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Poppy and Mark's colourful meadow festival wedding with outdoor ceremony, hay bale seating and bridesmaids in yellow maxi skirts // Bohemian Weddings // The Natural Wedding Company

Poppy and Mark’s colourful meadow festival wedding in Wales is not only full of inspiration and pretty details, but it just oozes love and fun. It’s a beautiful example of a British summer wedding at it’s best, with hay bale seating, sunflower yellow bridesmaid dresses, and romantic meadow photos.

This wedding was captured by Michael and Andrea of Bohemian Weddings, one of our recommended wedding photographers. If you’re on the hunt for photographers for your 2017 wedding, you could win your wedding photography with Bohemian Weddings this month via our blog – full details here on how to enter.

Here’s what Poppy and Mark said about them…

“We met our wonderful photographers, Michael and Andrea of Bohemian Weddings, at a friend’s wedding the previous year (Lizzy and Graeme had found them by contacting The Natural Wedding Company after being let down last minute).

We wanted to capture the feel of the day rather than have hours of posed photographs, and as we’d seen them previously we knew they would be perfect. It felt like having friends take our photos rather than official photographers, and their friendliness and ease spread to all the guests throughout the day.”

Over to Poppy to tell us more about their colourful meadow festival wedding…

Bridesmaids in yellow maxi skirts and white lace tops // Bohemian Weddings // The Natural Wedding Company

Wedding reception chairs decorated with ribbons // Bohemian Weddings // The Natural Wedding Company

Meadow wedding photos // Bohemian Weddings // The Natural Wedding Company

Table plan on a rustic wooden pallet // Bohemian Weddings // The Natural Wedding Company

Outdoor meadow wedding ceremony with floral arch // Bohemian Weddings // The Natural Wedding Company

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Rachel and Lee’s autumn lake house wedding with outdoor ceremony and sunflower bouquets for this boat loving couple // Davey and Krista Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

The first Real Wedding of 2017 is a little different because this time we travel across the pond to the beautiful East Coast of America. Rachel and Lee’s early autumn lake house wedding is a feast for tired January eyes. They held their wedding at Rachel’s family’s Lake House in Maryland under the hazy September sun.

Before we catch up with bride Rachel to learn more about this rowing boat-filled, sunflower-adorned day, a few words from to TNWC’s Charlie…

This wedding feels close to my heart, which might sound strange when I’ve never met Rachel or Lee, but I have got to know Rachel a little over the past year. Firstly she shared with me her nautical wedding invitations inspired by my own save the dates. I especially loved that the “tying the knot” element (inspired by this version of mine) had such relevance to their love of sailing.

Since their wedding, Rachel and Lee have been on the most incredible 12 month adventure sailing around America in their yacht. I have followed their adventures on Instagram and have kept in touch following their return to dry land, where Rachel has set up her own business Rachel Kendall Events. I am so thrilled that we get to share their wedding with you.

Rustic eco-chic nautical ‘tying the knot’ save the dates and invitations with hessian, lace and twine // Davey and Krista Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Rachel and Lee’s autumn lake house wedding with outdoor ceremony and sunflower bouquets for this boat loving couple // Davey and Krista Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Outdoor lake side wedding ceremony // Davey and Krista Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Succulent buttonholes // Davey and Krista Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Purple bridesmaids dresses and sunflower bouquets // Davey and Krista Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

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Seasonal summer bouquet of sweet peas and lavender

What a beautiful feast of floral design we have for you today!  If you are planning a summer wedding and have just started thinking about your wedding flowers, then grab of cup of something warm and settle down to soak up some inspiration from one of our florists, Campbell’s Flowers.

Over the summer Tracey and her team at Campbell’s Flowers had a lovely intern – Kate – working for them.  To celebrate the end of her internship they put together a shoot of stunning seasonal blooms, and my gosh are they heavenly.  Kate also works as a second shooter for a wedding photographer so she’s pretty nifty with a camera, capturing this beautiful floral collection at Sheffield Botanical Gardens.

