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Alex and James' intimate natural wedding with vintage French lace wedding dress, local pub reception and pavlova wedding cake // Oxi Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

We’ve got a treat for you in this week’s intimate natural Real Wedding.  This couple decided to do things their way and it turned out to be all about friends and food.

They dug up their garden the day before the wedding to fill rusted tins with sweet peas, rosemary and lavender, saved the partying for the weekend after their big day, and ceremoniously cut into a berry-topped wedding pavlova at their reception. Intrigued? You should be.

Luckily it was all captured beautifully by TNWC recommended Oxana Mazur of Oxi Photography, who is renowned for her natural and intimate documentary style. So let’s delve into the rosy-hued pictures and learn more from bride Alex…

Alex and James' intimate natural wedding with vintage French lace wedding dress, local pub reception and pavlova wedding cake // Oxi Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Simple rustic wedding table decor // Oxi Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Alex and James' intimate natural wedding with vintage French lace wedding dress, local pub reception and pavlova wedding cake // Oxi Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Alex and James' intimate natural wedding with vintage French lace wedding dress, local pub reception and pavlova wedding cake // Oxi Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Pavlova wedding cake // Oxi Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

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Cherry blossom chandelier and rustic wedding table // Photography Captured by Katrina // The Honeysuckle Flower Co. // Wedding Yurts // The Natural Wedding Company

I have had the pleasure of knowing Lizzie from Wedding Yurts for nearly five years now, and everything she creates is pure magic. When I heard she was putting on an Open Week in Herefordshire, I knew I want to visit, to see what delights she had been dreaming up, and to catch up (as best you can with a two and a half year old in tow).

I wasn’t disappointed. My little girl had a magical time running around this beautiful rural spot at Wye Valley Weddings and I soaked up the atmosphere inside Lizzie’s stunning yurts, with their wooden floors and rustic decorations.

As part of their Open Week, Lizzie had pulled together some incredible teams of suppliers to create so inspirational wedding shoots. One of those shoots was a Spring Eco Wedding Festival with a down-to-earth natural style, and featuring wedding suppliers who all weave an eco-friendly ethos into their business. I particular love the simple but striking table design with terracotta pots of herbs and those tiny chai bowls holding tealights.

Lizzie’s work is the kind of style I’d like to have at my own wedding or party, so I’m sure you’ll be as inspired as I am by today’s Spring Eco Wedding Festival shoot.

Wedding Yurts at Wye Valley Weddings in Herefordshire // Photography Captured by Katrina // Wedding Yurts // The Natural Wedding Company

Rustic wedding trestle table with terracotta pots of herbs and tealights // Photography Captured by Katrina // Wedding Yurts // The Natural Wedding Company

Rustic spring wedding table decoration with blossom // Photography Captured by Katrina // Wedding Yurts // The Natural Wedding Company

Boho style outdoor wedding lounge // Photography Captured by Katrina // Wedding Yurts // The Natural Wedding Company

Wedding glamping tents // Photography Captured by Katrina // Love Lotus // Wedding Yurts // The Natural Wedding Company

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Eco vintage wedding tea party and naked wedding cake // Photography Daniela Müller // The Natural Wedding Company

Eco farmhouse wedding photoshoot

Set at a gorgeous German farmhouse, today’s eco-inspired wedding shoot showcases beautiful simple details including a vintage tea party with a naked wedding cake, loose bouquets of lavender and herbs, watercolour invites, and a truly romantic real life love story.

Curated by the clever people at Lovely White Weddings  who wanted to provide a fully eco-friendly inspirational shoot to promote to brides-to-be the talented ethical wedding businesses in Germany, where they have yet to gain much mainstream attention. Lisa, Lena and Dani from Lovely White Weddings explain,

“In Germany we still pretty much live in a ‘green wedding desert’, there really is almost no good blog, magazine or specifically green wedding vendor to be found if you do not exactly know what to look for. Since we ourselves try to live as organic and sustainable as possible, we agreed that it was high time to fill that gap and to push the green wedding trend in Germany by throwing together one of the first truly eco German styled shoots.”

