An earthy woodland wedding shoot with exquisite animal masks and a seasonal winter bouquet of seedheads and ferns
What better way to kick off the New Year than with a seasonal appropriate earthy woodland wedding shoot. It’s full of winter wedding inspiration – think feathers, seedheads, foliage and pine cones. Plus the most exquisite animal masks we’ve ever seen. These are proper grown up masks, perfect we reckon if you want a quirky detail to add a twist to your wedding photos.
So what do I love most about this earthy woodland wedding shoot? I love the attention to seasonal details like the pine cone and pheasant feather hair decorations. It’s over to photographer Megan Duffield to tell us more about what inspired the shoot…
Chloe and Sam’s modern spring woodland wedding with earthy organic decor, gold dipped feathers, and lush green and white florals
This week’s modern spring woodland wedding is incredibly beautiful. There are mismatched chairs under waxed scaffold-board tables, gold-dipped feathers, vintage candlestick holders and garlands of greenery. Every single element of this wedding is carefully planned yet natural and organic. It’s a strong contender for my favourite Real Wedding so far (and it’s the final one of 2016) and I just love that they did it all themselves.
We first met Chloe and Sam when the gorgeous couple featured in this rainy romantic Cornish wedding shoot back in March. I think we all knew then that their wedding would be a beauty and it certainly hasn’t disappointed.
Bride Chloe tells us more about their modern spring woodland wedding…
Such a pretty and wintry wedding cake for you to enjoy this week – delicate mottled feathers and a gorgeous twiggy wreath around the base. Throughout the summer months it’s so easy to find a wide range of fresh flowers to decorate your wedding cake with, so it’s so nice to see some alternative ideas during those colder months when flowers aren’t blooming.
I would stress the importance of sourcing clean and hygienic feathers before sticking them around your wedding cake. As lovely as it is to collect feathers you find on your country walk, I can’t imagine it’s very sensible to use them onto something you’re then going to pop in your mouth!
Support our British flower growers this year by proudly displaying a seasonal Christmas wreath on your front door
I absolutely love wreaths, I wish that we were more like the States and had wreaths for different seasons and celebrations throughout the year, and not just Christmas – anyone else up for starting this trend? Perhaps The New Wives Club could get a group of us to make a wreath for each month of 2013 and we could share our pictures? Am I getting carried away :)
A number of the lovely florists and flower farmers listed on the TNWC directory have started to release details of upcoming wreath workshops and how to order their Christmas wreaths online, so I thought to help you all out I’d do a feature to showcase a lot of them all in one place.
Plus, there are a couple of exclusive discounts for TNWC readers below, so don’t miss out on those!
Intimate woodland wedding with vows beneath a beech tree
I have such a lovely wedding to share with you today, which will be of extra interest to anyone considering a woodland or outdoor ceremony, because Christine and Joe had one of the most beautiful looking wedding ceremonies I’ve seen.
On a sunny August day, Christine and Joe were married in the grounds at West Lexham in Norfolk in an intimate woodland ceremony beneath the boughs of a red beech tree. “We wanted an intimate and joyous feel for our wedding, as if we were in the heart of our community and supported by them. It was important to us that everyone had a good time – despite having to work for it by making contributions!”
“We wanted to find somewhere that we could get married outdoors, near trees and water. I guess you could say it was symbolic to us as I love water and Joe loves woodlands. In personality, I think of Joe as the strong, grounded one, and me as the strong, flowing one!”
“We chose West Lexham because it felt like the right place – we could get married under the boughs of a beautiful red beech tree by a little river. Also, the site had camping in bell tents, a swimming pool, gardens, rowing on the river, as well as cottages and the manor house.”
I’m signed up to the Etsy weddings e-newsletter that pops into my inbox every-so often – I always enjoy seeing what collections they have put together and what trends they are seeing. It was in one of those newsletters that I spotted a rather pretty picture of three old blue glass bottles with feathers in them, which got me thinking what a nice alternative to floral table decorations they would make.
So I decided to see what other feather inspired ideas there were out there to share with anyone looking for something a bit different, or perhaps for a winter or early spring wedding when British grown flowers are thin on the ground. I would always encourage you to make sure you source your feathers responsibly, collecting them on country walks sounds like a good option to me.
The blue bottles that inspired my search – a lovely alternative for wedding table decorations…
Seasonal and handcrafted November wedding
It is lovely to be able to share such a beautiful seasonal wedding full of handmade details, and one that took place in November. Photographed by Laura Babb, Dan and Ali’s November wedding was held at Folly Farm, a stunning green wedding venue set amongst 250 acres of woodland and nature reserve. On hearing more about this handcrafted wedding I knew it was just the kind of wedding you would love to see.
“When we found Folly Farm we knew it was the right spot. We completely lucked out with the weather on the day, it was hard to believe it was November – but as we fell for Folly Farm’s vantage point and woodland walks on a dreich February morning, we knew it would be beautiful no matter what.”
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