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On Tuesday we had the lovely Myfanwy telling us all about the fab tea towel wedding invitations she’d been making, and how her Mr-to-be Tom had recruited their cute daschund Arthur to help punch out confetti.  Today we have TNWC Real Bride Sarah back with us, and she’s been helping her fiancé Lee look for a country style tweed suit at an affordable price.

Over to Sarah to tell you more…

Hi everyone!  Hope you all had a lovely Easter, this month I will be writing about my struggles to find the perfect suit for my groom.

When we first began organising the wedding Lee began researching the type of suit he’d like for the wedding, and quickly decided he’d like a tweed, country looking suit to fit in with our relaxed, vintage theme.  He showed me a photo he’d found on Google and so we began to try and find something similar.

Country groom in tweed suit

Initially we wanted to hire the suits and so we began to research local hire shops, but soon found none of them hired anything other than plain, or over the top suits which wasn’t really us.  And so we made the choice to buy the suits.

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Dave and Laura's autumn wedding

Autumn barn wedding with a handfasting ceremony

It has been a while since I featured an exclusive real wedding on the blog, more through my own fault than lack of them to share.  Whenever I put together a real wedding feature I feel this immense sense of responsibility to the couple who’s wedding it is – after all  this was their special day and I want to do my very best in portraying it here on my blog.

As a result it takes me a great many hours to put together the beautiful photographs and carefully answers questions submitted by the bride.  Today’s wedding is a very gorgeous autumnal affair, that was inspired by the couples love for the countryside.

Laura and Dave got married in Stratford Upon Avon during the autumnal month of October, with a humanist ceremony.  Their wedding was captured beautifully by TNWC photographer Sarah Brittain Edwards Photography.  Over to bride Laura to tell us more about the day…

Real leaf wedding signs

The Little Caravan Photography

Groom in waistcoat and mustard coloured bowtie

“We both love Autumn and were keen to reflect the season, with it’s lovely cosiness and beautiful colours.  We wanted it to feel personal and handcrafted – no ‘Gold Package’ all inclusive deals!  And being a country girl at heart, I wanted it to feel rustic, homely and unfussy.”

Autumnal wedding flowers and grasses

Autumn bride and bridesmaids

Wedding sparklers

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Reindeer wedding shoot

I am so thrilled to share this photoshoot with you, and what could be lovelier than a bridal shoot featuring a reindeer, some owls, the beautiful windswept Cornish landscape, and a lush woodland?  Oh, and a handful of TNWC recommended wedding suppliers.

Well, in my book, there aren’t many things lovelier, so I was delighted when Sarah Falugo (who also runs Green Photographic) got in touch to see if I would featured this stunning shoot.

Sarah Falugo Photography

Sarah Falugo Photography

Deep burgundy flower crown

There are just so many lovely photos from this shoot that I struggled to narrow it down – so rather than only share a handful I’ve decided to split the shoot into two parts to allow you to enjoy them all.

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Mama Wolf handmade wedding ties

I came across Mama Wolf when she mentioned a piece I’d written about being a good wife on her blog.  Sandeep who is the self taught seamstress and proud owner of Mama Wolf, describes her business as a mens fashion accessories label.  In particular, Mama Wolf produces super cool neckties and has recently launched a bespoke wedding tie service.

Having spotted these latest ties on her website that she created, I really wanted to share them, not only because there’s not often a lot for boys on wedding blogs, but also because they are pretty darn cool.

Embroidered wedding ties

Sandeep told me that the bride and groom wanted five wedding ties in a rich orange cotton with embroidered motifs, “each motif represented something personal to the groom, the best man and the ushers.”

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bride with black ribbon belt

This sweet Canadian wedding has all those fun details we love at the moment, including flea market finds, a bride with incredible style in a knee length wedding dress and birdcage veil, and bridesmaids wearing funky tights.

black bridesmaids dresses with multi-coloured tights

I don’t think I will ever get tired of people finding unusual old items to become vases for wedding flowers.  I do this at home and would like to think that other brides don’t stop these habits at their wedding day.

vintage metal teapot with flowers

What classic accessories the bride chose with that subtle but striking a necklace and that sweet veil.  The groom and his men kept it simple with black bow ties and feather buttonholes.

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Another ‘for the boys’ blog post, although admittedly in our house Nick would have only dressed this way for our wedding at my encouragement.  It makes me wonder – how many of you gals have a say in how your groom dresses on your big day?  I’d love to know.  I certainly had an input in what Nick wore – I helped him choose it.  Are there any girls out there who let their Mr-to-be have free rein to choose his suit?  After all, they don’t help pick our dress.

Anyway, I love this casual country dresscode for the boys – beige trousers, tan coloured belts, deep blue shirts, and braces for the groom.  Now I’m not a top hat fan, but these brown ones have that old world feel – and I just love them.  Not that Nick would be seen dead wearing one…

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I thought it was about time I posted ‘something for the boys’ – or at least some inspiration that us girls can take away and apply to our grooms-to-be.  This outfit appeals to me because it’s not you standard groomly attire – the checked shirt has that casual, down-to-earth vibe, yet it’s paired with a smart jacket and spotty bow tie.

The touch of brown velvet ribbon on the very simple buttonhole adds a sense of elegance – and that single jolly blue cornflower is quite romantic.  What are your thoughts?  Is this wedding-ing enough?

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