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.
Do you ever find yourself falling in love with a particular image that is JUST the feel you want for your wedding, only to take a moment to really study what makes it so beautiful and wonder how on earth you could recreate something similar?
I’ve often found myself in this situation, and got to thinking that there must be other brides-to-be who feel the same. So I wondered how I could help you recreate something similar, when a lot of these images are from photoshoots where (for example) they only had to decorate one table (easy to make that look stunning, but how about 10 or 20 tables at a real wedding?!) and/or the couple had endless resources, be that money, time or manpower.
So with all that in mind, I’ve put together a little collection of items that could help you create a similar style to the above image for your wedding, all from the wonderful suppliers we list in our directory.
I have to admit that a large part of what makes this wedding table so appealing is the rustic table everything else is set against. Finding tables like this, in large enough number for a wedding, is pretty tricky, but there are a few companies who have started hiring out rustic trestle tables in the UK.
Whether or not you manage to hire beautiful wooden tables of not, there is still plenty of elements of this moosy woodsy styled table you could take inspiration from.
I thought we would welcome in 2015 with a series of features of some of our favourite 15 wedding ideas, a great introduction for new brides-to-be to the kind of style and things we love here at The Natural Wedding Company.
Throughout my childhood and teenage years I absolutely adored playing with my hair and trying out different hair styles, I loved having my hair done by the little girls I babysat for, and when my own little sister came along I had so much fun styling her hair too – so what better place to start than 15 of my favourite natural bridal hair styles.
All of these natural wedding hair ideas can be found on our Pretty Wedding Hair Pinterest board, along with hundreds more like them. I only really like to share images on the blog where I can track down the original source and credit the photographer, so some of my particular favourites didn’t make it here to the blog.
They were too good not to tell you about – such as this incredible fairytale hairstyle, this dreamy pinned up do which reminds me of Jane Austen heroines, and this Grecian knotted plait entwined with subtle glittery jewels.
More and more British couples are opting for outdoor weddings, in woodland glades, meadows, gardens, or by lakes. Many of these outdoor spaces have all kinds of scope for decoration, but sometimes it can be a little overwhelming due to the scale.
When I came across this idea for a ribboned entrance way for a wedding ceremony, I thought it was one to share, as it creates just enough impact without being a major undertaking or using masses amounts of time and resources. Just lovely long lengths of ribbon fixed into a kind of curtained doorway welcoming your guests to your ceremony spot.
Clematis has been popping up in bouquets all across the wedding world, and I love it’s inclusion. It’s delicate and dainty and has a beautiful soft movement to it.
To ensure the clematis is British grown and seasonal book one of our flower farmers or florists to do your wedding flowers, they are knowledagble and will be able to advise you on when it’s in season.
The other thing I really love about this bouquet are the many different purple ribbons, all left long and trailing. TNWC recommended supplier Lancaster & Cornish have a beautiful selection of organic lace that would look lovely tied round a bridal bouquet, or I recently came across these exquisite plant dyed ribbons from Silk & Willow in the US.
Despite the changeable and unpredictable weather in this country the number of couples choosing an outdoor ceremony doesn’t seem to be dampened by the chance of rain. If you get blessed, such as those couples who have been getting hitched in recent weeks, with beautiful blue skies and the sun beaming down, an outdoor ceremony looks pretty special.
Hay or straw bales are the perfect solution for many to how to seat all your guests, but you will need to cover them or risk the wrath of guests who’ve spent your wedding ceremony with an itchy bum!
We’re back today with Gabrielle from eco-chic wedding stationery company The Green Gables to share another colour palette to inspire you for your wedding day – and it’s a joyful burst of much-anticipated spring colours! I particularly love this colour combination, especially as Gabrielle has taken her inspiration from one of my favourite flowers, the tiny viola (I did a whole feature on the similar violet if you’re looking for more inspiration).
Over to Gabrielle…
Today’s colour crush is as bold or as muted as you like. Go for regal purple and fern green to make an impact by using them as block colours for bridesmaids dresses or bouquets. Alternatively choose the paler tones as a muted accent colour for men’s ties or venue decorations.
A predominantly earthy colour palette of cream and green shades can be given a burst of brightness with a splash of purple. Could you imagine using one or all of these colours in your wedding?