Joanna and Dan’s elegant eco garden wedding with coral peony bouquets, a riverside marquee, steel pan band and wood-fired pizza
What a lovely treat we have for you today – the elegant eco garden wedding of our colleague Joanna. She’s been busy writing up the beautiful real weddings we get sent to be featured, but today we are taking a look at her own stunning wedding.
Think bouquets of coral peonies and blue delphiniums, a riverside marquee, and a steel pan band for this elegant eco garden wedding. Lots of thought went into taking care of their guests, from an ice cream van to wood-fired pizzas in the evening. Together with their family and friends, Joanna and Dan put lots of love into their wedding, keeping it eco-friendly in the most elegant way.
Over to Joanna to tell us more about their beautiful and elegant eco garden wedding…
An elegant eco garden wedding
Spring Eco Wedding Festival with a cherry blossom chandelier and rustic tablescapes from Wedding Yurts
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.
Lizzy and Graeme’s country fete inspired Cheshire wedding with vintage ice cream van and cottage garden flowers
To describe this wedding at a country fete inspired wedding is really to do it a disservice, because it is so much more than just that. The bride, Lizzy, told me that her photographers “truly captured the happiness and love felt”, a wish that I imagine most of us have for our wedding day. Lizzy has put into words so many of those feelings we have in the lead up to our wedding day, so if you are a bride-to-be then I encourage you to stop a while and read as well as soak up all the pretty details.
For an overview of this beautiful wedding this slideshow put together by photographers Bohemian Weddings gives you a little of the magic these two shared on their wedding day, and includes lots of extras captures. A lovely alternative to a wedding film, and I get all teary watching it despite not knowing these two…
As a quick aside, you might also notice that we’ve changed up the format of our real weddings a bit, we have crafted a new questionnaire for our couples which we hope gives them more freedom to tell us the story of their wedding in their own words. For this reason I imagine that the appearance of these features will change from wedding to wedding, but I’m sure you’ll agree that it will truly allow the stories to shine through.
Lizzy + Graeme, July 2015
So many of the real weddings I share have extra special meaning to me, and today’s wedding is no exception. I was contacted by Lizzy after her wedding photographer cancelled just 8 weeks before her wedding, asking if I could help. After I emailed all of the wonderful wedding photographers in our directory, Lizzy received over a dozen replies, and from those she fell in love with one couple – Michael and Andrea of Bohemian Weddings. I understand the four of them really connected and I am just so delighted to be now sharing Lizzy and Graeme’s wedding with you. Over to Lizzy…
I don’t know about where you are, but it’s flipping freezing here! With these frosty days in mind, I wanted to share with you these beautiful ice bowl creations made by Anne-Marie at Forage For (she also grows flowers in her Suffolk garden for weddings so do check her out if you’re getting hitched in that part of the country).
Anne-Marie has been making these wonderful frozen ice bowls using her seasonal British flowers to decorate them. I love this idea and it’s so simple to create (just scroll down for the instructions) and could be made at any time through the year. Whether you made them for your wedding or for a party, I’m sure they would cause a bit of a stir!
Can’t you just imagine these as focal points on a dessert table filled with ice cream or a larger version could even keep your drinks cool. Anne-Marie filled this yellow chrysanthemum ice bowl with lemon sorbet to show you how they can be used.
I love this idea above of milkshake bar at your wedding for all those who love a good ‘shake. There are lots of lovely producers now creating artisan ice cream, so to set up a few blenders, milk and ice cream and probably a couple of people to create them for your guests, this idea isn’t too far fetched.
In recent years, food at weddings seems to have finally made the move towards getting a bit more interesting – no more dreary plates of chicken with a congealed sauce, instead ‘the world is your oyster’ when it comes to wedding food, only your imagination (and budget) is the limit.
My advice is to pick something you love as a couple or is meaningful to you both, rather than choosing something that is currently trendy in the world of weddings. After all, why wouldn’t you want to take advantage of this wonderful excuse to eat something you utterly love?
Aren’t you just in-love with this gorgeous flower crown creation, it’s so soft and romantic!
One of the lovely businesses listed in the directory, Fletcher and Foley, shared with me this beautiful collaborative photoshoot from a group of North West based wedding businesses – just wait ’til you see the flower crown!
Joanne from Fletcher and Foley told me that the day was planned to be “a gorgeous, romantic outdoors shoot” at Sandhole Oak Barn in Cheshire but last minute the vision was changed due to terrible weather – I think they did a fab job and I’m sure you’ll find some inspiration.
It will come as no surprise that today’s blog post has been inspired by this sudden hot summer weather we have been graced with in the UK. For a while now I’ve been collecting together a few ice cream inspired ideas for weddings, and there didn’t seem like any better time to share them with you than this week.
These ideas are by no means confined to weddings, so whether you’re having a barbeque with friends, celebrating your birthday during the summer months, or if you just fancy making ices for yourself and your partner then read on…
Edible flower ice lollies
I had to start with my favourite find – ice lollies filled with edible flower petals! This is such a neat idea and I really want to try this out for myself, I’m not sure how much flavour the petals add but none-the-less I LOVE this idea. Dreamt up by Marla Meridith of Family Fresh Cooking and her kids, there’s even a recipe to make these fragrant orange blossom popsicles with their colourful petals suspended in the ice.
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