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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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Beautiful botanical wedding favours for a natural wedding from Oakwood Soaperie

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Goats milk and chamomile facial bar // Botanical wedding favours // The Natural Wedding Company

We’re back with our Meet the Maker series interviewing small business Oakwood Soaperie who create beautiful botanical wedding favours. When planning your wedding it’s easy to get caught up in check lists of what you need to buy, but we think it’s important to take a moment to get to know the people behind the businesses.

Today we are joined by Ceri from Oakwood Soaperie, a Northumberland based small business creating a beautiful range of botanical wedding favours. From luxurious soaps to bath salt shots, Ceri is dreaming up and creating some delightful sounding natural botanical wedding favours.

We wanted to find out more about what inspires her, how she got started, and the process of creating her range.

Beautiful botanical wedding favours for a natural wedding

Rose bath salt shots // Botanical wedding favours // The Natural Wedding Company

Hi Ceri, welcome to our Meet the Maker series. Tell us how you first dreamt up Oakwood Soaperie?

I have a background in art and design and after many years of non-creative jobs, I was hankering to get back to designing and making once more. I officially began Oakwood Soaperie in October 2010 after many, many months of researching, reading and formulating recipes while experimenting with natural ingredients and making some basic products.

I was working full time and fitting in building up to launch my business in my spare time. I began at my dining room table which I soon outgrew, and now have a beautiful, rural studio within a National Trust property near my home town where I can make everything and work on my business full time.

Homegrown flowers  // Botanical wedding favours // The Natural Wedding Company

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The new Minna wedding dress collection 2017 – ethical and affordable boho style wedding dresses for the natural bride

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The new Minna wedding dress collection 2017 - ethical and affordable boho style wedding dresses for the natural bride

The 2017 wedding dress collection from Minna is full of modern dresses with hints of vintage and bohemian glamour. There is exquisite attention to detail, and lots of lace – but in an understated way. 2017 and 2018 brides will be truly spoilt by how much choice there is in this new collection, but it’s the stunning back detailing that really caught our attention. Almost every dress in this new collection has a unique and often surprising back to it.

Minna wedding dress collection 2017

As always, Minna has created a collection that is not only beautiful and with excellent ethics, but also affordable. The wedding dresses in the 2017 collection range in price from £800 to £1500. On top of this during March 2017 Minna is offering 10% off to all our brides-to-be, click the link for full details and to get your offer code.

Onto the wedding dresses, here are some of our favourites…

Boho wedding dress with lace panelling

The Estelle wedding dress has a real hipster boho vibe with modern lace panelling on the back and skirt. There’s one of those beautiful wedding dress backs that you don’t expect, but really add to the overall look and feel of the dress.

The new Minna wedding dress collection 2017 - ethical and affordable boho style wedding dresses for the natural bride

The new Minna wedding dress collection 2017 - ethical and affordable boho style wedding dresses for the natural bride

Edwardian-esque wedding dress with ribbon waist

For me the star beauty of the Charley wedding dress is it’s back and the detail that’s gone into it. This dress whilst modern in feel, sweeps me right back to days gone by with all that beautiful vintage-esque lace.

The new Minna wedding dress collection 2017 - ethical and affordable boho style wedding dresses for the natural bride

The new Minna wedding dress collection 2017 - ethical and affordable boho style wedding dresses for the natural bride

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Win your wedding photography with Bohemian Weddings

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Win your wedding photography with Bohemian Weddings // Bohemian Weddings // The Natural Wedding Company

We have a wonderful competition for you to win your wedding photography with our photographer friends Bohemian Weddings. This month – March 2017 – we are celebrating our 10th birthday, and are blown away to be able to offer this truly remarkable gift to one lucky couple.

Having spent a weekend with Michael and Andrea of Bohemian Weddings last spring, I can hand on heart tell you that they are some of the best people you’ll ever meet.

Take a look at their website and the weddings they’ve captured, read about them, and see if you feel a connection. If you feel that connection, you’re getting married in this year (2017) and you haven’t found your soulmate photographers yet, read on for how to enter.

Win your wedding photography with Bohemian Weddings // Bohemian Weddings // The Natural Wedding Company

Win your wedding photography

I shall hand you over to Michael and Andrea to introduce this truly special competition that they are offering to The Natural Wedding Company couples…

We are all about making meaningful connections full of love and life. We love capturing memories through our creativity but we are also suckers for a good story. You can often find us blubbing behind our cameras at a good speech.

