Humanist Woodland Wedding | Sam & Piers

Chilled out wedding in the woods.

After meeting Sam and Piers for a drink to discuss their wedding ideas, it was clear that the super friendly couple’s Humanist woodland wedding would be a really relaxed affair. They were determined to focus on having a great time and keeping everything really informal. With this in mind they’d decided to have a humanist woodland wedding ceremony on a farm near Cambridge. The really cool and quirky rustic venue called Burleigh Hill Farm, is more commonly used as a campsite than wedding venue but this rural Cambridgeshire spot was the perfect fit for the vibe of the day.

Humanist Woodland Wedding.

I began the day photographing the bridal party’s preparations at Sam’s farmhouse home just outside Cambridge. We, then travelled over to St Ives for the wedding celebrations.

The June sunshine ensured everything would be perfect for the planned humanist ceremony in the woods.  The woodland clearing was decked in colourful bunting and the guests sat excitedly on hay bales waiting for Sam’s arrival. It was such a chilled wedding – guests who had dogs had been encouraged to bring them along – everyone was welcome and the whole thing was incredibly inclusive.

For the reception the working barn was decked out with personal touches from top to bottom creating a really welcoming DIY feel that was full of personality.

Later on guests were treated to a BBQ and live music which had everyone on their feet and shook the barn to it’s foundations.

After an amazing day’s celebrations most of the party headed off to the custom made bell tent campsite for a giant campfire. A fitting end a perfect midsummer’s day.

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The Venue

Burleigh Hill farm sits in the tranquil Cambridgeshire countryside, just ten miles north of Cambridge on the outskirts of St Ives, on a small family run arable farm. Mostly used as a campsite it features a shady old orchard – which was perfect for this humanist wedding celebration. It also has as open grassy fields where guests can pitch up for that festival wedding vibe.

From a photographer’s perspective if offers plenty of rustic charm with interesting backdrops, for some really quirky and alternative portrait options. The lighting at sunset in the rear field is awesome too.

From what I understand the owners don’t advertise the farm as a wedding venue and do limit the number of weddings they host  per year but if you are looking for something that is definitely not a “cookie cutter” venue, it’s a great option.  For an authentic, rustic, boho and genuinely alternative wedding Burleigh Hill Farm could be your perfect fit.


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