Lisa and Tom's Welsh country wedding with a handmade wedding dress, locally sourced feast and giant tipis on the village green // The Natural Wedding Company

Welsh country wedding

Today we have for you you the wonderful Welsh, country fete inspired wedding of of our Real Bride Lisa and her husband Tim. It is bursting with amazing handmade details and it features the most inspiring fashion that is all made by the mother-of-the-bride.

This sewing supermum not only made Lisa’s stunning beaded wedding dress, but the bridesmaid’s floral dresses, the grooms and groomsmen attire, flat caps and all and then to top it off her own outfit for the big day. To say I’m impressed is an understatement!

Country wedding bridesmaids and groomsmen // The Natural Wedding Company

Washing line wedding table plan // The Natural Wedding Company

Lisa and Tom's Welsh country wedding with a handmade wedding dress, locally sourced feast and giant tipis on the village green // The Natural Wedding Company

Lisa and Tom’s whole big day truly was crafted with love by their family and friends, and it is one thing I truly adore about weddings is not only the love the couple have for one another but the love shared by everyone around them who want to help in anyway they can to create their dream day.

Anyway to the matter in hand, Lisa and Tom got married in June last year, in a lovely little Welsh town where Tom grew up and for all other details I’ll pass over to Lisa to share.

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'Wedfest' bell tent hire from

I love camping. There’s no better setting than the great outdoors to allow you time and space to unplug, live simply and take pleasure in the smallest of details. Writing today’s post reminded me why we chose tipis for our own wedding – the laid-back atmosphere they instantly create and the freedom to choose a location put them right at the top of our list.

Luxury bell tents from Cariad Canvas - photography

These days, families and friends are so often spread out across the country and beyond, it’s no surprise that many couples want to make the most of having everyone in one place and turn their wedding into to a weekend long celebration.

If you’re considering this for your wedding but don’t know where to start, then we have good news for you. Fabulous TNWC business Cariad Canvas, who provide luxury canvas accommodation for guests, have teamed up with Wedding Tipi to create packages that offer couples their very ‘pop up’ wedding festival.

Tipi interior with bunting from Wedding Tipi - photography

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Emma and Matt's pretty May wedding in a field with giant tipis, fete inspired games and a vegetarian feast – photography

Pretty May wedding in a field

It might not yet be May, but by the end of the week it will be, and my favourite month of all (I am biased because it contains both mine and my Mr’s birthdays plus our wedding anniversary!).

So I want to kick-off May today with the beautiful laidback fete-esque spring wedding of Emma and Matt. It is full of understated soft floral colours with pops of brightness here and there – from the funky orange VW Campervan to the groom’s colourful leaf buttonholes. See what you think!

Over to Emma to tell you about their pretty May wedding with beautiful photography from TNWC recommended supplier Hannah Beatrice

Relaxed tipi farm wedding – photography

Emma and Matt got married in May last year and chose a church ceremony at St Patrick’s Church in Earlswood where Emma was baptised. The reception was at Mousley House Farm, “We were keen to have an outdoors reception and found the perfect space at Mousley House Farm, where we were given use of their beautifully spacious field. We had a fantastic reception in kata tents that had been put up and tended to by the team at PapaKåta.”

Orange VW Campervan – photography

Tiered Victoria Sponge wedding cake – photography

Emma and Matt's pretty May wedding in a field with giant tipis, fete inspired games and a vegetarian feast – photography

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Woodland wedding ceremony

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.

Their photographer, Emma Stoner, is one of the talented wedding photographers listed on The Natural Wedding Company directory, and I’m thrilled to be able to share this wedding with you.

West Lexham wedding venue Norfolk

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!”

Emma Stoner Photography

“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!”

Emma Stoner Photography

“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.”

Bell tents

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The Stunning Tents Company

The team from The Stunning Tents Company are opening their doors and welcoming you to their open weekend on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th November 2012.  Situated in the middle of the Hampshire countryside, the team will have set up three Giant Hat tents and one Kungsörnen tent, all linked together and fully decorated with their range of furnishings.

Giant tipis

If you’ve got specific ideas of plans and would like to discuss your wedding with one of the team in more detail, then do make an appointment for one of the days by calling 01256 882 114 or emailing  As well as answering your questions, they will be able to take you on a tour of their facilities.

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Event in a Tent

On Saturday I headed south, further into Cheshire to Delamere Forest where the team from Event in a Tent were holding their open weekend.  I get to work with some lovely businesses, but all too often I can get stuck behind the laptop, so I’m always delighted when an opportunity comes along to go and meet and see what the TNWC businesses get up to.

Jug of autumn foliage and berries

Event in a Tent hire out those stunning giant tipis that are becoming increasingly popular as alternative wedding venue spaces.  Having been inside the giant tipis once before, it was a treat to go back, and I was disappointed.  These structures are truly spectacular.  As I walked inside there was a log fire going and the tents give off this soft, warm golden colour.

Fire pit in a giant tipi

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World Inspired Tents

Tis’ the season for lovely wedding open days and weekends, especially if you are on the hunt for a giant tipi (or two) for your wedding venue.  Luckily for you, wherever you’re getting married there is bound to be one near you.  I recently shared details of these upcoming open weekends in Cheshire and Yorkshire, and now I’ve got one in Devon to tell you about.

Giant Hat tipi wedding venue

World Inspired Tents, one of our lovely TNWC businesses, are returning to Darts Farm near Exter for their autumn open weekend on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October 2012.

Over the weekend, their team will be showcasing what it could be like to have a World Inspired Tents wedding or event – with three of their stunning Giant Hat tipis joined together, complete with a small chill out tipi, and all bedecked with wooden tables, benches, furnishings and log fires.

Outdoor wedding venue

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