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The Wilderness

South East, Preston Court, Kent, CT3 1DH

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A glittery disco ball hanging in the trees. A Champagne Shack bar. A wild flower meadow. Majestic Kata tipis. The Boat-Zebo. The love swing. The Woodsman’s Cabin…The Wilderness, licensed outdoor wedding venue!

 

Flanked by Kentish apple orchards, hidden away, The Wilderness unveils itself. A gently rolling green valley, not a house in sight, bridged to the north by the river Stour and to the south by St Mildred’s Woods.  The Wilderness features a pretty boating lake which is frequented by swans, water meadows, a wild flower meadow and ancient woodland filled with bluebells, wild garlic and campions. A short walk from the lake, via the water meadow and wooden footbridge, you discover the woodland glade. This is surrounded by magnificent Oak trees, wild ferns and foxgloves.

A licensed outdoor wedding venue isn’t the easiest to come by but this lovely lot have a civil wedding licence and two locations to chose from:

Woodsman’s Cabin || Down by the boating lake is the Woodsman’s Cabin which sits over looking the lake which inspired Turner to paint his famous landscapes.  The Woodsman’s cabin is fully licensed for Civil Ceremonies and Partnerships. Or there’s The Cabin which opens up completely on all sides to really take and connect with the landscape.  The tent to the rear is absolutely magical and has elegant bamboo poles to support the canvas.

The Boat-Zebo || A Victorian hand made wooden Clinker boat, made locally in Kent.  The boat has been painstakingly restored and upturned to create a canopy under which the ceremony takes place. Wild hops and willow trees envelope the canopy above to create a feeling of intimacy, with the long grasses, bull rushes and water meadow plants around.  This is a paradise for wild birds, dragon flies, butterflies and flora and fauna.

Furthermore, The Champagne Shack serves all manor of Wilderness inspired fresh cocktails, local ales and wines. Food is a really big part to your day so the team have hand picked a selection of caterers who can bring Wilderness to life through fresh, local foods, feasting and sharing menus, street foods and food cooked outdoors over a fire. Surrounded on all 3 sides by glorious coast line, getting fish Oysters, lobster and seafood is easy.

 

 

 

Party in The Woodland Glade:

Down in the woodland glade are three majestic Kata Tipis, along with the Champagne Shack Bar and the Love Swing. This part of Kent is known for its incredible peachy coloured sunsets and huge wide skies.

And for the couple there is the most magical original wooden Shepherds Hut built circa 1910 in Shaftesbury, Dorset by guru of Shepherds hut builders, John Farris. They were lucky enough to find the hut whilst exploring the Great Dorset Steam Fair! They bought it back to its new home in east Kent where it would have traditionally being used by the Shepherd to sleep in and keep warm, whilst he kept an eye on his ewes lambing each spring.

This licensed outdoor wedding venue also boasts a rather special shepherds hut which makes the perfect retreat for you on your wedding day. A very cute, private dressing room. Think boho festival!

 

 

 

 

Say What?

|| Our wedding was so much more than we could ever have hoped for. In large part, this was down to the amazing location that was Wilderness Weddings. The team at Wilderness made this possible with their vision for a wedding in the rolling picturesque Kent countryside, complete with stunning woodlands, fields and a lake by which the ceremony was held (check out the pictures in the gallery!)

The team were so creative in turning this setting into an almost dreamlike venue. But at the same time, they were never overbearing and were very clear that it was our wedding and that they were happy to accommodate all our ideas and suggestions for doing things. You simply don’t get this freedom at a conventional wedding venue, just one of the things that attracted us to Wilderness! ||

 

 

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