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

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 www.andyhook.com/

Two Birds champagne coloured bridesmaid dresses // photography www.andyhook.com/

Rustic brown order of service with white stamp // photography www.andyhook.com/

Rustic chic wedding table decorations // photography www.andyhook.com/

Bride and groom with giant white balloons // photography www.andyhook.com/

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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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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Blackberry and pale peach rose flower crown

For a long time now I’ve been a fan of blackberries in bouquets, ever since I came across this one back in 2011 (old skool!) and I’ve even shared a blackberry bridal flower crown before, but I couldn’t help but feature this one because it’s such a beauty!

I think it’s something about putting together blackberries that are wild alongside the formal garden roses which is so appealing.

Blackberry and pale peach rose flower crown with ferns

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Izzy Burton illustration

Here we are with our final blog post from our 2013 TNWC Real Brides. Today we are back with Stephanie, our lovely bride in the USA, to share all about her wonderful wedding day. 

It has been such a lovely journey with last years ‘real brides’ it is somewhat sad to say goodbye to them with this final post. But, we are about to embark on a whole load of new wedding planning adventures with our 2014 TNWC Real Brides! So excited!

So it’s over to Stephanie to tell you all about her wedding – it’s more like a real wedding feature with all the stunning photos she’s sent me from her photographer Red Anchor Photo…(and don’t miss the skateboarding groom!)

Stephanie and Justin's homespun vintage fiesta wedding - photography http://www.redanchorphoto.com/

Okay, maybe I’m slightly biased, but I’d have to say my wedding weekend goes down in history as the greatest weekend ever. About four months later and I am still buzzing with the love and beautiful energy my (now) husband and I felt that weekend surrounded by family and friends.  The day of our wedding also happened to be the windiest day in history, but more about that later.

Bridal bouquet of succulents, dahlias and lavender by http://www.robinhollowfarm.com/ and photography http://www.redanchorphoto.com/

Cupcake wedding cake with 'day of the dead' cake topper - photography http://www.redanchorphoto.com/

Eclectic vintage wedding tables - photography http://www.redanchorphoto.com/

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Caroline and Gareth’s homemade farm wedding – photography http://www.milestones-photography.co.uk/

Yesterday I featured the first part of Caroline and Gareth’s beautiful spring wedding on their farm in Nottinghamshire. If you missed it – oh no! Make yourself a cup of tea and go click on the link to read part one. If you’re back to see the final part of their wedding, enjoy!

As well as all the gorgeous pictures from their rustic and homemade wedding reception you’ll also find their wedding film at the bottom of the post, to bring their whole wedding a little more to life.

Oh, and don’t miss the part where Caroline cuts up her wedding dress…mid-wedding…yes, really.

Rustic barn wedding – photography http://www.milestones-photography.co.uk/

Mismatched bridesmaids dresses – photography http://www.milestones-photography.co.uk/

Dairy cow table name flags – photography http://www.milestones-photography.co.uk/

Caroline and Gareth’s homemade farm wedding – photography http://www.milestones-photography.co.uk/

Country wedding flowers – photography http://www.milestones-photography.co.uk/

Finally, I want to say a huge thank you to Caroline for sharing all of her wedding plans as TNWC Real Bride, to her wedding photographer Milestones Photography, and to all you wonderful readers who come visit the blog to read about these fab weddings.

Over to Caroline…

Vintage hankie table plan – photography http://www.milestones-photography.co.uk/

Lace backed wedding dress – photography http://www.milestones-photography.co.uk/

White wedding vintage post box – photography http://www.milestones-photography.co.uk/

Caroline and Gareth’s homemade farm wedding – photography http://www.milestones-photography.co.uk/

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Christopher Ian Photography

I took a look back through the Real Weddings we’ve featured on the blog, and it’s been months and months since we last featured one. In other words, it’s been too long – I know how much wonderful inspiration and ideas that other couples’ weddings provide, and we have lots of pretty ones lined up for you.

Today we have the romantic, rustic country wedding of Hayley and Iain who got married in Cheshire this past September which was sent to me by Christopher Ian Photography, one of the great photographers on our directory.  Over to Hayley to share with you the details of their beautiful day…

Milk churn with wedding flowers  - Christopher Ian Photography

Flower crown - Christopher Ian Photography

Vintage bike wedding sign - Christopher Ian Photography

Groom with vintage pocket watch - Christopher Ian Photography

'Just Married' wedding sign - Christopher Ian Photography

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