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Minna eco-luxe wedding dresses

*Please note – this competition is now closed 20/03/13

Already this year we have had some great competitions on The Natural Wedding Company, and today’s prize is up there with the most gorgeous.

Finish designed Minna Hepburn has recently launched her 2013 collection of exquisite wedding dresses to her beautiful brand Minna, and to celebrate that launch one lucky TNWC bride will win the Zara veil worth over £100 – read on for full details of how to enter.

Minna vintage-inspired wedding dress

Minna eco-chic bridal veil

Eco-chic wedding dress from Minna

The new collection which is called “Love Letter” was inspired by an old petticoat and a love letter found at an antique market, and adds more delicious and affordable wedding dresses in Minna’s ethereal style.  All of the dresses are handmade in Minna’s London studio and range from floor sweeping gowns to mid-length dresses from between £360 and £800.

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Vintage wedding dress from Daughters of Simone

Recently I had the pleasure of welcoming Daughters of Simone onto The Natural Wedding Company directory, an online vintage wedding dress boutique based in San Francisco, California. Set up and run by the lovely Brittany and Christy, Daughters of Simone offers a beautiful collection of one-of-a-kind vintage wedding dresses all with a bohemian feel to them.

All of the wedding dresses are vintage by origin, but Brittany and Christy love to look at a gown and see the possibilities it has – many of the gowns are reconstructed to have that contemporary feel to them.

Vintage wedding gown with elegant sheer sleeves and full flowing skirt

Naturally, I was bursting with excitement to showcase their current collection of wedding dresses and I’m thrilled that readers of The Natural Wedding Company can claim a 10% discount on any purchases made until Sunday 15th July 2012.  Daughters of Simone ship all of over the world, including the UK (our very own TNWC bride Emma bought one of their clutch bags for her wedding).

All the dresses below are currently available from Daughters of Simone, but please note they are one-of-a-kind dresses and therefore once they are sold they are gone, so if you see one you love make sure you order it soon to avoid disappointment.

Here are some of my favourites…

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Hooe's Yurts Devon open day

The Easter weekend saw a fabulous open day hosted by Hooe’s Yurts in deepest, most beautiful Devon.  They were celebrating the completion of their huge new 44ft yurt – a cathedral sized structure that can seat 120 wedding guests, or even linked to smaller yurts to create an even bigger space.

Hooe's Yurts cathedral size wedding yurt

Hooe's Yurts cathedral size wedding yurt

Hooe's Yurts

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Following on from the recent post on creating your own floral headband – aren’t these ones stunning!  The flowers at this laid-back wedding in Somerset are so fun and colourful, and what’s best is that they were grown and arranged by Charlie (of The Real Cut Flower Garden) who did our wedding flowers, and is also one of the lovely businesses listed on the directory.

I love the flower wreath around the cake, what a lovely and simple way to make your wedding cake look utterly gorgeous.  Charlie’s stunning heart shaped flower garland makes a beautiful focal point for anyone planning an outdoor wedding ceremony.

You can see all the photos from this wedding here.

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When it comes to searching for a eco-friendly or ethical wedding dress these days, you are spoilt for choice.  Conscious Clothing is an American based company that has been creating beautiful clothing using environmentally-friendly hemp fabrics since 1995.

This new gown called Melissae is made from semi-sheer organic cotton voile.  The bodice has asymetrical pleating, which is fitted in at the bust and then falls gracefully down the entire length of the dress.

I love that one shoulder has been accentuated with roses made from hemp satin, sheer silk chiffon and organic cotton voile.  And even the undergown is made from hemp/peace silk satin.

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Now this isn’t a wedding dress, but I think it would make a really pretty one.  It has a pretty faux button-up bodice with a scalloped neckline, sheer lace sleeves and floaty knee-length skirt.

A gorgeous 19060s vintage dress for someone wanting something a little different to a traditional wedding dress.  For sale now at Etsy shop gimmeNICOLE.

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