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An earthy woodland wedding shoot with exquisite animal masks and a seasonal winter bouquet of seedheads and ferns // Megan Duffield Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

What better way to kick off the New Year than with a seasonal appropriate earthy woodland wedding shoot. It’s full of winter wedding inspiration – think feathers, seedheads, foliage and pine cones. Plus the most exquisite animal masks we’ve ever seen. These are proper grown up masks, perfect we reckon if you want a quirky detail to add a twist to your wedding photos.

So what do I love most about this earthy woodland wedding shoot? I love the attention to seasonal details like the pine cone and pheasant feather hair decorations. It’s over to photographer Megan Duffield to tell us more about what inspired the shoot…

An earthy woodland wedding shoot with exquisite animal masks and a seasonal winter bouquet of seedheads and ferns // Megan Duffield Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

An earthy woodland wedding shoot with exquisite animal masks and a seasonal winter bouquet of seedheads and ferns // Megan Duffield Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

An earthy woodland wedding shoot with exquisite animal masks and a seasonal winter bouquet of seedheads and ferns // Megan Duffield Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Winter wedding hair with feathers and pine cones // Megan Duffield Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Winter wedding flower crown // Megan Duffield Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

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This wild strawberry and white nigella flower crown is pretty much perfection in my books, and my feeling is you’ll agree. It is pretty rare that I genuinely see wedding inspiration these days that I wish I’d incorporated into my own wedding – this is one of those rare ideas.

I first spotted this flower crown over on Instagram, from A Harem of Peacock’s account that is just so achingly beautiful. Imagine Brambly Hedge and the Flower Fairies all come to life and you are on your way to the prettiness that Kelly-Marie creates and shares.

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It was this flower crown, with it’s tiny wild strawberries (some blushed red, others still white), frothy white nigella flowers, strawberry leaves and still-green nigella seedheads, that captured my gaze. I knew I had to ask permission from Kelly-Marie to share it all with you as it’s one of those ideas that I am convinced at least one of you lovely natural brides would love to recreate for you own wedding.

Kelly-Marie gathered the nigella and wild strawberries from her garden and used a ribbon wrapped crown, this was a practice run for an up-coming wedding this summer she is hoping to replicate it for. You absolutely should check out more of Kelly-Marie’s work, either on her blog A Harem Of Peacocks or her Instagram account. It’s also worth noting that she’s the in-house florist at Deans Court in Dorset and a freelance floral stylist.

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Autumn hedgerow inspired bridal bouquet

The lovely Alicia from Grace & Green recently got in touch with me to share photos of the autumnal wedding flowers they did for a bride who found them via The Natural Wedding Company.  Getting emails like this are guaranteed to make my day, not only because there’s lots of beautiful pictures but because I was able to match up a bride with a TNWC business to make their vision come true.

Having seen the photos I really wanted to share them with you all too, so very kindly Alicia from Grace & Green is here to share some more details on the brief for this wedding along with the pictures of her creations:

“The original brief for the wedding was wildflowers, but given that the wedding was in November we knew that there wouldn’t be many ‘wildflowers’ available at that time of year.  So I started thinking about what you do see in the wild in November, like old man’s beard, teasels, seedheads, rosehips and lots of other lovely berries, and suggested the idea of ‘hedgerow‘ style flowers instead.”

Jam jars of hedgerow berries

“The bride and groom had been to a lot of weddings already this year, and really wanted the flowers at their wedding to be a bit different.  The bride’s mother, who I met with, and who organised the flowers, really loves flowers, as does the bride’s grandmother, so she really wanted to give her daughter something very special on her wedding day with the flowers.”

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You rarely see a floral wedding bouquet without any flowers, but here’s one that I think shows how beautiful they can be – with just lots of gorgeous greenery, a few sprigs of red berries and some seedheads for interest.

More gorgeous photos from this Californian sea ranch wedding here.  Or if you’re looking for a seasonal wedding bouquet have a look at these wonderful businesses who could create one (and possibly grow it!) for you.

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Having a short break from our wedding details I wanted to share some of the latest creations from one of the businesses from the directory.  I am always so amazed by the creativity and imagination of people, especially those businesses I work with on my website – there can be so much of the same ‘stuff’ in the wedding world, it’s refreshing to see something different.

Kat from The Paper Florist is one of those people.  She creates stunning flowers from recycled papers, they can be used for table decorations or even the brides bouquet.  Here is some of her recent work at a beautiful May Day wedding.

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Utterly gorgeous handmade winter wreaths from The Real Cut Flower Garden.  I am certainly considering forgoing the traditional Christmas wreath in place of one of these.

Would also make a divine decoration at a winter wedding – perhaps on the entrance to the church or hall where you’re getting married, or just to decorate part of your venue.

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Vintage inspired bouquets and buttonholes

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Having discovered that Charlie Ryrie has posted some great images of the vintage inspired bouquet and buttonholes she made for me on her blog, I thought I should share them with you.  A new camera is on my Christmas wish list!

This is the beautiful bouquet – a gorgeous mixture of pinks, peaches and purples in a wide variety of flowers.  At The Vintage Wedding Fair so many people commented on how they loved the natural look of this bouquet, how it was like you’d scooped up a bunch of flowers from a meadow.

Charlie has an incredible way of bringing together a wide variety of flowers in one bouquet that looks so natural.

This is just one of the buttonholes Charlie made for my stand at the fair – and possibly my favourite.  I love the colours and the use of the seed heads.

Every buttonhole was unique, a different collection of a flowers, foliage and seed heads – people really loved the individuality of the buttonholes, rather than the traditional single rose worn by everyone.

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