A Beaulieu Treehouse Wedding
We can’t that couples we talk to have never heard of Beaulieu Treehouse wedding venue. It is truly a unique hidden gem in the New Forest in Hampshire.
You may have noticed from our social that Muray and I have been busy with weddings (and our little growing families). Our blog has been a little sparse. If anything was going to tempt us back to blogging it would be to share Skye and Rich’s Beaulieu Treehouse wedding photographs from last year. The Anglo-Australian celebrations and wedding photographs started off in the finery of Careys Manor Hotel and then continued into a whimsical wooded wonderland.
Morning Wedding Photographs at Careys Manor Hotel
Skye and the girls we all on such great form. Jokes and laughter were the order of the day. The world’s happiest wedding hair stylist Kat fit in perfectly with the jovial vibes. Laughing away we worked around a crazy mixed bag of lighting within each room of the suite. After an initial lul the ladies were whizzing about the place with the morning’s wedding preparations.
Wedding Makeup Photographs With The Girls
Joanne Clare worked her makeup magic in the bedroom. Meanwhile, Chris & Kate, the wedding videographers from Spice Films arrived. We helped them find a suitable spot to film Skye’s gorgeous lace-detailed Sophia Tolli wedding dress. From the laughter that ensued knew we would be getting on like a house on fire.
Skye had chosen a wonderful mix of multicoloured countryside meadow flowers for her wedding day. The bouquet and corsage that arrived from Oh Flora looked stunning and filled the room with sweet floral scents.
On Goes The Wedding Dress
With time to spare the bridal preparations were almost over. Every bride we have ever worked with has commented that the morning seems to fly by. This was no exception. All that was left was for Skye to put on her stunning dress and leave the hotel in the luxury that was the wedding car provided by Superwed Cars.
[Want to know more about bridal morning preparations? Planning your own wedding morning? – see our Guide To The Perfect Wedding Morning]
Groom Preparation Photographs
Meanwhile, in Fordingbridge on the other side of the New Forest Rich and the chaps (and the giant, mega cats) were getting themselves wedding ready.
Beaulieu Treehouse Wedding Venue
If we were, to sum up Beaulieu Treehouse wedding venue in just one sentence it would be WOW! We know that is just one word, but no others are needed. Seeing the wooden structures jutting out of the woodland canopy evokes all sorts of emotions and childlike excitement. Bear in mind that today’s wedding guests had no idea they were heading to treehouses. You can imagine their surprise upon arrival.
Dapper Groomsmen Photos
Rich and his groomsmen arrived to check through the wedding setup and greet any arriving guests. They donned their suits and were helped out by family members and Treehouse staff with their ties and buttonholes. The sun was by now starting to break through the leafy shade and seriously warm things up. This was going to be a very hot day and in a three-piece suit, Rich was beginning to feel the heat.
Beaulieu Treehouse Wedding Ceremony With Owl Ring Bearer
Skye and the ladies arrived in style. They crossed the ramps, platforms, and rope bridges to get to the ceremony room. Inside the virtual guests from Australia had also joined via Wessex Live’s wedding streaming service and their many cameras.
Inside the ceremony room the wooden structure looked almost as verdant as the forest outside. Our friends at The House Of Styling showed off their skills. The space beautifully decorated with green foliage, white drapes, fairy lights, log slices and wedding flowers.
In keeping with the theme Da Vinci, a gorgeous barn owl from Fab Falconry delivered the bespoke wedding rings (from Fanci) to the best man. The stunned guests were then treated to a heartwarming wedding ceremony with Skye and Rich reading their vows to each other and sealing the deal with an emotional kiss.
From here on in the celebrations started to grow and grow. The Royal T’s high-energy acoustic music played them back down the aisle and out into the blazing sun. Further, around the treehouses, the guests filtered out to lie in wait for the happy couple armed with confetti.
