A DIY Village Hall Wedding in Cheshire
I bloody loved this wedding! Victoria and Jonathon’s village hall wedding was an absolute delight to be a part of – I’m such a lucky wedding photographer. Village Hall weddings are my absolute favourite because the couples always go to town in personalising their days. And this was no exception.
Victoria tells their story
“We both met at Secondary school, where we were in the same social circle, but not really close friends. It was only until we went to separate colleges but kept bumping into each other at parties and get togethers that we realized that we both wanted to be more than friends! So at one party, where my hatred for banana shots and Jonathan’s lost contact lense, was the time for our love to blossom!! What we thought was going to be a summer romance before University ended up being a ‘we’ll just see how things go’ and 10 years later we’re still doing that!!
With a quest to be eternal students, and a few career changes along the way, we felt finally settled in our London life. Jonathan therefore decided we needed to take the next step to cementing our lives together. So he set out on his hunt for the ring, keeping it all to himself apart from telling my Dad about his plans. One early Saturday Morning, underestimating the body clock of a nurse, he snook off to shave (knowing I would know something is up if he was shaving on a Saturday). He got down on one knee and popped the question along side a champagne breakfast and some hysterical surprise face times to close family letting them know. He had the day planned with a trip up the Shard for cocktails and celebrations followed by dinner at borough Market, and the rest is history!
Planning the wedding in our local Church and choosing for more of a low key setting in the village hall, has meant we’ve been able to choose all the things we love as a couple. It’s been all hands on deck with the lead up to the wedding, with many a crafternoons! But what has made it so much fun, is spending time as a couple working out what is important to us! In the end we decided that once the ceremony is complete and we’re man and wife…the rest is just a big party! Although it’s been a lot of organizing, having all the handmade touches has really made it special. We couldn’t have done it without all our talented friends and family and Gin!”
And the handmade touches were just perfect! A photo-wall of the couple’s wedding craft activities, a who’s -who poster of all the bridesmaids and groomsmen, handmade gin, a test tube flower chandelier to name but a few! Not to mention Victoria’s gorgeous bouquet and beautiful beautiful dress!
The couple tied the knot at the village church, just up the lane from the village hall. Jonathan had sung in the choir there in his youth so it was extra special for the choir to be there on the day to sing along to Jonathan and Victoria’s wedding hymns. The lovely personal touches continued throughout the day, from the polish toast in memory of Victoria’s grandparents, the Yorkshire toast and the hilarious speeches!
We managed to steal Victoria and Jonathan away for pictures throughout the day – and I loved photographing these two. They laugh so naturally with each other that it makes my job so easy. They also had possibly the best and most energetic first dance I’ve ever seen.
Huge thanks to Victoria and Jonathan for inviting me to photograph your big day. I absolutely loved spending it with you both. Thank you to Matt from Matt Simms Photography for being my right hand man on the day, Here’s a selection of my favourite images from the day.