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Real Weddings : Intimate and eco conscious wedding (part 1)

saplings and printed napkin table dressing

the happy coupleBen and Christina wanted a small, intimate and eco conscious wedding with their very closest like minded friends and their lovely families.  Two countries, two cultures,  one big idea for a small, perfectly formed wedding. Christina’s cousin was the photographer enabling the photos to remain a relaxing and informal process.

They do not particularly like being the centre of attention.  They like to be understated, relaxed and authentic.  They are both creative people, at one with nature, and are very committed to being as green as possible.

organic proseccoThey chose a location very close to home, with stunning views, lots of delicious vegetarian, homemade food and plenty of locally produced organic juices , wines and prosecco.

dried flowers, table decorations The perfectly formed , small, old school house they chose for their buffet ‘wedding breakfast’ was decorated by Christina, who had spent the last year drying flowers from their own garden and allotment, making wreaths, button holes, bouquets and table decorations.  The bunting was also made by her with leaf printing, matching the hand printed name tags/ napkin rings.  Ben had used driftwood from the Wye to make the stunning and simple arch, confirming the old adage of less is more as it framed the stunning view which was the backdrop to their exchange of promises/

At every table setting there was a sapling tree in a compostable pot with a handmade label for the guests to take and plant… if they didn’t have a garden, a spot of guerrilla gardening was encouraged (and I’m all for the scattering of seeds and off cuts as i travel around)

wedding cake They very kindly invited me to stay for food.  Christina had made most of it herself.  Everything was delicious.

I snuck out after the mains and before the tasty looking array of desserts.  I could have stayed all afternoon and into the evening, but duties called.  I hope no-one thought I was rude not saying goodbye (other to the bride and groom) but I did not want the focus to move from them.

The whole wedding was a perfect reflection of the couples personalities and ethos.  It was, in my opinion, PERFECT.

driftwood arch
the perfect proof that less is more

I can’t wait to see the professional photographs from the day.  I look forward to writing part 2 and including some in it.

…and here it is ! 

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