Favourite Unique Natural Weddings: from a hiking mountain biking bride to a small city back garden ceremony

Welcome to the fourth instalment of our Real Wedding Favourites mini series. So far we’ve covered our favourite natural wedding styles, natural wedding spaces, and natural wedding details. Today we’re taking a look at some of our favourite Unique Natural Weddings.

We’ve done our  Favourite Unique Natural Weddings category a bit different to the others in our Real Wedding Favourites series. Instead of categories, we’ve just chosen some of our favourite weddings that we thought were a little bit different and unique.

A Homemade Eco Friendly Wedding in Wales

Unique Natural Weddings: A Homemade Eco Friendly Wedding in Wales

All the weddings we feature have some element of an eco or ethical ethos behind them, but for this category we wanted to choose one who had a really clear commitment throughout all aspects of their wedding.

Jenny and David’s eco ethical wedding stemmed from their love of plants and the Welsh countryside, and they filled their wedding day with elements that reflected that. They chose a fab eco wedding venue, decorated their tipi reception with potted plants, had bouquets of buttons donated by friends, ‘living’ succulent buttonholes, and made their wedding stationery from recycled card.

Unique Natural Weddings: A Homemade Eco Friendly Wedding in Wales

Unique Natural Weddings: A Homemade Eco Friendly Wedding in Wales

View Jenny and David’s botanical Welsh wedding. Photography by Emma Stoner Photography.

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Favourite Natural Wedding Spaces: ceremony spaces, wedding reception decor and a magical wedding venue

Natural Wedding Spaces

This is the second in our 7 part blog mini series Real Wedding Favourites. Last time we featured our favourite Natural Wedding Styles (wedding dresses, accessories, bridesmaids dresses and more). Today we’ve scoured the Real Weddings to find our favourite ceremony spaces, wedding reception decor and a truly magical wedding venue.

As mentioned previously our picks are chosen from the very first Real Wedding we featured up until spring of this year. You can find all the links here to our Real Wedding Favourites.

Our Favourite Wedding Ceremony Spaces

I had two favourites for this category and I’ve decided to share them both.

A Wedding Ceremony on a Beach Amongst Chapel Ruins

Natural Wedding Spaces: Wedding Ceremony on a Beach Amongst Chapel Ruins

The first of my favourite wedding ceremony spaces is this ruined chapel amongst the dunes of a Scottish beach. Sounds like something from a film doesn’t it?

Well this is where Jo and Dom had their wedding ceremony. They had a humanist ceremony amongst the ruins on a beach that bride Jo had grown up visiting. It was also where Dom proposed, so it had loads of special meaning to the couple. As if that wasn’t lovely enough, they followed it with a picnic on the beach and a swim!

Natural Wedding Spaces: Wedding Ceremony on a Beach Amongst Chapel Ruins

Natural Wedding Spaces: Wedding Ceremony on a Beach Amongst Chapel Ruins

This was from Jo and Dom’s natural and relaxed Scottish wedding. Photography by Taylor & Porter Photographs.

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paper flag wedding table numbers

One of my favourite ways to number your wedding reception tables – with homemade paper flags stuck into one of your centrepieces.  I must admit now, that they are my favourite because this is what we chose to do for our own wedding tables, but they are simple to create, effective and easy to spot, and rather sweet I think.

paper flag wedding table numbers

All you need is some sticks (you could use bamboo garden canes, long twigs, or pieces of wooden dowel – which is what we used), paper and string.  You could handwrite the numbers, stamp them with ink, or print them on your computer.  Then it’s simply a matter of punching holes and tying them to the sticks – if you find they slip down, discretely use a little tape to hold them in place.

Images: Bayly & Moore via 100 Layer Cake

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Natural looking wedding tables covered with rustic hessian cloths

For me, creating a welcoming wedding reception table for your guests to dine at is an extremely important part of a wedding.  I love touches such as flickering candles, a sprinkling of fresh flowers, and soft fabrics.

If I was still planning my wedding, this image above would definitely have been added to my inspiration folder when it came to dressing our tables.  I love the natural hessian/linen cloth draped over the table, the collection of mason jars emitting their soft candlelight, and those jolly looking menus that along with the floral colour break up an otherwise quite neutral palette.

The way these tables have been decorated captures that rustic but elegant look that I wanted to achieve for my own wedding, and I hope you find some inspiration from it too.

Image: Ellie Grover via Green Wedding Shoes

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Hooe's Yurts open day giant wedding yurt

Hooe’s Yurts is one of the latest additions to The Natural Wedding Company directory, so I was delighted to find out that they are holding a tea party open day next weekend to showcase their beautiful yurts to potential clients.  In particular, they will be showcasing their newest addition – a stunning 44ft cathedral size yurt seating up to 120 people!

Hooe's Yurts wedding yurts

Now, I have been in a yurt that could seat up to 80 people and that was pretty impressive, so one for 120 must be incredible.  What is so wonderful about yurts, even at this size, is that they are incredibly intimate and magical – I haven’t experienced many things so lovely as the meal I had in the 80 person yurt, it even inspired our wedding.

Hooe's Yurts Devon wedding marquee hire

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World Inspired Tents giant tipi wedding hire

It’s so wonderful to be able to continue showering you with exclusive offers, like this one today from World Inspired Tents – specialists in the hire of beautiful and extraordinary Nordic Tipis for weddings.  Our readers can claim an exclusive 10% off winter wedding bookings with World Inspired Tents plus a free open log fire.

World Inspired Tents open log fire

If you are dreaming of a magical winter wedding, then why not consider the giant Nordic Tipis from World Inspired Tents.  Having been inside these stunning structures myself, I know what a special and cosy atmosphere they create.  Can’t you just imagine a crackling log fire, twinkling fairylights wound around the tipi poles, wooden tables decorated with ivy and flickering candles, benches covered with warm reindeer skins.

World Inspired Tents sheepskin benches

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dinner party style wedding reception

I haven’t written much on wedding reception tables and layouts, but these two pictures made me want to share some of my thoughts.  What I really love about these reception tables is that they are laid out for small numbers and in a way that makes each table feel like it is expecting a dinner party.

Most of the weddings I have been to have had large round tables of 10 of more people, and whilst round tables allow you to see everyone you’re sat with, I don’t feel they allow you to talk easily to anyone other than the people either side of you – one of whom is usually my husband, and to be honest I talk to him quite a lot.

dinner party style wedding reception

So I am an advocate of smaller rectangular ‘dinner party’ style tables, or those long trestle tables that remind you of a street party or feast.  For me, they are more welcoming and relaxed, and a much easier way to allow people to chat to everyone sat around them.

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