An outdoor wedding in British weather, it's not renowned for being that reliable is it?!
So when Georgi & Neil told me they were planning a woodland wedding blessing at Umberslade Adventure in Warwickshire I wasn't sure whether I should be bringing my suncream or my wellies!!
Their plan was to have the legal ceremony a few days before but, to all intent and purposes, their wedding day would be an outdoor ceremony in a clearing in an ancient oak wood with a tipi for the wedding breakfast and party - it all sounded pretty amazing
Now add to this the fact that in the woods, is an adventure playground, with a zip wire, trampoline and climbing equipment, which is exclusively available for the wedding party - AWESOME!!
Throw in a Disney obsessed Bride, (just check out that Arial tattoo on her arm!) some Alice in Wonderland inspired details, a Doc Marten wearing Bridal party and a very cool Vicar to conduct the ceremony and you've got all the ingredients of a pretty fab day
It's not a walk in the park
To love each other
But when our fingers interlock,
Can't deny, can't deny you're worth it
Cause after all this time I'm still into you
Alice in Wonderland, Doc Martens and a Brighton Belle 50s style dress
I'm always awed by the amount of thought and effort that people put into planning their big day and over the last couple of years there has been an explosion in the amount of DIY wedding ideas that you see.
This one was no exception and during bridal prep you could start to see the fabulous ideas that had gone into this particular wedding
For example, there was a paper rose for each of the Bridesmaids to carry, carefully made from copies of Alice in Wonderland, the Bride's white patent leather Doc Marten boots had ribbons on them saying 'Queen of Hearts' and her amazing bouquet was a tribute to the book, with a little figurine of Winnie the Pooh and Piglet thrown in for good measure!
In amongst the details of course there's a group of people getting ready for a wedding and the early signs were that this one was going to be fun, relaxed and with maybe the odd tear!
Woodland blessing, hay bales, a few tears and a very cool Vicar!
So, if you go down to the woods today, you're in for a big surprise. In this case, my surprise was getting stuck behind the lady with the cake, driving at 5mph down a VERY LONG, bumpy track, (understandably) not wanting to bounce her car around too much in case the naked cake was damaged (it wasn't)
Umberslade Adventure calls itself 'Enchanting Woodland Weddings' for days like this, and you can see why. It feels quite magical as you walk through the carved wooden entrance and make your way along woodchip pathways until you reach a clearing. The first thing to catch the eye was the twin hats of the tipi, reaching up to the sky, shade in the sun or protection in the rain.
A little further on were bales of hay, arranged in rows and covered in horse blankets, ready and waiting for the woodland congregation. Along the way I went past a table weighed down with demijohns of pink lemonade (I'm sure there was probably some alcohol in there too!) and another bit of inspiration from Alice in Wonderland
Georgi & Neil were breaking with tradition by walking down the hay bale aisle together, and the whole bridal party made their way to the clearing with the Harry Potter theme music filling the air. Waiting to greet them at the end of the aisle was a vicar, the Father of one of the groomsmen, there to conduct their woodland blessing.
I have to say, he was one of the happiest, smiliest members of the clergy I've met and the whole ceremony was a joy
Zip-wires. trampolines, slides and good vibes
What else are going to do when you've got your own adventure playground? Play of course!
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