The Natural Wedding Company has connected us with so many great couples it would be our pleasure to give something back. As part of The Natural Wedding Company’s 10th Birthday Celebrations we are offering free wedding photography for one lucky couple getting married in 2017.

Win your wedding photography with Bohemian Weddings // Bohemian Weddings // The Natural Wedding Company

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Exclusive wedding offers to celebrate The Natural Wedding Company’s 10th Birthday

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Exclusive wedding offers to celebrate The Natural Wedding Company's 10th Birthday

I truly can’t believe this time has come – March 2017, the month that I get to celebrate The Natural Wedding Company’s 10th Birthday with you all. And what a way I get to celebrate, with a month jam-packed with exclusive wedding offers from our fabulous suppliers just for you.

It doesn’t feel that long ago that I was just dreaming up the idea for the directory. I had little idea then that it would turn into a business that would become my ‘full time’ job. Just five years ago I was celebrating with a lovely group of girls in a spring party at my house. I’m even still really good friends with three of those girls – how amazing is that.

Here I am another five years on, and I’m delighted to share another month full of offers and goodies for you all.

Exclusive wedding offers

We’ve put together all these exclusive offers in this one handy blog post. I suggest you grab a cup of something warm and set aside some time to digest the wonderful offers we have. There are offers covering all areas of your wedding, from wedding photography to wedding venues, wedding flowers to wedding rings. And more!

You’ll also find all these offers on our main Offers webpage, just look out for the ‘special offer’ badge marking them out. These offers are time-limited and only available to claim during March 2017.

Exclusive wedding offers to celebrate The Natural Wedding Company's 10th Birthday

Win your wedding photography

For your diary – tomorrow morning we’ll be launching a very special birthday competition to win your wedding photography. This is such a wonderful offer coming from fabulous photography duo Bohemian Weddings. Full details will be on the blog tomorrow, and again, the end of March will be the closing date for entries.

Giveaway to win a box of personalised biscuits

If you fancy winning a scrumptious box of personalised biscuits for a friend or loved one, keep an eye out on our Instagram account. We’ll be hosting a giveaway with our friend The Kitsch Hen to win a box of 12 biscuits for someone you love.

Onto the offers…

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Our Top 10 Eco Valentine’s Day Gift Guide featuring ethical British businesses

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Our Top 10 Eco Valentine's Day Gift Guide featuring ethical British businesses // The Natural Wedding Company

Our 2017 Eco Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 

Samantha and I are sharing our favourite finds for a possible Eco Valentine’s Day gift for your loved one – women, men, and even a gift from your little ones. We’ve stuck to all UK based businesses and artisans, most of them small independent businesses. You’ll also find we’ve tried to include ideas across a span of costs, with only one true ‘blow the budget’ gift.

In putting together this guide we discovered that neither of us celebrate Valentine’s Day in a big way. I’m sure lots of people choose to celebrate their love and gratitude towards each other on a daily basis. But for those who are looking to give something special or just a token of their love, here are some ideas.

Personalised Valentine’s Biscuits

Personalised Valentine's Day biscuits // The Kitsch Hen // The Natural Wedding Company

The Kitsch Hen is run by a former TNWC Real Bride, Caroline (part one + part two of her wedding is not to be missed). Her iced biscuits are homemade from locally sourced ingredients, and all handstamped. We love this option because it can be personalised to a meaningful message – lyrics from ‘your’ song, a love quote from your favourite novel, or just a simple ‘I Love You’. A scrumptious Eco Valentine’s Day gift.

£12 for 6 personalised biscuits – Buy them here

You Are My Favourite Valentine’s Day Card

You Are My Favourite Valentine's Day card // Lucy Says I Do // The Natural Wedding Company

Our friend Lucy Says I Do always has a fab offering of Valentine’s Day cards, and we love this design. Short and sweet, perfect for anyone not wanting to give an overly mushy card full of text. Printed onto FSC approved card and with a brown kraft envelope it’s a great card for the eco-chic.

