Today we take you back up north to Lucy and Mat’s Yorkshire Dales countryside river meadow wedding at none other than our exclusive, super stunning Kilnsey Park Estate. This beautiful outdoor venue is surrounded by over a 1000 acres of privately owned countryside and woodland, and is exclusive to Festival Brides which means it can only be booked through us. This venue offers couples the chance to wed surrounded by natural beauty, free-roaming sheep in the fields, crystal clear waters and exquisite views. Take a look at the serene and utterly breath-taking backdrop to Lucy and Mat’s day….this venue is truly unique and totally different to the average outdoor venue in terms of the experience that it offers couples.

We always wanted to find something a bit different, something that would be outside and free compared to traditional venues. We wanted the venue to match the informal and relaxed day that we planned to creating. For us, the wedding was about sharing the day with all our friends and close family, and making it a day where people could relax, not worry about boring formalities and basically just have one big party with lots of drinking and dancing!

Craig Goode, from Mr and Mrs Wedding Photography, captured Lucy and Mat’s wedding which took place in the brand new ceremony area at Kilnsey Park. They legally married under the newly built, flower adorned pagoda before partying under the beams of a 3-hat tipi in the open countryside. The décor was predominantly DIY and personalised to the couple, with handmade table numbers, signage and place settings accompanied by a ton of pretty roses and wild flowers. Rustic and totally charming, the tipi was transformed into a boho chic setting for the couple and their friends with so many cool festival elements to match. They hired a vintage wood fire oven pizza truck, BBQ buffet style caterers and created the most delicious fruit decorated naked cake from Waitrose!

We are so proud to be promoting this venue and love the fact that couples can legally become husband and wife onsite here –  it’s pretty rare for this type of venue to have a legal license, which really does add to the unique and authentic vibes that Kilnsey radiates.

Here is beautiful bride Lucy, who donned a plunge back Daughters of Simone gown on the day (dreamy, we are HUGE DOS fans!), to tell you all about her wedding to Mat up in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales….

Married in Kilnsey Park Countryside Meadow Venue

We were married at the Kilnsey Park Estate in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. We came across it on Festival Brides, and after arranging a visit, we fell in love with the beautiful backdrop and landscape. I’d always wanted to be married in a forest setting, enchanted woodland, that kind of thing! It’s the idea of being out in the natural elements, surrounded by nature and not in some conveyer belt wedding venue that really appealed to me. Many venues wheel in brides and grooms like they are on a mass wedding production line – that really isn’t us!  We just didn’t want what most other couples seem to have these days; a typical wedding with a price tag to match! We wanted something unique that no one else had done….being the first to ever get married at Kilnsey Park was pretty special!

Outdoor Ceremony in Brand New Pagoda by the Alpaca Field!

We had an outdoors ceremony in the brand new (only being finished days before the big day!) ceremony area right next to the alpaca field. It was dressed with hanging ribbons around the pagoda and archway entrance with lots of flowers. We used hay bales for guest seating with handmade bags of real petal confetti for everyone.

There was Motown music being played while guests arrived and during the signing of the register. I walked down the aisle to ‘Sampha Piano’ and we walked back down the aisle together to Stevie Wonder’s classic song ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’. We had 2 readings – one from my brother and the other by Mat’s Sister that was hand penned

Creative and Naturally Documented Photography

We used Mr and Mrs Wedding Photography as our photographers. Craig was amazing. He really captured the day in a naturally documented fashion, capturing all of the little moments and not just the posed pics! Being very creative ourselves, we let him go ahead and do his thing.

Festival Style 3 Hat Tipi and Bar Hire

We hired a tipi from Bar Events along with a bar. Honestly, Laura and Dan couldn’t have been more helpful and made the day and set up so easy and stress free. Out off all the tipi companies we enquired with, they were by far the most accommodating and helpful. We wanted a relaxed, carefree day full of music, dancing and drinking – festival style was by far the most fitting theme!

Pizza and Pimms

We hired a vintage citron pizza van (Rocket Wood Fired Pizza) for the evening and hired the BBQ style buffet Spitting Pig for the wedding breakfast. We also made up a tin bath full of beer with large kilner jars full of Pimms.

Daughters of Simone Boho Backless Gown

I opted for a Daughters of Simone dress called Lilah which was backless, crochet with heavy lace in an off white. It was simple, elegant and I totally felt ‘me’ in it. I didn’t want bridal shoes – I wanted something practical, being in a field all day I needed to be able to walk in! So the criteria was to find shoes that were not too high and that I could wear again. I opted for Steve Madden pink velvet, block heels from the sale!!

Mat wore a bespoke, made to measure, tailored suit. It was a grey tweed 3-piece suit, with a paisley pattern inside and on the back of waist coat. Mat dressed it with brown brogue boots and a gold pocket watch that I gave as his wedding gift!

The bridesmaid’s wore a similar blush colour that were a mix of styles and designers ranging from ASOS to Jenny Packham! Hair and beauty was done by Aspects Hair and Make Up.

Boho Chic Tipi Reception

Our wedding was kind of boho chic! It was full of flowers, flower hoops, dream catchers, lanterns and tassels! I wanted to create it all myself, being crafty and artistic (that’s what I like to think anyway). I wanted everything to have a personal touch, not just ‘off the shelf’, but things that had been lovingly made and created bespoke for our day.

We did a true DIY wedding; we hired a field and arranged everything ourselves from the tipi, bar, catering and décor right through to the toilets! We created so much including the flower hoops that hung behind the top table (made from children’s hula hoops de-wrapped from the sparkly tape, sprayed gold and covered in artificial flowers). We had smaller flower and tassel hoops, dream catchers and tons of greenery and fairy lights draped around the tipi beams.

Moroccan and Indian Influences with rustic table settings

We had a mix of Moroccan style, gold and glass lanterns dressing the tables and seating areas, with a mix match of flower filled vases in the centre of the tables. We had handmade table numbers in vintage frames and Indian inspired print rugs, throws and cushions, rustic benches and chairs, and a stunning handmade naked cake sat on a vintage side table.

Hand Decorated Naked Cake from Waitrose

We bought the cake from Waitrose which my friends decorated with fresh fruit and icing – it was a naked cake made on a budget! We used Beamsley Blooms which are local to the venue and were more than happy to accommodate the DIY style that I wanted! She made all the bouquets and button holes and provided the flowers that we then arranged ourselves! The brief for the flowers was for them to be loose, with peach, purple and lots of greenery!

First Dance

We danced to Artic Monkeys played acoustically by the band.

Favourite Moment

Honestly all of it! It really was the best day ever. So many people say that….but it REALLY is. From the moment you wake up, you are surrounded by the most important people in your life ready to share the most magical declaration of love. It was just one long day of celebration, partying, happiness and laughter. Everyone was there for us and that was just such a special feeling.

Any Advice?

Take a moment to just stand back and take it all in. It’s a whirlwind of a day so take it all in to appreciate all the hard work, effort and planning that has gone in to creating your day. Also, make sure that you don’t go last for your hair and make up so that you’re not rushing to get ready! Oh and don’t drink too much!

The Line Up

Photographer: Mr and Mrs Wedding Photography
Venue: Kilnsey Park Estate
Tipi Hire: Bar Events
Bar: Bar Events
Bride’s Dress: Daughters of Simone from Jean Jackson Couture
Bride’s Shoes: Steve Madden
Bridesmaid’s Dresses:  ASOS | Jenny Packham
Florist: Beamsley Blooms
Band: 24 Live



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