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Winter bride and groom // Cosy winter wedding at River Cottage // Larissa Joice Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

We might be headed into summer but this cosy winter wedding held at River Cottage in Devon reminds us of all that is great about a winter wedding done well. Louise and Andrew had an intimate wedding with just 50 of their friends and family, with excellent local food (obviously!) and seasonal touches that embraced the farm venue. I also particularly love the attention they put in for the babies and children at this wedding – some great ideas. Plus gorgeous photography from Larissa Joice who we’ve featured previously here.

Over to Louise to tell us more…

A Cosy Winter Wedding at River Cottage

Bride and groom at River Cottage // Cosy winter wedding at River Cottage // Larissa Joice Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Country casual tweed groomsmen // Cosy winter wedding at River Cottage // Larissa Joice Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride in Hunter Wellies // Cosy winter wedding at River Cottage // Larissa Joice Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Best Day Ever wedding sign // Cosy winter wedding at River Cottage // Larissa Joice Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Spring bridal bouquet // Cosy winter wedding at River Cottage // Larissa Joice Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

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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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Beautiful handmade floaty dresses for flowergirls from http://www.damselflyflowergirls.co.uk/

We’ve got something pretty lovely to share with you all today. Whether you’re dreaming of a flock of petal-scattering mini maids (a la Kate Moss), have an extra special little lady in your life who will be waltzing down the aisle by your side, or you simply need cheering up, then you’ve come to the right place.

TNWC business Damselfly Flower Girls is run by creative mother/daughter team Faith and Naomi, who create gorgeous eco-chic  flower girl dresses designed to complement your bridal gown.

Beautiful handmade floaty dresses for little maids inspired by an English apple orchard from Damselfly Flower Girls

As well as some beautiful pictures from their recent photoshoot, they’ve kindly sent us a super cute video – a sneak peak behind the scenes – that might just make your day, and bring to life how pretty these dresses are.

But first, over to Faith to tell you about how the gorgeous shoot location helped to inspire the design of the dresses…

An inspirational setting

The venue for the shoot was Walcott Hall in Shropshire, a truly special place that fits perfectly with the Damselfly aesthetic. The owners are talented curators of gorgeous things and have created an elegant but homely atmosphere that is grand but not over done.

Beautiful handmade floaty dresses for flowergirls from http://www.damselflyflowergirls.co.uk/

We loved the faded chintz sofas, the ancient silk carpet hanging on the wall with its pattern worn by centuries of dancing feet, and the open fires that we lit to keep our models warm. We had the early 19th century ballroom to ourselves for the day and were in our element.

Beautiful handmade floaty dresses for flowergirls from http://www.damselflyflowergirls.co.uk/

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Rural apple farm wedding

This beautiful wedding on an apple farm in California is how I dream of my life being – one day…one day.  When I’m looking for weddings to share snippets of with you here, the words ‘farm‘ usually draw me in.  Some can be a little twee and cutesie, but others, like this one, and just truly heavenly I think.

Let it be said, an apple orchard, late evening sun and a Jersey cow are to have me audibly sighing at my desk.  Oh, and did I mention goats in a similarly romantic setting have the same effect?

Californian apple farm wedding

I am quite prepared to getting married again when I come across weddings like this.  I’m also about to upsticks and more to the rural idyllic lifestyle that fills my dreams.

Enough about my wistful daydreams.  This wedding is packed with beautiful details, I especially liked their wedding invitations packaged up in glassine envelopes (what a fab idea!) and with a brown craft address label.  Floral postage stamps are a pretty good addition too – imagine one of these dropping through your door!

Floral invitations in glassine envelopes

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Flowergirl late summer flower crown

We all love a good bit of nostalgia now and then, perhaps moreso on our wedding days.  There have been a lot of weddings in the past year with soft and pretty detailing, pastel floral bridesmaid dresses, loose curls and flower crowns.  For a late summer or early autumn wedding why not incorporate harvest touches with golden wheat woven into your little bridesmaids flower crowns, and tie their hair in loose plaits.

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coral and blush dahlia flowergirl headband

Oh it’s just so pretty and sweet!  No explanation needed on why I’ve shared this with you all – it’s made by Etsy seller Untamed Petals, but I still can’t work out if they are fabric or real flowers.  They look so real, but I think they must be fabric as they say they can post them anywhere in the world.

Whether you ordered one from Untamed Petals, or got your florist to create one with real dahlias for your flowergirls, I think it’s such a beautiful headband-cum-flower-crown.  What I think I love most, is that the flowers are around the back and just in one place – not all the way round, like so many that you see.  I also love the ribbons tumbling through her hair.  So sweet – what do you think?

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flower crown of white clover

Along with the rest of the wedding blogging world I’ve been a bit enamoured with flower crowns (or however you wish to describe them) for a while now – delightfully without realising I fell into this trend early on with one of my flowergirls wearing a gorgeous garland of flowers in her hair for our wedding.

Usually they are quite bold and attention grabbing, or delicate and fragile strings of daisies.  This one is all together different I think, and perhaps my favourite so far – a simple garland of white clover flowers.  Growing up predominately in the countryside of Gloucestershire there has always been clover flowers everywhere – whether amongst my parents lawn or great swathes of the purple kind in fields.  I also used to pull the tiny white ‘petals’ out and suck the ends to taste a tiny burst of honey sweetness, oh to be a child again!

So while I get carried away on rose-tinted memories of my childhood, I shall leave you all to enjoy the pretty simplicity of this country flower garden, and dream about having your flowergirls hair adorned with ringlets of clover flowers.

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