A surprise proposal complete with beautiful diamond engagement ring saw Nicola say ‘yes’ to her partner Kirk. Setting a date two years ahead gave the happy couple plenty of time to save up and plan their dream wedding day.
When it came to dress shopping, Nicola knew she wanted a real princess gown but didn’t know where to start. A shopping trip with her mum and sisters resulted in a beautiful Kenneth Winston design.
‘I chose the first dress I tried on,’ says Nicola. ‘It was elegant and sparkly with a drop waist and floaty tulle skirt.’
A veil encrusted with Swarovski crystals and the co-ordinating headband completed the look.
As for the groom, Kirk wore a navy three-piece suit with a tie to coordinate with the bridesmaid dresses.
‘Our son Charlie was the perfect accessory with matching trousers, waistcoat and pumps!’
To accompany her down the aisle, Nicola had five bridesmaids – her sisters, step-daughters and niece.
‘Our flower girls wore the blush pink Estrella dress from Monsoon,’ says Nicola, ‘while the older bridesmaids wore elegant, long one-shouldered floaty dresses, also in blush pink. They all looked so pretty.’
Perfectly in keeping with a barn wedding venue, Nicola and Kirk chose a vintage theme with a hint of sparkle and a blush pink colour scheme.
‘We kept things as natural as possible, lining the ceremony aisle with hurricane glasses filled with rose petals and candles,’ says Nicola. ‘On each table, jam jars filled with flowers, homemade table signs, sparklers and sweets sat on a wooden table centre (tree slices cut by the father of the bride).’
Continuing the natural theme, homemade favours consisted of sunflower seeds and scratch cards, and the wedding cake was a naked chocolate sponge decorated with roses.
‘We even made our table names using bark and chalk pens,’ says Nicola. ‘Those details made our wedding completely unique.’
For the wedding breakfast, Galloping Gourmet delighted guests with a three-course feast starting with soup, moving on to Burgundy Chicken and finishing with delicious sticky toffee pudding.
‘The service was impeccable from start to finish’ says Nicola.
Delighted with their chosen venue, Nicola and Kirk had stumbled across Mythe Barn when searching for venues online.
‘It’s the most beautifully restored barn I’ve seen, with the idyllic countryside location only adding to the beauty’ smiles Nicola.
‘I’ll always remember that first moment we were shown around and knew immediately it was the one for us. Our ceremony in The Grain Store was simply amazing.’
After their special day, it was time to enjoy a honeymoon and Nicola, and Kirk had a ‘mini moon’ at the beautiful Dormy House Hotel in the Cotswolds. A fortnight after the wedding saw the real adventure… a honeymoon in Riveria Maya in Mexico with their son Charlie… perfect!
Photography by Ed Brown Photography