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Lace backed wedding dress // Amy Taylor Imaging Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

This week’s Real Wedding is delicately rustic, pretty and full of pastel florals and sprigs of gypsophila. Set on a beautifully sunny July day at Pimhill Barn in the fields of rural Shropshire, Nikki and Ben focused their plans around their extraordinary venue. They chose handmade signage and cut log decor to complement the 16th Century vaulted ceilings of the barn.

Nikki and Ben decided upon Amy Taylor Imaging Photography to capture the best day of their lives, a photographer from our eco wedding directory whose photographs we always enjoy. You can see other weddings from photographer Amy that we’ve featured here.

Bride Nikki caught up with us to give us the inside knowledge on the couple’s planning and ideas for their rustic Pimhill Barn wedding

Rustic painted wedding signs // Amy Taylor Imaging Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Pastel coloured bridesmaids dresses with gypsophila bouquets // Amy Taylor Imaging Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Rustic Pimhill Barn wedding decor // Amy Taylor Imaging Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Pastel wedding table flowers in mini milk churns // Amy Taylor Imaging Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Rustic Pimhill Barn wedding couple // Amy Taylor Imaging Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

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Vickie and Liam's rustic country barn wedding with dried lavender, hessian table runners and a naked wedding cake // Sarah Brittain Edwards Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Raw brick walls and cobbled floors are brought to life and serve as a rustic backdrop in this week’s real wedding. Vickie and Liam’s beautiful rustic country barn wedding is simple, elegant and stylish.

With twinkling fairy lights, jam jar candles and shining glassware, the burlap table runners and bunches of dried lavender help marry together the rustic surroundings and elegance of the wedding.

Vickie and Liam got married at the beautiful Halstead House, which is set in the grounds of a working farm, and chose Sarah Brittain Edwards, a TNWC recommended supplier, to capture their day.  We caught up with Vickie who told us all about how they found the venue and what inspired their plans…

Country bride with bridesmaids in lavender dresses // Sarah Brittain Edwards Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Jam jar lantern and purple wedding flowers // Sarah Brittain Edwards Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Wedding tables with hessian table runner // Sarah Brittain Edwards Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Vickie and Liam's rustic country barn wedding with dried lavender, hessian table runners and a naked wedding cake // Sarah Brittain Edwards Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Rustic naked wedding cake with lavender, rosemary and blueberries // Sarah Brittain Edwards Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

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Laura and Jamie's autumn village hall wedding with statement flower crown, emerald green bridesmaid dresses and a squirrel cake topper // Amy Taylor Imaging Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

In nature, autumn is a blaze of vibrant colours and this week’s Real Wedding is all about those quintessential autumnal colours. Emerald green bridesmaid dresses, rusty orange leaves, plump purple blackberries, soft brown fur and deep red dahlias. This autumn village hall wedding is a feast for the senses too; the textures are intense with pheasant feathers, ears of wheat and berries adorning the dahlia bouquets, buttonholes and hair clips.

Captured by TNWC recommended photographer, Amy Taylor Imaging, Laura and Jamie’s autumn village hall wedding is the product of a whole community coming together and pitching in. The ceremony took place in her parent’s tiny local church and the celebrations unfolded in the village hall in which her youth clubs were hosted when she was a teenager.

We chat to bride Laura to find out more about the their special day…

Autumn village hall wedding

Emerald green bridesmaids dresses and faux fur stoles // Amy Taylor Imaging Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Felt squirrel wedding cake topper // Amy Taylor Imaging Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Laura and Jamie's autumn village hall wedding with statement flower crown, emerald green bridesmaid dresses and a squirrel cake topper // Amy Taylor Imaging Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Laura and Jamie's autumn village hall wedding with statement flower crown, emerald green bridesmaid dresses and a squirrel cake topper // Amy Taylor Imaging Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Autumn buttonhole with feathers, blackberries and rosehips // Amy Taylor Imaging Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

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Chloe and Sam's modern spring woodland wedding with earthy organic decor, gold dipped feathers, and lush green and white florals // Enchanted Brides Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

This week’s modern spring woodland wedding is incredibly beautiful. There are mismatched chairs under waxed scaffold-board tables, gold-dipped feathers, vintage candlestick holders and garlands of greenery. Every single element of this wedding is carefully planned yet natural and organic. It’s a strong contender for my favourite Real Wedding so far (and it’s the final one of 2016) and I just love that they did it all themselves.

We first met Chloe and Sam when the gorgeous couple featured in this rainy romantic Cornish wedding shoot back in March. I think we all knew then that their wedding would be a beauty and it certainly hasn’t disappointed.

Bride Chloe tells us more about their modern spring woodland wedding…

Modern rustic wedding table decor // Enchanted Brides Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Hand painted wedding sign // Enchanted Brides Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Wild and natural green and white wedding bouquet with ferns and peonies // Enchanted Brides Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Romantic modern church wedding // Enchanted Brides Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Chloe and Sam’s modern spring woodland wedding with earthy organic decor, gold dipped feathers, and lush green and white florals // Enchanted Brides Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Naked wedding cake decorated with edible spring flowers // Enchanted Brides Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

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A rustic wedding bouquet of fragrant herbs and a wedding cake decorated with flowering rosemary // Miki Vargas Photography // styling A Monique Affair // flowers Laura Miller Designs // cake Cakes Made By M.E.

