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Very stylish eco-wedding, The Craven Arms, Appletreewick

1 Feb 2011

​Sometimes the late autumn months surprise us with a beautifully sunny day. Gillian and David had wonderful sunshine which helped to create a very pretty day for their stylish eco-friendly wedding.

The lovely detailed photographs have all been kindly supplied by Olivia Brabbs. Olivia specialises in eco-wedding work and can be contacted at

Gillian chose a classic white and green flower theme to sit with her mint green bridesmaid dresses. David grows house-leek succulents as a hobby and they were very keen to use these within the table centres so that the guests could take away living planters as a memento of the day.


I suggested we include the house leek plants within the actual bouquets and buttonholes. They looked so lovely and really added a quirky twist to the designs which became a real talking point on the day.

I made unusual ‘bird’s nest’ cages from green dogwood for the bridesmaids to carry and planted a large house leek into the centre of each. The cages were lined with moss from the ‘Simply Foliage’ girls who have a licence to collect from Ilkley Moor. Gillian’s Dad supplied me with home-grown honesty and bay leaves, and I added ivy and twigs collected from hedgerows near the venue.

We were very proud to have used just one piece of wire in the whole wedding (to hold the house leek in the groom’s buttonhole!). All other designs were held together with twine and clever threading. A great achievement and everything came together to create a very stylish day.

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