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