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Lace backed wedding dress // Amy Taylor Imaging Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

This week’s Real Wedding is delicately rustic, pretty and full of pastel florals and sprigs of gypsophila. Set on a beautifully sunny July day at Pimhill Barn in the fields of rural Shropshire, Nikki and Ben focused their plans around their extraordinary venue. They chose handmade signage and cut log decor to complement the 16th Century vaulted ceilings of the barn.

Nikki and Ben decided upon Amy Taylor Imaging Photography to capture the best day of their lives, a photographer from our eco wedding directory whose photographs we always enjoy. You can see other weddings from photographer Amy that we’ve featured here.

Bride Nikki caught up with us to give us the inside knowledge on the couple’s planning and ideas for their rustic Pimhill Barn wedding

Rustic painted wedding signs // Amy Taylor Imaging Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Pastel coloured bridesmaids dresses with gypsophila bouquets // Amy Taylor Imaging Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Rustic Pimhill Barn wedding decor // Amy Taylor Imaging Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Pastel wedding table flowers in mini milk churns // Amy Taylor Imaging Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Rustic Pimhill Barn wedding couple // Amy Taylor Imaging Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

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Rachel and Lee’s autumn lake house wedding with outdoor ceremony and sunflower bouquets for this boat loving couple // Davey and Krista Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

The first Real Wedding of 2017 is a little different because this time we travel across the pond to the beautiful East Coast of America. Rachel and Lee’s early autumn lake house wedding is a feast for tired January eyes. They held their wedding at Rachel’s family’s Lake House in Maryland under the hazy September sun.

Before we catch up with bride Rachel to learn more about this rowing boat-filled, sunflower-adorned day, a few words from to TNWC’s Charlie…

This wedding feels close to my heart, which might sound strange when I’ve never met Rachel or Lee, but I have got to know Rachel a little over the past year. Firstly she shared with me her nautical wedding invitations inspired by my own save the dates. I especially loved that the “tying the knot” element (inspired by this version of mine) had such relevance to their love of sailing.

Since their wedding, Rachel and Lee have been on the most incredible 12 month adventure sailing around America in their yacht. I have followed their adventures on Instagram and have kept in touch following their return to dry land, where Rachel has set up her own business Rachel Kendall Events. I am so thrilled that we get to share their wedding with you.

Rustic eco-chic nautical ‘tying the knot’ save the dates and invitations with hessian, lace and twine // Davey and Krista Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Rachel and Lee’s autumn lake house wedding with outdoor ceremony and sunflower bouquets for this boat loving couple // Davey and Krista Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Outdoor lake side wedding ceremony // Davey and Krista Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Succulent buttonholes // Davey and Krista Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Purple bridesmaids dresses and sunflower bouquets // Davey and Krista Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

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Rustic eco-chic nautical 'tying the knot' save the dates // The Natural Wedding Company

Nautical tying the knot save the dates

Some of my favourite emails are from brides/couples who have been inspired by the stationery I made for my own wedding – both our save the dates and our invitations. Rachel was one of those brides who got in touch to share photos of what they created and I particularly loved hers because her and her husband-to-be Lee are sailors – so the ‘tying the knot’ version of our save the dates couldn’t be more appropriate.

It is so exciting to hear that couples all over the world have been inspired by the design I created for our save the dates, and it’s pretty satisfying when emails pop into my inbox with photos attached of what everybody’s been busy creating.

>> View Rachel and Lee’s autumn lake house wedding here <<

Rustic eco-chic nautical 'tying the knot' save the dates // The Natural Wedding Company

Nautical graphics for tying the knot wedding invitations

Rachel asked her friend and designer Anne Trencher to design her a few graphics for her wedding stationery, and to choose fonts for them to use – and don’t they look beautiful!

In addition to her save the dates, Rachel also emailed me photos of her wedding stationery – an elegant design with rustic elements of hessian, lace and twine incorporated.

Rustic eco-chic nautical wedding stationery with hessian, lace and twine // The Natural Wedding Company

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Top 15 Natural Wedding Favour Ideas: from eco-chic macarons and wildflower seed balls to DIY potted herbs and jars of honey

Today we’re sharing our favourite 15 natural wedding favours – all perfect for bringing an eco-chic touch to your wedding day thanks you’s for your guests (check out more from our series of favourite 15 for 2015).

We are showcasing a mixture of homemade and bought wedding favours, and where possible have included links and prices of each wedding favour to give you an idea of costs. Hopefully there’s a little something for everyone!

