Afternoon festival lovers.. So this post should really tickle your creative fancy today!! Back at the beginning of September we attended a super cool festival in a secret woodland location in Kent..‘In the woods’ started as just a friends and family gathering and now in it’s 7th year has grown to 1000 strong festival goers. The Laurel Collective and friends put on a very special one day festival, that is intimate, friendly and oh so creative!!

Curated and pulled together by the band with a small crew of dedicated helpers, the festival has fast become a watershed show for new talent, highlights from this year included Peter and Kerry, Alunageorge, Eska and the truly wonderful Alt-J.

Amidst the carefully selected talent, beautiful lights and captivating art installations are scattered throughout the forest and punters mingle with nature and music over two stages with local ales and food (no big brands or commercialism – so refreshing). A silent disco and gigantic bonfire kept things going til sunrise in a picturesque valley beside the site.

This festival was beautifully put together and styled to thrill the senses. Being in a wood, as opposed to a field, certainly intensified every aspect of the festival feel and allowed the curators to create beautiful individual areas for poets, a mad hatters tea party and hidden intimate stages.

As you walked through the gated field into the woods, the strings of lights led you down straw pathways dressed with colourful bunting and pretty flowers!! Hand painted signs took you to different parts of the venue……it really felt like a secret adventure playground, we just wanted to explore!!

The band and main stage were situated in the Quarry, a huge dip in the woodland meaning the crowd sat on logs, steps and parts of the hilly woodland. Once you sat down, it was best not to move – The hill was steep and numerous people had a few slides (including me) but everyone was friendly and hands were held out to help the sliders!! Sitting amongst nature at it’s best and watching truly inspirational new talent and an awesome strobe light display made this festival experience so different to any other!!

Trees were heavily decorated with streamers, pom poms and lights!! We loved the idea of hanging wishful messages and pictures on a unique tree. http://band4hope.com/ were there to spread their charitable love and it was lovely reading all the hopes and wishes on their copper tree.

I apologise now for the lack of evening shots. The local cider was fairly strong and I got hugely sidetracked by the silent disco!! I hope these images bring you inspiration for your festival wedding. How beautiful it would be if you could create your day, in your style, in these woods!! Thanks to ‘in the woods’ for a stunning festival experience and giving our readers loads of decor ideas for their festival wedding!! See you next year xx

Do let us know if you are planning to marry in a woodland… We would love to hear from you!!

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