Let Love Grow!
I’m Ruth, owner of Derbyshire based business Natural Favours. We have been supplying natural confetti and bespoke wildflower seed favours since we were established in Spring 2014. Much of our flower petal confetti is grown on our own land here in Milford, with the remainder being supplied by other British growers. We love growing with the seasons and encouraging wildlife into the garden, so supplying both petals and seeds for other people is something I feel really passionately about. When I was approached by one of my close friends to grow flowers for her August 2015 wedding it felt like the perfect time to add another string to the Natural Favours bow!
The lovely bride-to-be wanted the works; bouquets, buttonholes and table decorations. Although a little daunted about the responsibility and having never attempted anything on this scale, we seized the chance to create wedding flowers that would be 100% British, seasonal, natural and most importantly of all, beautiful.
With lots of work behind the scenes here at Natural Favours HQ by my trusty other half Matt, brand new raised beds were built and the flower plots expanded. Soon they were sown with a range of flower seeds, bulbs and tubers. By the time the wedding date arrived, we were brimming over with a kaleidoscope of stunning blooms.
Everything about this wedding was relaxed and fun, from the local village church ceremony to the marquee on the bride’s family farm for the reception. With welly wanging, a vegetable growing contest and bake-off, there was real country-show theme. To complement this rustic theme we used our collection of vintage French ‘Le Parfait’ jars and jam jars to create natural and relaxed table decorations. I designed colourful bouquets using classic old-fashioned dahlias as the signature flowers. The buttonholes matched the bouquets and incorporated scented herbs and architectural seed heads.
The wedding was a great success and we received lots of positive feedback which was great. As a result, we have since launched our seasonal DIY flower service for Derbyshire and the surrounding area. We supply flowers by the bucket for you to arrange yourself or can work with you to create bouquets and buttonholes using our flowers for your special day. We also have a full range of vases and props available to hire to help style your flowers.
Written by Ruth Keeley
Photography by Chocolate Chip