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Seasonal Highland inspired November wedding

Seasonal and handcrafted November wedding

It is lovely to be able to share such a beautiful seasonal wedding full of handmade details, and one that took place in November.  Photographed by Laura Babb, Dan and Ali’s November wedding was held at Folly Farm, a stunning green wedding venue set amongst 250 acres of woodland and nature reserve.  On hearing more about this handcrafted wedding I knew it was just the kind of wedding you would love to see.

Folly Farm eco wedding venue Bristol

Folly Farm rustic eco wedding venue

“When we found Folly Farm we knew it was the right spot. We completely lucked out with the weather on the day, it was hard to believe it was November – but as we fell for Folly Farm’s vantage point and woodland walks on a dreich February morning, we knew it would be beautiful no matter what.”

Seasonal autumn BHLDN wedding dress

Wool tie and autumn buttonhole

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tiny flowers wedding hair

Floral crowns, garlands, headpieces – however you describe them – are incredibly popular for weddings at the moment.  I think it’s lovely that people want to wear flowers in their hair, especially these crowns of flowers that have that boho, natural look.  However, I still love tiny touches of flowers, for those of you, like me, you aren’t one for making big statements with a mass of enormous blooms on your head.

This is a beautiful example of how subtle flowers in your hair can still look as lovely as something more bold.  These tiny fresh flowers look like they might have been attached to wires to secure into your hair – the best bet would be to ask your florist and your hairdresser for their advice.

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Canadian winter log cabin wedding

I wanted to share a few pictures from this wintery wedding I came across because I don’t think there are enough winter weddings shown, and its also a wedding from a part of the world that is quite close to my heart – British Columbia in Canada, where I spent a year of my university degree studying.

rustic candlelit wedding ceremony

There is something refreshing and special about a winter wedding with a few rustic details – lots of candles and a few decorations that reflect the environment, in this instance lots of logs and twigs.

rustic winter wedding ideas

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wax flower and ivy garland

If you’re planning a winter wedding for 2012 and you fancy something quite earthy and in tune with the natural world, then this gorgeous hair garland of wax flowers and ivy would fit in wonderfully.  Whether it was worn by your bridesmaids, or yourself (I could only dream of being gutsy enough to pull it off), it would certainly add to that ‘mid-winter’ feel.

I’m imagining something along the lines of roaring log fires, mugs of hot mulled cider and lots of ivy hung everywhere…very Robin Hood.  I think these flower garlands would be equally at home at a wedding held at country house hotel. It’s such a beautiful combination of greenery and flowers.

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I never really put much thought into how my hair would look at my wedding, but I’m wishing I’d done a bit more research after seeing these lovely old images of Edwardian hairstyles.

Unless your wedding is aspiring to be completely Edwardian themed, I think images like this are a great means of inspiration for you to pick and choose certain elements.  I often think that the best wedding inspiration is found in places that aren’t at all about weddings.

So taking ideas from those beautiful Edwardian hairstyles with their plaits, soft curls, buns and ribbons, here is some modern inspiration for wedding hairstyles…

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Today it’s all about my wedding accessories – from my vintage inspired shoes to the heirloom lace veil, natural make-up to a gorgeous garters.  It’s all here including the details of how I came to choose them for our wedding.

The Shoes


Mark Tattersall Photography

I spent ages looking for the ‘right’ shoes.  So many wedding shoes are elegant but modern, and my dress was so delicate and had a country feel to it, that I wanted something with an old-fashioned feel.  I also didn’t want really high heels as most of our wedding was spent walking on grass.


Mark Tattersall Photography

In the end I came across the gorgeous designs by Diane Hassall and fell in love with a pair called ‘Liliana’ – I managed to track them down to a bridal shop in nearby Knutsford and despite being loads more than I’d ever imagined spending, they came home with me.  They came with a choice of floaty organza or velvet ties – I went for the velvet ones.


Mark Tattersall Photography

I particuarly love this picture above of my shoes on the windowsill in my parent’s bedroom, with all those personal bits you find in people’s houses in the background.

The Veils

I hadn’t planned on wearing any veil…and I ended up having two!  My mum spent ages trying to track down the family veil, which she had worn when she married my dad, and my granny before her, and so on back through the generations.

I love this photo of my little sister Izzy holding my parents wedding album open at a photo of my mum wearing the veil, with it hanging behind Izzy from the cupboard…


Mark Tattersall Photography

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The wonderful 100 Layer Cake has recently done a fantastic post on ‘how to do your own wedding hair’ and I spotted this gorgeous combination of braids (or plaits) and fresh flowers.

So pretty and sweet, lovely for all those whose hearts are in the country – I still can’t decide how I want my hair…and I’m not sure ‘natural’ is a look…have you seen any great ideas?

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