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.

About us

“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!”

Styling

“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.”

Credits

Photographer – 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)
 
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  • Comment by Gayle Evans Bloomin'gayles

    So fantastic to see Marina and James’ day again! I adored you two as a couple and loved being your florist so much so it’s fantastic to see your beautiful day once more. Biggest smooches and love from me xx

  • Comment by Danny Bennett @BellaDiamonds

    What a fantastic themed wedding! There is something so complimentary about nature and weddings especially on a beautiful day like that seemed to be.
    (P.S The brownies look amazing!)

  • Comment by MRS ELAINE HUTESON

    WHAT A BEAUTIFULL ROMANTIC WEDDING WITH SO MUCH LOVE , HAVE A VERY HAPPY LIFE TOGETHER

  • Comment by sunilReddy

    what a beutiful couple made for each other nice wedding idea i hope this wedding memory stay long life & gives a strong base for relationship.

  • Comment by Samantha Barry

    Looks like a wonderful day and what a beautiful idea to get married among nature! Many congratulations!

  • Comment by Keeley Quinlan

    So many lovely personal touches, I love the masks for the children and the family tree, great theme and a beautiful couple!

  • Comment by sarah

    Absolutely Stunning, what more can I say :-) Congratulations x

  • Comment by jillhayes

    I don’t think I have seen a more beautiful setting.

    So much thought went into everything, from the “Family Tree” to the simple but so effective Brownie Stack.

    I am happily married 44 years, but would love to have had the imagination to create such a wonderful celebration for our Special Day!!

    We DID have an Irish harp and violin instead of the usual organ and I made the Limerick lace edging for my veil. But after that? it was all rather conventional Ah well……..

    Well done everyone!!!

  • Comment by Fiona Exon

    What lovely photographs from a really beautiful wedding in the woods. Congratulations.
    Inspirational ideas and styling and natural things everywhere.
    Magic!

  • Comment by Karen

    Inspirational and so beautiful!

  • Comment by Dorothy @Peony and Thistle

    What a gorgeous wedding! So many wonderful inspiring ideas. I particularly love the Family Tree and beautiful embroidered hoops – and, of course, that fabulous cookie mountain! Thanks for sharing your day with us.

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