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Claire and James' rustic Easter wedding – photography http://www.nealejames.com/

What could be more appropriate for this week than a pretty homemade wedding held on Easter Sunday complete with spring flowers and an Easter egg hunt? I hope you agree, so I am delighted to be able to share Claire and James’ beautiful wedding which has all those elements.

Over to Claire…

Claire and James' rustic Easter wedding – photography http://www.nealejames.com/

“As we’d chosen to have a spring Easter wedding in a barn in the beautiful Cotswolds, we decided that a rustic Easter country themed wedding was for us – nice and relaxed with lots of fun.

April has always been a favourite month of ours and Easter a family favourite time growing up.  As all our family and friends would have to travel, we decided to give them the opportunity to have a mini break to the Cotswolds and an Easter egg hunt sealed the deal!”

Claire and James' rustic Easter wedding – photography http://www.nealejames.com/

“I’m slightly embarrassed to admit this – but I started planning my wedding day (probably like others) years and years ago!  James (Jim) and I had been together 12 years when we got married so he gave me plenty of time to start a scrapbook (no Pinterest back then!). Some of the thoughts I’d had never changed and made it to being part of the day – particularly the theme.”

Claire and James' rustic Easter wedding – photography http://www.nealejames.com/

“Our day was rustic country and Easter themed, bursting with creative touches, many of which we’d made ourselves. There were handmade clay birds, beautiful flowers, tree slices, bales of hay, milk churns, birch tealight holders, homemade chutney, chalkboard signposts, handmade stationery and printed linen, planted wellies, rusty letters, old French crates, Easter photo props, a lucky dip and chocolate eggs galore!”

Claire and James' rustic Easter wedding – photography http://www.nealejames.com/

“There is so much inspiration out there, but mostly we felt inspired to create a day that reflected our love for nature and relaxed natural style.”

Claire and James' rustic Easter wedding – photography http://www.nealejames.com/

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Easter seasonal flower window display

Happy Easter everyone!  I was delighted when an email popped into my inbox earlier this week from Becca and Maz at The Garden Gate Flower Company – I’ve come down with a horrid cold this week so it was lovely when they appeared with a wonderful Easter-inspired guest post.

It’s full of beautiful inspiration for wedding styling if you love that combination of seasonal flowers and vintage finds.  I’ll hand you over to The Garden Gate Flower Company to tell you about the beautiful Easter window display they created in one of their local vintage and antique shops in Cornwall.  Over to Maz…

Spring wedding flowers in vintage teacups

Easter is here, and we have gone all nostalgic at the Dower House in Lostwithiel.  We have just been styling an Easter window in a shop that is filled with vintage lace, jelly moulds, buttons, ribbons and much more!

Becca rediscovered The Downy Duckling (or something like that, it’s a good job she’s got little kids to read it to!).

Easter window display

We made pretty miniature arrangements in vintage cups.  Spring flowers like primroses and grape hyacinths are short stemmed so make a good addition to a tea cup.

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Bunny rabbit spring wedding cake

Happy Good Friday everyone!  It’s just two days until Easter and I’ve really enjoyed the injection of spring joyfulness onto the blog this week – if you’re planning an Easter wedding do check out my posts from this week to get some ideas and inspiration.

This bunny wedding cake just had to be this week’s Cake Love!  It’s just so sweet and romantic and I love the pair of bunnies sitting on the edge of the top tier.

Rabbit wedding cake topper

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Easter Simnel cake with edible crystallised flowers

I must say I hadn’t really heard of Simnel cake until a few years ago, and I certainly haven’t ever tried one.  But I do love traditions, and Simnel cake is often eaten over Easter.  I particularly love the way this one, created by TNWC business Eat My Flowers, is decorated – both the colours (yellow and purple), the little pile of chocolate eggs, and those beautiful crystallised edible spring flowers.

Sarah who runs Eat My Flowers shared her recipe for this Simnel cake and I thought it would be a nice thing to share with you all.  Many of us who life making things, often like making sweet treats, so I thought you wouldn’t mind a recipe.  Even if you don’t fancy making a Simnel cake, you could always take inspiration from the way Eat My Flowers decorated it, and use this on an Easter cake of your choice.

According to Sarah from Eat My Flowers, “the cake is made with 11 balls of marzipan icing on top representing the 11 disciples. (Judas is not included.) Traditionally, sugar violets would also be added.  Simnel cake is very easy to make and because of the extra layer of marzipan is very moist and keeps well.”  Her recipe is from Mary Berry.

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Spring floral arrangements

I couldn’t get through this week of Easter wedding inspiration without featuring some seasonal flowers, and these two were real beauties.  I love the large twiggy birds nest style container filled with tulips in a variety of colours and tiny narcsissi or daffodils, and the colour of those peachy tulips on the right is just heavenly.

Do check with your local flower farmer or florist on what’s available seasonally in your area, certainly in the UK you’ll find variations on what’s flowering around Easter in different regions.  My granny lives in Devon and all her daffodils are over, whereas in Cheshire where I live they are just starting to think about flowering.

Image: Elizabeth Ann Designs blog via Pretty in White Planning

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Edible spring flower lollipops

I’ve been meaning to share these with you for a while, but what could be more perfect than sharing them now – well, apparently it’s supposed to be the start of spring although the snow across the UK suggests otherwise.

These homemade lollipops each hold a pretty edible spring flower, such as these beautiful violas, and would make lovely wedding favours for an Easter or spring wedding.  The tiny violas or violets are just the right size to be kept whole in a lollipop, whereas the larger pansies can have an individual petal carefully removed and used instead.

Edible viola lollipops

You can find a recipe for the above edible flower lollipops at Sprinkle Bakes – I particularly love that you don’t need to buy special lollipop moulds, but can in fact use powdered sugar to create your mould! If you’d rather not add another item to your already lengthy ‘to make’ wedding list, then I’d recommend checking out Eat My Flowers who make them with their homegrown edible flowers – you’ll find them in their shop.

Another of our lovely TNWC businesses who supply edible flowers has also been making some of these lollipops – Forage For recently made these ones with primroses which I think are so lovely.

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Easter wedding egg cup place setting

I’m hoping this post is ‘better late than never’ today as I realise it’s already quite late into the day. This week leading up to Easter I am spending some time with my family in Gloucestershire and trying to balance having some time off whilst still working a little each day.

With Easter less than a week away, my plan is to try and share some Easter/spring themed ideas – although not too twee! – here on the blog.  I think if you are planning a wedding near Easter then it would be lovely to loosely incorporate some of those elements that are so often associated with Easter.

I thought this idea for a place setting featuring a pretty egg in an egg cup with a tiny slip of paper with your guests name on what a really sweet idea.  This egg is made of papermache and uses découpage to decorate it, but I think you could easily use other ideas such as hollowed out eggs dyed pretty colours.  The egg cups could also double up as wedding favours!

If you’d like to recreate something similar to the above image, you can find a tutorial on how to create this decoupaged patterned egg here.

Image: Polka Dot Bride

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