It was a DIY wedding for Ashleigh Oldcorn and Oliver Slade, who started making decorations and lawn games for their big day 12 months before the main event.
The band was even made up of family and friends, and a tug of war between the two families added extra fun to the relaxed occasion at Marsh Farm Hall in Great Eccleston, Preston.
Ashleigh, a teaching assistant from Morecambe, describes: “We had the idea of having an as laid back and enjoyable wedding as possible; we wanted everyone to feel comfortable and to just enjoy themselves.
“We wanted to make a lot of the things ourselves to save money and to keep it personal to us, and we wanted to keep things small and intimate so we only had 22 people for the ceremony and Afternoon Tea, which we had instead of a formal meal.
“For about a year leading up to the wedding I started making the decorations. I made 50m of bunting myself as well as the invitations and all the jars and ornaments that decorated the venue and the centrepieces.
“We also sourced all of our own sweet and jars to create the sweet cart.
“I made 50m of bunting myself as well as the invitations and all the jars and ornaments that decorated the venue and the centrepieces”Ashleigh Oldcorn
“I painted the skittles for the lawn games and the others were provided by China Blossom.”
And it was the evening do, which was attended by 150 people, which really impressed guests.
“When the evening guests arrived we were mainly outdoors playing the lawn games, which everyone loved and it meant people were not standing around not knowing what to do,” Ashleigh says.
“We had a tug of war, bride’s family vs groom’s family, which my family won, and it was a real highlight of the day.
“Then the wedding band performed, which was a surprise for all the guests.
“It was made up of Oliver on guitar, the his father David on bass, my father Graham on guitar, my brother Anthony on drums, and our family friends Geoff on vocals.”
She adds: “The wedding day was amazing and everything we could have wished for.”
Their special day came after Oliver, an applications engineer from Chorley, proposed to Ashleigh, who he met at Lancaster University, on Christmas morning in 2012.
The couple honeymooned in Sal, Cape Verde, and will live in Crewe, Cheshire.
- With special thanks to Marsh Farm Hall - www.lancashire-holiday-cottages.co.uk