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Welcome newlyweds and farewell to 2016

Charlie / 24 December 2016

Let it snow // The Natural Wedding Company

Can you believe it’s Christmas Eve already? I hope that you’ve had a year full of love and laughter. Looking back my year has been full of ups and many downs – aren’t they always? But my best bit of 2016 was going to London for the Wedding Blog Awards with Samantha. My visit to the Shropshire Petals flower fields was also pretty special.

While we’re all busy enjoying the festive period I wanted to have a little welcome sitting here to anyone popping by. So here’s a little round-up of recent features you might like, plus what’s to come in the New Year. If you’re newly engaged then do take a look around.

Be sure to check back on January 1st for a fab guided tour of our eco wedding directory and blog.

Shropshire Petals flower fields // The Little Caravan Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

You might like…Ethical rings

As it’s the busiest time of the year to get engaged we did a round-up of our favourite ethical engagement rings. Our 16 beautiful ethical engagement rings feature might give you a starting place if you’re looking for an engagement or wedding ring.

Ethical engagement ring // The Natural Wedding Company

You might like…Spring woodland wedding

Not to be missed is our last Real Wedding of 2016 and what a stunner it was. Already a favourite among the TNWC team, Chloe and Sam’s modern spring woodland wedding is truly exquisite. Bride Chloe described it as bursting with “wood, metal, delicate gold dipped feathers, metres of green garlands and beautiful white spring flowers in little glass inkwells.”

Gold dipped feathers // Enchanted Bride Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

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Chloe and Sam's modern spring woodland wedding with earthy organic decor, gold dipped feathers, and lush green and white florals // Enchanted Brides Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

This week’s modern spring woodland wedding is incredibly beautiful. There are mismatched chairs under waxed scaffold-board tables, gold-dipped feathers, vintage candlestick holders and garlands of greenery. Every single element of this wedding is carefully planned yet natural and organic. It’s a strong contender for my favourite Real Wedding so far (and it’s the final one of 2016) and I just love that they did it all themselves.

We first met Chloe and Sam when the gorgeous couple featured in this rainy romantic Cornish wedding shoot back in March. I think we all knew then that their wedding would be a beauty and it certainly hasn’t disappointed.

Bride Chloe tells us more about their modern spring woodland wedding…

Modern rustic wedding table decor // Enchanted Brides Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Hand painted wedding sign // Enchanted Brides Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Wild and natural green and white wedding bouquet with ferns and peonies // Enchanted Brides Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Romantic modern church wedding // Enchanted Brides Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Chloe and Sam’s modern spring woodland wedding with earthy organic decor, gold dipped feathers, and lush green and white florals // Enchanted Brides Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Naked wedding cake decorated with edible spring flowers // Enchanted Brides Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

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Kim and John's fun garden party wedding on the Isle of Wight with an outdoor ceremony and a Bride vs Groom game of rounders // Taylor Wolf Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

When it’s so cold out and the days are short, it’s difficult to remember what the heat of summer feels like.  But today we are transporting you back to a long hot day in July for this week’s real wedding.  Kim and John got married at Fernhill Meadow on the Isle of Wight on a beautifully warm day in a fun garden party wedding.

On 23rd July the lovely couple, who got together on the island, held a relaxed, informal wedding. The ceremony was written by them and conducted by a friend under a rustic wooden arch, there were games of rounders and beer pong to entertain their guests, and a pretty preloved wedding dress.

We chatted to bride Kim to find out more about their fun garden party wedding, which was captured by TNWC recommended photographer Betti Confetti Photography

Kim and John's fun garden party wedding on the Isle of Wight with an outdoor ceremony and a Bride vs Groom game of rounders // Taylor Wolf Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Kim and John's fun garden party wedding on the Isle of Wight with an outdoor ceremony and a Bride vs Groom game of rounders // Taylor Wolf Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Kim and John's fun garden party wedding on the Isle of Wight with an outdoor ceremony and a Bride vs Groom game of rounders // Taylor Wolf Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Kim and John's fun garden party wedding on the Isle of Wight with an outdoor ceremony and a Bride vs Groom game of rounders // Taylor Wolf Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Kim and John's fun garden party wedding on the Isle of Wight with an outdoor ceremony and a Bride vs Groom game of rounders // Taylor Wolf Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

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A Day in the Life of Bride and Bloom: crafting wedding flowers from Worcestershire fields to beautiful seasonal bouquets // Bride and Bloom // Paper Angel Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

I am always so delighted when our flower farmers get in touch to say they have a set of A Day in the Life photos to share with our readers. Bride and Bloom are one of our newest additions to our eco wedding directory, and whilst I do get to visit a number of our recommended suppliers, it’s always nice to find out more in these kind of features.

You can see ‘behind the scenes’ with a number of our other flower farmers by visiting our A Day in the Life archives, or for similar posts check out our Meet the Maker series. What I particularly love about today’s feature, is that fellow mum and flower farmer Hannah, had her little girl along to help her pick flowers for the wedding.

