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The fifth of our six TNWC Real Brides is here today to tell us about her lovely summer wedding. Sarah married Lee back in August with a very homemade wedding full of child-friendly touches. After the seasonal wedding flowers all grown by Sarah’s mum, my favourite part is the duck race!

Over to Sarah…

Married at last! Our wedding was back in August. The chaos began on the eve of the wedding…

Sarah and Lee's homemade wedding

In the morning me and my now husband went to my mum’s house, where, along with my mum and dad, my brother, his wife and my mum’s best friend were all ready and raring to go with the wedding day prep. All of the flowers we used were homegrown by my mum so we set to work on bouquets, buttonholes and vase arrangements for the tables.  After a spot of lunch we loaded my dad’s van with all our wedding day goodies and headed to venue to set up.

Homegrown summer wedding flowers

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At about this time I will probably be meeting Susanne from The Blue Carrot in deepest Cornwall, over 300 miles from my home.  If you’ve just joined us, this week I am on a TNWC South West Roadtrip travelling around Somerset, Devon and Cornwall visiting a number of the lovely wedding businesses listed in the directory.

This afternoon I have Sarah one of my TNWC Real Brides who is sharing some of her DIY projects that her and her family have been busy creating for their upcoming wedding.

Over to Sarah…

Hi everyone!  In this blog I will be writing about some of the creative projects we are doing for the wedding, with less than 3 months to go everything is starting to get a bit crazy!

One of my projects is using a gorgeous old gate dad came across, we were thinking of painting it but soon decided it was perfect as it was.  I’m going to use it to display picture of myself and Lee.  I’m also going to decorate it with lovely trinkets and bunting along the top.

Old gate display board for wedding photos

My mum has been busy making bunting, we were told we’d need 150 meters worth – my mum nearly fainted at the thought!  She’s making lots of progress after lots of trouble with it – we sourced our fabric from charity shops and eBay, and I bet it will look stunning!

Homemade bunting

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On Tuesday we had the lovely Myfanwy telling us all about the fab tea towel wedding invitations she’d been making, and how her Mr-to-be Tom had recruited their cute daschund Arthur to help punch out confetti.  Today we have TNWC Real Bride Sarah back with us, and she’s been helping her fiancé Lee look for a country style tweed suit at an affordable price.

Over to Sarah to tell you more…

Hi everyone!  Hope you all had a lovely Easter, this month I will be writing about my struggles to find the perfect suit for my groom.

When we first began organising the wedding Lee began researching the type of suit he’d like for the wedding, and quickly decided he’d like a tweed, country looking suit to fit in with our relaxed, vintage theme.  He showed me a photo he’d found on Google and so we began to try and find something similar.

Country groom in tweed suit

Initially we wanted to hire the suits and so we began to research local hire shops, but soon found none of them hired anything other than plain, or over the top suits which wasn’t really us.  And so we made the choice to buy the suits.

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Welcome back to another fab guest post from one of our TNWC Real Brides.  Today we’re joined by Sarah who is planning a homemade child-friendly wedding to her Mr-to-be Lee.  She’s been a very busy lady (along with her mum) collection a mass of vintage china for their wedding, as I’m sure many of you are…

Hi everybody!

So much has changed since I wrote my last blog post, it would seem that as the wedding gets closer our plans and ideas develop and change.

But one thing we have set in stone is our plans for wedding food, which from the start of our planning we have always been pretty certain of what we wanted.

After the service we will be having an afternoon tea, which fits in perfectly with our relaxed theme for the day.  We will be having a selection of sandwiches, sweet and savoury pastries along with scones and other sweet treats.  There will also be coffee and a selection of teas served with the meal.  This will all be served on vintage china cups and saucers and vintage cake stands which my mum has been collecting for a few months now!

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This week I’ve already introduced TNWC Real Bride Myfawny who’s planning a creative and vintage inspired wedding celebration with her Mr-to-be Tom (oh and Arthur the dachshund!), so today it’s ‘Real Bride’ number 4 – the lovely Sarah.

Sarah and Lee are getting hitched in Nottinghamshire and are making their wedding a child-friendly (they have two cuties called Ava and Archie) and homemade affair – I can’t wait to hear all about it as their plans unfurl.  

I’m also really excited because I met Sarah’s mum Susan last summer on the Catkin cut flower course (she’s growing lots of flowers for their wedding!).  So it’s over to Sarah to tell you all about their plans so far…

Sarah + Lee: 24th August 2013, Nottinghamshire

Hi my name is Sarah Milner I am 26 and engaged to the handsome Lee Broadhurst who turns 30 on Christmas day!  We have 2 children Ava who’s 5 and Archie who is 21 months old.  Our wedding is taking place on August 24th 2013, we are tying the knot at the gorgeous old vicarage in Elkesley – it’s a beautiful old building which is a private home in which they allow 12 weddings a year to take place.

The ceremony would take place inside the house and afterwards we move into the marquee set in the beautiful gardens where we are having an informal tea party for guests and a BBQ later in the evening.  It’s the perfect setting for the relaxed, homemade, family wedding we really desire.

My lovely mum is playing a big part in my day, she is growing and arranging the flowers for the big day.  She is also making hand knitted toy dogs as favours for young guests, handmade lavender bags for the ladies and we are still deciding what to do for the men!

Rachel from Catkin Flowers showing my mum and Charlie from The Natural Wedding Company how to make a hand-tied bouquet:
Seasonal hand tied bouquets

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