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The beautiful and affordable eco-chic wedding dress collection from Sister Organics // The Natural Wedding Company

Affordable eco wedding dress collection from Sister Organics

Today we are introducing you to our new series Meet the Maker. Our eco wedding directory is bursting full of incredible independent businesses with just as incredible people behind those businesses. The aim of this series is to not just introduce you to their products but share a little bit about the people that make them what they are and why in particular our brides-to-be will love what they do.

The first person we are excited to showcase today is Natalie, who is the brains behind the organic and eco-fabric wedding dress brand Sister Organics. We love the beautiful laid-back and classic designs she creates and we are sure you will do too.

The beautiful and affordable eco-chic wedding dress collection from Sister Organics // The Natural Wedding Company

Why brides should consider a dress from Sister Organics

Hi Natalie, it’s lovely to get to chat to you and find out what goes on behind-the-scenes. Firstly, we’d love to know what makes Sister Organics a bit special and why should brides consider a dress from you?

Sister Organics offer affordable casual/alternative eco wedding dresses for free-spirited brides, bridesmaids dresses and party dresses. All dresses are made right here in Brighton in lovely environmentally sustainable fabrics; organic cottons, beautiful cotton laces made in England, vintage fabrics and organic silks.

My dresses are feminine, soft and comfortable to wear – they are perfect for those looking for an unconventional wedding dress.

The beautiful and affordable eco-chic wedding dress collection from Sister Organics // The Natural Wedding Company

Brides who choose a Sister Organics wedding dress

What kind of bride do you think chooses a Sister Organics dress for their wedding?

I have to say that the majority of my customers are just the loveliest people. Some of my customers are vegans or really want an organic or eco-friendly wedding dress. Others can’t find what they are looking for in a conventional wedding dress shop or want a more casual, alternative dress for a relaxed or outdoor wedding.

The beautiful and affordable eco-chic wedding dress collection from Sister Organics // The Natural Wedding Company

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Colette and Simon’s vintage eco wedding – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Vintage eco wedding

Such a pretty wedding today! Do I say that every time? But each and every wedding is beautiful, and yet so different and personal to the couple. Colette and Simon got married in August on the Cornish coast (you might recognise their wedding venue from last week’s wedding), with a real vintage-cum-eco feel.

Colette told me that for her and Simon, “it wasn’t too much about the look, rather more about the feel we wanted to create which was, beautiful, relaxed, sustainable, vegan and fun, fun, fun!”

I’ll let you see for yourselves – over to Colette and exquisite photography from Mark Tattersall (TNWC recommended wedding photographer and Colette’s brother-in-law!)…

Vintage bride in faux fur stole – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Homegrown wedding flowers in mismatched glass bottles – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Origami paper crane wedding ceremony decorations – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Colourful vintage inspired baby bridesmaid dress – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

“We wanted a kind of a mixture between an eco wedding, a vintage themed wedding – 50s style and a handmade really relaxed wedding. This kind of just reflects our favourite kinds of weddings and our personal likes and dislikes. We wanted everyone to be comfortable and to have lots of fun.”

Homegrown purple and yellow bridal bouquet with buddelia and sunflowers – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Vintage inspired bride and groom with paper crane ceremony decorations – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

Homegrown summer wedding flowers in vintage bottles – photography http://www.mark-tattersall.co.uk/

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Victorian inspired wedding dresses

I am so, so excited about showing off these beautifully new wedding dresses from The Vintage Wedding Dress Company because I think you’ll love them as much as me.  It was literally it was love at first sight when I spotted them.

The Vintage Wedding Dress Company are well known for their incredible collection of original antique wedding dresses, but they’ve also branched out into their own collection of vintage inspired gowns, and their newest designs have my heart aflutter.

There is a massive fan base out their for 40s and 50s style wedding dresses, and more recently 20s and 30s inspired, but what I really love are the older dresses, Edwardian and Victorian era and I’m delighted that The Vintage Wedding Dress Company have bought out a few new designs with these eras in mind.

Join me as we step into a fantasy world of exquisite wedding dresses…

Victorian style lace empire line dress #1

Victorian inspired wedding dress with Chapelle lace

This incredibly feminine Victorian inspired dress is made from Chapelle lace over soft satin and has an empire line.  Again, there is a wide range of styling additions that you can add to make this dress exactly how you want it, for example long lace sleeves or there’s even a shorter knee-length version if you want something a bit more modern.  Take a look at TVWDC website to see a few other examples of this dress.

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Sabina Motasem 2012 wedding dress collection

If you’ve got engaged over the Christmas break then one of the first things you might be thinking about is your wedding dress – I know I certainly was concerned about what it would look like and where I would find it.  One of the lovely businesses from the directory, Sabina Motasem Bride, has just launched a beautiful new collection for 2012 so I wanted to share some of these beautiful dresses with you.

Sabina Motasem Bride is a London based label creating understated and vintage inspired wedding dresses, and for the eco-conscious or ethical bride you can be sound in the knowledge that they are ethically produced in the UK and can be made from peace silks.  What’s even better is they offer a fantastic service to transform your wedding dress after your big day into a cocktail dress that you can wear again.

Sabina Motasem Bride Colette wedding dress

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vintage inspired engagement shoot

The last couple of weeks have seen some wonderful and exciting emails pop into my inbox, and this eco-chic engagement shoot organised by ethical wedding consultant Clarisse Elysée, was one of those beautiful ones.

groom vintage jacket ideas

Recently engaged, Kimberley and Troy were inspired by 1950s jazz icon’s such as Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, and although a little daunted to start with soon embraced the theme and relaxed into the photoshoot.

1950s vintage inspired engagement shoot

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On Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th October 2011 The Vintage Wedding Dress Company will be holding a trunk sale at their Central London Showroom.  If you are looking for a vintage or vintage inspired wedding dress then don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to find your dream dress at a discounted price.

You need to book an appointment, but there will be stylists on hand to help with advice and it promises to be a great experience looking through a beautiful collection of vintage wedding dresses.  For full details visit their website.

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This pretty vintage dress made in the late 1970’s would make a beautiful wedding dress for someone having an understated wedding or a couple who are eloping.  If Mr Rigg and I had eloped this is what I would have worn, in my mind it inspires dreams of spending a summer living on the edge of a prairie.  It costs around £20 and is available from Coldfish Vintage.

A 1950’s floral lace wedding dress with 3/4 length sleeves and a long train – this dress is romantic and you can almost imagine it on a fairytale princess.  I would carry a bunch of blousy old-fashioned roses or a spray of wild daisies.  This dress is from deLightly Used and costs just under £200.

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