The Crafted Garden book review by The Natural Wedding Company

{A lovely feature for you today from Samantha}

You know how fond we are of a crafted, hand-made project here at The Natural Wedding Company, and a crafted project made with natural, seasonal materials either foraged or homegrown, well that ticks every box in our eyes! It is wonderful projects such as these that you will find in The Crafted Garden: stylish projects inspired by nature a beautiful book by Louise Curley that we are sharing with you today.

We also have a special reader offer for those who’d like to buy the book – you’ll find all the details at the bottom of the post.

Rustic autumnal table display with pumpkins, dried flowers and leaves // The Natural Wedding Company

I was a excited to receive this book based on the brief synopsis and beautiful cover alone, and although I will admit I was a tiny bit sceptical that it wouldn’t offer anything more than what I could find scouring Pinterest, I will say straight away now that my scepticism was unfounded!

The Crafted Garden winter squash vases // The Natural Wedding Company

The book has been cleverly put together and Louise clearly has a passion for the great outdoors and how you can incorporate it in your home, for a celebration or as a unique gift idea.

I approached the book from a wedding point of view (whilst also already planning how I was going to use each one some how in my home) and excitedly flicked through the pages thinking how each craft could be used or adapted for wedding décor, accessories, gifts and so on and how all the ideas could be adapted through the seasons.

Dried autumn leaf 'Mr & Mrs' wedding garland // The Natural Wedding Company

Although some of the projects may seem simple or obvious, I was surprised at how I hadn’t ever thought of doing them before and it really makes you look around and consider the natural resources you have around you.

The Crafted Garden foraging // The Natural Wedding Company

The book offers 50 crafting projects all inspired by nature and whether you are a crafting amateur or gardening pro it contains a plethora of information beautifully presented to make it easy to read and follow. Broken down into seasons, not only does it provide instructions on craft ideas but really useful tips such as guidelines for foraging ethically, how best to dry flowers (great for after your wedding if you wish to preserve yours) and the best seasonal flowers.

Rustic twig picture frame for an autumn wedding // The Natural Wedding Company

To give you a little insight into a few of the fab craft ideas in the book we tested a few of the autumnal projects out to hopefully offer a bit of seasonal wedding decor inspiration.

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Rustic eco-chic nautical 'tying the knot' save the dates // The Natural Wedding Company

Some of my favourite emails are from brides/couples who have been inspired by the stationery I made for my own wedding – both our save the dates and our invitations. Rachel was one of those brides who got in touch to share photos of what they created and I particularly loved hers because her and her husband-to-be Lee are sailors – so the ‘tying the knot’ version of our save the dates couldn’t be more appropriate.

It is so exciting to hear that couples all over the world have been inspired by the design I created for our save the dates, and it’s pretty satisfying when emails pop into my inbox with photos attached of what everybody’s been busy creating.

Rustic eco-chic nautical 'tying the knot' save the dates // The Natural Wedding Company

Rachel asked her friend and designer Anne Trencher to design her a few graphics for her wedding stationery, and to choose fonts for them to use – and don’t they look beautiful!

In addition to her save the dates, Rachel also emailed me photos of her wedding stationery – an elegant design with rustic elements of hessian, lace and twine incorporated.

Rustic eco-chic nautical wedding stationery with hessian, lace and twine // The Natural Wedding Company

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Carolina and Tati's relaxed Spanish village wedding with olive branch inspired elegant rustic charm // photography

Prepare yourself for the most exquisite wedding today! This charming Spanish village wedding is full of natural and rustic details and is bound to inspire more couples to go for a down-to-earth and intimate wedding celebration.

Thank you to Barcelona based wedding planners Detallerie who created all the beautiful details for this wedding and sent it over to us to feature. Before we dive into sharing all the details, why not take a few minutes to watch their sweet wedding film…

Carolina and Tati got married last July in a beautiful little Spanish village called Empordà, in north Catalonia, where the groom’s family own a house. Having met at a friend’s party, they decided they wanted a cosy wedding with just their families and closed friends.

This was also the reason that they chose to celebrate their wedding in the groom’s family home, for a relaxed and down-to-earth party. Tati’s family are olive oil producers, so they chose a natural and organic theme and decorated the house and garden with lots of olive branches.

The bride wore a custom made dress, Menbur shoes for touch of glamour, and the earrings she wore were a family heirloom that belonged to the great grandmother of the groom. Carolina carried a beautiful countryside inspired bouquet, designed by Detallerie and created by Moshi Floristería.

Natural organic wedding decor with olive branches and rustic pallets // photography

Bridesmaid with olive branch crown // photography

Traditional Spanish village church // photography

Basket of olive branches and wildflowers // photography

Carolina and Tati's relaxed Spanish village wedding with olive branch inspired elegant rustic charm // photography

Rustic olive branch garland table plan // photography

Natural wedding table setting with olive branches // photography

Wedding sign // photography

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Claire and Andrew's secluded woodland wedding with rustic chic handmade details, giants tipis and festoon lighting // photography

Set among the woods with a swoon-worthy sunset as a backdrop today’s beautiful rustic chic wedding of the gorgeous Claire and Andrew is pure wedding magic! Stunning creative homemade details, tipi tents from TNWC recommended supplier Papakata  with festoon lighting and page boys in bow ties are just a few of the many things I am sure you are going to love about this wedding!

