Hayley and Lianne’s Wedding at Country Ways

Sue, Andy, Anna and the Country Ways team warmly welcome guests past, present and future to Country Ways this year.

 

Throughout the year, Country Ways celebrates in style with weekend and mid week Weddings.

 

During the peak period from April to October.... with warm sunny days and long summer evenings what could be better than hiring the Whole Complex for 3 or 4 nights and sharing a wonderful 'holiday' getaway experience with up to 120 of your friends and family members.

For more information,

 

Telephone - 01769 560503

                      

 

Visit - www.country-ways.net

 

email - office.countryways@gmail.com

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G Wedding Directory would like to thank Hayley & Lianne for allowing us to publish their story.

 

Many thanks,

Andrew & John. 

THE VENUE

 

There are many reasons we chose Country Ways as our wedding venue. The main one being that we were able to, not only celebrate our wedding day there but also spend the week surrounded by our close friends and family. Hayley’s parents had travelled over from South Africa for the occasion and it was the first time that both of our families met each other. The small ‘hamlet’ of cottages surrounding our ‘ceremony barn’ was the perfect setting for them to bbq…or braai and get to know each other before our big day. It also enabled us to all ‘muck in’ and get the barn ready for the next day. We couldn’t have done it without them all!

 

The venue, set in beautiful North Devon countryside satisfied our love of the outdoors and our guests, young and old were highly entertained by daily visits to farm club to feed and learn about the animals. In the early days of planning, Lianne had one wish for the day. That there would be alpaca. She was not disappointed!

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Lianne’s best friend and best man, Adam Mayne, luckily for her, is a very talented freelance Sassoon hairstylist and he spent the morning with her creating a beehive and finishing it off with fresh gypsophila. Hayley got ready in our honeymoon cottage and our family helped us with the arrivals of our caterers, entertainment and guests whilst we were getting ready. Our flower lady chose to drive up that morning so that all our flowers would be fresh. With a ceremony at 2.30pm she started first thing, filling the barn with colour, bringing us our separately designed bouquets and the gypsophila which we’d both, unbeknownst to each other, requested for our hair!

 

Lianne was really keen for her dad to give her away and we also wanted to walk down the isle together…we chose a very short isle! We made this work by having Lianne’s dad walk her from her cottage over to Hayley’s where we had our reveal …and a small cry! We then walked from the cottages to the barn where all our guests were waiting.

 

Our ceremony, supposed to be the serious bit was actually a lot of fun. There was a lot of giggling, mingled with the sounds of Enya. We entered to Wildchild and left to Orinoco Flow.

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THE DAY

 

We chose to organise and prepare everything ourselves, partly because we were on a budget and partly because we wanted our day to have a personal touch. Not to mention knowing how artistic and creative our mothers are!

 

Our dresses, courtesy of Oxfam Bridal Store, we had chosen together because we wanted them to compliment each other. We read a list of 100 Most Tricky Things at a Lesbian Wedding and they mentioned that there are more than a million shades of ivory…so we wanted to make sure that both our dresses complimented each other in style and colour. Hair styles, we kept secret  for the day!

Our entertainment throughout the day and into the evening for our first dance was Krista Green who has a beautiful, smooth voice and a quirky personality that were perfect for setting the mood during champers and canapés and during the evening when we got a bit merrier. Guests were mainly outdoors, and we had a selection of lawn games, welly wanging and such!

 

We had chosen a Hog Roast for our dinner and initially wanted a buffet where people could go up and help themselves but on the day we realised, or rather our excellent helpers supplied by Country Ways realised it would be a smoother system to seat everyone then take turns coming up and filling your plate. Needless to say there was an endless supply of meat and plenty of salad going spare and our guests were watered by a cash bar we had hired in.

 

Once it started to go dark we lit our fire pits. Everyone sat around and we toasted marshmellows. Krista sang our first dance for us, and our second dance…we had to dance again because Lianne’s dad missed it first time, looking for grandma’s ipad! We chose ‘Together you and I’ by our favourite, Dolly Parton.

 

We had a wonderful few days at Country Ways which felt like a holiday and a wedding rolled into one. Everyone says time flies on the day but for us, it didn’t. Because everything was happening in the same venue we had plenty of time to speak to all our guests and wang a few wellies! I would definitely recommend this secluded little hobbit village because it’s your own little world, apart from reality. With alpaca.

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