I Love and Love! Super Fresh & Pretty Wedding Stationery

I Love and Love! Super Fresh & Pretty Wedding Stationery0007If you’ve yet to choose your wedding stationery, then hold fire, and before you do, check out this relatively new wedding stationery supplier based in Sutton Coldfield. I Love and Love is a collection of super pretty and fresh wedding designs which would suit brides and grooms looking to inject some chic and stylish flair into their big day… We are rather in love with their gorgeous designs!

Bright and Graphic First Anniversary Celebration

Urban London alternative couple wedding portraits London - Yolande De Vries Photography

Lauren and Paul had a quiet and intimate wedding at Hackney Town Hall with just their parents and siblings a few family and friends, followed by a trip to one of their favourite local pubs, the Commercial Tavern, to meet up with a few friends and then a family dinner at The Hawksmoor in Spitalfields. Lauren says,

“We knew we wanted to celebrate in a bigger way at some point, so hosted a party for family and friends on our first wedding anniversary. We basically stretched the wedding celebrations out as long as we could!”

St Chads Place wedding gold chevron table mulit colour geometric place names - Yolande De Vries Photography

They had a paper theme as a nod to the traditional gift for a first wedding anniversary.

“The colour scheme was bright and graphic, and we took a lot of inspiration from Confetti System (a New York design studio that does amazing paper-based installations). March can be a dreary time of year and we wanted to contrast that with an explosion of colour.”

Lauren told me that the best bit of the planning was not having to worry about planning the wedding ceremony as well as the reception because they were already married!

“We had the flexibility to be as traditional or ‘out there’ as we wanted to be. It was a blessing and a curse because it meant we could go in absolutely any direction we wanted – a challenging place for anyone who is indecisive or easily distracted by bright shiny things and new ideas!”

9 St Chads Place wedding diy tissue pom poms pinatas

The couple chose 06 St Chad’s Place near King’s Cross for their venue,

“mainly for the fact that it had the raw, industrial looking aesthetic that we were looking for and didn’t cost a fortune – which is rare when you’re looking for an event venue in central London. The team there were fantastic to work with at all stages of the planning process – they even installed all our decorations and took them down the next day!”

146 chocolate wedding cake roses strawberries - Yolande De Vries Photography

They kept the whole thing under £5,000,

“There was no fee for the venue hire, just a minimum spend on food and drink which was more than achievable.”

Lauren and Paul said their favourite moment of the day was standing at the bar and watching all their loved ones from both sides of the Atlantic laughing and having a great time together, despite the fact that many of them had only just met a few hours earlier,

“Our anniversary party was as much about the people we love who have supported us in our relationship, as it was about us.”

St Chads Place newly married couple urban portrait - Yolande De Vries Photography

Lauren made all of the decorations, with some help from two of her friends.  She says,

“there were many, many evenings spent at the kitchen table, fringing tissue paper and constructing geometric shapes from recycled cardboard to create the pom poms and piñata that were suspended from the ceiling. Unfortunately, authentic Confetti System creations weren’t in the budget!”

St Chads Place Urban industrial London warehouse wedding- Yolande De Vries Photography

When I asked if there was anything they would change about the day, Paul said,

“Lauren’s parents, siblings and extended family in Canada weren’t able to come back to London for our anniversary celebrations and were sorely missed. So the only thing we would change is the chance to have them there. Otherwise, the day was as bright and brilliant as we wanted it to be.”

St Chads Place wedding urban warehouse fairylights - Yolande De Vries Photography

I asked the couple if they had any advice for brides- and grooms-to-be? Or for married life? Lauren said,

“Find humour in everything, and when it comes to your partner’s quirks, just go with the flow.”

