The Kingscote Barn just looks like such an idyllic place to get married – beautiful rolling countryside, big blue skies with fluffy clouds, with only the sheep and your wedding guests for company. We LOVE venues like this!!
We also love Marshal Gray’s dreamy photography style, with nothing forced or staged, everything just unfolding as it happens. Emily & Simon look so happy and like they’ve had the best day ever. And Emily’s Stephanie Allin gown, with a detachable lace top is just swoon worthy!
Emily The Bride: Stephanie Allin was the fourth bridal shop I had visited and as I was coming to the end of my hour booking I still hadn’t found anything. I wanted a dress with a high neckline and low back, so the dress assistant suggested I try on the Lottie simply to see the shape. As soon as I put it on I fell in love with it. The fabric was so beautiful and fell and moved in the perfect way. I loved the simplicity of the design and the spaghetti straps that met in a ‘V’ shape at the back. This look was perfect for the evening but I wanted something slightly more demure for the ceremony, so I teamed it with the Selena shrug made of delicate lace with a high neck and ¾ length sleeves. Shoes were really easy to find, I’m 5Ft 7 so I wanted a small heel and something comfortable to dance in. These shoes were just perfect and had a 1920’s style peep toe. My flower crown was a last minute decision but I was so pleased with it. It gave the dress a slight boho feel and was just perfect for the outdoor ceremony in the rolling hills of the Cotswolds.
On a 2 week tour of Vietnam last November we visited Hoi An, a town situated on the coast in the middle of the country. This is famous for its tailors; Mick Jagger gets his suits made here. We had been recommended BeBe’s by a friend who had previously visited. We came prepared with pictures of the suit style Simon wanted. It just needed to be navy and well fitted, he wanted a classic, clean look. The white shirt was also made in Vietnam. Simon’s shoes were from Church’s, his tie Gieves and Hawkes and he wore Mulberry cufflinks, a gift from me on the day.
The Kingscote Barn was the first venue we visited and we knew straight away it was our wedding venue. The day we visited the barn it was sunny and warm and one year later on our actual wedding day there was glorious sunshine and we were able to have the ceremony outside, with a view of the rolling Cotswolds hills and sheep in the distance. The venue felt so private and tucked away. The staff at the barn were so amazing and everything flowed, allowing Simon and I to just enjoy our wedding day.
I wanted the theme to be really simple; in fact I didn’t really want a strict colour theme at all. The groomsmen could wear what they liked and the bridesmaids were in a soft blue to compliment Simon’s navy suit. We designed our own stationery, from our save the date email to the thank you cards. In addition to the table decorations, we placed pictures of our parents and grandparents on their wedding day in the main reception area so people could see out families through the generations.
On our first meeting with the florist I came fully prepared with mood boards to discuss with Becci but I knew straight away she got exactly what I wanted. My bouquet needed to be free and flowing, with a mix of flowers and ferns. I wanted lots of green foliage with again a mix of white flowers in a simple display of bottles for the table centrepieces and a runner cascading over the edge of the top table. On each guest table we tied a simple white balloon. We were lucky enough to marry outside so Becci decorated the wedding arch with a beautiful display of white flowers and green ferns.
Weather was absolutely stunning on our wedding day so we were lucky enough to hold have ceremony outside overlooking the beautiful views of the Cotwolds. During the ceremony we could hear the sheep baaing in the distance which was just great. When you practice your vows prior to the day you don’t truly understand the meaning of them until you say them to each other on your wedding day. It was such an emotional moment reciting them to each other in front of our guests. For our readings we choose my brother and Simon’s mum to read. The first reading was the extract One Autumn Night from The Great Gasby, this is not only one of my favourite books but also the book is set in New York which is where we got engaged. The second reading was a poem by AA. Milne called ‘Us Too’, about a friendship that lasts forever. As we walked back up the aisle as a married couple we had given our guests bubbles to blow rather than confetti which looked great in the photos.
Our friend Adam performed on violin The Swans by Saint-Saëns as I walked down the aisle and Meditation by Massenet and Pavane by Fauré for the signing of the register. As we walked back up the aisle as Mr and Mrs Pass we chose Cosmic Love by Florence and the Machine, a song we both loved that was released around the time we first met 7 years ago. For the evening we hired The Copper Roads through their management Sound Generation. We went for them after hearing this track of theirs on Youtube – and they were so much fun! The guys were just fantastic and so lovely. They were able to take a very mixed genre of songs and put their own style on each one. Everyone at the wedding loved them. For our first dance we chose Wicked Game by Chris Issac. A song we have both always loved. We finished the night on a mix of songs that reminded us of our days at university where Simon and I first met, including Arctic Monkeys, Oasis and Take That.
Our amazing cakes were kindly made by our family friend Sumana. She is a fantastic Indian cook who has written and published her own cookbooks but this was the first time she had attempted a wedding cake. She immediately took it on as a project and after months of trailing and tastings we decided on chocolate sponge with a chocolate buttercream and a second cake with a lemon sponge and lemon buttercream. These were iced and topped with fresh white flowers.
For the food our caterer, Fosters based in Bristol, served a delicious selection of canapés and we had Champagne from a family friend’s Vineyard. As a Starter we had Laverstoke Park buffalo burrata with hazelnuts, lavender honey, lemon thyme and bee pollen. Main course was confit of Merrifield Farm duck leg, creamed peas and broad beans, caramelised pear, buttered spinach and roast sweet potato. Dessert was chocolate praline tart with pistachio crumble, mascarpone and raspberry sorbet.
Gary (Marshal Gray) our photographer was brilliant to have around on the day, such a character that put everyone at ease. He really managed to capture the fun and emotion of the day in his signature style. The sunset shots are stunning and we’re so happy with the collection.
My final thoughts would be to take time out on the day, just to step back and take it all in – it really does fly by! Simon and I took 5 minutes where we found a quiet spot and sat alone, together on a bench outside overlooking the beautiful views where we had a moment to breathe and appreciate a years’ worth of planning and what amazing family and friends we had.