TNWC Real Brides: introducing Nik and Chris’ relaxed coastal farm wedding


Izzy Burton illustration

If you’re a regular reader you’ll know that this week I am introducing you to the first of my TNWC Real Brides who’ll be blogging their weddings here.  On Tuesday we welcomed the first bride-to-be, Emma, who is getting married in Cornwall with a outdoors festival vibe – if you missed reading about her wedding plans check out her first blog post here.

Today I have my second lovely bride-to-be who is going to introduce herself and some of her wedding plans.  This lovely lady is Nik who writes her own blog Little House in Town and who was our competition winner last year for the cut flower arranging course.  I got to meet Nik on that course and have become good friends with her, so I was delighted to learn that she got engaged over Christmas!

Over to Nik to tell you more about her wedding day plans…

Nik + Chris: 11th July 2013, Wales

When Charlie announced she was looking for ‘real brides’ to feature on TNWC, my stomach knotted with jealousy.  You see, I’ve been a big follower of TNWC for years, soaking up all the incredible rustic and eco-friendly inspiration and storing it deep in the recesses of my mind in preparation for my ‘big day’.  There was one flaw in my planning – I wasn’t engaged.  And if you’re not engaged, you can’t blog about your wedding planning, no matter how much of it you’ve done mentally.

So, when Chris pulled out a beautiful Rust engagement ring as we strolled along my favourite Pembrokeshire beach on Christmas day, my elation was for more reasons than one.  I could apply to be a TNWC bride!  Woohoo!

Us on the beach just before Chris popped the question…

Nik and Chris engagement picture

The Beginning

Chris and I met in the summer of 2007.  He was a lone wanderer just returned from a year long round-the-world stint, and I was a second-year university student about to head out to Zambia on a two month volunteering mission.  I remember very clearly the moment he popped his head round the door of my Dad’s office, where I worked part-time, to ask whether there were any jobs going.  I thought “Crikey, he’s nice.”  Thankfully, he thought the same about me.

Nik and Chris

I flew out to Africa a week later, heart heavy with worry that my absence would ruin whatever small spark of a relationship we had.  I needn’t have concerned myself.  Two months later he picked me up from Heathrow airport and listened to me waffle about my travels for the whole five hours it took us to get home.  We have been inseparable ever since.

Throwing out convention

Our wedding day is in the very fledgling stages of planning – we have no venue, we have no guest list, I have no dress and the wedding car (Reginald- our beloved Beetle) is out of MOT and is badly in need of a full re-spray.  Oh, and we want to get married this summer.  Oh, and our budget is approximately the size of a peanut.  Oh, and pre-engagement I signed myself up for an ethical fashion challenge, which means I have a very limited clothing allowance for 2013.  So I can guarantee that there is going to be some creative thinking going on to bring this wedding in on time, on budget and in style.

VW Beetle

We’ll be throwing together many of the details ourselves and roping in skilled friends and family to do the things we can’t.  I was fortunate enough to attend the Catkin cut flower growing course with Charlie last year, and hope to put what we learnt to good use by growing some of our own wedding flowers.

Hand-tied bouquet of seasonal flowers

Although many of the details are vague at this stage, what I can say about our big day is that it will be very ‘us’.  It will be held by our beloved Pembrokeshire coastline and will be understated, homely, relaxed, low-key and ? most importantly – natural and eco-conscious.  There will be no speeches or cutting of the cake, no staged photography or head table.  Just us, our close family and friends having a great laugh at the seaside.

Nik will be back soon to share more of her wedding planning journey – in the meantime, if you want to keep updated on the latest posts from my ‘real brides’ simply save the TNWC Real Brides link or ‘like’ my Facebook page where I share all new blog posts.  

Next week I’ll have two new brides to introduce you to, so don’t forget to check back on Tuesday and Thursday to meet them, plus in between there will be lots of lovely wedding inspiration as ever.

Images: (1) Illustration by Izzy Burton; (2 – 4) Brides own pictures


Emma Lou on 1. February, 2013

Hi Nik,

So lovely to see another of the Real Brides! Your wedding will be better than amazing. I look forward to all the updates!

Emma xx

Michael from Bohemian Weddings on 1. February, 2013

Love your story and ethos guys. Having a wedding that is totally about you is oh so important.

And as for Reginald, even if he drives you to the venue as he is now, it will be unique and you! I have never owned a 71 bug but had many through from 61 – 74 :-) Best wedding car ever!

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