The Wedding in Full

63 industrial bridal portrait red Roksanda wedding dress Yolande De Vries Photography
St Chads Place wedding table numbers - Yolande De Vries Photography
London industrial wedding gold chevron table mulit colour geometric place names - Yolande De Vries Photography
124 St Chads Place wedding portrait red Roksanda wedding dress Yolande De Vries Photography
St Chads Place urban industrial warehouse wedding London - Yolande De Vries Photography
15 St Chads Place wedding diy geometric place holders gold chevron placemats wild flower posies Yolande De Vries Photography
St Chads Place wedding gold chevron table styling - Yolande De Vries Photography
groom dapper wedding attire - Yolande De Vries Photography
St Chads Place bride in red dress dancing groom - Yolande De Vries Photography
7 St Chads Place wedding tissue pom pom decorations London
St Chads Place newly married couple urban portrait - Yolande De Vries Photography
150 St Chads Place bride wearing neon orange dress - Yolande De Vries Photography
St Chads Place wedding urban warehouse fairylights - Yolande De Vries Photography
St Chads Place wedding urban warehouse fairylights table - Yolande De Vries Photography
Creative alternative couple portrait St Chads Place wedding - Yolande De Vries Photography
9 St Chads Place wedding diy tissue pom poms pinatas
St Chads Place wedding gold chevron table mulit colour geometric place names - Yolande De Vries Photography
146 chocolate wedding cake roses strawberries - Yolande De Vries Photography
99 bridal portrait red Roksanda wedding dress Yolande De Vries Photography
St Chads Place Urban industrial London warehouse wedding- Yolande De Vries Photography
146 chocolate wedding cake fresh roses strawberries babies breath - Yolande De Vries Photography
St Chads Place urban warehouse wedding event pinata - Yolande De Vries Photography
London wedding couple portrait - Yolande De Vries Photography
BW film noir portraits St Chads Place wedding - Yolande De Vries Photography
29 St Chads Place wedding diy geometric place holders gold chevron placemats Yolande De Vries Photography
148 urban London warehouse wedding guest reportage - Yolande De Vries Photography
St Chads Place urban metalic background bride wearing neon dress couple portrait wedding - Yolande De Vries Photography
149 urban London warehouse wedding bride guests cocktails - Yolande De Vries Photography
25 St Chads Place wedding diy geometric place holders gold chevron placemats Yolande De Vries Photography
St Chads Place wedding couple - Yolande De Vries Photography
Urban industrial London warehouse wedding gold blue pinatas - Yolande De Vries Photography
St Chads Place London industrial wedding venue - Yolande De Vries Photography
159 London urban wedding bride neon orange dress - Yolande De Vries Photography
137 St Chads Place wedding Yolande De Vries Photography
St Chads Place industrial wedding small flower posies in window - Yolande De Vries Photography
30 St Chads Place wedding diy geometric place holders gold chevron placemats Yolande De Vries Photography
Urban industrial London warehouse wedding brown kraft luggage label tags table plan - Yolande De Vries Photography
Urban London alternative couple wedding portraits London - Yolande De Vries Photography
16 St Chads Place wedding diy geometric place holders gold chevron placemats Yolande De Vries Photography
8 St Chads Place wedding gold silver diy pinatas decorations
St Chads Place wedding creative couple neon red dress - Yolande De Vries Photography
80 industrial bridal portrait red Roksanda wedding dress Yolande De Vries Photography
139 St Chads Place wedding Yolande De Vries Photography
St Chads Place gritty urban couple wedding portraits - Yolande De Vries Photography
St Chads Place wedding long wedding tables- Yolande De Vries Photography
St Chads Place BW film noir wedding - Yolande De Vries Photography
Urban industrial London warehouse wedding wedding couple seated portrait - Yolande De Vries Photography
St Chads Place wedding rose floral posies - Yolande De Vries Photography
London industrial wedding gold chevron table setting geometric place names
71 industrial bridal portrait red Roksanda wedding dress Yolande De Vries Photography

Credits

Photography | Yolande De Vries Photography

Venue | 06 St Chad’s Place

Lauren | Roksanda gown from Browns; JCrew heels

Paul | JCrew jacket and tie clip; Charles Tyrwhitt shirt; Reiss trousers; Jones shoes; Thomas Pink cufflinks; Duchamp London tie

 

The post Bright and Graphic First Anniversary Celebration appeared first on Way Out Wedding.

Real Weddings: Francesca and Nathan’s Relaxed Day

Happy Friday Cwtchers!

Ah, we have such a pretty, relaxed, happy wedding for you to start your weekend off with a big smile.  Shot by the lovely Heledd Roberts, Francesca and Nathan share their big day details with us.  Over to you two….

