Yesterday I featured Charlotte and George’s informal English country wedding which was captured by TNWC wedding photographers Bohemian Weddings. As mentioned in yesterday’s post, Michael and Andrea from Bohemian Weddings have a fantastic offer for TNWC readers.
Until the 28th February 2013 Bohemian Weddings are offering a free engagement shoot worth £250 for anyone booking their wedding with them before that date.
If you’re getting married in 2013 and looking for a wedding photographer, why not take a look at the photography from Sarah at The Little Caravan and take advantage of her ‘Cinderella offer’. Sarah is offering a 12% discount on her Verity Package, which gives you a saving of £270.
The Little Caravan’s style is natural and creative reportage and a little bit vintage inspired. They also care about the environment and try to ensure that the way in which they work reflects that, so all of their wedding packages include digital negatives, which are presented on FSC certified, carbon neutral, wooden USB sticks (I personally love these and have our wedding photos stored on one).
With the ‘Cinderella offer’, the Verity Package costs £1,980 (a saving of £270) and gives you 10-12 hours coverage (up to 10pm) including the bride getting ready, brides arrival, ceremony, guests, bride and groom, details shots and reception. You will receive over 250 beautifully edited digital negatives on a FSC certified wooden USB stick with full printing rights. The package also comes with an online password protected gallery so you can share your photos with family and friends.
This is a fun alternative to the traditional wedding guestbook where people leave you a message – instead, set up a large canvas with a selection of paints and brushes, and ask your guests to create a piece of artwork for you.
At this wedding the guests were ask to ‘grow the bride and groom a garden’, but you could pick any kind of scene that meant something to you. Perhaps if you are particularly fond of hiking you could get everyone to paint you a mountain vista, or if you love the ocean, an underwater scene. It’s pretty much endless, and at the end of the evening you have a very personal piece of artwork to hang in your home.
Wedding in a Teacup offers all kinds of beautiful details for a wedding with a handmade feel and they are offering an exclusive 15% discount on all items to readers of The Natural Wedding Company – you’ve got just two weeks to claim the discount so don’t delay!
From invitations to guestbooks, favours and table decorations, and a whole section for the crafty bride including ribbon, labels, and luggage tags – many which can be personalised for your wedding day. The lovely Hester who runs Wedding In A Teacup sources items wherever possible that are recycled or fair trade, like the pretty fair trade cotton pouches – perfect for wedding favours.
I’m not a huge fan of going with wedding ideas that don’t mean much to you or that don’t have relevance to you as a couple. It seems rather daft to use things simply for the sake of it, when there must be so many other ideas out there that do mean something to you that can be incorporated into your wedding day.
So I’m not suggesting this is an idea for everyone, but its a pretty clever idea I think – perfect if you are a book lover, or perhaps you met in a University library. This table plan has been created by grouping old books together and tying them with ribbon, with each pile of books representing a table. Then into each book tucking a piece of paper with each guests name on.
If you have the time (or a friend or family member nifty on the sewing machine) I think these lovely handmade napkin rings would be a lovely addition to your wedding reception tables. Simple fabric strips, sealed with a button – I guess you could either just sew the fabric into a ring and affix a button simply to look nice, or you could go further and actually make them working buttonholes. I’m not sure I’d have that patience!
They could also double up as wedding favours, to save you making or buying something else, and so that you don’t end up with hundreds of napkins rings after your wedding. These ones are made even prettier with the stamped luggage tags – I don’t think I’ll ever get bored of luggage tags and their many uses.
What a year 2011 has been for me – most importantly it was the year we got married. It has also been a year of change and growth, and as I head into 2012 I will be celebrating 5 years of The Natural Wedding Company – this beautiful website for couples planning a more natural wedding that grew from a tiny idea I had at University.
I know that Christmas and New Year for many couples is a time of celebration as boys (and girls!) get down on one knee and ask that all important question – “Will you marry me?” If you have found yourself here after someone asking you that wonderful question, firstly I am so envious – it is such an incredible moment and time, enjoy every minute! Secondly, I hope that my blog and directory will help you to plan a wedding that is meaningful to who you are as a couple.
The directory – the luggage tag at the top of the page – is full of fantastic businesses who can help you to create a wedding that is just how you want it, businesses who care about the way they do business and its impact on our environment, whilst still providing wonderful services and products. Whether you’re after seasonal, locally grown flowers, a venue with eco-credentials, an organic feast, or fairly traded wedding rings – these are just a few of the things you can find on the directory so get searching!
There is loads of inspiration on the blog for handmade, natural weddings, so do take a look around. Here are some of my favourite bits from 2011…
This gorgeous woodland wedding from Lithuania – love the tiny white flowers in the brides hair…
My ‘how to’ guide for making your own homemade jam jar lanterns…
These beautiful and natural winter wedding decorations…