Drinks Reception at Beaulieu Treehouse Wedding
Celebration drinks were flowing and we stole Skye and Rich away from their friends for couple photographs. Next, they proceeded to lead their guests through a secret door in the forest (thanks to Purple Door Props) and along a shaded woodland path. As the trees started to open out into a field we were all greeted by Da Vinci and his feathered friends. For a moment we all stood still, on a forest path, in silence, surrounded by stunning birds of prey. What an amazing addition to a wedding, the guests were so intrigued.
A Countryside Marquee Wedding Reception
Beyond the birds, Skye led the charge into a sun-filled countryside field, complete with a white Capri marquee (a big nod to the wonderful South Coast Marquees). The rustic decorations fit the vibe perfectly. Guests were able to escape the sun and relax on a hay bale or two from Bales 4 Events.
Wedding Falconry and Owl Photographs
Back with our feather friends Skye and Rich had asked for some particular images with the incredible eagle owl. In the heat of the day, we had a very limited time to shoot. We found that for both the couple and owl and calm was needed to achieve. Back at the marquee, we could hear the laughter and chatter of guests enjoying the musical stylings of The Royal T’s. Refreshing cold drinks from NJAC and tasty canapes from Ginger Catering Company were served. Children and adults alike enjoyed the giant garden games,
Beaulieu Treehouse Wedding Breakfast and Speeches Photos
An announcement to head backup to the Treehouses was called and the wedding party filtered back up through the woodland. In the shade of the trees, we shot some unusual group and family photographs, capturing everyone outside on the balcony from a wooden tower.
Rustic Woodland Wedding Breakfast In A Treehouse
Inside the main room, The House Of Styling and Oh Flora had created a feast for the senses. The wood/ greenery rustic feel stretched through the room, punctuated by floral colours and map detailed wedding stationery.
Beaulieu Treehouse Wedding Speeches
With coloured lighting and fairy lights, the wedding guests now felt even more like they were dining in a fairy tale. The wedding speeches were also fantastical. We are not sure we have ever heard (or felt) so much laughter and love in a set of wedding speeches. There were wails of hilarity, tears of love and joy, and yes – nipple clamps and a pie hat!
Ginger Catering we on top form, looking after everyone’s needs, scrumptious and amazing-looking food was served. Woodland plant pot chocolate deserts fitted in so well with the theme and provided amazing visuals.
Stunning woodland Themed Wedding Cake
In the background amongst the business of guests arriving, sitting, servers roaming between tables, speeches, and guests moving about stood the wedding cake. Helen Jane Cake Design had created a giant 5 tier work of art that fitted perfectly with the woodland theme. It almost seemed a shame for the happy couple to cut the cake. That is until we realized there were now 5 different types of incredibly scrumptious cake to be served.
New Forest Wedding Evening Photographs
Bride and Groom Sunset Wedding Photographs At Beaulieu Treehouses
The sun lowered in the sky hinting at a golden sunset, so we took Skye & Rich away for a chilled walk around a nearby field. These guys needed little to no prompting at all and looked incredible together in the orange rays bursting through the trees and across the Hampshire countryside.
Beaulieu Treehouse Wedding Dancing Photographs
Back at the Beaulieu Treehouses the main room had been turned around whilst guests enjoyed drinks out on the balcony. The Royal T’s went from acoustic to electric. After Rich and Skye had their first dance the guests were desperate to join them on the dancefloor. Without the sun and a lovely array of outdoor lighting, the forest took on yet more of a fantastical feel. To add to this lightsabres started to appear. The happy couple walked across the treehouse ropebridge under a lightsabre archway. There is a sentence we thought we’d never be writing!
The moon came out, looking down on the partying revelers, and as we drove off into the quiet, dark forest we reflected on such a wonderful, fantastical day, so full of love and laughter – just like Skye and Rich.
Would you like to see what Lizzie & Rob thought of their wedding photographs? You can see their review of our wedding services here.
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