We stayed separately the night before, the bridal party at Castle House in Hereford and the groom’s party at the Baiting House. We went for a 1:30 ceremony to make the most of the daylight and wrote our own vows and had a couple of readings during the ceremony. My mum read our first reading – In My Life by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and our wonderful groomsman Joe read our second reading ‘The Only One in the Room’ – which Paul had written.
Choosing the music and creating playlists for all the sections of the day was a really fun part of the planning, particularly on long car journeys, going through all our favourite songs.
After the ceremony we had champagne and canapés and managed to have photos outside (braving the cold!). We had canopy lights in the Oak Barn so that when it was dark outside and we headed in there for food, speeches and eventually dancing – there were lots of sparkly lights. For our wedding favours, I painted wooden letters with each guest’s initial and threaded them with velvet ribbon to use as Christmas tree decorations.
We wanted to have sparklers and we managed to convince our guests to head outside despite the temperature.