Favourite Natural Wedding Styles: wedding dresses, hair styles, grooms style, bridesmaids and accessories

It’s the first in our new Real Wedding Favourites mini series, which will be featuring some of our favourite picks from the Real Weddings we’ve featured over the years. It’s been such a challenge to choose our ‘favourites’, but as we mentioned in our introductory post, these are really just some of our favourites.

Our picks are chosen from the very first Real Wedding we featured up until spring of this year.

Natural Wedding Styles

Today it’s all about Natural Wedding Styles. This includes our favourite wedding dresses, our favourite bride’s wedding hair style, our favourite groom style, our favourite bridesmaids style, and our favourite wedding accessories.

Our Favourite Wedding Dresses

An Asymmetric Layered Wedding Dress

Favourite Natural Wedding Styles: Asymmetric Layered Wedding Dress

I got a bit stuck on this category because every bride chooses a wedding dress that suits them, and is right for their wedding. The dilemma was, how should I choose? Should I pick the one I’d most like to wear? In the end I was tied between two (this was the other), but Nik’s wedding dress won out for me.

For her Welsh coastal farm wedding, Nik unexpectedly fell in love with this wedding dress from Coast on a shopping trip for bridesmaids dresses. She even told us: “I actually tried it on for a laugh – it looked hideous on the rail and I was going to leave it behind.” I love the asymmetric hem line and layered skirt of this wedding dress, which Nik wore with a thin leather belt.

Favourite Natural Wedding Styles: Asymmetric Layered Wedding Dress

Looking through their wedding day I just felt that the dress not only looked great on Nik, but it fitted in with their day. Worn with silver flip flops it blended perfectly into their down-to-earth (and very hot!) outdoor ceremony. Later on for their champagne picnic and walk on the beach it worked wonderfully with bare feet. And for the evening party on the farm with a pair of vintage cowboy boots.

Favourite Natural Wedding Styles: Asymmetric Layered Wedding Dress

My favourite wedding dress comes from Nik and Chris’ chilled out rustic coastal farm wedding. Wedding dress by Coast. Photography by Pete Cranston Photography.

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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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Wedding ideas inspired by the tale of The Owl and the Pussycat from illustrated invitations to a groom in a pea green suit

With much of last year spent getting to grips with motherhood and juggling my business alongside this challenging new role, I am thoroughly enjoying getting back into blogging – like really getting back into, being inspired by the fantastic products and services that our businesses are creating, and dreaming up ways for them to be incorporated into your wedding.

Recently Julie from Hollyhock Lane got in touch to tell me about some of her new wedding stationery designs, and it was her ‘Owl and the Pussycat’ collection that immediately grabbed my attention. I love the poem and the images it evokes, and then I was reminded of some great ideas I’ve been saving that would tie in perfectly with Julie’s designs for anyone wanting to incorporate the poem into their wedding day.

If like me your love the poem, I hope my feature inspires you to incorporate some elements into your wedding day. Over to Julie to tell us why she loves the tale of owl and the pussycat so much…

“I think the tale of the ‘owl and the pussycat’  appeals so much as it’s so whimsical and fun, but it’s also an old classic which no doubt inspired many a childhood with it’s fantastical and nonsensical story. It’s a great ‘alternative’ theme for a wedding, espeically if you don’t always relate to more typical floral and feminine wedding themes. There’s so much milage with the imagery that you could create a really beautiful and very original wedding day.”

Owl and the Pussycat illustrated wedding stationery from Hollyhock Lane

“The owl and the pussycat suite was actually inspired by a bespoke stationery commission that I wish I had thought of myself. It was particularly apt for this couple, as she and her fiancé had been together for 10 years, so the “too long we have tarried” line was a cheeky nod to their own tallying to walk down the aisle.

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Mama Wolf competition

Just over a week ago this lovely competition to win a pretty springtime bow tie and pocket square set from new TNWC business Mama Wolf finished.  This afternoon I get to announce the lucky winner!

Everyone who entered shared what they loved most about spring, and who they’d like to win the bow tie and pocket square for – I really enjoyed reading everyone’s entries, but there can only be one winner…

Mama Wolf competition

A huge congratulations to Emily Wilson!  I really hope your husband-to-be enjoys his new springtime bow tie and pocket square and we would love to see some pictures.  I will be in touch by email to connect you up with Sandeep from Mama Wolf to ensure your prizes get sent out shortly to you.

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Alternative mini flag buttonholes

A little bit of afternoon wedding inspiration for you – and this time it’s for the boys.  Floral buttonholes are lovely, but sometimes you want something a bit different, so I love this alternative idea for sweet celebration flags poked into the usher’s or groomsmen’s suit pockets.

They would be really easy to make from fun papers or even fabric wrapped around a cocktail stick, and I like the idea of the little celebratory messages written on them like ‘hooray!’ and ‘yippee!’ – even the thin ribbons are a nice additional touch.  Like this wedding, perhaps you could have a floral buttonhole made for the groom to make him stand out, and make these mini flag buttonholes for his best man and ushers.

I also did this feature on felt buttonholes with some fun ideas including tiny kite buttonholes, so do check out the full feature on cool and quirky buttonholes.

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Springtime bow tie and pocket square from Mama Wolf

*This competition is now closed 00:00 12/06/13*

So far this year we’ve had some really lovely competitions on The Natural Wedding Company blog, and I must say there are more lovely ones to come.  Today I’m launching a competition from new TNWC business Mama Wolf to win this gorgeous springtime bow tie and matching pocket square.

I’m particularly delighted to have a competition prize that’s for the men in our weddings.  Whether you want to win it for you groom-to-be, the best man, the father-of-the-bride, or maybe even a page boy, or even if you’re not getting married and you’d like to win it for a bow tie lover in your life, then read on for how you can enter.

Spring blossom bow tie from Mama Wolf

When spring finally arrived on our British shores this year it has been spectacular – the hawthorn leaves unfurling and blossom budding all over the place.  What could be nicer for a spring wedding that this springtime bow tie and pocket square?

Made from upcycled pure cotton, like all Mama Wolf products, they have been handmade with every effort to ensure they meet their ethical selection criteria (recycled, vintage, fair-trade, organic, up-cycled and natural fibre fabric).

What’s more, Mama Wolf created this bow tie and pocket square exclusively for The Natural Wedding Company readers, so you won’t find this design anywhere else!  If you’d like to enter to win this delightful set, read on below for full details of how.

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Vintage-eco wedding photoshoot

Last autumn a group of local Kent wedding businesses got together to create a wedding photoshoot inspired by all things vintage and eco-friendly.  They created a number of different looks and I have some of them here today to share with you, featuring some pretty vintage dresses, dainty crockery, lovely florals and an exquisite brooch bouquet.

Vintage brooch bouquet

Vintage wedding inspiration

Quirky vintage wedding style

The shoot was another collaboration between TNWC photographer Rebecca Douglas and make-up artist Suzanna who created this ethereal harvest shoot I featured last year.  This time, Rebecca and Suzanna swapped the English country field for the beautiful eco-chic The Pines Calyx wedding venue, also one of our TNWC businesses.

Vintage inspired bridal bouquet

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