Here’s Kate to tell you more about what they did…

Flower necklace of cosmos and nigella

To mark the final day of an amazing internship with Campbell’s Flowers, we ventured off to shoot some beautiful British grown bouquets.  While taking shelter from the summer showers we made use of the beautiful light in the Pavilions in Sheffield Botanical Gardens and got some lovely soft shots of the interchangeable flower necklace and flower crown, crafted from locally grown seasonal flowers.

Wedding bouquet of lavender, sweet peas and cosmos

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Sunflower, dahlia and feather autumn wedding bouquet

So it’s Halloween and I can barely believe we are into November tomorrow – where is the time going?  Baby Tilly and I have decorated the front our little house with two beautiful ‘Cinderella’ pumpkins from a local farm and an autumnal wreath gifted to us from the lovely ladies at The Garden Gate Flowers Company (here’s a picture).

Rather than going all Halloween themed wedding today on the blog I wanted to share some of the abundance of seasonal autumn flowers that have been filling up my Facebook newsfeed from our fab TNWC flower farmers and florists.  If you are planning an autumn wedding I encourage you all to embrace seasonal blooms, foliage and berries (if you’re reading this blog I imagine you are already a fan!) – here is a little inspiration for you…

Seasonal Autumn Wedding Flower Inspiration

I was completely captured by the use of borlotti beans in this autumn bouquet from Lock Cottage Flowers, and those dahlias are just stunning.

Autumn bouquet of dahlias and borlotti beans from Lock Cottage Flowers

A totally incredible urn arrangement of dahlias (look at the size of them!) and those delicate orange Chinese Lanterns from Petal & Feast.

Urn arrangement with dahlias and Chinese Lanterns from Petal & Feast

Down in Cornwall, The Blue Carrot has been picking the last of her dahlias and roses for this natural and romantic arrangement.

Natural bouquet of dahlias and roses from The Blue Carrot

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End of summer bridal bouquet

I love the colours in this end of summer bouquet from one of our new TNWC businesses, The Garden Gate Flower Company.  This bunch of gorgeous flowers was picked from their cutting garden in Cornwall yesterday and they dropped me an email to share it with me – and I thought it only right to share it with you all too.

Rebecca from The Garden Gate Flower Company told me, “Inspired by the slight change in the air and the browning of the leaves, this bouquet will still keep any bride happy with its cheerful red sunflowers and the second flush of yellow roses!  It just goes to show an autumn wedding can still be a lovely time to get married….only problem is I’d never through this bouquet over my shoulder!”  I don’t think I would either!

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Jonny Draper Photography

Following on from yesterday’s introduction to the fabulous photoshoot at Heaton House Farm that I got to be involved with, today I’m sharing the first of the two bridal looks that we created.  A team of wonderful wedding suppliers came together to put these looks together and you’ll find all their details at the bottom of the page.

Today’s bridal looks are accessorised with cute calves and a stonking great big tractor…

1950s inspired bride in the cow barn

This was probably my favourite look of the day, a gorgeous vintage-esque wedding dress with gorgeous lace bodice and cinched-in sash around the waist, red sparkly shoes and blanket covered hay bales.

1950s inspired bridal look

Birdcage veil and 1950s inspired wedding dress

1950s inspired farm bridal photoshoot

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yellow and red natural buttonhole

I do think boys can often get overlooked when it comes to wedding blogs, and I’m no exception – I need to share more inspiration for grooms and their best men.  After all, for many marriages it wouldn’t be a wedding without them.  Other than striking suits, buttonholes are one area that a groom can ‘accessorise’ himself, albeit probably chosen by the bride.

I spotted these really interest floral buttonholes on Wookie Wedding Flowers’ Facebook page – when I say ‘floral’ there aren’t many flowers, but they are along those lines using natural plants and foliage, and some flowers.  So if you’re looking for something a bit more unusual but not completely out-there why not take inspiration from some of these.  I also got in touch with Amy from Wookie Wedding Flowers to find out what these beautiful plants are (the above picture is of yellow solidago and red heather).

I love this winter buttonhole of white Snowberries…

winter white snowberry buttonhole

These purple calicarpa berries look striking again the lime green ‘feeling green’ chrysanthemums…

purple berry buttonhole

This is one of my favourites – a soft country buttonhole of fragrants herbs and bluey-purple limonium looks modern but rustic against this oatmeal suit…

rustic country herb buttonhole

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