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Seasonal British Valentine's bouquet - hellebores, daffodils, primroses, snowdrops, violets // Flowers from Forage For // The Natural Wedding Company

I love roses, but garden grown and in season, not on Valentine’s Day. But what does a seasonal British Valentine’s bouquet look like? We asked Anne-Marie from Forage For to make us a Valentine’s floral creation – she is quite renown for her stunning floral designs.

So from one corner of Suffolk in a walled garden, this is what was seasonal this year – and it’s worth noting that this has been a particularly unusual year, with unseasonable weather resulting in quite an array of flowers.

The above floral heart features bellis daisies, witch hazel, primroses, hellebores, snowdrops, heather, daffodils, violets, violas, scabious, muscari, blossom and cow parsley (yes really). This crazy unusual weather means that Anne-Marie still has one cow parsley plant that’s hung on all winter and is still flowering. Incredible.

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Wild twiggy heart wreath with berries for Valentine's Day // By Lock Cottage Flowers // The Natural Wedding Company

Today it’s all about creating seasonal Valentine’s wreaths – I particularly love Alice’s wild and twiggy heart with its bright red berries. These could be used to decorate your door this weekend or the smaller heart wreath would make a great DIY project for a wedding.

In case you missed it, on Monday we shared how to create a hellebore moss winter wreath as part of a new blog series called Wreaths Throughout The Seasons with our friend Alice from Lock Cottage Flowers. We’re hoping to inspire you to start putting up seasonal wreaths on your front door or in your home at times other than just Christmas.

Over to Alice…

How to make a seasonal Valentine’s wreath

This first Valentine’s wreath is made from British parvifolia (small leafed eucalyptus – smells divine) and dried lavender which isn’t too visible here, but is very fragrant. These smaller wreaths are terrific for hanging on a small space in the kitchen, or hanging on a doorknob. For weddings they make terrific chairbacks.

I used heavy duty garden wire – the kind used for wall training roses – a coat hanger could be taken apart and used as well. Don’t worry if the heart is slightly wonky – this is preferable.

Learn how to make a heart-shaped eucalyptus and lavender wreath // By Lock Cottage Flowers // The Natural Wedding Company

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Modern geometric pattern wedding cake with heart cake topper

I am at risk of going flower mad for wedding cakes, I think it’s all our gardens and hedgerows bursting into bloom that has got me mad for flowers all over again.  So today I wanted to provide some pretty inspiration for those who don’t want flowers stuck all over their wedding cake.

This tall wedding cake is both modern and quirky with it’s geometric pattern decorating the sides and its funky angular heart cake topper.  I particularly love the colour palette of this wedding cake, they are really pretty shades of pink, blue and that yellowy gold.

My only query with this cake is – how on earth to do you cut it up??  Surely you would end up with very thin tall slices for everyone – perhaps you have multiple layers of cake and buttercream hidden beneath the icing outer, that way you can cut it into small chunks and ensure that everyone gets a tasty mouthful!

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Izzy Burton illustration

I am so excited about my new TNWC Real Brides feature and I hope you are too!  It’s been lovely finding out so much about other people’s weddings and being able to share all those details with you here.  You can catch up on all the blog posts by clicking this link to the full TNWC Real Bride feature.

Today has her second blog post, and is going to tell us all about the start of their DIY elements to their wedding – starting with their invitations.  She’s even done a how to guide on how she made some very cute cake flags!  If you haven’t read Emma’s first blog post, you can find it here.  Over to Emma…

This week we have reached the first of our planning milestones – we posted our invites!  We both wanted personalised invitations and I love to draw so I thought I’d have a go myself.  I drew the designs on watercolour paper, painted in a bit of colour and went over it in fine liner.

I photographed the paintings then added the text using Photoshop.  We had them printed on recycled card at Monkey Puzzle Repro Art who are based at Mount Pleasant Eco Park. I couldn’t be more happy with the service, John was lovely and got our invites printed within 24 hours of me emailing him the artwork!  The front of the invite features us in what I think I can pass off as ‘naïve cartoon style’, standing in front of the archway area we plan to have our ceremony in.

Handmade watercolour invitation

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Hessian heart place name

I love this sweet idea for creating a heart from strips of hessian for your wedding reception place card.  I think all you would need to do is cut two lengths of hessian and make each one into a loop, glueing the ends together.  Then take your two loops and glue their ends together – if that makes sense!  Write your guests names on a slither of paper cut to look like a ribbon at each end and place it on top of your hessian heart.

You could also make these from brown paper, a bit like these ones that Charlotte made for her wedding that was recently featured on the blog.  It’s the same idea as the hessian, just with paper.

Handmade paper heart garland

Image: (1) Tanja Lippert Photography via Style Me Pretty; (2) Bohemian Weddings

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Apple pie with heart shaped pastry decoration

Now you might be expecting the next of my TNWC Real Brides this morning, but due to my sister’s Uni workload this week she hasn’t been able to finish the lovely illustration that accompanies each blog post.  Instead, I will feature my next TNWC Real Bride tomorrow morning, so do check back!

I have been admittedly quite quiet on the blog this past week with regards to Valentine’s Day. There is so much out there in the way of ideas and inspiration, and if I’m quite honest we don’t really celebrate it in our house.

Heart shaped apple pie

I have been bombarded for the past couple of weeks with everything Valentine’s related, and I find it can get quite overwhelming this pressure to buy your loved one a token of your affection.  Does anyone else feel like that?  With everything so freely shared online, I then end up feeling a bit guilty that I didn’t do something as you see everyone else sharing their gestures of love and affection.

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Rustic cheese wedding cake

A couple of week’s ago at the Eco Wedding Fair I saw the most lovely cheese wedding cake, and so I’ve been inspired by that to share today’s non-sweet wedding cake alternative.  I always try and explain what it is that draws me to the cakes I choose to share on my weekly Cake Love blog post – I don’t just pick any old thing, a wedding cake really has to grab me to get a place here!

So what do I love about this particular cheese wedding cake?  Foremost I just love that heart shaped cheese on the top and how it’s been sunk into Brie or Camembert at a jaunty angle.  It’s also quite striking in it’s deep red wine coloured wax, and I believe that it’s from Godminster cheese company, or at least if it’s not you can get similar heart-shaped cheeses from them.

I’m also rather fond of the tree trunk stand and the straw like pillow around it – very nice and rustic, just perfect for the kind of weddings I like to share here at The Natural Wedding Company.

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