Woodland wonder

Kerry and Craig went back to nature with the Fantastic Mr. Fox at Two Woods Estate

Kerry and Craig were in the same form in Year 8 at school and got together as a result of a "will you go out with me?" phone call – "as you do when you're 14," Kerry laughs. Happily, they've been a couple ever since. "I think we were attracted to each other based purely on looks at the time," Kerry admits. "But we grew together and became the people we are because of each other. Craig is my best friend and always has been."

The pair treated themselves to a holiday in Canada for their 10th anniversary. Kerry says: "We love nature, and this was the perfect scene for a proposal!" So it was there, on the shores of Lake Louise, that Craig popped the all-important question.

Despite originally intending to elope, Kerry discovered Two Woods Estate, and they both knew right away that it was the place where they wanted to get married. The bride says: "The setting underneath the redwood trees is the most peaceful, magical and beautiful place where nature welcomes you in."

Here we find out more about the big day from the bride herself…

Woodland wonder: Image 1 I bought my dress in 2015 – before we had decided on the venue or even a date! It was not what I originally had in mind, but when I tried it on with the lace jacket, it felt so comfortable and just right. It was in the sale and two sizes too big, so when it came to alterations, poor Margaret at the shop had her work cut out but did a fantastic job.

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We chose mink dresses for the bridesmaids with lace backs to complement the lace on my bridal gown.

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Craig was dressed in a tweed suit, and we wanted him to stand out from the groomsmen, so we chose contrasting navy three-piece ensembles for them, paired with tweed waistcoats to complement the groom.

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Our table plan and names were designed with a Fantastic Mr. Fox the mein mind, a tribute to our favourite film. We used woodland animals' Latin names and quotes from Wes Anderson's movie adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl novel.

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Our centrepieces were made up of woodland and autumn flowers with craft beer bottles. We made the place names with pine cones.

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We set up a special woodland-themed table for the children to keep them entertained. They also loved all the space to run around in outside.

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A cellist played during the ceremony and throughout the drinks reception.

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Our wedding breakfast was a vegetarian afternoon tea with vegan options. In the evening, we had a pizza van.

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In the evening, The 88s kept everyone on the dancefloor!

Woodland wonder: Image 6 The ceremony stood out the most. Looking up at the trees and holding the hand of the man I've always loved was the most magical moment, and remembering that feeling still makes me smile.

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After the majority of our guests had gone home, the stalwarts sat around a fire pit on the field. This was a magical experience under the stars.One of our bridesmaids played her ukulele while we sipped whisky by firelight. Thankfully, no one was harmed by the drunk, axe-wielding father-in-law trying to chop firewood!

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We didn't put too much pressure on ourselves to create the perfect day. Our perfect day was getting married. This thought helped to keep pre-wedding stress to a minimum.

Woodland wonder: Image 8 We flew to Montreal for our honeymoon, spent a few days there andthen took the train to Toronto. We only booked it two weeks before the wedding, as is our usual last-minute holiday custom!

Kerry and Craig's contact book

Bride's dress

Whyte Weddings
whyteweddings.com

Bridesmaids' dresses

Dorothy Perkins
www.dorothyperkins.com

Cake

Naked Food Company
www.nakedfoodcompany.co.uk

Catering

Henry's Kitchen
www.henrys-kitchen.co.uk

Entertainment

Flowers

Hair and make-up

Shelly Bond Bridal
www.shellybondbridal.co.uk

Photographer

FionaMillsArt
www.fionamillsart.com

Venue

Two Woods Estate
www.twowoodsestate.com