Outdoor summer wedding // Freckle Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

It certainly feels as though Spring has sprung, and what better way to celebrate but with a gloriously sunny, cheerful and laid back village wedding.

Charli and Sam’s special day has an authentically wholesome vibe to it. Just looking at these beautiful photographs by Freckle Photography you get the sense that their day was true to them. While their ‘official’ nuptials  took place in the edifying surrounds of historical Bath, their outdoor ceremony and marquee celebrations were set in the village Charli grew up in.

The couple’s decisions typify the quintessential natural English wedding: hay bales, locally sourced wildflowers and homemade bunting, and it really is lovely. Emma of Freckle Photography, one of our recommended suppliers, has captured the happiness of their day perfectly. Let’s chat to bride Charli to find out more…

Tiered Victoria sponge wedding cake // Freckle Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

English summer wedding with outdoor ceremony in a field // Freckle Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Nempnet Cider Co. wedding cider bar // Freckle Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

English country wedding bride and groom // Freckle Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Handmade rustic table names // Freckle Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride and groom photography at sunset // Freckle Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

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Bride and groom in spring meadow // Jennie Hill Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Beth and Robert’s spring Devon farm wedding is overflowing with many of my wedding “favourites”. Favourites such as…getting married in May, spring wildflowers, and yurts. Captured by our friend Jennie Hill Photography, this down-to-earth wedding is a real family affair, with a sprinkling of handmade details and pretty touches.

Although the wedding was held at the family farm in Devon, it is dotted with elements that share the couples love of Scotland. As we sit here in March with hints of warmer weather and spring flowers starting to bloom, I’m certain this spring Devon farm wedding is going to get you dreaming of spring.

Devon farm wedding with yurts // Jennie Hill Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

English spring wildflower bouquet // Jennie Hill Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Forget-me-nots for a spring Devon farm wedding // Jennie Hill Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Country bride and groom in vintage car // Jennie Hill Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Spring Devon farm wedding with wildflower bouquet // Jennie Hill Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

A spring wildflower bouquet with bluebells and forget-me-nots // Jennie Hill Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

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Victoria sponge wedding cake with 'owl and the pussycat' cake topper

This wedding cake is absolutely genius!  It’s almost all of my favourite things rolled into one wedding cake – childhood memories, Victoria sponge cakes and pretty flowers.  Can you even look at it without smiling?

I love that it’s a homemade wedding cake (I’ve recently been asking for advice/tips over on my Facebook page on how to make tiered Victoria sponge wedding cakes) and with perhaps the jolliest handmade wedding cake topper ever.

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Jodie and James' epic weekend wedding

Today I have an incredible real wedding.  It is utterly epic (I don’t use words like that often) and it’s not short on beautiful ideas and inspiration if that’s what you’re looking for.  I’ve even broken it down into headings because there is so much to share with you!

Richard Rayner Photography

Richard Rayner Photography

Jodie and James got married on 15th September 2012 and spent the whole weekend celebrating with their family and friends.  Jodie has kindly told me so much about their incredible weekend celebration, and I am sure that many of you brides-to-be will find lots of helpful snippets throughout from Jodie and James’ experience.

Tiered sponge wedding cake with berries

Jodie and James' wedding

Without further ado, I’ll hand you over to the lovely Jodie to tell you all about their epic wedding weekend…

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tiered wedding sponge cake with lemon curd

One of my lovely readers, Adeline, yesterday wrote about the search for her perfect wedding cake (read about it here), and I was delighted on reading through to find out she had found inspiration from my blog.  She had fallen in love with one of the tiered Victoria sponge wedding cakes that I’ve featured a few of on my Cake Love postings, and so today, for Adeline, I wanted to post another wedding cake like it.

This one’s a bit different to the other Victoria sponge wedding cakes, which have tended to be a lot slimmer and taller.  This one looks like it’s filled with lemon curd, rather than jam, and I love how it looks so relaxed and effortless.  Decorated with a few sugar dusted strawberries and some summery flowers, it’s the perfect alternative to the jam filled tiered Victoria sponge cakes.

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Cake love - strawberry wedding cake

Wow – what an impressive wedding cake.  It feels very celebratory and looks stunning with all those fresh strawberries decorating the icing and scattered around the base.  It has that feel of an English country fete – not that I ever saw one this good growing up!

Tiered Victoria sponge cakes at weddings have been really popular this year, so I like this bit of a twist on that idea.  If you like this tiered sponge cake, have a look at this one here and here.

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I simply love Victoria sponge cakes, perhaps even more than chocolate cakes – now that’s saying something!  I think it’s great that they’re making an appearance at wedding’s, and as tiered wedding cakes.

I had dreamt of making one for our wedding, I’d even bought three different sized cake tins, but had to admit half way through the week leading up to the wedding that I would just kill myself off if I tried to make a cake on top of everything else.

I’m determined to make a tiered Victoria sponge cake one day – watch this space!  This one above is very pretty with its roses and fresh strawberries, what I really like is the use of three different coloured roses – pink, red and white.  I think this cake is a bit too neat for my liking, I much prefer this more rustic homemade-looking one, but it doesn’t make this cake any less lovely.

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