Join The Natural Wedding Company for our South West Roadtrip visiting some fab wedding businesses along the way
Charlie / 4 June 2013
The Natural Wedding Company – that’s me (Charlie) and my baby bump – are going on a roadtrip! Starting on Sunday 9th June I will be driving from my home in Cheshire, all the way down the country and into Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, finishing up in a little bit of Gloucestershire and Wiltshire about 10 days later.
Along my way I’m going to be stopping off at a number of the fantastic businesses that you can find listed on The Natural Wedding Company directory. There are many more fab wedding suppliers down in the South West than I am possibly able to see in 10 days, but I am doing my best to see as many as I can and report back to you, my lovely readers, about what I find.
Follow My South West Roadtrip
The whole aim of this roadtrip is not only for me to get to meet some of these businesses in person, but also to share pictures and details with you. I’m going to be taking my camera, my phone and my laptop, and each and every place I visit I’ll be capturing in pictures, words, and maybe even video (if I can figure that out!).
Each day I’ll be retreating to a B&B to write up my day’s visits, which you’ll then be able to read the following day on the blog.
As well as documenting my South West Roadtrip on the blog, I’ll be sharing photos on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. I’ll be tagging all my images on Instagram and Twitter with #TNWCRoadtrip so I hope you’ll follow along and join me on this epic roadtrip virtually.
What do you want to know about these businesses? I’m going to be putting together the questions that I want to ask these businesses – the things I’d like to know, but I’d also love to ask questions on your behalf if you have any.
I can’t ask specific questions about your wedding requirements, but if you’d love to know what Susanne from The Blue Carrot’s favourite flower is, or whether Clavelshay Barn have any suitable spots for a woodland style ceremony, then leave your questions in the comments box below and I’ll see what I can do!
My Roadtrip Destinations
So, who am I visiting along the way? Well, you can see my journey and stop-off’s on the map above, but here’s a brief look at the wedding businesses I’m visiting on my South West Roadtrip:
My first stop is to Hunstile Organic Farm – a farmhouse and garden wedding venue set in the beautiful Somerset countryside. I stayed at Hunstile last year with Mr Rigg but with such a long drive from Cheshire and the lovely warm welcome you receive at Hunstile, this was my top choice for my first night’s stay.
Next I’m headed to Clavelshay Barn – set on a working dairy farm nestled in a peaceful valley on the edge of the Quantock hills, it’s a rural wedding venue perfect for a country wedding and I’m looking forward to taking a look around.
A short hop down to JW Blooms – also based in Somerset, Jan is a florist and flower grower. I’ll be meeting Jan at her flower field and hopefully filling my camera up with pretty pictures of what she’s got growing at the moment.
Just down the road and it’s onto Cowparsley Weddings – a beautiful rustic farm wedding venue with vintage marquees in Somerset. I met the lovely Claire who runs Cowparsley Weddings last year at my TNWC Birthday Party and can’t wait to visit.
Next I’m crossing the border into Devon to visit Bespoke Confetti – I met Rosie at the Eco Wedding Fair in Bristol last September and I’m looking forward to finding out how they create their natural petal confetti, from seed, to flower, to final product.
Following a long drive down through Devon, my next stop is Lantallack Weddings in Cornwall – from its pictures Lantallack looks like a pretty idyllic wedding venue so I can’t wait to actually visit and take a look around. Set on the River Tamar, this area is special to me as my I spent childhood holidays on the Devon side of the river at my granny’s.
From here I’m heading to The Garden Gate Flower Company near Fowey – they grow organic and seasonal flowers for weddings, and have a gorgeous way of styling them into bouquets and arrangements. It was Becca and Maz from The Garden Gate Flower Company who encouraged and inspired this roadtrip, so I’m looking forward to spending some time getting to know them better.
My next stop is my most southerly, where I’ll be visiting The Blue Carrot – based in a Cornish village, Susanne is known for her very distinct style of arranging her flowers and I’m really excited about taking a look around her cutting garden.
Next I’m crossing Cornwall to the north coast, and stopping of to see Charlie Scribble – Flo designs and hand-illustrates beautiful and personalised wedding stationery in a lovely rustic style that is popular with my readers. I briefly met Flo and her dog Wowzer last spring and hope to get a sneak peak into her studio.
Further up the coast and back into Devon, I’m visiting Rowan Tree Studio – they host crafty hen parties as well as making bespoke wedding favours, and as someone who loves a handmade wedding I can’t wait to find out more about the type of hen parties they offer.
Staying in Devon my next stop is Greens of Devon – they specialise in edible flowers, something that is becoming increasingly popular for weddings and I’m already a huge fan. I can’t wait to have a look around this interesting business and find out more about how you can use edible flowers.
My second-to-last stop is in South Gloucestershire, to Organic Blooms – they grow cottage garden flowers and herbs for weddings, but what’s really interesting about them is that they are a community interest company, using the therapeutic benefits of working with nature to benefit people with disabilities and support needs.
And on to my final stop of the journey, the beautiful looking Church Farm in Wiltshire – they have eight acres of organic wildflower meadow on their farm available for wedding receptions. From the pictures on their website Church Farm looks like the kind of place I’d like to live, so I’m really excited to meet Kate and share this lovely venue with you.
Then I’m off home via a night’s rest at my parent’s in Gloucestershire – phew!
While I’m Gone
I’m hoping that the blog will continue to run pretty much as normal whilst I’m on the road, so do keep checking back for daily wedding inspiration and ideas, and also each morning for my feature on the previous day’s adventures.
If you are emailing me I may take longer to reply – I’m imagining that as much fun as it’s going to be I’m going to be pretty tired at the end of each day (especially being pregnant!), so please be patient – I will get back to you as soon as I can.
Maybe at 28 weeks pregnant (which is what I’ll be when I set off) it’s a bit bonkers doing such an epic trip, but I’ve loaded my iPod up with some great playlists, I’ll pack some scrummy snacks, and my destinations each day are so lovely that I can’t wait to meet all these wonderful businesses.
Don’t forget, from Sunday 9th to Monday 17th June 2013, to follow along on my TNWC South West Roadtrip on…
Images: (1) Map illustrationby Izzy Burton; (2) Rolling Homes, Handmade houses on Wheela by Jane Lidz. 1979 via Moon to Moon
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