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The one thing all our TNWC Real Brides have in common is that they are all creating handmade or homemade weddings to some extent, whether it be designing wedding invitations, sowing wildflower seeds around their ceremony site, making bridesmaid gifts, or brewing up elderflower champagne.

One things for sure, of all our brides-to-be Myfawny is the one whipping up a sewing storm of beautiful items for her autumn wedding to Tom.  Today she shares some of her many wedding related sewing projects – from embroidering motifs onto their napkins, to personalising vintage hankies – and I’m sure that you’ll find some inspiration here for your own wedding.

Over to Myfanwy…

Vintage Tablecloths

Over the winter we did a lot of our planing and preparations including a lot of collecting.  This is something we have done ever since we set the wedding date and decided on the venue.

We are not white tablecloth people!  Mainly because one of us will spill something on them before the big day!  We did not want round tables covered in perfect white tablecloths, at some weddings it looks great, just not ours.

Vintage tablecloths

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Natural countryside wedding

Natural countryside wedding

This week I’m going to spoil you all with another gorgeous real wedding – one in which the groom actually built a beautiful timber framed tent for their wedding reception in a woodland.  It really looks as magical as it sounds!  Wow, wow, wow.

Woodland wedding yurt lit up a night

Rustic wood table name holders

Jessica and Paul were married in Kent in September 2012 and celebrated their wedding with a ceremony and reception in a Georgian manor followed by a magical woodland after party.

Country manor house wedding

Bottles of Sloe Gin wedding favours

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Becoming A Natural Wedding Bride

Please note as of February 2013 I have closed applications for this feature.  However, if you are planning a wedding for 2014 and are interested in being a guest bride blogger later in the year, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me at charlie@thenaturalweddingcompany.co.uk.

I thought it was about time I opened up these pages to someone else’s wedding plans, a bride-to-be who’s creating a handmade wedding that fits with my ethos of natural, eco-friendly, seasonal, vintage and homemade.

I get so many emails from creative couples who are crafting wonderful sounding wedding days that I’d like you all to have a voice here too, and to inspire others who are just starting out on this mad wedding journey.

vintage rose bridesmaid dress ideas

I don’t have a specific number of contributors that I’m looking for, it seemed a bit daft to request a certain number when it’s the first time I’ve tried it, I would just like to open up the invitation for you to get in contact if you’re interested and keen.

Brown craft wedding menu and country garden flowers

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Beautiful heirloom brooch bracelet

Even I had to admit that Christmas is looming on the horizon, and as someone who likes to buy gifts from small independent sellers via sites like Etsy, I have to start thinking ahead to have enough time for things to arrive.

This morning I have a fantastic offer (nearly 50% off!) on these beautiful bracelets from Rosie Weisencrantz – they would not only make a beautiful Christmas present, whether for yourself or for someone you love, but I also think they’d make stunning bridal jewellery.

Heirloom brooch bracelet

Rosie Weisencrantz is well known for her exquisite jewellery and accessories, each piece handcrafted using vintage and antique beads, brooches and trinkets dating as far back as the 1900s.

Leaf and pearl vintage bracelet

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Ballet pink vintage ribbon garter

The lovely Anna from A Alicia Handmade got in touch to tell me about a great offer she’s running, but only until the end of the month – 31st July 2012 – so that’s less than a week!  If you’d love to purchase one of Anna’s beautiful garters, which are made with organic, fair trade and vintage textiles and ribbons, and you quite fancy a 25% discount, then click on this link and use the code LOVE25 at the checkout.

Navy blue vintage ribbon garter with button

A Alicia Handmade has been part of The Natural Wedding Company directory for before I can even remember, I bought one of her blue ribbon garters for my own wedding last May and can testify to not only how pretty it was (even the box it came in was beautiful) but how comfy it was.

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Moll and Mostin paper flowers

Today I get to share these beautiful paper flower creations from Moll and Mostin – a new business I’d not come across until recently and I most certainly fell in-love at first sight.  Moll and Mostin is run by the lovely Lucy, who tells me she’s had a lifelong love affair with paper, vintage “and everything I can get my hands on at antique markets!”

Starting out making greetings cards with the magazines and papers she’d collected, she soon started looking for uses for those bits that were left over.  From here, Lucy began creating these beautiful vintage paper roses for hair pieces, fascinators, bouquets and buttonholes.  Each one is made by hand from pretty vintage papers – Lucy can even make them with papers of your choice, with maps and sheet music current favourites.

Paper flower fascinator

Engaged couples have also asked Lucy to make bouquets from copies of their love letters or photos together – a wonderful way to incorporate how you met into your wedding day.  Lucy says, “I love the that the bouquet will not wilt and die after one day – it’s not only a greener way of doing things, but it means you have an extra momento.”  In addition to creating the paper roses, Lucy runs hen party workshops so that brides can carry a bouquet where each paper rose was made by her closest friends.

vintage paper flower buttonhole

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vintage wedding suitcase

Are ‘vintage’ weddings a dying breed of wedding?  There seems to have been a lot of mumblings in the wedding world recently that ‘vintage’ weddings are has-been, over-done, contrived and a ‘trend’ that is on its way out.  As someone who’s never really been that fussed by trends, it got me wondering if this is really the case.

The lovely Helen at Doily Days was the person who planted a seed in my mind about whether I had an opinion on this subject when an email popped into my inbox last week.  So I decided to get in touch with some of the businesses listed on the directory who hire out vintage crockery and accessories for weddings.  I wanted to know what they thought.

1930s inspired bride

Jenna from Wren’s Tea Party told me that couples should do what they want: I don’t think that brides-to-be should feel that a vintage vibe is ‘so last year’ if that’s what they want.  Weddings are very personal occasions and should reflect a couple’s personal style.  People’s homes are also a reflection of their style – our home is a mixture of old and new things, we have lots of vintage furniture and accessories as well as newer pieces.  My wedding was therefore a reflection of our love of good design and vintage pieces, it wasn’t about following a trend.

I think Jenna’s completely right that weddings should reflect you as a couple, and not just themed to a trend or what you might be told is in fashion.  Like Jenna, our home is a mixture of old and new, which is naturally what our wedding turned out like – if the great-and-the-good of the wedding industry had told me that glamorous and oppulent weddings were in last year I wouldn’t have styled my wedding that way.  It wouldn’t have been ‘us’ as we don’t live that way or love those sorts of things.

vintage picnic

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