This weekends wedding was the traditional village hall wedding of Lucy and Phil at Worfield Village Hall in Shropshire. Here is their story and a preview of the day.
How you met
Phil & I met on my first day at University back in 2005 when we were both 18 years old. He’d been at uni for 1 day and it was my very first. I remember it so clearly as I bumped into him accidentally and we got talking. It was in Plymouth near the coach station entrance (classy!) and we could both take you back to that very spot.
We started dating whilst we were in our first year at Uni and in March 2015, we celebrated our 9 year anniversary.
It was certainly a proposal to remember! I guess the first thing you need to know is that we’re both into fitness and long distance running. We were on holiday in Amsterdam in October 2013 we were there to run the Amsterdam marathon. Phil is an incredibly fast runner and finished two hours in front of me. The marathon had set times which runners had to meet or they would stop you from completing the run (as you were too slow and they needed to open the roads). For Amsterdam Marathon the cut off point was 6 hours and I always doubted if I could get that time – to the point that I’d prepared to argue with the marshalls in dutch to carry on & finish the race. To my complete surprise I finished the marathon well within the time and I immediately broke into tears in utter shock that I had completed it. Phil met me on the track of the Amsterdam Olympic Stadium and got down on one knee and proposed. It turned out that he had carried the engagement ring the full way around the marathon course in his pocket. He’d also spent two hours worrying about me thinking I wasn’t going to finish because of the time restrictions.
After we got engaged, we kept it quiet (i.e. didn’t announce it on facebook until a month later) as we wanted to tell as many people who are the closest to us, first hand so we could share the moment with them. We had a month of seeing family, close friends and colleagues to share the news before broadcasting it further.
Phil & I are in love with the countryside and our vision for the wedding is for an informal countryside-chic wedding. I also wanted the day to feel like a farm party (much like the Horse Whisperer)
When we found Worfield Village hall, it was after looking at barn conversion and other unique venues and for us the barn completely made up our mind. The hall is a blank canvas for us and we were told that we could do whatever we wanted just so that we give it back in the same condition as we were given it. I’m into crafts and sewing and I wanted make many of the decorations home made & personal to me.
After deciding on the hall we were on the look out for a church to marry in nearby and spotted the spire of St Peter’s church in the distance. I completely fell in love with St Peter’s Church and Worfield’s high street. There were old phone boxes, tudor buildings and flower beds creeping into the road. The village is rife with history and it took one look between each other and we both knew we found Worfield as our venue.
Being in the middle of the countryside, it’s very inaccessible so we’re providing coach transportation for our guests to get from the nearest large town (Telford) to and from the village. We really wanted our guests to be relaxed and enjoy the day without worrying about how to get there / get back to their hotels.
Suppliers for the day:
Ceremony: St Peter’s Church, worfield
Reception drinks: Manor house, opposite St Peter’s church
Reception: Worfield Village Hall
Flowers: Wild Flowers from the Garden
Catering: Hammonds Catering
Props: Truly Scrumptious weddings (but also includes homemade items)
Coach: AT coaches
Wedding party hotel: Telford Gold & Spa Hotel
Invitations: Matt Smith, Manchester