Imagine spending your wedding day in the treetop, surrounded by woodland, and fairy lights. The Alnwick Garden venue has taken this dream-like idea and make it a reality. Getting married in a treehouse was something Tom and Frankie couldn’t resist. Frankie had grown up reading about Peter Pan and his treehouse adventures and decided she wanted a themed wedding that incorporated several fairy tale elements. Not to mention the wedding band Birmingham they hire for the evenings entertainment.
The tree house is hard to miss, it’s beautifully crafted with Canadian cedar, Scandinavian redwood, and English pine. Its Idiosyncratic build gives the hand-built vibe, with its uneven windows and wood panelling, it looks straight out of a fairy tale, it has more character than class, meaning it breaks the straight lines to be different. Nestled beneath an enchanted forest in Northumberland, the venue host ceremonies for 65 guests and receptions for 120. This was spot on for the couple as they wanted a close intimate ceremony that turned into a bigger party in the evening.
Frankie wanted to incorporate several themes from Peter Pan, a book she treasured as a child. Therefore, they had several lost boys as ring bearers, luckily the rings were not lost. But what a joy it was to witness five small boys, dressed in cute tuxedoes with funky, stripped or spotted braces, walk down the aisle. Instead of the traditional confetti, the couple gave out little bottles of ‘fairy dust,’ biodegradable glitter that the guests could throw over the couple as they held hands and walked down the aisle. This was important to the couple and the venue as they attempt to be as green as possible in conserving the area.
The picture that were captured were magical, the glitter shines under the sun, nearly as brightly as the smiles on the couples faces. Surrounded by trees bursting into leaf, marrying under a canopy of greenery created spectacular wedding photographs. After the ceremony the party sat down to eat, this section of the day changed from a Peter Pan theme to a tea-party with the mad matter we all know and love, the Alice in wonderland props were out in full. Everyone drank gin from mis-matched tea sets, and drank tequila from little bottles that read ‘drink me.’ Wild mushrooms were served as a starter, and a hookah that allowed the guests to try different flavoured shisha.
As the night’s light turned down into darkness, more guests arrived to celebrate. The wedding band had been hand-picked from the best. Apollo Live agreed to travel to the venue despite it being far away from their usual location. They brought all their own equipment, and lighting that was a special feat considering the wedding was held in the treetops. Their first set consisted of the DJ playing classic songs, from Lionel Richie, to Disney classics such as Mulan’s ‘I’ll make a man out of you,’ that Frankie dedicated to her husband. The band delivered hit after hit, sending all feet to the dance floor.
After a short intermission, the band came back and gave a few words to thank the couple for involving them on their special day. They proceeded to play live music with a six-piece band, including a saxophone, that proved popular with the guests. At the end of the night, everyone was sweaty from dancing till they dropped, the band got a standing ovation as they finished their last song. A cry for ‘one more song’ could be heard throughout the forest, and of course the band couldn’t resist, they took to the stage once more and played Prince’s classic 1999.