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Bride and groom at their garden tipi wedding // Tracey Warbey Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

A beautiful garden tipi wedding to end the year with, complete with a bride who rode in on her horse. It was my childhood wedding dream, to ride to my wedding on a grey horse, so it seems fitting to finish the year like this.

This year has been a bit all over the place, mainly due to the arrival of my second daughter in the summer. Any mums running their own business will know the challenges a new baby brings. Next year our family has exciting, possibly life changing, plans, which I will share when the time is right. I am looking forward to what the new year will bring, both personally and for The Natural Wedding Company.

I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas and all our best wishes for next year. Snuggle up with a festive drink and some chocolate and enjoy this beautiful garden tipi wedding. Over to Katie to tell us all about their wedding…

A garden tipi wedding

Bride on a grey horse at her garden tipi wedding // Tracey Warbey Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Rustic wedding decor for a garden tipi wedding // Tracey Warbey Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride and groom at their garden tipi wedding // Tracey Warbey Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Mountain skiing themed wedding cake for a garden tipi wedding // Tracey Warbey Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Groom and groomsmen at a garden tipi wedding // Tracey Warbey Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

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Kate and Aidan's outdoor eco wedding with a hike to the venue, mountain biking, and cornflowers in beer bottles // Scuffins Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Kate and Aidan’s outdoor eco wedding, set on Masson Farm in the rolling hills of Derbyshire, is truly inspiring. This biking, hiking and climbing loving couple had a personal vision for their wedding day, but rather than it being about bunting and flowers (though there is an abundance of both) their vision focused on ensuring their celebrations were sustainable and ethical.

The couple and their guests reached the wedding venue by cable car and a hike, before they were married in an outdoor ceremony. Afterwards the reception was held in a tipi that could only be accessed along a steep road which provided seclusion and created an intimate, relaxed atmosphere. Kate and Aidan’s relaxed outdoor eco wedding has been beautifully captured by TNWC recommended supplier Chris Scuffins Photography.

We caught up with Kate to shed some light on their ideas and explain the reasons behind the couple’s choices…

Kate and Aidan's outdoor eco wedding with a hike to the venue, mountain biking, and cornflowers in beer bottles // Scuffins Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Bikes draped with bunting // Scuffins Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Kate and Aidan's outdoor eco wedding with a hike to the venue, mountain biking, and cornflowers in beer bottles // Scuffins Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Blue bridemaids' dresses with Gypsophila bouquets // Scuffins Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Wedding tipi // Scuffins Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

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What a treat we have for you today!  A lovely post from TNWC Real Bride Myfanwy who’s sharing all the details of her beautiful autumn wedding to her mister Tom – don’t miss the tractor wedding ‘car’ and Arthur the dachshund in his very smart suit!

Don’t forget you can catch up with all the posts from our brides under the TNWC Real Brides category, and we are looking for 2014-15 brides who’d like to be guest bloggers so if you’re interested full details can be found here.

Over to Myfanwy…

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Married! What an adventure it was! August to October 5th was a whirlwind! We had planned no days off and to shut the shop 5 days before the wedding, that plan went to pot! Tom’s stag do and birthday was 2 weeks before the big day, the summer had been so busy that when he came home from the weekend we agreed to close the shop, we had so many final details to organise and were so tired that you have to live to fight another day.

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It’s been a little while since we had an update from one of our TNWC Real Brides, it’s been a busy summer with three of them (Caroline, Nik and Emma) now married!  Don’t forget we’re looking for the next TNWC Real Brides who are getting married in 2014 to become our new bloggers – full details here if you’re interested.

Today we have Myfanwy back with us, who is having an autumn wedding, and has been busy preparing her reception site, turning a piece of driftwood into table centres, and kitting out Arthur the dachshund with a smart new coat!

Over to Myfanwy

Since the summer has started and all this amazing weather I’ve been finding it a little hard with working and daily trips to the beach to sit down and get some wedding stuff done!

So I thought I’d blog about our reception location first which is really looking great!  We wanted our reception in a tipi, some friends of ours had theirs in a tipi and it truly was a memorable wedding, we love being outside which could largely be because we work indoors all day.

We chose a field in front of Tom’s parents home (my parents live on a hill so that ruled their house out!) and the farmer has kindly agreed we can use the field.  The lovely people at Event in a Tent have been to see the field is suitable (it is phew!).

We will be having tents similar to these…

Giant tipis

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Welsh Green Weddings tipis

You may recall a couple of weeks ago I told you about a wedding fair that was being held at Welsh Green Weddings, one of our beautiful TNWC wedding venues.  Although I was unable to attend the day, lucky for us the lovely Nik from Little House in Town did go and today I get to share what she found with you all.

Back in July, Nik shared her experiences at the Catkin cut flower workshop (she was the lucky TNWC competition winner) and I’m delighted to have her back guest posting.

Sunburst mirror in Welsh Green Weddings yurt

Grab a cup of something warm and enjoy.  Over to Nik:

If you’re a bride-to-be living in Wales, then you are one lucky lady.  This tiny nation may hold only 5% of the UK population, but it certainly knows how to send a message, loud and clear.  One such message was firmly delivered last weekend, as local green wedding suppliers convened on a field in rural Carmarthanshire for the Welsh Green Weddings Fair.

Welsh Green Weddings tipi

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PapaKata Autumn Open Weekend

Recently I welcomed PapaKåta to The Natural Wedding Company directory, they specialise in hiring out giant teepee tents for weddings and they’re holding an Autumn Open Weekend on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th October 2012.  Held at Escrick Park Estate near York, this open weekend will give you an opportunity to see the Kata tents in all their glory and ask the team questions.

Indian inspired wedding feast in a PapaKata teepee

PapaKåta are the most northly based of the giant teepee hire companies that are listed on the directory, so for all my couples who are getting married in the north of the country this is a fantastic opportunity to see these stunning tents set up.  They are truly unique and magical spaces and, having been in them myself, I would highly recommend a visit if you are considering them for your wedding reception.

PapaKata tents at night

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The Natural Wedding Company

It is really lovely to be able to share, in more detail, some of the great businesses you can find on The Natural Wedding Company directory.  Wedding planning is tough enough, but if you care about doing things more naturally, eco-friendly, or ethically it makes it all the more challenging.

When I first started out to create The Natural Wedding Company, back in 2005, there were hardly any businesses that could help you create this kind of wedding – now it is very different and I’m proud to have some of the best all in one place for you.  You can read more about the businesses you can find in the directory (take a look around the different categories found in the luggage tag at the top of the website) in the Directory Showcase.

Natural Design wedding favours and decorations

Ann-Marie from Natural Design handcrafts a range of beautiful wedding favours, decorations and stationery that are eco-friendly and ethically produced.  Like her beautiful flowers and petals that are made from Saa paper that comes from a natural and sustainable tree bark.  Their paper rose petals have featured in films such as Alexander and Harry Potter.  Visit the directory for a full list of atural wedding decorations.

A Alicia Handmade Wedding Accessories

A Alicia Handmade Wedding Accessories are made from ethically produced and vintage fabrics and finds.  Anna Alicia makes a beautiful range of unique, eco-friendly accessories for your wedding, specialising in vintage ribbon and lace garters.  Also within the range are ring pillows, fabric buttonholes, clutch bags and headbands.  Visit the directory for a full list of vintage and eco-friendly wedding accessories.

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