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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A big blousy wedding bouquet of trailing clematis and purple ribbons for a summer bride

Clematis has been popping up in bouquets all across the wedding world, and I love it’s inclusion. It’s delicate and dainty and has a beautiful soft movement to it.

To ensure the clematis is British grown and seasonal book one of our flower farmers or florists to do your wedding flowers, they are knowledagble and will be able to advise you on when it’s in season.

The other thing I really love about this bouquet are the many different purple ribbons, all left long and trailing. TNWC recommended supplier Lancaster & Cornish have a beautiful selection of organic lace that would look lovely tied round a bridal bouquet, or I recently came across these exquisite plant dyed ribbons from Silk & Willow in the US.

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Colour Crush #- regal purple and fern green

Well what a beautiful week we’ve already had here on the blog with Nik and Chris’ beautiful farm wedding and their wedding film yesterday.

We’re back today with Gabrielle from eco-chic wedding stationery company The Green Gables to share another colour palette to inspire you for your wedding day – and it’s a joyful burst of much-anticipated spring colours! I particularly love this colour combination, especially as Gabrielle has taken her inspiration from one of my favourite flowers, the tiny viola (I did a whole feature on the similar violet if you’re looking for more inspiration).

Over to Gabrielle…

Today’s colour crush is as bold or as muted as you like. Go for regal purple and fern green to make an impact by using them as block colours for bridesmaids dresses or bouquets. Alternatively choose the paler tones as a muted accent colour for men’s ties or venue decorations.

A predominantly earthy colour palette of cream and green shades can be given a burst of brightness with a splash of purple. Could you imagine using one or all of these colours in your wedding?

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Yellow enamel teapot with earthenware pot of purple and orange flowers

Wow, where to follow on from a lovely day on the blog following the news that my husband Nick and I are expecting a baby!  Thanks so much to everyone who’s left me a comment, or shared their good wishes on Facebook and Twitter.

I thought it would be nice to just share some pretty inspiration to finish off your working day and take you through to the evening.  This cheerful image of a rather yummy yellow enamel teapot alongside an earthenware pot of purple and orange blooms seemed rather fitting for such a happy day.

On Monday evening I had a wonderful discussion on #britishflowers hour on Twitter with a number of British flower farmers and florists about what colours are popular with you brides-to-be this year.  It was so interesting to hear what palettes and shades you are choosing, and that blush, peach and apricots are some of the most popular.  I would love to see someone planning a late summer/early autumn wedding have this beautiful purple, yellow and orange combination!

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wild and loose September bouquet from BareBlooms

I thought it would be nice to follow up from Rhiannon and Richard’s wild and natural Welsh wedding (it’s so beautiful – you must have a look if you haven’t seen it already) with more details of the wild looking bouquet Rhiannon carried.  The bouquet in question was created by the wonderful Chloe of BareBlooms who is featured in The Natural Wedding Company directory.

seasonal September bouquet from BareBlooms

I got in touch with Chloe to find out exactly what flowers she used to create Rhiannon’s bouquet, and to find out what look she had been asked to create.  Chloe told me, “Rhiannon was so relaxed about her bouquet – she wanted something loose and wild and not too fussy.”

wild wedding bouquet

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natural wedding flowers with grasses

For a while now I’ve been squirreling away images specifically for this blog post, which if you are looking for something a bit different in your wedding bouquet or your wedding flowers in general might provide some inspiration.  Grass.  Yes, really, I haven’t gone mad – I think grass (not the stuff from your lawn) can look utterly beautiful in wedding flowers, and I set out to prove this by collecting some utterly gorgeous examples.

Whether dried and paired with deep coloured flowers and a bright pop of yellow…

wedding bouquet with dried grasses

Soft and green and paired with blousy peonies and hedgerow flowers…

wedding bouquet peonies and grasses

Featured prominently in a ‘height-of-summer’ bouquet with a scattering of bright prairie style flowers..

wedding bouquet summer wildflowers and grasses

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I know that white and ivory wedding dresses aren’t for everyone, and I think it’s lovely that you see more and more brides choosing to wear a colour.  Some are bright and vibrant, others are just subtly tinted with a pretty hue.  This wedding dress in beautiful shades of lilac and purple is doubly cool – the lower half of the dress comes off to create a shorter party frock for the reception. What do you think of colourful wedding dresses?  Full wedding photos here. Images: Heidi Ryder via 100 Layer Cake

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