INSPIRATION - An Eco Friendly Spring Wedding with Luxury Touches at River Cottage

25th September 2019

The concept of this collaborative shoot was to recreate an eco-luxe Spring wedding, in complete harmony with its surroundings at River Cottage on the Dorset/Devon border. It was beautifully captured by Freeformimages Photography, and perfectly styled by Do Me A Favour, and I'm delighted to say that it features not one, but two GREEN UNION partners, Eco Wood Rings and The Conscious Bride!

Eco Luxe wedding inspiration at River Cottage

The Bride

The team showcased 3 eco-friendly and ethical wedding dresses; the ‘Beach' dress made by Luna Bride, the ’Meraki’ two piece made by The Conscious Bride, and a bespoke heirloom silk gown also made by The Conscious Bride. All are made in the UK from ethically-sourced materials, many organic or repurposed.

Eco wedding dresses by Luna Bride and The Conscious Bride
The mantilla shawls by Cadogan Cardigans are hand-made here in Devon using an ethically sourced cotton yarn. 

Eco friendly bridal accessories by Cadogan Cardigans at River CottageThe Arbonne make-up products used by Michele Stanford were environmentally friendly, made with sustainably-sourced, non-toxic, non-GMO, vegan ingredients.

Eco ethical bridal make up by Michelle Stanford using ArbonneThe hair styling by The Up Do Girl was kept soft and textured, utilising products by Maria Nila that are vegan, cruelty free, and whose profits contribute to social and environmental causes worldwide. The organically-designed headpieces by Hey Jules! were made from up-cycled elements and re-worked vintage pieces.

Eco friendly hair styling by The Up Do Girl, with accessories by Hey Jules! The shoes by Beyond Skin were made of vegan leather, so ensure the look was ethical from head to toe!

Vegan bridal shoes by Beyond Skin

The Groom 

His sustainable outfit comprised of a long sleeve hemp shirt and organic chino trousers from Thought Clothing, and a tweed waistcoat and cap from Cock and Bull Tweed. The bow tie by Patore' was made from solid wood, and the shoes from Bourgeois Boheme were also vegan.

Eco friendly groom attire at River Cottage

The Ceremony 

With the River Cottage HQ farmhouse as its backdrop, the handmade hexagonal arch was decorated lightly with hanging flowers and a little fabric. The handfasting cord and the besom broom were both handmade by Nixie, the celebrant of Unique Ceremonies, from natural materials.

Eco friendly wedding ceremony at River CottageCustom wooden wedding rings are an affordable and ethical option. Eco Wood Rings can even include in your design some wood sourced from your venue, or somewhere else that is special, or from something sentimental, making them extra special.

Eco friendly wedding bands by Green Union partner Eco Wood Rings
The confetti was hand-picked by Keslowena Confetti for this shoot, and included Hops, Delphinium Lady’s Mantle - just perfect for a garden ceremony.

Eco friendly petal confetti by Keslowena at River Cottage

The Flowers

The gorgeous seasonal flora included Tulips, Narcissi, Hellebores and lots of foraged foliage for a lush, green 'just gathered' Spring look. Even the succulents used were home-propagated by the florists, Petal and Posie! For both the ceremony and the reception décor, flowers were hung in macrame holders from Hooky Madness.

Eco wedding flowers by Petal and Posie at River Cottage

The Reception Décor 

Hand-died natural fabrics were used for the napkins, which added a lovely glow of coral to the tablescape. Slate chargers gave depth and contrast to the wooden tables and gold cutlery and tea light holders were used to luxurious effect.

Wedding reception decor ideas at River CottageThe hand-made table plan was strung with matching stationery to the table settings, all created by Hey Jules!

Wedding stationery by Hey Jules! at River Cottage

The Venue

River Cottage was made famous by celebrity chef and environmental campaigner, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. It is no wonder that its reputation for local, seasonal, and ethically-sourced food continues to delight its diners.

Fine dining for wedding receptions at River CottageIt's also set in a spectacular location, perfect for bridal portraits and surprising encounters!

Wedding day portraits at River Cottage

The Cake

This beauty by Claire’s Sweet Temptations featured edible flowers, mixed with luxury touches of gold leaf, and all the ingredients were ethically sourced and as local as possible.

Eco wedding cake design by Claire's Sweet Temptations at River Cottage

The Bridal Bell Tent 

The bell tents by Native are made from sustainably-sourced cotton and their furnishings are largely bought from a fantastic North Devon based business who sell up-cycled, recycled and second hand goods, or are lovingly restored in-house. What fantastic eco-friendly wedding accommodation for you and your guests! 

Bridal bell tent by Native at River Cottage


Venue - River Cottage
Photographer - Freeformimages Photography
Dresses - The Conscious Bride 
Shoes - Beyond Skin
Shawls - Cadogan Cardigans
Make Up - Michelle Stanford, Arbonne
Bridal Hair - The Up Do Girl
Bridal Accessories and Stationery - Hey Jules!
Celebrant - Unique Ceremonies
Confetti - Keslowena Confetti
Floristry - Petal and Posie
Cake - Claire’s Sweet Temptations
Groom's Attire - Thought Clothing & Cock and Bull Tweed Collection
Men’s Shoes - Bourgeois Boheme
Grooms Accessories - Patore'
Wedding Bands - Eco Wood Rings
Bridal Bell Tent - Native
Styling - Do Me A Favour
Macramé - Hooky Madness
Models - Paul Hobbs & Roksana Skabrika

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