Marina & James’ woodland wedding
Since January, we’ve been on the hunt for unique and inspiring weddings to share with you all – and we haven’t been disappointed. Here’s the first (one of our favourites) from the lovely Marina, who tied the knot with James last summer.
“James & I have known each other for about 10 years, we first met at work and have now been together for three years. James is 38, full of laughter and a real character. He likes the good things in life (including fine wines and a loaded cheese board!). I’m Marina – I’m 32, and love the great outdoors and entertaining with friends. Since the wedding, I’ve also discovered a new-found love of “crafting”.”
About our wedding
“We were determined to have a very DIY wedding that reflected who we are as a couple. For this reason, we decided to have the wedding in the woodland that runs alongside our home, with a reception held in the gardens of our farm house. The decorative touches and styling were all homemade (I spent months embroidering), and my cousin’s wife created our beautiful wedding stationery. We went for a very woodland wedding theme (Maid Marian in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, meets Woodland Nymph), all with a touch of added glamour. Not too much to ask!”
“We incorporated a number of special touches into the day. We both love nature and the great outdoors, so after our engagement we planted 200 acorns and grew them into little saplings to give to our guests as wedding favours. Our guests took them home and then planted them in recognition of something that held meaning for them. Dressing our woodland was also a lot of fun. We created a “family tree” which held photos of our family members and their weddings going back through the generations. Knowing that we had a number of children coming to the wedding, we also strung up little woodland animal masks for the children to pick up and wear as they walked through the woods – they added a magical, fairytale element to their experience of the day. Our florist created a beautiful woodland arch adorned with flowers, which we said our vows under.”
“I created a number of personalised embroidery hoops marking the occasion before the wedding as well, and we strung these up in the garden, alongside hanging tea lights in glass terrariums. For the wedding breakfast, we went for long refectory style tables, so our guests could sit together and “break bread” family feast style. The guests’ place cards all contained an unusual fact about each of them, which was a lot of fun and worked well as a conversation starter. The tables were decked out in the most amazing floral arrangements that gave a sense of being in amongst the trees. Instead of a wedding cake, we came up with the idea of a “Brownie Mountain” that everyone could take a slab of. I like that it was presented in a very haphazard style, with the sense that we were all feasting on a something home baked, out of the family kitchen.”
CreditsPhotographer – the super-talented Chloe Browne from Caught the Light Hair & Make-up – Elbie van Eeden Florist – Gayle Evans of Bloomingayles Dress – (Suzanne Neville Baroque), via Miss Bush Bridal, with the amazing advice & support of Emma Meek (the brains behind the shop) Shop our wedding department >> Shop our forest-themed wedding collection >>