We have been waiting a long time to share this awesome destination wedding ceremony and celebrations captured by the incredibly talented destination wedding photographer Ed Peers…but as they say the best things come to those who wait so you’ll see why it’s has been featured in Rock My Wedding! It was one of our personal favourites of 2015. ENJOY! This boutique and personal outdoor wedding ceremony and fairytale location at Camp Katur made Ann-Marie and Mark’s wedding so unique.
“It stole our hearts from the moment we saw it on a damp July afternoon. The rolling meadow, quirky glamping pods and woodland ceremony area gave us a tremendous canvas.” The venue didn’t feel like a wedding venue nor did the day feel like a “typical wedding”. Finding unique and off the beaten track places is something that both Ed and I are always drawn to and love to be part of creating and capturing. Camp Katur in North Yorkshire, with it’s secluded meadows surrounded by woodland, is one awesome destination wedding location and right here on our doorstep in the UK. Think off the beaten track, magical woodlands, long grassy meadows, Hansel and Gretel style wooden cottages, two “mad-ly in love” physicists and their unique and personal “the moon and the stars” outdoor ceremony and celebrations and you’ll start to get a feel for it!
“It was an incredible feeling to wake up on the day, peek out across the meadow to see our nearest and dearest gathered together between the trees and the long grass.” Ann-Marie never enjoyed having her makeup done in the past but make up artist Louise Lunn did such a great job of making her feel special but still looking like her.
Lisa Brogan complete the look by styling my hair in a side bun which worked really well with the birdcage veil from Etsy which added something special to the overall look and definitely helped me feel like a bride on the big day. Ann-Marie chose a Jenny Packham dress which she fell in love with. The visit to their boutique was the most enjoyable of all the appointments she’d been to and all of the dresses felt amazing to wear!
From being a little girl Ann-Marie had always dreamed of going to the moon and had even written to NASA when she was a teenager! “I want to hold you close and whisper in your ear, all I need is here, the moon the stars and you” A very befitting entrance for a star-gazing bride who, as a child, was mesmerised by the moon and the stars. Watching a recording of Armstrong take the first steps on the moon while at primary school was one of those significant moments that had a lasting impression on Ann-Marie. The words, the readings, “the moon and stars” lantern and ceremony entrance paper hanging styling and the music all came together to tell their story of how their two planets collided, their shared love of science, astrophysics, the great outdoors, and of course, each other.
“The ceremony and opportunity to celebrate the commitment we were making to each other was hugely important to us. We knew we didn’t want a traditional ceremony, but didn’t know exactly what we did want! Jan was incredible. She designed and created a ceremony with the right balance of uniqueness, tradition and meaning. We felt at ease as soon as we met her and as we talked through our backgrounds, shared interests and how we met, it soon felt like she’d known us for a lot longer!
Sitting down and reading her first draft of our script was the most enjoyable and emotional part of planning the whole day. It was truly memorable. Our ceremony became a moon and star themed story of ourselves, our interests and as Jan described, “how our two planets collided”. The ceremony was incredibly personal and really set the tone for the day. It was highlight for us and we’d absolutely recommend it.”
Mark wore a personally tailored suit from Reiss with a bow tie and pocket square from Mrs Bow Tie. He couldn’t resist the opportunity to wear braces- an overlooked method of trouser support- but didn’t appreciate just how hard they’d be to find. Luckily he found the right pair from Brook Brothers in the US. His outfit was finished with a pair of British made Grenson tan brogues”
Anne-marie walked down the tree-lined aisle to ‘The moon the stars and you’ by Nils Landgren a song with beautiful lyrics that capture their love for each other.
“Life with you is wonderful I wish it never ends
it feels just like it did when we were young
I wish that I could be with you until the end of time
still after all these years our love this strong
When I see your smile it makes me wanna cry
When I hear your voice it makes me weak and I
When to hold you close to me
And whisper in your ear
All I need is here the moon the stars and you”
For Ann-Marie and Mark falling in love was “..like falling through space. It’s like you jump off your own private planet to visit someone else’s planet. And when you get there it all looks different: the flowers, the animals, the colours people wear” (Jeanette Winterson)
Lucy MacNicoll delivered a beautiful blend of bouquets and arrangements using neutral colours and succulents that subtlety blended our colours with the trees and woodlands. They looked stunning!
