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Family and friends help make couple’s dream wedding

A young couple who wanted a simple village wedding that didn’t cost a fortune enlisted the help of family, friends and local businesses to make their dream come true.

Elsa Trueman, 27, of Upton and Ian Rickett, 31, of Halam were married on August 31.

Elsa said: “It was a totally local/handmade wedding. Both our families have lived in our villages for several generations so both villages were keen for us to get married in their churches.

Home-made wedding.
Home-made wedding.

“So in the end we married at Halam church followed by a blessing at Upton church and then back to my mum and dad’s farm.”

The couple wanted to keep their wedding as local and handmade as possible to make it uniquely personal, support nearby businesses ­— and to keep the costs down, as they are busy renovating their first home.

“We saw that the average cost of a wedding is about £30,000. Ours came in at just under £4,000,” Elsa said.

Home-made wedding Halam (16715920)
Home-made wedding Halam (16715920)

They cleared out a barn full of junk, hired tables and chairs, and decorated it with bunting made by Elsa’s mum and simple flowers picked from Ian’s farm.

Guests were served afternoon tea from BJ’s Bakery in Blidworth, and outside seating was made of bales from Busts at Halam.

The wedding party had their pictures taken by on a pile of bales by photographer friends, and there was a cake made by Elsa’s aunt. The wedding signs were made of pallets painted by a 13-year-old niece.

The couple met at a YFC meeting two years ago. Ian works on a farm, and Elsa works at the National Holocaust Centre at Laxton.

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