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Miriam and John's Scottish 1920's wildflower inspired wedding with beaded gown, bee-friendly blooms and ceilidh - photography http://photosbyzoe.co.uk/

So excited to share today’s wedding with you as our gorgeous TNWC Real Bride Miriam is now a Mrs and has all the wonderful details to finally share with us from her 1920’s Scottish inspired big day!

If like me you have been following Miriam and John’s planning story then you too must be dying to see all the little snippets of information they have provided perfectly amalgamated into one big day of gorgeousness and it really doesn’t disappoint! Miriam wears a beautiful Jenny Packham gown, the perfect nod to the 1920’s era that they wanted to reflect, then of course there are kilts, bagpipes and ceilidh dancing plus the most divine bee-friendly british blooms by TNWC recommended supplier Pyrus and smiles a plenty!

Miriam has written a beautiful rendition of her day so it is only fair to now pass over to her to indulge you lovely lot.

Miriam and John's Scottish 1920's wildflower inspired wedding with beaded gown, bee-friendly blooms and ceilidh - photography http://photosbyzoe.co.uk/

Wildflower bridal bouquet from Pyrus http://www.pyrusflowers.co.uk/ - photography http://photosbyzoe.co.uk/

‘What a magical day!

How time flies when you are newlyweds setting up home! It has been almost four months since our wedding day, so about time for me to write this blog. I have been so lucky to meet or contact so many wonderful suppliers, the whole experience of wedding planning and enjoying the day has been absolutely wonderful. So a huge THANK YOU to everyone who made our day so special.’

Miriam and John's Scottish 1920's wildflower inspired wedding with beaded gown, bee-friendly blooms and ceilidh - photography http://photosbyzoe.co.uk/

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TNWC Real Brides: Miriam tells us her plans to incorporate 1920s elements into her summer wedding

TNWC Real Bride Miriam told us in her introductory blog post that her wedding would be featuring 1920’s details, and today she is telling us more about her plans for incorporating this beautiful era into their celebrations. I was particularly excited to see mention of two TNWC Recommended Suppliers – Pyrus and Lancaster and Cornish – who are involved in their wedding.

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A nod to the 1920’s

John and I have each individually had a long love affair with the 1920’s. We both naturally suit the fashion, with his Italian heritage crying out for sharp grooming and well-fitting suits, and my frame being of the long-limbed-and-necked variety. Add to that a predilection for period films, classic jazz and Charles Rennie Mackintosh art/design, it was inevitable that some of the 1920’s would find a way into our wedding plans.

Wild, flowing, over-sized bouquet inspired by 1920’s originals…

Wild, flowing, over-sized bouquet inspired by 1920's originals

This was confirmed when John presented me with the most beautiful art deco style diamond and sapphire engagement ring, and a celebratory surprise mini-break to Paris (which I think of as a “very 1920’s” city).

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TNWC Real Brides: introducing Miriam and John's summery Scottish wedding with 1920s touches

TNWC Real Bride number three is Miriam, a lovely bride-to-be who I have ‘known’ for a while via my social media networks. I was pretty excited when she applied to be one of this year’s TNWC Real Brides and I love the sound of her wedding plans and am sure you will too.

Over to Miriam for all the details so far…

Hello! My name is Miriam and I am very excited to marry my wonderful fiance John on the 26th of July 2014. We first met two years ago in Edinburgh, when I was working as a vet in nearby Falkirk and he was teaching at a primary school in the city. Since then there have been several big life changes for both of us.

I now live in Bodmin in Cornwall, where we will eventually settle into married life together, and John is spending two years teaching overseas in Qatar. He returns for good just a month before the Big Day. To make things even more complicated we have settled on the gorgeous venue choice of Dryburgh Abbey near Melrose in the Scottish Borders, 350 miles from me and 3500 miles away from John.

