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Eco vintage wedding tea party and naked wedding cake // Photography Daniela Müller // The Natural Wedding Company

Eco farmhouse wedding photoshoot

Set at a gorgeous German farmhouse, today’s eco-inspired wedding shoot showcases beautiful simple details including a vintage tea party with a naked wedding cake, loose bouquets of lavender and herbs, watercolour invites, and a truly romantic real life love story.

Curated by the clever people at Lovely White Weddings  who wanted to provide a fully eco-friendly inspirational shoot to promote to brides-to-be the talented ethical wedding businesses in Germany, where they have yet to gain much mainstream attention. Lisa, Lena and Dani from Lovely White Weddings explain,

“In Germany we still pretty much live in a ‘green wedding desert’, there really is almost no good blog, magazine or specifically green wedding vendor to be found if you do not exactly know what to look for. Since we ourselves try to live as organic and sustainable as possible, we agreed that it was high time to fill that gap and to push the green wedding trend in Germany by throwing together one of the first truly eco German styled shoots.”

Lavender and herb wedding bouquet // Photography Daniela Müller // The Natural Wedding Company

Naked wedding cake and living herb wedding centrepieces // Photography Daniela Müller // The Natural Wedding Company

Wedding rings with lavender // Photography Daniela Müller // The Natural Wedding Company

Bridal bouquet of lavender and herbs // Photography Daniela Müller // The Natural Wedding Company

Lavender watercolour wedding invites // Photography Daniela Müller // The Natural Wedding Company

An eco farmhouse wedding shoot with a vintage inspired tea party, pretty lavender details and watercolour invites // Photography Daniela Müller // The Natural Wedding Company

An eco farmhouse wedding shoot with a vintage inspired tea party, pretty lavender details and watercolour invites // Photography Daniela Müller // The Natural Wedding Company

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Izzy Burton illustration

I am so excited about my new TNWC Real Brides feature and I hope you are too!  It’s been lovely finding out so much about other people’s weddings and being able to share all those details with you here.  You can catch up on all the blog posts by clicking this link to the full TNWC Real Bride feature.

Today has her second blog post, and is going to tell us all about the start of their DIY elements to their wedding – starting with their invitations.  She’s even done a how to guide on how she made some very cute cake flags!  If you haven’t read Emma’s first blog post, you can find it here.  Over to Emma…

This week we have reached the first of our planning milestones – we posted our invites!  We both wanted personalised invitations and I love to draw so I thought I’d have a go myself.  I drew the designs on watercolour paper, painted in a bit of colour and went over it in fine liner.

I photographed the paintings then added the text using Photoshop.  We had them printed on recycled card at Monkey Puzzle Repro Art who are based at Mount Pleasant Eco Park. I couldn’t be more happy with the service, John was lovely and got our invites printed within 24 hours of me emailing him the artwork!  The front of the invite features us in what I think I can pass off as ‘naïve cartoon style’, standing in front of the archway area we plan to have our ceremony in.

Handmade watercolour invitation

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Rebecca Lancaster Designs watercolour wedding stationery

How fantastic to be able to offer you a whopping 15% discount on wedding stationery today – it is so nice to work with such generous businesses who want to offer my readers such great discounts.

The lovely Becky from Rebecca Lancaster Designs wanted to showcase some of her new designs to my readers and is also offering an exclusive 15% discount to TNWC readers on all stationery ordered before 1st February 2013.  Becky’s designs are all hand-illustrated and she is committed to running her business in a more eco-friendly way by sourcing recycled envelopes, and her ‘Vintage Type’ design is printed on my favourite recycled brown card.

Rebecca Lancaster Designs wedding stationery

Watercolour Collection

Perhaps my favourite of all Becky’s designs are her watercolour collection – they have a beautiful dreamy quality to them.  Her invitations start at just £1.99 each but a full price list is available on request – Becky can also create bespoke designs just ask.

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Pigeon & Quill illustrated wedding map

Regular readers might remember this fantastic competition I ran recently to win an illustrated wedding map from Pigeon & Quill.  Well, this week I get to share the two maps from the lucky winners!  Alexandra from Pigeon & Quill has certainly been busy, and the maps are just beautiful. Do check back later this week to see the other map she created.

The winner of the competition was Myfanwy and Tom, who are getting married next October – Myfanwy and Tom run Pethau Melys, a cafe and craft shop in North Wales – you might remember I featured Tom’s lovely clay tealight holders inspired by vintage jelly moulds.

Competition winners
Myfanwy and Tom in their cafe and craft shop with Arthur their mini Dachshund

Myfanwy kindly told me her reaction when she found out they’d won:

“On the day the competition was announced we were at work and had a queue come 5pm – I opened the blog quickly just to see who’d won, I couldn’t believe it when I saw our names!  I said to Tom ‘oh my god we won!'”  

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Wedding cake with edible quote inscribed

If you’re wondering what kind of wedding cake you might like, have you ever considered inscribing a couple of the layers with an edible quote?  I hadn’t, but think it’s a great idea, especially for all those couples who have found lots of lovely sayings, quotes or readings – if you have too many to cram into your wedding ceremony, why not choose one to be written on your cake.

I found it really difficult to choose just a few readings for our wedding ceremony in order to keep it meaningful and from going on and on…  In the end we chose just three readings (if you’re interested in what we chose you can read about it here), so I think to get a quote written in edible ink onto your wedding cake is a really nice idea – especially if you are having a tiered wedding cake it will be gazed upon by all your guests.

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Quirky and pretty illustrated wedding stationery

When I came across the wedding stationery created by illustrator Victoria Whincup I was certain that you would all love to see her designs too.  I got in touch with Victoria and she told me that she first started doing wedding invitations when she made them for a friend, and since then hasn’t been able to stop!  “I love to hear a customer’s idea and then translate it into a design.  I have always drawn and painted, it’s all I’ve ever really wanted to do.”

Antler bird illustrated wedding stationery

Blue bird illustrated wedding RSVP card

Victoria uses paint brushes and pencils to create her designs, telling me she believes it gives a much more personal feel to the invites.  “I’m a great lover of typography, so all of the text is delicately hand drawn.  Colours are also definitely important when it comes to my designs, it’s nice to subtly tie in the colour theme of a wedding, or perhaps the season.  Most of the tones I use are quite muted, but I am a fan of a splash of vibrant colour here and there.”

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