The thing about blogs is you can share all kinds of news in real time, whenever you life. This news, however, has been under wraps for the past 9 months, and Mr Rigg and I haven’t been able to share it with anyone until today. One month from today, our wedding is going to be featured in the July 2012 issue of Country Living magazine!
I’m not even sure where to begin in telling you how excited I am about the whole thing – where do I begin?! I have been an avid Country Living reader since we bought our own house and I always enjoy the beautiful ideas and inspiration that they share, as well as the pieces on small rural businesses. To think that our wedding will now be part of that tradition is so amazing!
Wedding bouquet and flowers are just getting more and more interesting I think – is anyone else feeling this? The creativity of florists and combinations of blooms and foliage, with grasses, seedheads and all manner of beautiful items is just breathtaking, and going in a really exciting direction.
These bouquets reminded me of a painting, one of those old dark paintings you see in country houses where the deep jewel coloured flowers are big and blousy, falling out of a wide jug and almost gleaming from the picture. But I’m getting carried away – at the very basic, these bouquet are unusual and beautiful – be bold brides-to-be and let your knowledgeable florist or flower lady create something truly stunning for you.
A few weeks ago Mr Rigg and I were lucky enough to be invited to spend a night at Huntstile Organic Farm in Somerset. Hunstile is one of the beautiful wedding venues listed on The Natural Wedding Company directory – it’s a gorgeous organic farm run by some of the loveliest people I’ve ever met.
We were warmly welcomed to Huntstile by Lizzie and John (the farm has been in John’s family since 1951 but dates back to the 15th century!) after making our way down lush green winding lanes. The farmhouse is breathtaking, a mixture of warm stone, mullioned windows, and white wash – the ancient front door thick and full of secrets.
Surrounded by rolling farmland, stunning views and a lovely menagerie of goats, ducks and pigs, Huntstile Organic Farm is a tiny piece of heaven and I can’t imagine a more lovely setting for a relaxed country wedding.
Huntstile even has its own stone circle where you can hold a marriage ceremony atop a hill overlooking the farm, a magical spot on the edge of a small copse with views all around. To get you and your guests to the stone circle, Lizzie and John have a wedding tractor and trailer, or if you’re getting married locally in church you can also arrive by tractor.
The Easter weekend saw a fabulous open day hosted by Hooe’s Yurts in deepest, most beautiful Devon. They were celebrating the completion of their huge new 44ft yurt – a cathedral sized structure that can seat 120 wedding guests, or even linked to smaller yurts to create an even bigger space.
These pretty handcrafted corn hearts, lover’s knots and horseshoes are the latest items available from the Wedding in a Teacup online shop – aren’t they beautiful? I am always at risk of over-using the word ‘natural’ here, but I do love how ‘natural’ these items are, and according to Hester from Wedding in a Teacup they have centuries of British rural tradition behind them.
If you’re planning an autumn wedding I can’t imagine many things more lovely than these to decorate your ceremony or reception venue with. In fact, it was my family church decorated for the harvest festival that inspired how I wanted the church to feel for our wedding – among other details, they used two big milk churns outside filled with dried corn, we used those same milk churns but filled with cow parsley for our wedding. You could also give them as wedding favours.
The lovely Lizzie at Wedding Yurts has recently launched a fantastic new wedding venue and package at the idyllic Old Farmhouse in the Cotwolds. To celebrate their launch and our 5th birthday, Lizzie is offering one lucky couple a 10% discount on their booking and a crate of champagne!
Wedding Yurts now have three of their beautiful yurts nestled under a large weeping ash tree at this lovely wedding venue in the Cotwolds, with views over the fields towards the Malvern Hills. On a clear summer’s day you can even see the Welsh Mountains.
Along with the rest of the wedding blogging world I’ve been a bit enamoured with flower crowns (or however you wish to describe them) for a while now – delightfully without realising I fell into this trend early on with one of my flowergirls wearing a gorgeous garland of flowers in her hair for our wedding.
Usually they are quite bold and attention grabbing, or delicate and fragile strings of daisies. This one is all together different I think, and perhaps my favourite so far – a simple garland of white clover flowers. Growing up predominately in the countryside of Gloucestershire there has always been clover flowers everywhere – whether amongst my parents lawn or great swathes of the purple kind in fields. I also used to pull the tiny white ‘petals’ out and suck the ends to taste a tiny burst of honey sweetness, oh to be a child again!
So while I get carried away on rose-tinted memories of my childhood, I shall leave you all to enjoy the pretty simplicity of this country flower garden, and dream about having your flowergirls hair adorned with ringlets of clover flowers.