Charlie Burton is the owner of The Natural Wedding Company, a top UK online directory and blog for planning an eco-friendly, seasonal, vintage and handmade wedding. Listing over 300 wedding suppliers, the directory includes eco-chic venues, seasonal flowers, handcrafted stationery, ethical rings, and vintage hire. As well as running the directory and blog, Charlie is a features writer for Unique Bride magazine and recently had her own natural wedding featured in Country Living magazine.
A Natural Wedding
As a supporter of small, independent and creative British businesses, I was delighted that Etsy asked me to share my favourite wedding finds from some of their most talented sellers. With my business I advocate a more natural approach to weddings and wanted to reflect this in the inspiration boards I created, so many of the items I have chosen use vintage or recycled materials.
I wanted to showcase how natural weddings can be incredibly beautiful whilst being a little more earth-friendly, and so I’ve dreamt up themes for each collection from pretty florals to vintage travel, colourful folk patterns to a modern twist on the woodland wedding. For more ideas and inspiration for a natural wedding take a look at my blog.
I love those hand painted botanical prints you find in old books, and with their elegant country house feel think they provide beautiful inspiration for a twist on the vintage wedding. I chose products that reflected or picked out botanical influences such as the floral felt brooch and dragonfly print bag.
[1. Poppy felt brooch by Roltinica 2. Dragonflies clutch bag by redrubyrose 3. Wedding confetti by lucysaysido 4. Paper bunting by peonyandthistle]
Woodland inspired weddings are incredibly popular at the moment, so I wanted to create a quirky and contemporary take with this whimsical woodland collection. The neon colours of the stag brooch with its geometric design would make an unusual alternative to buttonholes, and the handmade clay fox cake toppers are a sweet but subtle nod to the woodland theme.
[1. Fox cake topper by iislands 2. Rustic wedding guestbook by TotallySalinda 3. Geometric deer brooch by SketchInc 4. Woodland magnets by WeddingSavetheDates 5. Silver fern necklace by Joannarutter]
The quintessential British afternoon tea party will remain a firm favourite of mine (and many others) as inspiration for a summer wedding. With this collection I wanted to inspire with florals that echo the English garden setting alongside the celebratory feel of a village fete. Focus your floral fete theme into your wedding details, such as these pretty flag place names or the decorative border on your save the dates.
[1. Floral necktie by RhianEleri 2. Summer garden save the date by lucysaysido 3. English rose floral dress by jenniferlillydesigns 4. Floral place cards by RebeccaLDesigns]
I love folk patterns and art and would love to see more couples inspired by its vibrant colours and quirky designs. Rather than creating this collection around traditional folk ideas, I was inspired by the modern design and colours of these folk style wedding invitations. The mustard coloured tie complements the colour palette perfectly, the vintage button bouquet reflects the intricate detail of folk patterns, and the crochet garland is a modern take on a traditional craft.
[1. Crochet flower garland by emmalamb 2. Letterpress wedding invitations by Artcadia 3. Vintage button bouquet by Beaubuttons 4. Yellow knit tie by vKnit]
A key way to make your wedding more eco-friendly is to source genuine vintage items or new pieces upcycled from old finds. Incorporate the vintage travel theme into your wedding with these cufflinks made from genuine vintage maps and this heart garland made from re-purposed atlas pages, or for a more subtle look choose these luggage tag place names. It doesn’t just have to be about your wedding day – why not commission a map of your wedding location as an anniversary gift with your initials embroidered onto it?
[1. Map cufflinks by PaperArcadia 2. Vintage tag place settings by vintagetwee 3. Map heart garland by Bookity 4. Map sticker seals by HappyAugust 5. Vintage map anniversary gift by HouseofWhatnot]
Want more wedding inspiration? Etsy is holding its first ever UK wedding event on the 11th of May in London. Come along for an opportunity to view some of the best and brightest wedding items available on Etsy in the UK, plus try your hand at creating a selection of wedding decorations in DIY tutorials held on the day, all whilst enjoying delicious cocktails provided by St. Germain. Tickets are £5, click here for more information and to purchase tickets. Get involved and tweet hashtag #EtsyWed.