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Winter bride and groom // Cosy winter wedding at River Cottage // Larissa Joice Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

We might be headed into summer but this cosy winter wedding held at River Cottage in Devon reminds us of all that is great about a winter wedding done well. Louise and Andrew had an intimate wedding with just 50 of their friends and family, with excellent local food (obviously!) and seasonal touches that embraced the farm venue. I also particularly love the attention they put in for the babies and children at this wedding – some great ideas. Plus gorgeous photography from Larissa Joice who we’ve featured previously here.

Over to Louise to tell us more…

A Cosy Winter Wedding at River Cottage

Bride and groom at River Cottage // Cosy winter wedding at River Cottage // Larissa Joice Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Country casual tweed groomsmen // Cosy winter wedding at River Cottage // Larissa Joice Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Bride in Hunter Wellies // Cosy winter wedding at River Cottage // Larissa Joice Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Best Day Ever wedding sign // Cosy winter wedding at River Cottage // Larissa Joice Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Spring bridal bouquet // Cosy winter wedding at River Cottage // Larissa Joice Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

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Savoury edible flower inspiration with delicious edible flowers from Greens of Devon // Taylor Wolf Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Did you see the beautiful edible flower inspiration we brought to you last week? The inspiration we have for you today is just as lovely, but takes on a more unusual twist. Ever thought about serving flowers with a fish dish? No me neither!

These beautiful images are a collaboration between two of our lovely recommended suppliers from our directory; gorgeous edible flowers and herbs by Greens of Devon and all perfectly styled and captured by the talented Betti Confetti Photography.

Inspired by Italian and Mediterranean al fresco dining, these mouthwatering images prove that pretty flowers aren”t just for topping the wedding cake. They are so effective at adding the finish touch to every dish throughout your big day!

Savoury edible flower inspiration with delicious edible flowers from Greens of Devon // Taylor Wolf Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Wedding day food inspiration with delicious edible flowers from Greens of Devon // Taylor Wolf Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Wedding day food inspiration with delicious edible flowers from Greens of Devon // Taylor Wolf Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Wedding day food inspiration with delicious edible flowers from Greens of Devon // Taylor Wolf Photography // The Natural Wedding Company

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Jodie and James' epic weekend wedding

Today I have an incredible real wedding.  It is utterly epic (I don’t use words like that often) and it’s not short on beautiful ideas and inspiration if that’s what you’re looking for.  I’ve even broken it down into headings because there is so much to share with you!

Richard Rayner Photography

Richard Rayner Photography

Jodie and James got married on 15th September 2012 and spent the whole weekend celebrating with their family and friends.  Jodie has kindly told me so much about their incredible weekend celebration, and I am sure that many of you brides-to-be will find lots of helpful snippets throughout from Jodie and James’ experience.

Tiered sponge wedding cake with berries

Jodie and James' wedding

Without further ado, I’ll hand you over to the lovely Jodie to tell you all about their epic wedding weekend…

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Rustic canape table

Now this is what a canapé table should look like.  Along with weddings, food is another big passion of mine, and I think it can often get overlooked, neglected, or become an afterthought when planning your big day.  Yet I think it’s such an integral part of the day and can either turn out a real flop or an utter delight.

With my moan out the way, I shall promise to try and find more creative and beautiful looking wedding food ideas to inspire you all for your own weddings.  To get started, what about this lovely rustic canapé display?  This wouldn’t look out of place at a summer wedding, or an autumn wedding, just simple change the food on offer to reflect the seasons.

Here they’ve kept it simple with white tablecloths and a variety of wooden boards, bowls and other ephemera stacked up to create this enticing display.  We had something similar for our wedding, albeit it on a much smaller scale – we had kilner jars of olives and finely sliced salami all popped on a table for people to help themselves to.

Image: Heirloom LA

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Stew and chilli feast for an autumn wedding

For anyone who follows my Facebook page, you might have seen that I also love food, so when it comes to wedding food I want to encourage you to be creative and have some fun!  In the past I think wedding food has been mediocre at best, and so often overlooked compared to other elements of a wedding.  There are some utterly fantastic wedding caterers out there now creating inspiring and delicious menus.

As we head into autumn, I’m already dreaming of stews and pies, those lovely warming dishes of wholesome grub that keep you cosy on a chilly evening (who else is with me?).  If you love these kinds of meals, if you love the feelings they evoke, then why not have them for your wedding feast? Huntstile Organic Farm recently shared a great recipe for autumn sausage stew on their blog – some lovely inspiration for an autumn wedding.

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Elegant rustic wedding table

Sometimes I think it’s easy to get swept up overdoing your wedding reception tables – from lots of elaborate table centrepieces, to knick-knacks that hark back to the days you first met and table names declaring the countries you’ve holidayed in.

I think it’s good to remember that if you don’t feel compelled to do all those things, you can still make your wedding tables look inviting and welcoming with a few pretty dishes, maybe some worn-silver serving spoons, and a jug of flowers.  For our wedding we wanted a relaxed dinner party feel for our meal, and so took inspiration from family meals in the garden and evenings with friends.

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Soup in vintage teacups

So many brides-to-be are busy collecting teacups and saucers to serve tea at their wedding, but why not find a different use for them that’s a little different to the norm?  I love this idea of serving soup in vintage teacups (as seen above it looks even nicer if you have the saucer to go with it) as part of your wedding dinner.

It’s really refreshing to see an alternative use for vintage teacups – I know the one above has two handles and therefore was perhaps designed to hold soup, but I don’t see any reason why you couldn’t serve soup from ordinary teacups.  While you’re at it, why not serve croutons or bread from gravy jugs – any other clever ideas for using vintage crockery for different elements of your wedding other than serving tea?

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