I am a bit nervous about sharing this news in case you don’t share my excitement – I really hope you do, so fingers-crossed. As you might know by now, I am celebrating 5 years of The Natural Wedding Company this March 2012 – there will be loads of offers and competitions everyday during March so make sure you keep checking back.
When thinking about how I would love to celebrate 5 years, I couldn’t think of a lovelier way to celebrate than with a small party with some of my readers, eating cake and doing something crafty. So…I would like to invite you to The Natural Wedding Company’s 5th Birthday Party!
Now, there have been all kinds of glamorous parties and events in the wedding industry world, I was even lucky enough to go to the Love My Dress Summer Soiree last year. My party isn’t going to be anywhere near the scale of these other events, my party is going to be a small party – there are just 10 places available – and you won’t need to dress up in swanky frocks, although party dresses are welcome!
Last night I was lucky enough to have an invite to the Love My Dress Summer Soiree in Newcastle. My outfit included painful but gorgeous peeptoe shoes, the first ever pair of patent leather shoes I’ve ever owned! I always wanted them when I was little but was never allowed them.
Mark and I drove together and ate a glamorous dinner at Little Chef. The party was held at the BALTIC Centre and was full of gorgeous people in equally gorgeous outfits. We drank cocktails, munched our way through scrummy cake pops and shoe-shaped biscuits, watched an incredible burlesque performance, and took some bad photos in the photobooth.
For us, dreaming up an afternoon tea in my parent’s garden before our wedding ceremony was probably one of the best ideas we had. So often at weddings you have travelled for a couple of hours, often arriving at lunchtime or soon after, having not had a chance to eat anything and feeling a bit out of it from the car journey.
We wanted our guests to feel as relaxed as possible and well fed before getting down to the serious business of witnessing our marriage. For a start, on the invitation we told people they could arrive from 3pm, rather than saying ‘you must be here at…’ This meant there was a nice staggered arrival of family and friends, and hopefully it meant people weren’t under too much pressure to arrive by a specific time.
Like our ‘save the date’ cards, we also made all our wedding stationery. There was an invitation, a booklet of wedding details, a RSVP postcard, and a gift envelope. Everything was tied up together with red and white string with a tiny brown luggage tag onto which I hand-stamped our RSVP date. I’m one of those people (I hope there are others out there!) who knows in my mind what I want something to look like, but don’t always know how to translate that into reality. So although here you can see lovely photos of the finished invitation set, it […]Read more
Deep breath… I have been really nervous about sharing our wedding details, but I’m finally ready to take the plunge. Up first are our handmade ‘save the dates’. They are quite tiny, printed onto 100% recycled brown card and don’t need an envelope.
These shots were taken by our wonderful photographer Mark Tattersall and show the ‘save the dates’ open and sealed up.
I’m being told off by Mr Rigg for not helping tidy the house, but I was so excited by a parcel in the post this morning that I had to share it with you all.
A wonderful package arrived from Mark Tattersall, who did the photos for our wedding – two discs of our images, a booklet of all our photos in mini size, and a gorgeous black box with a stunning recycled wood memory stick of photos.
For all those brides and grooms planning an autumn or winter wedding who are in need of some inspiration when it comes to decorating – look no further.
From red berries to dried ferns, maple leaves scattered on tables, abundant fir cones and gourds, ivy coiled around willow hearts, and beeswax candles – this wedding shows how beautiful natural decorations can be when you look to what nature can provide.
With the help of a few vintage pots and metal jugs and a little bit of imagination an autumn or winter wedding can be just as beautiful as any summer wedding with its pick of flowers.