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Wedding ideas inspired by the tale of The Owl and the Pussycat from illustrated invitations to a groom in a pea green suit

With much of last year spent getting to grips with motherhood and juggling my business alongside this challenging new role, I am thoroughly enjoying getting back into blogging – like really getting back into, being inspired by the fantastic products and services that our businesses are creating, and dreaming up ways for them to be incorporated into your wedding.

Recently Julie from Hollyhock Lane got in touch to tell me about some of her new wedding stationery designs, and it was her ‘Owl and the Pussycat’ collection that immediately grabbed my attention. I love the poem and the images it evokes, and then I was reminded of some great ideas I’ve been saving that would tie in perfectly with Julie’s designs for anyone wanting to incorporate the poem into their wedding day.

If like me your love the poem, I hope my feature inspires you to incorporate some elements into your wedding day. Over to Julie to tell us why she loves the tale of owl and the pussycat so much…

“I think the tale of the ‘owl and the pussycat’  appeals so much as it’s so whimsical and fun, but it’s also an old classic which no doubt inspired many a childhood with it’s fantastical and nonsensical story. It’s a great ‘alternative’ theme for a wedding, espeically if you don’t always relate to more typical floral and feminine wedding themes. There’s so much milage with the imagery that you could create a really beautiful and very original wedding day.”

Owl and the Pussycat illustrated wedding stationery from Hollyhock Lane http://www.hollyhocklane.co.uk/

“The owl and the pussycat suite was actually inspired by a bespoke stationery commission that I wish I had thought of myself. It was particularly apt for this couple, as she and her fiancé had been together for 10 years, so the “too long we have tarried” line was a cheeky nod to their own tallying to walk down the aisle.

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Mama Wolf competition

Just over a week ago this lovely competition to win a pretty springtime bow tie and pocket square set from new TNWC business Mama Wolf finished.  This afternoon I get to announce the lucky winner!

Everyone who entered shared what they loved most about spring, and who they’d like to win the bow tie and pocket square for – I really enjoyed reading everyone’s entries, but there can only be one winner…

Mama Wolf competition

A huge congratulations to Emily Wilson!  I really hope your husband-to-be enjoys his new springtime bow tie and pocket square and we would love to see some pictures.  I will be in touch by email to connect you up with Sandeep from Mama Wolf to ensure your prizes get sent out shortly to you.

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Alternative mini flag buttonholes

A little bit of afternoon wedding inspiration for you – and this time it’s for the boys.  Floral buttonholes are lovely, but sometimes you want something a bit different, so I love this alternative idea for sweet celebration flags poked into the usher’s or groomsmen’s suit pockets.

They would be really easy to make from fun papers or even fabric wrapped around a cocktail stick, and I like the idea of the little celebratory messages written on them like ‘hooray!’ and ‘yippee!’ – even the thin ribbons are a nice additional touch.  Like this wedding, perhaps you could have a floral buttonhole made for the groom to make him stand out, and make these mini flag buttonholes for his best man and ushers.

I also did this feature on felt buttonholes with some fun ideas including tiny kite buttonholes, so do check out the full feature on cool and quirky buttonholes.

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Springtime bow tie and pocket square from Mama Wolf

*This competition is now closed 00:00 12/06/13*

So far this year we’ve had some really lovely competitions on The Natural Wedding Company blog, and I must say there are more lovely ones to come.  Today I’m launching a competition from new TNWC business Mama Wolf to win this gorgeous springtime bow tie and matching pocket square.

I’m particularly delighted to have a competition prize that’s for the men in our weddings.  Whether you want to win it for you groom-to-be, the best man, the father-of-the-bride, or maybe even a page boy, or even if you’re not getting married and you’d like to win it for a bow tie lover in your life, then read on for how you can enter.

Spring blossom bow tie from Mama Wolf

When spring finally arrived on our British shores this year it has been spectacular – the hawthorn leaves unfurling and blossom budding all over the place.  What could be nicer for a spring wedding that this springtime bow tie and pocket square?

Made from upcycled pure cotton, like all Mama Wolf products, they have been handmade with every effort to ensure they meet their ethical selection criteria (recycled, vintage, fair-trade, organic, up-cycled and natural fibre fabric).

What’s more, Mama Wolf created this bow tie and pocket square exclusively for The Natural Wedding Company readers, so you won’t find this design anywhere else!  If you’d like to enter to win this delightful set, read on below for full details of how.

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Vintage-eco wedding photoshoot

Last autumn a group of local Kent wedding businesses got together to create a wedding photoshoot inspired by all things vintage and eco-friendly.  They created a number of different looks and I have some of them here today to share with you, featuring some pretty vintage dresses, dainty crockery, lovely florals and an exquisite brooch bouquet.

Vintage brooch bouquet

Vintage wedding inspiration

Quirky vintage wedding style

The shoot was another collaboration between TNWC photographer Rebecca Douglas and make-up artist Suzanna who created this ethereal harvest shoot I featured last year.  This time, Rebecca and Suzanna swapped the English country field for the beautiful eco-chic The Pines Calyx wedding venue, also one of our TNWC businesses.

Vintage inspired bridal bouquet

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Izzy Burton illustration

On Tuesday we had the lovely Myfanwy telling us all about the fab tea towel wedding invitations she’d been making, and how her Mr-to-be Tom had recruited their cute daschund Arthur to help punch out confetti.  Today we have TNWC Real Bride Sarah back with us, and she’s been helping her fiancé Lee look for a country style tweed suit at an affordable price.

Over to Sarah to tell you more…

Hi everyone!  Hope you all had a lovely Easter, this month I will be writing about my struggles to find the perfect suit for my groom.

When we first began organising the wedding Lee began researching the type of suit he’d like for the wedding, and quickly decided he’d like a tweed, country looking suit to fit in with our relaxed, vintage theme.  He showed me a photo he’d found on Google and so we began to try and find something similar.

Country groom in tweed suit

Initially we wanted to hire the suits and so we began to research local hire shops, but soon found none of them hired anything other than plain, or over the top suits which wasn’t really us.  And so we made the choice to buy the suits.

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Dave and Laura's autumn wedding

It has been a while since I featured an exclusive real wedding on the blog, more through my own fault than lack of them to share.  Whenever I put together a real wedding feature I feel this immense sense of responsibility to the couple who’s wedding it is – after all  this was their special day and I want to do my very best in portraying it here on my blog.

As a result it takes me a great many hours to put together the beautiful photographs and carefully answers questions submitted by the bride.  Today’s wedding is a very gorgeous autumnal affair, that was inspired by the couples love for the countryside.

Laura and Dave got married in Stratford Upon Avon during the autumnal month of October, with a humanist ceremony.  Their wedding was captured beautifully by TNWC photographer Sarah Brittain Edwards Photography.  Over to bride Laura to tell us more about the day…

Real leaf wedding signs

The Little Caravan Photography

Groom in waistcoat and mustard coloured bowtie

“We both love Autumn and were keen to reflect the season, with it’s lovely cosiness and beautiful colours.  We wanted it to feel personal and handcrafted – no ‘Gold Package’ all inclusive deals!  And being a country girl at heart, I wanted it to feel rustic, homely and unfussy.”

Autumnal wedding flowers and grasses

Autumn bride and bridesmaids

Wedding sparklers

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