Louise and Andrew’s cosy winter wedding at River Cottage with spring inspired bouquet and dapper groomsmen
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
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
Beautiful handmade floaty dresses for little maids inspired by an English apple orchard from Damselfly Flower Girls
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.
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.
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.
Natural French countryside wedding (part one)
It goes without saying this might possibly be one of my favourite weddings ever. Shot by American photographer David Blair, this oh-so-pretty wedding of Mariette and Benjamin took place at a family-owned, rustic stone villa in the French countryside.
If you’re regular readers of the blog, it won’t come as any surprise that the brides dress is one of my absolute favourites – I’m not sure I’ve seen many more that I think are more exquisite. I even told Nick that I might have swapped my own wedding dress for it – he was shocked!
I love the delicate lace sleeves and the way the front is loosely draped and edged with more lace. I love the ribbon sash around the waist that is fastened in a bow at the back and the way the skirt falls simply to the floor – the lace hem full of dainty detailing. It seems quite Edwardian inspired – one of my favourite eras for wedding dress inspiration.
Why is it you always come across the ideal items after your wedding? I spent so long searching for lovely flower girl dresses, and now I’m starting to see them everywhere. This one has the added bonus that it’s made with natural organic cotton and has pretty hand crocheting detail. I love it – it’s so pretty and everything I was after for my littlest flower girl.
Available from Pure Pixie and costs about £40.
I came across this pretty little dress today, made from organic cotton and silk, and Scottish lace. For me a little flower girl or bridesmaid in a dress that has an old fashioned feel is just right for a wedding. Some of you might remember this flower girl dress that I loved so much.
I have been inspired by some of the creative and alternative ideas they have for using natural petal confetti, and knew I had to share them with you.
Natural petal confetti scattered around your table centrepieces – perfect for a vintage wedding
Natural petal confetti in paper cones at the entrance to the church – perfect for a country wedding
Dried flower heads to adorn your flowergirls or bridesmaids hair – perfect for a rustic wedding