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Lithuanian natural farm wedding wedding

Rustic Lithuanian village wedding

It’s always nice to get inspiration from other countries and cultures when it comes to all aspects of life, but in particular I love seeing the way the other people celebrate their wedding days.  I am so excited that I get to share with you this gorgeous Lithuanian wedding shot by photographer Svetlana Batura (who also captured this timeless autumn wedding I featured).

Bride in a vintage dress

Svetlana took the time to tell me all about the wedding of Irminta and Artur and what they were inspired by, I particularly love the horse drawn cart ride for the bride and groom and their friends – more about that below!

Horse and farm cart wedding

Svetlana Batura Photography

Bride and bridesmaids white dresses

Irminta and Artur were inspired by their love of nature, old traditions, the naturalness they feel is missing from everyday life, and of their grandmother’s stories of village weddings.  They wanted to combine old and new styles to create a wedding day that was beautiful, fun and that celebrated their family traditions.

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Vintage wedding dress from Daughters of Simone

Recently I had the pleasure of welcoming Daughters of Simone onto The Natural Wedding Company directory, an online vintage wedding dress boutique based in San Francisco, California. Set up and run by the lovely Brittany and Christy, Daughters of Simone offers a beautiful collection of one-of-a-kind vintage wedding dresses all with a bohemian feel to them.

All of the wedding dresses are vintage by origin, but Brittany and Christy love to look at a gown and see the possibilities it has – many of the gowns are reconstructed to have that contemporary feel to them.

Vintage wedding gown with elegant sheer sleeves and full flowing skirt

Naturally, I was bursting with excitement to showcase their current collection of wedding dresses and I’m thrilled that readers of The Natural Wedding Company can claim a 10% discount on any purchases made until Sunday 15th July 2012.  Daughters of Simone ship all of over the world, including the UK (our very own TNWC bride Emma bought one of their clutch bags for her wedding).

All the dresses below are currently available from Daughters of Simone, but please note they are one-of-a-kind dresses and therefore once they are sold they are gone, so if you see one you love make sure you order it soon to avoid disappointment.

Here are some of my favourites…

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Edwardian inspired lace wedding dress

I’m sure a number of you will have already seen this dress when the wedding was featured over on Love My Dress, but as regular readers will know I love the Edwardian era and feel the old eras are often forgotten when it comes to ‘vintage’ inspiration for weddings.  So I’m hoping I can champion it a bit here at The Natural Wedding Company.

Edwardian inspired lace wedding dress

Back in September of 2011 I featured a couple of dresses from Charlotte Casadejus that I’d fallen in-love with for their use of beautiful lace, and when I say beautiful lace I mean the kind that is intricate, delicate and feminine.  It was lovely to spot this gorgeous bride on Love My Dress wearing one of those dresses that had been tailored especially for her.

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The Vintage Wedding Dress Company

This is one date not to be missed from your diary if you’re a bride-to-be searching for a gorgeous, original vintage wedding dress – The Vintage Wedding Dress trunk sale. I’ve heard that there will be a large number of original vintage wedding dresses for sale for three days only in February.  There will also be a small number of their Decades Collection sample dresses and accessories.

antique wedding dress

What’s for sale at the trunk sale will not be available to purchase after the sale has finished, so this is a one-off opportunity to find yourself that wedding dress you are dreaming of.  The trunk sale runs from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th February 2012 and you must book an appointment.

Victorian and Edwardian wedding dress

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natural French countryside wedding

Natural French countryside wedding (part two)

If you missed part one of Mariette and Benjamin’s natural French countryside wedding yesterday, get over there now and immerse yourself in an utterly gorgeous wedding.  Today it’s the second part with some gorgeous photos in woodland and around the stone villa, and their fun reception and rustic decorations.

>> View Mariette and Benjamin’s natural French countryside wedding (part one) here <<

countryside woodland wedding

rustic natural woodland wedding

What a happy looking couple – and those gorgeous lace sleeves and floral headband.  Everything is just so fitting about this wedding, nothing seems out of place or contrived – just simple, natural and beautiful.

antique lace wedding dress

It always helps to have a beautiful rustic backdrop to create romantic wedding photographs, like an old French villa with mint green shutters and a rambling rose (oh France how I miss you!)…

French wedding in an old stone villa

rustic French countryside wedding

stone villa wedding in the French countryside

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Natural French countryside wedding

Natural French countryside wedding (part one)

It goes without saying this might possibly be one of my favourite weddings ever.  Shot by American photographer David Blair, this oh-so-pretty wedding of Mariette and Benjamin took place at a family-owned, rustic stone villa in the French countryside.

>> View Mariette and Benjamin’s natural French countryside wedding (part two) here <<

Rustic French countryside wedding

French wedding rustic villa

If you’re regular readers of the blog, it won’t come as any surprise that the brides dress is one of my absolute favourites – I’m not sure I’ve seen many more that I think are more exquisite.  I even told Nick that I might have swapped my own wedding dress for it – he was shocked!

Antique lace country style wedding dress

Antique lace wedding dress

I love the delicate lace sleeves and the way the front is loosely draped and edged with more lace.  I love the ribbon sash around the waist that is fastened in a bow at the back and the way the skirt falls simply to the floor – the lace hem full of dainty detailing.  It seems quite Edwardian inspired – one of my favourite eras for wedding dress inspiration.

French wedding dress with lace sleeves

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natural inspired lace wedding dress

I am utterly in love with this wedding – everything about it, for me, is just heavenly, and how I think weddings should be and feel.  Relaxed.  Down-to-earth.  It makes me wish I could get married again, after seeing this wedding I can see how I would tweak our wedding…but that sounds terrible, what I really am trying to say is this wedding is beautiful.

lace sleeved wedding dress

What I thought would provide inspiration to you, my dear readers, is that the bride customised a once-worn wedding dress by adding lace sleeves/straps to it.  I thought this was a wonderful example (and such a pretty dress) of how you can save money and still have the wedding dress of your dreams.

customised once worn wedding dress

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