Photographer: Phil Marsden Photography
Rhiannon & John: A Heartfelt, Budget Friendly & DIY Village Hall Wedding
Good morning, lovelies! I hope that you’re all well this morning?
I’m so excited to show you this week’s real wedding from newly weds, Rhiannon and John. After a few e-mails back-and-fourth with the super talented and approved supplier Phil, from Phil Marsden Photography, I knew that I couldn’t wait to show this pretty, relaxed and family affair that celebrates the amazing love between the couple (11 years of it, to be exact!).
Not only does their very special day sum up what every wedding should be about, but it really does put into perspective how a budget friendly and handmade celebration can still be as beautiful and joyous as a lavish affair. Just imagine a beautiful September Summers day, the faint smell of a delicious hog roast, hay bales, bunting galore and a gorgeous wedding between two long-time lovers surrounded by their favourite people.
I hope you will all find that the pictures sum up exactly that of a heart-felt, fun and summer loving wedding, as I did. I’m sure the lovely Phil will back me up too! For now though, I’ll pass it over to Rhiannon to share her words of wedded-wisdom and a little more about the day, of course, with beautiful images to set the scene…
Their ceremony and reception took place on Saturday the 2nd of September of this year at East Keswick Village Hall, a bright and modern space for a wedding in a Northern’Village of the Year’. Rhiannon and John chose the venue because of the “beautiful outside surroundings and they allowed them to have full free-reign on food and drink.”
They hand-crafted the ceremony space from hay bales sourced from Crigglestone Farm on Gumtree to set the scene for their rustic and fun outdoors feel. Their celebrant, from ‘Love Celebrant‘ conducted their ceremony with the blue summer’s sky in the background.
Tell us a little bit about how you both met and how long you’ve been together. What made you fall in love?:-
“We met through a friend of mine when he and John were doing a sandwich year together at university. I helped my friend move in and met John the same day. We’ve been together for 11 years now. I love John because he is just a good guy – very honest, trustworthy and gentle. Plus he says it his aim to make me laugh everyday.”
How was the inevitable question popped, where and who by?
“John got down on one knee on a Sunday evening after having cooked my favourite dinner.”
Doesn’t that just sound like the ideal proposal? Minimal fuss, from the heart and enough to brighten all Monday mornings up.
New mum, Rhiannon tells us how she waited to have her wedding and wasn’t really excited about the planning process…
“Nothing excited me about planning the wedding, that’s why we were engaged for five years before actually getting married!! I wanted the wedding to be DIY and not cost the earth, but with jobs, studies etc I felt I didn’t have the time to give it my attention….so we waited until we had a newborn and I planned it whilst she napped!!
The first thing we booked was the venue.”
How did you plan your wedding, what parts of the wedding were more important to you and why:-
“Once we’d found the venue (a village hall) we set about thinking how to decorate it and how it would work with the great British weather.
It was important to us to feel like the wedding was personal. We made everything from the bunting to the bar menu. Food was important as we are both foodies, so we had a hog roast then asked guests to bring a dish they love and share it with other guests.”
Rhiannon and her husband, John opted for a delicious Hog Roast from Classic Hog Roast Catering. And, whilst they opted to hand-make most of their rustic decor, styling and menu’s they opted for chair covers from West Yorkshire Chair Covers.
Can you tell us about your Day, did you have a theme and what made it so special?
“The plan for the day was to have it be like a big family BBQ. It was casual with hay bales, croquet, kids running around etc. It was all in one place which made the day just feel fluid and relaxed.”
Where did you get your wedding dress and why did you choose that designer or style? Tell us more about the bridesmaids, groom and usher outfits and what brought them all together?
“Wedding dress was from Wed2Be. I chose this design as I needed to be able to breastfeed my daughter throughout the day. It also flattered my mum-bod!
The bridesmaids wore pink dresses from Warehouse that they chose together. The groom bought a suit from Slaters (cost more than the dress!) and the best-men wore their own suits. There was no dress code.
The colours for the wedding were white, silver and baby pink – the buttonholes and bridesmaids bouquets were white baby’s breath and the grooms was pink and white baby’s breath. My bouquet was pink baby’s breath.”
The fun, summer loving flowers we’re sourced from Florist, Triangle Nursery. We we were water impressed with the co-ordination between the bride, Rhiannon’s’ dress and her bridesmaids.
If you had the chance to do it all again and you could change one thing, what would it be and why?:-
“The only thing we’d have changed would be to hire someone to clean the dishes after the meal as our mums spent quite a while stacking and un-stacking the dishwasher!!”
If you were to give other Brides and Grooms three top tips, what would they be and why?
1. Weddings don’t have to cost the earth – all in (except honeymoon) the day cost £5200.
2. Relax – the day flies so enjoy it.
3. If you’re happy to do DIY do – it is very very satisfying and unique.
Once the food had been eaten and lovely speeches were over, their favourite people danced the evening away to singer, Lorna Adams of Last Minute Musicians.
The Full Story…
What a gorgeous couple, family and wedding day, a truly family orientated and handmade celebration. We hope you have enjoyed reading about Rhiannon and John’s special day – for a full list of the talented team that got involved, please see the list below.
We wish you the happiest of marriages!
Also, a huge thank you to Phil from Phil Marsden Photography for sharing this beautiful wedding with us. We’re looking forward to working with you in January next year at The York Marriott on the 21st. If you’re engaged and looking for a photographer, then do pop by and say “Hello” at our luxury wedding fair, 12-3pm.
The Team Behind The Talent…
Photographer: Phil Marsden Photography Venue: East Keswick Village Hall Wedding Dress: Wed2Be Menswear: Slaters Bridesmaids: Warehouse Florist: Triangle Nursery Hog Roast: Classic Hog Roast Catering Celebrant: Love Celebrant Singer/ Musical Entertainment: Last Minute Musicians, Lorna Adams Haybales: Crigglestone Farm (GumTree) Stationery: Printed.com Cake: M&S Food Rings: The Beautiful Company Chair Covers: West Yorkshire Chair Covers Decorations: Ebay