Elena and Simon's colourful handmade wedding with rustic outdoor ceremony, felt heart garlands and a unicorn // Emma Stoner Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

This week’s Real Wedding is vibrant and carefree. There’s a marquee bedecked with sweet felt heart garlands and hundreds of handmade pom poms, and wildflowers and hay bales adorning the open-air ceremony space. This colourful handmade wedding is an inspiration for anyone who wants a laid back and fun vibe for their big day.

Beautifully captured by one of our TNWC recommended photographers, Emma Stoner, on a horse rescue farm. Join us as we find out more about this September wedding from bride Elena…

Colourful felt heart garland // Emma Stoner Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Elena and Simon's colourful handmade wedding with rustic outdoor ceremony, felt heart garlands and a unicorn // Emma Stoner Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Elena and Simon's colourful handmade wedding with rustic outdoor ceremony, felt heart garlands and a unicorn // Emma Stoner Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Colourful cheese wedding cake // Emma Stoner Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Elena and Simon's colourful handmade wedding with rustic outdoor ceremony, felt heart garlands and a unicorn // Emma Stoner Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

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Goat's cheeses with edible flower petals from The Edible Flower Shop

It’s so nice to hand the blog over to guest writers once in a while, so today we are joined by Rachael who runs The Edible Flower Shop to teach us how we can decorate cheeses with edible flowers and petals to make a unique addition to your wedding feast.

Cheese wedding cakes are increasingly popular so why not make them even more beautiful with edible flowers. I particularly love these soft goat’s cheeses above that have been decorated with edible calendula and cornflower petals – such a riot of beautiful colours! I so want to try this out this summer.

Over to Rachael…

Wedding cheeses are becoming ever more popular and are often the centrepiece at a wedding breakfast. To personalise your wedding cheese and add stunning colour and beauty, why not have a go at decorating them with your own home grown edible flowers?

Individual cheeses with edible flowers from The Edible Flower Shop

Using edible flowers is a wonderful way to incorporate any colour theme from your wedding in to your food, and adds a really personal touch to your wedding breakfast. Not only that, but if you grow edible flowers for your wedding you can also use them for table decorations, button holes and to decorate cakes. The possibilities really are endless…

Base of Brie decorated with violas and goat's cheese on top decorated with dianthus from The Edible Flower Shop
Base of Brie decorated with violas and goat’s cheese on top decorated with dianthus

Edible flowers can be used to decorate either hard or soft cheeses but the methods used are quite different. Popular edible flowers for decorating cheeses are nasturtiums (flowers and leaves), chive flowers, calendula, violas, pansies, dianthus, borage, primulas, rocket, mustard, radish, sunflowers and cornflower petals to name but a few.

Viola 'Sorbet Raspberry' from The Edible Flower Shop
Viola ‘Sorbet Raspberry’

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Holly and Laurie's English picnic wedding

English picnic wedding

I have got some truly lovely exclusive real weddings coming up for you on the blog, so I do hope you’ll check back over the coming weeks to soak up all the wonderful inspiration these brides and grooms have to share.

Today’s real wedding is beautiful.  I feel like I’ve got to know bride Holly over the past year or so as she emailed me a couple of times in the lead up to her wedding – not only was she inspired by my own wedding stationery, but she also won her wedding photography via a competition that I’d promoted on the blog!

Holly and Laurie got married in Shropshire on the 15th of September 2012 with a wedding ceremony held at Ludlow Castle, and followed up by a picnic wedding reception at Henley Farmhouse on the Acton Scott Estate.

Over to Holly to tell us all about their wonderful day…

Seasonal September country wedding flowers

Rustic place names

Picnic wedding wrapped with greaseproof paper and twine

“We both just wanted a really relaxed wedding where all our guests could just have fun.  We wanted a day that was personal to us – we didn’t have a huge budget so we knew from the start that we would probably be doing lots of the work ourselves – with the help of our friends and family.”

“We actually found searching for a venue one of the most stressful parts of planning, we were looking for a blank canvas without lists of suppliers we had to use and we didn’t have lots of money to spend so we struggled to find somewhere.  I grew up in Shropshire and loved the idea of a Shropshire country wedding.”

Photo frame table plan

Country garden flowers


Wedding picnic and menu

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Wild and natural cheese wedding cake tower with garden grown herbs and willow cake topper

I didn’t last long did I before I returned to a wedding cake covered in flowers, although in my defence this isn’t a sweet wedding cake – instead it’s a tiered tower of scrumptious cheeses.

Spotted over on a rather lovely wedding on Love My Dress that was featured recently, this cheese wedding cake is mounted on a tree trunk stand and covered in herbs, lavender and gypsophila.  If you go and have a look at the full wedding, a locally sourced homegrown flower affair (which you should!), you’ll discover that the bride’s mother grew and arranged all of the wedding flowers, including decorating this cheese tower.  What a mum!

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Rustic cheese wedding cake

A couple of week’s ago at the Eco Wedding Fair I saw the most lovely cheese wedding cake, and so I’ve been inspired by that to share today’s non-sweet wedding cake alternative.  I always try and explain what it is that draws me to the cakes I choose to share on my weekly Cake Love blog post – I don’t just pick any old thing, a wedding cake really has to grab me to get a place here!

So what do I love about this particular cheese wedding cake?  Foremost I just love that heart shaped cheese on the top and how it’s been sunk into Brie or Camembert at a jaunty angle.  It’s also quite striking in it’s deep red wine coloured wax, and I believe that it’s from Godminster cheese company, or at least if it’s not you can get similar heart-shaped cheeses from them.

I’m also rather fond of the tree trunk stand and the straw like pillow around it – very nice and rustic, just perfect for the kind of weddings I like to share here at The Natural Wedding Company.

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Welsh Green Weddings tipis

You may recall a couple of weeks ago I told you about a wedding fair that was being held at Welsh Green Weddings, one of our beautiful TNWC wedding venues.  Although I was unable to attend the day, lucky for us the lovely Nik from Little House in Town did go and today I get to share what she found with you all.

Back in July, Nik shared her experiences at the Catkin cut flower workshop (she was the lucky TNWC competition winner) and I’m delighted to have her back guest posting.

Sunburst mirror in Welsh Green Weddings yurt

Grab a cup of something warm and enjoy.  Over to Nik:

If you’re a bride-to-be living in Wales, then you are one lucky lady.  This tiny nation may hold only 5% of the UK population, but it certainly knows how to send a message, loud and clear.  One such message was firmly delivered last weekend, as local green wedding suppliers convened on a field in rural Carmarthanshire for the Welsh Green Weddings Fair.

Welsh Green Weddings tipi

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Chic and natural cheese wedding cake

Today for my Cake Love blog post I’m sharing a wedding cake made from cheese.  I thought I’d shared one before, but looking back it doesn’t look like I have, despite how popular they are as an alternative to sweet cake.  There are all kinds of ways of doing a cheese wedding cake, but this one looks quite chic with its figs, grapes and physalis fruit, and ivy leaves.

I wanted to share a ‘cheese cake’ because today I am out on a cheesemaking course – yes, really!  It’s my birthday treat from Mr Rigg and I’m finally cashing it in and heading over to the fabulous sounding School of Artisan Food.  If you follow me on Facebook you might have spotted that I have a huge love for food, and in particular for all things dairy – so a day spent learning to make my own butter, yoghurt and soft cheese sounds pretty much like heaven for me.

If you’d still like a wedding cake topper, why not steal this great idea from my friend Jen who got married back in April – they topped theirs with knitted bride and groom mice, which I think is a really fun and quirky way to top off a cheese wedding cake.

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