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Poppy and Mark's colourful meadow festival wedding with outdoor ceremony, hay bale seating and bridesmaids in yellow maxi skirts // Bohemian Weddings // The Natural Wedding Company

Poppy and Mark’s colourful meadow festival wedding in Wales is not only full of inspiration and pretty details, but it just oozes love and fun. It’s a beautiful example of a British summer wedding at it’s best, with hay bale seating, sunflower yellow bridesmaid dresses, and romantic meadow photos.

This wedding was captured by Michael and Andrea of Bohemian Weddings, one of our recommended wedding photographers. If you’re on the hunt for photographers for your 2017 wedding, you could win your wedding photography with Bohemian Weddings this month via our blog – full details here on how to enter.

Here’s what Poppy and Mark said about them…

“We met our wonderful photographers, Michael and Andrea of Bohemian Weddings, at a friend’s wedding the previous year (Lizzy and Graeme had found them by contacting The Natural Wedding Company after being let down last minute).

We wanted to capture the feel of the day rather than have hours of posed photographs, and as we’d seen them previously we knew they would be perfect. It felt like having friends take our photos rather than official photographers, and their friendliness and ease spread to all the guests throughout the day.”

Over to Poppy to tell us more about their colourful meadow festival wedding…

Bridesmaids in yellow maxi skirts and white lace tops // Bohemian Weddings // The Natural Wedding Company

Wedding reception chairs decorated with ribbons // Bohemian Weddings // The Natural Wedding Company

Meadow wedding photos // Bohemian Weddings // The Natural Wedding Company

Table plan on a rustic wooden pallet // Bohemian Weddings // The Natural Wedding Company

Outdoor meadow wedding ceremony with floral arch // Bohemian Weddings // The Natural Wedding Company

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Elena and Simon's colourful handmade wedding with rustic outdoor ceremony, felt heart garlands and a unicorn // Emma Stoner Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

This week’s Real Wedding is vibrant and carefree. There’s a marquee bedecked with sweet felt heart garlands and hundreds of handmade pom poms, and wildflowers and hay bales adorning the open-air ceremony space. This colourful handmade wedding is an inspiration for anyone who wants a laid back and fun vibe for their big day.

Beautifully captured by one of our TNWC recommended photographers, Emma Stoner, on a horse rescue farm. Join us as we find out more about this September wedding from bride Elena…

Colourful felt heart garland // Emma Stoner Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Elena and Simon's colourful handmade wedding with rustic outdoor ceremony, felt heart garlands and a unicorn // Emma Stoner Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Elena and Simon's colourful handmade wedding with rustic outdoor ceremony, felt heart garlands and a unicorn // Emma Stoner Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Colourful cheese wedding cake // Emma Stoner Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Elena and Simon's colourful handmade wedding with rustic outdoor ceremony, felt heart garlands and a unicorn // Emma Stoner Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

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A simple colourful banner table plan for a seaside festival wedding

Sometimes I wonder if all the effort we go to creating elaborate/artistic/clever/unique table plans is really worth the hassle – after all it’s just to tell someone where to find their seat.

I must add in here that I created (with the help of my sister Izzy) a super elaborate and time consuming table plan for my own wedding, which involved an illustrated birds eye view of our reception tents on a cork base with individual flags stuck into it with each guests name on…phew!

That being said, I often come across some really great ideas for table plans, and although you could probably say there’s nothing special about this design, I love it for its simplicity and colourfulness. It also completely fit with the couples wedding day.

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Wedding flower styling with garden roses, hawthorn, and autumn fruits by Fletcher & Foley

I can hardly believe that Christmas is so near now!  This year has gone by in such a whirlwind for me what with having little Tilly at the end of the summer, and I imagine all of your brides- and grooms-to-be who are getting hitched next summer will be feeling like it’s not long now once the New Year is upon us.

Today I have another lovely treat from one of our recommended wedding suppliers.  This guest post has been put together by Joanne of Fletcher & Foley (a fab Manchester based florist) using the same selection of flowers and foliage, but in three quite different styles: Rustic, Vintage, and ‘Wedstival’.  I love the selection of old pots Joanne’s used for the vintage styling, but I most like her use of colour for the ‘Wedstival’ theme, perfect for all of you inspired by summer festivals for your wedding day.

