Niamh and Thomas Ward – who both hail from farming backgrounds – had a desire to add a memorable and unique aspect to their wedding.
Instead of enlisting the help of a professional wedding planner, the couple sought inspiration from their own farm to add a special touch to their big day, which they celebrated on Saturday, June 15th, 2019.
Residing in Co. Meath, Thomas is a suckler and drystock farmer, while Niamh also has strong agricultural roots.
“My father had drystock, sheep and pigs; he was a cattle dealer all his life and had his own cattle lorry for years,” Niamh told Catherina Cunnane – That’s Farming.
Thomas set the bar high as he pulled off a unique, farming inspired marriage.“Thomas proposed to me in his cattle shed; he bought me a mineral lick bucket for my heifer and had the ring hidden in the top of the bucket!”
Wedding plans got underway shortly after their engagement; the couple explored various styles and themes.
Their wedding invitations were personalised with both pictures with two of their pet heifers - May & June.
“We arrived to the church on a tractor with a trailer - first the boys, then the girls!”
“The table plan was of a cow and each table was called after individual breeds of cattle,” Niamh explained.
Their wedding favours were personalised cattle tags and their sweet table had tractors and trailers with buckets of sweets.
“We had a bride/groom cow and bull on the cake table and our wedding cake was on a trailer and tractor.”
“We got our photos taken with the cattle with a thank you sign so the people can see the cattle for real in the thank you cards,” she added.
“Thomas gave me a present of a Hereford heifer who now has her own calf,” Niamh concluded.
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