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Why you should choose seasonal wedding flowers – in support of British Flowers Week 2015

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Why you should choose seasonal wedding flowers // The Natural Wedding Company

Seasonal wedding flowers in support of British flowers

When I first started out with my business there was only really one or two people growing flowers for weddings in the UK. Now 8 years on and there are flower farmer florists all over the country, I imagine in every county, in varying degrees of growing their own to supporting British growers. That is just SO incredibly exciting, especially if you a bride-to-be.

As it’s British Flowers Week I wanted to do a mini showcase of how you can have British flowers for your wedding all year round, it’s just about embracing seasonality and celebrating the wonderful blooms being grown in this country. So coming up over the rest of the week will be a post dedicated to each season (links below) and a snapshot of the kinds of beautiful seasonal British flowers you could choose for your wedding.

As a long time supporter I wanted to dig through my archives and share some of the great posts we’ve previously featured that are full of seasonal flower inspiration and ideas.

And don’t forget to go and treat yourself to a bunch of British grown seasonal blooms this week in celebration of British Flowers Week – and download a copy of this seasonal chart of British flowers and foliages.

British Flowers Week // The Natural Wedding Company

Seasonal blooms for weddings all year round

Be sure to check out all the posts in this series for lots of inspiration and ideas for your wedding:

Seasonal blooms for your spring wedding

Seasonal blooms for your summer wedding

Seasonal blooms for your autumn wedding

Seasonal blooms for your winter wedding

My 2013 road trip visiting British flower farmers

In 2013 when I was pregnant with Tilly, I set off on a road trip around the south west where I visited over 13 wedding suppliers featured in our directory, a number of which were flower farmers. In Somerset I met Jan of JW Blooms, in Cornwall I met Susanne of The Blue Carrot, and in Gloucestershire I visited Organic Blooms.

Susanne of The Blue Carrot // The Natural Wedding Company Susanne of The Blue Carrot // The Natural Wedding Company

My British flowers photoshoot

I also spent a whole day on a mini shoot with Becca and Maz of The Garden Gate Flower Company (see the behind-the-scenes pictures here), which ended in the most exquisite set of inspirational photos for hair flowers which you can view in full here. Amazingly this one picture has gone viral online, being featured all over the world, repinned like mad, and even featured on Lauren Conrad’s blog –>

Hair flowers by The Garden Gate Flower Company // Taylor & Porter Photographs // styled shoot The Natural Wedding Company

Our British flowers workshop

The lovely Rachel of Catkin flowers held a bespoke workshop for TNWC readers on growing and arranging cut flowers, where myself and a small group had the most wonderful day learning from her expertise and playing with gorgeous flowers.

Catkin workshop // Dasha Caffrey // The Natural Wedding Company

Day in the Life series featuring British flower farmers

As part of our ‘a day in the life’ series, we have featured three British flower farmer florists – PYRUS, Wild Bunch, and The Garden Gate Flower Company. These give you a little glimpse at what goes into a day in their life.

I’ve also visited my dear old friend Charlie Ryrie of The Real Cut Flower Garden on numerous occasions (a few times when planning my own wedding flowers!), including this autumn visit when I was sent home with a beautiful bunch of blooms picked from her flower field.

Vintage 'roses' sign // The Natural Wedding Company

Championing British flowers on our blog

We’ve written about saying “no” to imported red roses for Valentine’s day, showcased seasonal winter wreaths to decorate your home with at Christmas, and explored various spring flowers and their romantic meanings.

You might also like our ‘ode to…’ series looking at individual seasonal blooms – including sweet peas, blossom, snake’s head fritillary, old fashioned roses, and violets – and how you can incorporate them into your wedding.

Fritillary buttonholes by Forage For // The Natural Wedding Company

Supporting British flowers in print

Finally, I’ve had my support of British flowers published in a number of magazines, including Wedding Flowers Magazine and Unique Bride Magazine.

So choose to have seasonal British grown flowers for your wedding and support a wonderful industry of talented and passionate artisan businesses. You can find more of them listed in the Flowers section of our directory.

Images: (main image, clockwise from top left) The Garden Gate Flower Company, BareBlooms by Cloud9 Wedding Photography, The Real Cut Flower Garden, PYRUS by Kitchener Photography; (2) British Flowers Week; (3+4) The Natural Wedding Company; (5) The Garden Gate Flower Company by Taylor & Porter Photographs; (6) Dasha Caffrey; (7) unknown; (8) Forage For

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