Favourite Unique Natural Weddings: from a hiking mountain biking bride to a small city back garden ceremony
Welcome to the fourth instalment of our Real Wedding Favourites mini series. So far we’ve covered our favourite natural wedding styles, natural wedding spaces, and natural wedding details. Today we’re taking a look at some of our favourite Unique Natural Weddings.
We’ve done our Favourite Unique Natural Weddings category a bit different to the others in our Real Wedding Favourites series. Instead of categories, we’ve just chosen some of our favourite weddings that we thought were a little bit different and unique.
A Homemade Eco Friendly Wedding in Wales
All the weddings we feature have some element of an eco or ethical ethos behind them, but for this category we wanted to choose one who had a really clear commitment throughout all aspects of their wedding.
Jenny and David’s eco ethical wedding stemmed from their love of plants and the Welsh countryside, and they filled their wedding day with elements that reflected that. They chose a fab eco wedding venue, decorated their tipi reception with potted plants, had bouquets of buttons donated by friends, ‘living’ succulent buttonholes, and made their wedding stationery from recycled card.
A Simple Elegant Wedding with only 35 Guests
Alex and James’ wedding only had 35 guests, which in itself I find pretty incredible. They had a church ceremony followed by an intimate wedding reception at a local inn. They prioritised excellent food and time spent with family and friends, plus a few beautiful details such as bouquets of locally grown flowers and rusted tins of potted herbs to decorate their tables.
I think Alex and James’ wedding provides great inspiration of how to keep things simple but beautiful. Their wedding remains incredibly romantic and with a few special touches, without going over the top. One to inspire anyone considering an intimate wedding of less than 50 guests.
A Tiny Back Garden Ceremony in the City
Hazel and Dan’s backyard family wedding is my favourite example of a wedding done without spending a fortune. They had their wedding ceremony in their back garden, before walking through Edinburgh with their family and friends to their local community hall.
Their wedding reception had craft activities on each table to create the table decorations, their guests brought homemade cakes instead of gifts, and friends sang and played music for the entertainment.
A Personalised Wedding Ceremony Beneath a Beech Tree
Christine and Joe’s wedding ceremony starts for me, with their first look. After this they greeted their guests as they arrived for the wedding. Then they chose to walk to their wedding ceremony together, which was beneath a huge old beech tree.
As part of the wedding ceremony, their guests were invited to come up with an offering to the couple. Each of the items represented a value that Christine and Joe wanted for their marriage, including the words cherish, creativity, passion and truth.
It was Christine’s honesty about the challenges of choose an alternative wedding ceremony that made it my choice: “Many of our friends and family are Roman Catholic, and my dad was upset that we weren’t having the ceremony in a church for traditions sake…My advice to other couples is to only worry about what you want to bring into the ceremony, what you want to create in this union, and don’t worry what other people think about you. People come around, even my dad appreciated the ceremony, saying ‘it could have been in any religion.”
A Wedding with a Cable Car and Hike to the Venue
For me, Kate and Aidan are an excellent example of a bride and groom doing their wedding exactly how they wanted, in a way that reflected their relationship. What were the things that really stood out for me?
They stayed together the night before with a group of friends, and chose to get ready together the morning of their wedding. They chose a rural wedding venue in a difficult to reach location that reflected their love of the outdoors. But the super awesome part – the bride, groom and their guests took a cable car and then hiked across the moorland to reach it.
For their wedding ceremony, Kate and Aidan chose to walk down the aisle together. Sustainability is important to both of them, and they wove this throughout their wedding – fairtrade wedding rings, locally grown flowers, even a wedding photographer with an eco ethos. Finally, they spent the day after their wedding mountain biking with friends through the Peak District in their wedding outfits.
This is part of a mini blog series called Real Wedding Favourites. You can find the other parts here: