For their big day Libby and Ben focused on the things they felt most important… Food, Alcohol and Llamas, I don’t think you can really argue with that. Huntsmill Farm in Buckinghamshire provided the perfect backdrop for a wonderful day with their loved ones. Yes there may have been quite a lot of rain… but the bar is inside anyway right!? The llamas didn’t seem to mind the rain either, just chilling out there with their dickie bows having a grand old time.
And here it is, Libby and Ben’s Llama fest, a little of what I saw:
Bride & Groom Q&A
How did you meet?
We met in our third year at Bath University in 2009. I stalked Ben for a few months, until he finally broke up with his then-girlfriend, being a conveniently placed shoulder to cry on. We finally got together just as we were both leaving Bath, Our first romantic date was McDonalds and renting a DVD from Blockbusters. We then long distance’ed it for the next 2 years, before moving in together in 2012.
Tell me a bit about yourselves
We both have a interest in excretory products! Ben is a chemical engineer, currently studying a PhD in waste-water management. I am a pharmacist specialising in kidneys.
In our spare time we love running. We completed a half marathon the weekend before our wedding.
How did the proposal go down?
We were on a staycation in Kent (our favourite place), staying in a log cabin that came complete with an alpaca. We were in a vineyard at Groombridge Place Gardens; when Ben asked how I would feel about getting married. There was no ring – Ben knows me better than to choose a ring for me! First I said ‘no’ (because I thought it was funny), then ‘what?’ (make sure I heard him right)… then of course I said yes! We celebrated by ordering a dominos pizza.
We went shopping for an engagement ring when we got back home. At this point we hadn’t yet told anyone that we had got engaged. We quickly got rumbled as some of our friends were in one of the jewellery shops we went in to…
How did you choose Huntsmill Farm as your wedding venue?
We wanted to choose somewhere unique, with the freedom to choose all of our own suppliers.
When we were looking around venues, Huntsmill Farm was just a building site. But what could be better than a venue 5 minutes away from our house? It meant we could crawl back home nursing our hangovers the next day!
Vibe & Style
We wanted our wedding to be very relaxed, and to look ‘effortless’. We focused on the aspects that we considered most important: food and alcohol. We strayed away from the conventional wedding menu and had a BBQ and sangria!
We didn’t have a theme as such, but just ‘stuff we like’… including llamas and paper airplanes.
What was you best decision during the wedding planning?
Having Roo photograph our wedding!
What was the hardest decision?
Finding a pair of glasses to go with my wedding dress. A big shout out to Specsavers in Northampton who let me bring my wedding dress into the shop so that I could try on frames with my dress!
What were your favourite memories of the day?
Libby – walking into down the aisle and seeing everyone that I love in one place. Posing with llamas.
Ben – relaxing with a drink after all the hard bits were over!
What advice would you have for any couples planning their wedding?
When you are agonising over details (e.g. should I tie a white or hessian colour ribbon around the vases?!), consider – will anyone notice or even remember the detail? If the answer is no – don’t bother!
Leave the seating plan till the last minute. Then you don’t have to re-do it when some family politics emerge / one of your guests can’t come at the last minute.