The Glory Days.

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Kirsty and Tom’s village hall wedding is absolutely brimming with gorgeous vintage and handmade details, and there’s not a scrap of bunting in sight.

I’m particularly loving the table plan, which was created with an old door and some glass paint.

The flowers in soft pastel tones are also exquisite – the lovely couple are lucky enough to have a whizz florist as a friend.

These colours were reflected in the outfits for the wedding party, with the Bridesmaids looking fresh and pretty in dresses from the high street, and the boys totally nailing their self-proclaimed ‘English Country Gangster’ look.

The whole wedding was a proper family affair too, with Kirsty’s Mum and Dad helping to either grow, collect or make most of the decor.

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Kirsty The Bride: I found my dress at Glory Days Vintage in York – it was first dress I tried on – a silk jacquard, 1940s dress with a beautiful leaf pattern and a bow at the back.

I loved the train and the fabric but the dress had long sleeves and didn’t feel summery enough. Hayley at Glory Days Vintage removed the sleeves and reworked the back to incorporate a stunning V back to meet the bow.

We wanted a blank canvas in a beautiful countryside location – therefore, village halls seemed a natural fit for our search. However, finding a village hall that can comfortably seat 125 people for dinner is no easy task.

Our google searches for ‘the largest village hall in England’ kept bringing up one result – Wistanstow Village Hall in South Shropshire.

On New Year’s Day we were driving to see my parents in Shropshire from London and decided to take a detour to see the village hall. The doors to the hall happened to be open so we walked in and knew instantly that we’d found our venue. The village setting was beautiful and it had its own field at the back (usually used by the local primary school for sports days).

When the wonderfully laid back and flexible caretaker, Carole, told us that hall could be hired for the days preceding and the entire weekend for a standard community rate (no increase when you mentioned the ‘w’ word) – and that the field would be thrown in for free – we were sold.

The decor for the outdoor part of the day was a village fete theme (but with bunting banned!) My dad grew about 20 types of herbs in terracotta pots which we scattered around the marquees. We made all the signage with reclaimed wood, blackboard paint and white paint pens.

Inside the village hall, it was a more formal look with rows of tables decorated with vintage crockery – sourced painstakingly by us and my Mum from charity shops. She also starched white sheets to use as tablecloths, helped me to make 125 napkins from old vintage tablecloths and made over 100 pom poms. We simply couldn’t have done it without her.

We used books with fun titles as our table names and our table plan was written with paint pens on an old glazed door that we found at a car boot sale. We wrote our guest’s names on wooden lolly sticks and placed them in the teacups.

Our lovely friend and brilliant florist Adam J Knights was the only choice. Adam is amazingly creative and has a passion for classic, antique designs.

Our assumption that it is possible to get legally married in a location of your own choosing proved to be wrong. It seemed that if we wanted to get married in a field, it would have to be a humanist ceremony with a legal service to take place later.

We began researching celebrants but soon decided that the best person to perform the ceremony would be someone who knew us both as a friend and who we knew would do a great job of conducting a special service. My university friend, Owen Glyndwr Parry, now a performance artist, sprang to mind immediately and were we proved so right.

Even though the threat of rain turned me into a meteorological obsessive in the weeks leading up to the wedding, I would have an outdoor wedding again in a heart beat. The location was so beautiful, it was a lovely sunny afternoon and it felt really special having the ceremony in such a unique setting in front of a huge tree.

We legally married four days later on our honeymoon at San Francisco City Hall with my Uncle and his family as our witnesses. The ceremony only took three minutes and was a bit of a formality but it was a lovely occasion and gave us another excuse to wear our outfits!

We knew we wanted an accordion player to play during the afternoon but finding one proved a bit of a hard task. In the end, we persuaded a local and very talented accordion tutor, Ed Moseley, to entertain our guests and he didn’t disappoint.

Tim at Shropshire Hog Roasts pulled out all the stops and laid on an afternoon tea with sandwiches and scones in the afternoon followed by a three course, sit down meal with a hog roast main (of course!)

In the evening, the remaining hog was barbecued alongside hot dogs and ribs. Mum and I made a cake of cheese and our M&S three-tier cake was decorated with fresh flowers.

Bethan Jones of Haywood Jones Photography was absolutely phenomenal. Her ability to capture natural moments so perfectly really bought our wedding to life.

One tip for beautiful, handmade programmes – don’t tie them with string, sew them down the centrefold using a sewing machine. It’s much quicker and they’ll look really neat. No danger of the pages falling out either!


Photography by Haywood Jones
Dress Glory Days Vintage | Hair & Make-up Sarah Russell | Shoes Kurt Geiger | Groom Reiss | Brogues Grenson | Florist Adam Knights – ajknights@googlemail.com | Drinks The Wood Brewery | Catering Shropshire Hog Roasts

40 thoughts on “The Glory Days.

