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Celebrating British Flowers Week 2017 and why you should choose British wedding flowers // The Natural Wedding Company

It goes without saying that we are huge advocates of supporting  British flower farmers. We wholly promote using British and seasonal flowers for your wedding day. It is always with delight then that we enjoy celebrating British Flowers Week. We love that British flowers and foliage get the love and publicity they deserve. Luckily we are finding that their popularity is growing more and more which is amazing to see. This week is British Flowers Week 2017 and we wanted to mark it with a little recap as to why we think you should buy British blooms and support our homegrown experts and businesses.

Celebrating British Flowers Week 2017 and why you should choose British wedding flowers // Catkin Flowers// The Natural Wedding Company

Celebrating British Flowers Week 2017 and why you should choose British wedding flowers // Bare Blooms // The Natural Wedding Company

Celebrating British Flowers Week 2017 and why you should choose British wedding flowers // Forage and Blossom // The Natural Wedding Company

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

In case you missed yesterday’s post, this week we are celebrating homegrown seasonal blooms by supporting British Flowers Week 2015. We are hoping to inspire you each day of this week with a feature on each of the seasons, and provide you with loads of ideas for your own wedding flowers.

Without further-ado, let’s launch into this seasonal round-up of wedding flowers with summer, because that’s where we’re up to in the year. The summer months I’m focussing on here are June, July and August, so if you are looking to have a wedding during one of those months, here are just some of the seasonal flowers you can expect to find in the UK.

Cosmos, cornflowers, borage flowers

Summer wedding bouquet of cosmos, cornflowers, borage flowers by The Flower Hive // The Natural Wedding Company
The Flower Hive

Poppies, dahlias and dill flowers

Summer bridal bouquet of poppies, dahlias and dill flowers by The Garden Gate Flower Company // The Natural Wedding Company
The Garden Gate Flower Company

Garden roses, sweet peas and ivy

Summer wedding bouquet of garden roses, sweet peas and ivy by Common Farm Flowers // The Natural Wedding Company
Common Farm Flowers

Love-in-a-mist, ammi and larkspur

Summer bridal bouquet of Love-in-a-mist, ammi and larkspur by Fletcher & Foley // The Natural Wedding Company
Fletcher & Foley

Grasses, lavender and gypsophila

Summer wedding bouquet of Grasses, lavender and gypsophila by Catkin Flowers // The Natural Wedding Company
Catkin

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Why you should choose seasonal wedding flowers // The Natural Wedding Company

When I first started out with my business there was only really one or two people growing flowers for weddings in the UK. Now 8 years on and there are flower farmer florists all over the country, I imagine in every county, in varying degrees of growing their own to supporting British growers. That is just SO incredibly exciting, especially if you a bride-to-be.

As it’s British Flowers Week I wanted to do a mini showcase of how you can have British flowers for your wedding all year round, it’s just about embracing seasonality and celebrating the wonderful blooms being grown in this country. So coming up over the rest of the week will be a post dedicated to each season and a snapshot of the kinds of beautiful seasonal British flowers you could choose for your wedding.

As a long time supporter I wanted to dig through my archives and share some of the great posts we’ve previously featured that are full of seasonal flower inspiration and ideas.

And don’t forget to go and treat yourself to a bunch of British grown seasonal blooms this week in celebration of British Flowers Week – and download a copy of this seasonal chart of British flowers and foliages.

British Flowers Week // The Natural Wedding Company

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Sweet pea and ranunculus bouquet

As it’s British Flowers Week, we thought it would be the perfect time to share another feature in our ‘an ode to’ floral series, and this time it’s the turn of a quintessential British summer flower: the fabulously fragrant sweet pea.

When we moved into our first house, my mum gave us a pot of sweet pea seedlings she had nurtured from a packet seeds and we had flowers all summer long. The more we picked, the more they kept on blooming and we ended up with flowers to decorate every room. Now, even if we grow nothing else, (which is usually the case!) we always make sure we have sweet peas for summer.

Pink sweet peas in a vintage tea cup

Charlie’s written several of these lovely ‘an ode to…’ posts dedicated to one flower (previously featuring, spring blossom, snake’s head fritillary, old-fashioned roses and dainty violets) so if you’re a spring-time bride looking for inspiration, do have a look at all her gorgeous ideas.

I must admit that the idea of using a seasonal flower ‘en masse’ and making it a feature is something that really appeals to me, purely for it’s beautiful simplicity.

A tablescape of purple sweet peas from Paul Thomas

I’ve put together this feature with the help of some of the wonderful businesses listed on the directory. We have a creative bunch of florists and flower farmers up and down the country who are always ready and willing to share their knowledge and ideas. Sweet peas are in natural abundance from from June to early September in the UK so they’re a great choice of seasonal bloom.

Here are a selection of ideas including aisle decorations, miniature bottles, bouquets and flower crowns that you could easily incorporate into your summer wedding.

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