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Eco bride and groom at River Cottage

Eco Luxe Elopement Wedding

This photoshoot is inspired by an eco luxe elopement wedding held against the stunning backdrop of River Cottage. The photoshoot team wanted to embrace as much as possible the ethos of being eco whilst staying in harmony with the wedding venue. It also features a number of our TNWC Recommended Suppliers – you’ll find all the details at the bottom of the post.

As Laura, photographer at Freeformimage Photography, told us, “A wedding a River Cottage will always inspire and enchant.”

Eco luxe wedding elopement at River Cottage

Eco luxe wedding elopement at River Cottage

Alternative spring wedding bride and groom

Eco chic bride and groom with succulent bouquet

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Bride and groom at their garden tipi wedding // Tracey Warbey Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

A beautiful garden tipi wedding to end the year with, complete with a bride who rode in on her horse. It was my childhood wedding dream, to ride to my wedding on a grey horse, so it seems fitting to finish the year like this.

This year has been a bit all over the place, mainly due to the arrival of my second daughter in the summer. Any mums running their own business will know the challenges a new baby brings. Next year our family has exciting, possibly life changing, plans, which I will share when the time is right. I am looking forward to what the new year will bring, both personally and for The Natural Wedding Company.

I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas and all our best wishes for next year. Snuggle up with a festive drink and some chocolate and enjoy this beautiful garden tipi wedding. Over to Katie to tell us all about their wedding…

A garden tipi wedding

Bride on a grey horse at her garden tipi wedding // Tracey Warbey Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Rustic wedding decor for a garden tipi wedding // Tracey Warbey Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride and groom at their garden tipi wedding // Tracey Warbey Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Mountain skiing themed wedding cake for a garden tipi wedding // Tracey Warbey Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Groom and groomsmen at a garden tipi wedding // Tracey Warbey Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

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Today I have created a lovely and simple pageboy bow tie DIY tutorial. Being a mama to a little boy I sometimes find the outfit choices a little limiting compared to the options for girls. For a celebration however I don’t think there is anything more adorable than a boy in a bow tie – paired with some braces, a flat cap, or blazer you can’t really go wrong.

These bow ties are so simple and easy they would be perfect to make for little pageboys, and the advantage of making them yourself is you can choose any fabric that compliments the rest of your wedding party. I chose a red gingham fabric but you could choose any kind.

The tutorial today has been adapted from one by Slow Mama which I used a couple of years back when my little one was a baby. Now he’s a little older I made a couple of small changes to suit a family wedding we had this summer. You really don’t need to be a pro seamstress to make one, I am most definitely not!

What you need to create a pageboy bow tie

How to make a pageboy bow tie // The Natural Wedding Company

What you will need:

  • Fabric (at least 25cm x 20cm)
  • Complimentary thread & needle
  • Sewing machine (optional)
  • Scissors (material scissors preferable)
  • 2 x small safety pins
  • Tape measure
  • Iron (optional but helpful)

Making your pageboy bow tie

How to make a pageboy bow tie // The Natural Wedding Company

Step 1 – Cut the fabric

Cut the two pieces of fabric required to make the bow tie:

  • Piece 1 – 25cm x 12cm
  • Piece 2 – 8cm x 4cm

As my fabric was chequered it was easy to follow the lines. If you are not confident in cutting the right sizes in a straight line, make the templates out of paper/newspaper first and trace onto the fabric.

How to make a pageboy bow tie // The Natural Wedding Company

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Fairytale woodland wedding inspiration with a bridal cape, floral birdcage veil and tweed suit // Waldkind Fine Art Photography // Styling by Mademoiselle Fee // The Natural Wedding Company

Today’s inspirational shoot is like something out of a fairytale, a laid-back modern fairytale but a fairytale woodland wedding nonetheless. Think little red riding hood, with a touch of Hansel and Gretel and a whole dose of an intimate love story to rival any Snow White or Sleeping Beauty.

Set in a secluded forest, this stunning Austrian shoot provides an abundance of autumnal and winter wedding inspiration, with gorgeous shades of green, berry and cream, incredible fashion and a to-die-for candlelit first-dance.

Here’s the film from the shoot to give you a little taster of just how beautiful it is:

Stefanie who created the shoot told us: “Summer might be a classical time for a wedding but in autumn, when it’s cooler outside, a wedding can be equally beautiful. With furs, blankets, candles and fire bowls the wedding party can easily spend unforgettable hours outside. Natural materials, homemade cakes and other sweets turn the party in something unique and personal.”

