Outdoor Licensed Orchard Weddings
Wild about you!
Naturally, pretty outdoor ceremonies or blessings surrounded by nature for up to 150 in the romantic Wild Apple Orchard.
The Wild Apple Orchard, adjacent to the gorgeous Chapel House Arts & Crafts Style Garden, creates a beautiful, peaceful outdoor space for your wedding ceremony or blessing.
The Wild Apple Orchard Garden is available for outdoor weddings licensed during British Summer Time.
Or why not book a summer midweek Twilight Wedding for nuptials under the moon and stars and fruit trees?
There are many wedding venues in Kent which have beautiful outdoor ceremony spaces. However, Chapel House Estate provides you with a uniquely gorgeous, breathtaking rustic Wild Apple Orchard licenced for your civil wedding, blessing, renewal of vows or special celebrations. Due to its inherent natural beauty, the Orchard doesn’t need a ton of extra decor because it’s already a gorgeous setting but with a laid-back vibe.
If you want a quintessentially Kent Wedding Venue, the Apple Orchard offers the perfect natural outdoor backdrop for your nuptials. At Chapel House Estate, we celebrate nature and offer you the best of all things outdoor by showcasing this beautiful and traditionally known for its apple-growing county. Chapel House Estate gives you the best of what Kent county offers you.
For many centuries orchards have played an important role in communities, providing a focal point in which to lay down on a warm summers day, a natural gathering space, and a place where people and nature successfully come together to gather abundant harvests, providing fresh fruit long before the time of air miles.
What is the best time to get married in the Orchard?
On the day of your wedding, for the ultimate outdoor wedding, walk from the Beauty & Treatment Lodge or jump on the golf buggy, then walk down the long border, through the wrought-iron gate, and say I do at around 2 pm, under the licenced, purpose-built oak gazebo.
Then during the evening, if you like tradition, just before your cake-cutting and first dance, the oak-framed gazebo becomes the perfect place for couple shots as the twinkly fairy lights add some real romantic sparkle to your evening images.
How to style the Wild Apple Orchard?
Being an outdoor space, if you want to walk down the outdoor aisle in your favourite shoes, you can style your aisle with traditional runners or rented vintage rugs. Why not read our latest blog on Orchard Wedding Styling?
The purpose-built hand-crafted oak framed pavilion is located at the far end of the stunning native heritage apple tree orchard, with views across the third paddock where the helicopter pad is located. It can be adorned with flowers, or you can use free-standing urns so that if you need a weather plan, they can be easily moved into the Old Malt Granary converted Rustic Barn.
The wooden folding chairs are usually set in rows of twelve or six on either side of your aisle. These can be tied with ribbons, or extra large ‘buttonholes’ can be hand tied onto the aisle ends.
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What’s important about the orchard on the Chapel House Estate?
Why are orchards so special?
Native orchards are special places, providing vital green spaces and are one of the oldest and most beautiful historic gardens.
Fruit tree blossom is an important source of nectar in early spring for pollinating insects, including bees, hoverflies and butterflies. Maintaining the Orchards’ natural biodiversity is incredibly important to us as it provides a refuge hotspot in which insects can flourish. Read our Sustainably Statement if you want to learn more about our ethos.
The apple trees here on the Estate create a gorgeous celebration ceremony area with a natural canopy for you and your guests.
Throughout the seasons, your romantic al fresco wedding ceremony aisle changes, so no one wedding ever looks the same.
In spring, as the days get longer, your wedding aisle is carpeted in natural apple blossom, and daffodils surround your guests.
Wild meadow grasses and wildflowers soften and blur the edges throughout the summer months, and in the autumn, once the meadow has been cut back, as the apple tree leaves change colours and the fruit ripens, the orchard takes on an earthy, rustic, rusty golden sunset colour perfect for those autumnal golden hour photos.
What does Chapel House Estate do with all of the ripened apples?
Good news for you apple connoisseurs or just the foodies amongst us, book your autumn table early for one of the busiest times in our No 9 Restaurant diary (mid-October to late November as the days get shorter), when the chef and the team get creative with the best-selected apples, and make the most of the deliciously sun-ripped, natural sugar-filled crop. But don’t worry. We are conscious about not wanting the heritage fruit to go to waste. Still, we always leave some of the bumper fallen fruit for the foraging wildlife, including woodpeckers, bullfinch, redwings in numbers, field fairs, wood pigeons, and wild rusty red foxes!
We are so very proud custodians of this gorgeous orchard. We sensitively manage this garden-scale orchard and can’t wait to see you and your guests enjoying the shade, beauty, fruit and beautiful natural space. And as the sun sets, why not dip into a ‘wheelbarrow’ of cider and raise a glass to toast your future with friends and family?
This beautiful timeless orchard on the 35-acre Estate sets the tone for a relaxed, quintessentially English wedding day. Whether blossom laden in the spring or heavy with fruit in the autumn, make Chapel House Estate your perfect outdoor setting for your “I dos.”