Autumnal woodland wedding inspiration

by | Dec 9, 2022 | Weddings

Woodland wedding ceremony

If you’re looking for some autumnal woodland wedding inspiration, look no further. This post offers up a whole host of ideas to create the most beautiful, memorable wedding celebration.

I recently had the pleasure of conducting the most fabulous autumn woodland wedding for the very lovely Phil and Katherine. The couple were introduced to me by a mutual friend, and on our first meeting, they had so many wonderful ideas and a very clear vision of how their wedding should look. Set against the amazing backdrop of Stanton St. Quinton Woods, the private lodge that I officiated in front of provided a beautiful ceremony space. The day was also captured perfectly by the very talented Stephanie Birch Photography.


A bride and groom at their woodland wedding with Tara the Celebrant


Special touches styling

Phil and Katherine had thought of so many special details that transformed the ceremony space into a wondrous Autumn spectacle. In front of the private lodge, they created and crafted bespoke wooden seating. All of the guests were provided with fizz, popcorn and blankets on arrival and were entertained by a local Bath busker Steve Robinson before the bridal party arrived.

The inspiration for the colour palette was also influenced by nature and the Autumnal setting, with beautiful moss greens, antique golds and rust burnt oranges. This was also offset by the beautiful floral arrangements created by Katherine herself and local award-winning florist Persephone Violet.


Vintage bus inspiration

All the guests arrived in style ahead of the wedding party in a fantastic open-top vintage bus. Katherine and her wedding party then arrived as the natural light was starting to fade. The woods were adorned with fairy lights as Katherine made a breathtaking entrance with her Dad, who gave her away. The busker played Peter Gabriel’s ‘Solsbury Hill’, making the moment even more poignant as this was where Phil proposed to Katherine just outside of Bath.


Bride and groom in wellies and piggybacking at their celebrant-led wedding

Dress, suits and wellies!

Katherine wore the most stunning dress, and Phil and his best man wore chinos and tweeds, which again complemented the whole style of the woodland wedding. After the ceremony, Phil and Katherine both donned their best wellies for the most amazing photo shoot with their fur babies and wedding party.


Ribbons for a handfasting ceremony by Tara the Celebrant

Celebrant-led ceremonies

As Celebrants, we get to officiate in the most fabulous venues and settings, but this particular wedding I will remember for a very long time. To officiate in such a beautiful and natural setting was just perfect. The woodland setting created a sense of magic and natural beauty, which elevated the whole ceremony. As well as personal readings, telling the couple’s love story and all the other special touches we added to their ceremony, I also performed a handfasting.

The bespoke ribbons, created by Natasha who runs Intertwined Handfasting, were created in colours to match the whole colour scheme of the day. Attached to the ribbons were woodland charms which complemented the whole look. A very special moment within the ceremony which will be remembered by the couples and their guests for many years to come.


Bride & groom with their dogs at their wedding

Dogs at weddings

I am a huge fan of dogs at weddings, so it’s always a big paws up from me when couples say their dogs will be in attendance! Phil and Katherine’s two gorgeous dogs, Oscar and Beanie, were impeccably behaved throughout and brought lots of smiles to the guests’ faces as well as posing perfectly for the wedding photographer.


After party

After this magical woodland wedding, the guests were treated to more fizz and drinks before heading back to Malmesbury in the vintage bus for the most amazing party and wedding breakfast, including drinks, dancing, a hog roast, and donuts! The perfect end to the perfect day for Mr & Mrs Scott. Thank you again for choosing me as your Celebrant – it was really was super special.

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