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Classic British midsummer wedding flower inspiration at Mapperton House

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Classic British midsummer wedding flower inspiration at Mapperton House // The Real Cut Flower Garden // Helen Fisk Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Immerse yourself in some classic British midsummers wedding flower inspiration today and enjoy these beautiful images bought to us by The Real Cut Flower Garden and Helen Lisk Photography. The whimsical styling was influenced by the beautiful surroundings of Mapperton Manor House and Gardens.  Stunning dresses by Belle and Bunty complement dreamy old fashioned roses and field grasses.

As Charlie from The Real Cut Flower Garden created the stunning florals we will let her tell you a bit more about the shoot…

Classic British midsummer wedding flower inspiration at Mapperton House // The Real Cut Flower Garden // Helen Fisk Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Classic British midsummer wedding flower inspiration at Mapperton House // The Real Cut Flower Garden // Helen Fisk Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Classic British midsummer wedding flower inspiration at Mapperton House // The Real Cut Flower Garden // Helen Fisk Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Classic British midsummer wedding flower inspiration at Mapperton House // The Real Cut Flower Garden // Helen Fisk Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Classic British midsummer wedding flower inspiration at Mapperton House // The Real Cut Flower Garden // Helen Fisk Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

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A Day in the Life of The Real Cut Flower Garden: behind the scenes of Floristry on the Wild side workshop

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Floristry on the Wild side Workshop with The Real Cut Flower Garden // Liz Baker Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

I think it’s always wonderful to go ‘behind the scenes’ and find out more about the brilliant independent wedding businesses from our directory. Today we get the opportunity to get to know the ever so talented Charlie Ryrie of  The Real Cut Flower Garden.

Charlie, in our eyes, is one of the original champions of British grown flowers for weddings, and we have always admired the magic she creates with her seasonal country garden grown flowers. As well as creating wedding flowers, Charlie runs creative floral workshops to share her expertise. Hosted in a wonderful old barn at New House Farm and artisan studios in Broadoak near Bridport in West Dorset. Today’s ‘Day in the Life’ feature showcases her`Floristry on the Wild side’ workshop.

The workshop was beautifully captured by Liz Baker photography, who specialises in luxury wedding photography, brand editorials, and feminine portraiture. To provide the accompanying words with the lovely images we will hand you over to Charlie herself to tell you a bit more about the workshops and the story behind her business…

Floristry on the Wild side Workshop with The Real Cut Flower Garden // Liz Baker Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Floristry on the Wild side Workshop with The Real Cut Flower Garden // Liz Baker Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Floristry on the Wild side Workshop with The Real Cut Flower Garden // Liz Baker Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Floristry on the Wild side Workshop with The Real Cut Flower Garden // Liz Baker Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

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Celebrating British Flowers Week 2017 and why you should choose British wedding flowers

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Celebrating British Flowers Week 2017 and why you should choose British wedding flowers // The Natural Wedding Company

It goes without saying that we are huge advocates of supporting  British flower farmers. We wholly promote using British and seasonal flowers for your wedding day. It is always with delight then that we enjoy celebrating British Flowers Week. We love that British flowers and foliage get the love and publicity they deserve. Luckily we are finding that their popularity is growing more and more which is amazing to see. This week is British Flowers Week 2017 and we wanted to mark it with a little recap as to why we think you should buy British blooms and support our homegrown experts and businesses.

Celebrating British Flowers Week 2017 and why you should choose British wedding flowers // Catkin Flowers// The Natural Wedding Company

Celebrating British Flowers Week 2017 and why you should choose British wedding flowers // Bare Blooms // The Natural Wedding Company

Celebrating British Flowers Week 2017 and why you should choose British wedding flowers // Forage and Blossom // The Natural Wedding Company

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Modern botanical vegan wedding inspiration at historic Arche Noah in Austria

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Bride and groom at Arche Noah // Modern botanical vegan wedding inspiration // The Natural Wedding Company // Agnes & Andi Photography

Today’s modern botanical vegan wedding inspiration shoot aims to illustrate that ‘having a vegan wedding does not mean a bride wearing a bag for a dress.’ According to the Vegan Society veganism has grown 350% in the last ten years. It is then great to see that industries such as the wedding industry are starting to embrace the trend which goes hand in hand with eco-friendly values.