Real Weddings Banner

Francesca and Nathan’s Relaxed Day

Fran & Nathan CTB-079

How would you describe your wedding theme?

To be honest we didn’t really have a theme. We wanted a relaxed feel to the day and wanted to have as much input into the whole day.

Fran & Nathan CTB-055

What was your favourite part of your wedding?

EVERYTHING! From the 6am wake up call to the 3am hot tub party with friends! We has such a blast! We wanted the wedding weekend to be based on love, life, and laughter, and we certainly achieved this!

Fran & Nathan CTB-034

Tell us about your Wedding Dress

The dress was from Karen Lesley Bridal Shop based in Northrop. It was the first and only bridal shop I went to! The staff were amazing and nothing was too much trouble. I had no idea what I wanted, and after trying on a fair few I went back to the first dress! It was a Mori Lee, and was simply stunning with the lace details. My Mum and sister came with me and were very helpful.

Fran & Nathan CTB-011 Fran & Nathan CTB-012 Fran & Nathan CTB-013

Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why?

I had two bridesmaids, my younger sister Laura and Nathan’s sister Monique. They were amazing and so laid back about it all. from the bridesmaid dress fittings to the day itself they were so helpful and kept me calm.

Fran & Nathan CTB-016 Fran & Nathan CTB-017

Nathan had his best friend since school Gaz as the best man. We couldn’t of had a better best man! He made us laugh and cry during the speeches and was such a great support for Nathan on the day! Nathan will be playing the part of best man for Gaz next year for his own wedding! We have to mention the ushers! Ben, Ronnie, Anton, Adam, and JV!

Fran & Nathan CTB-003 Fran & Nathan CTB-060

They all have been such a big part of Nathan’s life and it meant so much they played a key part during the day! They were all amazing and looked very smart in their Ted Baker suits!

Why did you choose your venue?

We were married in the Marble Church in Bodelwyddan. Both our families had strong links to the couch and it meant a lot to be married there as my Mum and Dad were married there 33 years ago. It is a beautiful church.

Fran & Nathan CTB-026 Fran & Nathan CTB-032

We choose Pentre Mawr Country House in Llandyrnong as our wedding reception. It was the first and only venue we visited! We fell in love with the place as soon as we arrived, and Bre and Graham (the owners) treated us like family! Nothing was too much trouble and they always were happy to help and get stuck in. It is a beautiful country house with cottages and even safari lodges (very posh glamping) for guest to stay in!

Fran & Nathan CTB-054 Fran & Nathan CTB-053

It boosted large grounds with beautiful views and of course a marquee with a newly converted barn attached for the dance floor. Myself and Nathan come from large families, and with having 130 guests in the daytime itself we were looking for a venue that provided the space but also freedom to do what we wanted.

Tell us about your photographer

Where do I begin? Heledd Roberts is AMAZING! A very talented young lady who captured our day perfectly. We aren’t a posey couple, we wanted a very relaxed and natural photographer, Heledd was just perfect for this. The photographs are truly stunning and she has done such a perfect job on capturing very special moments.

Fran & Nathan CTB-030

How did the proposal happen? 

Our proposal isn’t the most romantic, but it always makes me laugh looking back at it. I had just finished 3 night shifts in the hospital and Nathan had told me before I headed to bed that morning that he was off with Gaz to collect some new fence panels for our home. I thought nothing of it as Nathan was always doing DIY around the house. I woke up a few hours later and Nathan asked if I wanted to pop out for tea that night. We headed out and Nathan randomly stopped at local beach (Rhos On Sea). He asked if I would like to get out and go for a stroll along the promenade before our meal. However, being slightly post night grumpy and in need of food I declined and said no! Poor Nathan got out, opened the boot and came back to the car with a clogau gold box. His plan had back fired and couldn’t get down on one knee, so he opened the box and there was a beautiful welsh gold engagement ring! I was shocked, and felt awful that Nathan’s plan didn’t work. After a lot of tears and laughter I said YES!

Any DIY stories/tutorials you’d like to share?

I just love EBay and a good bargain! I did a lot of DIY things mysellf and with the help of lovely family and friends. I wanted a personal touch on the decor and enjoyed looking for ideas on Pinterest! On the Thursday night before the wedding myself and Nathan (with the help of our brilliant family) set up the wedding venue, it was so much fun!

