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Today I have a super cute wedding for you courtesy of Rachel Ryan Photography. The wedding takes place at Sweeney Hall at Oswestry and is full of fun, charm and a gorgeous couple. With beautiful pink peonies and cream roses in the bouquets and table arrangements, this wedding is elegant yet stylish and oozing fun with the homemade kissing booth set up in the gardens during the reception. Well done to Katy and Joe on a fabulous day.
Katy and Joe were married on 27th June 2015 at the Christ Church in Oswestry followed by a reception at the Sweeney Hall Hotel near Oswestry. We chose to get married at the Christ Church as the church is associated to Pant Chapel, where Joes parents were married and where Joes late Grandad Pugh attended. I walked in to an instrumental acoustic version of Halo by Beyoncé and we walked out together to ‘I’m walking on sunshine!’ We chose the Sweeney as our reception venue as it is local, has amazing food and lovely gardens! We had 70 guests in the day and 100 guests at night, we planned the wedding over 12 months, straight after we were engaged!
How they met
Joe and I met in a pub on a night out in our home town of Oswestry 5 years ago. I spotted him through the window and my friend Kim introduced us!
Joe proposed to me on our 4 year anniversary (15th June 2014). We had been on a night out the night before and Joe had got excited/nervous about popping the question so got a bit carried away with the beers! The next morning he kept trying to get me to go out for a walk, eventually he managed to drag me up Oswestry hill fort which is near to our house. After checking there was nobody else around, he bent down on one knee (in sheep pooh!) and proposed! I was so shocked (and happy!), I burst into tears! Joe had asked my mum and dads permission a few months before asking me too so they did very well keeping it a secret!
How did you allocate your budget
We are very lucky and both have generous parents and family members who helped us towards the wedding costs.
Where did you splurge and how did you save
We didn’t really splurge on anything, although we treated ourselves to a few extras like the routemaster bus. We saved money by making our own stationary including invitations, menus, and order of services.
How did you choose your photographer
I had no idea how to choose a photographer, but while I was looking at the Sweeney hall online, I came across a couple of wedding photographs which Rachel had taken there before! I loved the look of them and emailed her straight away! Luckily we booked her in time as she later said that June 27th was one of her most requested dates!
My dress was by Ellis bridals, style 11228. I bought it from Jessica’s bridal wear in Shrewsbury. Originally I wanted a fitted lace dress, but when I tried them on they didn’t suit my body shape at all! Sharon, who works at Jessica’s then suggested I tried on the Ellis dress. When she brought it over I thought I wouldn’t like it as it was a ‘big’ dress, but as soon as I put it on I knew it was ‘the one’! I wore a veil from Jessica’s too, and my shoes were from Dune and were SO comfy, even after dancing all night! My ‘something old’ were a pair of diamond earrings which Joe bought me a few years ago, my ‘something borrowed’ was a ring which belonged to joes late nan, my ‘something new’ was my dress and my ‘something blue’ were my bridesmaids!
The suit and bridesmaids
The boys suits were from Next, as were the ties and shoes! They all looked so smart together. My bridesmaids dresses were by Dessy which we also got from Jessica’s. The flower girls dresses were from John Lewis.
Our flowers were done by Hazel, a friend of Joes mum Sharon. We got together a few months before the wedding to discuss ideas and when they arrived on the morning of the wedding I was so excited as they were perfect and exactly what I’d wanted! We had pink peonies and cream roses. Hazel made 2 pedestals for the church, our bouquets, the boys buttonholes and the table centrepieces at the Sweeney. My bouquet had more peonies than roses, whereas my bridesmaids had more roses than peonies.
We had silver coloured candelabras on each table with flowers on. We also hired in chiavari chairs they really finished the room off.
When we arrived at the Sweeney, we had a pimms arrival with canapés. For our wedding breakfast there was a choice of root vegetable soup or duck and chicken liver pate and chutney. The main course was beef with Yorkshire pudding and desert was sticky toffee pudding or white chocolate and raspberry Oreo cheesecake. For our evening food we had a hog roast with pork baps, loaded potato skins and giant sticks of crackling! The food was absolutely amazing! Although we were too excited to eat a lot!
Our wedding cake was made by Beth Bakes. The bottom layer was Nutella chocolate sponge, the middle layer was Victoria sponge and the top layer was lemon sponge! The Nutella chocolate layer didn’t last long! The cake was delicious!
For our entertainment at the evening do, we had ‘Rory’s disco’, a local DJ. He was brilliant and had everybody up on the dance Floor! And he got told off at 12:30am as he should have finished at midnight! Our first dance was ‘my girl’ by the temptations and it was lovely having everybody dance with us.
Buy or DIY your Stationery
We made our invites and order of service.
-While our guests were waiting for us to arrive at the church, we played a slideshow which Joe had made of photographs of all of our friends and family over the years!
-We wanted a photobooth and after searching Pinterest I came up with the idea of a kissing booth! My dad and Russ built one in the back garden for us! We put selfie sticks on each table so lots of kissing selfies were taken afterwards! We also had a prop box which we’d been adding to in the months before the wedding. On the day, Russ bought a plus one, Roger, the inflatable doll! Which had a lot of laughs!
-We also hired a route master bus! I got ready at my mum and dads house and The bus picked us up from there and took the bridal party and I to the church! We felt like royalty waving to everybody through the town! After the ceremony, the bus then took us and our guests to the reception venue. We had kept the bus a secret so it was a fun surprise for everyone!
-One of my bridesmaids Claire, and my lovely friend Jemma also made our shortbread wedding favours! They were so tasty and added a real personal touch.
-Another of my bridesmaids, Charl, also made us a guestbook where the guests signed their names on a heart and dropped it into a frame. We are going to hang it in our downstairs loo, at Charls request!
I can’t think of just one special moment of the day as the whole day was so brilliant, we both loved every second! We want to renew our vows every year now and do it all over again!
Advice to other couples
We really enjoyed planning our wedding and didn’t stress about anything so I would advice other couples to just enjoy it all! And have 3 hen dos like I did!
Biggest surprise of the day
The biggest surprise was that I didn’t cry once!