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Laura and Jamie's autumn village hall wedding with statement flower crown, emerald green bridesmaid dresses and a squirrel cake topper // Amy Taylor Imaging Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

In nature, autumn is a blaze of vibrant colours and this week’s Real Wedding is all about those quintessential autumnal colours. Emerald green bridesmaid dresses, rusty orange leaves, plump purple blackberries, soft brown fur and deep red dahlias. This autumn village hall wedding is a feast for the senses too; the textures are intense with pheasant feathers, ears of wheat and berries adorning the dahlia bouquets, buttonholes and hair clips.

Captured by TNWC recommended photographer, Amy Taylor Imaging, Laura and Jamie’s autumn village hall wedding is the product of a whole community coming together and pitching in. The ceremony took place in her parent’s tiny local church and the celebrations unfolded in the village hall in which her youth clubs were hosted when she was a teenager.

We chat to bride Laura to find out more about the their special day…

Autumn village hall wedding

Emerald green bridesmaids dresses and faux fur stoles // Amy Taylor Imaging Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Felt squirrel wedding cake topper // Amy Taylor Imaging Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Laura and Jamie's autumn village hall wedding with statement flower crown, emerald green bridesmaid dresses and a squirrel cake topper // Amy Taylor Imaging Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Laura and Jamie's autumn village hall wedding with statement flower crown, emerald green bridesmaid dresses and a squirrel cake topper // Amy Taylor Imaging Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Autumn buttonhole with feathers, blackberries and rosehips // Amy Taylor Imaging Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

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Cornflower and fern flower crown // Flowers by Catkin // The Natural Wedding Company

What a treat we have today, featuring an array of beautiful floral wedding ideas inspired by dreamy pre-Raphaelite paintings and a sprinkle of fairy magic from Cicely Mary Barker’s ever-loved flower fairies.

Shot against the evocative backdrop of Doddington Hall, an Elizabethan manor house in Lincolnshire, the floral designs were created by our friend Rachel at Catkin, using all homegrown blooms from the walled garden she tends to on site.

Peach coloured hydrandgea and fern flower crown // Flowers by Catkin // The Natural Wedding Company

English meadow bouquet // Flowers by Catkin // The Natural Wedding Company

Moss and purple hydrangea flower crown // Flowers by Catkin // The Natural Wedding Company

Wild bridal bouquet of ox-eye daisies and cow parsley // Flowers by Catkin // The Natural Wedding Company

Pre-Raphaelite inspired wedding flowers // Flowers by Catkin // The Natural Wedding Company

Rachel is a long-standing member of the British Flowers community, so putting English grown, seasonal flowers at centre stage was vital.

The flowers she chose – garden roses, scabious, cornflowers, nigella, sweet peas, pinks, astilbe, larkspur, ammi and daisies – all contributed to the ethereal look Rachel was after, imbuing her floral creations with natural movement and texture.

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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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A May wedding bouquet of apple blossom, cow parsley and other exquisite English wildflowers and spring flowers // Common Farm Flowers // The Natural Wedding Company

If you’ve been reading this blog long enough you’ll know by now that I’m an absolute sucker for a May wedding. In fact, just the month of May in general. I love it for so many reasons – it’s my birthday month, it’s the month we got married, it’s the month of bluebells, cow parsley, hawthorn blossom, and so much more. So I am always excited when this month arrives to see what creations my fabulous flower farmer and florist friends create for May weddings.

This bridal bouquet from Common Farm Flowers caught my attention immediately at the mention of May bouquet with apple blossom – really, what could be lovelier?

A May wedding bouquet of apple blossom, cow parsley and other exquisite English wildflowers and spring flowers // Common Farm Flowers // The Natural Wedding Company

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Pastel iced doughnuts decorated with crystallised flowers and mini chocolate eggs? Could these be any more pretty and totally perfect for a spring wedding if you ask me.

Made by TNWC Recommended Supplier Eat My Flowers, inspired by Martha Stewart, these doughnuts are made using bought doughnuts, a simple icing, and crystallised flowers. I would love to try this out with mini ring doughnuts (if such a thing exists!) – packaged in individual brown craft boxes wouldn’t they make lovely wedding favours? In fact I don’t think they’d make it home!

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Seasonal spring bouquets of British grown daffodils, narcissi and purple-pink blushed tulips - flowers from Little Strode Flower Farm www.littlestrodeflowerfarm.co.uk

One of my favourite parts of my job is browsing the websites of the wedding suppliers we list in the directory to see what new things they’ve been busy creating, making, or planning. There are always some hidden gems to discover, and then I get to share them with you!

Recently I came across these beautiful seasonal spring bouquets for a daffodil inspired wedding – now what could be more appropriate to share at this time of year, as all around us daffodil buds are plumping up ready to burst open and cheer us all up with their sunny yellow faces?

Spring bridal bouquet of daffodils, narcissi and tulips - flowers from Little Strode Flower Farm www.littlestrodeflowerfarm.co.uk

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15 Wedding Uses for Edible Flowers: from simple cake decoration to glitzy garnished cocktails and floral ice lollies

We’re back with another of our favourite 15 for 2015 – this time it’s all about the edible flower and getting you inspired to incorporate them into your natural wedding.

Whether you are looking for an understated ideas such as using crystallised flowers to decorate your wedding cake, or if you fancy something a little more unusual (dried edible flower petal ice cream sprinkles?) then take a read through some of our favourite ideas.

If you’re looking for fresh or crystallised edible flowers for your wedding we have a great selection of recommended suppliers in our directory.

Ice lollies filled with edible flowers for a summer wedding

We love this idea and dedicated a whole feature to edible flower lollies and popsicles!

Ice lollies filled with edible flowers for a summer wedding http://thenaturalweddingcompany.co.uk/blog

Wedding canapés decorated with dainty edible flowers

Bring some natural flair to your wedding canapés with colourful edible flower garnishes.

Wedding canapés decorated with dainty edible flowers http://thenaturalweddingcompany.co.uk/blog

Crystallised edible flowers to decorate your wedding cake

What could be prettier than a wedding cake covered in dainty crystalised edible flowers – rose petals, pansies, primroses, even apple blossom!

Crystallised edible flowers to decorate your wedding cake http://thenaturalweddingcompany.co.uk/blog/

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