Secluded woodland wedding venue // photography

Two Birds champagne coloured bridesmaid dresses // photography

Rustic brown order of service with white stamp // photography

Rustic chic wedding table decorations // photography

Bride and groom with giant white balloons // photography

Claire and Andrew were wed in the summer in South Yorkshire on a gloriously sunny day. Their reception venue having never before been used for that purpose, required meticulously planning from scratch to create the beautiful day we are sharing with you today.

With bride Claire being a designer by profession, you can understand how it all was executed so perfectly and you are guaranteed to find some fantastic do-it-yourself inspiration along the way. So on that note it is over to the lovely lady herself, beautiful bride Claire with all the details from their big day.

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Rustic woodland inspired wedding tables with moss table runners, beeswax candles, earthenware vases and vintage glassware

Do you ever find yourself falling in love with a particular image that is JUST the feel you want for your wedding, only to take a moment to really study what makes it so beautiful and wonder how on earth you could recreate something similar?

I’ve often found myself in this situation, and got to thinking that there must be other brides-to-be who feel the same. So I wondered how I could help you recreate something similar, when a lot of these images are from photoshoots where (for example) they only had to decorate one table (easy to make that look stunning, but how about 10 or 20 tables at a real wedding?!) and/or the couple had endless resources, be that money, time or manpower.

So with all that in mind, I’ve put together a little collection of items that could help you create a similar style to the above image for your wedding, all from the wonderful suppliers we list in our directory.

Rustic mossy woodland inspired wedding table setting

I have to admit that a large part of what makes this wedding table so appealing is the rustic table everything else is set against. Finding tables like this, in large enough number for a wedding, is pretty tricky, but there are a few companies who have started hiring out rustic trestle tables in the UK.

Whether or not you manage to hire beautiful wooden tables of not, there is still plenty of elements of this moosy woodsy styled table you could take inspiration from.

Rustic woodland inspired wedding tables 'create the look'

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Ellie and Dean's colourful Cornish wedding with stunning seasonal flowers and a garden party in a grand pavilion tent - Fine Art Film Photography by Taylor & Porter – hair flowers by The Garden Gate Flower Company

Another beautiful write up by Samantha of this week’s real wedding…

There are so many gorgeous details to love about today’s wedding I wwouldn’tknow where to start, and a bride that says she wished to look like a woodland fairy queen on her big day is a bride after my own heart!

Ellie and Dean’s relaxed, Cornish wedding features an abundance of colourful accents including a vintage peacock print shawl, emerald shoes and swoon-worthy blooms. Then there’s a beautiful old, flower filled church and a garden party in a spectacular tent, with shared roast lamb platters to bring guests together.

Seaside wedding stationery - Fine Art Film Photography by Taylor & Porter

Beautiful seasonal  bridal bouquet by The Garden Gate Flower Company - Fine Art Film Photography by Taylor & Porter

Ellie and Dean's colourful Cornish wedding with stunning seasonal flowers and a garden party in a grand pavilion tent - Fine Art Film Photography by Taylor & Porter

To top it all off the portraits of the new Mr and Mrs look like they are straight out of a fairy tale! All captured exquisitely on film by fine art film photographers Taylor & Porter, who you can find listed in the directory as one of our recommended wedding suppliers, and in the words of bride Ellie “are absolutely fantastic.”

So on that note lets delve in, with bride Ellie providing more information about their big day …

Cheese wedding cake with edible flowers and fruit - Fine Art Film Photography by Taylor & Porter

Garden wedding with tent - Fine Art Film Photography by Taylor & Porter

Rustic wooden table and chairs - Fine Art Film Photography by Taylor & Porter

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Rustic floral stationery from Sarah Wants inspired by The Blue Carrot’s cutting garden in high summer

I can’t think of a nicer outing than a visit to a working cutting garden, full of British blooms – choosing the flowers was definitely my favourite part of wedding planning! I remember visiting a local grower on several occasions and seeing little seedlings flourish into gorgeous wedding-worthy flowers was quite a privilege. 

There are some wonderful florists who grow their own on the directory and if you’re lucky, you may even be invited to visit their cutting garden as part of your consultation.

The Blue Carrot's cutting garden in Cornwall

When Charlie was planning the TNWC South West Roadtrip back last summer, scheduling a visit to meet Suzanne of The Blue Carrot in Cornwall was high on her priority list. You can read all about what she got up tohere.

On the day of her trip, Charlie was also joined by Sarah from Sarah Wants, an award winning wedding stationery designer and self-confessed country bumpkin who today shares with us the idyllic visit which inspired a new collection. Plus there’s an exclusive discount for TNWC readers!

Over to Sarah…

On a day of sunshine and blue skies, I met Charlie and Suzanne for a lovely lunch at the Hidden Hut just above the beach in Porthcurnick. Afterwards, I was very privileged to visit Suzanne’s beautiful walled cutting garden which was such a treat, it felt like a little hidden secret!

Flowers from The Blue Carrot's cutting garden

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