July 28, 2011

Seasonal summer wedding flowers

We're now deep into wedding season with eco-friendly weddings taking place every weekend up and down the country. And as promised we bring you a second installment of our seasonal summer wedding inspiration from lovely Green Union partner and eco friendly wedding florist Julie Ballard. Over to you Julie:

Peonies, Roses, Sweet peas, Alchemilla mollis, Eryngium (see holly), Gladioli, Delphinium, Stocks, Acapanthus, Scabious, Dahlias and Sunflowers.


The loveliest wedding flowers are those that complement the season and it is generally thought that there are plenty of locally grown British blooms to choose from at this time of year. But it was only whilst planning the designs for an August wedding that I began to realize, in fact, that even within the season flower choice changes month by month and there are fewer suitable flowers available in August, than in say June or July. With a little bit of further research it became obvious that the colour palette evolves too, a fact which is well worth knowing when choosing a scheme for a wedding, sometimes up to a year in advance.

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Posted in Green Wedding Flowers , Inspiration , Seasonal Celebrations

July 27, 2011

Kentish green wedding venue

If you're planning a wedding in Kent and looking for a uniquely eco-friendly wedding venue then take a trip The Pines Calyx. They're holding their Autumn Wedding Open Day on Sunday 30th October.

It's an exclusive and unique wedding venue set in St. Margaret’s Bay just North of Dover - one of our favourites.


Meet the team and some of Kent’s finest wedding professionals who will be exhibiting on the day.

Entry is free and open to all. Start the day with a complementary glass of Champagne on arrival and take your time to check out this wonderful space and chat with the lovely people who run this unique place.

The Pines Calyx is set in a wonderfully tranquil garden atop the famous White Cliffs. After you've had a look around the venue you could take a stroll around the beautiful garden, visit the tea room for refreshments and pop down to the Bay to admire the iconic Cliffs.

What? Wedding Open Day

Where? Pines Calyx, Beach Road, The Pines Garden, St. Margaret’s Bay, Kent, CT15 6DZ

When? Sunday 30th October 2011 from 11am to 4pm

Posted in Green Wedding Ethical Vendors , Events , Venues

Win a luxury honeymoon


Sky Living’s hit show ‘Four Weddings’ is back and, as before, they are looking for brides/grooms-to-be to attend and score each other’s weddings for a chance to win a luxury honeymoon.

So if you are throwing a wedding or civil partnership or an alternative wedding ceremony like a pagan wedding, or a green and eco-friendly wedding in 2011 then the production team would love to speak to you.

Get in touch today!

4weddings@itv.com or phone 020 715 73803

For more information check out their website

Posted in Green Wedding Natural Nuptials , Press , Wedding Planning

July 11, 2011

Still yearning for a Pippa Middleton-style wedding dress without the McQueen price tag?


You may be interested to know that Bridal Path, a lovely bridal boutique in pretty and historic Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, has just taken delivery of Motasem Bridal’s two year bestseller, the Alaya dress with cap sleeves and puddle train that we mentioned here just a few weeks ago. The dress is a highly flattering, cowl neck bias-cut gown in a fabulous soft crepe silk with lots of weight to it, enough to make any bride feel like a princess on her special day.

And priced at £925 or £695 without cap sleeves and train, it’s very reasonable too.

We think the Alaya is the perfect dress for brides wanting something simple, classic and fantastic quality for the price. The gown is pictured above in Bridal Path’s window teamed with a pair of Rachel Simpson ‘Marilyn’ suede and satin bow shoes.

The Alaya dress was designed by Sabina Ali from London-based label, Motasem Bridal and is available with lace detail and a plunging backless cowl version. Motasem provides understated, vintage inspired wedding dresses to brides looking for simple and elegant wedding dresses.

Posted in Green Wedding Dresses & Gowns , Ethical Vendors , Inspiration

July 10, 2011

Creative Humanist wedding

Photographer Emma Stoner recently sent us some lovely images she took for the marriage of Tess Berry-Hart to David Mercatali at Barrington Court Farmhouse, David's uncle's home in Somerset.


Tess and David chose this spot as it's their favourite place and a regular getaway from their busy theatre careers in London. The happy couple were joined by their closest friends and family for the wedding ceremony which was held on a grassy mound of trees and colourful flowers.


They had a beautiful outdoor Humanist service for their marriage which included the planting of a tree as a symbol of their love for each other.



The wedding reception took place in a marquee on the grounds of the farmhouse and Instead of a toast of champagne they went for the Somerset version, a locally produced bubbly cider. Tess and David sourced as much local produce for the food they served at the reception which included a free range, RSPCA approved hog roast from Kenniford Farms in Devon.


Tess's brothers provided the musical entertainment for the day with Simon and Garfunkel and the Beatles played on guitar and piano. After dinner the guests milled around the grounds, sipping wine in the fields and enjoying the late afternoon sun and later Tess sung 'Let it Be' with her brothers as they warmed up for the first dance.


For more information about Emma Stoner's wedding photography please go to her website Emma Stoner Weddings.

