A gorgeous woodland inspired Halloween Wedding at Alnwick Treehouse

Today I am excited to share this gorgeous woodland inspired Halloween Wedding at Alnwick Treehouse.

Images were captured by Lifeline Photography

Hannah and Jen of Lifeline are based in Meltham, West Yorkshire.

They love laid back weddings and couples who just want to have fun and celebrate by surrounding themselves with the things and the people that they love most.

They work all over the country (and indeed abroad) shooting weddings of all shapes and sizes – usually non-traditional and always full of love & laughter


Hannah of Lifeline says of the couple and their day…


“I’m not gonna lie, shooting this wedding was hard. It was already completely dark outside when Rachel and Andrew first saw each other on their wedding day and both the ceremony and reception were lit by candles and fairly lights.”

“But you know what? It was such good fun and I sort of loved being pushed to try new things to make interesting photos in the dark.”

“The Alnwick Treehouse is one heck of an awesome and totally unique wedding venue – a series of log cabins up in the canopy of the trees some thirty foot about the ground. It’s so warm and cosy inside with log fires and twinkly lights, and then outside it’s like one big adventure playground.”

“Since they picked Halloween to celebrate their marriage, Rachel went all out making awesome DIY decorations including glittery pumpkin candle holders and a spook-tastic sweetie table.”

“The treehouse was filled with gorgeous flowers in wooden vases and pumpkins, and guests were treated to personalised mini skateboards and gnomes (two of Andrew and Rachel’s favourite things).”

“The cake carried on the woodland Halloween theme, with mini Rachel and Andrew gnomes on top (together with their fur babies). And the entire evening oozed personality and charm.”

“Rachel and Andrew are two of the nicest people you will ever meet.”

“Seriously. It’s obvious that they love their family and friends to bits, but more than anything else they love each other.”

“They really do go together like burger and fries (or should that be cheese sandwiches and tea?). I absolutely loved playing a part in their wedding, watching them beaming from ear to ear and glowing in the bliss of it all.”

“From Rachel pulling her dad down the aisle at breakneck speed to the raucous sparkler exit – it was a rip roaring blast.”

“And then Jen and I got to meet up with them again the next day for a quick couple shoot in the sunshine at their hotel, the wonderfully eclectic Alnwick Lodge.”

“It was blummin’ brilliant. In fact – I want to do it all again!!!”


I now hand over to gorgeous Bride Rachel…


How did you meet? 

“I went to Cleveland College of Art and Design in Hartlepool to study my degree and we first met in a local bar (Escobar).”

“Andrew often recalls seeing me across the room and wondering who that strange colourful creature was, however we didn’t speak.”

“Out first proper meeting was when were both in attendance at the infamous 45 York Road where everyone used to party.”

“It was a mix of students and locals. I was a student and Andrew was a local, the rest is a very long complicated history with a happy ending.”

“It basically took him 5 years from our first meeting but eventually he realised he couldn’t live without me.”

“As he says “it was always you”.

When did you get engaged? 

“He proposed on my birthday.”

“Andrew decorated the house and was all dressed up and made a lovely meal.”

“At the end he presented me with a caterpillar cake and my card.”

“As I opened it and I turned round he was on one knee with the ring.  IT WAS PERFECT and I had no idea!”

Tell us about your wedding planning journey

“Oh what a journey it was,when we thought of getting married we always imagined it would be in West Cumbria (where I am from).”

“We had always loved the idea of and outside wedding in the woods and something small, not a circus but for some reason once we were engaged the only thing I could think about was Alnwick Treehouse.”

“I’d never been just heard how wonderful it was. I called, asked what dates were available  in October (it had to be October) and she said Halloween. 2 weeks later it was booked.”

“I took to wedding planning very seriously and some might say I put Monica Gellar to shame.”

“I made everything myself so  It was quite stressful but Andrew was always there with endless cups of tea and moral support.”

“But looking back I wouldn’t have had it another way the day was perfect and just what we wanted.”

“For us it was all about spending the day with the people we loved.”

“The whole booking of supplier and organisation was fine I loved it I love to organise; people management was the hardest thing to deal with that neither of us expected.”

When did you get married?

“We got married on Halloween – 31st October 2015, the most magical and spiritual time of the year.”

What was the best bit of your day? 

Rachel – “Saying my vows it was truly the most wonderful feeling in the world as I meant every single word and as I looked only at Andrew I felt like it was just me and him and no one else was in the room.”

“I never knew I could love him as much as I did at the moment.”

“Dancing to NWA straight out of Compton in my wedding dress was also a highlight and having everyone we loved in one room as that will never happen again.”

Andrew – “Standing there feeling alone whilst waiting for Rachel to walk in, I had never been so scared in all my life.”

“Despite being surrounded by loving family and friends I was an absolute nervous wreck.”

“Then Rachel walked in, stunningly and beautifully reminding me of the first day I saw her, and all my nerves, fears and worries instantly drifted away.”

“An air of confidence, proudness and awe struck me as I realised I was about to marry the woman I had loved for all these years.”

What advice would you give to other couples getting married?

“Remember that you are getting married because you love each other, nothing else really matters.”

“I’d also make a list of the things that really matter to you when you are doing your budget.”

“That way you know what is the most important things to spend money on, if it’s not important don’t do it just because you think you should.”

“I really wanted a photo booth but didn’t want the price tag so we made our own with an instax camera that I bought with Tesco vouchers and everyone loved it.”


Wedding Suppliers

Dress – EBay

Shoes – Mel

Bridesmaid Dresses – Coco Fennell & ASOS

Bridesmaid necklaces – Custom Chic –  Etsy

Bee hair clips – Little Nells – Etsy

Garter & veil – What Katie Did Next

Flowers – A Secret Garden – Hartlepool

Bouquets – Rachel – handmade

Drumstick bags – Next

Hair – Amy Peden at Swain Hairdressing in Whitehaven – Cumbria

Make-up – Kitty Kerry

Suit – Slaters 

Ties – Vintage

Buttonholes – Rachel handmade

Andrews Waistcoat – Vintage

Letter Lights – Coco Luminaire

Rings – Artifactum on Etsy

Cake – Jane Hooton – Teacake and Mouse

Cake Toppers – Gnomes by LaLaForest & banner Pipsqueak & Bean (both on Etsy)

Car – Alnwick Wedding Cars

Unity candle stand, Cake stand and wooden vases – Ken Gerrard


To Contact Lifeline Photography

Website – http://lifelinephotography.co.uk/

Email – Hannah@lifelinephotography.co.uk

Phone – 07967 307658

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