Having been friends for a number of years before blossoming into a relationship, Michael and Andi married this year on 31st May at Yorkshire Wedding Barn, Gilling West.
In May 2015, Michael, an Electrical Engineer from Spennymoor, booked a surprise break to Monte Carlo where he proposed to domiciliary care business owner Andi at the end of the harbour pier on the first night, with a gorgeous diamond solitaire engagement ring with white a gold band that he had been uncomfortably carrying in his jacket pocket to keep out of sight. Andi immediately said yes, setting the perfect tone for the perfect break.
While deciding on their venue, the couple wanted a location that would reflect their passions. “We both love the outdoors and also wanted a very relaxed and informal wedding,” said Andi. “The Yorkshire Wedding Barn was ideally suited to allow us to have just that. It’s perfectly situated and the views are outstanding.” The couple got to stay in the 5 bedroom Haybarn along with their close family and friends, with guests having the option to stay on site in a self-contained cottage or the Shepherds Huts. “The venue was booked for three days which allowed us to host events for our guests, including clay pigeon shooting and an informal lunch.”
On the day, Michael and Andi chose a ‘just relax and enjoy yourself’ theme. “There was no top table, no speeches, no formal seating arrangements, no silver service; it was such a relaxed day,” said the couple. “We received so much appreciation from everyone over the simplicity of it all. It really was exactly what we wanted the day to be about.”
The couple included some DIY elements to the wedding, with Andi and her daughter Olivia spending an afternoon putting heart shaped chocolates into favour bags and tied with a ribbon. Andi also thought of all the nice finishing touches too, like the buttonholes and wedding advice cards for the guests to fill during the day.
Andi wore a stunning ivory A-line dress with lace applique bodice, lace shoulder straps and floaty chiffon skirt, while her bridesmaid wore blush pink with a lace top and chiffon skirt from Coast. Michael and his groomsmen wore blue three piece single-breasted suits and a yellow silk tie.
“I remember being quite emotional when I first saw Andi in her dress,” said Michael. “Fortunately I had time to compose myself before she was next to me. The harpist music played during the Bride arrival didn’t help as it was Andi’s favourite piece of classical music.”
“For both of us, we just felt incredibly lucky to be marrying our best friend. Pre-wedding nerves disappeared as soon as we saw each other at the ceremony,” remembered Andi. “[I] also loved walking down the aisle with our children, dressed so beautifully in their wedding attire.”
Reflecting on their favourite points of the day, Michael recalled a special moment;“When Andi placed my wedding ring on my finger. To me, it is the token that defines true love and commitment.”
Barn Wedding, Claire Hirst Photography, Real Wedding, Yorkshire Wedding Barn