Fran & Nathan CTB-056 Fran & Nathan CTB-036 Fran & Nathan CTB-040 Fran & Nathan CTB-039 Fran & Nathan CTB-038 Fran & Nathan CTB-037

What was your first dance & why?

Our first dance was sung by an amazing singer called Samwise. He sang a cover of “Can’t help falling in love with you’ on the ukulele. Choosing a song was tricky but we finally found the one which had so much meaning and felt right. It was amazing, and everyone got involved and even sang along. The dance floor was packed!

Fran & Nathan CTB-100 Fran & Nathan CTB-101 Fran & Nathan CTB-102

In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently?

Not at all! I just wish we had longer. The day really does go fast!

Do you have any advice for future couples?

Enjoy every moment, the day really does fly by! Try and find some time just for the two of you during the day!

What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received?

Remember the day is about you two, and nobody else! It had rained all morning on the day but I was not going to let that spoil the day. I was marrying my best friend and love of my life, that was all that mattered.

Fran & Nathan CTB-086

What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?

We planned our wedding over a two year period, and a lot of things were booked very early, which helped! It was interesting learning new things about each other, although we have been together 6 years. Both me and Nathan have strengths and weakness, it tested the water for sure! Overall it made us stronger as a couple!

Fran & Nathan CTB-081

The Suppliers

Photographer: Heledd Roberts Photography
Videographer: Theo Woodford-Dyer Videographer
Ceremony Venue: St Margarets Church, Bodelwyddan
Reception Venue: Pentre Mawr Country House, Llandyrnog
Bride’s Dress: Mori Lee
Bride’s Shoes: Not on the Highstreet
Bride’s Headpiece: Accessorize
Bride’s Jewellery: Not on the Highstreet
Groom’s Outfit: Ted Baker
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Dorothy Rose Bridal Shop 
Bridesmaid’s Accessories: River Island
Cake: Sarah Radcliffe (friend)
Flowers: Haf’s Floral Design
Hair: Fabienne at Hush
Make Up: Anna Baxter Make Up
Band: Samwise
DJ: Red Rooster Disco
Stationery: Paperchase
Caterers: Brooke House Mill (Denbigh)
Any Reception Decor/Props: Haf’s Floral Design
Transport: Just Rolls

The Wedding Album

Fran & Nathan CTB-001 Fran & Nathan CTB-002 Fran & Nathan CTB-003 Fran & Nathan CTB-004 Fran & Nathan CTB-005 Fran & Nathan CTB-006 Fran & Nathan CTB-007 Fran & Nathan CTB-008 Fran & Nathan CTB-009 Fran & Nathan CTB-010 Fran & Nathan CTB-011 Fran & Nathan CTB-012 Fran & Nathan CTB-013 Fran & Nathan CTB-014 Fran & Nathan CTB-015 Fran & Nathan CTB-016 Fran & Nathan CTB-017 Fran & Nathan CTB-018 Fran & Nathan CTB-019 Fran & Nathan CTB-020 Fran & Nathan CTB-021 Fran & Nathan CTB-022 Fran & Nathan CTB-023 Fran & Nathan CTB-024 Fran & Nathan CTB-025 Fran & Nathan CTB-026 Fran & Nathan CTB-027 Fran & Nathan CTB-028 Fran & Nathan CTB-029 Fran & Nathan CTB-030 Fran & Nathan CTB-031 Fran & Nathan CTB-032 Fran & Nathan CTB-033 Fran & Nathan CTB-034 Fran & Nathan CTB-035 Fran & Nathan CTB-036 Fran & Nathan CTB-037 Fran & Nathan CTB-038 Fran & Nathan CTB-039 Fran & Nathan CTB-040 Fran & Nathan CTB-041 Fran & Nathan CTB-042 Fran & Nathan CTB-043 Fran & Nathan CTB-044 Fran & Nathan CTB-045 Fran & Nathan CTB-046 Fran & Nathan CTB-047 Fran & Nathan CTB-048 Fran & Nathan CTB-049 Fran & Nathan CTB-050 Fran & Nathan CTB-051 Fran & Nathan CTB-052 Fran & Nathan CTB-053 Fran & Nathan CTB-054 Fran & Nathan CTB-055 Fran & Nathan CTB-056 Fran & Nathan CTB-057 Fran & Nathan CTB-058 Fran & Nathan CTB-059 Fran & Nathan CTB-060 Fran & Nathan CTB-061 Fran & Nathan CTB-062 Fran & Nathan CTB-063 Fran & Nathan CTB-064 Fran & Nathan CTB-065 Fran & Nathan CTB-066 Fran & Nathan CTB-067 Fran & Nathan CTB-068 Fran & Nathan CTB-069 Fran & Nathan CTB-070 Fran & Nathan CTB-071 Fran & Nathan CTB-072 Fran & Nathan CTB-073 Fran & Nathan CTB-074 Fran & Nathan CTB-075 Fran & Nathan CTB-076 Fran & Nathan CTB-077 Fran & Nathan CTB-078 Fran & Nathan CTB-079 Fran & Nathan CTB-080 Fran & Nathan CTB-081 Fran & Nathan CTB-082 Fran & Nathan CTB-083 Fran & Nathan CTB-084 Fran & Nathan CTB-085 Fran & Nathan CTB-086 Fran & Nathan CTB-087 Fran & Nathan CTB-088 Fran & Nathan CTB-089 Fran & Nathan CTB-090 Fran & Nathan CTB-091 Fran & Nathan CTB-092 Fran & Nathan CTB-093 Fran & Nathan CTB-094 Fran & Nathan CTB-095 Fran & Nathan CTB-096 Fran & Nathan CTB-097 Fran & Nathan CTB-098 Fran & Nathan CTB-099 Fran & Nathan CTB-100 Fran & Nathan CTB-101 Fran & Nathan CTB-102

