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Today’s Southend Barns autumn wedding inspiration shoot is bound to cheer up any ‘January blues’. Think soft glowing lights, trailing foliage in vibrant autumnal hues, jewel-toned seasonal flowers and ethereal bridal style evoking visions of Elven folk from a Tolkien novel.

This beautiful shoot was dreamt up by the rustic farm venue Southend Barns in Chichester and To Have and To Hire wedding stylists. The shoot aimed to showcase local and ethical wedding businesses which of course we always love to see.  The styling was a celebration of autumn to reflect the beautiful textures, forms and colours it has to offer. Everything was perfectly captured by award-winning wedding photographer Kelly Hearn.

Autumnal boho bridal style // Kelly Hearn Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Autumnal aisle decoration of lanterns and leaves // Kelly Hearn Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Rose gold floral bridal hair slide // Kelly Hearn Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Autumn wedding table setting // Kelly Hearn Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

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The Crafted Garden book review by The Natural Wedding Company

Rustic autumnal wedding decor inspiration from The Crafted Garden

You know how fond we are of a crafted, hand-made project here at The Natural Wedding Company, and a crafted project made with natural, seasonal materials either foraged or homegrown, well that ticks every box in our eyes. It is wonderful projects such as these that you will find in The Crafted Garden: stylish projects inspired by nature a beautiful book by Louise Curley that we are sharing with you today.

We also have a special reader offer for those who’d like to buy the book – you’ll find all the details at the bottom of the post.

Rustic autumnal table display with pumpkins, dried flowers and leaves // The Natural Wedding Company

Book review of The Crafted Garden

I was a excited to receive this book based on the brief synopsis and beautiful cover alone, and although I will admit I was a tiny bit sceptical that it wouldn’t offer anything more than what I could find scouring Pinterest, I will say straight away now that my scepticism was unfounded!

The Crafted Garden winter squash vases // The Natural Wedding Company

The book has been cleverly put together and Louise clearly has a passion for the great outdoors and how you can incorporate it in your home, for a celebration or as a unique gift idea.

I approached the book from a wedding point of view (whilst also already planning how I was going to use each one some how in my home) and excitedly flicked through the pages thinking how each craft could be used or adapted for wedding décor, accessories, gifts and so on and how all the ideas could be adapted through the seasons.

Dried autumn leaf 'Mr & Mrs' wedding garland // The Natural Wedding Company

Although some of the projects may seem simple or obvious, I was surprised at how I hadn’t ever thought of doing them before and it really makes you look around and consider the natural resources you have around you.

The Crafted Garden foraging // The Natural Wedding Company

The book offers 50 crafting projects all inspired by nature and whether you are a crafting amateur or gardening pro it contains a plethora of information beautifully presented to make it easy to read and follow. Broken down into seasons, not only does it provide instructions on craft ideas but really useful tips such as guidelines for foraging ethically, how best to dry flowers (great for after your wedding if you wish to preserve yours) and the best seasonal flowers.

Rustic twig picture frame for an autumn wedding // The Natural Wedding Company

Autumnal wedding craft projects

To give you a little insight into a few of the fab craft ideas in the book we tested a few of the autumnal projects out to hopefully offer a bit of seasonal wedding decor inspiration.

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Mini crocheted leaf garland wedding cake topper // The Natural Wedding Company

Mini crocheted leaf garland wedding cake topper

I have squirrelled away this fantastic find in a secret Pinterest board where I keep my absolute favourite ideas, ready for sharing on the blog. Every so often I browse through this secret board looking for something that inspires me to share at that moment with you – with all the green leaves unfurling in the hedgerows around us, there didn’t seem like a better time to share this crocheted leaf garland cake topper with you.

Isn’t it perfect!

Tiny crocheted leaf bunting cake topper // The Natural Wedding Company

It is from a fab website called Pea Green Boat selling all kinds of interesting and unusual ‘party paraphernalia’ and, well, this just captured my attention. It’s available in shades of green, or white (see below) and would be just fab for a woodland wedding, a spring wedding, or just any kind of wedding it’s so sweet.

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Gold leaf crown

There has been so much love for flower crowns over the past year or so, and I am all for wearing flowers in your hair on your wedding day, it’s just nice to see alternatives to the big statement flower headpieces once in a while.

When I saw this idea for a gold leaf flower crown (and that it comes with a DIY guide so you can make it yourself) I thought it would be perfect for a winter bride.  Spraying foliage gold takes me back to my childhood, but this is a much more chic version than anything I created as a kid.

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An unsusual autumn wedding bouquet of dried leaves, golden wheat and delicate oats

I really love a bouquet of locally grown seasonal wedding flowers, but this unusual bouquet caught my attention when I spotted it on the Instagram feed of fellow eco wedding enthusiast EcoBride (all the way over in Sweden!). Could you get much more seasonal for an autumn wedding than an exquisite bouquet of roses made from leaves and sprinkled with golden ears of wheat and trembling oats?

For any brides-to-be who fancy making a similar bouquet, I found a great tutorial over on Design Sponge for making your own autumn leaf bouquet.

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Autumn leaves and brown twine for a rustic seasonal table setting

Oh I so love autumn! Who else is with me? This is definitely the season I would have got married in if it were not for my love affair with the month of May. In fact, I think all of our distinct seasons have something truly beautiful to offer when it comes to a wedding, it’s just about letting yourself be guided by what’s out there on display from mother nature.

I am all about simple but beautiful, quality not quantity, and this idea for a place setting is all of those. Autumn leaves and twine to jolly up your napkins at your wedding reception tables – and a great job to delegate to someone else!

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Dave and Laura's autumn wedding

Autumn barn wedding with a handfasting ceremony

It has been a while since I featured an exclusive real wedding on the blog, more through my own fault than lack of them to share.  Whenever I put together a real wedding feature I feel this immense sense of responsibility to the couple who’s wedding it is – after all  this was their special day and I want to do my very best in portraying it here on my blog.

As a result it takes me a great many hours to put together the beautiful photographs and carefully answers questions submitted by the bride.  Today’s wedding is a very gorgeous autumnal affair, that was inspired by the couples love for the countryside.

Laura and Dave got married in Stratford Upon Avon during the autumnal month of October, with a humanist ceremony.  Their wedding was captured beautifully by TNWC photographer Sarah Brittain Edwards Photography.  Over to bride Laura to tell us more about the day…

Real leaf wedding signs

The Little Caravan Photography

Groom in waistcoat and mustard coloured bowtie

“We both love Autumn and were keen to reflect the season, with it’s lovely cosiness and beautiful colours.  We wanted it to feel personal and handcrafted – no ‘Gold Package’ all inclusive deals!  And being a country girl at heart, I wanted it to feel rustic, homely and unfussy.”

Autumnal wedding flowers and grasses

Autumn bride and bridesmaids

Wedding sparklers

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