A romantic fairytale woodland wedding with autumnal wedding inspiration // Waldkind Fine Art Photography // Styling by Mademoiselle Fee // The Natural Wedding Company

A romantic fairytale woodland wedding with autumnal wedding inspiration // Waldkind Fine Art Photography // Styling by Mademoiselle Fee // The Natural Wedding Company

A romantic fairytale woodland wedding with autumnal wedding inspiration // Waldkind Fine Art Photography // Styling by Mademoiselle Fee // The Natural Wedding Company

Vintage wedding dessert table with seasonal autumnal flowers // Styling by Mademoiselle Fee // The Natural Wedding Company

Autumnal and winter wedding inspiration with fairy lights and candle light // Waldkind Fine Art Photography // Styling by Mademoiselle Fee // The Natural Wedding Company

Stefanie of Mademoiselle Fee explains the dreamy vision behind the shoot: “Our idea was to accompany a newly wed couple on a romantic walk through an autumnal forest. The two have just exchanged vows,  maybe in a chapel close by.

What we wanted to show was a couple, close to nature and grounded, spending this most beautiful day where their hearts are drawing them – to the forest with a little secluded house.”

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Claire and Andrew's secluded woodland wedding with rustic chic handmade details, giants tipis and festoon lighting // photography www.andyhook.com/

Secluded woodland wedding with giant tipis and festoon lighting

Set among the woods with a swoon-worthy sunset as a backdrop today’s beautiful rustic chic wedding of the gorgeous Claire and Andrew is pure wedding magic! Stunning creative homemade details, tipi tents from TNWC recommended supplier Papakata  with festoon lighting and page boys in bow ties are just a few of the many things I am sure you are going to love about this wedding.

Secluded woodland wedding venue // photography www.andyhook.com/

Two Birds champagne coloured bridesmaid dresses // photography www.andyhook.com/

Rustic brown order of service with white stamp // photography www.andyhook.com/

Rustic chic wedding table decorations // photography www.andyhook.com/

Bride and groom with giant white balloons // photography www.andyhook.com/

A summer wedding in Yorkshire

Claire and Andrew were wed in the summer in South Yorkshire on a gloriously sunny day. Their reception venue having never before been used for that purpose, required meticulously planning from scratch to create the beautiful day we are sharing with you today.

With bride Claire being a designer by profession, you can understand how it all was executed so perfectly and you are guaranteed to find some fantastic do-it-yourself inspiration along the way. So on that note it is over to the lovely lady herself, beautiful bride Claire with all the details from their big day.

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Mama Wolf competition

Just over a week ago this lovely competition to win a pretty springtime bow tie and pocket square set from new TNWC business Mama Wolf finished.  This afternoon I get to announce the lucky winner!

Everyone who entered shared what they loved most about spring, and who they’d like to win the bow tie and pocket square for – I really enjoyed reading everyone’s entries, but there can only be one winner…

Mama Wolf competition

A huge congratulations to Emily Wilson!  I really hope your husband-to-be enjoys his new springtime bow tie and pocket square and we would love to see some pictures.  I will be in touch by email to connect you up with Sandeep from Mama Wolf to ensure your prizes get sent out shortly to you.

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Springtime bow tie and pocket square from Mama Wolf

*This competition is now closed 00:00 12/06/13*

So far this year we’ve had some really lovely competitions on The Natural Wedding Company blog, and I must say there are more lovely ones to come.  Today I’m launching a competition from new TNWC business Mama Wolf to win this gorgeous springtime bow tie and matching pocket square.

I’m particularly delighted to have a competition prize that’s for the men in our weddings.  Whether you want to win it for you groom-to-be, the best man, the father-of-the-bride, or maybe even a page boy, or even if you’re not getting married and you’d like to win it for a bow tie lover in your life, then read on for how you can enter.

Spring blossom bow tie from Mama Wolf

When spring finally arrived on our British shores this year it has been spectacular – the hawthorn leaves unfurling and blossom budding all over the place.  What could be nicer for a spring wedding that this springtime bow tie and pocket square?

Made from upcycled pure cotton, like all Mama Wolf products, they have been handmade with every effort to ensure they meet their ethical selection criteria (recycled, vintage, fair-trade, organic, up-cycled and natural fibre fabric).

What’s more, Mama Wolf created this bow tie and pocket square exclusively for The Natural Wedding Company readers, so you won’t find this design anywhere else!  If you’d like to enter to win this delightful set, read on below for full details of how.

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