Their ceremony oozed personality, was full of joy and emotion and is one their guests will remember for years to come. All I need is here , the moon, the stars and you.
Traditionally mums don’t get to feature in the ceremony, but Ann-Marie and Mark chose for their mum’s to be the ring bearers and, in addition to readings, we incorporated fun, antiquated and personal marriage advice given by their two best friend married couples.
What’s the moon without the stars?
This has to be one of our all time favourite Groom’s quotes: “Imagine if you kiss someone and they tasted of cinnamon buns. You’d kiss them all the time, wouldn’t you? Well, here’s to cinnamon kisses” They took their first steps as husband and wife to the eighties classic ‘The Whole of the Moon’ by the Waterboys Looking back on their day they have some fab advice to offer:
Firstly: “Only honour the traditions you believe in”
“We deliberately ignored many traditions, which made the ones we did follow all the more special and the ones that spontaneously occurred all the more delightful.
We didn’t want a formal receiving line but one naturally sprung up as our guests made their way across the meadow to the post ceremony drinks. We didn’t want a first dance, instead we finished with an impromptu last dance surrounded by all of our friends dancing our socks off. We followed the best man’s speech with a Mr & Mrs double act as the final speech. We asked our Mums to be our ring-bearers as they rarely get the recognition they deserve during the day.”
Secondly: “Don’t leave it to memory”
Definitely choose a great photographer. Those shots will become your memories as your real ones fade into the haze of time. Our photographer Ed Peers was the easiest choice of all. Ed captured our close friends Liz and Jordan’s day and we knew we wanted his stunning portraits and documentary style for our big day too. We are so glad he was available. We love our pictures and can’t thank or recommend him highly enough. Amazing guy, amazing talent.”
Thirdly: “A party isn’t party without a feast”
Catering was provided by the lovely Sue and her team at Camp Katur who always create the most delicious food, what ever the style.
“Post ceremony Pimms and Lemonade was served from the tipi in the centre of the meadow. We opted for informal dining in the Papakata tipi with bench seating and shared platters for each course.”
Food is an important thing in Ann-Marie’s family and we were pleased that the Father of the Bride gave it a big thumbs up too!
“The best wedding advice we heard and would pass on, is for your special day to reflect you as a couple. We made sure we had a clear idea of what we wanted, we tried not to be too obsessive about the small details and didn’t go along with anything that didn’t feel right. After the event, one of our friends described our wedding to us as “warm, inclusive and fun”, which is exactly what we hoped it would be.”
If you’ve been inspired by Ann-Marie and Mark’s woodland destination wedding ceremony and celebrations and would like us to create a more personal and unique experience for you at your own destination wedding location whether that be at your private home or estate, an off the beaten track venue or outdoor location then you can find out more by dropping Jan a line: email@example.com. You can also find more outdoor wedding and woodland wedding inspiration here.
Many thanks to all the suppliers for helping to make their day a more unique and personal one.
Jan Shillito at Celebration Ceremonies & Weddings
Ed Peers – http://www.edpeers.com
Camp Katur – http://www.campkatur.com
Papakata – http://www.papakata.co.uk
Lucy MacNicoll Floral Design – http://lucymacnicoll-flowers.com
Jenny Packham – http://www.jennypackham.com
Mrs Bow Tie – https://www.mrsbowtie.com
Brook Brothers – http://www.brooksbrothers.com
Grenson – http://www.grenson.com/uk
Sue at Chips and Things – http://www.chipsandthings.co.uk
Mulder & Co – http://www.weddingbandcheshire.com
Kim Taylor – Co-ordination at Camp Katur
Louise Lunn – http://www.louiselunn.co.uk
Lisa Brogan – http://www.mutuhair.co.uk