Sian and Paceys wedding story

Okay, so let’s start at the beginning, how did you two meet?

I’d just moved to London in the November with one of my best mates Anna, and we were invited by a colleague to a New Year’s Eve party at a bar she regularly went to. We were like proper tourists let loose in our first decent cocktail bar and got there super early after work (we were pretty much the only ones there for about 3hours!) so got chatting to the bartender who was serving us which was Pacey, fast forward to midnight when we’d attempted to try all the cocktails on the menu so was hammered, all the bartenders were drunk along with everyone else there, and Pacey leaned over with the chat up line “I’ll give you a free shot for a kiss”. Not the classiest of meetings but we stayed friends and a couple of years later got together.

And what about the all-important proposal?

Pacey surprised me with a trip to Munich for the Christmas markets. He’d thought out the proposal in this huge park which trip-advisor had assured him was well lit at night, but it wasn’t, so it didn’t quite go to plan! We headed over to the peace pagoda but there was a Christmas market going on and was too busy for him to pop the question, marched up a hill thinking it had a castle turret at the top which turned out to be a manky disused water tower, found a quiet area which looked lovely with twinkling fairy lights which turned out to be a carpark. So after a couple of hours wandering around the park in the dark, Pacey eyed a sign for wasserfall which he skilfully translated to mean waterfall and we ended up just the two of us by a moonlit waterfall where he proposed. It was lovely! But it was very dark and we had to use the light of our phones so I could see the ring!

So you are getting married at A Place in the Pines near Osmotherly, what made you choose this venue over all the others you had seen?

We knew we wanted an outdoor wedding and the best place for that would be North Yorkshire so looked at lots of venues online but narrowed it down to 5 that we viewed. We found that all the other venues had quite an unpersonal and corporate feel to them and had so many rules and ties with companies that we couldn’t really achieve some of the ideas and DIY aspects that we’d had our hearts set on, so A Place in the Pines was a clear winner for us. The venue is absolutely beautiful, a big field with friendly animals, which then backs onto a beautiful secluded pine wood with some stunning lodges for our guests to stay in, but also Elizabeth one of the owners there is one of the most friendly and helpful people we’ve ever met! The owners are very relaxed and onboard with what we wanted to do, which was to drag the wedding out to the Sunday too, having as many of our friends as possible stay on site with us. We also liked the way that Elizabeth and Matt had set up the lodges and the buisness and were keen to support local businesses as much as possible which was something we also wanted to do.

You are going for 2 tip is for your wedding venue, what made you choose tipis?

With planning an outdoor wedding we googled lots of marquees, yurts and tents but the tipis were a standout winner from the start. I found the yurts and marquees quite girly and formal, where we really want to keep it rustic and relaxed and you can’t beat pictures of the tipis lit up on an evening! They look stunning and unique and we can’t wait to roast marshmallows over the firepit with our guests as the evening winds down. When we found out about you guys at Totem we thought we’d really lucked out! The tipis look stunning and the experience of the team has been invaluable so far, and were so happy that some of the money from our wedding will be invested back into the local community too.

You have got just under 9 months until your big day! How are you finding the wedding planning process?

Enjoyable and stressful both at the same time! The stress comes from us living in London and not getting up to North Yorkshire much so it can be quite difficult to arrange meetings with people we’ve booked etc. But thankfully my parents are doing a bit of the leg work for us and also the team at Totem and A Place in the Pines have been great, giving us lots of ideas and recommending people to us which helps enormously!

Which part of the wedding are you looking forward to the most??

I can’t wait to walk back down the aisle as a married couple when all the nerves have gone and we can just enjoy the rest of the day. Also we’re going to try to take a few minutes to ourselves on the evening to just sit back in the fresh air with a glass of wine and watch our guests enjoying themselves too.S