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The new Minna wedding dress collection 2017 - ethical and affordable boho style wedding dresses for the natural bride

The 2017 wedding dress collection from Minna is full of modern dresses with hints of vintage and bohemian glamour. There is exquisite attention to detail, and lots of lace – but in an understated way. 2017 and 2018 brides will be truly spoilt by how much choice there is in this new collection, but it’s the stunning back detailing that really caught our attention. Almost every dress in this new collection has a unique and often surprising back to it.

Minna wedding dress collection 2017

As always, Minna has created a collection that is not only beautiful and with excellent ethics, but also affordable. The wedding dresses in the 2017 collection range in price from £800 to £1500. On top of this during March 2017 Minna is offering 10% off to all our brides-to-be, click the link for full details and to get your offer code.

Onto the wedding dresses, here are some of our favourites…

Boho wedding dress with lace panelling

The Estelle wedding dress has a real hipster boho vibe with modern lace panelling on the back and skirt. There’s one of those beautiful wedding dress backs that you don’t expect, but really add to the overall look and feel of the dress.

The new Minna wedding dress collection 2017 - ethical and affordable boho style wedding dresses for the natural bride

The new Minna wedding dress collection 2017 - ethical and affordable boho style wedding dresses for the natural bride

Edwardian-esque wedding dress with ribbon waist

For me the star beauty of the Charley wedding dress is it’s back and the detail that’s gone into it. This dress whilst modern in feel, sweeps me right back to days gone by with all that beautiful vintage-esque lace.

The new Minna wedding dress collection 2017 - ethical and affordable boho style wedding dresses for the natural bride

The new Minna wedding dress collection 2017 - ethical and affordable boho style wedding dresses for the natural bride

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Felt flower crowns for flower girls straight from the pages of Brambly Hedge and The Flower Fairies // Proverbial Daisies // The Natural Wedding Company

We are huge advocates for real British grown cut flowers, but these sweet felt flower crowns for your little flower girls captured my heart. I first spotted them over on Instagram when Samantha at Proverbial Daisies tagged me in a post. I loved their soft muted colours, that they were handmade by a fellow mummy, and that they offered something a bit different.

Brambly Hedge meets The Flower Fairies

Aren’t they beautiful? In my opinion they look like a cross between Brambly Hedge and The Flower Fairies, and any regular reader will know I have a soft spot for both of those books.

Felt flower crowns for flower girls straight from the pages of Brambly Hedge and The Flower Fairies // Proverbial Daisies // The Natural Wedding Company

Felt flower crowns for flower girls straight from the pages of Brambly Hedge and The Flower Fairies // Proverbial Daisies // 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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Today I wanted to bring you something a little different and share some inspiration for more natural wedding hairstyles, many of which I feel have that hint of a bygone era.  From romantic historical novels to Mediaveal woodlands, pre-war country cottages to Grecian shores.

Undoubtedly I’m looking at all these styles and what they evoke for me through very rose tinted spectacles, but then again what’s the harm in that?  These natural hair styles are here to inspire you for your wedding day, not to recreate in perfect detail a historic look.

Inspiration for natural wedding hair styles

It’s not much of a secret here on the blog that I love inspiration that evokes childhood memories, in particular books with beautiful illustrations such as Brambly Hedge.  Another collection of books I loved as a little girl were the Flower Fairies (anyone else?), my mum even made me a celandine flower fairy dressing up outfit that I decided I would have recreated for my bridesmaids when I got married one day – needless to say this didn’t happen.

This hair style below, with its loose waves, twists of hair pinned up and delicate floral decoration, reminds me of those Flower Fairy books, but a more grown up version.  I imagine with this simple style that it’s all about getting your hair looking beautiful because you are doing so little to it.

Loose natural wedding hair with flowers

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Summer wedding cake of woodland berries

I wanted to go for a sumptuous over-the-top indulgent wedding cake this week – so I chose this one – what do you think?  It’s a riot of soft fluffy cream, woodland berries and edible flowers.  I love the addition of strawberry flowers and a few unripe strawberries and leaves, it gives it a magical feel, and those tiny sweet mushrooms!

It’s a real fairytale wedding cake, but one that it attainable if you want to make your own wedding cake or if you’re planning on getting a friend or family member to make it for you.  It has a loose and easy style, nothing looks like its been placed or balanced, it is just pure natural effortlessness.

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I don’t want to say too much on this wedding as I think it speaks for itself.  The bride wore an unusual wedding dress with a pale blue top half and lots of romantic ruffles.

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Wow.  That’s what I thought when I spotted this wedding cake earlier this week.  It is elegant whilst rustic, and so dainty looking with those tiny tiers of cake.  I can’t help but fall in love with a simple white cake nestled amongst a bed of woodland moss and pretty white flowers.

I’m sure some of you creative brides out there could recreate a rustic cake stand like this, maybe with a little help from handy you husband-to-be.  Get out into your local woodland or countryside to find yourself the perfect piece of wood to make into a tree stump stand.

Realised that what I love about this cake is the childhood memories it evokes of building fairy houses at the bottom of my Granny’s garden in Devon, with beautiful moss floors for them to dance on.  They even left me a teeny tiny note once to say thank you.  I love my mom.

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