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Wedding Week | The Wedding in The Woods

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Welcome to Wedding Week! All this week I’m going to be sharing details from our winter wedding weekend which took place on the 21st and 22nd of November in Scotland. I’ll be showing you how we pulled our day together, relaying all the emotions from the occasion and hopefully providing you with some inspiration and tips.


A wedding in the woods in Winter, Bumpkin bettyWoodland wedding inspiration, Bumpkin BettyWinter wedding inspiration, Bumpkin BettyThe ceremony was, without doubt, my favourite part of the day. If I could, I would re-live it from start to finish over and over and over again. Every single second of it was truly magical.

It is also the only part of the day in which my memories are crystal clear. From the second I stepped onto our makeshift aisle on the forest floor and locked eyes with GB, to the moment our Humanist announced us husband and wife, every word, every emotion, every laugh is engrained in my mind for ever more. I felt fully present in that whole hour, telling myself to take it all in and not underestimate how special it was. And it was special. Probably more so to us than anyone else, but both myself and GB still get those same nervous pangs every time we talk about this part of the day and laugh about the same things we did on the day. I think often when you are planning a wedding you don’t think too much about this section of the event. Your thoughts are consumed by decorations and flowers and clothing and music and the ceremony becomes just that thing that you know will happen before all of that. But I can tell you now, having been through the experience, that it’s really the only part that truly matters, the only part that will stay engrained in your mind fully, and the only part that will have the ability to make you cry each and every time you look at the photos.

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Then there were just two. This was it.

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I always find it funny to remember the faces that stuck out to me during this brief few steps towards GB. I’d maintained all the way through wedding planning that I would only be able to look at him otherwise I’d be much too nervous, but certain faces caught my eye and are the ones that feel so vivid in my memories. My Auntie Ellen who put her hand to her chest as I passed her, marvelling at the dress. My cousin Chris who gave me the biggest cheesiest grin as I nervously glanced his way, my friend Helena who I spotted once I’d reached the top and who was beaming at me so happily, and my cousin Joanne who was in my eye line all through the ceremony and who I couldn’t stop looking at because I thought she looked so beautiful.

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We chose to have a humanist ceremony, as neither of us are religious and it felt important for us to have a personal ceremony that was about us, rather than about religion or law, as ultimately we weren’t getting married for those reasons. Everyone will have a different view on this and all I’d say is choose the ceremony that is right for you, and your guests will love it for that very reason. We had a fabulous Humanist celebrant, Evonne, who was absolutely one of the best things about our ceremony. She had really taken the time to get to know us, our story, and the type of day we wanted. She was brilliant, making the ceremony funny as well as emotional, personal to us and inclusive of everyone there. I don’t really know how we can thank her for making our ceremony so special but she nailed it!

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It’s the little memories such as these; hearing the readings friends had written especially, listening to my brother play the song he’d written for us, having my Dad squeeze my hand as we walked down the aisle, looking over to see my Mum smiling at us as we said our vows and wiping a tear from her cheek, which are the one’s we truly cherish. We were blown away by how talented, creative and kind our friends and family are, and what they were willing to do for us.

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Tune in tomorrow as I finally go into more detail about my wedding outfit – share the design, inspiration and incredible hard work from my talented dress designer, and show you how it came together from a simple drawing over a year ago to the outfit that came to be my wedding attire! I can’t wait for this one!


Key players (check back at the end of the week for details on all our suppliers)

 Photographer – Amy Shore Photography

Floral Arch – designed and created most wonderfully by I Heart Flowers

Ceremony – conducted by Evonne McLaughlin of the Humanist Fellowship of Scotland

Dress – Charlotte Wilden

Tiara – Samantha Walden

GB’s Suit – Gresham and Blake

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Anya

Seriously so beautiful!! I am totally in love with everything. Congratulations again, it looked like such a magical and perfect day x

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Jaclyn

Thanks Anya, so glad you liked it! It’s been so nervewracking and emotional to share these posts and go back through it all again! We were so lucky that the weather paid off and let us do it – I’ve just been back to Scotland this week and it rained non stop! x

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Jaclyn

Aww sorry Chloe!! I can remember feeling the same way just after the proposal – it’s such an emotional time! Get ready for a rollercoaster if you’re anything like me hehe! xx

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Chloe

I’ll come back to you in September and let you know if I managed not to cry! I’ve actually been say on the bus going to work reading this and it’s made me cry (makeup ruined!) – that’s how emo weddings make me!

Wow your ceremony was beautiful, the wedding in the woods was a risk that certainly paid off. I’m so glad the weather was on your side and you got to do it. The whole thing looks stunning, and your dress – wow!!!!

Love the idea of getting friends to write the readings – I may pinch that although at the moment I’m considering writing our wedding myself and I’m in the middle of attempting to write a comical poem!)

Can’t wait to read more about that dress!

Chloe x

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Jaclyn

Hehe yes please do let me know if you manage to stay tear free!! I reckon you’ll be ok, and even if not everyone will forgive you because you’re the BRIDE and you can cry if you want to lol! Yes do steal the readings idea – it was fab! Although writing your own ceremony sounds great too – how personal! Love the idea of a comedic poem!!

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Linda

Such a beautiful story! – and what a setting! You and your husband(!) look amazing and the whole venue is so romantic. I am so glad for you that you achieved your dream of “wedding in the woods”!

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Jaclyn

Thank you, I guess romantic is the dream when it comes to a woodland wedding. If only it had been a bit warmer though brrr!

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Jaclyn

Hi Katie, it was in a village called Straiton in Ayrshire. It’s not actually a wedding venue, we just hired out the cottages and then got married on the grounds!

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