Fairytale Woodland Weddings At Shropshire Hotel's Cathedral In The Woods

A fairytale woodland ‘cathedral’ offering a unique and spiritual wedding setting is to become reality thanks to a partnership between a Shropshire hotel and the founder of a county folk festival.

Hannah Hall, director at The Wroxeter Hotel between Shrewsbury and Telford, came up with the concept with Mike Rust, founding director of The Edge Folk Festival in Much Wenlock after being approached by a couple wanting a woodland wedding under canvas next year(2014).

“Hannah mentioned the idea to me knowing that I’ve arranged a lot of festivals and tented events over the years and it has just grown from there,” said Mike Rust.

Senior figures from the South Shropshire National Trust have taken an interest in the project, which should enable the unique weddings to take place in some of the county’s most beautiful woods, in specially selected glades encircled by stained glass panels hanging from the trees.

“The ‘cathedral in the woods’ idea was inspired by a panel I once saw in a sculpture park and will create a beautiful spiritual setting,” said Mike Rust.

“Finding the right spots was not easy but when we approached Peter Carty of South Shropshire National Trust he was equally as taken with the idea and has been invaluable with his knowledge of the terrain and views throughout Wenlock Edge and the Shropshire Hills.”

A number of ‘stunning’ woodland spots have now been identified that are just perfect for those looking for an alternative wedding surrounded by the beauty of nature.

But despite their outdoor location, glamour and sophistication can still remain the order of the day, with a feel of luxury ‘glamping’ throughout. Yurts, teepees and even a restored Romany gypsy caravan will be available and the choice of tentage and location will ensure exactly the right tone for the day.

Having taken care of countless anxious brides and, just as importantly, mothers of the bride, Mrs Hall is only too aware that the exact ‘feel’ needs to be agreed beforehand and the team has a range of options to suit all tastes.

At one of the sites, the day will be extremely rustic and access for all guests will most likely be by escorted 4x4.

“This is fantastic and ideal for festival going youngsters but it’s my job to ensure that the couple have considered all the implications and given due consideration to Granny,” added Mrs Hall.

“Another of the locations will still provide the overwhelming feeling of being in a natural setting but thanks to great access and a little intervention by the National Trust’s forestry division, nobody need ditch the fancy shoes or compromise on any of the usual expectations of a well-to-do wedding.

“The food, service and everything else will remain as high quality as if the wedding was taking place at The Wroxeter Hotel itself, something we pride ourselves on.”

For more information about woodland weddings, visit www.woodlandweddings.co or call 01743 761256

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