Today’s relaxed autumn barn wedding perfectly showcases the benefits of using seasonal and local produce and suppliers within your big day. I am sure we all love seeing what each new season brings,  and it is so lovely to see when a wedding truly embraces the season they fall in.

Tim and Sarah’s wedding does just that, featuring the most stunning dahlias, quirky transport, a fire pit, a groom in tweed, a bride in wellies, and some copper pumpkins – because what autumn wedding wouldn’t be complete without a few for good measure.

Colourful, autumnal flowers foran autumn barn wedding on a Kent Farm // Livvy Hukins Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Tim and Sarah's autumn barn wedding on a Kent Farm with local, seasonal food and flowers // Livvy Hukins Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Colourful, autumnal flowers for a barn wedding on a Kent Farm // Livvy Hukins Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

An autumn barn wedding on a Kent Farm with seasonal flowers and a groom in tweed // Livvy Hukins Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Copper pumpkins for an autumn barn wedding on a Kent Farm with local, seasonal food and flowers // Livvy Hukins Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Tim and Sarah, 17th October 2015

Tim and Sarah were married on an autumn’s day in the gorgeous barn at The House Meadow at Worsenden Farm surrounded by their friends and family. The whole day was perfectly captured by the wonderful TNWC Recommended Supplier Livvy Hukins Photography.  To accompany the beautiful images it would only be fair for us to now pass you over to the beautiful bride Sarah to tell you a little bit more about their big day…

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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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Sunflower, dahlia and feather autumn wedding bouquet

So it’s Halloween and I can barely believe we are into November tomorrow – where is the time going?  Baby Tilly and I have decorated the front our little house with two beautiful ‘Cinderella’ pumpkins from a local farm and an autumnal wreath gifted to us from the lovely ladies at The Garden Gate Flowers Company (here’s a picture).

Rather than going all Halloween themed wedding today on the blog I wanted to share some of the abundance of seasonal autumn flowers that have been filling up my Facebook newsfeed from our fab TNWC flower farmers and florists.  If you are planning an autumn wedding I encourage you all to embrace seasonal blooms, foliage and berries (if you’re reading this blog I imagine you are already a fan!) – here is a little inspiration for you…

Seasonal Autumn Wedding Flower Inspiration

I was completely captured by the use of borlotti beans in this autumn bouquet from Lock Cottage Flowers, and those dahlias are just stunning.

Autumn bouquet of dahlias and borlotti beans from Lock Cottage Flowers

A totally incredible urn arrangement of dahlias (look at the size of them!) and those delicate orange Chinese Lanterns from Petal & Feast.

Urn arrangement with dahlias and Chinese Lanterns from Petal & Feast

Down in Cornwall, The Blue Carrot has been picking the last of her dahlias and roses for this natural and romantic arrangement.

Natural bouquet of dahlias and roses from The Blue Carrot

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Leaf and pumpkin garland

I would like to see more floral and foliage garlands – a bit like bunting, I think they bring so much cheer and a bit different to the traditional flowers in a vase format.  This garland of colourful leaves, mini pumpkins and garden twine would be a beautiful additional to any kind of autumn wedding.

It’s got that lovely rustic look and is a great way to bring a bit of autumn cheer into your wedding venue.  My thoughts at attaching mini pumpkins to the twine?  Well, I think I’d maybe recruit my Mr to drill a hole through the centre of them (I reckon that’s what they’ve done here).  Those tiny pumpkins are such solid little things, and hopefully if you didn’t make them too far in advance and kept them somewhere dry, they wouldn’t rot with the hole in them.

If there are any florists or gardeners out there who have suggestions on to make a garland like this please do leave your tips in the comments box below – they would be greatly appreciated.

Image: Better Homes and Gardens

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Squash vases with autumn dahlias

I felt like we needed a little more autumn wedding inspiration on the blog before winter really sets in – I was at my family home in Gloucestershire on the weekend and it briefly started snowing, can you believe it!  The above idea of hollowing out a squash (I think these look like butternut squashes) and making it into a vase is a really lovely idea, especially when teamed with jewel coloured dahlias.

I do think you’d have to make sure you had some excellent tools to create these vases, as my personal experience with butternut squashes is that they are pretty solid, but the effect is beautiful. A cluster of these would look lovely as wedding reception table centrepieces, or just to decorate your wedding venue.  They would be equally nice for an autumn celebration at home if you wanted to create a bit of a focal point for dinner party.

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End of summer celebration

I have love-hate feelings about Halloween, I’m never sure whether I really like it or not.  I love the pumpkins, the colours, the feelings of festivities, but I’m not so keen on the plastic tat that fills the shops.  With my personal feelings out of the way, I wanted to acknowledge the day in some way – I considered doing a round-up of gorgeous pumpkin inspiration, but there are lots of other blogs who’ve done this well in the past week I decided I would probably just be repeating it all.

Rustic autumn celebration

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rustic heirloom autumn wedding inspiration

It is a terrible shame that if you find the right man that you only get married once.  I think I’ve found the right man which puts pay to any ideas of having a wedding in each season of the year.  For me embracing the seasons and the uniqueness they bring is one of the best sources of inspiration when planning your wedding.

rustic autumn wedding ideas

If I was getting married during the autumn I would want my wedding to be something like this celebration.  Lots of seasonal shared food (we had a ‘family style’ meal at our wedding – more on that coming soon) in heirloom and vintage dishes.  Big jugs of foliage and berries, maybe even branches of leaves in their full autumn colours.

pumpkin wedding decoration ideas

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