I am so excited about my new TNWC Real Brides feature and I hope you are too! It’s been lovely finding out so much about other people’s weddings and being able to share all those details with you here. You can catch up on all the blog posts by clicking this link to the full TNWC Real Bride feature.
Today has her second blog post, and is going to tell us all about the start of their DIY elements to their wedding – starting with their invitations. She’s even done a how to guide on how she made some very cute cake flags! If you haven’t read Emma’s first blog post, you can find it here. Over to Emma…
This week we have reached the first of our planning milestones – we posted our invites! We both wanted personalised invitations and I love to draw so I thought I’d have a go myself. I drew the designs on watercolour paper, painted in a bit of colour and went over it in fine liner.
I photographed the paintings then added the text using Photoshop. We had them printed on recycled card at Monkey Puzzle Repro Art who are based at Mount Pleasant Eco Park. I couldn’t be more happy with the service, John was lovely and got our invites printed within 24 hours of me emailing him the artwork! The front of the invite features us in what I think I can pass off as ‘naïve cartoon style’, standing in front of the archway area we plan to have our ceremony in.
One of my favourite ways to number your wedding reception tables – with homemade paper flags stuck into one of your centrepieces. I must admit now, that they are my favourite because this is what we chose to do for our own wedding tables, but they are simple to create, effective and easy to spot, and rather sweet I think.
All you need is some sticks (you could use bamboo garden canes, long twigs, or pieces of wooden dowel – which is what we used), paper and string. You could handwrite the numbers, stamp them with ink, or print them on your computer. Then it’s simply a matter of punching holes and tying them to the sticks – if you find they slip down, discretely use a little tape to hold them in place.
One of my Favourite Finds recently is this Etsy shop who are creating these beautiful wedding items from biodegradable birch bark. There is a wonderful selection of cake toppers (like these cheerful little birds above), cupcake toppers and mini flags, birch bark confetti in the shape of leaves or hearts, and even a cute little ring bearers pillow.
Today’s Cake Love post is a bit self-indulgent – it’s really a happy birthday cake for my website, to celebrate turning 5 years old. This is well and truly, possibly my favourite cake I’ve ever seen. It is, for me, perfection.
1. Firstly…you can see it’s a cake – dark chocolate cakey layers with icing in the middle and on top – there’s no hiding it beneath ruffles and rolls of cream.
2. Secondly…it is decorated with natural, real flowers and greenery – just a few touches, nothing over-the-top or showy.
3. Thirdly…it has pretty fabric flags that say ‘hey! this is a celebration!’
4. And finally…there are candles, which are essential for a birthday cake. But not just any old birthday candles, these are honey coloured beeswax candles, natural and pure, and have a sweet scent when the burn.
A fun DIY idea on how to personalise a mountain of wedding cupcakes – print off tiny pictures of you and your husband-to-be, mount them on card and pop each one onto a cocktail stick. Then place one in each of your cupcakes. So simple, but really effective, and I love that all the photos are in black and white.
This might just be one of my favourite weddings ever. I love the simplicity of it: the beautiful scenery, pretty dress, and everyone dressed in their rain coats huddling beneath umbrellas does all the speaking. There’s no need for overly fussy details.
That being said, there are a few fun details, like the handmade flags and these gorgeous giant paper flowers.
So I’m completely overwhelmed by the magnitude of trying to share photos and details of our wedding. I just don’t know where to start and decided the best option would be to ask where you think I should start.
1. Crafty DIY paper items
2. Collecting cow parsley
3. Sign painting
4. Jam jar lantern making
Today we have finally seen the ‘official’ photographs taken by Mark Tattersall, which will obviously follow shortly (and are incredible!), but there were so many DIY projects, handmade elements, collecting of gorgeous treasures in the lead up to our wedding that I want to share those too.
I’ve included a selection of images here as examples (saving all my favourite bits for later).
5. Building an ice cream cone holder
6. Collecting old bits and pieces
7. Tiny flag making
8. Freshly washed vintage crockery