Trailing miserably, I picked a team I hoped would excel at the Jenga round. Unfortunately, after they had come to join me at the marquee, two of Team Bride asked me in unison “what's Jenga?”. Sigh.
We left our guests for a few minutes to have a photo of the mock cake-cutting with the photographer. We could hear the oohs, ahhs, sharp intakes of breath and cheering coming from outside and rejoined the fun at round two after the boys had taken the first round. It was brilliant how much the crowd were getting into it - you could have cut the atmosphere with a knife! People were visibly holding their breath each time their team tried to pull out a block without collapsing the tower. Inevitably, the boys just won the second round and so it was on to the next game, horse shoes.
Ooh the tension:
Come on, Team Bride:
Oh noooo... another victory for the boys!
While Team Bride faced Team Groom for the horseshoes, we went to the top of the road to get some photos where the views were just beautiful.
We got some photos with the backdrop of hills and fields (trying to avoid the sheep poo as we went) and then at the old traditional red phone box at the end of the road. At the top of the road, a car stopped to open the sheep gate and the woman that got out wished us well! As we walked back towards the house, we heard what I thought was a bell ring, but was actually the sound of one of the boys rattling the horse shoe around the metal post and securing (another) spectacular victory for the boys.
Rachel had also spotted another photo opportunity at the dry stone wall in the garden. I sat on the wall while Mr V leaned against it, but just as he did, a big stone from the top fell towards me and he managed to catch it in time just before it squashed me!
In the meantime, the guests were playing the penultimate game of nearest to the post - chipping golf balls uphill towards a post. Dad had arranged that one, and was secretly hoping for a win, but hubbie’s brother-in-law nailed it.
One of our younger contestants:
Dad, giving it his best shot:
Unbelievably it was already time for the final game of the day - tug of war. We each chose four boys, 2 girls and a child for our teams and Laith donned his referee baseball cap, whistle and Union Jack flag and battle commenced. Hubbie took part in this one for the Groom's team. As our venue is set on a very hilly piece of land, the Groom's team had the advantage of pulling the bride's team down hill and won the first round. So, we swapped ends and the Bride's team won round two. So, after losing a coin toss, I had to let hubbie pick which way they faced for the final round (no prizes for guessing which he chose). So, given the inherent unfairness of the situation, I quickly ran round everyone and told them, as soon as Laith blew the whistle, to jump on the Bride's side, which they did! Loads of people piled on, and hubbie told me at first that they couldn't understand why they were pulling so hard and still losing! Finally, we secured the first and only win for the Bride's team.
No cheating going on here, honest:
Tug of war was the last game of the afternoon and it was time for the wedding breakfast. The guests were seated in the dairy which looked beautiful decked out with all of our handmade bunting in pinks, whites and blues, and all of our little handmade details.
My homemade seating plan:
And homemade "Mr and Mrs" bunting on the top table:
We made jam as the favours, and created labels to go on the front. We then tied brown tags around the jars with each guest's name stamped on the tag, to act as placenames. You can see in the background a little stack of penguin books - we dotted these around on all the tables:
The childrens' favours:
Our card table with handmade "cards" bunting:
Very proud of my guestbook, keeping with the bunting theme:
The flowers and table numbers. Our table numbers were the local sheep counting numbers from where we live!
Favours for the babies:
At each person's place setting, we had made "polaroids" of us with that guest. These were really fun because you could see people swapping and comparing their pictures over dinner!
We also made activity books for the children which were laid out at their places with a little packet of coloured pencils:
Thankfully, up until that point the weather had been absolutely perfect. We'd been nervous as the forecast had predicted clouds followed by rain at 5pm. However, the sun shone and it was actually really warm, to the extent that I had to use my parasol that I had bought on the (very slim) chance that it would be hot in the Lakes in mid-September! People seemed to quite like the parasol actually, I had a few remarks that it was very “pride and prejudice”. Just as we went indoors for dinner at 5pm, the rain came, bang on time. We were delighted – we couldn’t have timed it more perfectly.
When everyone was seated, the best man announced us into the room as the new Mr and Mrs Vaughan –how exciting! My Dad kicked off the speeches with a punchy, funny speech. Considering he is such a nervous speaker, he came across as very confident and funny - I was really proud of him.
