Will this weekend go ahead? Won’t this weekend go ahead?
What a rollercoaster of a journey but we are here and we did it!!! Liz and Rhys had always said they would go ahead NO MATTER WHAT and stuck to their guns completely!
We contacted all of our couples back in April 2020 and offered them all a new safety net date should they need to postpone, but all along Liz and Rhys didn’t want a new date, and they stuck fast that they would go ahead in September 2020 with whatever rules applied at the time. Be it 6 guests or 60 guests they were going ahead and took us on this journey with them. We had zoom calls, emails, facetime calls and meetings throughout and were literally in this together all the way.
I will never forget the Instagram message on the 17th July between Liz and myself when the new guidance came out on the Government website that a Covid Secure Wedding Venue could go ahead with 30 guests and include the reception with food and drinks. We were both buzzing and by 4am the next day I had sent her a detailed email of everything we needed to do before the 12th September, her wedding day! We were all so excited! At Thief Hall we finally had a wedding planned again, the first one in 6 months and Liz and Rhys were getting married!
The run up to the wedding was then all a bit of a blur, there were good days when we thought further restrictions may be lifted to the very week of the wedding when further lockdown restrictions were being put in place again around the UK, but finally the government made their big announcement and these were not going to be in place until Monday 14th September 2020 so we were safe. Then the government added in and said weddings were exempt anyway. There certainly hadn’t been much sleep taken by any of us that week and at some points very near to tears too.
Guest bubbles were created, table plans made from these, accommodation details sent, the ceremony room plan done, the Covid-19 forms sent and completed and we were ready.
Our wedding couple at Thief Hall can arrive on the Thursday to settle in and relax and we were so glad to have Rhys and Liz in and settling down. We were all pealing ourselves from the ceiling so to speak with the emotions and stress of the last week but we were ready….
Friday we left the couple to enjoy the venue without us, meeting guests into their cottages and setting up the room. We had done the hard work setting up the room and table plan etc… before they arrived and helped with finishing touches on Thursday so by Friday there wasn’t much to do at all. This gives them time to relax and us an afternoon of with the children with a walk around Osmotherly and Fish and Chips.
The Wedding is here
Saturday morning and I couldn’t stay at home, a total mix between adrenaline and excitement. We had arranged to meet at the venue at 11:30am and I was there for 9:30am. I didn’t want to be anywhere else. Phillip my husband helped me arrange the drinks stand outside for the arrival drinks reception which would be Covid-19 Secure thank you to the beautiful weather. We cleaned the floor and toilets through, cleaned the windows for the fourth time and double checked everything. By the time our two wedding coordinators Katy and Hannah arrived most bits and bobs were done. Usually we would only invite one wedding planner per wedding but with this being our first Covid Wedding we thought a full team on board would be a great idea.
The ceremony seats had a seating plan for the first time with guests’ names on and the music was now playing ready for the arrival of the guests. Rhys our groom arrived with his witness ready to meet the registrars and now it was just the wait for the registrars and how they would be….
The two ladies arrived and we were waiting for instructions, an atmosphere and the protocol…. But this couldn’t have been further from the truth! Their first words were… “We just want you all to enjoy today”! And we had quite a laugh about how scared we were of what they were going to bring to the day. The ice had been well and truly cracked and as the private meeting finished with Rhys, we allowed the guests into the room to take their seats waiting for the bride with her father.
As Liz walked our way with her father, she looked stunning and we were all holding back the tears…. The walk in song – “No One’s Gonna Love You” by Band of Horses started playing and the ceremony was away. It was just beautiful, ending with a banging “Everything Now” by Arcade Fire. The Photographer Kirk from https://www.whitedoveweddings.co.uk was not allowed to photograph the ceremony to allow an extra guest in with the restrictions of the 30, but he got around this but popping his tripod in a great place to film the wedding which was such a great idea. Kirk then awaited the couples exit to collect them for those important shots outside together while we created the confetti throw with the guests outside ready for Liz and Rhys to walk down and capture those moments that every couple should experience.
The drinks had been poured ready for the reception and everyone enjoyed the warm September day with the views and backdrop in the safety of the distancing and outside space.
