Childhood memories “Enchanted Woodlands-Teddy and Me!”

Childhood memories “Enchanted Woodlands-Teddy and Me!”

Reminiscing is  wonderful thing. A few months ago I was looking back on some photos of myself when I was just “a wee bairn” living in Scotland which got me thinking about childhood memories.

I remember enchanted woodlands, fields, farms and animals and spending time just being a child, exploring nature.

donkey   is it a sweetie

Some things stand out like they were only yesterday, like playing out in the neighbourhood, the fabulous halloween’s up there, my guinea pigs, the squirrels that used to come right up to the backdoor from the forrest; but what really sticks in my mind was exploring the great outdoors just me and my faithful teddy, we were inseparable, best friends . Something that all mums and dads will be able to relate to!

Strangely I can’t remember having a specific name for him but he has now been passed down to my daughter who has appropriately named him “one-ear” due to the obvious missing body part that must have occurred after this photo was taken!


Many years later, seeing my own children find a special bond with their own teddies “Harry” the hare and “Didi Saa Saa” the elephant made me realise how important having memories of this loyal friend are. 

Everything we do is about creating memories and celebrating  the important things in life that matter. So I got together with professional Photographer Cecilia Costello, who specialises in natural portraits of children and Kerry Roy at the amazing outdoor location Camp Katur in Bedale to create a styled mini-shoot for children and families in the woodlands this Easter weekend. When I took Cecilia there for a reccie she loved the enchantment of the woodlands and felt it was the perfect spot and so was born “The Enchanted Woods Portraits days”.

If you would like to create some wonderful natural memories of your children having a little outdoor adventure with their beloved teddy in an enchanted woodland and styled setting then get in touch to book your session.

There are only ten sessions available over the two days-Easter Sunday 20th April and Monday 21st April so don’t leave it too late!

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Quirky valentine proposals


To celebrate valentines day, this weekend we will being doing an engagement photoshoot for one of our couples who have a very lovely story to tell. We were so blown away with this create fiancée’s proposal that we wanted to share it with you. So watch this space, it’ll be coming to the blog soon.

In the meantime, we thought we’d a few sweet and quirky valentine proposals:

Have a fabulous valentines day whether you are celebrating with husbands, lovers, friends, (or your kids??) celebrate love in your own little way. And remember, as the song goes “give a little love” and  it all comes back to you!

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Yorkshire’s alternative wedding venue- Skipbridge

Yorkshire’s alternative wedding venue- Skipbridge

When we’re not writing, styling and conducting wedding, renewal of vows and naming ceremonies, we’re out on the road seeking new and interesting off the beaten track, alternative wedding venues and outdoor locations to hold our ceremonies.

Our stomping ground is Yorkshire and it’s surrounding counties so if you’re newly engaged and looking for somewhere truly unique to have your personal ceremony, we might just have come across the one that make you feel “this is us”! Whether you are looking for a blank canvas to create a festival style event, a magical woodland, an english country garden, lavender fields, a rustic barn, a country house,  private estates or a new site to have a Papkata or tepee we can help so.

Given that Lonely Planet recently placed Yorkshire third in the top ten of ‘must visit’ places in the world in 2014 I thought over the next few weeks I’d share with you some of Yorkshire’s hidden gems that I’ve discovered along my travels this year.

Next up is  Skipbridge a wonderful country outdoor location and new for 2014; it’s relaxed, quirky and it’s easy to see why it’s quickly getting booked up. A delightful green field venue suitable for a marquee,  Papkata , TotallyTipiBoutipi or Yorkshire Yurt situated on on a small holding that houses creatures great and small.

Photograph by Peter Boyd

Photograph by Peter Boyd

You can find more insider info on our new “new venue section” on our website but here’s our at a glance summary to give you a feel for what it’s about:

It’s for you if:

  • you want a more relaxed chilled affair
  • you’re looking for something a bit quirky and fun
  • quite a lot of your wedding guests are children
  • you want the flexibility of a blank canvas outdoor location but with reliable support available if you need it
  • you want on site electric and proper showers and loos and a portable bar!
  • if you want the option of on site B&B accommodation or camping
  • you love the outdoors, animals and lovely people


What kind weddings & ceremonies can you have there?

Informal, personal outdoor ones! Our ceremonies are written, styled and conducted for and about you. You have the freedom and flexibility to say what you want to say and promise to each other, choose the music, poems, lyrics or traditions that are meaningful to you or give them a new take. We are nationally qualified Independent Celebrants which means you can include religious, spiritual content or keep it totally secular, it’s entirely up to you.

But most importantly we tell your own story and  create a ceremony that’s unique and personal to you, whatever your style or choice of location.

Why have we chosen to work with Skipbridge Country Weddings?

  • the friendly relaxed atmosphere
  • the flexibility and freedom it offers
  • their dedication to making your day a personal experience
  • the quirky features

If you’re interested in wedding ceremony at Skipbridge Country Weddings then give Jan a call on 07745 385 981 or drop Jan an email and don’t forget to leave a contact number too!