TNWC Real Brides: introducing Miriam and John's summery Scottish wedding with 1920s touches

It might not be easy organising a long-distance wedding, but we enjoy a challenge! With our families being an eclectic mix of Italian, Scottish and Irish we have lots of traditional family influences, and will certainly have a ceilidh and a piper (with a family connection as John’s dad runs a piping school in Edinburgh).

John proposed in the most modern way possible – via Skype! I was obviously over the moon, even more so when he returned at the Easter holidays with surprise Eurostar tickets to Paris as an (unnecessarily) compensatory big romantic gesture. We adore the sophisticated, romantic, carefree air of Paris and hope to have brought a piece of this back for our wedding, to fuse with our love of Scotland (especially Edinburgh) and the beautiful British countryside.

TNWC Real Brides: introducing Miriam and John's summery Scottish wedding with 1920s touches

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Natural wedding

It’s with great pleasure that I get to bring you another real wedding from a couple who planned a beautiful, handmade and natural wedding.  Bride Laura used a number of TNWC businesses to help her create the wedding that her and groom Charlie dreamed of, and they were even inspired by my own handmade wedding invitations.

Brown craft wedding menu and country garden flowers

I know you are just going to love this wedding and I’m sure you’ll find inspiration for your own day here.  So stop what you’re doing, make yourself a cup of tea and settle down to read all about Laura and Charlie’s beautiful day (and if you like specific details you’ll find links to all the suppliers at the bottom of the post)…

Seasonal country garden wedding flowers

Laura and Charlie got married on a very rainy Saturday in July at Silchester House in Berkshire. “We wanted the wedding to be fairly informal and very relaxed.  Charlie and I are very casual so it would have felt a bit false to go for something overly traditional.  We tried to make the day feel like ‘us’ wherever possible.”

Natural bride and bridesmaids with country flower bouquets

“We also avoided having a specific colour scheme as we wanted everything to be as organic and natural as possible.  I think this approach made planning the wedding a bit more work – we ended up DIYing lots of the elements when we couldn’t find any alternatives that we liked – but seeing everything come together just as we wanted made it worthwhile.”

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1930s inspired Penelope Collection

It seems I’m having a bit of a 1920s and 1930s inspired day on the blog today, following on from this morning’s glamorous wedding cake I get to introduce you to the stunning new collection from CRED Jewellery.  The Penelope Collection from designer Annabel Panes was inspired by the cocktail drinking ladies of the 1920s and ’30s, in particular her own grandmother.

1930s inspired fair trade engagement ring

This fabulous 13-piece collection includes engagement rings, necklaces and earrings, all created from Fairtrade and Fairmined certified gold and each item set with ethically sourced gems.  I particularly love the deep and rich colours of the gems used, especially the Amethyst.

Niki from CRED Jewellery told me “Annabel has taken the elegance and glamour of the 1930’s and applied a modern twist.  The deep blues and reds of the precious stones are placed in delicate white gold settings that maximize their splendour and reflect the romantic elegance of the time.”

CRED Jewellery amethyst engagement ring

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Art deco inspired moon wedding cake topper

On Wednesday evening I was lucky enough to attend a press event for An Era of Experience, a brand new hen party or private party package put together by a formidable foursome of businesses.  It was an incredible evening of 1920s glamour and I’ll be sharing details about the evening along with pictures in the next week.

It was attending this event that inspired my choice of wedding cake for this week’s Cake Love blog post.  What captured me most about this wedding cake is the charming cake topper, which looks like it might have been delicately cut from paper and placed atop this wedding cake.  It is just so romantic and glamorous with the moon and the stars, perfect for an era-inspired wedding.

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On Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th October 2011 The Vintage Wedding Dress Company will be holding a trunk sale at their Central London Showroom.  If you are looking for a vintage or vintage inspired wedding dress then don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to find your dream dress at a discounted price.

You need to book an appointment, but there will be stylists on hand to help with advice and it promises to be a great experience looking through a beautiful collection of vintage wedding dresses.  For full details visit their website.

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