As we very well know choosing eco-friendly doesn’t mean you need to compromise on style. The same can now be said for a vegan weddingHellbunt Events the team behind the concept and styling have created such a beautiful shoot with an incredible dessert table featuring edible succulents, a gorgeous bridal couple wearing fair-trade clothing and rings, and classy flower arrangements in shades of blush. 

Vegan cactus-shaped cupcakes for a modern botanical vegan wedding inspiration // The Natural Wedding Company // Agnes & Andi Photography

Rose and eucalyptus bouquet for a modern botanical vegan wedding inspiration // The Natural Wedding Company // Agnes & Andi Photography

Recycled paper wedding stationery for modern botanical vegan wedding inspiration // The Natural Wedding Company // Agnes & Andi Photography

Bride and groom // Modern botanical vegan wedding inspiration // The Natural Wedding Company // Agnes & Andi Photography

Roses table arrangement // Modern botanical vegan wedding inspiration // The Natural Wedding Company // Agnes & Andi Photography

Arche Noah // Modern botanical vegan wedding inspiration // The Natural Wedding Company // Agnes & Andi Photography

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English bluebell wood wedding inspiration from Fern and Field for a modern outdoor spring celebration

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English bluebell wood wedding inspiration for Spring couples // The Natural Wedding Company // M & J Photography

I have no doubt that today’s bluebell wood wedding inspiration shoot will absolutely blow you away. It certainly had me Googling the nearest bluebell wood to dance among. And you’ll be pleased to know that this stunning location could be the magical setting for your big day.

The shoot was lovingly created and styled by Fern and Field, the team behind the weddings at Farnell Farm in Kent. It features dreamy whimsical wedding dresses, outdoor woodland ceremony inspiration, tipi tents hidden in secluded fields and nature inspired details. Plus two of our recommended suppliers are featured.

Polly from Fern and Field told us more about the shoot, the inspiration, and the venue…

English bluebell wood wedding inspiration for Spring couples // The Natural Wedding Company // M & J Photography

English bluebell wood wedding inspiration for Spring couples // The Natural Wedding Company // M & J Photography

Blush tulle wedding dress for an English bluebell wood wedding // The Natural Wedding Company // M & J Photography

Naked wedding cake for an English bluebell wood wedding // The Natural Wedding Company // M & J Photography

Rustic nature inspired wedding stationery for an English bluebell wood wedding // The Natural Wedding Company // M & J Photography

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A Southend Barns autumn wedding inspiration shoot with Minna wedding dress, seasonal foliage and lanterns

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.// Kelly Hearn Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Today’s Southend Barns autumn wedding inspiration shoot is bound to cheer up any ‘January blues’. Think soft glowing lights, trailing foliage in vibrant autumnal hues, jewel-toned seasonal flowers and ethereal bridal style evoking visions of Elven folk from a Tolkien novel.

This beautiful shoot was dreamt up by the rustic farm venue Southend Barns in Chichester and To Have and To Hire wedding stylists. The shoot aimed to showcase local and ethical wedding businesses which of course we always love to see.  The styling was a celebration of autumn to reflect the beautiful textures, forms and colours it has to offer. Everything was perfectly captured by award-winning wedding photographer Kelly Hearn.

