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Rustic plantable save the dates complete with wedding date clay plant tag

We have had such a great start to the week – the website was relaunched (I will blog about this in more detail soon I promise) and we kicked off our new blog feature series called Wreaths Throughout The Seasons – we’ll be filing all the posts under that link over the coming months.

Back in the early days of writing this blog I used to share a lot of snippets of inspiration that I found whilst browsing beautiful weddings on many of the US wedding blogs. It seemed to really hit a note with my readers, perhaps because I cherry-picked ideas and saved them hours of trawling the internet in search of inspiration.

So today is one of those posts, a great idea that I spotted and instantly loved. I can just imagine some of you, my readers, being inspired by this idea and wanting to create something similar for your wedding. Not only are these save the dates above plantable (after reading of course) but they also come with a sweet clay plant market inscribed with your wedding date (or perhaps you could do your initials).

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Learn how to create a January moss wreath with seasonal winter flowers // Flowers by Lock Cottage Flowers // The Natural Wedding Company

I am delighted to be kicking off a brand new feature series on the blog this week on seasonal wreaths – I’m calling it wreaths throughout the seasons. Back in my teens I spent a couple of years living in America and it seemed that every season or holiday celebration houses would be decorated with wreaths. I have often thought it sad that we don’t do this more in the UK, and I found out my friend Alice at Lock Cottage Flowers shares my thoughts on this.

So we’ve decided to do something about it – Alice is going to be creating some lovely wreaths of all kinds to take us through the different seasons and holiday celebrations, and I’m going to be showcasing them here to inspire you on the blog. I even want to set myself a personal challenge to decorate my front door at least in some way to fit in with Alice’s posts, so watch this space.

Alice has even set up a hashtag on Instagram #11monthsofwreaths where seasonal wreaths can be posted that fit with our project guidelines below. We’ll be posting all of the wreaths shown here to that hashtag and hopefully more wreath makers will tag theirs as well – please join in.

Valentine’s – I’m sure many of you are well aware that this coming weekend is Valentine’s Day, so this week Alice has created a series of seasonal spring wreaths that are fit for Valentine’s Day or to bring a little cheer to your home this damp spring.

So over to Alice for more details…

Wreaths are not just for Christmas

Wreath making is my favourite form of floristry and one of the oldest so I think it’s a shame to just do Christmas wreaths and the occasional memorial wreath. Fortunately, a lot of brides order flower crowns (a type of wreath) or I’d go bananas waiting until December to be allowed to make them.

My rules for this project are:

  1. No floral foam
  2. Only British flowers and foliage used
  3. Wreaths must be seasonal
  4. Christmas wreaths will be excluded from this project

The first instalment that I’ll be sharing this week covers late winter and early spring:

How to make a hellebore moss winter wreath 

Learn how to create a January moss wreath with seasonal winter flowers // Flowers by Lock Cottage Flowers // The Natural Wedding Company

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Wedding day food inspiration with delicious edible flowers from Greens of Devon // Taylor Wolf Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Did you see the beautiful edible flower inspiration we brought to you last week? The inspiration we have for you today is just as lovely, but takes on a more unusual twist. Ever thought about serving flowers with a fish dish? No me neither!

These beautiful images are a collaboration between two of our lovely recommended suppliers from our directory; gorgeous edible flowers and herbs by Greens of Devon and all perfectly styled and captured by the talented Taylor Wolf Photography.

Inspired by Italian and Mediterranean al fresco dining, these mouthwatering images prove that pretty flowers aren”t just for topping the wedding cake. They are so effective at adding the finish touch to every dish throughout your big day!

Wedding day food inspiration with delicious edible flowers from Greens of Devon // Taylor Wolf Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Wedding day food inspiration with delicious edible flowers from Greens of Devon // Taylor Wolf Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Wedding day food inspiration with delicious edible flowers from Greens of Devon // Taylor Wolf Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Wedding day food inspiration with delicious edible flowers from Greens of Devon // Taylor Wolf Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

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A snowy bleak mid-winter wedding inspired shoot with shepherds hut and a seasonal hedgerow bouquet // Photography Jennie Hill Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

A few years ago on an incredible snowing January day, a little group of us braved the icy roads in Dorset to put together this beautiful wintry shoot. The shoot was featured on Love My Dress and as such for one reason or another I never got round to featuring it here, on my own blog. So here it is!

Exquisitely captured by Jennie Hill Photography, seasonal winter wedding flowers by The Flower Field, wedding pies by Tricky Treats, a Sabina Motasem wedding dress (plus a vintage one), and shot at Portesham Vineyard. All the extra bits were brought together by myself and Jennie Hill, and our bride and groom were a real couple, Jennie”s brother Nick and girlfriend Kerry.

A snowy bleak mid-winter wedding inspired shoot with shepherds hut and a seasonal hedgerow bouquet // Photography Jennie Hill Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Logs and blankets for a snowy shepherds hut shoot // Photography Jennie Hill Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Snowy winter wedding table inspiration // Photography Jennie Hill Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Natural beauty // Photography Jennie Hill Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Seasonal winter bouquet with ferns and anemones // Photography Jennie Hill Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Snowy winter wedding inspiration // Photography Jennie Hill Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Jennie Hill and I first met at the Eco Wedding Fair in Bristol, got chatting and soon realised we had shared ideas about creating a beautiful, natural and seasonal wedding shoot. We wanted to celebrate the bleak mid-winter English countryside in all its seasonal glory, whilst bringing together and showcasing the talents of a small team of British businesses.