£3.25 – Buy it here

Fairtrade Gold Heart Ruby Ring

Fairtrade gold heart ruby ring // Shakti Ellenwood // The Natural Wedding Company

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A Day in the Life of Bride and Bloom: crafting wedding flowers from Worcestershire fields to beautiful seasonal bouquets

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A Day in the Life of Bride and Bloom: crafting wedding flowers from Worcestershire fields to beautiful seasonal bouquets // Bride and Bloom // Paper Angel Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

I am always so delighted when our flower farmers get in touch to say they have a set of A Day in the Life photos to share with our readers. Bride and Bloom are one of our newest additions to our eco wedding directory, and whilst I do get to visit a number of our recommended suppliers, it’s always nice to find out more in these kind of features.

You can see ‘behind the scenes’ with a number of our other flower farmers by visiting our A Day in the Life archives, or for similar posts check out our Meet the Maker series. What I particularly love about today’s feature, is that fellow mum and flower farmer Hannah, had her little girl along to help her pick flowers for the wedding.

What’s also special about this feature, is that at the end of the post we’ve shared photos from the wedding that Hannah of Bride and Bloom was working on in her A Day in the Life. Over to Hannah to share her day in the life at Bride and Bloom…

Armful of dahlias // Bride and Bloom // Paper Angel Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

A Day in the Life of Bride and Bloom: crafting wedding flowers from Worcestershire fields to beautiful seasonal bouquets // Bride and Bloom // Paper Angel Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

A Day in the Life of Bride and Bloom: crafting wedding flowers from Worcestershire fields to beautiful seasonal bouquets // Bride and Bloom // Paper Angel Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

A Day in the Life of Bride and Bloom: crafting wedding flowers from Worcestershire fields to beautiful seasonal bouquets // Bride and Bloom // Paper Angel Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

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An Eco Christmas Gift Guide featuring all ethical British businesses

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An Eco Christmas Gift Guide featuring all ethical British businesses // The Natural Wedding Company

Our 2016 Eco Christmas Gift Guide

It’s December and we want to help you with your gift searching with our eco Christmas gift guide. Samantha and I have been scouring the internet to bring you our favourite eco-chic finds – from gifts to decorations to wrapping.

You might think ‘not another Christmas gift guide’ but we promise ours is a bit special because all the items we’ve chosen have eco credentials, all come from UK based businesses (many of them small independent businesses), and we’ve kept the majority of items affordable with a few luxuries thrown in.

The items in our eco Christmas gift guide are handpicked by us because we feel they are truly worth sharing – they are not just what’s ‘on trend’ or cool this year. We’ve also included direct links to where you can buy the items to make it even simpler. So go dive in and support our ethical British businesses.

If you love a more rustic and natural Christmas style, then check out all blog archives for natural Christmas decorating ideas and DIY projects – my personal favourite being the DIY guide for making snowflakes from vintage doilies.

Decorations for an Eco Christmas

First up in our eco Christmas gift guide – our favourite eco Christmas finds for decorating your home…

Snowflake Garland from Paper Tree

Snowflake garland - eco Christmas gift guide // Paper Tree // The Natural Wedding Company

This pretty paper snowflake garland is a super version of those handmade paper ones you (attempt) to make. Plus, these 14 handcrafted snowflakes unfold to create a 3D effect.

£7.50 – Buy it here

Eco Credentials – Made from recycled and FSC paper; Paper Tree are members of 1% for the Planet and give 1% of our sales to environmental organisations.

Beeswax Christmas Tree Candles from Gold&Black Candles

Beeswax Christmas tree candles - eco Christmas gift guide // Gold&Black Candles // The Natural Wedding Company

Beeswax is the ultimate candle and with it’s gorgeous gold colour couldn’t be more glorious at this festive time. Made by hand from 100% pure beewax the set of 3 Christmas Tree candles urn for approximately 8 hours each.

£20 (set of 3) – Buy it here

Eco Credentials – natural beeswax; gift box from recycled board and paper covering from sustainable forests.

Mistletoe Wreath from Paper Tree

Mistletoe wreath - eco Christmas gift guide // Paper Tree // The Natural Wedding Company

A beautiful hand crafted paper mistletoe wreath with raffia hanging string and ribbon. The mistletoe is hand crafted from eco-friendly saa paper – we love this.

£25.95 – Buy it here

Eco Credentials – Made from recycled and FSC paper; Paper Tree are members of 1% for the Planet and give 1% of their sales to environmental organisations.

Rustic Driftwood Christmas Tree Decorations from Emma Lane Designs

Rustic wood star Christmas tree decorations - eco Christmas gift guide // Emma Lane Designs // The Natural Wedding Company

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