I thee Wed – Megan & Nick
Today we bring you the beautiful wedding of Megan and Nick. From homemade cakes, to DIY with dad, stationery by the sister, catering from the local WI, to the village pub supplying the bar, this really was a good old, village community spirited wedding!
We now hand you over to Megan to tell you her story…..
We got married in the parish church, in the village where I grew up, and then had our reception in a barn at the bottom of the village. It was really important for us to get married in a church as we are both Christian, and the village church was perfect. The venues were beautiful, and personal to us, as the barn was right on the canal where my husband and I walked when he visited. The added attraction with it being in my parents’ village was that they could help a lot with the organising, and friends from the village were all willing to lend their skills which really helped.
With the barn itself, it was a blank canvas so we could do anything that we wanted. We got an ivory marquee liner hung inside, and lined the ceiling of it with homemade bunting. We chose everything from the tables, linens and chairs to the flooring and were really able to make it our own. We also asked the local pub to set up a bar in the evening which they did at no cost to us.
Our wedding was sort of town meets country as I am a countryside girl and my husband is from Oxford. We had loads of personal touches to bring our wedding together, such as the homemade bunting, pots of planted flowers all round the farmyard, and jars of lavender and wild flowers. On the tables we had tureens of planted flowers on a hessian runner.
My dress was perfect for me. I love lace, and silk buttons and I wanted straps as I get paranoid in strapless dresses that they are going to fall down! I tried on loads of dresses as my husband booked me 6 appointments in York for after I finished my final exams- he even booked my train, my lunch and made sure that the shops were in a circuit, and briefed my bridesmaid all without me knowing!
It was really good to try on so many dresses as I liked some which I didn’t expect to, and didn’t like others which I thought looked great on the peg. I finally got my dress (Benjamin Roberts) in Durham where I live, at Ava Rose Hamilton which had just opened. The service was amazing, and being close to where I live made it really easy to go and discuss various things about the dress, and have as many fittings as we needed to get it perfect. The dress itself was the only one which had everything I liked, fitted like a glove and was really flattering to my shape.
For our wedding stationary, we asked my sister, who is very talented to draw us as mice- town mouse and country mouse, and got it printed like an old picture onto a folded card, with the writing inside. On tables, for place settings she illustrated luggage tags which we tied to favour bags and placed in glasses for the guests. The seating plan itself was painted onto a blackboard which I made with my dad, and table names were on smaller blackboards shaped like cakes, teapots or teacups (an afternoon well spent doing DIY with Dad). This is because the tables were named after teas and cakes- 2 of our favourite things!
Our photographer was Sarah Folega (Folega photography) who was amazing. She never asked us to move our heads/shoulders/arms etc up and down, which really helped us relax and she took loads of amazing photos. Ever present, yet never invasive, Sarah was able to capture many special small moments throughout the day. She also stayed until our first dance, so we could do photos throughout the day, and she got some lovely natural photos of our guests.
For flowers, we spoke to several suppliers before settling on Passion Flowers, Doncaster. They were really friendly, and came out to meet us, look at where we were getting married and talk about the feel of the wedding. They really listened to us and had some great ideas. The flowers were perfect on the day, they tied in so well and I didn’t want to put my bouquet down! For inside the church, I made the displays with my Mum and her friend. It really helped that my Mum’s friend knew exactly what she was doing and was able to teach us so that we could get everything ready the week before. The cake we ordered from Marks and Spencer’s. It was a great service, and the white chocolate icing flowers looked and tasted great.
For the rest of the food, we had a Hog Roast, and then the local WI catered all the canapés, sides, pudding and tea and coffee. It was one of the many benefits of a village wedding! We then went on to have a barn dance (how could you not in a barn?!) It worked really well as neither my husband nor I are natural dancers, so having instructions really helped! It also meant that guests of all abilities were happy to get up and have a go. Doing a lot of the decoration and things ourselves was hard work at times, but friends and family were really willing to help and it really made the wedding personal to us.
For future brides, I would say plan the day that you, and your husband to be, really want. We loved having our planted flowers on the tables, calling the tables after things we love, and being able to set up the venues exactly how we wanted them. We had food that we wanted, and having a buffet and an entire pig enabled us to relax about the exact number of guests that came. Involving family and friends is wonderful as they feel involved and it takes the burden off you.
Also keeping lists of things that have been done/to do, and what was decided at different meetings with various suppliers is a must, as my head got totally scrambled in the end and I couldn’t remember what I had discussed with whom! Overall, enjoy it. We had the most amazing day of our lives and wouldn’t change a thing.
With thanks to Megan and Nick for sharing their day with us x