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A romantic Flower Fairy inspired wedding with gypsophila flower crown and woodland themed wedding reception // Photography Aime Herriott / The Natural Wedding Company

I had another blog feature planned for today, but then I found out it is my colleague Samantha’s fourth wedding anniversary today, and naturally I felt that sharing some snippets from her beautiful wedding was much more appropriate.

Samantha came into my life a couple of years ago when I was looking for someone to become a blog features writer – up until that point it had just been me running The Natural Wedding Company directory and writing the blog. I loved her enthusiasm and obvious love for weddings, I loved that she had become a mum at a similar time to me and had a little boy near in age to my little girl, and I loved that she had been inspired by childhood books The Flower Fairies for her wedding.

Whilst we don’t get to see each other very much because we live at opposite ends of the country, she has become such an important part of my life and the fabric and future of The Natural Wedding Company. So today while she celebrates four years of marriage with her husband Paul, our blog will celebrate that day four years ago when they said their “I do’s”.

Here’s to celebrating true love (these two are truly my idols when it comes to romance – you’ll see what I mean from Paul’s proposal) and to living out our girlhood dreams of being Flower Fairies. Put on a suitable romantic song, turn it up loud and enjoy this sweet celebration of marriage. Over to Samantha for a few snippets from her wedding…

A wedding inspired by The Flower Fairies

I have deep down (ok, not that deep down) always wished to be a flower fairy, therefore wanted to create the feeling of a magical world in the depths of the woods for everyone to enjoy. Luckily Paul didn’t even bat an eyelid when I suggested that we go for a woodland inspired ‘theme’ which would feature giant strawberries.

A romantic Flower Fairy inspired wedding with gypsophila flower crown and woodland themed wedding reception // Photography Aime Herriott / The Natural Wedding Company

Flower Fairy wedding place cards // Photography Aime Herriott / The Natural Wedding Company

A romantic Flower Fairy inspired wedding with gypsophila flower crown and woodland themed wedding reception // Photography Aime Herriott / The Natural Wedding Company

Rustic wedding buttonholes with wheat, poppy seedheads, lavender and strawberries // Photography Aime Herriott / The Natural Wedding Company

Flower Fairy inspired bridesmaid dresses // Photography Aime Herriott / The Natural Wedding Company

Flower Fairy inspired bridesmaid bouquet // Photography Aime Herriott / The Natural Wedding Company

A romantic Flower Fairy inspired wedding with gypsophila flower crown and woodland themed wedding reception // Photography Aime Herriott / The Natural Wedding Company

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An unsusual autumn wedding bouquet of dried leaves, golden wheat and delicate oats

I really love a bouquet of locally grown seasonal wedding flowers, but this unusual bouquet caught my attention when I spotted it on the Instagram feed of fellow eco wedding enthusiast EcoBride (all the way over in Sweden!). Could you get much more seasonal for an autumn wedding than an exquisite bouquet of roses made from leaves and sprinkled with golden ears of wheat and trembling oats?

For any brides-to-be who fancy making a similar bouquet, I found a great tutorial over on Design Sponge for making your own autumn leaf bouquet.

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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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Today I have seen so many things that sparked ideas for an autumnal wedding that I felt the best way to share them was with an inspiration board.  If I was planning an autumn wedding I think I would be inspired by wool, hessian, pumpkins, and old-fashioned hues.


Decorating for an autumn wedding

I would decorate with lots of galvanised metal buckets and pewter jugs, filled with the last of the summer flowers in soft, warm colours.  Pumpkins, squashes and gourds can be found in your local farm shops and look wonderful just as they are.  I would use old woolen blankets on hay bales for seating or used like a tablecloth for a cake table.


Dressing for an autumn wedding

For me I would embrace the season, fitting the boys out in country tweed suits, knitted ties and buttonholes of wheat or seedheads.  Bridesmaids would be wrapped in chunky knit scarves and maybe even mittens to keep them warm.  Amongst all those soft colours I would try to bring in a pop of colour – like the gorgeous teal blue of that hat or a pretty bouquets of Dahlia flowers.

Are you having an autumn wedding – what’s inspired you?  If you were to dream up your perfect autumn wedding what would it be like?  Would you like to see more posts like this?

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Striking seasonal bouquet of golden wheat

Charlie / 17 February 2011

This is a lovely example of how you can create a wedding bouquet that is both beautiful, striking and seasonal.  A bundle of golden wheat ears with a splash of green and white from a slim calla lily.  This Lithuanian bride also wore the most incredible dress – see full photos here.

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Beautiful buttonholes ~ part two

Charlie / 27 June 2010

Buttonholes for a summer or autumn wedding:

A pretty combination of cool blue and summery pink flowers, tied with a small cord.

A simple palate of garden flowers, with blue Borage flowers and a pop of yellow.  The scrap of white cotton completes this country style buttonhole.

The cool blues and greens of these buttonholes are created using herbs – lavender, rosemary and sage.  I especially like the use of the unripe blueberries that are just starting to blush.

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One of our listed businesses, Shropshire Petals, got in contact to tell us about a fab new product they offer.  Here’s a little more about them and an exclusive offer.

Shropshire Petals grow biodegradable natural petal confetti.  Their Shropshire farm has fields upon fields of delphiniums.  To create the perfect petals all flowers are grown with careful love and attention.

Petals are delicately handpicked, eco-friendly and 100% natural.  Together with natural petal confetti, Shropshire Petals also offer wheat sheaves and lavender bundles – how gorgeous would these look at a late summer or early autumn wedding…

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