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Floaty Mermaid Bridal Etsy dress and dried bouquet from The Artisan Dried Flower Company // Little Caravan Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Vic and Farid’s country fete wedding is beautifully soft and natural; set in an idyllic wood panelled village hall, it is pretty and understated yet fabulously chic.

Holding both the ceremony and reception in the bunting-filled village hall, the couple enjoyed a relaxed and captivatingly charming day in Leicestershire with all their favourite people, whilst TNWC recommended photographer Sarah Brittain Edwards Photography captured their day perfectly.

Choosing retro sweets as favours and dried flowers for her bouquet, we asked bride Vic to tell us all about the ideas behind their cute country fete wedding…

Village hall wedding with vintage chairs // Little Caravan Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Homemade Just Married banner // Little Caravan Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Dried flower bridal hair flowers // Little Caravan Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Pink and yellow cupcake wedding cake with peas in a pod cake topper // Little Caravan Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Chalkboard order of wedding // Little Caravan Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Vic and Farid's pretty country fete wedding with floral bunting, an Etsy dress and a dried flower meadow bouquet // Little Caravan Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

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Beechenhill Farm organic wedding venue

Peak District wedding handcrafted by family and friends

I am thrilled to be sharing with you another real wedding and one that took place at the beautiful Beechenhill Farm who are one of the wedding venues you can find listed in The Natural Wedding Company directory.

I must say a huge thank you to Timm and Sam at Timm Cleasby Photography who have been incredibly patient with me and for sharing this lovely wedding with us.

Lucy and Jon Peak District wedding

Beechenhill Farm eco wedding venue

Lucy and Jon got married in July at Beechenhill Farm in the Peak District National Park.  With the help of their family and friends they created a beautiful and personal weekend-long wedding amongst this rather special rural setting.

Beechenhill Farm organic wedding venue

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The Cupcake Baker wedding cupcakes with edible flowers

The Cupcake Baker, run by Stephen and wife Cathy, are an Oxfordshire based company make vintage inspired cupcake towers from the finest ethical ingredients and natural flavourings.  For a limited-time only, they are offering our readers a 10% discount on their wedding cupcakes.

The Cupcake Baker ethical wedding cupcakes with blue butterflies

“Here at the Cupcake Baker we just adore the current vintage trend.  Our beautiful cakes are made using only the finest quality ethical ingredients and topped with pretty handmade decorations.  We love to use edible flowers such as lavender, borage and sugar roses, pretty bows. and butterflies.”

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The Natural Wedding Company

Wishing you a very happy Valentine’s Day whatever you are up to.  This week’s Directory Showcase is full of romantic loveliness, ideal for a day celebrating love – from pretty vintage crockery, to exquisite heirloom bridal jewellery, to dainty cupcakes.

Rosie Weisencrantz vintage bridal jewellery

If you want to wear a necklace, headpiece, or bracelet on your wedding day created from beautiful heirloom finds, then Rosie Weisencrantz is a must-see.  Each piece is handcrafted from vintage finds from a bygone era, and with no two pieces the same they are truly unique and individual.  Visit the directory for a full list of vintage, eco and ethical wedding accessories.

Simply Love Vintage crockery hire

Simply Love Vintage offer vintage crockery hire in the Dorset area, to help style you wedding or event.  They have an eclectic collection of china, vintage inspired props, linens and bunting to create a beautiful wedding.  Visit the directory for a full list of vintage crockery hire companies across the UK.

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The Natural Wedding Company

I am enjoying writing up these Directory Showcase posts, they are a wonderful reminder of the great businesses that you can find listed in the directory – that’s all those categories you can find at the top of the page in the grey luggage tag.  If you’d like to find out more about the businesses, do have a look through the directory or read more of the Directory Showcase posts.

Pretty Sweet organic cupcake with edible flowers

Pretty Sweet are passionate about taste and quality, so naturally their wedding cupcakes are coloured and flavoured with fresh fruits and organic ingredients where available.  To decorate, Pretty Sweet uses hand-crystallised seasonal fresh flowers that are edible.  Visit the directory for full details of wedding cake makers using natural, organic and fair trade ingredients.

April Doubleday fair trade wedding rings

April Doubleday is an ethical jewellery designer and maker based in Devon, she uses the coastline, rock formations and the sea as inspiration for her designs.  All of her jewellery, including her wedding and engagement rings, are made from Fair Trade gold, and her diamonds are sourced responsibly from Australia and Canada.  Visit the directory for a full list of ethical jewellers.

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Andy Rapkins Photography

Rustic country wedding (part two)

If you missed Emma and Gianni’s rustic country wedding part one from yesterday, do take a read first.  After their beautiful outdoor wedding ceremony, Emma and Gianni continued their wedding festivities at the beautiful Cripps Barn in Gloucestershire.

The countryside around Cripps Barn is beautiful and provides the most gorgeous natural setting for photographs.

>> Read part one of Emma and Gianni’s rustic country wedding here <<

Rustic country wedding

Don’t you think that Emma’s colour palette of pale dusty pinks and peaches are beautifully reflected in the soft golden colour of this wheat field…

Emma & Gianni rustic country wedding

I love this series of photos – photographer Andy Rapkins has captured such a sweet and intimate moment between Emma and Gianni.

Andy Rapkins Photography

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Yesterday evening I had a wonderful time learning how to decorate cupcakes with And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon.  Whether you are wanting to plan a more alternative and meaningful hen party, or you’re planning on making your own wedding cake from cupcakes, you should consider having a cupcake decorating party.

Our evening looked a bit like this – just at night – I hope to share a photo of my cupcakes when they’re available…


Image: Jonny Draper

There are some wonderful businesses out there offering these services, and tailored specifically for hen parties and weddings.  They can be found all over the country, but some in particular are a bit special, I think, because they are passionate and committed to using high quality ingredients – fair trade, free range, organic, seasonal, local.

So today I’m paying homage to them.  Girls, its time to roll up your sleeves, pop on your apron, and learn a great new skill – and have a good giggle with your girl friends while you’re at it.

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