Victoria’s 30th birthday was full of surprises. Not only was she treated to a trip to New York, she also got engaged to boyfriend, James, overlooking the city. “I didn’t even know we were going to New York until we arrived at the airport. James proposed in a gorgeous private room at a rooftop bar, right by the window with its amazing views, it was out of this world,” smiles Victoria.
The right setting
As soon as the couple announced their engagement back home, Victoria began creating her wedding day scrapbook and making inspirational big-day boards on Pinterest. “I went on Pinterest every single day and invited my four bridesmaids to join so they could add ideas to my boards too,” says Victoria. “The most important thing though was my venue, I looked at nearly 20 altogether,” she laughs. The couple wanted a wedding venue with a vintage feel, a place that had a laid back atmosphere more like that of a festival than a wedding. After googling local venues, Victoria and her family set upon visiting each and every one on her list, until deciding upon The Barn at Bury Court. “We loved the surroundings and the drive up to the barn was breathtaking. The venue itself is stunning and has real wow-factor but in a casual, laid back way,” explains Victoria.
A touch of vintage
With their venue secured and theme planning underway, Victoria and James began to focus on the finer details of their wedding décor. They decided upon a vintage themed day based upon the colour palette of peach, lilac and cream. The couple also added a personal touch to all their décor; James’ sister created all the wedding bouquets, a good friend of the couple made their bunting, Victoria’s sister and niece designed a chalk board sign for the day while her best friend’s dad made some giant wooden initials for the couple to display at their venue. For the centrepieces, Victoria filled cream vintage jugs with peach and lilac flowers and added gold crackled tea lights to the rest of the tables. She also tied a single peach rose to the back of all the chairs.
Chic and unique
While the couple took charge of most of their big-day styling themselves, they still required a little help from the experts. “I chose most of my suppliers through recommendations from friends and family. They helped me to find the perfect people to look after my wedding day hair and make-up, as well suggesting a great band and cake maker,” says Victoria. The trickiest thing for Victoria to source though was her wedding dress. “It took me ages to find my wedding dress. Everyone says you know when it’s ‘the one’ but I just didn’t! I visited approximately 15 wedding dress shops and must have tried on well over 100 dresses!” she laughs. Victoria’s wedding dress was completely bespoke and designed in house. She asked the dressmaker to add sleeves to the vintage inspired gown as well as lowering the back and extending the train to really make it her own. She finished it off with a beaded halo headband for the ultimate boho chic look.
The finishing touch
With four bridesmaids and three flower girls to dress, the couple knew finding the right bridesmaid attire wasn’t going to be easy. “I looked everywhere for peach dresses but struggled to find the right colour. I then stumbled across the most perfect dresses in Ted Baker and bought them without the bridesmaids even trying them on!” laughs Victoria. Her flower girls complemented the vintage look with cream lace dresses, gold strappy sandals and flower halo headbands. ‘They looked adorable,” added Victoria.
With this ring
As the couple’s summer wedding day approached they were full of nerves, but their church ceremony went without a fault. “The ceremony was our favourite part of the day. My dad walked me down the aisle, which was very special as he’s 88 years old. Our vicar also announced that it was his 1st ever wedding at the end of the service – he was great and really helped to make the ceremony extra memorable,” says Victoria.
Once Victoria and James had enjoyed their post-ceremony photographs, they indulged in a peach Bellini or two with close friends and family at their wedding venue, and after they’d tucked into a delicious three-course wedding breakfast it was time for the party to begin. “We were dreading our first dance but we were really happy with how it went. We chose Jason Mraz’s I Won’t Give Up and managed to get in a few twirls and heard a few cheers – so I think we did an OK job!” smiles Victoria. “I wouldn’t change a thing about the whole day – I’d just try and take a bit more of it in!” she adds.
Victoria’s top tips:
- Don’t stress about every small detail, make a decision and move on. I spent so long deciding on such small things that I didn’t even notice on the day!
- Try to take it all in, the day flashes past and everything is a blur so you really need to try and absorb every bit!
- Ask one of your friends to film key parts of the wedding if you aren’t having a videographer.
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If you’d like to find out more about The Barn at Bury Court, give the wedding team a call on 01420 550499 or visit the website www.burycourtbarn.com