I absolutely love it when rosemary is in flower, with those tiny pale blue flowers it takes on a new dimension to its very green version that we mainly see and associate with it here in England. We have featured rosemary and other herbs in abundance here on the blog because they have so many lovely qualities – their fragrance being number one in my opinion.

This simple white wedding cake decorated with flowering rosemary is a wonderful example of how you can achieve a pretty and less conventional look without spending lots of money or time. Invest in a great quality wedding cake, made from organic and fair trade ingredients, and then just decorate it simply with naturally grown herbs.

A rustic wedding cake decorated with flowering rosemary //Miki Vargas Photography // styling A Monique Affair // flowers Laura Miller Designs // cake Cakes Made By M.E.

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Edible leaf wedding cake // Maddocks Farm Organics // Bees Bakery // The Natural Wedding Company

I was blown away by this unusually decorated wedding cake with its edible leaves, a fantastic collaboration between TNWC recommended supplier Maddocks Farm Organics and Bees Bakery. If you’ve read our blog for any length of time you’ll know we are big fans of edible flowers, but edible leaves on a wedding cake? It may sound odd, but as you can see from this beautiful cake it creates the most stunning effect. It is both modern and natural, and feels like it could have been painted on. I particularly like the combination of purples and greens used.

Sourcing Edible Flowers For Wedding Cakes

Whilst this is a design you could ask a wedding cake maker to create for you, Maddocks Farm Organics have helpfully given some tips on how to do it yourself. Firstly, it’s important to remember these key points about using edible leaves:

  • Flowers and leaves should not be eaten unless sourced from a reputable organic supplier of edible varieties (we recommend these edible flower suppliers).
  • Many flowers and leaves are poisonous and can cause a whole range of serious symptoms if ingested. Even if you don’t plan to eat them, it is wise not to attach them to any food items in case they are mistaken for being edible when they are not. Even if they are just decoration, sap or fine hairs could leech onto your cake and cause irritation.
  • Do not be tempted to pick up supermarket or regular floristry flowers to decorate your cake. They are routinely sprayed with chemicals that you absolutely do not want to be ingesting or touching your wedding cake.

So when sourcing your edible flowers or leaves, ensure that you 1) buy from a reputable organic supplier; 2) Ask your supplier how they are grown, picked and processed; and 3) Discuss with your supplier how you want to use them.

Natural and modern edible leaf wedding cake // Maddocks Farm Organics // Bees Bakery // The Natural Wedding Company

How To Use Edible Leaves On Wedding Cakes

With that in mind, here’s Maddocks Farm Organics top tips on how to use edible leaves on your wedding cake:

  • Edible leaves work best when pressed into buttercream.
  • They should be added to your cake on the day of your wedding.
  • Choose from organically grown leaves, herbs and wild foragings.
  • Use clover shaped and fern shaped edible leaves in a variety of shades to create a striking design (like the one above).
  • More robust varieties include rosemary and lavender (examples below, but please note I am not sure if any of the other flowers/leaves shown on the cakes are suitable, as per the advice above – please check with your supplier).

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Tamsin and Alex's relaxed eco-friendly wedding with woodland hand-fasting ceremony and the best cake ever // Photography by Emma Stoner www.emmastonerweddings.com // The Natural Wedding Company

Eco-friendly wedding with handfasting ceremony

What a beautiful way to welcome in the New Year with this down-to-earth, relaxed eco-friendly wedding of Tamsin and Alex. Captured by the lovely Emma of Emma Stoner Photography (and second shooter Heather Birnie), who can be found featured on the Photography + Film page of our directory, this wedding is bound to inspire you. Plus it has my new all-time-favourite wedding cake and wedding hair!

Tamsin and Alex got married in September at Middle Coombe Farm in Devon, where they fell in love with “it’s wonderful inhabitants and beautiful sprawling woodlands.” Here at TNWC we recently fell for the charms of Middle Coombe Farm and are delighted that you’ll now find them on the directory too.

Over to Tamsin to tell us more…

Tiered Victoria sponge wedding cake with flowers, ferns, berries, and yellow raspberries // Photography by Emma Stoner www.emmastonerweddings.com // The Natural Wedding Company

Woodland hand-fasting ceremony at Middle Coombe Farm in Devon // Photography by Emma Stoner www.emmastonerweddings.com // The Natural Wedding Company

Wedding rings // Photography by Emma Stoner www.emmastonerweddings.com // The Natural Wedding Company

Hand-fasting ceremony in a woodland // Photography by Emma Stoner www.emmastonerweddings.com // The Natural Wedding Company

Woodland animal themed wedding table names // Photography by Emma Stoner www.emmastonerweddings.com // The Natural Wedding Company

Woodland wedding ceremony // Photography by Emma Stoner www.emmastonerweddings.com // The Natural Wedding Company

Seasonal late summer bridal bouquet in shades of blue and white // Flowers by In Bloom Devon www.inbloomdevon.co.uk // Photography by Emma Stoner www.emmastonerweddings.com // The Natural Wedding Company

Middle Coombe Farm for a woodland wedding

“[We wanted] a relaxed and rustic [feel], with lots for everyone to do and an eclectic take on decorations and as eco conscious as I could make it. We chose Middle Coombe Farm after finding out about it’s wonderful inhabitants and beautiful sprawling woods. The accommodation was also spot on, with a place for campers, a campervan, family and close friends and little ones! It advertises itself as an eco venue too so we were very sold!

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