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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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Cornflower and fern flower crown // Flowers by Catkin // The Natural Wedding Company

Pre-Raphaelite and Flower Fairy inspired loose and natural wedding bouquets

What a treat we have today, featuring an array of beautiful floral wedding ideas inspired by dreamy pre-Raphaelite paintings and a sprinkle of fairy magic from Cicely Mary Barker’s ever-loved Flower Fairies.

Shot against the evocative backdrop of Doddington Hall, an Elizabethan manor house in Lincolnshire, the floral designs were created by our friend Rachel at Catkin, using all homegrown blooms from the walled garden she tends to on site.

Peach coloured hydrandgea and fern flower crown // Flowers by Catkin // The Natural Wedding Company

English meadow bouquet // Flowers by Catkin // The Natural Wedding Company

Moss and purple hydrangea flower crown // Flowers by Catkin // The Natural Wedding Company

Wild bridal bouquet of ox-eye daisies and cow parsley // Flowers by Catkin // The Natural Wedding Company

Pre-Raphaelite inspired wedding flowers // Flowers by Catkin // The Natural Wedding Company

Rachel is a long-standing member of the British Flowers community, so putting English grown, seasonal flowers at centre stage was vital.

The flowers she chose – garden roses, scabious, cornflowers, nigella, sweet peas, pinks, astilbe, larkspur, ammi and daisies – all contributed to the ethereal look Rachel was after, imbuing her floral creations with natural movement and texture.

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'pretty in pink' wedding cake decorated with garden daisies

This wedding cake completely won me over with its pretty charm and understated garden daisy decoration.  I think the daisies take me back to my childhood and making daisy chains and playing out in the garden.  Whilst the cake itself is beautiful made and iced, the fresh flower details are simple and down-to-earth, perfect for a garden wedding.

I would always advise having some kind of plan for how you want to decorate any elements of your wedding, including your cake, just so you’ve thought about it in advance.  It looks like you could just order your simply iced wedding cake and then throw caution to the wind and decorate it with whatever you found in the garden the day of your wedding, but for most of us it’s good to have a bit of an idea what you might like to use.

That way you can foresee any pitfalls – will the flowers wilt quickly and end up looking a mess? This is especially important I think when using cut flowers, they all have different ‘lasting’ times one picked, so it’s always wise to ask your florist or flower farmer.  Plus, you’ll want to ensure they’ve not been sprayed with any nasties as you’re popping them on something edible.

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I would never have thought that dried flowers could look so pretty at a wedding – but from the buttonholes, to the bridesmaids bouquet, and the wreath in the flowergirl’s hair, these dried yellow and white daisies are beautiful.  In particular I like the combination of the flowers with the pale coloured suit and dresses, and the oatmeal colour of the twine.

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So many pretty details from this handmade country wedding, plus a gorgeous lace wedding dress.  I’m loving the ceremony order of service, very similar to the style we went for.  And what a lovely combination of yellow and white daisy flowers with red roses.

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Simple white wedding cake decorated with herbs and daisies

A simple white wedding cake decorated with sprigs of rosemary, lady’s mantle and pretty white and yellow daisies.  Great inspiration to anyone planning on making their own wedding cake.

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