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Rustic eco-chic nautical 'tying the knot' save the dates // The Natural Wedding Company

Some of my favourite emails are from brides/couples who have been inspired by the stationery I made for my own wedding – both our save the dates and our invitations. Rachel was one of those brides who got in touch to share photos of what they created and I particularly loved hers because her and her husband-to-be Lee are sailors – so the ‘tying the knot’ version of our save the dates couldn’t be more appropriate.

It is so exciting to hear that couples all over the world have been inspired by the design I created for our save the dates, and it’s pretty satisfying when emails pop into my inbox with photos attached of what everybody’s been busy creating.

Rustic eco-chic nautical 'tying the knot' save the dates // The Natural Wedding Company

Rachel asked her friend and designer Anne Trencher to design her a few graphics for her wedding stationery, and to choose fonts for them to use – and don’t they look beautiful!

In addition to her save the dates, Rachel also emailed me photos of her wedding stationery – an elegant design with rustic elements of hessian, lace and twine incorporated.

Rustic eco-chic nautical wedding stationery with hessian, lace and twine // The Natural Wedding Company

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TNWC Real Brides: Em's sharing details of the floral theme that's emerging for her summer wedding at Norton Priory

Firstly a huge apologies from me (Charlie!) as I am so behind on this year’s Real Brides posts. The lovely Em, Fern and Vicky have been diligently sending me their posts and I haven’t been posting regularly – so apologies both to them and to my readers who have been following along. 

Over to Em…

In terms of planning, on my first blog post I thought time was going quickly; now it is positively racing past. After deciding on a venue which was dear to our hearts at Norton Priory Gardens, and sending out the ‘save the dates’ in midwinter tones, I guess I began to sit back a bit as life carried on around the wedding organisation.

The twist in our tale has been that within months of sending out the ‘save the dates’ to close friends and family, I have landed a new job and we have sold our house – effectively meaning that we are literally upping sticks to make a new life together this year. Within a couple of months, we are hoping to move, get married and start new roles; so 2015 is becoming a big year for us all!

With that in mind, I am so glad that we made key decisions early on about a relaxed quite bohemian vintage feel to the wedding and had arranged the venue and location for the ceremony early on, as this has made it much easier to style what we wanted without becoming distracted by magazines, bridal fairs and the plethora of wedding related paraphernalia!

Norton Priory Gardens

As we are based at Norton Priory in the walled gardens, we were both keen to have a floral theme to the wedding that brought ‘the outside in’, and this has precluded having any real colour scheme running throughout the whole day.

There will be a palette which nods to the wedding vibe, and deciding this linked to a vintage fun look has enabled us to tone everything else around key features for our day. While we made the ‘save the dates’ ourselves, with big – and fun! – life changes afoot, we had to think practically about our choices while retaining some creative control and quirkiness.

I didn’t want to sacrifice the individuality which was important to us, and we have trawled through lots of examples of designs to find images and styles which we feel suit our personalities.

I have to say books have been invaluable – I particularly like these three which I bought second hand and therefore saved a packet, plus it’s nice to think someone is passing them on after their own wedding/crafty projects! All of these books have given me ideas about print and colour which have informed my choices for the wedding.

Book inspiration for wedding

Books – Cath Kidston’s ‘in print’, Emma Arendoski’s ‘The Handcrafted Wedding’ and Lucy Morris’ ‘The Complete Vintage Wedding Guide’ all sourced from Amazon second hand.

The invites we are particularly happy with, and these have been sourced from Not On the High Street, from a seller called Skinny Malink in Edinburgh who has a range of beautiful designs. The colours on the day invite really ‘pop’ and reminded me of Andy Warhol designs, which seemed perfect for the beginning of summer when the gardens will be a riot of colour.

Butterfly and flower wedding invitations

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Carolina and Tati's relaxed Spanish village wedding with olive branch inspired elegant rustic charm // photography www.padilla-rigau.com

Prepare yourself for the most exquisite wedding today! This charming Spanish village wedding is full of natural and rustic details and is bound to inspire more couples to go for a down-to-earth and intimate wedding celebration.

