2017 is a big year for me.  Not only am I getting the business I’ve been preparing for the past year off the ground but I’m also getting married in September so this post is about my wedding inspiration.  I don’t want a theme but have always known the feel I want to create.

Having been engaged for some two years now, the date is set and the planning is well underway.  Like most brides, I have a vision of the style I want – a very natural, English country type. We are having a traditional church wedding followed by a pub barbecue – the pub being next to the river.  An informal relaxed nature, with just close family and friends has always been the most important aspect of my wedding, as has being close to water.

My wedding inspiration

I was thinking earlier about where my inspiration actually came from and I have bought it back to one of my favourite childhood books; Brambley Hedge, Summer Story by Jill Barklem.  I was always a tomboy, more likely to be up a tree or on my BMX than playing princesses but on rainy days I loved to read or create.  These beautifully illustrated books were a favourite and Poppy & Dusty’s wedding must have stuck in my memory.

wedding in Summer Story
wedding in Summer Story

These beautiful books were published back in the 80s so while I’m delighted to remember where I got my inspiration from I do want to bring the feel up to date.  Less of the pink swags and more in the way of natural materials with lace, and of course I have to include balloons!  To see my mood board have a look at my pinterest board here

The style has been chosen and the other half is happy with everything I’ve shown him so far, so the first thing to do is to let people know!

Save the date cards.

Looking through Pinterest we both liked the “Pencil us in” idea although some examples seemed a little too basic.  I took bits from a few other ideas I liked and created a double-sided postcard that included space for us to write a personal message to the recipient.

Our save the date cards
Pencil us in! Our save the date cards

We’re delighted with the final result and they will tie in beautifully with the overall theme.