Posted in Green Wedding Natural Nuptials , Photographers

July 09, 2011

Ethical jewellery bargains

We are very sad to announce the closure of one of our lovely ethical jewellers, Leblas Fine Jewellery, due to family pressures.


Leblas is an ethical fine jewellery boutique founded by Arabel Lebrusan and Clare Winfield in 2008. They put heaps of energy into creating a range of wedding and engagement rings using 100% recycled silver and 18ct yellow and white gold. They also sourced Canadian traceable diamonds that are conflict free and ethically mined.


But its not all bad news as they now have a CLOSING DOWN SALE and are offering up to 30% off all wedding and engagement rings while stocks last!

Hurry over to their website to find out more ... www.leblas.com

Posted in Green Wedding Jewellery

July 08, 2011

Weddings, tents and gypsy caravan

Simone from Welsh Green Weddings sent us some lovely photos of the first two weddings held at their wonderful new licensed wedding venue at Penybanc Farm in Carmarthenshire.


Maggie and Steve were married there in May. It was an intimate family affair - Maggie originates from Guyana in South America so there was rather an exotic theme - a light green wedding with hot pinks, rum punch and colourful flowers - great contrast to the rolling green Welsh mountains!


The second wedding at the beginning of June was a larger event with a wonderful tent set on the platform overlooking the valley. They had beautiful sunny weather, a vegetarian reception, Chinese flying lanterns and a good time was had by all.


A wonderful idea - Welsh Green Weddings now have a beautifully restored authentic Romany caravan - perfect for the bride and groom on their wedding night, or a romantic break.


Welsh Green Weddings are offering 'Midweek Weddings' or 'Tea Party Weddings' for budget minded couples. To find out more go to their website or phone Simone on 01559 370517 for a chat.

Posted in Green Wedding Ethical Vendors , Venues

July 07, 2011

World Inspired tree campaign

The fabulous tent company World Inspired Tents tells us that they have been working on a little idea for a while. It's an idea that Ed and Donna, founders of World Inspired have been determined to make happen since they started the company four years ago, but the seasons got busy, tents needed pitching and their little idea remained a seed for some time.

They've always told us that being green is very important to the company and they try as hard as they can to recycle all of their waste, to reduce fuel consumption, to use eco friendly materials where they can and last year they joined 1% for the planet.

Now the seed has grown into a sapling and, over a month ago, lots of little trees arrived at Ed and Donna’s home. They’ve planted them in the back garden and they're nurturing them carefully in preparation for giving them to everyone who books their tents this year.


The little saplings will arrive wrapped in hessian, with a string tie and a cool little personalised card hanging off them.

The season has started and they’ve already given out a handful of trees. They tell us that the response has been fantastic and just confirms why they’re doing this - to say thank you, to give a beautiful tree to celebrate a special day while also giving a little bit back to the environment.


So go ahead and book a tent, make a tree happy!

By the way if you're curious about the tents and how they are put up, then check out this video over on YouTube.

Posted in Green Wedding Ethical Vendors , Marquees & Tents

July 06, 2011

A heartfelt country house wedding

When Zoe Marsden and Rufus Glyn got married in Wimbourne, Dorset, they asked Emma Stoner to photograph the day for them and what a day it was! After a heartfelt ceremony at the local church the wedding party moved on to a reception hosted by Rufus's father, Sir Richard Glyn at the family home, Gaunts Estate.

The couple live in a cottage on the Estate where the family runs a community offering a range of activities: festivals, spiritual workshops and even a 'wild-skills' youth programme. Weddings are not normally held here but Honeybrook Farm may be hired as a venue.


Emma said that it was great to be able to make such a unique family home a central feature of Rufus and Zoe's wedding day photos as each room had a different story to tell. Artwork from a recent competition held at the house was still hanging in the girls' room where Zoe was getting ready, providing a colourful backdrop for the preparation shots.


The guests mingled in the library and the couple enjoyed their 'first dance' in the ballroom, a fantastic old room where the walls are clad in family portraits and the ceilings drip with chandeliers while the garden played host to a bevy of tiny beauties playing hide and seek!


For more information about Emma's wedding photography check out her website www.emmastonerweddings.com.

Posted in Green Wedding Natural Nuptials

July 05, 2011

Matara's green weddings

There's a wonderfully eco venue in the middle of England called Matara which offers ethical couples heaps of lovely ideas for their weddings and we thought it time that they told us more about the Centre. So here it is, straight from the people in the know. Over to you, Alice:

Matara Weddings - Clothèd all in Green-O

At Matara, we have spent the last 15 years developing our Centre into a place which allows guests to celebrate their wedding very personally, confident that they are making vows in a setting behind which there are ecologically sound principles.


We believe in fresh, local, organic produce. As much as possible of the fruit and vegetables we serve are organic; our meat is sourced from a trusted local butcher. We try as much as possible to serve seasonal produce, cutting down the miles your food travels to ensure it is fresh, with the best possible taste. We are committed to serving fish that has been responsibly sourced and is sustainable, so that we protect future needs for everyone. Wherever possible, we source our butter locally; it tastes better, doesn't travel far, and we are helping the local economy. We offer local cheeses, with milk from local cows.


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Posted in Green Wedding Ethical Vendors , Venues

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