Yorkshire Woodland Wedding Venue – Escrick Park
The natural, green and idyllic woodlands of Escrick Park are a perfect setting for a wedding ceremony. The ceremony area is set in an ancient oak clearing and the outdoor open space provides rustic benching for up to 150 people. The enchanting archway crafted from dried oak branches creates an ethereal and bohemian haven for outdoor wedding ceremonies. In perfect combination with the woodland area, the grounds of Escrick Park Estate offer a perfect grassland space that is set in the picturesque parkland offering a south facing location for your Tipi or Marquee. This enables you to create and build your own bespoke celebrations that can go quite late into the night – or even the morning!! And I can certainly vouch for that!
Escrick Park certainly boasts the glory of the Yorkshire countryside, yet is easily accessible via road and buses and is close to Escrick Village and York for guest accommodation – although the option of camping in the field is available for guests/party animals! (Again – I can vouch for that too!) Here are a few summaries from some of the Woodland Wedding Ceremonies I’ve had the pleasure of performing at this wonderful Yorkshire Countryside location.
A Festival Wedding
For two avid festival-goers that met at Glastonbury Festival, Escrick Park was the ideal location for Tony & Anne’s Festival Wedding. They even chose the date of Summer Solstice for the wedding! When not in the comfort of their canal boat home, Tony & Anne love going camping, listening to music at festivals and are also true nature and wildlife lovers, so the woodland area for the ceremony and the huge open space for marquees and tents at Escrick was ideal.
The ceremony was certainly an eclectic eccentric blend of celebrations that even included recognition of Tony’s love of cars and motorbikes with engine sounds played as a tribute to the vehicles! There were Blessings to Glastonbury Tor’s spiritual and mythological history, a Beer Blessing, an Olympic Medal Presentation (see photo of Anne’s medal!) and hilarious audience cues from the Groom’s self-written comedy lines! The entrance of the groomsmen in their shades to Bring your Daughter to the Slaughter by Iron Maiden, started the proceedings brilliantly!
After the ceremony, we followed a parade lead by Tony, a Medieval History fanatic, playing the pipe so as to gather everybody together in the festival area. The festival space consisted of a Drinks Tent, a Children’s Tent, a Dining Marquee, a Musical/evening Entertainment Stage, a Pizza Oven Van and a Caribbean Food Tent too. The festival feeling was completed with a fire for everybody to sit round until the early hours drinking and singing until the rising of the sun! (Yes, I happily partook in these activities!)
Steph and Bre’s Woodland Handfasting Ceremony
When I met Steph and Bre in a pub for a pint to discuss their wedding ceremony, it was clear that we were going to have fun! After getting to know them, I discovered that they did have quite opposite tastes to each other yet the importance of their love being recognised and tying the knot was incredibly significant to them and their families. The brightness and colour of the ceremony was captured wonderfully by Happy Otter Photography.
As lovers of the outdoors, Escrick Park Woods were perfect for Steph and Bre. Although there were showers during the morning of their wedding, the sun fortunately broke through to give us perfect blue sky with bright rays of sunshine that shone through the trees like a fairy tale. Emma from Happy Otter Photography created these images below that capture the enchantment and magic that the woodlands blessed the wedding ceremony with. When Steph and Bre arrived in the camper vans, the atmosphere was absolutely buzzing!
Steph and Bre each had their own songs to walk into the ceremony that were personal to them and made the emotions began to bloom immediately. Here is a summary of the celebrant-led wedding ceremony:- Emotionally moving entrances by both brides with family – funny letters from the pet dog – recognition of the differences between Bre and Steph involving a musical diagnosis that included a variety of tunes including Disney songs and Marilyn Manson hard rock – a beautiful Handfasting Ritual with family members – a world-peace community hug – a symbolic ceremony involving a home grown radish and an amusing group selfie of the wedding party!
Steph and Bre had their wedding breakfast and evening reception in a local village hall after their ceremony in the woods.
Ali and Andy’s Outdoor Wedding Ceremony
In Britain, there is always the uncertainty of the notorious British Weather! For Ali’s and Andy’s wedding, when it decided to pee it down, my well-invested umbrella hat meant that we carried on regardless when the heaven’s opened!
The guests had to stand huddled in a very cosy circle due the benches in the woodland being too wet to sit on but we still had a great time celebrating Andy and Ali’s story. There was also a lovely speech from Ali’s father and some wonderful readings. Sadly, the Mead Blessing was abandoned due to the rain deciding to make a guest entrance! Luckily, the umbrella saved Ali’s beautiful rainbow coloured hair from running onto her white dress and the drinking of mead was completed in the Tipi! The British Weather is something nobody can control for outdoor weddings but we always carry on regardless!
Wedding Ceremony Testimonial
VENUE – Escrick Park
Thank you to Happy Otter Photography for the photos and brilliant support. If you’re looking for a woodland wedding venue, Emma from Happy Otter recently wrote this article about woodland ceremony locations featuring Escrick Park.
Celebrant : – Louisa Starr – Starr Gazing Ceremonies