Nestled in the tree-covered depths of the New Forest Country Park is the idyllic Beaulieu Estate Treehouse wedding venue... complete with rope bridges and viewpoint turrets!
Last Autumn we assisted lovely couple, Kate and John, with their wedding celebrations here and it was a pure delight to have worked with them on the furniture, dressing and catering elements of their 'Big Day'.
Autumn was the perfect backdrop for families and friends to celebrate al fresco, with guests arriving from as far afield as London, Sunderland and Tanzania!
After an intimate ceremony in the smaller treehouse, canapés were served overlooking the pond with mini blinis, naans, crostini and of course, a glass of bubbly.
The couple were after a modern, rustic feel for their catering and we were only too happy to oblige with a picnic-themed wedding buffet playing on home-made goodies. The menu included freshly baked sausage roll slices, ploughman bites, mini vegetable gardens with edible soil, cold roast beef sharing platters and fig and feta salads. We also provided some special Northern delicacies such as pease pudding and ham stotties for the Bride's family.
The wedding breakfast decor remained traditional with white linen but our tablecloths were elevated by pops of colour from classic comic book table names and Lego character place cards.
In honour of the Groom's love of cheese, we provided a wedding cake made of various flavoured locally-sourced wheels, decorated with an abundance of autumnal fruits, accompanied by a plethora of chilli jams and chutneys.
The most magical part was when the entire bridal party tiptoed their way into the forest and headed towards a clearing. It was here we served hot, spiced cider straight from a woodland fire pit while guests huddled around for some truly heart-warming speeches.
As nightfall descended, the venue twinkled with a thousand fairy lights while guests took to the dancefloor and hit our al fresco pop up bar on the veranda for some good-old forest fun.
Table dressing and furniture hire: PARADE Events
Catering and menu development: PARADE Events & Sodexo Prestige
Venue: Beaulieu Treehouses at the Countryside Education Trust