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Ballerina Wedding Dress by Minna // Styling Charlotte Munro // Paulo De Paulo photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Today’s elegant rustic ballerina wedding shoot, set in an urban oasis in the heart of London, is a beautiful showcase of eco-friendly and ethical wedding suppliers.

Although people are growing more and more discerning regarding the use of ethical and eco-friendly products, it is still not common place in the mainstream and this also rings true for the wedding industry. You only have to look at our directory of recommended suppliers however, to know that there is an abundance of incredible independent businesses producing beautiful products for your big day with ethics at their heart. It is lovely to see these sorts of companies gain more recognition, and today’s shoot brought to us by stylist Charlotte Munro and photographer Paola De Paola does exactly that, showcasing some brilliant businesses including many TNWC recommended suppliers.

An elegant rustic ballerina wedding shoot inspired by eco-friendly suppliers // Styling Charlotte Munro // Paulo De Paulo photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Relaxed, braided wedding hair inspiration // Styling Charlotte Munro // Paulo De Paulo photography // The Natural Wedding Company

An elegant rustic ballerina wedding shoot inspired by eco-friendly suppliers // Styling Charlotte Munro // Paulo De Paulo photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Natural petal wedding confetti // Styling Charlotte Munro // Paulo De Paulo photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Ballerina bridal wedding dress by Minna // Styling Charlotte Munro // Paulo De Paulo photography // The Natural Wedding Company

Eco-friendly wedding inspiration

Stylist Charlotte explains a little bit more about the inspiration behind the shoot…

‘The main focus of this shoot was on ethical and eco-friendly weddings, something that more and more couples are considering for their wedding day, but hasn’t yet been well publicised on wedding blogs and in magazines. Myself and professional photographer Paola De Paola wanted to change that with a beautiful, editorial styled shoot that focuses on ethical wedding companies.

We wanted to focus on suppliers who could bring their own ethical and eco-friendly ethos to the shoot and create something organic and beautiful that any couple could take away with them to incorporate into their own wedding day. I decided to introduce the ballerina aspect as I loved the concept of something flowing and beautiful, and to help convey our message – that it’s not always easy or straightforward to plan an ethical wedding, but the end result is beautiful, soulful, and can still follow fashion trends.’

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Wildflower Favours seed packet favours

Wildflower Favours create a wide range of eco-friendly wildflower seed packet favours and plantable seeded paper favours and invites, as well as stocking lots of handmade and recycled paper, favour boxes and other favour supplies perfect for a natural wedding.  Until the 31st March 2012 they are offering our readers 10% off all their products.

Wildflower Favours seed pack wedding favours

Teresa from Wildflower Favours explains why wildflowers are so important, “British native wildflowers are in decline and this has a knock-on effect on our natives bees, butterflies and moths who rely on the wildflowers for their survival.  By incorporating wildflowers into your wedding invites, favours etc you are helping to preserve our native wildflower and wildlife, and also encouraging your guests to garden in a more biodiversity-friendly way”

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1930s inspired country wedding

1930s inspired country wedding (part two)

If you missed yesterday’s part one of Allie and Tom’s handmade 1930’s inspired country wedding be sure to read it first – it’s full of beautiful details and photos of their ceremony and how they got Allie’s parents field ready for their wedding.  So without further ado, after their ceremony, Allie and Tom had some photos taken whilst dodging the rain showers – what a beautiful vintage car.

>> View Allie and Tom’s 1930s inspired country wedding (part one) here <<

vintage wedding car

Then everyone headed back to Allie’s parents field where they had Pimms in the marquee, followed by an afternoon tea of cakes, scones and sandwiches, all made by her mum’s friends.

country flowers and afternoon tea wedding

Afternoon tea was served on vintage crockery collected over the year by Allie and her mum.  I spent a lot of time the day before the wedding selecting all the crockery and it really did look as I imagined it.

vintage crockery afternoon tea wedding

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