The post Real Weddings: Francesca and Nathan’s Relaxed Day appeared first on Cwtch The Bride.

This weekend: Beautiful Bridwell hosts Boho & Retro Wedding Festival

If THIS show-stopping shoot doesn’t tempt you along to the totally sublime Bridwell this weekend, nothing will!

A boho and retro wedding festival organised by Blue Fizz will take over this gorgeous venue for the weekend, with tents, tipis, domes and yurts taking over the grounds. With around 80 of the finest local wedding suppliers on board and ready to showcase what they have to offer, this is a MUST for your wedding planning diary.

I’ll be there with a whole host of amazing prizes ready to be won, including…

.

An engagement shoot with Catherine Spiller

On the day wedding coordination with Two Be Wed

A handmade hairvine from Blushing Flamingos

A cake taster box from Claire’s Sweet Temptations

50 x thank you cards from Wed Print Pro

.

For now though, get in the mood with these fabulous photos – and check out the list of super suppliers who pulled it all together…

.

 

Photography
Enchanted Brides

.

Styling & Direction
Blue Fizz Events

.

Flowers
Brompton Buds

.

Cake
Edible Essence

.

Hair
Brigitte Fisher

.

Makeup
Genevieve Satha

.

Bridal gown
Pirouette

.

Bridesmaids gowns
Days of Grace

.

Groomswear
Sam Daw

.

Stationery
Anon Designer

.

Jewellery
Jacqueline Ashworth

.

Flower Crowns
Flora-Bella

.

Models
Tallulah
Jim
Elle

.

cornwall wedding inspiration and devon wedding ideas on wedding blog pasties and petticoats

 

 

 

 

 

 

The post This weekend: Beautiful Bridwell hosts Boho & Retro Wedding Festival appeared first on Pasties & Petticoats.

Bespoke, Hand Illustrated Wedding stationery by Emmy Designs… Meet The Supplier

Emmy Designs - bespoke, illustrated wedding stationery as seen on Mr and Mrs Unique www.mrandmrsunique.co.uk

Bespoke Wedding Stationery…

Today we welcome the wonderful and talented Emmy Designs to the Mr & Mrs Unique team!

Emmy Designs makes unique and modern wedding stationery, with an awesome hand drawn illustrating service and existing designs which can be modified to suit your theme.