Lavender and herb wedding bouquet // Photography Daniela Müller // The Natural Wedding Company

Naked wedding cake and living herb wedding centrepieces // Photography Daniela Müller // The Natural Wedding Company

Wedding rings with lavender // Photography Daniela Müller // The Natural Wedding Company

Bridal bouquet of lavender and herbs // Photography Daniela Müller // The Natural Wedding Company

Lavender watercolour wedding invites // Photography Daniela Müller // The Natural Wedding Company

An eco farmhouse wedding shoot with a vintage inspired tea party, pretty lavender details and watercolour invites // Photography Daniela Müller // The Natural Wedding Company

An eco farmhouse wedding shoot with a vintage inspired tea party, pretty lavender details and watercolour invites // Photography Daniela Müller // The Natural Wedding Company

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A rustic wedding bouquet of fragrant herbs and a wedding cake decorated with flowering rosemary // Miki Vargas Photography // styling A Monique Affair // flowers Laura Miller Designs // cake Cakes Made By M.E.

I absolutely love it when rosemary is in flower, with those tiny pale blue flowers it takes on a new dimension to its very green version that we mainly see and associate with it here in England. We have featured rosemary and other herbs in abundance here on the blog because they have so many lovely qualities – their fragrance being number one in my opinion.

This simple white wedding cake decorated with flowering rosemary is a wonderful example of how you can achieve a pretty and less conventional look without spending lots of money or time. Invest in a great quality wedding cake, made from organic and fair trade ingredients, and then just decorate it simply with naturally grown herbs.

A rustic wedding cake decorated with flowering rosemary //Miki Vargas Photography // styling A Monique Affair // flowers Laura Miller Designs // cake Cakes Made By M.E.

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Natural wedding

Natural wedding with heavenly country garden flowers

It’s with great pleasure that I get to bring you another real wedding from a couple who planned a beautiful, handmade and natural wedding.  Bride Laura used a number of TNWC businesses to help her create the wedding that her and groom Charlie dreamed of, and they were even inspired by my own handmade wedding invitations.

Brown craft wedding menu and country garden flowers

I know you are just going to love this wedding and I’m sure you’ll find inspiration for your own day here.  So stop what you’re doing, make yourself a cup of tea and settle down to read all about Laura and Charlie’s beautiful day (and if you like specific details you’ll find links to all the suppliers at the bottom of the post)…

Seasonal country garden wedding flowers

Laura and Charlie got married on a very rainy Saturday in July at Silchester House in Berkshire. “We wanted the wedding to be fairly informal and very relaxed.  Charlie and I are very casual so it would have felt a bit false to go for something overly traditional.  We tried to make the day feel like ‘us’ wherever possible.”

Natural bride and bridesmaids with country flower bouquets

“We also avoided having a specific colour scheme as we wanted everything to be as organic and natural as possible.  I think this approach made planning the wedding a bit more work – we ended up DIYing lots of the elements when we couldn’t find any alternatives that we liked – but seeing everything come together just as we wanted made it worthwhile.”

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Jay Archer wedding flower pomander ball

I’ve got some lovely blog posts lined up for you, from real weddings to creative ‘how to’ guides – and today I’ve got a fantastic DIY tutorial created especially for you by Jay of Jay Archer Floral Design.  Jay has created this beautiful floral pomander ball using homegrown muscari and garden herbs, along side pretty white ranunculus.

So here’s over to Jay:

The pomander ball has been traditionally carried by flower girls and bridesmaids. However, a bride may also carry a pomander ball as a modern replacement to a traditional bouquet.  Making your own pomander ball is really quite easy.  Maybe spend an afternoon practising one with your Mum, friends and bridesmaids over a glass of vino or cup of char.

You could make a pomander from almost any flower; hydrangea florets, spray roses & rose buds and dahlia are just some examples. I would opt for smaller, more rounded flowers to give a better shape. 

Jay Archer DIY pomander flower ball

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wild and loose September bouquet from BareBlooms

I thought it would be nice to follow up from Rhiannon and Richard’s wild and natural Welsh wedding (it’s so beautiful – you must have a look if you haven’t seen it already) with more details of the wild looking bouquet Rhiannon carried.  The bouquet in question was created by the wonderful Chloe of BareBlooms who is featured in The Natural Wedding Company directory.

seasonal September bouquet from BareBlooms

I got in touch with Chloe to find out exactly what flowers she used to create Rhiannon’s bouquet, and to find out what look she had been asked to create.  Chloe told me, “Rhiannon was so relaxed about her bouquet – she wanted something loose and wild and not too fussy.”

wild wedding bouquet

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