Wistanstow village hall wedding

Wistanstow village hall is a real favourite of mine, and it always looks amazing as it’s so flexible. Today rather than me write a blog post my self, I wanted to do something a little bit different. More of an interview of my couple this time, rather than me going on.

Mair and Darren got married last September at St Marys church in Bromfield near Ludlow and following this they had their wedding reception at the beautiful Wistanstow village hall. I really enjoyed photographing this special day and Mair and Darren was so awesome to work.

Tell us abit about yourselves ?

Our names are Darren and Mair, we have been together almost 7 years and we got married last September in Bromfield Church, near Ludlow.

How did you meet ?

We met whilst working together in Tesco, almost 7 years ago! Darren worked on the produce department and Mair was on customer services.

When did you get engaged ?

So we got engaged in July 2015 on our 4th anniversary whilst on a weekend away in Cardiff.

How did he pop the question ?

Well (in the words of Darren) I had it all planned out. It was our anniversary of ‘dating’ and I decided I’d buy a ‘stand in’ ring from Pandora so that we could buy the real engagement ring in New York in the following November. I got a bottle of champagne and some love heart sequins and popped back to the hotel room early to set up the big surprise (We both went our separate ways shopping and were supposed to meet up at a coffee shop afterwards).

It was all going swimmingly well until I heard a knock on the door just as I’d finished writing ‘Will You Marry Me’ in the sequins. It was Mair! She’d had the same idea of surprising me with my anniversary present by laying it out on the bed. I panicked and told her to come in the room while I waited outside. Moments later she beckoned me back into the room before locking herself in the toilet for what felt like a long long time.

The Proposal!

When she eventually came out of the toilet she simply asks me ‘Who should go first?’. ‘Er, YOU’ I said, wondering how she managed to miss the giant sized lettering on the bed. ‘Mmn’OK…’ she said before jumping onto the bed in her excitement to open the present and messing the message up in the process. I told her to read what it said on the bed and could hear the cogs turning as they wrapped around the phrase ‘ILL OU ARRY E’ ….

Tell us about your wedding planning journey

We had just over 2 years to plan and arrange everything for our big day, which we were very glad for, as you really don’t realise just how much organising goes into a wedding until you have to start planning one! We very much enjoyed the whole planning process, from choosing the venue and the decor, and organising the catering and the bar etc… to choosing transport and the suits for the groomsmen, planning the layout of the hall- the seating plans etc and what we wanted to do with the space we had to use.

Actually we very much enjoyed it all. I think it was nice for us as we were able to plan every last detail, by using the village hall we were able to have full creative freedom to do what we wanted with it (within reason of course!).  The scariest part of that was not being able to have a full test run of putting everything in place before the big day, but we were so happy to see it looking as lovely as it did the night before- with lots of help from our lovely (and very patient) parents!!

When did you get married ?

We got married on 16th September 2017. We chose this date as it is Mair’s Nan’s birthday. Sadly she passed away just 5 weeks before we got married, but having chosen the church she had attended her whole life to get married in.  We felt very much as though she was still a huge part of our special day 🙂

What was the best bit of your day ?

The Expresso Martinis! (lol)
We were very lucky, it was a beautiful sunny day, everything went to plan and it was all just so special! All the little details, it was all very much worth it! It was lovely getting all our friends and family together and celebrating together, seeing everyone have such a fab time was definitely the best part for us i think! Everyone said what a beautiful and special day it was afterwards which meant a lot to us as we literally planned every little detail from start to finish! So it meant a lot for everyone to say how wonderful it was!

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What advice would you give to other couples getting married ?

Plan plan plan! And enjoy the big day! Regardless! (And don’t drink too much- the hangover the next day wasn’t so fun!)

I hope you enjoy the invaluable information they have provided, and if your inspired or looking at having a village hall wedding and like my style of work. I’d love to here from you.

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