What’s also special about this feature, is that at the end of the post we’ve shared photos from the wedding that Hannah of Bride and Bloom was working on in her A Day in the Life. Over to Hannah to share her day in the life at Bride and Bloom…

Armful of dahlias // Bride and Bloom // Paper Angel Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

A Day in the Life of Bride and Bloom: crafting wedding flowers from Worcestershire fields to beautiful seasonal bouquets // Bride and Bloom // Paper Angel Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

A Day in the Life of Bride and Bloom: crafting wedding flowers from Worcestershire fields to beautiful seasonal bouquets // Bride and Bloom // Paper Angel Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

A Day in the Life of Bride and Bloom: crafting wedding flowers from Worcestershire fields to beautiful seasonal bouquets // Bride and Bloom // Paper Angel Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

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Jenny and David's botanical Welsh wedding with succulent buttonholes, button bouquets and wildflowers // Emma Stoner Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

We might be hurtling towards Christmas but today on the blog we are back in June for a beautiful summer wedding. This botanical Welsh wedding is full of sweet eco details – homegrown plants for decorations, handmade bunting – and a love of plants and the natural world.

Jenny and David got married on 25th June at the Ceridwen Centre in the Welsh countryside, and their wedding was captured by TNWC Recommended Photographer Emma Stoner. Over to Jenny to tell us more about their botanical Welsh wedding…

Tipi decorated with wildflowers // Emma Stoner Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Jenny and David's botanical Welsh wedding with succulent buttonholes, button bouquets and wildflowers // Emma Stoner Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Succulent wedding favours // Emma Stoner Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Homemade botanical wedding cake // Emma Stoner Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Bridesmaids with button bouquets // Emma Stoner Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

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An Eco Christmas Gift Guide featuring all ethical British businesses // The Natural Wedding Company

Our 2016 Eco Christmas Gift Guide

It’s December and we want to help you with your gift searching with our eco Christmas gift guide. Samantha and I have been scouring the internet to bring you our favourite eco-chic finds – from gifts to decorations to wrapping.

You might think ‘not another Christmas gift guide’ but we promise ours is a bit special because all the items we’ve chosen have eco credentials, all come from UK based businesses (many of them small independent businesses), and we’ve kept the majority of items affordable with a few luxuries thrown in.

The items in our eco Christmas gift guide are handpicked by us because we feel they are truly worth sharing – they are not just what’s ‘on trend’ or cool this year. We’ve also included direct links to where you can buy the items to make it even simpler. So go dive in and support our ethical British businesses.

If you love a more rustic and natural Christmas style, then check out all blog archives for natural Christmas decorating ideas and DIY projects – my personal favourite being the DIY guide for making snowflakes from vintage doilies.

Decorations for an Eco Christmas

First up in our eco Christmas gift guide – our favourite eco Christmas finds for decorating your home…

Snowflake Garland from Paper Tree

Snowflake garland - eco Christmas gift guide // Paper Tree // The Natural Wedding Company

This pretty paper snowflake garland is a super version of those handmade paper ones you (attempt) to make. Plus, these 14 handcrafted snowflakes unfold to create a 3D effect.

£7.50 – Buy it here

Eco Credentials – Made from recycled and FSC paper; Paper Tree are members of 1% for the Planet and give 1% of our sales to environmental organisations.

Beeswax Christmas Tree Candles from Gold&Black Candles

Beeswax Christmas tree candles - eco Christmas gift guide // Gold&Black Candles // The Natural Wedding Company

Beeswax is the ultimate candle and with it’s gorgeous gold colour couldn’t be more glorious at this festive time. Made by hand from 100% pure beewax the set of 3 Christmas Tree candles urn for approximately 8 hours each.

£20 (set of 3) – Buy it here

Eco Credentials – natural beeswax; gift box from recycled board and paper covering from sustainable forests.

Mistletoe Wreath from Paper Tree

Mistletoe wreath - eco Christmas gift guide // Paper Tree // The Natural Wedding Company

A beautiful hand crafted paper mistletoe wreath with raffia hanging string and ribbon. The mistletoe is hand crafted from eco-friendly saa paper – we love this.

£25.95 – Buy it here

Eco Credentials – Made from recycled and FSC paper; Paper Tree are members of 1% for the Planet and give 1% of their sales to environmental organisations.

Rustic Driftwood Christmas Tree Decorations from Emma Lane Designs

Rustic wood star Christmas tree decorations - eco Christmas gift guide // Emma Lane Designs // The Natural Wedding Company

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Free printable Christmas gift tags in six beautiful designs - natural rustic Christmas // The Natural Wedding Company

What a treat we have for you today – free printable Christmas gift tags exclusively created for our readers by a selection of  our talented wedding stationery designers. Themed around ‘A Natural Christmas’ each design captures the individual style of the designer, and there are various sheets for you to download and print off.

Free printable Christmas gift tags in six beautiful designs - natural rustic Christmas // The Natural Wedding Company

Free printable Christmas gift tags in six beautiful designs - natural rustic Christmas // The Natural Wedding Company

We’ve come up with some various idea of how you might choose to use these beautiful Christmas gift tags – whether printed out onto recycled card and cut out as traditional gift tags, or perhaps you’d prefer to print them off on sticker paper and simple stick them onto your wrapped gifts.

Speaking of gifts, check out the blog this weekend for our special eco-chic Christmas Gift Guide.

Download your free mixed Christmas gift tags

First up we have a sheet of each of the 6 designs of Christmas gift tags.

Download the mixed sheet of Christmas gift tag designs

Here’s what the sheet looks like printed out…

Free printable Christmas gift tags in six beautiful designs - natural rustic Christmas // The Natural Wedding Company

Next up we have created individual sheets of each of the 6 designs of Christmas gift tags, so if there’s one design you really love, you can print out a sheet of just that design.

Free printable Christmas gift tags in six beautiful designs - natural rustic Christmas // The Natural Wedding Company

Download our Christmas gift tag and meet the designers

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