Good morning everyone! We have such a treat for you this snowy morning (I know, snow…. in March!). This wedding is so unique and although we see many woodland weddings here at Festival Brides, I’m not sure we’ve seen a forest setting as magical and encapsulating as this one. Captured by the uber talented Wonderful & Strange, this atmospheric showcase of a wedding could easily pass as a professional styled shoot rather than a real life wedding. These images most certainly belong in a magazine with a styling that echoes perfection. You wouldn’t believe that this couple left so much to chance by putting their trust in many of the suppliers to create their vision – not even Lisa (the bride) knew how well they would play out her brief on the day and the result is just stunning.
Dreamcatchers in the woods, hand-crafted DIY elements created by friends and family, a whimsical woodland barn for the party and beautiful rustic detailing make this wedding one-of-a-kind. With a bespoke ceremony by Jan at Celebration Ceremonies and Weddings and planned all the way from Australia, this Yorkshire celebration has us swooning. Here’s bride Lisa to tell you all about it….
We like to say that the wedding theme was all of our favourite things, even if they didn’t always match or go together. We love earthy, natural colours and used that as a starting point. It all came together so perfectly and we couldn’t have been happier with the final look.
Josh and I got engaged after over 9 years together. We live in Australia and were visiting home for Christmas. Josh took me for a walk to one of our favourite spots, Temple Newsam. We both used to visit there as kids and then it became one of special places that we would take my dogs. On the day of the proposal it was crisp and frosty and Josh took me to a lovely old bridge, and went down (very nervously) on one knee. Even after all that time together I was still the most shocked I have ever been in my life and would have sworn he was giving me earrings and not the antique emerald ring that I actually got.
Beautiful Outdoor Woodland Venue
We were married at Camp Katur, North Yorkshire. Our Google search consisted of ‘unique, relaxed, fun, outdoors’ wedding venues. After not very long we stumbled across Camp Katur and we both loved it. A few weeks later I decided to do a surprise trip home for my dads 50th birthday. Whilst home, Josh suggested I go and have a look around the venue. We met with Nicola at Camp Katur, who very kindly showed around the whole site. I think it may be the quickest wedding they ever booked in!
Camp Katur has the most amazing and quirky glamping accommodation on site. As we were having people travel from overseas and all over the UK we decided to book the entire site for two nights to accommodate all our guests. It was a great way to spend extra time with our guests and drag out the celebrations. The night before the wedding we organised a DIY pizza night, Josh manned the pizza oven and we laid out all different topping for guests to create their own pizza. It was a huge success!
Found the Dress on Instagram
I wore the Beatrice dress by Karen Willis Holmes, Sydney. I had found KWH on Instagram and fell in love with her dresses. I particularly wanted to try a two piece with a long skirt and a sleeved lace top but this wasn’t quite right. As soon as I saw myself in the dress my mum picked out for me I knew it was the one – I loved the way the dress had solid straps so I wouldn’t be tugging and pulling at it all day and it wasn’t heavy either.
After some searching on the internet I came across Grenson. I fell in love with the “Ella” boot. My veil was also from Karen Willis Holmes; I hadn’t intended on wearing a veil as didn’t think it was very me but after trying a few I loved it and thought if you cant wear a veil on your wedding day then when can you? Mum and dad gifted me a vintage emerald necklace that went with my engagement ring. It was from Cavendish antiques jewellery in York. I bought a pair of emerald cut earrings. They had a vintage feel to them and I loved the cut of the stone.
Josh wore a Donegal tweed jacket from Magee 1866. He wore beige chinos from a high street store and a white shirt from Peter Jackson. To top it off he wore a pair of pleated leather braces which were a nice touch. The bridesmaids all chose their own dresses. The girls wore a simple flower crown made by Jaymie at Forge Events.
Hair was done by Cherie and Kerry from Cherie Hair Design and all us girls had makeup done by the lovely Jodie Ann professional make up artist. She listened to each of the girls requests as they are all very different in style and pulled it off perfectly. I was over the moon with my make up and it lasted the whole day.
Wild and Free Bouquet
Jaymie from Forge Events did all the flowers. My brief was wild and crazy! I wanted lots of green and earthy tones. I didn’t have any specific flowers I wanted so I let her create what ever she wanted. My bouquet was out of this world, Jaymie had never created anything like it before and I was so so pleased with it. It was also really light which was a bonus.
A Ceremony Designed Especially For Us
For our ceremony we had the very highly recommended Jan Shillito from Celebration Ceremonies and Weddings. She wrote a bespoke, non religious ceremony that was personal to us. The process was very easy, we had a couple of skype meetings for Jan to get to know us and shortly after she delivered us the most beautiful and perfect ceremony that summed us up so accurately. She has such an amazing skill! We had so many compliments on the ceremony from our guests, most saying they had never been to a ceremony like it before! For music we asked our very special friend Emer to sing the entrance song. We asked her to pick the song and to surprise us on the day. She was accompanied by the fantastically talented Michael Mullholland.
