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Beautiful brown boho wedding dress

I have missed sharing some of my favourite finds from other wedding blogs, but am determined to get more of them back here on the blog for you.  I had to share some pictures from this beautiful New Zealand beach wedding where the bride wore a stunning brown dress.

It’s so lovely and refreshing to see gorgeous alternatives to a white wedding dress, and I would have never imagined how lovely a brown wedding dress could look until I spotted this wedding.  I also love how the bridesmaids wore mismatched white dresses.

Bride in brown and bridesmaids in white

The flowers from this wedding are also exquisite – not having any knowledge of native New Zealand flowers and foliage I can’t tell whether they are native nor seasonal, but they look like they should be.

Wild New Zealand bridal bouquet

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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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Turquoise wedding cake dusted with gold leaf

What a pretty cake!  Inspired by natural gems and rocks, this gorgeous turquoise-hued wedding cake looks spectacular despite only being two tiers high and very simply decorated.  The combination of the turquoise and gold is beautiful, and dare I even say, if I was a fan of colour schemes this would be one of my favourites.

I don’t want to underestimate or undervalue the talent and skill that goes into creating wedding cakes – just look at this stunning sugar flower creation I featured for an example – but for those couples who either don’t have the budget for a fancier cake, or who have an eager family member or friend who is up for making their cake, I do love inspiration for simpler designs.

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Colourful wool wrapped vases

I don’t know about you, but here it’s turned decidedly chilly and autumnal in the past few days. Despite lighting our wood burning stove last night (how I’ve missed it!) I’m loathe to completely let go of the summer.  These bottles that have been wrapped in multicoloured wool and yarn brought a bit of cheer into my morning, and I thought you might like them too.

Thinking about it now, they’d also be quite appropriate for an autumn wedding, especially in the reds and oranges used here.  The wedding that these beautiful vases came from was full of textiles and colourful objects from the couples travels to India, and I’m a great advocate of only incorporating things into your wedding if they a) mean something to you, or b) are just really nice.

Colourful wool wrapped vase centrepieces

I imagine creating each of these vases must have taken some time, so I would suggest you’d have to really be into your knitting to want to make enough for your wedding – but if that’s a big bit of your life why wouldn’t you want to bring a little of that to your wedding day?

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Natural feather table decoration

I’m signed up to the Etsy weddings e-newsletter that pops into my inbox every-so often – I always enjoy seeing what collections they have put together and what trends they are seeing.  It was in one of those newsletters that I spotted a rather pretty picture of three old blue glass bottles with feathers in them, which got me thinking what a nice alternative to floral table decorations they would make.

So I decided to see what other feather inspired ideas there were out there to share with anyone looking for something a bit different, or perhaps for a winter or early spring wedding when British grown flowers are thin on the ground.  I would always encourage you to make sure you source your feathers responsibly, collecting them on country walks sounds like a good option to me.

The blue bottles that inspired my search – a lovely alternative for wedding table decorations

Vintage blue bottles with feathers

Pheasant feathers in bottles

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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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Aztec bohemian wedding cake

Sometimes I really struggle to come up with titles for blog posts that describe them in a lovely way, however today I really just wanted to write “a really nice cake”.  So my apologies for the over-zealous title description, but I didn’t want to write “mid-western” or “south-western” wedding cake, so I went with what it reminded me of.

For this wedding cake it’s all about the decoration, as the cake itself is a simple tiered white wedding cake, but the Aztec inspired fabric, the coffee beans at the base of the cake and the quirky succulents and other desert plants make it fun and funky.

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