  1. Hi All .
    It was a real pleasure catering for Tom & Kirsty’s wedding ,
    We cater at wedding events on a weekly basis and the detail to the eye the couple achieved was far the best we have encountered through 2013 .
    The décor perfect in every way , and not forgetting the food was so yummy .
    Thank you for hiring us to cater , it was a massive privilege
    Tim

  2. OMG! This is by far the best wedding I have seen on here for well over a year. I just wish I could afford to fly Kirsty and Tom out to my wedding in the Isle of Man to design the whole thing. I don’t think I could top this one though; it looks fun too xx

  3. Wow – what lovely comments! Thank you everyone. We absolutely loved our big day and its amazing to see it up here on the blog! x

  4. Wow..what a stunning wedding! Congrats to the very happy couple! Kirsty – can I ask where you got the lilac bridesmaid dress from – I am looking for the same for my girls but am finding it quite a struggle!? xx

    1. Thank you Emma! It is particularly hard trying to find bridesmaids dresses – I do feel for you! Jane found her lilac dress at http://www.missguided.co.uk – it was an absolute bargain! I just had a quick browse now and I can’t see it still on there but they do have other pastel dresses in lots of different colours / styles. Hope you find the perfect style and wishing you a fantastic day! Kirsty x x

    2. Hi Emma – thanks for your lovely comments! I feel for you on finding bridesmaids dresses – it is so hard to find a good range. Jane’s lilac number was from missguided – a real bargain! Best of luck in your search and wishing you a fantastic day! x

      1. Hi Kirsty
        Just wondering if you could please contact me as I am getting married here and wanted to ask you a few questions x x x x

  5. Hi Kirsty & Tom,

    What a fantastic wedding scenario – the detail that went into it was phenomenal – well done!

    I love the ‘Little Britain’ caravan.

    Wishing you both a long and happy life together.

    Much love,
    Lila xx

  6. What an absolutely stunning wedding. We are also holding out wedding at Wistanstow 😉
    I was wondering if you could please tell me where you got your ceiling drapes from? And how much you needed x

  7. Hi Gemma,

    Congrats on booking Wistanstow for your wedding! I am sure it’ll be brilliant.

    We got the ceiling drapes from Ikea – search for voile curtains. We paid £5 per pair and needed 4 pairs to do four drapes across (with two of the curtains sewed together).

    Kirsty x

    1. Hi Kirsty
      I have someone lost all our emails and was wondering if you could please give me a message regarding the voils and lighting again please. So sorry to be a pain xxx

  8. Kirsty your wedding is so perfect. I’m thinking of getting married there too! How many guests did you have in total? And did you have to rearrange all the furniture for the evening dancing?

    1. Hi Rachel,

      Many thanks for your kind comments!

      We had 125 guests in total.

      I can highly recommend our caterers – Shropshire Hog Roasts – they did an amazing seated three course meal and then the waiting staff cleared the tables promptly after the speeches so that it only took the wedding party about 10 minutes or so to move the tables to the side of the room for the evening dancing.

      We only kept 8 tables out and folded down the remaining tables. We used the village hall’s tables.

      Hope that helps!

      Kirsty

      1. Thanks so much for replying! That’s good, because we are expecting a similar number and it’s really tricky finding somewhere big enough! Your wedding was stunning, such an inspiration x

    1. Hi Rachel,

      Thanks for your lovely comments.

      The wonderful B&B (with the panelled room) that we stayed at is called Whitfield House – https://www.stayinludlow.co.uk/

      It was great and they were really accommodating. They only have three rooms so we hired out and had the run of the whole place. They even laid on some sandwiches and snacks for us when we were getting ready on the morning of the wedding.

      Kirsty

  9. Hi Kirsty
    Your wedding looks absolutely beautiful, my parter & I are also getting married in Wistanstow church/village hall this year, I was just wondering if you’ve got any other photos possibly from
    Your wedding album you could email over?
    Many thanks xx

    1. Hi Olivia – thanks for your kind comments. Of course – happy to send a link to my wedding photos across. Can you send me your email address?
      Very best,
      Kirsty

  10. Hi Kirsty,

    We are also getting married at Wistanstow Village Hall this year, I have only just stumbled across this post. Your wedding was beautiful. If our wedding is half as nice as yours I would be a very happy bunny.

    My dress is also from Glory Days Vintage. How strange :). I’m so excited now. Not long to go.

    I was wondering where all your guests parked? We are trying to figure out what to do.

    All the best.

    Anna x

    1. Hi Anna,

      Thanks for your kind words! I bet your dress is amazing – Hayley at Glory Days is brilliant!

      On parking, we found there was loads of room for people to park at either the front or the back of the hall. We did have a sign planned to make people park just at the back of the hall but we forgot to put it out in the rush!

      Kirsty

  11. Hi Kirsty
    8 weeks exactly til my wedding, I wondered if I could ask a few more questions? Where did the gazebo/canopy come from and was the field easy to walk on? And did you make the fete games yourself?

    Rachel x

    1. Sorry for the delay responding – I’ve just had a baby!
      The marquees were provided by our caterer – Shropshire Hog Roasts. The field was a bit difficult to walk on – just as any grassy area would be – but we warned our guests to wear sensible shoes and I was prepared for my shoes to have grass stains on them!
      We made most of the fete games ourselves and the rest we sourced online – giant jenga etc. Hope this helps!

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