Next up was hubbie, whose speech was a mixture of heartfelt and funny stories/gags. He was quite moved at times, and ended his speech with some lovely words about me. He's always been a very natural and confident public speaker, so I knew his speech was going to be great.
Last but certainly not least, our best man, who had clearly put a lot of time and effort into his speech which was very well thought out and full of gags, including some cheeky humour - the less said about that the better!
Introducing the new Mr and Mrs Vaughan:
The guests certainly seemed to be enjoying it!
Best man raises a few laughs:
The food was beautiful. We had used a local caterer, Jo Halliwell (Taste Buds). Our original caterers had cancelled on us only 2 months before the wedding and Jo had come to the rescue. We had a meeting with her so she could get to know us and what we liked, and she took our dietary requirements in her stride. We wanted something made from fresh, local produce – something that reflected us. The whole meal was wheat and dairy free, to suit my intolerances, and there was a vegan alternative to the main. The sticky toffee pudding was the best I’ve ever had, and I couldn’t believe I’d found room for it!
This was the menu:
· Leek and potato soup
Crusty bread rolls on table
· Cumberland sausage served with Champ and white wine and onion gravy
· Nutty bean sausage (vegan).
· Caramelised carrots
· Green beans with almonds
· Hot Sticky toffee pudding
Served with cream
· Tea and Coffee
· Roast Cumberland ham
· Chicken liver pate
· Tomato salad
· Red onion chutney
· Crusty French bread
· a variety of cheese biscuits
· Celery, Grapes, apples.
· Our wedding cake (sweet) cut and displayed.
For the evening buffet, we also had a cheese wedding cake from a local supplier - The Cheeseboard in Harrogate. It was topped with two felt mice dressed as a bride and groom in colours to match our scheme, which were absolutely adorable! I wish I had a photo, but no-one seemed to get any
Jo and her husband Clive were lovely – I couldn’t recommend them enough. They worked so hard to make sure everything ran smoothly for us, including coming to the venue the day before to set up, and providing us with bar staff for the evening.
Then, of course, was the cake cutting! Our cake was made by a family friend of my husband's. We showed her photos of the kind of thing we wanted (a three tier cake with bunting), and she made one to match our colour scheme. The top layer was wheat and dairy free. I made the bunting topper
We'd organised playlists for the evening, so we had my Ipad connected to the band's speakers while the evening do got into full swing. I threw my bouquet from the balcony in the barn:
At 9pm, Help! came on, and we kicked off with our first dance, "Here, There and Everywhere"
Help! played until about 11pm, after which we continued with the ipad playlists until people were too tired to dance any more We'd booked minibuses to take people home at 11.30pm and 12.30pm, which was just about right. My parents were the last people on the dance floor!
The Beatles keep the dancefloor jumping:
Bad dancing... I'll spare you the photos from later on in the evening
For a nice end to the wedding, we did a huge cooked breakfast at the cottage the next morning. Mr V and his friend had been threatening to set up a business cooking huge breakfasts since they were 16, and finally, 25 years later, they got their chance:
Well that's about it! I'm sure there are plenty of little details that I've forgotten, and I have a million other wonderful photos I could share, but hopefully that's enough to give you a flavour of our Big Day!
I love your wedding it looked so lovely I'm trying to do the vintage bunting type for mine so what you have for sale would be great for me I'm interested in a lot of your items could you please email me with the prices of things please
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Congratulations! What a lovely thread and I really admire all your homemade touches.
Thanks MrsOliver, much appreciated! Xx
wow!! you had me gripped from the moment you told us your husbands happiest past time was riding around on his Aunt's hoover! have you ever considered story writing? i would buy!
I cannot believe that you organised, made and planned every thing so well in just 7 months... you deserve a medal... your wedding looked like so much fun.. I wish I was there! we are getting married abroad but we're having a garden party at my parents after, i will most definitely be back to re-read this post nearer the time for some inspiration!
congratulations, your wedding day looked like so much fun, may the rest of your wedded life be as enjoyable!
Wow this is a lovely wedding report! I adore your dress, it really suits you and so glad that you were able to get something after what sounds a bit traumatic!! All the lovely touches are just gorgeous, I am also getting married in a converted barn and was hoping for the same sort of rustic theme but don't think I will be able to compare with what you have achieved. Congratulations!! xx