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Small wedding at Tree Top Escape, Devon

A treetop wedding

Claire and Craig's intimate wedding at Tree Top Escape

Large-scale weddings - from festival weekenders to luxe country house extravaganzas - are big news in wedding world right now. But, at the other end of the scale, the intimate do is having a quiet moment of its own.

While poring over Pinterest, ticking off tasks on the to-do list and making paper pom-poms into the night are part of the whole wonderful wedding experience for many couples, there's a rising movement amongst others to simplify the process and steal away to exchange vows in privacy. Here, Claire and Craig share the story of their small - yet oh-so special - wedding...

"We didn't initially set out to have an intimate wedding - we were looking at different wedding options when we found Treetop Escape and we both loved it, even though we visited on a really wet and windy day! There is nothing else like it around; it's so unique and getting to stay for four nights was an added bonus; what's more, it's completely toddler-friendly for our little one.

We woke up to the sun shining and enjoyed a relaxed breakfast outside, taking in the beautiful views. The hair and make-up artists came in the morning to get my three bridesmaids and I looking fab, then the florist dropped off the beautiful bouquets - they were an incredible team, decorating The Nest for the ceremony and then transforming it for fine dining afterwards. We opted for a vibrant colour scheme: red for the bridesmaids' dresses and groom's party accessories and sunny yellows, oranges and pinks for the flowers.

Decorated with flowers, the wooden walkway between the Tree House and The Nest made for a romantic aisle and we married before the glass balustrade, with miles of woodland as the backdrop.

An ice cream van arrived for the day, and as a wedding gift we also had a surprise magician turn up to provide entertainment for all the guests and suppliers, which was brilliant - and the alpacas who live around the site were also loved by the guests!

Living three hours away meant we hadn't met any of the suppliers until the day, but the team at Tree Top Escape coordinated the day from beginning to end, which meant I was possibly the most relaxed bride ever!

My advice to other couples considering an intimate wedding, is to 100% go for it. You can really make it your day, whether it's just the two of you or with up to 14 guests attending your special day."

Photography Jim Wileman Photography
Venue Tree Top Escape
Flowers Alice Shaw Flora
Ice cream van Tennacott Farm Dairy

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