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TNWC Real Brides: Emma's been booking urban wedding venues that have that natural 'oh my!' factor

A warm welcome back to TNWC Real Bride Emma this week – she’s talking venues today, and I’m pretty stoked to hear all about the places they have booked for the ‘natural wedding in the city’. We share lots of lovely countryside weddings here on the blog, so it’s exciting to hear from a bride-to-be planning a natural wedding in urban spaces.

Over to Emma…

Love On Hope Street

Finding a venue that works for you as a couple is key to any wedding, and doubly so if you’re doing all the planning long distance: we live in Vancouver but are marrying in Liverpool. I wasn’t sure how much time I would have to decorate venues, so I knew I wanted something that would only need a few personal touches to make it feel like “ours”.

Having a good relationship with your venue organisers is also vital, and the friendly advice and timely email correspondence I had from our chosen venues definitely sealed the deal. As we’re marrying in our home town, we knew we would have lots of beautiful spaces to choose from, Liverpool has so many!

TNWC Real Brides: Emma's been booking urban wedding venues that have that natural 'oh my!' factor

I was even able to visit some of them before I came to be with Shane in Canada. This was really helpful in the decision-making process: I ruled one out straight away when I saw the state of the bathrooms our guests would have to share with the bar next door!

Flexibility was also another important criteria for me: I didn’t like being given a rigid list of suppliers that we had to work with, and I discounted any venue that imposed a minimum spend.

I also knew I was looking for something that would have meaning for us, so I focused my search on the city spaces that were part of our courtship: falling in love with Shane is inextricably tied in my memory with running around the sun-splashed summer streets to meet him for our dates at cafés, bars, galleries, and theatres in the heart of the city.

Rooftops + Secret Spaces – Oh My!

TNWC Real Brides: Emma's been booking urban wedding venues that have that natural 'oh my!' factor

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Church Farm wedding meadow venue

I have finally come to the end of my TNWC South West Roadtrip.  I have travelled hundreds of miles, stayed in numerous homes, B&Bs and hotels, and met over 15 businesses who are all listed on the directory.  It has been exhausting but amazing.  If you would like to catch up on my travels, just click on TNWC Roadtrip for all the posts.

So yesterday I set of from the north coast of Devon, travelled into the county to Greens of Devon, then up the motorway to Organic Blooms, and across into Wiltshire to Church Farm for my final visit of the trip.  I hope you’ve liked following along, and enjoy this, my final post on the (first) TNWC Roadtrip.

Greens of Devon

My first stop of the day was to Greens of Devon and are one of my lovely edible flower businesses. With the resurgence in British, locally grown, seasonal flowers, their edible brothers and sisters are following suit.  I’ve personally been interested in edible flowers for a few years now, so it’s really nice to see more couples incorporating them into their weddings.

Greens of Devon edible flowers

Greens of Devon edible flowers

Greens of Devon edible flowers

Greens of Devon edible flowers

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Lantallack Weddings photography by Lucy Turnbull

I hope you are all enjoying following along with my TNWC South West Roadtrip – I’m only three days and loving it.  It has been such a pleasure and a real treat to visit these wedding businesses and find out more about who they are and what they do.  I can quite honestly say there are some real gems out there for anyone planning their wedding, so get looking through the directory to find some fabulous suppliers.

After a rather busy Day 2 of the TNWC Roadtrip, yesterday was a bit more relaxed with just one visit scheduled for the day.  Like Day 2 I was joined by a TNWC wedding photographer, this time is was Lucy Turnbull, whose photos these are.  I momentarily got lost down a very narrow high-hedged Cornish lane, but soon realised my mistake and found the very beautiful Lantallack Weddings.

Lantallack Weddings photography by Lucy Turnbull

Lantallack Weddings photography by Lucy Turnbull

Lantallack Weddings photography by Lucy Turnbull

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JW Blooms locally grown flowers

I’ve had another wonderful day out on the second day of my TNWC South West Roadtrip – today I’ve visited three fabulous wedding businesses and been joined for my adventure by Jennie Hill and her camera.  Today you are just getting my camera phone snaps as soon I’ll be sharing Jennie’s gorgeous pictures of our visits.

JW Blooms

My first stop of the day was the flower field of JW Blooms, a Somerset based small business growing beautiful flowers for weddings.  Jan has an acre sized plot with about two-thirds of this used for growing flowers.  It is utterly charming and as a big flower lover I always feel a little bit jealous wandering amongst rows and rows of pretty flowers.

JW Blooms locally grown flowers

JW Blooms locally grown flowers

For brides who book Jan to do their wedding flowers, the consultation process involves a visit the week before your wedding to wander the flower field, see what’s blooming, and pick what you’d like for your arrangements.  I can’t think of many more lovely things to do!

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Clavelshay Barn wedding venue

Wow – what a start to my trip!  I’m writing this on Sunday evening, so I’ll be sharing with you this morning what I got up to on the first day of my TNWC South West Roadtrip yesterday.  Hope that makes sense!

I set off from home at lunchtime with a three hour drive ahead of me to Somerset.  My first stop on the TNWC South West Roadtrip was Huntstile Organic Farm – a beautiful wedding venue set in the rolling Somerset countryside.  This wasn’t my first visit to Huntstile, so I’m mainly just going to share with you some pictures I took today – if you’d like to read more about what I think of Huntstile check out my previous visit.

This was Huntstile yesterday, looking super pretty in the sunshine, flowers blooming everywhere, and buzzing with people.

Huntstile Organic Farm wedding venue

Huntstile Organic Farm wedding venue

Huntstile Organic Farm wedding venue

Huntstile Organic Farm wedding venue

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The House Meadow outdoor wedding venue in Kent

Coming up this weekend TNWC wedding venue The House Meadow are holding an open weekend for all you lovely brides- and grooms-to-be out there who are looking for a beautiful meadow setting for your wedding day.

If you’re looking to get married in Kent, or if you’re on the hunt for that dream spot to say your vows beneath a tree in an English meadow, then you must get yourselves along this weekend to take a look at what The House Meadow has to offer.

Outdoor meadow wedding at The House Meadow in Kent

The House Meadow is described as “country charm in its purest form.”  It’s one of those special places that can be a completely blank (and rather stunning!) backdrop to enable you to create the wedding you want.  The meadow is full of beautiful details, whilst remaining rustic – something that is so often difficult to find amongst wedding venues.

The House Meadow Open Weekend

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Hunstile Organic Farm garden

I know that not everyone spends months and months, or even years, planning their wedding, so if that’s you and you’re searching for a beautiful venue for spring 2013, why not take advantage of these special offers at Huntstile Organic Farm?

Hunstile Organic Farm wedding venue

Set in the stunning Somerset countryside, Huntstile Organic Farm provides you with multiple options, from a cosy farmhouse reception to a marquee in the garden.  They also have the added benefit of a Stone Circle for handfasting ceremonies atop a hill with the most incredible views, and a tractor to take drop off your guests in rustic style.

Hunstile Stone Circle handfasting ceremony

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