Thank you to Barcelona based wedding planners Detallerie who created all the beautiful details for this wedding and sent it over to us to feature. Before we dive into sharing all the details, why not take a few minutes to watch their sweet wedding film…

Carolina and Tati got married last July in a beautiful little Spanish village called Empordà, in north Catalonia, where the groom’s family own a house. Having met at a friend’s party, they decided they wanted a cosy wedding with just their families and closed friends.

This was also the reason that they chose to celebrate their wedding in the groom’s family home, for a relaxed and down-to-earth party. Tati’s family are olive oil producers, so they chose a natural and organic theme and decorated the house and garden with lots of olive branches.

The bride wore a custom made dress, Menbur shoes for touch of glamour, and the earrings she wore were a family heirloom that belonged to the great grandmother of the groom. Carolina carried a beautiful countryside inspired bouquet, designed by Detallerie and created by Moshi Floristería.

Natural organic wedding decor with olive branches and rustic pallets // photography www.padilla-rigau.com

Bridesmaid with olive branch crown // photography www.padilla-rigau.com

Traditional Spanish village church // photography www.padilla-rigau.com

Basket of olive branches and wildflowers // photography www.padilla-rigau.com

Carolina and Tati's relaxed Spanish village wedding with olive branch inspired elegant rustic charm // photography www.padilla-rigau.com

Rustic olive branch garland table plan // photography www.padilla-rigau.com

Natural wedding table setting with olive branches // photography www.padilla-rigau.com

Wedding sign // photography www.padilla-rigau.com

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Vicky’s back today to tell us all about the fab vintage railway poster inspired wedding stationery she’s had designed – I love this idea!

Over to Vicky…

It is now starting to dawn on me that our wedding is a lot closer than I want it to be and there seems to be an awful lot to do!

Much to Steve’s never ending dismay I am the sort of person who buys Christmas presents in October and arrives at the airport at least 6 hours before I should, just to be safe!  Organising a wedding where lots of it can’t be done until much closer to the time is killing me!  And driving him mad – so much so he’s gone off to Scotland on a motorbike holiday for 2 weeks!

However there was one major thing I was able to tick off of my ever-increasing list last month – getting the invitations sent out.

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The actual process of deciding whom to invite has probably been the hardest part of the planning process for us so far. It seems that trying not to upset anyone while keeping the numbers manageable is a tricky balance.

One of the major issues was whether we should invite children or not. If we invited everyone’s children our numbers rose by about 20 meaning we had less space to invite other close friends. In the end we decided that we couldn’t invite children and luckily all of our friends seem quite relieved by this. They all say they are looking forward to being able to relax and enjoy themselves without worrying if their children are getting bored or restless. One of my bridesmaids is so excited at the prospect of being childfree that she’s booked the grandparents for babysitting duties from the Thursday until the Sunday!

When we announced our engagement one of my old friends, James, immediately offered to design the invitations for us. As he’s an amazing artist there was no way we were going to say no. I’ve always loved his work and have had a particular hankering for his vintage railway style posters for a long time. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to get him to do one for us.

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Why you should choose seasonal blooms for your spring wedding // The Natural Wedding Company

Well what a lovely positive week it’s been following all the goings-on of British Flowers Week 2015 – I hope you’ve been following along on Instagram and Twitter. This week we have covered why you should choose seasonal flowers for your summer wedding, autumn wedding, and winter wedding – now we are finishing off with inspiration for a seasonal spring wedding.

It was evident when I started collating images for this seasonal spring wedding flower feature that is such an incredible selection of British grown flowers available, I think the most difficult part as a bride should be choosing, not deciding whether to choose British or not.

Apple blossom, lilac and cow parsley

Spring wedding bouquet of apple blossom, lilac and cow parsley // BareBlooms // Cloud9 Wedding Photography
BareBlooms (photo by Cloud9 Wedding Photography)

Mixed tulips, blossom and dusty miller

Spring wedding bouquet of tulips, blossom and dusty miller // The Garden Gate Flower Company
The Garden Gate Flower Company

Peonies, larkspur and love-in-a-mist

I would love this one, it’s my own bridal bouquet!

