• Intimate Handfasting Wedding Ceremony In The Woods

    This intimate, handfasting wedding ceremony in the woods just fills my heart with joy!

    Back in April last year Corrine, Gareth and their nearest and dearest gathered in Ecclestone woods. Picnic blankets were spread, camping chairs pinged to life and umbrellas opened to protect against the British drizzle. Jay Mountford Photography was on hand to capture all the beauty and joy of their day.

    Corrine’s baby blue cardigan and delicate floral crown were the perfect accessories to her chic maternity wedding gown by Tiffany Rose, while Gareth looked distinctly dapper in his vintage suit.

    Their handfasting ceremony took place under a rustic arch of branches decorated with feathers and ferns where Corrine’s step father conducted the ceremony. After the ceremony guests enjoyed a picnic lunch featuring brown paper packages tied up with string (home-made sandwiches), rosy red apples in wicker baskets, and scrumptous fairy cakes.

    There were ribbon wands for the children to play with and Gareth hand carved 30 wooden spoons as favours. Amazing right?!

    What is handfasting?

    It’s an ancient ritual dating back to the Middle Ages that signifies the marriage between two people by the binding of the hands. Hence the colourful ribbons you’ll see woven around Corrine and Gareth’s hands!

    (By the way, The Blessing Of The Hands is a non-religious and oh so beautiful reading that’s just perfect for a handfasting ceremony. Or any wedding ceremony actually.)

    Into The Woods

    We chose a woodland wedding because we love the woods, we met on a Forest School training course (all about working with children in the woods to build self esteem and confidence) so the woods felt like the right place. The woods we chose is near to where we met and now where we live and we walk there regularly with our children. 

    The Ceremony 

    We chose a handfasting because we are big hippies really and wanted something symbolic to represent our union, something more than just vows. We loved the idea of a traditional and ancient ceremony, it seemed fitting for such an ancient woodland. My step-father performed the ceremony for us, he’s never done it before but we wanted to keep it personal. 


    My eldest son was ring bearer for us and the little ones were just there (we had 3 boys at the time, we now have 4!), I think they felt a little over whelmed at first so came and stood with us so the first bit of the ceremony we were holding on to them until their big brother took them further away during the handfasting. 

    Many thanks to Corrine and Gareth for sharing their special day and to Jay Mountford Photography for these emotive images. They serve as a wonderful reminder that weddings don’t have to be big or expensive or filled with elaborate details to be beautiful. Don’t you think?

    Are any of you planning an outdoorsy wedding? Any brides to be who are also mums to be?

    As always I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

    Photographer: Jay Mountford Photography / Florist: Orchis Floral Design in Sheffield / Bride’s Dress: Tiffany Rose / Bride’s Butterfly False Eyelashes: Paper Self / Groom’s Attire: Vintage Suit bought on Ebay
  • Jay M

    Ahhhh it’s SO GOOD to see this again, I absolutely adored this wedding. Thank you so much for featuring it, and it was an absolute pleasure to shoot Corinne and Gareth’s beautiful day! xx

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  • Shelly

    Awesome outdoor wedding and beatifully shot by Ninja Jay. Ace

  • Laura Babb

    This is lovely.

  • Claire Penn

    Love love love this wedding, awesome work Jay… naturally. :)

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  • Tux&TalesPhotography

    Ahhhh gorgeous work! Love this wedding – such a beautiful peaceful feel to the photo.

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  • Sam

    The most beautiful wedding I have ever had the pleasure to attend, the photos are beautiful and brought it all back! xxxx

  • Corinne

    Thank you so much for a lovely post, Jay captured our day perfectly x

  • http://www.borrowedandbleu.com/ Erika {Borrowed&Bleu}

    This is so pretty and special! The chalkboard piano is really cool, too!

  • chairaffair

    What a beautiful outdoor wedding! I liked the idea of having it in the woods, and I loved reading their story.

  • Belle the Magazine

    What a beautiful and sweet affair! It really shows the couple’s personalities, which is always my favorite part.

  • Stephanie (Fab You Bliss)

    What a sweet wedding. And I love that chalk piano!

  • The Perfect Palette

    loving the pretty pops of color!

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  • lovemydress

    This is just so, so lovely, one of my fave weddings ever on your blog Elizabeth, beautiful xx

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  • bupoper

    This wedding looks absolutely stunning!

  • bupoper

    The photobooth pic is adorable!

  • Michael Owens

    Great looking day! Organic wedding hehe. Spectacular.


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