food inspiration with delicious edible flowers from Greens of Devon // Taylor Wolf Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Wedding day food inspiration with delicious edible flowers from Greens of Devon // Taylor Wolf Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Wedding day food inspiration with delicious edible flowers from Greens of Devon // Taylor Wolf Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Wedding day food inspiration with delicious edible flowers from Greens of Devon // Taylor Wolf Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Read more

Maureen du Preez Photography

Seasonal wedding ideas:

Browse the blog:

Brides Sign Up

Sign up and save your favourite businesses, add ideas to your wedding wish list and receive beautiful inspiration straight to your inbox

JOIN NOW

Advertise

Become part of the definitive online resource for planning a natural, eco-friendly wedding and connect with engaged couples seeking products and services just like yours.

FIND OUT MORE