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Goats milk and chamomile facial bar // Botanical wedding favours // The Natural Wedding Company

We’re back with our Meet the Maker series interviewing small business Oakwood Soaperie who create beautiful botanical wedding favours. When planning your wedding it’s easy to get caught up in check lists of what you need to buy, but we think it’s important to take a moment to get to know the people behind the businesses.

Today we are joined by Ceri from Oakwood Soaperie, a Northumberland based small business creating a beautiful range of botanical wedding favours. From luxurious soaps to bath salt shots, Ceri is dreaming up and creating some delightful sounding natural botanical wedding favours.

We wanted to find out more about what inspires her, how she got started, and the process of creating her range.

Beautiful botanical wedding favours for a natural wedding

Rose bath salt shots // Botanical wedding favours // The Natural Wedding Company

Hi Ceri, welcome to our Meet the Maker series. Tell us how you first dreamt up Oakwood Soaperie?

I have a background in art and design and after many years of non-creative jobs, I was hankering to get back to designing and making once more. I officially began Oakwood Soaperie in October 2010 after many, many months of researching, reading and formulating recipes while experimenting with natural ingredients and making some basic products.

I was working full time and fitting in building up to launch my business in my spare time. I began at my dining room table which I soon outgrew, and now have a beautiful, rural studio within a National Trust property near my home town where I can make everything and work on my business full time.

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Bride and groom in field of wildflowers // Stephen Duncan Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

What a lovely treat we have for you today – the elegant eco garden wedding of our colleague Joanna. She’s been busy writing up the beautiful real weddings we get sent to be featured, but today we are taking a look at her own stunning wedding.

Think bouquets of coral peonies and blue delphiniums, a riverside marquee, and a steel pan band for this elegant eco garden wedding. Lots of thought went into taking care of their guests, from an ice cream van to wood-fired pizzas in the evening. Together with their family and friends, Joanna and Dan put lots of love into their wedding, keeping it eco-friendly in the most elegant way.

Over to Joanna to tell us more about their beautiful and elegant eco garden wedding…

An elegant eco garden wedding

Elegant eco garden wedding at Houghton Lodge // Stephen Duncan Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Coral peony and blue delphinium bouquet and wedding cake // Stephen Duncan Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride and groom beside the river at Houghton Lodge // Stephen Duncan Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Pale aqua bridesmaid dresses and coral peony bouquets // Stephen Duncan Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Pale blue vintage wedding car // Stephen Duncan Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

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Floaty Mermaid Bridal Etsy dress and dried bouquet from The Artisan Dried Flower Company // Little Caravan Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Vic and Farid’s country fete wedding is beautifully soft and natural; set in an idyllic wood panelled village hall, it is pretty and understated yet fabulously chic.

Holding both the ceremony and reception in the bunting-filled village hall, the couple enjoyed a relaxed and captivatingly charming day in Leicestershire with all their favourite people, whilst TNWC recommended photographer Sarah Brittain Edwards Photography captured their day perfectly.

Choosing retro sweets as favours and dried flowers for her bouquet, we asked bride Vic to tell us all about the ideas behind their cute country fete wedding…

Village hall wedding with vintage chairs // Little Caravan Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Homemade Just Married banner // Little Caravan Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Dried flower bridal hair flowers // Little Caravan Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Pink and yellow cupcake wedding cake with peas in a pod cake topper // Little Caravan Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Chalkboard order of wedding // Little Caravan Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Vic and Farid's pretty country fete wedding with floral bunting, an Etsy dress and a dried flower meadow bouquet // Little Caravan Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

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One of my other loves in life is food and cooking, and wherever possible using wholefood ingredients rather than that processed nonsense, so you can imagine my delight when I was given the opportunity to share a new cake and patisserie book with you (and give a copy away – more details on that below).

Clean Cakes by Henrietta Inman is full of delicious sounding recipes using whole, natural and nourishing ingredients, and is totally free from gluten, dairy and refined sugar for those who are avoiding those foods. Not only is this a great recipe book for home baking, but it is also full of recipes that I think would be great for weddings – which is why I felt I wanted to share it with you.

Having a lovely flip through the book, I ear-marked a number of recipes that I thought would be idea for a wedding, so if you are planning to DIY some of your wedding, here are my thoughts on some edible homemade projects.

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DIY sweet treats for your wedding

I thought the Strawberry verbena granita would be delightful for a summer wedding and a delicious alternative to ice cream.

There are two pages of recipes for truffles, including the scrummy sounding Blackcurrant truffles and Camomile and honey ‘white chocolate’ truffles – all of which I thought would make thoughtful homemade wedding favours.

What about making your own Fresh mint thins (think fresh mint leaves covered in dark chocolate) to decorate your wedding cake

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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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Top 15 Natural Wedding Favour Ideas: from eco-chic macarons and wildflower seed balls to DIY potted herbs and jars of honey

Today we’re sharing our favourite 15 natural wedding favours – all perfect for bringing an eco-chic touch to your wedding day thanks you’s for your guests (check out more from our series of favourite 15 for 2015).

We are showcasing a mixture of homemade and bought wedding favours, and where possible have included links and prices of each wedding favour to give you an idea of costs. Hopefully there’s a little something for everyone!

Finally, if you’re looking for even more ideas for wedding favours then check out our Favours section on the directory for a great range from some fab eco-friendly and ethical businesses. We even have suppliers who stock a range of boxes and bags to package up your DIY wedding favours, which you can find here.

Dainty wedding favour jars of homemade jam

Who doesn’t love a pot of homemade jam? Perfect if you have a friend or family maker who makes delicious preserves, just delegate the jam making to them and provide some sweet little jars for them to fill.

Dainty wedding favour jars of homemade jam https://thenaturalweddingcompany.co.uk/blog

Hessian and twine wrapped potted herb wedding favours

Another simple DIY wedding favour option – buy some potted herbs, wrap them in squares of hessian and tie up with twine. Done!

Hessian and twine wrapped potted herb wedding favours https://thenaturalweddingcompany.co.uk/blog

Handstamped vintage ‘love spoon’ tea spoon wedding favours

A real keepsake wedding favour that your guests can treasure, vintage teaspoons stamped with ‘love spoon’ (in this case in Welsh). Read more about these vintage teaspoons here.

Handstamped vintage 'love spoon' tea spoon wedding favours https://thenaturalweddingcompany.co.uk/blog

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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 https://thenaturalweddingcompany.co.uk/blog

Wedding canapés decorated with dainty edible flowers

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

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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!

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