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I am so excited about my new TNWC Real Brides feature and I hope you are too!  It’s been lovely finding out so much about other people’s weddings and being able to share all those details with you here.  You can catch up on all the blog posts by clicking this link to the full TNWC Real Bride feature.

Today has her second blog post, and is going to tell us all about the start of their DIY elements to their wedding – starting with their invitations.  She’s even done a how to guide on how she made some very cute cake flags!  If you haven’t read Emma’s first blog post, you can find it here.  Over to Emma…

This week we have reached the first of our planning milestones – we posted our invites!  We both wanted personalised invitations and I love to draw so I thought I’d have a go myself.  I drew the designs on watercolour paper, painted in a bit of colour and went over it in fine liner.

I photographed the paintings then added the text using Photoshop.  We had them printed on recycled card at Monkey Puzzle Repro Art who are based at Mount Pleasant Eco Park. I couldn’t be more happy with the service, John was lovely and got our invites printed within 24 hours of me emailing him the artwork!  The front of the invite features us in what I think I can pass off as ‘naïve cartoon style’, standing in front of the archway area we plan to have our ceremony in.

Handmade watercolour invitation

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Birch bark bird wedding cake topper

One of my Favourite Finds recently is this Etsy shop who are creating these beautiful wedding items from biodegradable birch bark.  There is a wonderful selection of cake toppers (like these cheerful little birds above), cupcake toppers and mini flags, birch bark confetti in the shape of leaves or hearts, and even a cute little ring bearers pillow.

This is the birch bark confetti, which is full compostable making it a great eco-friendly option.  I think it would be particularly nice at an autumn or winter wedding…

Birch bark confetti

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How exquisite are these rose cone favours handcrafted from vintage music sheets?  They are just one of series of beautifully made favours and decorative items from Joanne of Vintage Twee.

At only 26 years old she is following a life-long dream to turn her love of making into a business.  Lucky for us!  Joanne told me her “aim is to add a touch of English authenticity to your special occasion” with her range of unique favours, table centrepieces and dining accessories.

Her work is inspired by her “British heritage, love for tea and classic romance and imagery from a bygone era.”  Vintage Twee’s pretty creations are perfect for a vintage themed wedding, bridal shower, or a party.

Every item is produced by Vintage Twee and is individually handcrafted – a truly unique keepsake.  Just like these vintage music sheet boxes – perfect wedding favours!

Joanne is committed to offering a personalised service and most of her items can be customised to your requirements.  In addition to all this, there is no minimum order – so whether you’re having a small intimate wedding, a party with friends or an elaborate affair, Joanne can ensure you get exactly what you want.

You can visit the Vintage Twee website, blog or Etsy shop.  If you’d like to get in contact with Joanne send her an email at joanne@vintagetwee.com and don’t forget to say you came via The Natural Wedding Company!

So without further a-do, here is a selection of Vintage Twee’s delightful creations…

‘Pillow Talk’ Favour Boxes
Handcrafted using excerpts from a 1940s love letter :: £2.25 each

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