Updated: Oct 28
September 2020 | Hall Farm
Vegas is where couple Lyndsey and Matt’s marriage story begins…
Lyndsey and Matt are a success story from the world of online dating. The story begins in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, where the couple call home. After communicating online, they arranged to meet in a local pub. The chemistry was there and perhaps even more importantly Matt and Molly, Lyndsey’s daughter got on like a house on fire.
Fast forward to a 40th birthday surprise for Matt in Vegas and he proposed with the Grand Canyon in the background.
The couple from Rotherham, South Yorkshire met online and had their first date in the George and Dragon pub. Sparks flew and the pair clicked instantly, paving the way for a happy relationship. Matt even got on with Lyndsey’s daughter Molly and took on the stepdad role brilliantly.
‘It was magical. We got a trip back to our hotel via limo and we were so excited by the proposal, we left our bag in a locker at the airport with our passports in and had to walk 3 miles back to collect them!’
Like so many other couples this year, their dream wedding turned out to be somewhat different than initially planned. They had hoped to have their wedding at Whitley Hall Hotel in Sheffield, but the Covid-19 restrictions that the UK government imposed on weddings and venues meant this could not happen.
‘It has been stressful planning a wedding in these unprecedented times, anxiously waiting for updates from the Prime Minister on whether we could or couldn’t go ahead.’
Undeterred by the forced change of plans the couple decided (quite last minute!) to continue with the wedding on a smaller scale. They got married at Great Houghton Church, Lyndsey’s local in her formative years and held a scaled down reception at Matt’s parents’ garden at Hall Farm.
The couple revealed that the last minute change of plans had been ‘daunting’, but once the catering was arranged and they decided on a tipi for the reception, ‘the rest seemed to just fall into place.’ Tipi wedding hire was in vogue prior to the pandemic and since then there has been a big upsurge in couple’s opting for the intimate setting the tipi can provide.
There’s no denying that no matter what you choose to do for a wedding at the moment things are bound to seem strange at some point and Lyndsey remembers how her Dad lightened the moment when she entered the church and everyone was masked up in line with Covid-19 restrictions.
‘I remember looking at my dad and he took his mask down briefly, gave Matt a cheeky smile before handing me over’.
Another quirk was that the wedding was live streamed for would-be guests who had to be content to watch from home.
Following on from the church, the reception at Hall Farm was sprinkled with magic thanks to a stunning tipi hire and some outstanding local catering from Hazel’s Quality Catering based in Sheffield. The guests were served a three course meal in a Covid secure setting.
Lyndsey laughs remembering her new father-in-law saying that he was just amazed that the caterers had managed to cook such a feast in his garage! ‘He was right, it was just magical’.
The tipi also played host to a wedding entertainer in the form of a magician who went round and performed tricks for groups of six, in line with the regulations, as guests sipped wine shipped over from a friend’s vineyard in Spain and beer from Acorn Brewery owned by Lyndsey’s cousin (it’s all about who you know!).
A beautiful day was rounded off for the couple as they sat around a firepit with some lilting music to set the mood. As for the tipi, it was a resounding success as Lyndsey explains. ‘Our guests described it as unique, it was magical, it was intimate, it was perfect and all we needed was love, and no virus can get in the way of that!’
Tipi – Garden Wedding Tipis
Photography – Shakespeare Photography
Catering – Hazel’s Quality Catering Sheffield
Cake – Sarah Dale
Flowers – Geraldine Lawson
Drinks – Acorn Brewery
Transport – Shakespeare Vintage Wedding Campervans
Dress – WED2B Rotherham
Groomswear – Moss Bros Meadowhall
Entertainer – Rhythm of your Choice
Stationery – Crafting by Janet Dallamore
Wedding Rings – Kingston Jewellers
Hair- Sophie & Amy @ Status hair and Beauty – Highgate
Makeup- Rebecca Haywood
Lashes and nails – Base Coat by Rachel
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