Nicola & Nick

August 2018

Nic and Nick met in 2015 on a dating app and agree that the connection was immediate from their first date having breakfast at Nicola’s local café, the Wistow Rural Centre. Nick kindly helped to finish her breakfast for her!

From then on, the couple were inseparable - it was clearly meant to be. A couple of years later, Nick proposed during a camping trip to ‘Into the Sticks’, an Eco campsite in Letterston, Pembrokeshire. “Nick woke me up and told me I must see this bird that was in a nearby tree and handed me the binoculars,” explains Nicola, “I looked through them to see a note in the tree that read ‘Bubba-doo will you be my wife?’ He then produced a beautiful Art Deco style blue sapphire and diamond ring and started to put it onto the wrong finger! After gently correcting him we enjoyed our breakfast outside in the morning sunshine toasting ourselves with champagne in plastic glasses – bliss!”

Searching for the perfect venue

Given the proposal it might be easy to guess that an earthy, natural, bohemian setting was just what the couple were looking for when they came across The Woodlands. In particular, The Hideaway was simply perfect for the planned Humanist ceremony, including an ancient hand fastening ritual surrounded by close family and friends.  

The big day

“My dress was vintage Jenny Packham,” says Nicola. “It was stunning, floaty and an absolute dream to wear. I felt like an elfin or viking princess with my flower crown too. I was joined by my five best friends as my beautiful bridesmaids, three pretty flower girls who looked like woodland nymphs, and two handsome page boys.

“We chose natural wild looking flowers in an eclectic mix of jars and vintage glass vases for the tables and draped real ivy along the top table, seating plan and pallet photo board. We also hung willow hearts decorated with butterflies around the walls to compliment the natural, rustic feel of the day.”

Acoustic duo Sienna Acoustic played whilst the guests mingled outside in the sunshine. After plenty of chatting, drinking, nibbling on delicious canapes, and making the most of Honeybees’ ice-cream bicycle guests headed inside for the wedding breakfast. “We enjoyed tomato and peppadew soup, beetroot gnocchi, roast chicken, salmon, chocolate brownie and pear and almond frangipane,” explain the couple, “It was fabulous!

“Staying in The Treehouse was such a treat too! We’d love to stay there again, maybe on our first wedding anniversary.”

Lasting memories

“The whole day was perfect! It was exactly how we envisaged. We loved our Humanist ceremony, in the woods, a heron even flew through the trees at one point! It was a wonderful sign of our deep passion for nature, wildlife and the countryside, when we’re at our happiest and at one with the world!”


Nicola says, “We would definitely recommend The Woodlands to other couples to celebrate their special day, it’s a wonderful place. Just the right size for an intimate celebration, nestled in amongst the trees and with the guest lodges dotted around the edge it feels like you’re in a secret garden, like you’re on a little adventure.”


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