Laura wanted to embrace as much as possible, the ethos that as one of the biggest celebrations of your life, your wedding day, can at the same time be earth-friendly and not harmful to our environment. By considering the way we use resources, and look to conserve them as much as possible such as water and energy. As well as looking at ways we can reduce and prevent our contribution to air, water and land pollution, we can work towards rebuilding our earths ecosystem for future generations to come. Laura hopes this Blog Feature will inspire you to implement some of the more eco-friendly aspects of wedding preparations into your plans, without compromising on your wedding day dreams!
A wedding at River Cottage will always inspire and enchant. Surrounded by rolling fields and beautiful countryside, River Cottage is the perfect backdrop for a wedding. Couples can say "I do," in the famous farmhouse or the walled kitchen garden, or the beautifully restored Threshing Barn. River Cottage really is the perfect setting for an unforgettable wedding.
"Creating an Eco wedding with a luxury twist was at the heart of this shoot and was coordinated in harmony with the venue and suppliers involved."
Our furnishings are largely bought from a fantastic North Devon based business who sell up-cycled, re-cycled and second hand goods all following fair trade standards to the highest degree. Much of the furniture in our tents is pre-loved and lovingly re-stored in-house to suit our unique style.”
The Bridal Look
The Bride had a selection of 3 dresses within this editorial. 'The Beach Dress' made by Luna Bride , is available at The Conscious Bride, made from organic silk, bamboo and French lace all of which is handmade in the UK.
Using natural fabrics hand dyed with natural pigments Vicky from Do me A favour, added the colour tones of coral from the brief. These elements flowed out from the foliage of greenery table runners, creating a wonderful natural, but sumptuous feel to the tables. Slate chargers gave depth and contrast to the wooden tables and we used gold cutlery and gold tea light holders to bring more of a luxury feel to the decor.
Florals & Foliage
To give the stunning Threshing Barn Dining Area an extra dimension, Petal and Posie Floristry hung many macramé plant hangers with beautiful plant holders filled with gorgeous seasonal flora’s such as Tulips, Narcissi, Hellebores and lots of foliage for a lush, green 'just gathered' spring look. This created a ceiling of natural luxury and framed the top table in a unique way.
Our hand made table plan was strung with matching stationery to the table settings and was naturally at home with the cake and gift area of the room.
Claires Sweet Temptations a luxury cake designer covering the South West UK, created this show stopper of a wedding cake. Bringing in the metallic accents from the table styling, to blend into the fresh elegant feel of this shoot, whilst at the same time having a hint of luxury.
Outside, the hexagonal handmade arch framed, decorated with seasonal foliage and florals created the perfect relaxed backdrop for the ceremony to commence.
Everything about River Cottage chimes from the stunning surroundings to the ethically sourced food. “As a Celebrant my main creativity is through my words; however for the shoot I used my old favourite wooden lectern and created a beautiful hand fasting cord plaiting together all natural cotton and linen ribbons and cords…adding feathers too.
Limited only by your creativity, the possibilities are almost endless. Your ring can tell a story, capture a moment in time and be a beautiful reflection of what really matters to you. Lovingly made, a custom wood ring is the thoughtful choice whilst being both affordable and ethical.
Most of our customers use their wooden rings as an opportunity to tell their unique story. You can add in materials from special places including wood from the River Cottage HQ or a treasured possession.
The confetti supplied by Keslowena Confetti, was hand picked and lovingly made for this shoot. Hops, delphinium and lady’s mantle were the choice of petal and the soft scents were perfect for the Cottage Garden ceremony.
Venue – Underpine Woods, Bude, Cornwall.
Underpine Woods is a 27 Acre sustainably managed ex-plantation woodland just outside of Bude in Cornwall. Originally planted in the 1970’s the woods as a plantation crop, it is now being transformed by Beth and Sam the owners, into a beautiful space for everyone to enjoy.
Veil - Rebecca Anne Designs
To finish the look, Rebecca, from Rebecca Anne Designs provided one of her beautiful veils. “To complement the venue, I felt a veil with embroidered wildflowers would perfectly suit the wilderness of the surroundings and the locally grown flowers being used for the shoot.”
Jewellery – Bish Bosh Becca
As soon as the dress was secured, it was straight over to Sarah Jane at Bish Bosh Becca for the jewellery. “It’s always a pleasure to work with Sara and when she mentioned a magical woodland shoot I was hooked. I am at my most creative when designing jewellery for shoots, just like a real wedding I have to be aware of the theme and the dress".
The Celebrant Ceremony - Unique Ceremonies
Nixie James Scott of Unique Ceremonies, provided a hand fasting ceremony for the shoot. Nixie has been known in the past to remark that she can marry couples anywhere, including up a tree. Of course, it was this comment that led to her being asked to join the team!
The ceremony was such a beautiful and moving affair that it led our model Bekki to cry tears of pure joy and happiness.
Wedding Rings – Eco Wood Rings
As the woodland is an eco friendly wedding venue, who better to partner up with than Eco Wood Rings for the wedding bands. For Bekki’s ring, Steve provided a ring made from oak with an inlay of white gold shavings and diamond dust. For Brad’s band, a strong and simplistic band of oak was supplied.
Hair/ MUA – Toni Gogola Wedding Hair
For a free spirited, boho hairstyle, the obvious addition to the team was Toni Gogola at Toni Gogola Wedding Hair. “I specialise in laid back natural braided hairstyles so when I was asked to be involved with the woodland shoot I was so excited! Bekki has the most gorgeous striking purple hair and I knew exactly how I wanted it to look. I decided soft waves with a twisted top section knowing it would fit perfectly amongst the stunning backdrop of Underpine Woods.”
“When I first saw the woodlands with Cassie and Beth, I knew straight away that a table runner of greenery accented with white flowers would be the perfect décor for the table. Candles always feature in my work, so the addition of white glass votives and white tapered candles in gold holders was a must to accompany the foliage.”
Stationery – Boo Lou Lew Design
Beth is not only the owner of the woodlands, she runs Boo Lou Lew Design. The stationary she created was inspired by the idea that any couple can create something completely unique, beautiful and sustainable whilst supporting local artists and having fun too!
Beth carved a custom stamp and combined it with an online calligraphy course and beginners set from the wonderful Langham Calligraphy and a choice from a wide range of beautiful ethical papers from Torn Edge Paper. Delicate, hand crafted gold edging adorned the invites.
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Rebecca Anne Designs
Nixie James Scott - Unique Ceremonies
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Toni Gogola Wedding Hair
Eco Wood Rings
Boo Lou Lew Design
Calligraphy kit for stationery
Torn Edge Paper
Paper for stationery
Claires Sweet Temptations
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