Well today I thought I would ask my Blog viewers a question… Are you married? And if so, would you like to have your wedding featured on The Natural Wedding Book Blog?
I am looking for gorgeous natural weddings to include on the site, in any style, shape or size! All that I ask is that it has at least one aspect that was natural, eco-friendly, handmade, vintage or DIY.
So, did you hand-make your invites, or wear a vintage dress? Perhaps your Granny made the cake or you held your reception in a tipi? If so, I would love to hear from you. Simply click on Subscribe on the left hand menu and send me a message telling me all about your day.
You don’t have to have had the perfect eco wedding either; I am interested in individual efforts made to green up your celebrations too. So if you just want to tell me about your local flowers, or your marmalade favours, I would love to hear about them too.
I love natural and organic skincare and only use natural cosmetics, too – see many of my favourites listed in the book. So I was thrilled this week to see the Neal’s Yard Remedies range of make-up, which is the first cosmetic range to be certified organic by The Soil Association.
Out this week in the UK, the collection includes flattering eyeliners, soft eye shadows (pictured above is Camellia) and delicious lip glosses. The lip colours in particular are perfect for weddings. I tried all six shades and immediately wanted them all (but settled on three!).
For a classic Bride, try English Rose (a delicate soft pink), and for those of you who are more adventurous, try the rich berry red Rosehip. My advice would be to snap one up before they sell out! Go to www.nealsyardremedies.com to find your local store.
October marks the start of bulb season, with garden centres bursting with all types, from daffodils to hyacinths, in a bright array of colours. They can be used in two ways for weddings: either as favours for autumn celebrations, or as growing plants for winter and spring weddings.
I have planted two types here – pretty delft blue hyacinths and elegant white crocuses. Hyacinths grow well indoors in any wide container; I have used a reclaimed terracotta bowl here. The crocus bulbs have been planted in antique hand-thrown terracotta pots, which I found in a local reclamation yard for 50p each. Experiment with jam jars (you can wrap them with fabric later for display), mini metal buckets, pretty ceramic vases and vintage tea cups to match your theme.
I will look after these and show you how to decorate the pots once they have flowered (fingers crossed!). For details on how to grow all types of bulbs, visit www.gardenersworld.com. Happy planting!
If your container does not have drainage holes, make sure you use peat-free bulb soil to keep the plants healthy.
Very exciting news – The Natural Wedding Book is going to be launched at The Country Living Fair in London in November. I will be there to sign copies (check my Events page for more information) and you will also be able to buy handmade and vintage Christmas crafts and gifts. This could be the perfect place for you to find all sorts of decorations for your winter wedding. Check out www.countrylivingfair.com for more information and advance tickets. Hope to see you there! Come visit me on the Sawdays stand. NB: This is a lovely photo by Marc Wilson which appears in the book too!
Today is a very exciting day for me, as my first book, The Natural Wedding Book, appears in shops across the UK. I had the idea for it a couple of years ago and together with my talented team of three – Caroline, the editor, Marc, the photographer, and Shelley, the designer – we have, I think, produced a very lovely book full of inspiration for how to have a beautiful, eco wedding. I wanted it to be a bit of a bible for the new Bride to Be and hope you find that it is filled with ideas (and the most gorgeous photographs) to help you create your perfect, unique wedding day.