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Ryan and Kirsty’s vintage style country wedding

PUBLISHED: 10:55 16 October 2017 | UPDATED: 10:55 16 October 2017

Kirsty and Ryan with Ryan's 'first love', tractor Massey Ferguson on arriving at the reception alongside their working cocker spaniel Rufus (Ian Scott Photography)

Kirsty and Ryan with Ryan's 'first love', tractor Massey Ferguson on arriving at the reception alongside their working cocker spaniel Rufus (Ian Scott Photography)

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Florist Kirsty O’Neil and farmer Ryan Franklin-Smith’s wedding was a traditional church affair followed by a flower-filled vintage country reception on the family farm. Kirsty gives an insight into their romance and the big day

Ryan checks the time on a pocket watch gifted to him by his grandfather (confirming the sweepstake winner of how late Kirsty would arrive at church) (Ian Scott Photography)Ryan checks the time on a pocket watch gifted to him by his grandfather (confirming the sweepstake winner of how late Kirsty would arrive at church) (Ian Scott Photography)

‘We met officially at Ryan’s parents’ ruby wedding anniversary held on the farm. As an events florist, I provided the displays for the party and was invited to enjoy the festivities. After much dancing and maybe just a little prosecco, Ryan and I fell for each other over a bar billiards table.

Ryan comes from a long line of Hertfordshire farmers on his mum’s side and is the fourth generation at Roundhouse Farm (our two-year-old being the fifth generation at our farmhouse. Ryan’s father is a Hertfordshire undertaker now retired, who owned and grew Phillips Funeral Directors, looking after families at their time of need from St Albans and Harpenden. Ryan, having worked the farm in his younger years now maintains it and has his own Hertfordshire start-up, musterhubs.org – combining co-working space and providing concierge and errand services for our community so working parents have more quality time for family life. Profits are distributed to supporting and regenerating childcare facilities and activity clubs.

Gold candelabras filled with seasonal British flowers and vases with peonies. Place settings are vintage china topped with personalised favours of jam jars with succulents (Ian Scott Photography)Gold candelabras filled with seasonal British flowers and vases with peonies. Place settings are vintage china topped with personalised favours of jam jars with succulents (Ian Scott Photography)

I’m a retired chief inspector’s daughter born and brought up in just about every area in Yorkshire. Settling in Hertfordshire wasn’t difficult for me as I feel Yorkshire and Hertfordshire are very similar counties. My passion aside from being a working mum to our darling daughter Elodie, is creating beautiful and memorable events with my own floral design and events business, roundhousevents.com for the past nine years.

Having had the retail shop Fuchsia Pink in the Wheathampstead High Street for many years, it was a natural progression to relocate to our farm after the birth our daughter to focus on the event side. I also work with my husband’s business on events.

Kirsty's nieces and goddaughter and the couple's daughter Elodie get ready for church (Ian Scott Photography)Kirsty's nieces and goddaughter and the couple's daughter Elodie get ready for church (Ian Scott Photography)

Our farm is the heartbeat of our life and it was only fitting we wanted to hold our special day here. As local business people it was also very important to us to use Hertfordshire suppliers.

I wanted our reception to have individual retreat spaces where our guests could chat and relax as well as play and party. So Country Tipis in Codicote came up with four tipis with two extensions to fill the brief.

The bride's and bridesmaid's bouquets with David Austin roses, cream peonies and white scabious. Kirsty's bouquet included a photo of her late mother in a brooch handed down by her great-grandmother (Ian Scott Photography)The bride's and bridesmaid's bouquets with David Austin roses, cream peonies and white scabious. Kirsty's bouquet included a photo of her late mother in a brooch handed down by her great-grandmother (Ian Scott Photography)

Starting with my concept for vintage lampshade chandeliers, I wanted to create a homely feel. My usual phrase of ‘dad I’ve been thinking…’ set him and my uncle creating two pieces for our dining areas. We didn’t stop there. They also knocked us up a beer bar out of pallets donated by a local building site.

Family, friends and children were an important part of our day. Being an older bride and groom we gathered many from far-flung corners of the world. It was important to make them all welcome and feel part of our family.

A gleaming 1965 Massey Ferguson tractor in the capable hands of owner Martin Lohan brings guests up the farm drive to the reception - a surprise transport for guestsA gleaming 1965 Massey Ferguson tractor in the capable hands of owner Martin Lohan brings guests up the farm drive to the reception - a surprise transport for guests

We wanted a festival style of country chic with no one standing on ceremony but we also wanted less Dunlop-meets-jam-jars and more Le Chameau-meets-Gucci.

