On February 17th I had my first wedding of the year and my God it was gorgeous! It rained all day (except for 5 minutes when we managed to cram in the quickest group shot on record!) and I wouldn't have changed a thing.
I arrived at Heaton House Farm the morning of the wedding, thanking all my lucky stars that my bad-luck renowned little Fiesta got me there through the windy country lanes and went straight to see Kirsty. She was getting her make-up done in Cloud View, surrounded by a flurry of giggling bridesmaids, a picnic of stain-free foods and prosecco and beaming parents. I've known Kirsty since we were the age of 4, she was one of the first ever people that gained the title of my Best Friend and I knew that those oh-so-familiar dimples that I'd come to know well over the years would be out in full force all day!
Whilst all of this was going on, my lovely friend, Sam, was across the boggy field with Jon and his Groomsmen in the cottage which Heaton House Farm have especially reserved for such occasions - a brilliant idea I must say, keeping the boys firmly away from the girls until the last minute!
Jon and the boys (now dressed in some of the greatest waistcoat's I have ever seen... Made by Jon's MUM!!) went to greet the guests that had arrived so far and check on the decorations around Heaton House Farm. As the wandered from the cottage to the main venue, the rain didn't affect anyone's mood, smiles all round - my kind of day!
When I went to Kirsty and Jon's the week before the wedding, Kirsty laughed, telling me that he was actually more organised than she was! That he would be there first thing, setting up and making sure everything was perfect for them (so cute!) but Jon was delighted to find that the staff at Heaton House had actually sorted it all exactly how they wanted and the whole place looked amaaazing!
In the run up to the ceremony, Kirsty and her Bridesmaids were sneaked from Cloud View, around the side and in the front door so that she could walk down the aisle to her husband-to-be which was in the main room of Heaton House Farm due to the weather - which was actually probably a blessing in disguise as it meant that all of their guests got to see all of their decorations including fairy lights, handmade and personalised bunting, hessian chair covers with jars and gorgeous little flowers in and beautiful blossom trees from Brides Little Helper.
There were tears from Jon as Kirsty walked down the aisle, her dimples were predictably prominent but she barely looked up - knowing if she did she'd see Jon and cry her head off, letting her Dad guide the way (there were tears from him too!) She looked adorably shy but beautiful and glowing, in her lace gown that fitted perfectly and looked stunning with the lace bolero that she had teamed it with.
There was a loose plan to do the photographs that Kirsty and Jon had requested straight after the ceremony but as with all of the greatest-made plans, there's always a chance it won't go that way. Instead we strolled around Heaton House Farm, the country lanes, their beautiful secret gardens and had 5 minutes to grab everyone for a big photograph!
Heaton House Farm is unlike any other venue I've ever seen, when first visiting it, before the wedding, I couldn't get over the size of it or the way it seemed to keep opening up - I'm actually inclined to call it Farmnia! The theme that Kirsty and Jon chose was beautiful; completely natural and homemade, using hessian, bunting, jam jars, buttons, wooden stands, candles, twigs and pretty pastel flowers. The had opted for a Naked Cake which complimented their theme perfectly - and it smelt DELICIOUS!
They cut their cake, had their meal then went straight into speeches which were done by Kirsty's Dad, Jon and Jon's Best Man, Ben. There wear tears, laughter throughout and there almost hysteria when it became clear that Ben hadn't just got video messages of congratulations from the Newlyweds friends and family but also from Steph and Dom from Gogglebox (You know... The drunk ones!) and The Mr Gary Barlow! Ten out of ten for originality, there!
The Evening Guests came in thick and fast - which was so lovely for me as I actually recognised a fair few of them from when we were younger. The venue had a turn around and looked completely different since the sun had set, the original reception room had been opened up with a staged area, a dance-floor and more tables.
The night-time didn't take long to become a fully fledged party.. A few of Kirsty and Jon's friends were singing for their First Dance and to get people up dancing - they even managed to get Jon up singing at one point!
Thank you, Mr and Mrs Hall, for letting me be a part of your wonderful day xxxx