Ardagh hosts its first wedding

August 24 2017

Confetti and bunting were the order of the day at the Ardagh Bowling and Sports Club when Bryony Enright and Darren Roberts tied the knot at the community venue at the heart of Horfield Common on Saturday August 19.

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Confetti and bunting were the order of the day at the Ardagh Bowling and Sports Club when Bryony Enright and Darren Roberts tied the knot at the community venue at the heart of Horfield Common on Saturday August 19.

The couple, who met at university in 2009, wanted their special day to be as close to home as possible and found somewhere virtually on their doorstep.

Darren is from a large family, the 10th of 12 children, who grew up on Logan Road. 

He said: “We asked how local could we make our wedding? 

“You can see the trees on the Common from our front door on Beloe Road and it meant things were nearby and we could relax on the day.”

Bryony added: “We wanted an informal wedding and one that was not too traditional. 

“The Ardagh is low key and has a real charm and we could really imagine it as a wedding venue. It’s really pretty with the lawns outside.

“The Common, cafe, and Ardagh make this area what it is, and we love it!”

Kay Thomson, manager of the Ardagh, is used to catering for the bowls team and informal events but was delighted to be of help when the couple approached her about using the location for their wedding celebrations.

Kay said: “It is an honour for the Ardagh Bowling Club to be the venue chosen for the wedding blessing. A lovely building set in a beautiful part of Horfield Common close to home for Briony and Darren.

“The bowls club ensured that the day went smoothly and was enjoyed by all.”

The Ardagh isn’t licensed as a wedding venue so the couple married formally at Corn Street the day before and Humanist celebrant, Karen Partridge, carried out a special ceremony on the Saturday in front of Bryony and Darren’s friends and family. 

Not surprisingly, Darren’s immediate family took up 54 of the invited guests! He is the last in the family to get married and has 27 nieces and nephews.

A UK wedding doesn’t come cheap these days - with £27,000 the average cost last year. Bristol University careers adviser Bryony and Bristol Museum researcher Darren were keen to make the most of their budget but to design the wedding in their own informal style.

“We wanted to put together the wedding as cheaply as possible - our budget all in was £4,000. My dress was from ASOS and we borrowed bunting from friends and picnic blankets from the University to give it a village fete feel. There were lots of fun and games, with quoits and bubbles for the children.

“Keen to save money, we entered a competition to have a Yeo Valley ice-cream bike at the wedding and won!” added Bryony.

Lots of their friends have been involved, from making the cake (Lovely Cakes by Laura on Facebook) to helping decorate the venue. They couple made a pagoda for the end of the aisle by wrapping white lace around a structure.

Much of the budget was spent on the food which came locally too, from pizza company, Pizza Rova who made the pizzas onsite from their Land Rover.

Darren added: “Nothing is from the ‘official’ wedding organisers - we avoided anything that said ‘wedding’ on it. Our photographers, Lucas Cookson and Luke Mundy, are both just starting out in the wedding photography business and trying to build a name for themselves."

"The day was everything we hoped for and more. Seeing all our friends and family in one place all wishing us well was so heartwarming, the perfect start to our marriage. We're so grateful to everyone who helped make the day what it was, and now we're ready for our honeymoon - Italy, here we come!"

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