We chat to Andrea Matthews, head of weddings and events at The Grand Lodge at Oaklands (www.oaklandsweddings.co.uk), about this stunning new setting in the heart of rural East Yorkshire...
Tell us about The Grand Lodge at Oaklands...
Built in 2020, The Grand Lodge replaces the tipis that once sat at Oaklands. Constructed using local timber, this unique lodge venue is a mix of rustic charm with luxury elements. Nestled within 200 acres of beautiful woodland, beside a picturesque lake, it's in the most tranquil setting.
How did the venue launch?
Back in 2011, Mike and Linda, the owners, hired tipis and held their own wedding on the land, which we now know as Oaklands. Their guests were so impressed that they encouraged the newlyweds to turn Oaklands into a business. After building the outdoor ceremony area, sourcing their own tipis and preparing the space, the first wedding was conducted in 2015. In 2017 it was time to plan for the future; the owners decided to build The Grand Lodge, which would replace the tipis and offer year-round weddings.
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