Over to Emma to tell us more…

Emma…

Emmy Designs - bespoke, illustrated wedding stationery as seen on Mr and Mrs Unique www.mrandmrsunique.co.uk

Tell us a bit about your business…

I design stationery for couples who like something a bit different! I have a range of existing designs that can be altered to suit their wedding colours and wording. I spend most of my time working on the illustrated designs. This can be anything the couple wants! From an illustrated portrait, pets, flowers, wedding venue and their favourite things in life…literally anything!

Emmy Designs - bespoke, illustrated wedding stationery as seen on Mr and Mrs Unique www.mrandmrsunique.co.uk

What made you start up the business…

Emmy Designs was started by myself (Emma) when my sister got married a few years ago. As maid of honour to the bride, it was my job to help take some of the pressure off and help her to plan the big day. I was in my element! As a trained photographer and with many weddings in my portfolio, I had an idea of what made a successful wedding day. Of course I didn’t want to photograph the wedding and miss out on bridesmaid duties, but I wanted to help out in any other way possible!

The post Bespoke, Hand Illustrated Wedding stationery by Emmy Designs… Meet The Supplier appeared first on Mr & Mrs Unique.

WHEN 100 PHOTOGRAPHERS ATTEND A BOHEMIAN WEDDING

Bohemian weddings in the UK don’t get much cuter than this.

Lukas Piatek photography

Lukas Piatek Photography

Today I’ll be finishing my packing for this year’s SNAP Photography Festival.  An incredible event I’ve had the pleasure of being involved in as ‘the clipboard’ since it’s creation by my good friend Babb Photo three years ago.  Every year we plan a surprise (and before you ask, no I cannot reveal this years) and a real Wedding has to be the biggest surprise ever.

There was nothing spur of the moment, let’s get married in Vegas about this though.  Xeco and Ro Chan got engaged at the first SNAP festival and also fell in love with the enchanting surroundings at Fforest Farm.  We wanted to make their bohemian wedding dreams come true and had an amazing team to help make it the most spectacular of days.

bohemian wedding planner

Whitesmoke Studio

boho wedding

Petar Jurica

It all started with a little envelop.  Invitations were handed out first thing in the morning to all 100+ photographers in attendance, incorporating Ro Chan’s wish for cuddling foxes.  There was enough time for party prep before a musical procession to a hidden quarry.  And there the knot was tied and many tears were shed.

fforest farm wedding

Petar Jurica

alexa loy photography

Alexa Loy Photography

And then we feasted and partied long into the night!

Assassynation

petar jurica

Petar Jurica

the bijou bride wedding planner

Lukas Piatek

fforest farm wedding planner alex james creative apertures

Alexa Loy Photography

As a non-photographer, I’m always blown away but how photographers see things.  Framing a photo or capturing tiny moments us regular folk miss.  Their unique artistry is pretty clear from these photos, everyone has worked in a different way with the same material.  It’s so important to nail the right photography style for your wedding.

Hollyhock lane

Alexa Loy Photography

bohemian wedding style

Lukas Piatek

Lukas Piatek

Lukas Piatek

Now I really must get back to packing!

Alexa Loy Photography

CREDITS

Photographers – Creative Apertures PhotographyAssassynationLee Allen PhotographyPetar JuricaWHITESMOKE STUDIOLukas PiatekAlexa LoyAnna Naphtali, and Kevin Mullins
Videography – Cinematic Tide
Venue and Catering – fforest
Creative Direction & Wedding Coordination – The Bijou Bride
Styling – Mr & Mrs Unique
Wedding dress – E&W Couture E&W
Stationery – Hollyhock lane Hollyhock Lane
Flowers – The Great British Florist
Groom Apparel and Accessories – SirPlus clothing Sir Plus
DJ – The Wedding Smashers
Live Music – Elly Lucas and the Snapettes
Celebrant – Love is Simple 
Cake topper – Miss Cake
Signage & linen – Fleur de Lace
Guest book backdrop & ribbons – Kate Cullen
Guest book – Pen heaven
Light Up Letters – Doris Loves
Giant Bunting – Emma Bunting

The post WHEN 100 PHOTOGRAPHERS ATTEND A BOHEMIAN WEDDING appeared first on The Bijou Bride.

