Another big thank you to my lovely colleague Samantha for putting together this real wedding feature…
Well our first real wedding of 2015 is an absolute scorcher, just like the beautiful weather that shone for the gorgeous outdoor wedding of Ciara and Matt, who had the first and only garden wedding at the beautiful Anglesey Abbey Gardens. The setting could not have been more perfect for their vibrant, relaxed day on 31st August. Taking inspiration from wedding blogs (including our very own pages) and Pinterest they created the ‘natural, summery, vintage, outdoorsy, chilled and informal’ wedding they dreamt of.
The day was beautifully captured in the most stunning wedding film by TNWC recommended suppliers Bright Star Films, and as Ciara explained choosing a videographer was a priority for them,
‘For us the video took precedence, and with the help of Sinead and Kieran at Bright Star Films, we are the proud owners of what we consider to be the best wedding video of all time! (we’re biased….of course!) Their video will forever be treasured by us both, and all of our family and friends!’
Wow! Now if that hasn’t bought a tear to your eye!
Read on to hear from bride Ciara about all the lovely details wrapped up in that gorgeous video with great images captured by some talented friends as well as stills from their wedding film by Bright Star Films.
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.
Sometimes I wonder if all the effort we go to creating elaborate/artistic/clever/unique table plans is really worth the hassle – after all it’s just to tell someone where to find their seat.
I must add in here that I created (with the help of my sister Izzy) a super elaborate and time consuming table plan for my own wedding, which involved an illustrated birds eye view of our reception tents on a cork base with individual flags stuck into it with each guests name on…phew!
That being said, I often come across some really great ideas for table plans, and although you could probably say there’s nothing special about this design, I love it for its simplicity and colourfulness. It also completely fit with the couples wedding day.
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.
Natural Heidi plaits
Why not add a tiny spring of ferns to your Heidi plaits/braids like we did here for this photoshoot?
Relaxed and natural wedding hair bow
A great alternative to wearing flowers in your hair or a veil – perfect for bridesmaids in fabric or colours to complement their dresses.
Loose twisted natural wedding hair up do
Such a natural and effortless style, creating a blank canvas to add a pretty hair clip or some fresh flowers.
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 over to Samantha today to share with us this week’s beautiful real wedding…
It’s a very exciting wedding we have to bring you today, with a bride that will need little introduction. It’s the fabulous, fun-filled, festival-themed family affair of TNWC Real Bride Kerry and her now husband Nick! We’ve shared in the planning and now we can revel in the gorgeousness that is their big day!
Kerry and Nick got married on 9th August this summer at TNWC Recommended Supplier Cowparsley Weddings at Roughmoor Farm, Somerset; which they described as an ‘amazing venue’ and we couldn’t agree more!
Now go grab a cup of tea (or a cider to get you into the spirit of things), take a break and enjoy the wonderful words shared by Kerry…