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Weddings At Wheeldon

Wedding Inspiration from Wheeldon Trees

It’s now just 12 weeks until we test out the first wedding at Wheeldon Trees – our own!

We’d love to say we’re organised, but to be honest, most of our time and energy goes into Wheeldon Trees. We’re dedicated to making sure everyone has a brilliant stay with us. Throughout the winter months we’ve been busy decorating. You will currently find us in Priestley Cottage installing a new bathroom and new kitchen – who said romance was dead?

However, at the end of July, we will stop for a long weekend to bring our families together in the Peak District National Park to celebrate our wedding amidst the magic of Wheeldon.

If you’re planning your own Peak District wedding, we thought you might like an insight into ours to give you some inspiration. We’ve also included links to our suppliers so that you can contact them directly if you would like their help.


Wheeldon Trees is perfect for our small wedding. We’re set in the heart of the Peak District National Park in the middle of England. People can travel to us from north, south, east, and west and meet us in the middle. Our closest family will be staying in the cottages from Friday evening to Monday morning. The cottages sleep 36 in total, so that’s 36 relatives from England, Ireland (Steve) and Scotland (Hazel) all together for one long weekend – what could go wrong? 

Tipi Heaven

The main event will be taking place in a tipi overlooking High Wheeldon and beyond it, Chrome Hill and Parkhouse Hill. Our partners, Tipis in the Peak have assured us the weather will be perfect but even if it’s not, their panoramic windows in the tipi will ensure the view is part of our big day.

Chef Simon

Catering will be provided by private chef Simon Smith. Simon will join the party from Friday morning preparing a family dinner on the Friday night, wedding lunch and supper on the Saturday and brunch on Sunday morning.

On the menu? Think canapés of Shropshire blue pâté rolled in pecans and chives and cherry tomato and mozzarella pipettes followed by roast sirloin of beef, poached salmon with fresh lime and watercress mayonnaise. All this will be completed by dark Belgium chocolate and hazelnut ganache.

Simon has travelled the world catering for some of the biggest events. His portfolio of work includes catering for the British embassies in Paris and Vienna and a private chef onboard super yachts at the Monaco Grand Prix. He has appeared on several TV shows including This Morning and Market Kitchen.

Majestic in Ashbourne has carefully paired wines and Champagnes to accompany Simon’s menu. Dave the manager has created the wine list and led the recent tasting.

Sweet Music

Music during the day on Saturday will be provided by the brilliant duo Inner Vibe and in the evening, things will step up a pace with indie rock band Punch the Air.

Threads of life

One thing you may not know about Steve, and I is that we love a bit of fashion. So, who have we chosen to dress us for the main event? Scabal in Savile Row will be dressing Steve. Founded by Otto Hertz in 1938, Scabal’s heritage English mill is located in Huddersfield, the home of traditional English cloth making. A large majority of its collections are still woven here. As with many Yorkshire mills, the area’s soft water gives the cloths a recognizable fine finish. Scabal is perhaps most famous for Vito Corleone’s famous tuxedo, as worn by Marlon Brando in The Godfather, and almost every one of Robert DeNiro’s iconic 70 suits in Casino. More recently Scabal dressing Daniel Craig in a pink tuxedo for the No Time To Die premiere.

And the bride will wear…

The bride will be wearing a carefully curated collection of outfits and shoes across the weekend (much to Steve’s amusement). For the main event, I’ve chosen Taller Marmo. Named after the Spanish word for ‘laboratory’ and the Italian word for ‘marble’, Taller Marmo is renowned for its design experimentation and use of fine materials. Under the creative control of Riccardo Audisio and Yago Goicoechea, who met while studying at Istituto Marangoni, the Milan-based label takes a modern approach to occasionwear.

We’ll be accompanied down the aisle by some very beautiful helpers – our children. The three boys are being dressed by Hawkes Bespoke Outfitters of Cardiff and the two girls by Solace London.

It takes a village

They say it takes a village to raise a child, well in our case it is definitely taking lots of help to deliver our wedding.

A huge thank you to the following:

  • Ben Mycock – local farmer and specialist tipi ground leveller
  • Donna Williams – housekeeper extraordinaire who has to turn around 10 cottages before and after the wedding
  • Faye Wilde Photography – wedding and lifestyle photographer
  • Chloe at Cuco Hair – bridal hair
  • Victoria’s Beauty at Home – wedding make up
  • Expo Hire – fridges, cookers
  • Executive Event Hire – crockery, table linen and glassware

You can find out more about booking Wheeldon Trees for your wedding here.