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Country Living Magazine feature

The phone calls and texts started coming in this morning – friends and family were starting to receive their Country Living magazine and we had been spotted!  Our post has just arrived and there is our wedding, in print, those gorgeous photos, some full sized (eek!) in a real issue of Country Living.

Our wedding in Country Living magazine

I still can’t quite believe it and yet I have a copy in my hands.  If you are a subscriber to the magazine you’ll be arriving it any time now, if not it’s on sale around the 10th/11th June if you fancy a read.

Our wedding in Country Living magazine

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Vintage bride on hay bales

Yesterday I got to spend the day with a lovely group of wedding suppliers at a great wedding venue in Cheshire called Heaton House Farm.  I was invited to be part of the photoshoot by photographer Jonny Draper and I was delighted to go along, get involved and see how a photoshoot works.

I will be featuring the photoshoot with Jonny’s fantastic photos in the coming weeks, but for now I thought you might all like to see a behind-the-scenes look at what we got up to.  All these pictures are taken by me on my phone, so nothing fancy, but hopefully you’ll get a glimpse and what’s to come.

Our lovely model Lizzie on Tootsie the horse wearing beautiful red and gold Indian decoration…

Bride on a white horse with Indian costume

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Paper party straws

I know it’s rather late to be posting, but I just wanted to share a few words and pictures on this very exciting night.  Tomorrow is my 5th birthday party – no, not myself, but for The Natural Wedding Company.  If you’re a regular reader you’ll know that during March we celebrated 5 years since the website launched with loads of wonderful offers and competitions, if this is your first visit then welcome!

Spring flowers from Blossom Chorlton

Tomorrow I have 11 lovely guests – all readers of The Natural Wedding Company blog and girls who have used the directory to help plan their wedding.  Some of them are brides-to-be in the midst of planning their weddings, others like myself are recently married – one only just got married yesterday!

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The Natural Wedding Company birthday party

I am a bit nervous about sharing this news in case you don’t share my excitement – I really hope you do, so fingers-crossed.  As you might know by now, I am celebrating 5 years of The Natural Wedding Company this March 2012 – there will be loads of offers and competitions everyday during March so make sure you keep checking back.

When thinking about how I would love to celebrate 5 years, I couldn’t think of a lovelier way to celebrate than with a small party with some of my readers, eating cake and doing something crafty.  So…

I would like to invite you to The Natural Wedding Company’s 5th Birthday Party!

Now, there have been all kinds of glamorous parties and events in the wedding industry world, I was even lucky enough to go to the Love My Dress Summer Soiree last year.  My party isn’t going to be anywhere near the scale of these other events, my party is going to be a small party – there are just 10 places available – and you won’t need to dress up in swanky frocks, although party dresses are welcome!

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This might possibly be one of the hardest blog posts I’ve had to write.  I’ve spent the past 24 hours going over how to write without just screaming and shouting.  Those of you who follow me on Twitter and Facebook might recall a bit of a meltdown on Tuesday evening – so without waffling around too much, I discovered that another business had taken original designs I’d hand-drawn for our wedding stationery and was selling them as their own ‘unique’ designs.

I unwittingly clicked on a Twitter link and came across this businesses website – as I began to look around at the different designs they were selling I got this sick feeling in my stomach.  Not only did one particularly wedding stationery design look unbelievably similar to what I’d designed and made for our wedding, but I began to realise that some details they were using were actually my hand-drawn images (below).

Rustic handmande wedding stationery
Designs by The Natural Wedding Company

I was absolutely devastated to think that someone would do that, and have the balls to claim that their work was ‘unique’.  And pretty pissed off.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not claiming these are outstanding pieces of artwork, but they are mine, drawn by me, for something quite personal – my own wedding.

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I must start by apologising for the lack of blog posts these past two days – I am currently in Devon with my family (parents, aunts, uncles, cousins) to celebrate my granny’s 80th birthday.  The last two days have been pretty full on and along with working hard on the new website (coming soon!) I’ve not had time to post anything here.

We are staying at Burnville Farm, near to Brentor where this gorgeous wedding (above) I recently featured took place, and the farm on which my granny grew up in as a child.  It would also be a wonderful place for a UK honeymoon, as the bedrooms are sumptuous, the breakfast divine (I’ve ordered homemade pancakes with syrup tomorrow) and full of local Devon produce, and the views out onto the moors incredible.

Burnville view to Brentor

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There will be more to come on our weekend at Cornish Tipi Holidays, including what I thought of their wedding venue and what this unusual place has to offer couples looking for an outdoor or woodland wedding.  But for now, I just wanted to share a few photos…

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