A UK Biome Wedding

Wild and otherworldly

Ashleigh, Graduate Student in Archaeology & Peter, Manager in Adult Social Services

One sentence sum-up of the wedding vibe: Amazing party with all of our friends that felt like it was in a biome on another world…

Soundtrack for reading: The most memorable song would be La musica notturna delle strade di Madrid No. 6, Op.30, composed by Luigi Boccherini, which was one of the songs that we walked in to, but we had every kind of music, from anime soundtracks, to jazz, to ’60s psych music.

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The Eden Project event staff was really supportive and helpful. When we didn’t have any ideas for vendors, they recommended people that they worked with before and were very relaxed about all of our ideas. Also, the registrars from Cornwall were the absolute loveliest people! We hadn’t met them before the wedding, but they were really friendly and sweet and guided us through everything.

Favorite Thing about the wedding

The mega DANCE PARTY. Ash actually wore through the soles of her shoes. Good times.


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  • EF

    hooray for UK weddings! It looks wonderful. Was the legal ceremony done ahead of time though, and an emotional (this seems to be the term my friends have settled on, sorry) ceremony done in the biome? Registry office rules can certainly be depressing sometimes…

    but congrats! and what a cool venue.

    • Cara @ Lillian and Leonard

      No, this was the legal ceremony! The Eden Project is licensed for weddings which means that you can get legally married there. It’s the perfect venue for balancing the desire to get married outside with England’s draconian wedding laws. Also: it doesn’t matter if it rains, which is important!

      • EF

        wonderful! thanks!

  • Cara @ Lillian and Leonard

    Oh! We just loved photographing this wedding a million times over. Everything about it was beautiful. And that cake was the best wedding cake I have ever tasted, and I’ve tasted somewhere in the region of 200 (it’s a tough gig, but someone’s gotta do it.)

    Thank you APW for featuring it and thank you Ash and Pete for letting us be a part of your day.

    Cara and Nye. <3

  • Nina B

    This is SO beautiful! The butterflies and reminder to twerk are all awesome but I just can’t get past how amazing the 13th picture is (yes I went back and counted). You two look so happy and gorgeous.

  • Stella

    This is gorgeous! The Eden Project really is such an amazing place — and this is such a gorgeous wedding! Amazing idea to get married there, it looks fantastic!

  • Lisa

    I’m kind of obsessed with how beautiful that cake is. What a lovely wedding!

    • cara @ lillian and leonard

      It tasted like heaven.

  • scw


    (p.s. I keep waiting for some pauly shore comments!)

  • sara g

    O. M. G.
    I can’t get over how fabulous this is! What an amazing venue!

  • CJ


  • K.


    I definitely can’t show my fiance these pictures or he’d probably cancel all of our wedding plans in a frenzy so we could have a UK destination wedding. And I’d be hard pressed to stop him!

  • Lisa

    Aaaack! Must fall over in ecstasy. What is that photo that looks like Pan himself? A statue? A person? An apparition?

    • cara @ lillian and leonard

      It’s a metal statue amongst the grape vines! There were loads of them, they were kind of terrifying actually.

  • Bets

    So excited to see this! I LOVE the Eden Project – magical, magical place. This made my friday.

  • Stunning!

  • Hannah

    Ooh, I love that Boccherini piece! It starts out so stately and formal, and then teases you with something a little more flirty, and finally tumbles into this bouncy, carefree tune. So great, and this is a very fine recording of it. I dream of walking down the aisle to the Corelli piece from the same album. ;)

    This looks like an all-around wonderful day. What a terrific idea to be married at this site! Congratulations.