Autumnal boho bridal style // Kelly Hearn Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Autumnal aisle decoration of lanterns and leaves // Kelly Hearn Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Rose gold floral bridal hair slide // Kelly Hearn Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Autumn wedding table setting // Kelly Hearn Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

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A DIY wedding menu wall hanging and book review of Decorate for a Party

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The ultimate party season is fast approaching so surely there is not a more perfect time to check out a book solely focused on creating beautifully themed parties. Decorate for a Party by Holly Becker of the fab Decor8, design and lifestyle blog and Leslie Shewring of the charming blog A Creative Mint provides an abundance of ‘stylish and simple ideas for meaningful gatherings.’

With such brilliant creative minds behind the book you can find the sort of inspiration and DIY suggestions you would expect. And you know we are a sucker for a good DIY project especially if it involves re-using or recycling items that you already have around the house. With this in mind we pawed over the lovely pages and selected a simple DIY wedding menu wall hanging to make to find out just how easy the suggestions are for you.

So check out our version of their DIY wedding menu wall hanging followed by our review of the book.

DIY Wedding Menu Wall Hanging

Decorate for a Party // DIY Wedding Menu Wall Hanging // The Natural Wedding Company

Now we couldn’t just review a DIY book without testing out an idea and giving it a go to see how simple they really are. With a friends winter wedding fast approaching, I selected an idea that I felt would work with the look and theme she is going for – a DIY wedding menu wall hanging.

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Hazel and Dan’s backyard family wedding with child-friendly entertainment and colourful, DIY details

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Hazel and Dan's backyard family wedding with child-friendly entertainment and colourful, DIY details // Solen Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Today’s wonderful backyard family wedding is full of colour, smiles, love and laughter –  a perfect wedding recipe.

Hazel and Dan were married October 2015 in an intimate humanist ceremony in their backyard surrounded by their family and friends. Followed with a parade through Arthur Street in Edinburgh they continued their celebrations at their local community hall with child-friendly entertainment and a celidh.

The moments and details of their day were beautifully captured by one of our talented directory member Solen Photography, and to tell us a bit more about it all is lovely bride Hazel…

Hazel and Dan's backyard family wedding with child-friendly entertainment and colourful, DIY details // Solen Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Hazel and Dan's backyard family wedding with child-friendly entertainment and colourful, DIY details // Solen Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Hazel and Dan's backyard family wedding with child-friendly entertainment and colourful, DIY details // Solen Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Hazel and Dan's backyard family wedding with child-friendly entertainment and colourful, DIY details // Solen Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

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How to make a red gingham pageboy bow tie for your rustic country wedding

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Today I have created a lovely and simple pageboy bow tie DIY tutorial. Being a mama to a little boy I sometimes find the outfit choices a little limiting compared to the options for girls. For a celebration however I don’t think there is anything more adorable than a boy in a bow tie – paired with some braces, a flat cap, or blazer you can’t really go wrong.

These bow ties are so simple and easy they would be perfect to make for little pageboys, and the advantage of making them yourself is you can choose any fabric that compliments the rest of your wedding party. I chose a red gingham fabric but you could choose any kind.

The tutorial today has been adapted from one by Slow Mama which I used a couple of years back when my little one was a baby. Now he’s a little older I made a couple of small changes to suit a family wedding we had this summer. You really don’t need to be a pro seamstress to make one, I am most definitely not!

What you need to create a pageboy bow tie

How to make a pageboy bow tie // The Natural Wedding Company

What you will need:

  • Fabric (at least 25cm x 20cm)
  • Complimentary thread & needle
  • Sewing machine (optional)
  • Scissors (material scissors preferable)
  • 2 x small safety pins
  • Tape measure
  • Iron (optional but helpful)

Making your pageboy bow tie

How to make a pageboy bow tie // The Natural Wedding Company

Step 1 – Cut the fabric

Cut the two pieces of fabric required to make the bow tie:

  • Piece 1 – 25cm x 12cm
  • Piece 2 – 8cm x 4cm

As my fabric was chequered it was easy to follow the lines. If you are not confident in cutting the right sizes in a straight line, make the templates out of paper/newspaper first and trace onto the fabric.

How to make a pageboy bow tie // The Natural Wedding Company

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