Forest Lodge Hotel sits on the edge of the gorgeous market town of Lyndhurst within the New Forest. Previously it was a Georgian Dower House of the Notherwood Estate. Now it’s a beautiful venue perfect for a wedding!
Kate and Adrian met online, they had their first date after Kate had made sure Adrian liked dogs- as Kate is a dog minder! They had their first few dates in local pubs which inspired their wedding theme. Each table was a pub name where they had been on a date. They also had favours which were drinks coasters you could pop on top of your drink when you left your drink unattended.
After many a pub date, Adrian proposed in the deserts of Fuerteventura!
Annie, Kate’s mum, was hugely involved with the DIY aspect of the wedding. She made all of the flower bouquets for the bride and bridesmaids, Kate’s wedding dress, the table decorations, not to mention the wedding cake too! Kate had told her bridesmaids about her hand-made wedding dress but they didn’t know Annie had also made a glorious navy velvet cape complete with fur hood too!
The ceremony room at Forest Lodge was beautifully set up with autumnal pumpkins lining the aisle. Kate walked down with her proud father with her hooded cape up. The couple’s friends and family came from all over, including Germany, to see their wedding.
After the ceremony we stole some moments in the sunshine outside before the dark grey clouds started to come over. Luckily, there was a rainbow just at the right time!
The Forest Lodge reception room also featured the autumnal theme hinted at in the ceremony room. Pumpkins made for the bases of the centrepieces with branches coming off of them. Kate had been resting the pumpkin centrepieces on dog bowls to keep them upright. It was a lucky mistake that the dog bowls were left on the tables as it made it that much more personal. The tables were sprinkled with preserved autumn leaves and dried fruit which looked amazing.
The pair had been practising their first dance and had it choreographed! They also had an unexpected Mr & Mrs Quiz too!
Thank you for inviting me to share in your special day and enjoy your honeymoon in The Dutch Antilles and Florida!
Dress: Handmade by Brides Mother, Annie
Rings: Ernest Jones
Shoes: Irregular Choice & Barker McClean Brogues
Bridesmaids Dresses: Dressystar Vintage – Amazon
Flowers: David Salter Flowers- Wholesale Florist
Harpist: Audrey Cameron Finnemore