Once the important pictures had been shot and the room was ready with food hampers waiting on the tables delivered by https://www.homegrownhospitality.co.uk we seated the guests for the big couple announcement into the room…. Welcome for the first time entering a room as the new Mr and Mrs Chambers! And the room erupted into applause.
The speeches were so emotional and tears totally flowing, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house! And as everyone composed themselves so they could enjoy the meal, atmosphere and drinks, we played Liz and Rhys’s playlist in the background and it really did feel like the perfect wedding!
The evening continued naturally with a mix between garden games, sunset pictures and deep family conversations. We had done it, a safe Covid wedding! Our first Covid Secure wedding and our first wedding in six months! And it has been just fantastic!
Thank you to Liz and Rhys for trusting us, for pushing us into going ahead and for sticking by us as a venue!
We are so proud to have shared your day with you and wish you more than the very best into your future as a married couple!
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"We had our wedding at Thief Hall and it was perfect right down to the last detail. The entire team at Thief Hall are amazing! Thank you so much for an unforgettable weekend!”
- Wayne & Louise Morton
“We have had the most wonderful time here, celebrating our wedding! Everyone has been fantastic and the cottages are utterly stunning; everyone of our family and friends loved it. Thank you so much for making our wedding so special!”
- Danielle & Steven Bell
“I don't know where to start!! The most perfect venue for our wedding! A total blank canvas to work with and so much scope to make your wedding personal!”
- Lizzie James
“What can we say! Jess and Phil are outstanding! The attention to detail, support and service from the day we booked 18 months ago right up until now has been faultless.”
- Dan & David Whitelock
“OMG! Me and Ollie have had the best wedding ever, you have made it just perfect. Jess and the team, we could not have asked for more. Thank you se very much from the bottom of our hearts. All of our love and thanks xx”
- Ollie & Chelsie Anderson
“To Jessica, Katy and all the amazing team, Thank you so much for all of your help to make our wedding day so special! You helped everything flow so smoothly and couldn’t have been more helpful and attentive. All our guests loved a Cottages and it made such a difference celebrating with everyone together all weekend. Thief Hall is a really stunning venue and you and the team do an amazing job making the wedding is truly spectacular for everyone. Thank you for all your hard work”
- Caroline and Paul
“To Hannah and Jess, Thank you very much for everything. Our wedding couldn’t have gone any smoother, there wasn’t a single hair out of place you were amazing. Everyone of our guests complimented on the venue and the way everything was arranged and organised. This weekend has just been magical. We are both still on cloud nine. It has been a photo of a wedding from start to finish. A big massive thank you to Jessica, you are a dream. You have made this weekend the happiest of our entire life. You are a superstar, Hannah, you looked after Stevie and I from start to finish, we couldn’t have asked for a better wedding planner. You kept me calm throughout the day and always check that we had everything in hand. Once again thank you for the special weekend/wedding day XXX”
- Debbie and Stevie
“Jessica and all in the amazing team at Thief Hall, what can we say? Thank you so much for an amazing weekend. Our wedding was everything we dreamed of and more. You guys were amazing from start to finish & we can't thank you enough. For such a popular venue with weddings more weekends and mid-weeks you do everything to make the bride and groom feel so special. There were so many extra thoughtful touches that made the weekend so special. Jess, You are some kind of wizard in keeping the day running so smoothly and thinking of things that we completely over looked. Our guests had the best day yesterday and those staying in the cottages and glamping tents all said how wonderful everything was. The welcome hampers are a lovely touch. We can't wait to come back and perhaps have a slightly more relaxed stay! Thank you SO SO much!!!!”
- Gavin and Helen
“Thank you so much for all the hard-work over the last 9 months and for always being there for us with any query or question we had! This weekend has been a dream come true (a wacky very colourful dream but a dream of ours!) and your "blank canvas" made the perfect backdrop for it all to take place! From dropping of car loads on the Thursday to supporting us on the Friday, from stealthily making out day run like clockwork to allowing us to stay an extra night on the Sunday to enjoy the beautiful sunset! you guys have all been amazing! We thank you all a million times over!”
- Sam and Will
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