An informal Hoby Village Hall Wedding.
Fun, emotive, very special and an absolute honour to have been chosen to document this amazing day for such a lovely couple. Enjoy!
Beth & Adam met at work in 2007. They were in the same sales team and really didn’t get on to start with, but all that changed for some reason and they soon realised there was a little spark between them. That spark then ignited their flame when Adam (always the perfect gentleman), walked Beth home to her flat around the corner after they’d spent a night spent drinking & socialising with friends & housemates.
They’d been together seven years by the time Adam finally proposed! After seeing pretty much all of their friends get engaged and married they thought it was about time they did the same. Apparently, there were plans to do it in front of the castle at Disneyland Paris on New Year’s Eve, but the excitement all got a bit much and Adam couldn’t wait any longer.
Adam asked Beth first thing on Christmas morning at home on the sofa. It wasn’t the most glamorous of proposals as they were both slightly hungover from the previous night and still in pyjamas, but it couldn’t have been more perfect to them.
Our venues and why we chose them.
“The most important thing to us for our wedding was that it was relaxed and fun – we just wanted to be able to spend the day with the people that we loved having the best time ever.
We also wanted a venue where everyone and everything would be in one place (to ensure maximum guest participation with the band in the evening) and somewhere that had a casual feel to it.
Luckily we found Orange Tree Weddings, after seeing a poster for them whilst on a night out at one of their bars in Leicester and we instantly knew that we couldn’t do our wedding any other way. After meeting with the wonderful Mel and Jules from Orange Tree Weddings they suggested Hoby Village hall – on a wet miserable February afternoon we went to see the hall and knew it was perfect – it had fairy lights and wooden beams so I was hooked!
The rest of the day the fell into place – we had to legally sign the wedding register, so booked Leicester Town Hall (which is a beautiful building in itself). We couldn’t go longer than 30 minutes without a drink so The Case provided us with a great venue for an intimate drinks break between the Town Hall and Hoby. For us, loving Leicester like we do, it was brilliant to spend time in the city centre and for Ian to have captured some great moments of us walking through the city streets.”
Our wedding theme.
“Our whole wedding centred around the most important part – our ceremony – and then the food and drink! We wanted the ceremony to be about us and found that civil ceremonies weren’t giving us the option to be as personalised as we wanted.
After looking into Humanist ceremonies we realised that it would be even more personal if someone we loved could lead our ceremony – therefore Adam’s Dad Steve ‘Officiated’ the ceremony that Adam and I wrote together.
As mentioned this wasn’t legal so we signed the register in the morning and then had our real ceremony in the garden at Hoby Hall later on – it was so special to be able to get married twice and to walk down the aisle in front of all our family and friends as legal husband and wife, but then to have a completely personalised ceremony that meant everything to us – apparently we made grown men shed a tear!
From a styling perspective we wanted a vintage feel and then left it up to Jules and the team at Orange Tree weddings to work their magic – vintage lampshades and ribbons in the garden, more lights and drapes than I could have imagined, Indian day beds and a fancy dress lounge area, jam jars and flowers and all with a hint of Leicester and a little Disney sparkle! When we saw the gardens and the hall it really did take my breath away.
As we are both a bit in love with the USA and were honeymooning in Florida we decided to have a casual smokehouse theme for the food. Orange Tree had an amazing smokehouse chef and we chose things like Pulled Pork and the ever popular Mac ‘n’ Cheese for the main meal.
Living in Leicester, it just had to be Indian food for the evening buffet so we had piles of Samosas and other Indian savouries, along with one of my favourite things of the whole day – our Ice Cream bar!”
Do you have any tips for couples planning their own weddings?
- “Do what you want to do – don’t think that all weddings have to be in a church or hotel with a set package that they have created and you buy. You can do anything you want to.
- “Find suppliers like ours who will get to know you and get why you want/don’t want things and you will have a great time.
- “You only get to say your vows once so make them special.”
- “Most importantly remember that ceremony is the wedding, that’s the bit where you show each other and your guests why you are getting married – enjoy it, don’t care about how soppy you sound and make it your own.”
“I decided that if we were going to have a photographer (and there was some debate as to whether we should ‘bother’) then I wanted one who would take pictures of what was really happening, rather than contriving moments so that a picture could be taken. After a bit of a search we came across Ian and I was blown away by the pictures – even though we didn’t know any of the people in pictures you felt like you were there sharing their special moment with them.
This was what we had been looking for, and after meeting with Ian and immediately feeling at ease we knew that we had to have a photographer and that it had to be Ian.
I was so nervous about the ‘getting ready’ shots but was so glad that Ian was there to meet my parents and get to know everyone and put us at ease.
Throughout the day Ian felt like a guest at our wedding (hopefully he enjoyed himself and feels like that too) [Ian: Yes, Beth, I certainly did!] and so many people have commented about how wonderful he was.
Our pictures have gone on to exceed all expectations that we had – they have really captured the atmosphere, emotion, colour and joy of the day – and the fun that we had. I want to try and remember the overwhelming happiness I felt as we walked into the gardens at Hoby and every time we spoke to our guests and the pictures are instrumental in doing that.
There are so many that we love, and they aren’t the more ‘traditional’ wedding ones: it’s pictures of my Dad bringing us coffees in the morning; my nephew getting stuck in his t-shirt; two of our friends hula hooping and my niece being taught Bhangra dancing by one of the ushers – it’s these little moments (as well as the beautiful pictures of us and how happy we are) that are moments to treasure and thanks to Ian we will have these lasting memories.”
Other suppliers we used.
“We really couldn’t have the wedding of our dreams without Orange Tree Weddings. They provided all the styling, catering, staff and bar services and were phenomenal. They were so accommodating and managed to give us the village hall wedding we wanted but without any of the stress of doing it ourselves. Their bars in Leicester hold a special place in our hearts anyway but to be able to say that we had an Orange Tree Wedding is very special.
Adam made our invites and menus himself with a watercolour floral design that Jules from Orange Tree continued into the cocktail menu design.
Our ‘naked’ cake was made by my very generous sister and decorated by Orange Tree with the little Minnie and Mickeys!
Emily from Pretty Perfect Hair and Makeup was a rock on the day – she was fantastic with the hair and makeup but also at calming me down and stopping me from welling up every so often.
Our flowers were one of my favourite things about the day. I wasn’t too bothered about flowers until I stumbled upon an ad for The Great British Florist in the ladies toilets at Gloucester Services. They provide flowers cut from their fields in the days before the wedding so you know that you are getting British seasonal flowers – but the rest is a surprise!
We sent them copies of the invitations so that they could get an idea of colours but the rest was a mystery. We got buckets of blooms sent to us and my wonderful friend Jennie made my bouquet and Adam made my sister’s – a really special touch.
The buttonholes were made by Great British Florist and then Orange Tree used the cut flowers in jars through the garden and hall. They really helped with the country style of the wedding and we were thrilled to have British flowers that were grown in the Midlands rather than halfway around the world.
In the evening we had Punch the Air (local to the Midlands) as our band and they practically raised the roof – absolutely brilliant! A great set list with loads of personalised song choices, awesome voices and genuinely nice guys. We enjoyed sharing an ice cream with them under the twinkling lights in the garden during their break. My nephew Finley also got stuck in and became the 4th member for the night. We really couldn’t have found a better band.”