We had an eclectic mix of family treasures scattered throughout our reception. One of my favourite elements of the day was our top table, which was draped in hessian topped with rose gold sparkle table runners. Lush greenery tumbled the entire length of the nine metre table, with succulents and an array of English country flowers mixed with lots of candles. It still makes my heart glow.

Bride and groom arriving at the reception in Ryan father's Morgan Roadster, trailing traditional cansBride and groom arriving at the reception in Ryan father's Morgan Roadster, trailing traditional cans

Charity shops were a great source for our lampshades and the vintage crockery used to feed our 175 guests. If we needed anything additional they were sourced from local charity shops or donations.

As floristry is close to my heart it was important that we filled every nook! Emulating our top table, each guest table was adorned with one-metre high gold candelabras on a bed of moss down the centre of the table decorated with tea lights, blush and cream David Austin roses, a bowl of enormous cream peonies, on-trend succulents and a hint of magenta to lift the hue of the tipis.

Wedding cake created by family friend Abbie Winters - dirty iced Victoria sponges filled with homemade
champagne mixed berry jamWedding cake created by family friend Abbie Winters - dirty iced Victoria sponges filled with homemade champagne mixed berry jam

A huge hanging circular floral arrangement filled the third tipi roof, with, of course, a glitter ball over the dance floor.

St Albans company, Smokehouse Deli, run by husband and wife team Kristine and Gelsomino Picciuto stepped up to organise the catering. The event entailed the building of an on-site kitchen, a refrigerated trailer, on-site generator and a team of staff providing a selection of amazing canapés and a main of silverside of beef – hand-carved at the station by chefs – with tender vegetables and choice of sauces. Dessert was Eton mess with plenty of soft fruit and homemade coulis. There were lunch boxes for the children, a seven-layer cake of cheese with homemade local chutneys, and a fish and chip supper.

Kilner jars filled with Hugo and Bramble cocktails went down well. More than150 bottles of organic prosecco was drunk during the dayKilner jars filled with Hugo and Bramble cocktails went down well. More than150 bottles of organic prosecco was drunk during the day

As all bride and grooms say, our day just seemed to fly by, but the massive firework finish helped and more dancing till the early hours helped to keep the end at bay.’

The decoraitve lampshades in the reception tipis were sourced from local charity shops, including Emmaus, Rennie Grove and St Francis HospiceThe decoraitve lampshades in the reception tipis were sourced from local charity shops, including Emmaus, Rennie Grove and St Francis Hospice

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Photography: Ian Scott Photography, Wheathampstead, 01582 469003

Miss-matched vintage china at the wedding breakfast
'If, as the old wives tale goes, the amount of tea pots you have at your wedding represents the amount of children you will have - we are in trouble!'Miss-matched vintage china at the wedding breakfast 'If, as the old wives tale goes, the amount of tea pots you have at your wedding represents the amount of children you will have - we are in trouble!'

Tipis: Country Tipis, Codicote, 07486 542374

Catering: Smokehouse Deli, St Albans, 01727 251040

Stealing a moment together before being called in to the wedding breakfast in the four tipisStealing a moment together before being called in to the wedding breakfast in the four tipis

Fireworks: Fireburst Fireworks, Hemel Hempstead, 07860 439580

Makeup: Carly Kent, Ruislip, 07766 869833

Ryan's ring is a family heirloom passed down from his grandfather
WHAT ABOUT BRIDE'S RINGRyan's ring is a family heirloom passed down from his grandfather WHAT ABOUT BRIDE'S RING

Nails: Victoria Armfield, Colney Heath, 07976 956663

Hair: Styled by Sophie, Tring, 07850 211873

Just married outside St Mary's in North Mymm’s.The couple with Ryan’s grandmother and head farmer Elsie Franklin.Daughter Elodie excited to get to the reception firstJust married outside St Mary's in North Mymm’s.The couple with Ryan’s grandmother and head farmer Elsie Franklin.Daughter Elodie excited to get to the reception first

Bride’s dress: One-off couture vintage lace, National Wedding Show

Bridesmaids’ dresses: ASOS

Flowergirls’ dresses: Next

Groom’s suit: Made to measure, Vintage Suit Hire, Bedford, 01234 303152

Mens’ suits: Vintage Suit Hire, Bedford, 01234 303152

Florist: Fuchsia Pink, St Albans, 07958 068838

Event planning: Roundhouse Events, 07958 068838

Stationary: designed by bride

Printing: The Printshop, St Albans, 01727 752077

Cake: Family friend Abbie Winters

Band: Right Stuff, 01204 391777

Props: Style and Source, Flamstead, 07850 764268

Mens suit hire: Vintage Suit Hire, Bedfordshire 01234 303152

Cars: Ryan’s father

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