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Wedding day desserts and macarons decorated with delicious edible flowers from Greens of Devon // Taylor Wolf Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

One of the loveliest things about our website is meeting and connecting with such wonderful wedding suppliers and locally run companies. And it is even lovelier when our directory’s recommended suppliers go on to create gorgeous things together!

What we have for you today is the MOST beautiful edible flower inspiration; with edible flowers and herbs by Greens of Devon captured by the talented Taylor Wolf Photography.

Providing ideas for how to incorporate edible flowers into your wedding day bubbly and sweet treats, these simple touches will not fail to add that little extra magic and will certainly amaze all your guests!

Read part 2 – Delicious edible flower for savoury dishes to wow your guests

Wedding day cocktails decorated with delicious edible flowers from Greens of Devon // Taylor Wolf Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Wedding day desserts and macarons decorated with delicious edible flowers from Greens of Devon // Taylor Wolf Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Wedding day desserts and macarons decorated with delicious edible flowers from Greens of Devon // Taylor Wolf Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

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Tamsin and Alex's relaxed eco-friendly wedding with woodland hand-fasting ceremony and the best cake ever // Photography by Emma Stoner www.emmastonerweddings.com // The Natural Wedding Company

What a beautiful way to welcome in the New Year with this down-to-earth, relaxed eco-friendly wedding of Tamsin and Alex. Captured by the lovely Emma of Emma Stoner Photography (and second shooter Heather Birnie), who can be found featured on the Photography + Film page of our directory, this wedding is bound to inspire you. Plus it has my new all-time-favourite wedding cake and wedding hair!

Tamsin and Alex got married in September at Middle Coombe Farm in Devon, where they fell in love with “it’s wonderful inhabitants and beautiful sprawling woodlands.” Here at TNWC we recently fell for the charms of Middle Coombe Farm and are delighted that you’ll now find them on the directory too.

Over to Tamsin to tell us more…

Tiered Victoria sponge wedding cake with flowers, ferns, berries, and yellow raspberries // Photography by Emma Stoner www.emmastonerweddings.com // The Natural Wedding Company

Woodland hand-fasting ceremony at Middle Coombe Farm in Devon // Photography by Emma Stoner www.emmastonerweddings.com // The Natural Wedding Company

Wedding rings // Photography by Emma Stoner www.emmastonerweddings.com // The Natural Wedding Company

Hand-fasting ceremony in a woodland // Photography by Emma Stoner www.emmastonerweddings.com // The Natural Wedding Company

Woodland animal themed wedding table names // Photography by Emma Stoner www.emmastonerweddings.com // The Natural Wedding Company

Woodland wedding ceremony // Photography by Emma Stoner www.emmastonerweddings.com // The Natural Wedding Company

Seasonal late summer bridal bouquet in shades of blue and white // Flowers by In Bloom Devon www.inbloomdevon.co.uk // Photography by Emma Stoner www.emmastonerweddings.com // The Natural Wedding Company

“[We wanted] a relaxed and rustic [feel], with lots for everyone to do and an eclectic take on decorations and as eco conscious as I could make it. We chose Middle Coombe Farm after finding out about it’s wonderful inhabitants and beautiful sprawling woods. The accommodation was also spot on, with a place for campers, a campervan, family and close friends and little ones! It advertises itself as an eco venue too so we were very sold!

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Ethical white enamel and Cubic Zirconia wedding ring from April Doubleday // The Natural Wedding Company

For many the Christmas and New Year’s period will have been a particularly exciting one, having got engaged, and so whilst many of you may already have an engagement ring, we thought it a good moment to introduce the jewellery businesses we work with, all who have a strong ethical and eco-friendly commitment.

The above ring, from April Doubleday, has particular caught my eye, with its chic white enamel band, set with glittering Cubic Zironias. It is elegant and modern, but still retains that ‘hewn from the earth’ natural feel – I could almost believe it came from an oyster shell in a mermaid kingdom…

My main conclusion is that I don’t quite know how you’ll ever choose just one! You can find all our wedding ring suppliers in the Rings section of our directory.

Mahailia Jewellery Design

Bespoke wedding and engagement rings from the romantic, windswept Scottish coast (find out more).

Ethical diamond and sapphire wedding ring from Mahailia Jewellery Design // The Natural Wedding Company

Ethical topas engagement ring from Mahailia Jewellery Design // The Natural Wedding Company

Ethical personalised wedding band from Mahailia Jewellery Design // The Natural Wedding Company

Slade Fine Jewellery

Handmade engagement & wedding rings from 100% eco gold and silver (find out more).

Ethical ruby engagement ring from Slade Fine Jewellery // The Natural Wedding Company

Ethical engagement ring from Slade Fine Jewellery // The Natural Wedding Company

Ethical grey rosecut diamond engagement ring from Slade Fine Jewellery // The Natural Wedding Company

Vintage Bijoux

Beautiful diamond & gemstone set antique and estate rings (find out more).

Vintage Art Deco inspired engagement ring from Vintage Bijoux // The Natural Wedding Company

Vintage opal and diamond engagement ring from Vintage Bijoux // The Natural Wedding Company

Vintage old cut diamond cluster engagement ring from Vintage Bijoux // The Natural Wedding Company

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