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JW Blooms locally grown flowers

I’ve had another wonderful day out on the second day of my TNWC South West Roadtrip – today I’ve visited three fabulous wedding businesses and been joined for my adventure by Jennie Hill and her camera.  Today you are just getting my camera phone snaps as soon I’ll be sharing Jennie’s gorgeous pictures of our visits.

JW Blooms

My first stop of the day was the flower field of JW Blooms, a Somerset based small business growing beautiful flowers for weddings.  Jan has an acre sized plot with about two-thirds of this used for growing flowers.  It is utterly charming and as a big flower lover I always feel a little bit jealous wandering amongst rows and rows of pretty flowers.

JW Blooms locally grown flowers

JW Blooms locally grown flowers

For brides who book Jan to do their wedding flowers, the consultation process involves a visit the week before your wedding to wander the flower field, see what’s blooming, and pick what you’d like for your arrangements.  I can’t think of many more lovely things to do!

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Bougainvillea petal confetti

This bougainvillea petal confetti is pretty stunning, and not something I’d come across before until an email popped into my inbox from Rosie at Bespoke Confetti.  I think it would be particularly fitting for an autumn wedding (the petals remind me of leaves!) but it would be lovely at any time of the year.

Plus, Bespoke Confetti are offering an exclusive discount to TNWC readers – you can get 20% off your order of bougainvillea petal confetti when placed before 31st January 2013.  I’m a huge fan of real petal confetti, Rosie from Bespoke Confetti even gifted me some of their beautiful mixes for my own wedding last year.

Rosie tells me, “Our bougainvillea petal is hand-picked and air-dried.  The colours are beautiful for autumn, embracing all the autumnal hues of mellow orange and salmons, burnt russets and golds.  It looks glorious laid as carpet in an entrance, as a table decoration, and works really well as throwing confetti.  It is a completely natural confetti, biodegradable, and as such considered non littering and eco-friendly.  It will blow away with the wind and weather, and become autumns rich compost.”

Natural bougainvillea wedding confetti

If you’re here reading The Natural Wedding Company blog and using the directory to help you find wedding suppliers with eco credentials, like me you probably like to know a little about the story behind the products you’re buying.  Well, Rosie from Bespoke Confetti kindly told me about the bougainvillea petal confetti and how they came to include it in their products.

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Bespoke Confetti natural flower petal confetti

Bespoke Confetti grow English flowers on their farm in Devon that they they pick by hand and dry the petals to create a stunning selection of confetti.  To celebrate our 5th birthday, Bespoke Confetti have some exclusive special offers available with great savings for our readers.

Bespoke Confetti natural vintage inspired petal confetti

They have two sizes of natural willow trugs available (large and small) that come with handmade paper cones and confetti in a choice of mixes – two vintage inspired mixes – lilac, and pink – or a bespoke mix of your choice.  Check out the Bespoke Confetti website for some alternative ideas for using confetti.

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I am trying to make up my mind which of these two vintage inspired confetti mixes I want for my wedding.  These samples arrived in the post from Bespoke Confetti and I can’t decide which to go for – any thoughts?

There’s this pink, deep pink and ivory mix of dried cornflower and larkspur petals…

Or this lilac, pink and ivory mix…

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There are some lovely companies out there producing natural petal confetti and some like the lovely Rosie at Bespoke Confetti even grow the flowers to produce the petals.

I have been inspired by some of the creative and alternative ideas they have for using natural petal confetti, and knew I had to share them with you.

Natural petal confetti scattered around your table centrepieces – perfect for a vintage wedding

Natural petal confetti in paper cones at the entrance to the church – perfect for a country wedding

Dried flower heads to adorn your flowergirls or bridesmaids hair – perfect for a rustic wedding

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