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It was a match made in heaven for head girl Lydia and head boy Matthew who tied the knot at Bicester’s beautiful Tythe Barn.
Sweethearts from their Thame schooldays, Lydia and Matthew’s love for one another lasted throughout their University careers, and after graduating, they set out to travel the world together. As they prepared to come home, after many adventures, Matthew sprung the greatest surprise of the trip by proposing to Lydia on the beach in Ecuador.
They chose the beautiful Tythe Barn in Bicester as the perfect setting for their ceremony and reception. By then, Lydia was teaching in Manchester, so lots of travelling back and forth was needed, but her mum, she confides, was a huge help.
Despite taking her own advice very seriously ‘Make lots of lists, it helps you keep calm on the day!’, there was a heart-stopping moment just before the ceremony when Lydia realised that they had forgotten to bring printed out versions of their promises to read. Modern technology saved the day, and Lydia was able to download versions onto her ipod, which the staff at the venue kindly printed out.
Unbeknownst to the happy couple, a friend had compiled a DVD of messages from some of their friends, which was played as a surprise after the meal.
Venue: The Tythe Barn
Bridal Gown: Anna McDonald
Jeweller: Payne & Son Oxford
Photography: Rob Wheal Photography