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A London country house spring wedding shoot with a wild bouquet and colour palette of pink and gold // Photography Eva Tarnok // Styling Andri Benson // The Natural Wedding Company

Country house spring wedding

Wimbledon has a special place in my heart as it was the place where I was born and spent the first few years of my life, so when this beautiful country house spring shoot landed in my inbox I was especially excited to share it with you.

This recently renovated south London country house wedding venue is set within the stunning Morden Hall Park, which is run by the National Trust. The park contains a variety of natural landscapes, including parkland, a river, meadow and marshland – an idyllic backdrop for this spring wedding shoot.

Photographer Eva Tarnok told me that they wanted to reflect the elegance of this historic venue, but also to showcase the natural beauty surrounding it – I think they did a great job.

Calligraphy style place name cards // Photography Eva Tarnok // Styling Andri Benson // The Natural Wedding Company

Spring bouquet of peonies, foxgloves and blossom // Photography Eva Tarnok // Styling Andri Benson // Blue Sky Flowers // The Natural Wedding Company

A London country house spring wedding shoot with a wild bouquet and colour palette of pink and gold // Photography Eva Tarnok // Styling Andri Benson // The Natural Wedding Company

Gold and blush pink wedding shoes from Emmy London // Photography Eva Tarnok // Styling Andri Benson // The Natural Wedding Company

Woodland bride // Photography Eva Tarnok // Styling Andri Benson // The Natural Wedding Company

Elegant country house bride and groom // Photography Eva Tarnok // Styling Andri Benson // The Natural Wedding Company

Spring wedding bouquet with peonies, sweet peas and blossom // Photography Eva Tarnok // Styling Andri Benson // Blue Sky Flowers // The Natural Wedding Company

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A rustic wedding bouquet of fragrant herbs and a wedding cake decorated with flowering rosemary // Miki Vargas Photography // styling A Monique Affair // flowers Laura Miller Designs // cake Cakes Made By M.E.

I absolutely love it when rosemary is in flower, with those tiny pale blue flowers it takes on a new dimension to its very green version that we mainly see and associate with it here in England. We have featured rosemary and other herbs in abundance here on the blog because they have so many lovely qualities – their fragrance being number one in my opinion.

This simple white wedding cake decorated with flowering rosemary is a wonderful example of how you can achieve a pretty and less conventional look without spending lots of money or time. Invest in a great quality wedding cake, made from organic and fair trade ingredients, and then just decorate it simply with naturally grown herbs.

A rustic wedding cake decorated with flowering rosemary //Miki Vargas Photography // styling A Monique Affair // flowers Laura Miller Designs // cake Cakes Made By M.E.

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Clare and Ian's fun outdoor farm wedding with a colourful, DIY decorated barn reception // Dasha Caffrey Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Fun outdoor farm wedding with colourful barn reception

The beautiful couple who’s wedding we are sharing with you today truly had their wedding their way, choosing their starting point to be a day built around the people that they wanted there. I adore this sentiment and it really shines through in the gorgeous images captured by Dasha Caffrey.

This fun, relaxed, country inspired wedding is full of the biggest smiles, heaps of laughter, colourful rustic DIY decor and the most divine looking wedding cake made from cheese.

Rustic wedding ladder decor // Dasha Caffrey Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Natural wedding portrait in a field of dried poppies // Dasha Caffrey Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Natural country bride with bridesmaids in grey // Dasha Caffrey Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Cheese wedding cake on a log stump // Dasha Caffrey Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

A beautiful July day for a summer wedding

Clare and Ian (Clarkey) were married on a beautiful July summer’s day at a ‘friend-of-friends’ farm in West Stoke, near to where the groom grew up. Wanting to steer away from the traditional their charming day and laid-back style is sure to be one you will love.

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Seasonal spring bouquets of British grown daffodils, narcissi and purple-pink blushed tulips - flowers from Little Strode Flower Farm www.littlestrodeflowerfarm.co.uk

One of my favourite parts of my job is browsing the websites of the wedding suppliers we list in the directory to see what new things they’ve been busy creating, making, or planning. There are always some hidden gems to discover, and then I get to share them with you!

Recently I came across these beautiful seasonal spring bouquets for a daffodil inspired wedding – now what could be more appropriate to share at this time of year, as all around us daffodil buds are plumping up ready to burst open and cheer us all up with their sunny yellow faces?

Spring bridal bouquet of daffodils, narcissi and tulips - flowers from Little Strode Flower Farm www.littlestrodeflowerfarm.co.uk

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Sweet pea and ranunculus bouquet

As it’s British Flowers Week, we thought it would be the perfect time to share another feature in our ‘an ode to’ floral series, and this time it’s the turn of a quintessential British summer flower: the fabulously fragrant sweet pea.

When we moved into our first house, my mum gave us a pot of sweet pea seedlings she had nurtured from a packet seeds and we had flowers all summer long. The more we picked, the more they kept on blooming and we ended up with flowers to decorate every room. Now, even if we grow nothing else, (which is usually the case!) we always make sure we have sweet peas for summer.

Pink sweet peas in a vintage tea cup

Charlie’s written several of these lovely ‘an ode to…’ posts dedicated to one flower (previously featuring, spring blossom, snake’s head fritillary, old-fashioned roses and dainty violets) so if you’re a spring-time bride looking for inspiration, do have a look at all her gorgeous ideas.

I must admit that the idea of using a seasonal flower ‘en masse’ and making it a feature is something that really appeals to me, purely for it’s beautiful simplicity.

A tablescape of purple sweet peas from Paul Thomas

I’ve put together this feature with the help of some of the wonderful businesses listed on the directory. We have a creative bunch of florists and flower farmers up and down the country who are always ready and willing to share their knowledge and ideas. Sweet peas are in natural abundance from from June to early September in the UK so they’re a great choice of seasonal bloom.

Here are a selection of ideas including aisle decorations, miniature bottles, bouquets and flower crowns that you could easily incorporate into your summer wedding.

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A big blousy wedding bouquet of trailing clematis and purple ribbons for a summer bride

Clematis has been popping up in bouquets all across the wedding world, and I love it’s inclusion. It’s delicate and dainty and has a beautiful soft movement to it.

To ensure the clematis is British grown and seasonal book one of our flower farmers or florists to do your wedding flowers, they are knowledagble and will be able to advise you on when it’s in season.

The other thing I really love about this bouquet are the many different purple ribbons, all left long and trailing. TNWC recommended supplier Lancaster & Cornish have a beautiful selection of organic lace that would look lovely tied round a bridal bouquet, or I recently came across these exquisite plant dyed ribbons from Silk & Willow in the US.

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Peony and hawthorn blossom bouquet

When I first spotted this bouquet I thought it was very pretty, but when I read that it was made up of white peonies, hawthorn blossom and flowering oregano I was even more smitten.  The combination just sounds so romantic and I love how naturally it’s been put together – it really has that effortless, ‘just scooped up’ look that so many brides-to-be are after.

I was worried that in the UK this combination of peonies, hawthorn and oregano wasn’t all flowering in season, so I asked the question to my fellow flower farmers.  The lovely Georgie from Common Farm Flowers got in touch to let me know both peonies and hawthorn are blooming in May.  So if you’re planning a May wedding then this pretty bouquet could be for you, and I’m sure if you spoke to your flower farmer or florist they’d be able to advise you on an alternative to the flowering oregano.

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