Katie and Myles’ garden tipi wedding with rustic decor, a horse riding bride, and a skiing inspired wedding cake
A beautiful garden tipi wedding to end the year with, complete with a bride who rode in on her horse. It was my childhood wedding dream, to ride to my wedding on a grey horse, so it seems fitting to finish the year like this.
This year has been a bit all over the place, mainly due to the arrival of my second daughter in the summer. Any mums running their own business will know the challenges a new baby brings. Next year our family has exciting, possibly life changing, plans, which I will share when the time is right. I am looking forward to what the new year will bring, both personally and for The Natural Wedding Company.
I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas and all our best wishes for next year. Snuggle up with a festive drink and some chocolate and enjoy this beautiful garden tipi wedding. Over to Katie to tell us all about their wedding…
A garden tipi wedding
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
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.
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.
My favourite wedding dress comes from Nik and Chris’ chilled out rustic coastal farm wedding. Wedding dress by Coast. Photography by Pete Cranston Photography.
If you’re looking for inspiration on how to create natural boho wedding hair then you’re in for a treat. We have a great tutorial to share with you that would enable you to recreate this look for your own wedding day, whether you plan to do it yourself or are looking for ideas for your hair stylist.
A few years ago I had the real pleasure of attending the launch night party for An Era of Experience, a Manchester based vintage hen party business. For someone who doesn’t get dressed up that much and who had a childhood obsession with playing dress up, it was undoubtedly one of the most fun evenings out I’ve had (if you’re interested you can see pictures here).
Some of the team behind An Era of Experience – Bethany Jane Davies who runs The Vintage Beauty Parlour and Nicola of Silver Sixpence in Her Shoe wedding accessories – collaborated to create this fab tutorial for boho wedding hair. In addition to the tutorial are ideas on how you can wear Silver Sixpence in Her Shoe wedding hair accessories with this look.
Next week we have the second part to this feature, which is a how to for getting a natural boho make-up look.
How to create natural boho wedding hair
Natural ideas and inspiration for wedding hair styles featuring tiny flowers – from hydrangea blooms to tendrils of jasmine
Natural wedding hair styles featuring tiny flowers
I have been seeing some lovely inspiration for tiny flowers incorporated into your wedding day hair style, here are some of my favourites…
Dainty sprigs of golden dried grasses woven into wavy locks
Sprigs of flowers pinned throughout your hair alongside a flower crown
Tiny daisy-like flowers woven into a braided crown
Single hydrangea flowers wired into a loose braided bridal up-do
15 Natural Wedding Hair Styles: for the bride looking for a down-to-earth and effortlessly beautiful look
I thought we would welcome in 2015 with a series of features of some of our favourite 15 wedding ideas, a great introduction for new brides-to-be to the kind of style and things we love here at The Natural Wedding Company.
Throughout my childhood and teenage years I absolutely adored playing with my hair and trying out different hair styles, I loved having my hair done by the little girls I babysat for, and when my own little sister came along I had so much fun styling her hair too – so what better place to start than 15 of my favourite natural bridal hair styles.
All of these natural wedding hair ideas can be found on our Pretty Wedding Hair Pinterest board, along with hundreds more like them. I only really like to share images on the blog where I can track down the original source and credit the photographer, so some of my particular favourites didn’t make it here to the blog.
They were too good not to tell you about – such as this incredible fairytale hairstyle, this dreamy pinned up do which reminds me of Jane Austen heroines, and this Grecian knotted plait entwined with subtle glittery jewels.
Natural Heidi plaits
Why not add a tiny spring of ferns to your Heidi plaits/braids like we did here for this photoshoot?
Relaxed and natural wedding hair bow
A great alternative to wearing flowers in your hair or a veil – perfect for bridesmaids in fabric or colours to complement their dresses.
Loose twisted natural wedding hair up do
Such a natural and effortless style, creating a blank canvas to add a pretty hair clip or some fresh flowers.
Autumn barn wedding with a handfasting ceremony
It has been a while since I featured an exclusive real wedding on the blog, more through my own fault than lack of them to share. Whenever I put together a real wedding feature I feel this immense sense of responsibility to the couple who’s wedding it is – after all this was their special day and I want to do my very best in portraying it here on my blog.
As a result it takes me a great many hours to put together the beautiful photographs and carefully answers questions submitted by the bride. Today’s wedding is a very gorgeous autumnal affair, that was inspired by the couples love for the countryside.
Laura and Dave got married in Stratford Upon Avon during the autumnal month of October, with a humanist ceremony. Their wedding was captured beautifully by TNWC photographer Sarah Brittain Edwards Photography. Over to bride Laura to tell us more about the day…
“We both love Autumn and were keen to reflect the season, with it’s lovely cosiness and beautiful colours. We wanted it to feel personal and handcrafted – no ‘Gold Package’ all inclusive deals! And being a country girl at heart, I wanted it to feel rustic, homely and unfussy.”
Today I wanted to bring you something a little different and share some inspiration for more natural wedding hairstyles, many of which I feel have that hint of a bygone era. From romantic historical novels to Mediaveal woodlands, pre-war country cottages to Grecian shores.
Undoubtedly I’m looking at all these styles and what they evoke for me through very rose tinted spectacles, but then again what’s the harm in that? These natural hair styles are here to inspire you for your wedding day, not to recreate in perfect detail a historic look.
Inspiration for natural wedding hair styles
It’s not much of a secret here on the blog that I love inspiration that evokes childhood memories, in particular books with beautiful illustrations such as Brambly Hedge. Another collection of books I loved as a little girl were the Flower Fairies (anyone else?), my mum even made me a celandine flower fairy dressing up outfit that I decided I would have recreated for my bridesmaids when I got married one day – needless to say this didn’t happen.
This hair style below, with its loose waves, twists of hair pinned up and delicate floral decoration, reminds me of those Flower Fairy books, but a more grown up version. I imagine with this simple style that it’s all about getting your hair looking beautiful because you are doing so little to it.
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