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A London country house spring wedding shoot with a wild bouquet and colour palette of pink and gold // Photography Eva Tarnok // Styling Andri Benson // The Natural Wedding Company

Country house spring wedding

Wimbledon has a special place in my heart as it was the place where I was born and spent the first few years of my life, so when this beautiful country house spring shoot landed in my inbox I was especially excited to share it with you.

This recently renovated south London country house wedding venue is set within the stunning Morden Hall Park, which is run by the National Trust. The park contains a variety of natural landscapes, including parkland, a river, meadow and marshland – an idyllic backdrop for this spring wedding shoot.

Photographer Eva Tarnok told me that they wanted to reflect the elegance of this historic venue, but also to showcase the natural beauty surrounding it – I think they did a great job.

Calligraphy style place name cards // Photography Eva Tarnok // Styling Andri Benson // The Natural Wedding Company

Spring bouquet of peonies, foxgloves and blossom // Photography Eva Tarnok // Styling Andri Benson // Blue Sky Flowers // The Natural Wedding Company

A London country house spring wedding shoot with a wild bouquet and colour palette of pink and gold // Photography Eva Tarnok // Styling Andri Benson // The Natural Wedding Company

Gold and blush pink wedding shoes from Emmy London // Photography Eva Tarnok // Styling Andri Benson // The Natural Wedding Company

Woodland bride // Photography Eva Tarnok // Styling Andri Benson // The Natural Wedding Company

Elegant country house bride and groom // Photography Eva Tarnok // Styling Andri Benson // The Natural Wedding Company

Spring wedding bouquet with peonies, sweet peas and blossom // Photography Eva Tarnok // Styling Andri Benson // Blue Sky Flowers // The Natural Wedding Company

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A pretty ribboned entrance way for an outdoor wedding ceremony

More and more British couples are opting for outdoor weddings, in woodland glades, meadows, gardens, or by lakes. Many of these outdoor spaces have all kinds of scope for decoration, but sometimes it can be a little overwhelming due to the scale.

When I came across this idea for a ribboned entrance way for a wedding ceremony, I thought it was one to share, as it creates just enough impact without being a major undertaking or using masses amounts of time and resources. Just lovely long lengths of ribbon fixed into a kind of curtained doorway welcoming your guests to your ceremony spot.

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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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Today I wanted to bring you something a little different and share some inspiration for more natural wedding hairstyles, many of which I feel have that hint of a bygone era.  From romantic historical novels to Mediaveal woodlands, pre-war country cottages to Grecian shores.

Undoubtedly I’m looking at all these styles and what they evoke for me through very rose tinted spectacles, but then again what’s the harm in that?  These natural hair styles are here to inspire you for your wedding day, not to recreate in perfect detail a historic look.

Inspiration for natural wedding hair styles

It’s not much of a secret here on the blog that I love inspiration that evokes childhood memories, in particular books with beautiful illustrations such as Brambly Hedge.  Another collection of books I loved as a little girl were the Flower Fairies (anyone else?), my mum even made me a celandine flower fairy dressing up outfit that I decided I would have recreated for my bridesmaids when I got married one day – needless to say this didn’t happen.

This hair style below, with its loose waves, twists of hair pinned up and delicate floral decoration, reminds me of those Flower Fairy books, but a more grown up version.  I imagine with this simple style that it’s all about getting your hair looking beautiful because you are doing so little to it.

Loose natural wedding hair with flowers

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I never really put much thought into how my hair would look at my wedding, but I’m wishing I’d done a bit more research after seeing these lovely old images of Edwardian hairstyles.

Unless your wedding is aspiring to be completely Edwardian themed, I think images like this are a great means of inspiration for you to pick and choose certain elements.  I often think that the best wedding inspiration is found in places that aren’t at all about weddings.

So taking ideas from those beautiful Edwardian hairstyles with their plaits, soft curls, buns and ribbons, here is some modern inspiration for wedding hairstyles…

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I have been trying to decide what I want my bouquet tied with.  Perhaps an offcut of lace from my dress?  Or simple and earthy raffia?  I don’t want anything too fussy or elegant – something soft and old-fashioned.  When I came across this beautiful spring bouquet of pastel shades simply tied up with different coloured ribbons I was in love!  It has been quickly emailed off to the lady doing my flowers and she’s off to find some nice ribbon to compliment my bouquet.  Image: Tec Petaja via Once Wed

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