Jo & Darren

October 2018

Jo and Darren have known each other for a very long time, “We went to primary school and bumped into each other in a local bar 20 years later, hitting it off immediately! By 2016 we had a gorgeous little girl and in 2017 we got engaged!” Darren proposed by pretending an injured animal needed Jo’s help! Armed with a tea towel and a brave face, she lifted the plant pot to reveal a bottle of bubbly, two glasses and an engagement ring!

Searching for the perfect venue

Jo is an ecologist, keen bird watcher and loves the outdoors and Darren is as laid back as they come, so a natural setting was always going to be their first option. “Neither of us wanted a big wedding with lots of fuss, we wanted a relaxed day with family and friends and The Woodlands was the perfect place for that. It also meant we got to fully appreciate the natural setting.”

The big day

The wedding was very relaxed with a rustic, natural feel. “We got married outdoors in The Hideaway during late Autumn when the woodland had a fantastic, magical feel. The colour scheme was burnt oranges, blushes and peach to complement the season.”

Jo wore a beautiful illusion lace and tulle style dress, completed with a long veil and gorgeous flower crown. Darren wore a blue suit and burnt orange tie, to complement the colour scheme. He didn’t have groomsmen as such, more a band of merry men, who wore the same tie with a suit of their choice. “We also have a number of nieces and nephews aged from 18 months to 16 years, so they all played a part in the bridal procession!”

Lasting memories

“We will never forget marrying in such a beautiful setting, surrounded by all of our family and friends there to support us. Everyone we spoke to couldn’t believe what a unique and special place The Woodlands is.”

Advice to other couples

“Relax as much as you can and enjoy your day – it’s over in a flash!”


“Our wedding planner, Steph, was amazing at helping us plan our day and made sure every last detail was covered. Needless to say, everything ran like clockwork and we couldn't have been happier with the support and advice she gave us, as well as the professionalism of all of the staff on our special day.” 

Photographer credit: Steve Green Wedding Photography

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