At the point in my life when I got married (nearly 2 years ago now!) I always knew I’d wear a traditional wedding dress in the sense of it being white/cream/ivory. I do however love coming across alternatives to the pale colours of the traditional wedding dress, and part of me wishes I was the kind of bride who wanted to wear something unique and different.
When I came across this stunning bride in her dark blue Liberty print and lace wedding dress I was instantly in love – perhaps it’s that romantic part of me that loves to dream of ‘days gone by’, but it just completely bowled me over with its Jane Austen beauty.
Wow, where to follow on from a lovely day on the blog following the news that my husband Nick and I are expecting a baby! Thanks so much to everyone who’s left me a comment, or shared their good wishes on Facebook and Twitter.
I thought it would be nice to just share some pretty inspiration to finish off your working day and take you through to the evening. This cheerful image of a rather yummy yellow enamel teapot alongside an earthenware pot of purple and orange blooms seemed rather fitting for such a happy day.
On Monday evening I had a wonderful discussion on #britishflowers hour on Twitter with a number of British flower farmers and florists about what colours are popular with you brides-to-be this year. It was so interesting to hear what palettes and shades you are choosing, and that blush, peach and apricots are some of the most popular. I would love to see someone planning a late summer/early autumn wedding have this beautiful purple, yellow and orange combination!
A quick hello for the start of the week (and a very bright post to get you all feeling cheery!) and just to give you a head’s up of what’s coming up. I’ve got an exciting announcement to share with you on Wednesday that I alluded to on Facebook last week and over the weekend, plus two fab guest posts from TNWC Real Brides Caroline and Stephanie.
Wowzers! I was pretty blown away by this beautiful bouquet for a Texas Thanksgiving Wedding – I just couldn’t stop taking it all in. It is just a riot of oranges and pinks (who knew they could look so stunning together?!) and with those additions of interesting foliage and grasses it’s just pretty magical.
It has a very natural and effortless appeal to it as well, which I think it sometimes so hard to find in a wedding bouquet. I know a number of excellent florists who are experts at pulling together such kinds of wild bouquets, so if it’s the look you’re after for your wedding flowers do check out our fantastic Flowers category on the blog.
I do like to try and find you inspiration, where I can, from non-wedding sources. Sometimes I find wedding websites and blogs can become a bit saturated with the same kinds of ideas and images, and so I find it quite refreshing when I stumble across an un-wedding-y blog that I think could provide you with some refreshing inspiration.
Recently I shared these pretty jam jars of herbs and cornflowers from a blog I love called beauty everyday, and it’s from there that I’ve got a little more inspiration to share today. From a blog post entitled ‘A Spring Luncheon’ (don’t you just love the idea!) I really like these pretty paper details with hand-written and illustrated designs.
I get the impression that many more couples are choosing to have their wedding ceremony outdoors – even with our temperamental British weather there are ways around it, and more and more I’m seeing simply beautiful outdoor ceremonies.
Recently on the blog I featured Christine and Joe’s wedding and they got married in a woodland glade beneath an old beech tree – it looked stunning. Their guests sat on straw bales covered with simple piece of fabric, but there are all kinds of ways to seat your guests for an outdoor ceremony.
Whilst it might be a challenge to find wooden stools as beautiful as the ones in the image above (and enough of them!), wooden benches are easier to get hold of. I’m all for considering how your guests might feel, so sitting for the duration of a wedding ceremony on a wooden bench could be uncomfortable, so I really love the idea of placing cushions on them as a comfy seat for your family and friends.
If you are handy with a sewing machine (or have a friend or family member who is) then why not sew up some simple cushion covers from fabric remnants. After your wedding you could give them away as gifts and save some to decorate your own sofas or bed with.
Who here is planning on an outdoor ceremony and how will your guests be seated?
For me, creating a welcoming wedding reception table for your guests to dine at is an extremely important part of a wedding. I love touches such as flickering candles, a sprinkling of fresh flowers, and soft fabrics.
If I was still planning my wedding, this image above would definitely have been added to my inspiration folder when it came to dressing our tables. I love the natural hessian/linen cloth draped over the table, the collection of mason jars emitting their soft candlelight, and those jolly looking menus that along with the floral colour break up an otherwise quite neutral palette.
We are under a deep blanket of snow here in Cheshire (yey!) but my house is decorated with sunny coloured daffodils that are just bursting to open in the warmth of our little house. Seeing daffodils and narcissi popping up everywhere really has got me thinking about spring, and what better way to get started on some spring wedding inspiration that sharing this lovely idea for wedding favours.
These spring bulbs wrapped up in pretty fabric or vintage hankies couldn’t be simpler to do, even for those of you who aren’t super confident with DIY or handmade things. Simply take a small bundle of spring bulbs and wrap them in a square of cheerful fabric (a collection of vintage hankies would work perfectly), gather it up and tie into a little bundle some stripy butchers string or twine.