A Traditional Village Wedding in Heartbeat Country

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Tom & Sarah detail 3The reception was at the Mallyan Spout Hotel where Tom worked in his youth. All of the staff had fond memories of him. Table names were taken from prestige potteries as a nod to Sarah’s Staffordshire roots (e.g Wedgewood, Minton, Royal Doulton and Spode).
The evening reception was held at the Village Hall which was decorated with bunting and lollipop trees, all hand made by Sarah’s Mum to add that personal touch. Entertainment included a local ceilidh band, to lead the dancing, and a hog roast.
The couple’s first dance song was ‘Can’t help falling in love with you’ by Elvis Presley. The couple have a baby daughter Madeleine aged 10 months who behaved impeccably during the service and looked beautiful in her lemon and white bridesmaid dress. Although she was not too keen on the hair band, it did stay on for some of the photographs.

Kim gets the inside story from beautiful bride and newlywed Mrs Sarah Keating

Can you tell us about your engagement?
Tom and I met whilst doing our PGCE (primary teaching qualification) at the University of Cambridge. Tom got down on one knee at Wandlebury Park in Cambridge along the Roman Road. I knew he had the ring in his pocket before he asked me!
Tom & Sarah detail 1What are your defining memories of the day?
I was surprised by how calm I felt. The service started at 12 noon and I wasn’t in my dress until about 11.30!! I was feeding my daughter lamb and minted peas at about 11.15! My mum ordered some champagne for us whilst we were getting ready which was lovely. My mum was an absolute star planning and preparing the day and then did a fantastic job of looking after Maddie on the day. My daughter Maddie and my now sister in law Ruth Keating were wonderful bridesmaids. I think one of the most unexpected moments was when one of the three best men, Richard Gillespe, fainted during the service!! Luckily 2 doctors who were part of the congregation rushed to help and it wasn’t too long until he was back in the line of best men! My dad, Charles Jones, did a brilliant speech which I will remember forever. It was funny, heart warming and just lovely. Obviously becoming Tom’s wife was a HUGE moment. I felt very lucky and incredibly happy all day long and having such lovely family and friends around us was perfect.
Any little anecdotes or amusing stories from the day?
See above-Richard Gillespe! Oh and as my Dad and I were walking towards the church just before 12 noon, we suddenly saw 7 or 8 kilted scotts running towards us shouting Real Weddings Thomas John Keating 24 and Sarah Elizabeth Jones 23 married 12 noon, 2nd June 2012 in a ceremony at St Mar y’s Church Goat hland, N orth Yorkshire Reception The Mallyan Spout Hotel fo llowed by an Evening re ception at The Village Hall “Sorry we’re late, so sorry!”. Some of Tom’s uni friends making their fashionably late entrance! The queen was at our wedding too, well, not quite the real lady but a life sized cardboard cut out who joined in the disco and all the wedding day antics! fitting as it was the jubilee weekend.
And finally, can you summaries your wedding day in ten words or less?
The most perfect day surrounded by wonderful family and friends.
Images copyright Debbie Stogden Photography

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