Dreamcatchers and Drapes in the Forest
For the décor of the woodland ceremony, meadow drinks and barn reception we had the amazing Jaymie from My Beautiful Country Weddings. This women is insane, she blew it out of the park. I was terrible at explaining the vision I had for the day and bar a few pintrest photos I basically gave her nothing. Yet it is as if she went inside my mind and figured it all out. We had beautiful rugs where we said our vows and the gorgeous dream catchers amongst the trees were my highlight. In the meadow we had a drinks reception, Jaymie put a vintage drinks trolley out with decorations and hand made paper for guests to write us little notes. This creativity was just so incredible, things I could have never thought of myself. For the barn, she created a greenery archway which arched perfectly over us whilst we had our first meal as Mr and Mrs. For the tables I just wanted a romantic feel and lots of greenery.
My Dad and brother Kriss made the archway and also created the place settings for the tables – each person had a log slice with our initials branded on to it. Along with the flowers, greenery and candles the logs looked perfect and everyone got to take one home. Dad made a big frame with our initials branded into it which we used to hang polaroid photos on.
Music, Photobooth and DIY Decor
All music was by Michael Mullholland. Michael was the first thing I booked after the venue. I found him through a wedding blog and after watching a few you tube videos of him sing I knew he would be perfect so booked him. We had music for the ceremony, 4 x 45 minute sets throughout the day including the drinks reception in the meadow and then a DJ set in the evening.
We also had a photo booth from Booth Revolution. These guys were amongst the most organised and efficient vendors we dealt with. The guests loved been able to take their photos home on the day. .
We created a wooden fridge magnet for the save the dates and a greenery themed invite both that we found through Etsy. For place cards we had clay love hearts with each persons name on them. My cousin made wooden signs for the table numbers. Wedding favours were sunflower seeds that my mum found at a wedding fair at Ripon Cathedral. We chose sunflower seeds as they were my Nanna’s favourite flower and she is no longer with us.
Wonderful & Strange are absolute legends. They drove all the way from Scotland to shoot our wedding. We had a skype session prior to the wedding but other than that we had never actually met. By the end of the day we felt like we had two new friends. We really liked their informal style, and Josh especially was determined he wasn’t going to stand grinning at the camera like a cheshire cat all day. Our guests loved them and we got so much good feedback about them and how they just fit in so well with the wedding.
Afternoon Tea and Hog Roast
Food was provided by Sue at Muse Catering, Camp Katur’s in-house catering . We asked for an afternoon tea which was served on amazing china. All the produce was locally sourced in Yorkshire and was fantastic. For the evening we had a pig on the spit served with amazing salads that we chose, bread rolls and apple sauce. Everyone was stuffed by the end of the day which is exactly what we wanted. I found Bake My Day on Instagram; they are a local bakery/ café in Castleford and make amazing and unique food and drinks. I followed them for a while and when it came to choosing someone to make the cake it had to be them. We opted for a semi naked three tier cake to be displayed separately. When selecting flavour they basically told us they could create anything! We had chocolate orange truffle, cherry bakewell and lemon and ginger. They were all outstanding!
Our first dance was to Bob Marley, ‘One Love’. It was sang by Michael Mullholland. We chose this song as we both love Bob Marley and it reminds us of when we first started dating and Josh was at university in Manchester. It also reminds us of our time travelling the world and holds lots of special memories.
My favourite part of the day was hearing Josh’s vows that he wrote himself. Hearing words written by Josh explaining how much he loved me and how excited he was for our future was so special.
What I will say is have what you want, do not focus on what matches and what goes, just follow your heart and have what is you as a couple. So many people have said to us that the wedding was so “us” I have no clue what this means, all I know is we just picked suppliers we liked and things we liked.
See this as the day you get to have all of your favourite people in one place! It may never happen again. Or as Josh said in his speech, the only time it will happen again is at his funeral and he won’t be there for that! Cheerful, I know!
Also, have a video taken!!! So many people um and ah about this and it is one thing that I don’t think anyone will regret – to have everything captured on film like that is something to treasure forever.
The Most Incredible Wedding Film
We had the very talented Ann from Peachstone Productions film our wedding. On the day Ann was an absolute star; she got on so well with the photographers and just blended in with our guests. When we got the video back we watched it on the TV and cried through the whole thing. To say we were pleased is an understatement. To this day we still don’t understand how Ann captured what she did, it has blown us away.
The Line Up
Photography: Wonderful & Strange
Venue: Camp Katur
Wedding Ceremony & On Day Coordination: Celebration Ceremonies and Weddings
Styling & Flowers: Forge Events
Wedding Film: Peachstone Pictures
The Dress & Veil: Karen Willis Holmes,
Bride’s Shoes: Grenson
Bride’s Necklace: Cavendish Jewellers
Groom’s Jacket & Tie: Magee 1866.
Hair: Cherie Hair Design
Make up: Jodie Ann
Music: Michael Mulholland
Photobooth: Booth Revolution