Beautiful botanical wedding favours for a natural wedding from Oakwood Soaperie

Goats milk and chamomile facial bar // Botanical wedding favours // The Natural Wedding Company

We’re back with our Meet the Maker series interviewing small business Oakwood Soaperie who create beautiful botanical wedding favours. When planning your wedding it’s easy to get caught up in check lists of what you need to buy, but we think it’s important to take a moment to get to know the people behind the businesses.

Today we are joined by Ceri from Oakwood Soaperie, a Northumberland based small business creating a beautiful range of botanical wedding favours. From luxurious soaps to bath salt shots, Ceri is dreaming up and creating some delightful sounding natural botanical wedding favours.

We wanted to find out more about what inspires her, how she got started, and the process of creating her range.

Beautiful botanical wedding favours for a natural wedding

Rose bath salt shots // Botanical wedding favours // The Natural Wedding Company

Hi Ceri, welcome to our Meet the Maker series. Tell us how you first dreamt up Oakwood Soaperie?

I have a background in art and design and after many years of non-creative jobs, I was hankering to get back to designing and making once more. I officially began Oakwood Soaperie in October 2010 after many, many months of researching, reading and formulating recipes while experimenting with natural ingredients and making some basic products.

I was working full time and fitting in building up to launch my business in my spare time. I began at my dining room table which I soon outgrew, and now have a beautiful, rural studio within a National Trust property near my home town where I can make everything and work on my business full time.

Homegrown flowers // Botanical wedding favours // The Natural Wedding Company

Could you tell us more about your making process, from your initial ideas through to the final products?

I’ve always loved natural forms and colours and working with natural ingredients. I find inspiration all around me in nature and in how plants, flowers and leaves can be used not only for decoration but also for their beneficial effects.

I spend a lot of time reading and learning about the properties of essential oils, natural botanicals and how natural ingredients like clays, plant butters and oils can really benefit and condition the skin as well as being incredibly pretty and endlessly versatile. These are the foundations of any of my new product ideas.

I try to visualise the end product right from the early concept stages (especially with the soaps) and factor in any new pouring or decorating techniques I’d like to use to make them pretty to look at as well as lovely to use. I keep a notebook handy and scribble down sketches, ideas and inspiration for design, packaging and presentation whenever it strikes, referring back to it when I’m finalising a new product.

Lemon, myrtle and lavender soap // Botanical wedding favours // The Natural Wedding Company

What is your favourite part of the whole process?

Apart from the designing side, my absolute favourite part of the process is the making. I occasionally record ‘Making’ videos for my limited edition soaps which I upload to my YouTube channel. Often this is the first time I’ve made a particular product, so there’s a lot to think about. I do love it though, I think it’s the challenge I love, and physically creating something beautiful that hopefully people will appreciate and admire.

Limechouli and Nettle bath products // Botanical wedding favours // The Natural Wedding Company

As your products are handmade, how do you ensure that they are safe to use?

Safety is hugely important to me as my soaps and skincare products are used by a wide variety of customers with an even wider variety of skin types. People can be sensitive to so many ingredients, including 100% natural ones. Right from day one I made sure that every recipe and product I make is fully safety assessed by a cosmetic chemist to ensure it is safe to use and of good quality.

There are a host of EU cosmetic regulations and good manufacturing practices to comply with too, so this is a big factor in developing a new item or even just making a new batch of something and recording it correctly with batch numbers, labelling, full ingredient declarations, etc. I hold full public and product liability insurance too, so customers can buy with confidence, knowing everything is covered and as safe as it can be.

Botanical wedding favours // The Natural Wedding Company

We see that you are based in the beautiful grounds of the National Trust’s Gibside Estate. What lovely inspirational surroundings. Is there anything in particular that influences your products?

Being in such an historic and beautiful place every day is such an inspiration to me. My studio is based within the Georgian Stable block and is a mile or so walk through rural pastureland and woodland paths. I regularly spot wildlife on my ‘commute’ to and from the studio, sometimes a shy family of deer, often Red Kites and buzzards all of which are a special treat to see and have a calming and centring effect on me at the start and end of every day helping to keep me focused for the day ahead.

Oakwood Soaperie's Ceri collecting flowers // Botanical wedding favours // The Natural Wedding Company

Within the Estate, lies an 18th Century Walled Garden which would have provided all the fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers for the grand house (now a ruin). The Daughter of the Grand Estate was a keen botanist too, so, it is her – Mary Eleanor Bowes – the beautiful rural surroundings, and traditional flowers and natural remedies that would have been produced from the Walled Garden that provide me with inspiration for some of my range.

