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Charm, Romance & Personal Touches

When it came to their wedding day, Sarah and Tim wanted to make it as personal and as meaningful as possible. They opted for a charming village hall wedding venue with lots of handmade decorations, eclectic details and delicious food. Here, Sarah tells us about their utterly romantic wedding day…

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Venue
Village Hall
Location
Thurgarton
Ceremony
64
Breakfast
64
Reception
80
Dress
Alexandra Anne
Flowers
Louise Price - Number 27 Floral Design
Cake
N/A
Photographer
Matt Horan

WE HANDMADE ALL OF OUR WEDDING DECORATIONS

“We wanted our wedding to really reflect us, for people to walk in and say “this is so you”. So for us as a couple who just love the outdoors, countryside, twee styling and the simple pleasures in life we opted for a wedding venue where we could really put our stamp on it and make it our own. The wedding itself was at the beautiful Lambley Church, a small but very special Church where we invited around 60 of our family members and closest friends to join us for the ceremony.

The venue was a very unassuming little village hall in the beautiful Nottinghamshire village of Thurgarton. We fell in love with it at first sight and it suited us perfectly! We decorated our reception with hay bales, copious amounts of bunting and as many fairy lights as possible. Decorations were painstakingly handmade by us with help from our friends and family.”

WE SURPRISED OUR GUESTS WITH ALPACAS

“Our wedding style was very relaxed and a perfect reflection of us individually; I am animal and afternoon tea mad so I made sure both bases were well covered on the day and Tim is a really keen & very skilled cyclist. We sprayed old bike wheels and used them to display some of our favourite photos on as well as including a vintage bike prop. Tim is also a curry connoisseur so that was important to him and so our evening food was a dream for us both. We had a completely veggie afternoon tea for the wedding breakfast and then an array of scrumptious curries, dahl’s and Indian inspired street food for the evening. Our cute vintage van mobile bar provided a talking point as well as a selection of cocktails and Ales.

Tim made a fantastic DIY hanging ladder from silver birch that was gathered on several countryside walks including our engagement shoot (we were always on the lookout for free material), this was displayed above the top table with foliage and hanging jam jars with some of our beautiful country flowers. Each of our Mum’s also knitted flowers that were put on the pews in church for people to wear as a gift. The Alpacas were our surprise for all of our wedding guests and we had been fit to burst wanting to tell people but it worked out a treat on the day. With some fantastic reactions from our friends and family as they walked out to meet them they added a really playful element to the day and were impeccably behaved!”

MY DRESS TOOK A LONG TIME TO FIND

“My dress took a long, long while to find but my final visit was to Allie at Alexandra Anne Bridal on the Chatsworth Estate. Allie and her stunning shop stand out an absolute mile, she greeted me like an old friend and made me feel at ease from the very beginning, nothing was too much trouble, the experience was what dreams are made of – I loved every minute and finding my beautiful Charlie Brear two-piece made it extra special; the top and skirt were actually from different collections but I just loved them together. Tim was slightly more straightforward as generally he only gets excited about new cycling kit so he had a clearer idea of what he wanted and his suit was the first he tried on. He bought the same dusky pink tie for the best man and male family members on both sides but we didn’t go for matching suits. I was determined that I wanted to get something that my four beautiful bridesmaids were comfortable and happy in and I ended up finding their dresses on ASOS and they looked gorgeous.”

ALWAYS HAVE A DAY THAT IS MEANINGFUL TO YOU BOTH

“The kids were entertained with lots of Easter themed crafts and an Easter bag for Church. Our Alpacas were the main  source of entertainment though for kids and adults alike, everyone loved them! We also bought a vintage polaroid camera and lots of film. Tim had made a huge wooden frame which we hung envelopes with guests’ names on and they took their photo, placed it back in the envelope and we got a fantastic record of the day from other people. When it comes to advice for other brides and grooms, always have a day that is really meaningful to you both, make sure it reflects you as a couple and don’t do things just because you feel you should. Ask friends and family to help out as there will be lots of skills and talent they can put to good use.” The charm, romance and eclectic style at Sarah and Tim’s wedding was just undeniable.

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