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Vintage teacup bird feeder

Wow, this feels very strange – a return to ‘normal’ blogging after an incredible month of offers and competitions (lots are still running so do take a look!).  And what better way to return, than with a lovely New Wives Club post and a guest post from the lovely Sharon from For The Love Of Vintage.

Vintage teacup bird feeders

Sharon came up with this fantastic idea to give a new lease of life for chipped vintage teacups – turning them into rather lovely bird feeders!  In her business, hiring out vintage crockery for weddings, the china understandably takes some wear and tear.  So Sharon came up with this idea for reusing some of the pretty teacups that are too good to throw away.

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living wedding centerpieces

Recently I received an email from a TNWC bride-to-be who was looking for inspiration and ideas for planted, living centrepieces.  I offered to see what was out there – a firm believer that there must be something more exciting than just potted up plants.  Here’s what I came up with…

Ferns

Along with grasses, I think ferns of overlooked when it comes to wedding flowers and arrangements, so I was delighted to come across a couple of fantastic ideas using ferns.  I’ve got more coming soon on ferns in bouquets, so stay tuned if you like the idea, but you can also see these fern and moss centrepieces I featured recently.

fern wedding centrepieces

These living ferns, planted in a variety of glass containers, along with a few other plants that look like they are shade loving, just look so beautiful set at the centre of these reception tables.  Combined with white linens and an eclectic mix of candlesticks they have that old world appeal to them.

fern wedding centrepieces

I would love one of these in my home – they are so cheerful, and if you made them for your wedding tables at least you could fill your house (or give some away) with beautiful plants that would continue to live long after your wedding day.

Herbs

I think potted herbs as centerpieces have been a firm favourite for a while now, but that doesn’t meant to say they should be placed in the “so last year” category.  Not only do herbs come in all different shapes and sizes, but they smell beautifully too – and if the herbs happen to be flowering at the time of your wedding even better!  Think tiny blue rosemary flowers and clusters of pink thyme flowers.  Yum!

herb wedding centrepieces

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On Wednesday I had so much fun.  I drove up to Lancashire to meet Mark Tattersall, we had lunch and caught up, then we set up a mini photoshoot.  Mark took the pictures and I brought along a boot full of ‘bits and pieces’ from my home, some beautiful English sweetpeas and delicious cupcakes.

I suppose in the world of weddings you would say I ‘styled’ the shoot, but it feels rather odd, as it was more just a collection of pretty things made to look nice.  With this gorgeous (and sometimes stifling) hot weather we’ve had, I wanted to create a small lazy summer picnic.

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A couple of weeks ago my mom and I went on a lovely flower arranging workshop hosted by Jo and Rachel of Green & Gorgeous Flowers.

Not only was it great to meet Jo and Rachel, but we also learnt some fab tips on how to arrange garden grown flowers – perfect as in a week’s time we’ll be doing all the flowers for my wedding.

Green & Gorgeous Flowers is based on a dairy farm in a truly beautiful part of Oxfordshire.  They have a barn where the workshop was held, a smaller studio filled to the brim with vintage crockery, and about 2 and a half acres of flowers.

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I’m so excited to share these beautiful, elegant and understated vintage pieces from Pretty Vintage.  As well as a gorgeous selection of earlier vintage crockery (think 1900’s – 1940’s) Lucy also hires out picnic blankets, deck chairs, lawn games and tin baths.  I’m in heaven!

Pretty Vintage has just joined the directory and I am so eager to share with you some of the pretty items you can hire.  I got rather carried away looking through the gallery – but just feast your eyes on these…

Dainty teacups and saucers.

Tin baths and glass vases.

Embroidered tablecloths.

Vintage croquet set.

Earthenware pots and vases.

Deck chairs, bunting and picnic blankets.

Pretty Vintage is based in Norwich and can deliver within a 60 mile radius.  Lucy is happy to deliver anywhere in mainland UK just email her at contact@prettyvintage.co.uk to discuss what you’re after.

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Green and Gorgeous recently ran a hen party workshop for a bride who has ordered buckets of flowers to arrange herself for her April wedding.  The bride and her bridesmaids spent a fun and relaxed day creating spring posies, flowers in a tea cup and a corsage.

Spring flowers included anemones, tulips, muscari and scented narcissi – aren’t they gorgeous in those vintage tea cups!  Check out Green and Gorgeous for their ‘Bouquets and Buckets’ service if you’re a bride on a budget.  I’m booked onto one of their flower arranging courses in April with my mom and can’t wait!

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Pretty teacup wedding cake filled with fragrant sweet peas

This wedding cake is lovely for so many reasons – its modest, imperfectly iced, on a gorgeous lilac cake stand, and topped with a sweet pea filled vintage tea cup in turquoise.

I think it would look lovely on its own, or as part of a table of cakes or desserts.

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