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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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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I’ve got some exciting news worth shouting about – World Inspired Tents are holding an open weekend in October.  If you’re not aware of these incredible giant tipis then the first thing you should not is that not only do they look stunning in all of the photos I’ve ever seen, but they are even more impressive in person.

So if you’ve just started planning your wedding and you’re looking for a totally unique and unusual wedding venue, or an alternative to the traditional white marquee, then get yourself to Darts Farm near Exeter on the weekend of 22nd and 23rd October and have a good nosey.

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PapaKåta – the specialist in hiring out the giant teepee Kata tents – are holding a Spring Open Weekend in York so that you can see for yourself these stunning and magical party spaces.

Ideal for weddings, parties or events, the Kata tents will be set up at Escrick Park Estate outside York on 16th and 17th April 2011.

The Open Weekend runs from 10am to 4pm both Saturday and Sunday – don’t miss your opportunity to see these unique venue spaces set up for yourself.

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So as I mentioned previously Mr Rigg and I went down south to kick-start our wedding planning.  We went to the Beautiful World Tents open day in Horsham, West Sussex.  Beautiful World Tents provide a gorgeous range of big and small tipis for wedding receptions and events.

Ever since I first saw images of these tents a couple of years ago when researching for the Directory, I fell in love with them.  Now that Mr Rigg and I are starting to think about our own wedding, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to go and view these tents.


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