With much of last year spent getting to grips with motherhood and juggling my business alongside this challenging new role, I am thoroughly enjoying getting back into blogging – like really getting back into, being inspired by the fantastic products and services that our businesses are creating, and dreaming up ways for them to be incorporated into your wedding.
Recently Julie from Hollyhock Lane got in touch to tell me about some of her new wedding stationery designs, and it was her ‘Owl and the Pussycat’ collection that immediately grabbed my attention. I love the poem and the images it evokes, and then I was reminded of some great ideas I’ve been saving that would tie in perfectly with Julie’s designs for anyone wanting to incorporate the poem into their wedding day.
If like me your love the poem, I hope my feature inspires you to incorporate some elements into your wedding day. Over to Julie to tell us why she loves the tale of owl and the pussycat so much…
“I think the tale of the ‘owl and the pussycat’ appeals so much as it’s so whimsical and fun, but it’s also an old classic which no doubt inspired many a childhood with it’s fantastical and nonsensical story. It’s a great ‘alternative’ theme for a wedding, espeically if you don’t always relate to more typical floral and feminine wedding themes. There’s so much milage with the imagery that you could create a really beautiful and very original wedding day.”
“The owl and the pussycat suite was actually inspired by a bespoke stationery commission that I wish I had thought of myself. It was particularly apt for this couple, as she and her fiancé had been together for 10 years, so the “too long we have tarried” line was a cheeky nod to their own tallying to walk down the aisle.
Our last real wedding for 2014, beautifully put together by Samantha…
There is something so magical about this time of year isn’t there? I just love Christmas time and all the festivities that come with it, there is an air of excitement and everything seems to have a glow about it!
It was for just this reason that Emily and George the beautiful couple from today’s real wedding chose to have a winter wedding on the 28th December: “We love the winter, and we really wanted to play to its strengths for our wedding. With long, dark evenings and intimate, cosy family gatherings, there was a lot to work with.”
We couldn’t agree more, their wedding is so romantic and elegant, with some wonderful inspiration for those couples planning a winter wedding without wanting a bit of tinsel in sight!
There’s a gorgeous bouquet featuring succulents and rosemary sprigs by Jay Archer Floral Designs from our directory, fabulous wedding shoes, and literature inspired DIY decor. Don’t take my word for it though, read on and enjoy a little light relief from all that last minute Christmas wrapping…
It’s time to fall in love with the new 2015 collection of exquisite wedding dresses from TNWC recommended supplier Minna, and if you’re a bride-to-be who sees her dream dress amongst the new collection then we have a fab 15% discount if you purchase before the end of November 2014.
Minna Hepburn the founder of Minna told me that her team have been listening to their customers to find out what it was they wanted in a wedding dress to influence their latest collection. She told me, “We just wanted to make beautiful dresses, dresses that cannot be found elsewhere. We listened to our customers and designed this collection for them.”
I was so thrilled when Tammy from Wild Bunch got in touch keen to do ‘A Day in the Life’ blog post having read the ones written by Pyrus and The Garden Gate Flower Company (I’d recommend you go read them too!). She got photographer Nic Rue (who also captured Pyrus’ beautiful garden and studio) to come to her little piece of flower paradise on the Herefordshire / Shropshire border.
The photos are gorgeous, the words are beautiful, and the flowers…well the flowers are stunning! Need I say more…
Over to Tammy…
Entering the second year of my little cut flower business I was searching for a point of reflection on where I was at with my new found work and passion. And when I came across the beautiful work of the photographer Nic Rue, I tentatively asked if she would be interested in working with me to document my garden and flowers.
It was a big step for me asking a photographer into my little world, but Nic was inspirational and really helped me see and think about my garden and flowers with new eyes.
Here at The Natural Wedding Company, we’re great advocates of DIY weddings. DIYing certain elements not only allows you to keep within a budget, but gives you the chance to get hands-on and really make the day your own.
However I’ll be the first to put my hands up and admit that sometimes you simply can’t do everything yourself, especially those things on the list that have to be done last minute and not prepped ahead of time — at least if you want a few precious moments to relax with your best girls and a good night’s beauty sleep before walking down the aisle.
Cue award-winning florist, champion of seasonality and bride-to-be herself, TNWC recommended supplier Jay Archer Floral Design; “I’ve often been called upon last minute by distressed brides who decide to go it alone with their wedding flowers, only to find themselves in a fluster when they’ve run out of time, a friend has let them down, or they’re disappointed with the end result.”
Jay’s come up with a new option, the simply JAFD package, which provides the seasonal, locally-sourced flowers she and her team are renowned for, at a set price. The Simply JAFD package costs £750 and includes:
• The bridal bouquet
• 3 bridesmaid bouquets
• 6 men’s buttonholes
• 2 ladies buttonholes
• 10 table centres in a choice of vessels (that couples can be keep afterwards)
Today the lovely Emma from TNWC business Freckle Photography shares her wisdom on engagement shoots. Personally I think they’re the perfect opportunity to embrace the things you love to do together and take a moment out from the craziness of wedding planning.
I’m sure these beautiful images featuring beekeepers, vintage railway lovers and camping couples will inspire you to plan something beautiful, fun and memorable to capture the essence of you as a couple.
Over to Emma…
Whilst planning my own wedding last year, I suddenly realised that the thought of being photographed all day terrified me! Not just because I spent my life behind the lens, but because I’m a normal girl with all the usual insecurities about my wobbly bits and the way my face scrunches up a bit too much when I’m really happy.
As for the boys, the idea of being obviously affectionate in ‘public’ and then being photographed can be equally as alarming.
What is an engagement shoot and why have one?
I’m sure this is a fairly normal reaction when planning a wedding, which is why I offer a photo shoot prior to the wedding. Sometimes called an ‘engagement shoot’ or a ‘pre-wedding shoot’, the aim is for you and your photographer to get to know one another, dispel any myths about having your photo taken and get some awesome and fun images in the process.
Despite it being a bit daunting at first, I can tell you within minutes you will be enjoying yourselves. It’s a great excuse to have a bit of time out together, kiss more than you have all week and generally lark about!
As it’s British Flowers Week, we thought it would be the perfect time to share another feature in our ‘an ode to’ floral series, and this time it’s the turn of a quintessential British summer flower: the fabulously fragrant sweet pea.
When we moved into our first house, my mum gave us a pot of sweet pea seedlings she had nurtured from a packet seeds and we had flowers all summer long. The more we picked, the more they kept on blooming and we ended up with flowers to decorate every room. Now, even if we grow nothing else, (which is usually the case!) we always make sure we have sweet peas for summer.
Charlie’s written several of these lovely ‘an ode to…’ posts dedicated to one flower (previously featuring, spring blossom, snake’s head fritillary, old-fashioned roses and dainty violets) so if you’re a spring-time bride looking for inspiration, do have a look at all her gorgeous ideas.
I must admit that the idea of using a seasonal flower ‘en masse’ and making it a feature is something that really appeals to me, purely for it’s beautiful simplicity.
I’ve put together this feature with the help of some of the wonderful businesses listed on the directory. We have a creative bunch of florists and flower farmers up and down the country who are always ready and willing to share their knowledge and ideas. Sweet peas are in natural abundance from from June to early September in the UK so they’re a great choice of seasonal bloom.
Here are a selection of ideas including aisle decorations, miniature bottles, bouquets and flower crowns that you could easily incorporate into your summer wedding.