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Spring inspired illustrated menu

I do like to try and find you inspiration, where I can, from non-wedding sources.  Sometimes I find wedding websites and blogs can become a bit saturated with the same kinds of ideas and images, and so I find it quite refreshing when I stumble across an un-wedding-y blog that I think could provide you with some refreshing inspiration.

Spring daffodil and ivy table arrangements

Recently I shared these pretty jam jars of herbs and cornflowers from a blog I love called beauty everyday, and it’s from there that I’ve got a little more inspiration to share today.  From a blog post entitled ‘A Spring Luncheon’ (don’t you just love the idea!) I really like these pretty paper details with hand-written and illustrated designs.

Spring inspired illustrated place names

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Seasonal winter hellebore bridal bouquet

Angela who runs Petal and Twig, on of our TNWC recommended florists, sent me these photos of a winter bouquet she recently designed.  Made completely from garden flowers and foliage it is cleverly constructed on a handmade moss pad with a handle of dogwood.

The bouquet itself contains hellebores, succulents, variegated Euonymous, variegated Box, ferns, Skimmia (both pink and green berried varieties), Mahonia Japonica flower sprays, Spirea, Magnolia twigs and buds, and ivy.  I think it’s a really unusual and beautiful example of a winter wedding bouquet that celebrates the season.

Hellebore and winter garden wedding bouquet

Angela also created this posy of Paperwhite Narcissi (one of my favourite winter flowers) from the Channel Islands surrounded by two types of ivy.  The green ivy leaves each wrap an individual stem of narcissi to protect their delicate heads and ensure they all face ‘up’.  The bouquet is finished with a piece of antique cotton lace, a brown satin ribbon, and vintage pearls.

Winter Paperwhite wedding posy

I am so pleased to be able to share with you these lovely examples of seasonal wedding flowers. If you like these, take a look at this pretty spring bouquet of white tulips and hyacinths or these spring arrangements in vintage teacups.

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Pink tulips, snowdrops and cyclamen leaves in a vintage teacup

The Natural Wedding Company is a huge supporter of seasonal British grown flowers (if you’re interested to know more check out the #britishflowers chat that’s happening on Twitter) and so I want to ramp up my support by sharing truly seasonal wedding flower inspiration with you.

I think what can be so hard some times is knowing actually what’s in season in Britain during each month of the year, and even whether it’s seasonal in the part of the country you’re getting married in – for example, the flower growers in Cornwall tend to have blooms earlier than somewhere in the north.

Seasonal spring daffodils in a teacup

Teacup of dreamy romantic spring wedding flowers

The lovely ladies from The Garden Gate Flower Company in Cornwall have been playing around with some seasonal spring flowers and created these beautiful arrangements that I’m delighted to share with you.  The ideal inspiration for those of you planning a spring wedding!

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Pork pie wedding cake with ivy and crab apples

Wedding cakes don’t need to be sweet.  Fact.  There are beautiful cheese alternatives, and also some stunners made from pork pies – and what could be more autumnal than a stack of pork pies decorated with ivy and crab apples?  I’ve featured an aptly named giganotosarus pork pie wedding cake before, but it was a bit intimidating for the amateur DIY bride (I personally wouldn’t attempt something like it!).

This one’s a bit more possible, with a simple tiered affect with pork pies of decreasing size.  I love the ivy wound around the cake stand and the big piles of crab apples and berries at the bottom, plus, who can resist a Lego bride and groom cake topper?

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tiered chocolate wedding cake with winter berries and pine cones

This might be one of my favourite winter wedding cakes – I’m not sure I’ve seen that many really wintery sweet wedding cakes, with fruit pies and pork pies (remember last weeks!) seem to be a good wintery alternative to wedding cake.  But this one, with it’s three layers from dark to white chocolate, sat a top of pies of branches, and decorated with ivy, red berries, lichen covered twigs and pines cones, just captures the whole spirit of winter.

If you’re looking for wedding cake inspiration, and what something a bit different or more natural looking, don’t forget out all the Cake Love posts for my favourite finds.

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wax flower and ivy garland

If you’re planning a winter wedding for 2012 and you fancy something quite earthy and in tune with the natural world, then this gorgeous hair garland of wax flowers and ivy would fit in wonderfully.  Whether it was worn by your bridesmaids, or yourself (I could only dream of being gutsy enough to pull it off), it would certainly add to that ‘mid-winter’ feel.

I’m imagining something along the lines of roaring log fires, mugs of hot mulled cider and lots of ivy hung everywhere…very Robin Hood.  I think these flower garlands would be equally at home at a wedding held at country house hotel. It’s such a beautiful combination of greenery and flowers.

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November seems to have well and truly arrived today, with everywhere damp and chilly, and trees bare with their leaves around their roots.  Something jolly is in order I think, to bring a little cheer to this weekend – and what better than a gorgeous autumn inspired wreath with apples, berries and pine cones, and ivy woven throughout.

This pretty seasonal wreath above is made by JW Blooms, one of the lovely florists listed on the directory.  If you are planning an autumnal wedding and want to reflect the season in the way you decorate, why not incorporate some natural wreaths – they would look stunning hanging on the heavy old doors to a church, or perhaps the entrance to a rustic barn.  Smaller versions could be tied to the back of the bride and grooms chairs with a loop of ribbon, or even placed on tables with flickering candles in the middle.

And if you’re not getting married you can still get one of these beautiful wreaths (the apple wreath is the ‘Somerset’ for your front door – they come in three other designs including ‘Festive’, ‘Nordic’, and ‘Traditional’.

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