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Favourite Natural Wedding Styles: wedding dresses, hair styles, grooms style, bridesmaids and accessories

It’s the first in our new Real Wedding Favourites mini series, which will be featuring some of our favourite picks from the Real Weddings we’ve featured over the years. It’s been such a challenge to choose our ‘favourites’, but as we mentioned in our introductory post, these are really just some of our favourites.

Our picks are chosen from the very first Real Wedding we featured up until spring of this year.

Natural Wedding Styles

Today it’s all about Natural Wedding Styles. This includes our favourite wedding dresses, our favourite bride’s wedding hair style, our favourite groom style, our favourite bridesmaids style, and our favourite wedding accessories.

Our Favourite Wedding Dresses

An Asymmetric Layered Wedding Dress

Favourite Natural Wedding Styles: Asymmetric Layered Wedding Dress

I got a bit stuck on this category because every bride chooses a wedding dress that suits them, and is right for their wedding. The dilemma was, how should I choose? Should I pick the one I’d most like to wear? In the end I was tied between two (this was the other), but Nik’s wedding dress won out for me.

For her Welsh coastal farm wedding, Nik unexpectedly fell in love with this wedding dress from Coast on a shopping trip for bridesmaids dresses. She even told us: “I actually tried it on for a laugh – it looked hideous on the rail and I was going to leave it behind.” I love the asymmetric hem line and layered skirt of this wedding dress, which Nik wore with a thin leather belt.

Favourite Natural Wedding Styles: Asymmetric Layered Wedding Dress

Looking through their wedding day I just felt that the dress not only looked great on Nik, but it fitted in with their day. Worn with silver flip flops it blended perfectly into their down-to-earth (and very hot!) outdoor ceremony. Later on for their champagne picnic and walk on the beach it worked wonderfully with bare feet. And for the evening party on the farm with a pair of vintage cowboy boots.

Favourite Natural Wedding Styles: Asymmetric Layered Wedding Dress

My favourite wedding dress comes from Nik and Chris’ chilled out rustic coastal farm wedding. Wedding dress by Coast. Photography by Pete Cranston Photography.

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Mama Wolf competition

Just over a week ago this lovely competition to win a pretty springtime bow tie and pocket square set from new TNWC business Mama Wolf finished.  This afternoon I get to announce the lucky winner!

Everyone who entered shared what they loved most about spring, and who they’d like to win the bow tie and pocket square for – I really enjoyed reading everyone’s entries, but there can only be one winner…

Mama Wolf competition

A huge congratulations to Emily Wilson!  I really hope your husband-to-be enjoys his new springtime bow tie and pocket square and we would love to see some pictures.  I will be in touch by email to connect you up with Sandeep from Mama Wolf to ensure your prizes get sent out shortly to you.

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Bespoke vintage inspired wedding accessories

This Sunday 24th February is the White Memoirs Vintage Wedding Fair in Manchester and along with a number of other girls, I am really looking forward to it!  There is still time to get a ticket (and they’re available on the door) and to enter this incredible competition to win a wedding package prize worth £1,000.  Today is the last day to get your entry in, so don’t delay and go enter!

Amongst the lovely exhibitors who will be attending this weekend, is TNWC recommended supplier Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe.  Nicola who runs Silver Sixpence got in touch to tell me about her Bespoke Boutique that she’s running at the White Memoirs Vintage Wedding Fair.

Silver Sixpence in Her Shoe

Nicola is offering brides-to-be the opportunity to book a 30 minute appointment with her to discuss what you want in terms of a bespoke bridal accessory – from beautiful headpieces to birdcage veils, dainty garters and pretty sashes.  As well as having this one-to-one time with Nicola to discuss your requirements, I’m told there’ll also be some special new bespoke pieces to try on.

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Pearl and Co wedding accessories

*This competition is now closed 16/02/13*

I have a wonderful competition on the blog today to celebrate the launch of a new, handcrafted bridal collection from Pearl & Co – full details on how to enter to win their beautiful ‘Anastasia’ headband are below.

The Natural Wedding Company readers can also claim a fantastic 10% discount on all orders placed with Pearl & Co before the 28th February 2013 – simply quote ‘TNWC’ when ordering.

Their new collection, Adorna, features a versatile range of headpieces, sashes and garters, alongside opulent brooch bouquets and embroidered ring pillows.

Isabelle bridal headpiece

For the new Adorna collection, designers Helen Lancaster and Carly McLoughlin wanted to merge luxurious glamour with soft, subtle feminitity, which can been seen in the range from the petite, pearl Evelyn forehead band, to the jewel embellished Deva hair adornment.  Pearl & Co also incorporate a number of vintage embellishments and up-cycled fabrics for their pieces.

Florella bridal sash

What I love about this new collection is the versatility of a number of accessories, which can be worn as either headwear or sashes.  Martha (below) is an example of one of these pieces, created using a frosted white textured fabric featuring a whimsical, floral pattern that has been hand-finished with tiny silver beading.

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Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe

Living in Cheshire on the outskirts of Manchester I am lucky enough to be close to a number of lovely independent wedding businesses, one of which is Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe who have featured before on the blog.

Run by the talented Nicola, Silver Sixpence is a range of beautiful vintage inspired bridal accessories, including headpieces, garters, and these pretty new lucky horseshoes I recently showcased.

Vintage inspired garter

I am excited to share with you that Nicola’s designs are now available from her new Not On The High Street shop www.notonthehighstreet.com/silversixpenceinhershoe that launched today. Silver Sixpence is now one of over 3,000 small independent UK businesses on Not On The High Street, each which has been carefully chosen for their innovative and well made products.

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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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A Alicia Wedding vintage and ethical wedding accessories

*This competition is now closed*

What a lovely competition I have for you today!  The winner of today’s competition will win a £25 gift voucher to spend on beautiful wedding accessories from A Alicia Handmade.  You might have heard me talk about Anna from A Alicia Handmade before, she not only made my garter but she’s coming up to Cheshire to do a workshop at The Natural Wedding Company’s birthday party in April.

A Alicia Wedding vintage ribbon wedding garters

There are all kinds of pretty and unique wedding accessories to choose from, including delicate ring pillows, a lovely range of garters made from vintage ribbons and lace, fabric flower garlands, clutch bags and fascinators.  Everything is made by hand and using a variety of vintage and ethical fabrics.

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