Handmade Boho Woodland Wedding with Macramé & Succulents

Oh, how I adore the Lincolnshire woodland wedding of WWW followers Jessica and Khine held at Hirst Priory. From the emotional ceremony to the lovely handmade macrame wedding decor and all those gorgeous succulents. Just wait and see.

Their woodland wedding ceremony truly was idyllic in the dappled sunshine, then there were meadow portraits, fireworks and sparklers to finish. Whoa! You’re going to adore the sensational outfits as well as the entertaining games for guests.

Aden Priest Photography, thank you so much for sharing these divine images of such a special celebration in the woods.

Lincolnshire Woodland Wedding

The Proposal

Khine took the traditional route to ask Jess’s parents for permission to marry her. The response was “crack on boy” with a tear in their eyes.

Khine then went engagement ring shopping with Jess’s parents and picked out the one. The proposal reflects the wedding, outdoors in our garden (where we spend a lot of our downtime) between Covid lockdowns.

Khine had plenty of time to decorate as Jess was away in London with her friends for the weekend (who were in on the plan all along) and wouldn’t be back till later. Khine had spent the whole day decorating inside the house with rose petals and candles leading to the backdoor. With a trail of photos of our adventures of the past 5 years together.

When I first walked into the house, I thought Khine had cooked a meal because of the romantic rose petals. I then walked back out to my car which Khine saw and he thought I had done a runner! But was actually only getting my suitcase.

When I finally walked through to the back door, Khine was knelt down on one knee in the centre of heart-shaped candles and in front of sign saying “Will you marry me?”. To which I said yes! After a few tears. We then went to our local pub for a Sunday roast which would have been my ideal wedding day but Khine had other plans!

The Vision

Once Jess got her head around the fact they were having a wedding and the shock of Khine sending her venue links less than 12 hours of being engaged, the vision started to flourish.

We knew all along we wanted to be outside as much as possible. We like to give anything a go like DIY around the house and garden so we thought why not make things for the wedding ourselves. We had plenty of time to do so over a year and a half in the making.

We liked the natural boho look which we thought would be perfect for an outdoor wedding. We booked the venue a week after getting engaged as the venue’s calendar was getting full of re-bookings from cancelled covid weddings. We fell in love with the place as it had so many options indoor, outdoor, woodland, tipi and the vaults. What sealed the deal for Khine was the welcome sign on the steps as they walked up to the venue. ’Welcome to the future Mr & Mrs’.

Khine was born in Burma and is Buddhist. We did initially talk about having a traditional Burmese wedding but due to covid and not really knowing when the lockdowns would stop, it wouldn’t have been possible to travel back and forth to Burma for the traditional outfits. We decided to have the Burmese ceremony after with just close family at the monastery.

The Styling & Decor

All the macramé we made from the door hanging piece in the woodland, the bunting, to the 60+ jars. The jars are just old jam jars and mayonnaise jars we asked our friends and family to wash out and keep over the past year or so.

Jess also made her bouquet wrap and two buttonholes for Khine and our page boy. And macramé flowers for the flower girl’s wand. The hoops were from B&M that we added cord to.

We dried a lot of the flowers ourselves, cut from our own garden and friends’ gardens. Jess hand-reared 80 baby succulents for months on end for our wedding favours.

A lot of the decorative pieces around the venue like the stepladders and lanterns are what we have around our home already.

The Venue

Hirst Priory is hidden away from the main road amongst trees and a long driveway leading up to the beautiful building so not many people would know it’s there. We certainly didn’t when we first went viewed it.

We walked up the main steps through the big door that then leads you through to the main room with huge windows and doors looking out onto the grass area which is where we had the tipi. We both knew straight away this is where we’ll be getting married! It had the right feeling.

And Hazel who runs Hirst Priory could not have been more helpful, so we knew we were in safe hands when booking our wedding. We loved the idea of getting married in the woodland under the trees as we live opposite a wood and that is what we look out upon every day.

The Ceremony & Music

The ceremony was outdoors in the woodlands under the trees. And on such a hot day we were grateful for the shade.

Walking down the aisle to Florence and the Machine’s cover of Stand By Me.

Our first dance was to The Lumineers Ho Hey. We didn’t want a traditional slow-paced song. As both of us have two left feet.

In the evening we had a live band who were fantastic. The Nashville Heat. Yes, it does sound like an American football team!

Your Outfits

Khine and his groomsmen suits are from Marc Darcy.

Jess’s dress is from Osh Gosh Gowns.

Your Photographer

Aden Priest. We first met Aden over a year before the wedding in between lockdowns. We felt like we were talking to an old friend.

On our wedding day he captured all the special moments naturally, we didn’t want someone in our face constantly and he put us at ease for the romantic photos. He went to great lengths to get the right photo from laying down his own suit jacket for us to sit on to even falling into a ditch for the perfect shot!

The Honeymoon

Khine secretly booked a mini moon to the Lakes for 4 days. The sun shone for us there as it did on our wedding day! Luckily.

We plan to go to Singapore and then onto Bali later on in the year.

Memorable Moments

Everyone was so emotional. All happy tears. Even the registrar made a comment of how she’d never been to such an emotional wedding and that she could really see how much we love each other.

We can’t actually pick just one memorable moment. We both thought the whole day was absolutely perfect. And it could never be relived as it was just so beautiful!

Advice For Other Couples

Advice from me personally (Jess) speaking from someone who didn’t want a wedding! Just go for it and make it your own.

You don’t have to spend thousands, you don’t have to stick to traditions. Every couple’s wedding should reflect the couple getting married who cares what others think. It’s your day!

Simply wonderful.

Jessica and Khine, thank you ever so much for sharing your Lincolnshire woodland wedding story with us.

Further Reading

65 Wedding Centrepiece Ideas
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60 Wedding Reading Ideas

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