Soft and natural wedding hair inspiration from a bygone era


Today I wanted to bring you something a little different and share some inspiration for more natural wedding hairstyles, many of which I feel have that hint of a bygone era.  From romantic historical novels to Mediaveal woodlands, pre-war country cottages to Grecian shores.

Undoubtedly I’m looking at all these styles and what they evoke for me through very rose tinted spectacles, but then again what’s the harm in that?  These natural hair styles are here to inspire you for your wedding day, not to recreate in perfect detail a historic look.

Inspiration for natural wedding hair styles

It’s not much of a secret here on the blog that I love inspiration that evokes childhood memories, in particular books with beautiful illustrations such as Brambly Hedge.  Another collection of books I loved as a little girl were the Flower Fairies (anyone else?), my mum even made me a celandine flower fairy dressing up outfit that I decided I would have recreated for my bridesmaids when I got married one day – needless to say this didn’t happen.

This hair style below, with its loose waves, twists of hair pinned up and delicate floral decoration, reminds me of those Flower Fairy books, but a more grown up version.  I imagine with this simple style that it’s all about getting your hair looking beautiful because you are doing so little to it.

Loose natural wedding hair with flowers

Not too dissimilar from the image above, I love these two hair styles for their slightly windswept and imperfect look (I’m sure trying to get your hair this effortlessly beautiful is not as easy as you wish it should be).  Whether you have lightly curled hair, or straight hair that you could put in rags to create loose natural curls, just pinning up a few strands can be the most simple way to do you hair for your wedding day.

Romantic wedding hair styles

This pinned and plaited up do makes me think of a heroine from a Brontë novel, such as Jane Eyre.  These pinned plaits seem to be further back with some loose strands of hair around the face, as opposed to the top image where the plaits are much more prominent.

Crown of plaits wedding hair style

Of all the hair styles I’m sharing, these two are the most styled and formal – they remind me of Marie Antoinette.  I love the inclusion of what look like gauzy ribbons fastened into the hair style on the left – a lovely alternative to fresh flowers and tiaras.  The beautiful pinned loose curls on the right wouldn’t look out of place on the page of a romantic historical novel.

Era inspired wedding hair styles

It doesn’t take me to tell you that flower crowns are rife in weddings these days, but I like this alternative of creating a natural crown by plaiting your hair.  This style allows you to keep most of your hair down whilst the first image I featured makes a full crown of plaits.

Natural braided wedding hair style

In my dreams my hair could do this, but I don’t think mine is thick enough and would need a lot of styling products to create this look.  With the flowers and mixture of loose ringlets and plaits, in my imagination this is what Maid Marion’s hair would have looked like.  It is also mediaeval feeling and would be perfect for a woodland wedding.

Medieval inspired wedding hair with flowers

Helped along by the styling of this photo, this hair style evokes for me a romantic dream of country living pre-war, perhaps in a farm house, with muddy lanes and washing billowing in the garden. Twisted up and secured in a bun at the base of the head, this style would look beautiful with a few fresh flowers secured in the coils of hair.

Natural vintage inspired wedding hair style

This final hair style feels quite Grecian to me, perhaps because the two tiny plaits almost form a wreath on the crown of your head.  For those of us who want something quite soft and natural for our wedding day, this is a great option.

If you’re like me and rarely wear your hair tied up, then the idea of a traditional wedding ‘up do’ is pretty scary – I didn’t want to look and feel completely different on my wedding day.  But equally, you don’t want to do nothing and have your hair completely loose, after all it looks like that everyday.  A few plaits are a great way to balance the two, and wonderfully someone has done a helpful tutorial for this look.

Natural plaited wedding hair style

I hope you’ve enjoyed this collection of inspiration – have you been inspired by elements of childhood books or films for your wedding day?  Is there a particular character that you draw ideas from when it comes to how you’d like to look?

Images: (1) Unknown via Pinterest; (2) Haley O’Rourke via Pinterest; (3) via Eras of Elegance; (4) Ailera Stone Photography; (5) Whitney Deal; (6) Antonio di Maria Fotografo via Pinterest; (7) Dan & Corina Lecca Photography for Marchesa via Colin Cowie Weddings; (8) John Allen for wildflowers are pretty; (9) Sabrina Nielsen Photography via Pinterest; (10) Anthony Masters for Filly via Honey Kennedy; (11) Love Maegan


Samantha on 25. September, 2012

Gorgeous inspiration!! Loved the Flower Fairies when younger and still do, they were actually inspiration behind elements of our wedding day!! These images are completely epitomise natural beauty! xx

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