There’s something truly beautiful about exchanging vows in nature’s presence and the UK is blessed with some of the most stunning woodland wedding venues, as you’ll soon to find out when taking a look at Bekki and Kevin’s magical day.

Fun-filled outdoor countryside wedding

The couples relaxed, picture-perfect celebrations were hosted in the secluded countryside of Hothorpe Hall, a grand Georgian Manor estate located in Northamptonshire. Bekki and Kevin quickly discovered the venues hidden gem, the rustic structure and natural backdrops of its Woodland Hideaway.

Bride, Bekki talks us through her wedding planning, from choosing the right date and venue to selecting a professional photographer that would allow their fun personalities to shine…

Choosing your ideal wedding date & venue

“We wanted a date in our favourite season which happens to be spring and after considering the bank holiday, we opted for May 26th to give everyone an extra day to celebrate. We also worked out this day marked 10 years since we had met!

Our whole event was at The Woodlands. We love nature so having a wedding outside really appealed to us. We originally went to view the hall at Hothorpe but as soon as we saw the beautiful Woodlands we were instantly in love. With the added bonus of guests being able to stay in their own log cabin, it kept getting better and better. The cherry on top was the tree house honeymoon suite!”

Wedding styling and colour schemes

“Our idea was to keep everything as natural as possible. The Woodlands is so beautiful that, in Spring, nature was decoration enough. We did want to pay tribute to our childish love of sweets and Kev being Scottish so our table decorations included fizzy sweets, Tunnocks teacakes, Caramel wafers and mini bottles of Iron Bru! It was perfect.

We went with multi coloured for our scheme to match the varied colours of the woodlands. My bridesmaids had different coloured dresses and the groomsmen, and best men had a different colour tie, socks and button hole to each other. It ended up just how we pictured it.”

The Bridal Dress

“I’ve never been one for dresses and I’m not comfortable being centre stage. What I wore wasn’t a big feature for me and I didn’t want the expense of a dress taking away from other things that I would get more enjoyment from throughout the day. I went to online bridal range, Quiz Clothing and opted for a simple lacy dress with the addition of wild flowers to my hair, again to try and match the natural surroundings.

Kev had a blue suit to make the colours of the tie,socks and button hole pop. It felt colourful and elegant, beautiful but understated.”

The Wedding Entertainment

“To keep the day relaxed and informal we didn’t want lots of time with people hanging around so we decided upon a late afternoon start. We had an open bar for guests to grab a drink and relax in the gorgeous surroundings. Straight after the wedding breakfast if was time for the dancefloor to open.

We both have a love of dance music so we spoke to our DJ about our taste and left into him to judge the floor on the night. They did an amazing job! The dancefloor was the main event through the night.

My Dad owns a vintage 1950s bus so instead of a wedding car, I arrived driven by my Dad in his bus. It made for some great photos!”

Wedding Photography

“After finding the right venue, sourcing the right photographer was the next biggest thing for us. We were keen to keep things as close to our personalities as possible, only including things that really added to our day and keeping everything informal and fun, our photos had to reflect that. Other than the few standard formal shots, we wanted an album that truly represented our day . . . . The genuine laughs and smiles, candid moments raw emotions and all the fun!

I could not recommend Jonathan of J S Coates Wedding Photography highly enough! Anyone that speaks to us about our wedding compliments our photographer. Not just for the amazing images captured but for being such an amazing person on the day! It takes someone pretty special to be like one of your closest friends, making you feel totally at ease when you genuinely hate being the focus of attention. He made guests laugh and relax yet also managed to be completely invisible at the same time.”

Top tips for couples planning their wedding

“Decide what’s important to you and stick to it. Weddings are an expensive business but if you don’t get caught up in including things just because “that’s what people do” you can make sure your day stays special to you and do those things to the max.

Think about what sort of day you would enjoy attending. We didn’t spend a penny on anything that we wouldn’t enjoy so that we could go full out on with what was important . . . . Location, photos, food, drink and music!” Bride, Bekki

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