Fforest Wedding | Willowstock | Gareth and Rachel

In early July last year, I travelled to the beautiful West coast of Wales and a tucked away little location of Fforest. Here I found the lovely Rachel and Gareth who had chosen this magical spot to tie the knot.

Fforest is an eco retreat in the middle of the woodlands and fields. It is the most magical place. It is rustic, laid back and soothing to the soul, the most perfect place for a chilled out, relaxed wedding. Friends can stay for the whole weekend in a plethora of camping, yurt or lodge options. You can wander around the 200 acres of beautiful, green woodlands and surrounding fields or just sit back on a deck chair with the sun on your face and watch the sun set with a cup of tea in a tin mug or a cold local beer from the bar.

On choosing to have a humanist ceremony in the giant tipi on Saturday meant that Gareth and Rachel had to formally and legally get wed in Bwthyn, the licensed miniature pub on site. The chose to do this on the Friday with only their immediate families stood besidethem and invited their friends and family to a evening gathering, Willowstock.

Their Friday ceremony was gorgeous. After everyone getting stuck in on Friday morning and setting up for the next day, they all nipped back to their lodges and got ready. Rachel wore a stunning lace dress her Mum had made for her and flowers were provided by Fforest. A beautiful hand tied posy of flowers grown in the gardens at Fforest.

They shared an intimate ceremony next to the fireplace in Bwthyn, headed to their lodge for champagne and a cuddle with Willow and then back to Bwthyn for an evening of entertainment. An open night of music inviting their many talented friends to come up and sing and play music. This they called Willowstock after their adorable Willow and it was the perfect start to their weekend.

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Tomorrow I will be sharing with you their Saturday celebrations… it’s pretty epic!

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Happy Ffriday!

No, not a typo… I did actually mean Ffriday…

I hope you all have a splendid weekend planned? Mine includes hanging out with this amazing friend who is coming down to Newquay to hang out with me and no doubt will entail lots of eating good food, drinking wine and long walks… come rain, hail or shine. The way things have been in Cornwall this year so far, we will probably see all three of those elements plus some.

On Monday I plan to blog this amazing wedding… a two parter that starts with a gathering of friends at Fforest on Friday evening for ‘Willowstock’ and then on Tuesday, I’ll be sharing Gareth and Rachel’s festival, fun loving wedding day. Its taken me a very long time to choose and prep this blog post… there was just. so. much. beauty!

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Happy weekend!

 

A date for your diary

Morning!

If anyone out there is headed to Cornwall in Feb, try and make it for the 8th Feb so you can come long to the Handmade Things Wedding Fair in St Austell.  I will be there, sharing my photography wares and would love you to stop by and say hello.

The fair is taking place at the very lovely Market House in St Austell and will run from 11am to 4pm. There will be lots of lovely  wedding suppliers there to chat to including some people I cannot wait to meet myself and we will be seeing some familiar faces, the fabulous Justin Dance who supplied the jewellery for my elopement shoot and Elle from Inspire Hire who supplied the lanterns. I cannot wait to see them again!

The ladies from The Duchy’s Vintage Party will be hosting one of their famous pop up tea shops too. Don’t go without stopping by for one of their tasty cakes, I’ve had their cake pops before and I really hope they bring a few extra for me alone. There will be a cool little micro brewery going on,  thanks to Castle Brewery in Lostwithiel, so bring your boys… or at least leave the car at home if you are partial to one yourself!

There will also be workshops running through the day, all just a mere £5 each and the plan for them looks a bit like this…

11.30am: Fabric flower brooch with milliner Holly Young Headwear
12.30pm: Paper bunting with Georgina Kirby from Big Beautiful Bunting
1.30pm: Lace, vintage style cuff with Sarah Drew
2.30pm: Bespoke invitation with Kirsty from The Paper Princess

Its going to be ace, I hope to see you there!