Spring bridal bouquet of peonies, larkspur and love-in-a-mist // The Real Cut Flower Garden // Mark Tattersall Photography
The Real Cut Flower Garden (photo by Mark Tattersall Photography)

Violets and more violets!

Spring wedding bouquet of violets // Bramble and Berry
Bramble and Berry

Clematis, verbena and peonies

Clematis, verbena and peonies for a spring wedding bouquet // Blue Poppy Florist
Blue Poppy Florist

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Why you should choose seasonal blooms for your winter wedding  // The Natural Wedding Company

I know that on a warm sunny day like to day it seems a bit mad to be talking about winter wedding flowers, but it’s a topic that I feel quite passionate about. When it comes to weddings held during December, January and February, I think it’s easy to assume that there are no flowers growing in this country, and therefore if you want wedding flowers they’re going to be imported.

I’m here to show you that it’s just not true!

With this selection of seasonal winter bouquets, I hope I can encourage some winter brides to fully embrace a truly British grown wedding when it comes to the flowers. So say no to the red and white roses, and fill your bouquets and arrangements with hellebores, anemones, catkins, narcissi, and more!

As with all naturally grown flowers, there will be seasonal and locality variations, depending on when and where you are getting married. We would always recommend choosing a flower farmer or florist who specialises in British grown flowers, and ask for their advice.

Hellebores and silver foliage

Hellebores and silver foliage buttonhole // The Garden Gate Flower Company // Taylor & Porter Photographs
The Garden Gate Flower Company (photo by Taylor & Porter Photographs)

Rosemary, narcissi and lichen covered twigs

Winter bouquet of rosemary, narcissi and lichen covered twigs // The Flower Field // Jennie Hill Photography
The Flower Field (photo by Jennie Hill Photography)

Hellebores, foliage and narcissi

Winter wedding bouquet of hellebores, foliage and narcissi // The Real Cut Flower Garden
The Real Cut Flower Garden

Berries, paperwhites and anemones

Winter bouquet of berries, paperwhites and anemones // Common Farm Flowers
Common Farm Flowers

Hellebores, ferns and foliage

Green winter wedding bouquet of hellebores, ferns and foliage // Blue Poppy Florist
Blue Poppy Florist

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Why you should choose seasonal blooms for your autumn wedding // The Natural Wedding Company

In the UK we are pretty lucky to have such defined seasons, and when it comes to weddings I think it means your quite spoilt – it also makes it harder to choose which time of year you want to get married in!

This week we are supporting our many flower farmer florist friends across the country for British Flowers Week, and the best thing I think I can do is just inspire you with what’s available throughout our different seasons.

The autumn months – September, October, November – still offer an incredible selection of British grown blooms and foliage (as you will see below), and so shouldn’t always be overlooked in favour of summer.

Do remember that there are variations year-to-year and across the country. Here’s to being inspired for an autumn wedding

Cosmos, rosehips and blackberries

Autumn wedding bouquet of Cosmos, rosehips and blackberries by The Garden Gate Flower Company // The Natural Wedding Company
The Garden Gate Flower Company

Zinnias, snapdragons and grasses

Seasonal autumn wedding bouquet of Zinnias, snapdragons and grasses by  Mayfield Flowers // The Natural Wedding Company
Mayfield Flowers

Leaves, scabious and cosmos

Autumn wedding bouquet of Leaves, scabious and cosmos by PYRUS // Kitchener Photography // The Natural Wedding Company
PYRUS (photo by Kitchener Photography)

Delphiniums, ammi and verbena

Autumn wedding bouquet of Delphiniums, ammi and verbena by BareBlooms // Owen Howells Photography // The Natural Wedding Company
BareBlooms (photo by Owen Howells Photography)

Dahlias, ammi and ivy

Autumn bridal bouquet of Dahlias, ammi and ivy by Wild Bunch Flowers // The Natural Wedding Company
Wild Bunch

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