Gardener's soap bar // Botanical wedding favours // The Natural Wedding Company

I am lucky enough to have a garden plot within the Walled Garden too. I grow a small range of flowers and herbs organically, to dry and incorporate into my soaps, bath products and handmade confetti cones which can all be customised to suit.

We’d love to know – have you got a favourite product?

My favourite products are usually the newest, as these pose the greatest challenge to make. My current favourite is Lavender & Ylang Ylang soap, which I designed to complement my two favourite Body Butters and Sugar Scrubs. It’s something about the combination of essential oils that hooks me in every time, it’s quite an intoxicating mix. It was a fairly challenging one to make too, as I was using a combination of different pouring techniques to create a pretty internal swirl running through each bar and a delicate copper swirl across the tops.

Lavender bath salt shots // Botanical wedding favours // The Natural Wedding Company

Why did you choose to make your business eco-conscious? In what ways does this impact on your work?

I feel that to be eco-conscious in life is of vital importance. I am eco-conscious in all the choices I make wherever I can in my home life, so why not apply these principles to my business ethic as well?

I support other small businesses by buying small and local as much as possible, I choose the best quality, sustainable ingredients and recyclable packaging items, and green printing suppliers I can. I also recycle all the packaging I receive with my supplies orders too. I try to keep our footprint small. Rather than impact my work, I find it enhances it.

I bear eco credentials in mind for every choice I make for my business and think I have built a stronger more sustainable business as a result. There are so many options available now it makes seeking out eco-friendly options a much easier operation than it once was.

Rose natural soap // Botanical wedding favours // The Natural Wedding Company

Why do you think a couple should consider using your products as favours or gifts for their wedding day?

I can offer a fully bespoke, handmade service, tailored specifically to their requirements. From creating each individual favour, confetti cone or custom gift, to carefully wrapping and finishing them all by hand with love, coordinating with the couple’s chosen colour scheme or theme. I like to work closely with the couple to create something to suit their requirements and make sure they are entirely happy with their special order well before the big day.

Safflower bath salt shots // Botanical wedding favours // The Natural Wedding Company

If a bride-to-be is interested in buying some of your products as favours or gifts for bridesmaids, how can they go about doing this?

The easiest way is to complete my specially designed contact form for weddings on my website. This can be found here.

It makes the whole enquiry process simple and easy to understand, and also showcases some of my previous wedding favour commissions from my dedicated Pinterest board too. That way they can get a good idea of my work and decide if it is right for their celebration.

Ribbon wrapped soap wedding favours // Botanical wedding favours // The Natural Wedding Company

Finally, it would be great to find out a bit more about you, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

When I’m not working, I’m happiest out in my garden tending my veggie plots or enjoying a high up walk in the hills somewhere with far reaching views. I’m a country girl at heart and nothing makes me happier than fresh air, exercise and the company of loved ones, of the 2 and 4 legged variety. I love to be outdoors, come rain or shine and I find being physically tired at the end of a great day is one of my favourite feelings and the sure sign of a day well spent.

My husband and I try to get out on our bikes as often as we can, and I’ve also recently taken up running – a long lost love of mine. I’ve still very new to it, but I’m loving every minute or getting back into it…so far!

I love to bake too, but rarely get the chance. It’s the occasional special weekend treat if I don’t have a craft fair or art event to attend. My favourite bakes are real bread and cake. If I can incorporate some homegrown goodies too, all the better. My hot favourite for summer last year was courgette, lemon and elderflower cake.

Honey, Goat's Milk and Oat soap // Botanical wedding favours // The Natural Wedding Company

Thank you so much to Ceri for chatting to us today about her botanical wedding favours. Its been great bringing us a little bit of insight into how her small business is run. If you love the sound of her botanical wedding favours then you can find her in our Directory under Favours.

Botanical wedding favours from Oakwood Soaperie // The Natural Wedding Company

The post Beautiful botanical wedding favours for a natural wedding from Oakwood Soaperie appeared first on The Natural Wedding Company.