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Sustainably beautiful – vintage garden party wedding style

Sustainability is an incredible challenge in wedding planning. How, exactly, do you make your Best Day Ever – a single day – sustainable, when you’re likely spending ££££ on entertaining your guests and making it look amazing? When this sustainable vintage garden party wedding inspiration landed in my inbox I was blown away. It’s proof that you can have the wedding of your dreams without harming the environment or breaking the bank.

Lovely English Wedding member Sam from Willow and Rust Weddings sent this our way – it’s already been featured on the fabulous Save the Date blog, and we simply had to give this amazing bunch of suppliers another front page feature! All images are by talented Derbyshire wedding photographer Ellie at EKR Pictures.

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Photographer – https://www.ekrpictures.com
Planning, Styling and Props – https://www.willowandrustweddings.com
Floral design – https://www.inspiredfloristry.com
Videography – https://www.maxinefurnessfilms.com
Dress – https://www.ryleyandflynn.co.uk
Hair and Make-up – https://www.mazzloxton.com
Stationery – https://www.tlg-design.co.uk
Hair accessories – https://www.opheliarenbridal.com
Ceremony chairs – https://www.prettyvintagehire.com
Grooms attire – https://www.theweddingboutiqueilkeston.co.uk
Cake – https://www.deliciouslydivine.co.uk
Biscuits – https://www.thebiscuittin1.co.uk

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Sam told me sustainability and the environmental impact of weddings is hugely important to her, and this really comes across in everything she does. All of Sam’s tableware and props are genuine vintage and preloved pieces, which she finds in local antique shops, at car boot sales and in charity shops. Sam also works with local suppliers wherever she can, all to ensure the weddings and editorial shoots she creates are as sustainable as they can possibly be.

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The wedding dress is just perfect – it was handmade by Ryley and Flynn in Staffordshire from vintage fabrics. The flowers are from ethical local growers, and put together by the fabulous Inspired Floristry – the bouquet is hand tied and no foam was used in the arrangements. The beautiful foliage was foraged from the local area.

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The stunning stationery is printed on recycled paper, designed and produced locally. The table linen is made from natural fibres and hand dyed with natural dyes. The cake is a showstopper – it’s by Deliciously Divine in Northampton. The afternoon tea was all homemade, and the favours were edible. (And did you see the lettering on those biscuits!) I think the thing I love most of all is that no plastic was used in this shoot at all. Can we have a round of applause for how fabulous this all is?

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In these uncertain times it’s looking like small and intimate weddings are going to be the way forward, for a while at least. So I wanted to bring my style, ideas and sustainable ethos into an intimate setting and show that a smaller more understated day can still be beautiful and unique. And so the Vintage Garden Party was born! A wedding for 24 people set in a beautiful private garden in the village of Draycott, Derbyshire. ~ Willow and Rust

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Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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