On a visit to The Yorkshire Show that year, they saw the giant Tipis and fell in love with them, so much so, they decided to hire the Tipis for their own wedding in 2011, held on their land at Oaklands.
The guests were amazed by how beautiful the setting was and said it would make a fantastic wedding venue. It was their guests that encouraged Mike and Linda to set up the new venture.
In 2012 Mike and Linda began the process of turning Oaklands into a wedding venue, setting out the site and sourcing materials. The launch came in 2015, and the first wedding was in May 2015.
There has been close to one hundred weddings conducted at Oaklands since 2015, with each couple putting their own unique mark within the tipis in terms of individual styling.
In 2017 it was time to plan for Oaklands future, with most couples saying that they loved the lodge on the lake where the bar was, it gave Mike and Linda the idea to build The Grand Lodge in place of the Tipis.
This would enable Oaklands to conduct all year-round weddings and offer couples the opportunity to have a larger number of guests, throughout all seasons.