New Years Eve wedding – Hayley & Dan
Hayley & Dan had their New Years Eve wedding at The Great Tythe Barn, Tetbury. The theme was black, white and gold. They wanted a big party and planned a fabulous event over New Year. They booked us for their Cotswolds wedding photographers and we loved it.
“When we decided to get married on NYE we wanted it to be a big party for all our guests. We didn’t want it to be just a one day event so we planned a 3 day party so that we got the opportunity to spend more time with all of our guests.
Having all of our friends and family together for NYE would never normally be possible so by having our wedding on this day we got to have the best ever end and start of a year.”
Hayley & Dan have been together for 11 years after first being introduced through one of Dan’s friends. Hayley was looking for a part time job before heading off to uni and Dan offered her a job at the Golf Club where he worked. Within a couple of months they were together (which was probably Dan’s plan all along). Dan proposed in 2014 while they were in Venice on holiday.
Hayley found her dream dress after visiting 6 different bridal shops. “I was with my mum and two of my bridesmaids and after walking into Windsor & Eton Brides, I just knew that this was going to be the shop. The staff were amazing and the shop and dresses were just beautiful.
My Mori Lee dress was nothing like what I thought I would choose but once I had it on, I knew that it was the one. It was simple but had beautiful lace detailing. My sister lives in New Zealand so we ‘FaceTimed’ her so she could see the dress and after a few tears it was certain that we were all in agreement. I found out after I bought the dress that the lace was a traditional Venice lace which was very apt based on where we got engaged!
I saw my shoes on an instagram post back in April and was determined to track them down. They were by Badgley Mischka and proved to be very hard to find in the UK. However, we took a little trip over to New York a few months before the wedding and found them in Kleinfeld in New York.
With it being a NYE wedding we wanted all the boys in Black tie, Dan got his tux from Ted Baker and we bought the Best Men and Ushers’s Tux’s from Next. The bridesmaid dresses were the first thing we bought for the wedding, I knew that I wanted the girls in something sparkly to fit with the NYE theme and when we saw this dress in House of Fraser they all agreed that it was perfect. Our little bridesmaid and usher both had outfits from Monsoon and looked so adorable.”
“Instead of having a traditional guest book we decided to ask our guests to leave their bucket list ideas that we will complete over our lifetime together. We had bottles with different years written on them and asked guests to place their idea inside one of the bottles. We will then smash that bottle in the year and try to complete all the ideas and adventures our guests have chosen for us. We have smashed the first bottle which was for year one and two of our marriage and there were some amazing ideas. However we may need to win the lottery to be able to complete them all at the moment!! I cant wait for in 10 years to smash that bottle and see what people had written!”
“I am so glad that we decided to make the wedding celebrations more that just one day, we had 80 people for dinner the night before the wedding in the Orangery of the Tythe House, we also did breakfast on the morning after the wedding for all the guests. On the evening of the 1st we had around 50 people still staying with us onsite and a very competitive evening of games unfolded. It was the perfect few days and we can honestly say the best days of our lives.”
We met them in January at the Great Tythe Barn wedding fayre. Here’s what they said about us “We liked his photography style immediately and after chatting with him for a while we were certain that he would be our perfect photographer. We didn’t want to have too many formal shots during the day, we wanted to spend the time with our guests and Kevin & Carol capture those moments perfectly. Kevin & Carol were amazing on the day and we hardly noticed that they were there, however the photos that we now have are just stunning and show just how talented they are.”