Last weekend I travelled up to York to attend the beautiful wedding of my cousin Rob and his new wife Amelia, the first wedding of five I am attending this year. This is also my first ‘wedding season’ – an impending sense that I’m getting older!
The journey from Bournemouth up to York was one hell of a road trip! The traffic was so bad it took us 9hrs, including a stop off for lunch… Thankfully the journey back was far quicker! We travelled up Friday and stayed in a gorgeous B&B in the middle of the country called Claxton Hall Cottage. Our room had a princess-style four-poster bed, and it’s safe to say I slept like sleeping beauty after our travels!
The wedding took place at Jollydays Luxury Glamping, nestled in the North Yorkshire woodland, and Rob & Amelia had booked the entire site for the day. Some of the guests, as well as the couple themselves, stayed overnight at the camp in the most luxurious tents I have ever seen! With four-poster beds, wood burners, roll-top baths and even kitchens built inside beach huts – all under a canvas roof!
The ceremony took place in a little clearing in the middle of the woods with canopies to protect the guests from the elements. Wild flowers and a forest floor aisle made it something out of A Midsummer’s Nights Dream. The bridesmaids wore made-to measure floral dresses to tie in with the ‘picnic attire’ dress code and played a big part in the ceremony, providing the musical accompaniment to the bridal procession.
The reception was held in a large tent-style marquee, dressed with length upon length of bunting swags and fairy lights. Entering the tent you stepped right into the world of Alice in Wonderland, with long tables filled with a mish-mash of china tea cups, plates, cake stands and the cutest ‘Eat Me’ wedding favours. Everything had been thought about in the finest detail, from embroidered table cloths and napkins, to pretty little napkin rings and tea strainers.
The wedding breakfast itself was made up of a selection of finger sandwiches, scones and handmade cakes, all tasting amazing. Everyone got stuck in to the feast and toasted the bride and groom during some very heartwarming and funny speeches.
Weddings can sometimes have a bit of a lull midway through the afternoon, but the beauty of having one in the forest meant the guests could wonder around and enjoy the great outdoors. The site itself is on 200 acres of woodland, with the main glamping and communal areas taking up just 15 acres of this. There was a camp fire area, a caravan filled with boardgames to pass the time and a large shed complete with a huge tea station with the biggest variety of teas I have ever seen!
The evening entertainment consisted of a swing band and a hog roast, and when not in the tent dancing, we were sat around the camp fire toasting marshmallows, serenaded by guitar, while the boys made fire and amused themselves with who could find the biggest log!
It was such a beautiful, unique wedding and one where everyone had so much fun! Thanks to Rob and Amelia for inviting us and throwing one hell of a party. Here’s a few snaps of my family on the day: myself and K, my mum and dad, and my brother and his girlfriend Sam. There were a few outfit changes come the evening to keep warm!