For regular readers of the blog you’ll probably know that I recently threw my life into chaos with the arrival of my first baby at the end of last summer – albeit delightful chaos! Having spent the past 5 months adjusting, I’m now looking forward to 2014 and what my lovely business needs…

It needs you!

If you love writing, and fancy getting some experience by writing for my blog then I’d love you to read on – perhaps you’re just the person I’m looking for.

I am on the hunt for an intern/colleague/enthusiastic individual who has about 5 hours a week that they’d like to spend writing blog features for The Natural Wedding Company.

On The Natural Wedding Company directory we have over 300 lovely wedding businesses that we work with. We do our best to share and showcase what they do here on the blog, so I’m looking for a dedicated person to create those blog features and liaise with our recommended suppliers.

I’m looking for someone to work with me, not for me.

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The Natural Wedding Company - Izzy

Today’s a pretty big day for me – it’s officially the start of my ‘maternity leave’ – whatever that might mean when you are single-handedly running your own business.  I have just 3 weeks until our baby’s due date, and it’s time for me to start trying to unwind and focus on this tiny person’s arrival.

The past few weeks you might have noticed it’s been very quiet on the blog, in fact, I think it’s the longest period of time I’ve ever left it without blogging something new.  I can’t wait to start sharing more ideas and inspiration with you all – I’ve missed you!

But this morning I want to introduce you to the newest member of The Natural Wedding Company – my sister Izzy, who’s going to be running the directory and blog whilst I take my maternity leave.

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Our wedding May 2011

How I have ummed and aahed about how to word this post, how to title it, how to share this exciting news with you.  So I’ll try to cut out the waffle and just tell you…

My husband Nick and I are expecting our first baby!  

This week I have reached 21 weeks and have a small bump (see below!) that hides a very active tiny person that regularly reminds me it’s there and growing.

Having run this business for 6 years now (happy birthday TNWC!) it has given me the opportunity to meet so many incredible people, both running wedding businesses, and brides- and grooms-to-be, and it is such a pleasure to be able to share this news with all of you lovely friends.

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Something beautiful is on the horizon

I have an exciting announcement to make on the blog next week.  Can’t tell you any more yet…but do stay tuned here on the blog, on my Facebook page and on Twitter!

In the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy catching up on recent blog posts including the latest from our TNWC Real Brides, an alternative wedding cake made from doughnut holes, a cute version of the ‘tying the knot’ save the date inspired by my own wedding stationery, and these sweet animal ears silhouette place cards.

Plus tomorrow I have another New Wives Club post to share with you, a lovely crafty idea for masking tape that I think is pretty nifty.

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The Natural Wedding Company stall at the Eco Wedding Fair

On Saturday I shared Jennie Hill’s lovely photos from the Eco Wedding Fair (you can see it all here), and today I’ve got my pictures of my stall and a few more details about how I decorated it. Perhaps you’ll find some inspiration for your wedding or just an autumn or winter celebration you might be planning.

We arrived at Riverstation in Bristol at about 9am and first we had to: unpack a number of boxes of what at first glance probably looked like a pile of junk, carry two heavy buckets of sand up a flight of stairs, and manoeuvre a bundle of 7ft long bamboo canes.  I was so pleased that the other exhibitors had equally quirky bootfuls for their stalls!

Rustic wedding decorations

My mom and I had two hours to set up before visitors started arriving, so here’s what I did with the mottley collection of items.  I used a pair of curtains to cover my table – they are a rather fun botanical print style curtain with what looks like horse chestnut leaves on them, and they ended up working in perfectly with that autumn feel I was going for.

Autumn leaf curtain tablecloth

The two metal buckets of sand went either side of the table and they held some of my bamboo canes – apologies this is the best picture I have which shows the bamboo canes and bunting

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Peloponnese, Greece

I don’t often add too many personal posts on here, but I wanted to share a quick update on what I’ve been up to over the past 10 days.  Mr Rigg and I have been away on the most lovely holiday to a part of Greece called the Peloponnese, it’s been blissfully warm (about 25°C most days) and we’ve been spoilt with excellent food.

Peloponnese, Greece

Most of all we’ve had a chance to unwind from our respective jobs and spend some quality time together – don’t you find yourself realising on holiday how much you’ve not had that time together? Not really at any rate, you might eat dinner together every night, cuddle up on the sofa, even chatter in bed with each other.  But more than ever this holiday I’ve realised those times aren’t quite the same as having 10 days completely to yourselves.

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Behind the scenes on a bridal photoshoot

So you’ve seen all the gorgeous bridal looks from our Heaton House Farm photoshoot – and if you haven’t you can catch up on my introduction, part one and part two.  Today I wanted to share some of the behind-the-scenes pictures that Jonny Draper captured, because I thought you might like to see what goes into putting together a photoshoot.

Wedding flowers for photoshoot

When it’s a cold blustery day in April and you’re doing a shoot on a working farm it’s not all glamour.  There is one brave model in a wedding dress to keep warm and smiling (mind you, our model Lizzie was incredible and cheerful throughout), there are cows and calves to manoeuvre into shot (thanks to Sarah Heath!), and somehow to get a girl in a big white dress onto a horse.  It is all great fun.

Here’s the fab video of the day from Rebecca Reville Videography:

Loving the leggings and socks to keep warm…

Heaton House Farm photoshoot

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