Over to Joanne…

Colourful festival inspired wedding flowers by Fletcher & Foley

Autumnal festival style wedding flowers by Fletcher & Foley

Get the look

Getting the styling right for your wedding can be a daunting prospect.  So much to think of.  In fact writing this blog I’m a little worried myself  as to where to start.  Ok, let’s start with a little inspiration, and this can come from anywhere.  Without rambling too much, a visit from my mother-in-law means a whole heap of glossy magazines will be left behind.  A trend piece in Vogue.  It screams autumn.

Inspiration for wedding flowers from magazines

Using key words may help.  For this little project I’m going to break it down into three wedding trends.  Rustic, Vintage and Wedstival.

See what we’re doing here?  Building up a picture of the overall feel for the big day by taking it slowly. Not getting bogged down in too much detail. No micro managing. Giving yourself a break so you can enjoy it.

The flowers

From a florist’s viewpoint, it doesn’t matter if you know nothing about flowers.  Give us some idea of colour and seasonality or if you prefer a particular flower and let us do the work.  Or even just tell us what you don’t like. That can often guide us in the right direction too.

Hydrangeas and ferns in vintage pots by Fletcher & Foley

I used the following flowers and foliage for the three wedding themes: Amaranthus, Dahlia, Free Spirit and Coffee Break Roses, Sedum, Hydrangea, Elder Berries, Nigella (Love in the Mist), Rosemary, Aster, Cornflower, Eryngium, Hawthorn, Scabious Seed Head, Mokara orchid, Rowan, and Virginia Creeper.

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Bohemian English country garden wedding

What a treat we have for you today with another beautiful real wedding – this time with a bit of twist.  Usually weddings are submitted to us by the bride or her wedding photographer, but today’s pretty Somerset wedding was sent to us by wedding stylist Kirsten who runs The Little Wedding Helper.

The bride and groom – Alison and Rama – had a down-to-earth wedding held in their garden full of bohemian styling, Moroccan lanterns, and a dash of English country charm.  The couple decided not to have a wedding photographer, but lucky for us they allowed Kirsten to bring along her own photographer to capture some of their day and gorgeous details.

Bedouin tent wedding ceremony

One of my favourite parts of Alison and Rama’s wedding is that guests were invited to bring flowers rather than gifts, which were then used to create the table decorations – what a lovely idea and one that created a vibrant palette of colour that really complements the Bohemian feel of their wedding.

So it’s over to Kirsten to tell you about Alison and Rama’s wedding and how she helped style it…

Black board menu & Bedouin tent

Romantic pale pink flower crown

Back garden wedding with Bedouin tent

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Hi everyone! A quick message here from Charlie – I’m really sorry that it’s been so quiet on the blog lately, but we’ve got loads of great guest posts coming up. There’s some gorgeous floral prettiness on the blog today, and coming up soon a beautiful Bedouin tent real wedding and a competition. Hope all your wedding plans are going well!

In order to find the loveliest inspiration and ideas for my readers I trawl the internet and blogs on the hunt for only the very best.  When it comes to flowers, sometimes I spot a bouquet and am convinced that it must have been created by one of our talented flower farmers or florists – and quite often I’m right.

This is one such bouquet that I spotted on this Fairytale Scottish Castle Wedding and thought it was just the kind of wild and natural style that many of our TNWC recommended florists dream up – indeed, it is from one of our Scottish contingent, the lovely Pyrus.

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Vibrant orange and pink bridal bouquet

A quick hello for the start of the week (and a very bright post to get you all feeling cheery!) and just to give you a head’s up of what’s coming up.  I’ve got an exciting announcement to share with you on Wednesday that I alluded to on Facebook last week and over the weekend, plus two fab guest posts from TNWC Real Brides Caroline and Stephanie.

Wowzers!  I was pretty blown away by this beautiful bouquet for a Texas Thanksgiving Wedding – I just couldn’t stop taking it all in.  It is just a riot of oranges and pinks (who knew they could look so stunning together?!) and with those additions of interesting foliage and grasses it’s just pretty magical.

It has a very natural and effortless appeal to it as well, which I think it sometimes so hard to find in a wedding bouquet.  I know a number of excellent florists who are experts at pulling together such kinds of wild bouquets, so if it’s the look you’re after for your wedding flowers do check out our fantastic Flowers category on the blog.

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