Finally, if you’re looking for even more ideas for wedding favours then check out our Favours section on the directory for a great range from some fab eco-friendly and ethical businesses. We even have suppliers who stock a range of boxes and bags to package up your DIY wedding favours, which you can find here.

Dainty wedding favour jars of homemade jam

Who doesn’t love a pot of homemade jam? Perfect if you have a friend or family maker who makes delicious preserves, just delegate the jam making to them and provide some sweet little jars for them to fill.

Dainty wedding favour jars of homemade jam https://thenaturalweddingcompany.co.uk/blog

Hessian and twine wrapped potted herb wedding favours

Another simple DIY wedding favour option – buy some potted herbs, wrap them in squares of hessian and tie up with twine. Done!

Hessian and twine wrapped potted herb wedding favours https://thenaturalweddingcompany.co.uk/blog

Handstamped vintage ‘love spoon’ tea spoon wedding favours

A real keepsake wedding favour that your guests can treasure, vintage teaspoons stamped with ‘love spoon’ (in this case in Welsh). Read more about these vintage teaspoons here.

Handstamped vintage 'love spoon' tea spoon wedding favours https://thenaturalweddingcompany.co.uk/blog

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TNWC Real Brides: Kerry’s sharing details of her brown card wedding festival programmes and hessian crafting

It is so lovely to be joined by a new group of brides-to-be for the TNWC Real Brides series here on the blog. Last time we heard about Kerry and Nick’s initial plans for their festival inspired wedding, and today Kerry is back with more details on the crafting they’ve been up to.

Over to Kerry to dish the details…

Planning, Making and Gluing

So, it’s May, the last 5 months have been spent; planning, meeting, researching, making and gluing.

We spent hours deliberating over the invites (featured in my last blog post). We both had different ideas of what we wanted, so it was quite tricky to find a middle way. In the end we decided on a PDF printable from STH Blue on Etsy.

Niki customised one of her standard invites especially for ‘Kipstival the Wedding’ and we LOVED it, it’s so personal to us and unique. We liked the postcard RSVP idea, and have had lots of lovely responses back already.

TNWC Real Brides: Kerry’s sharing details of her brown card wedding festival programmes and hessian crafting

Festival Wedding Programme

The next piece of stationery we created was the programs. We wanted to create something which would inform our guests of what’s happening next. A kind of playlist of the day, as it will be broken up into various sections around the farm. This introduced our first conundrum – what are our timings for the day?

TNWC Real Brides: Kerry’s sharing details of her brown card wedding festival programmes and hessian crafting

We had to sit down, walk through it in our minds, and try and agree on both format and timings; we got there in the end, after a number of hours sat at the kitchen table and a few glasses of wine! Once that was sorted, we then decided on a front cover and I used old festival programs, which I’ve hoarded over the years, as inspiration for a ‘With thanks’ section on the back page.

I’d bought a pack of blank cards with natural brown envelopes from Papermania, we used the envelopes to send our invites, but had the left over cards, so I put these to good use, and had the programs printed on these. I also wanted to include a handful of confetti in the program, I’d seen a Pin on Pinterest that I liked, so I consulted The Natural Wedding Company directory and found The Confetti Farm.

TNWC Real Brides: Kerry’s sharing details of her brown card wedding festival programmes and hessian crafting

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Hay bale ceremony seating with hessian covers

Despite the changeable and unpredictable weather in this country the number of couples choosing an outdoor ceremony doesn’t seem to be dampened by the chance of rain. If you get blessed, such as those couples who have been getting hitched in recent weeks, with beautiful blue skies and the sun beaming down, an outdoor ceremony looks pretty special.

Hay or straw bales are the perfect solution for many to how to seat all your guests, but you will need to cover them or risk the wrath of guests who’ve spent your wedding ceremony with an itchy bum!

Hay bale ceremony seating with hessian covers

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Christopher Ian Photography

Romantic wedding in the country

I took a look back through the Real Weddings we’ve featured on the blog, and it’s been months and months since we last featured one. In other words, it’s been too long – I know how much wonderful inspiration and ideas that other couples’ weddings provide, and we have lots of pretty ones lined up for you.

Today we have the romantic, rustic country wedding of Hayley and Iain who got married in Cheshire this past September which was sent to me by Christopher Ian Photography, one of the great photographers on our directory.  Over to Hayley to share with you the details of their beautiful day…

Milk churn with wedding flowers - Christopher Ian Photography

Flower crown - Christopher Ian Photography

Vintage bike wedding sign - Christopher Ian Photography

Groom with vintage pocket watch - Christopher Ian Photography

'Just Married' wedding sign - Christopher Ian Photography

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