With a shared love of the Mediterranean island Ibiza, and having holidayed there three times before, there was no better place for Gary to propose to girlfriend Kirsty. “Gary took me to our favourite spot on the island as the sun began to set. He gave me a diamond in a presentation box and told me that when we got back home I had an appointment with a ring designer to design my own engagement ring,” smiles Kirsty.
Keen to begin planning the wedding, Kirsty stocked up on wedding magazines once she got home, using them to create her own mood boards. “Once I’d done my initial research across the various wedding elements, I turned to Pinterest. It was really useful for searching for final ideas for our particular theme,” explains Kirsty.
One thing that certainly helped the couple decide on their final décor for the day was their wedding venue. They knew they wanted to get married in a barn because of its homely, rustic and relaxed atmosphere. Good food was also a must-have – so the couple searched for a venue that could provide both of these elements. “We only visited two venues and we knew as soon as we looked round Upwaltham Barns that that was where we had to have our reception. We could picture our guests in all the different areas of the venue; the cosy bar area, the Moroccan snug outside and the beautiful wedding cottage for the bride and groom to stay in,” smiles Kirsty.
After securing Upwaltham Barns for their special day, Kirsty and Gary began planning the finer details of their rustic, autumnal décor. The pair styled guests’ chairs with burlap bows and Gerberas and added a rustic touch to tables with candles enclosed in wrought iron lanterns. The couple’s autumn inspired wedding cake, made by Kirsty’s uncle, was finished off with burlap ribbon on each tier. A small arrangement of autumn leaves and flowers also sat on the top tier.
Finding the right suppliers for their big-day was really important to Kirsty and Gary. They wanted a wedding team they could trust and a photographer whom they felt comfortable with. While trusty friends recommended the majority of their suppliers, the couple found out about their photographer, Kelly Hearn, while they were looking around Upwaltham Barns. “As soon as we met Kelly we knew we had to book her. She was friendly and enthusiastic and her style was a mixture of modern and romantic. We liked how she seemed to capture portraits in a very natural way,” says Kirsty.
Wedding dress shopping opened up hundreds of possibilities to Kirsty. While she originally saw herself in a fitted lace gown with a keyhole back design, she decided to try on as many styles of dresses as possible. Having tried on just about every style and material, Kirsty settled on an ivory fishtail lace dress with a deep V-neck back. “It was actually the shop assistant who suggested I try on the dress. I knew it was ‘the one’ straight away. I didn’t want to take it off,” she smiles.
To fit the couple’s orange and midnight blue colour scheme, the groom’s party opted for navy suits – with the help of Kirsty. Her two bridesmaids wore midnight blue Dessy dresses while her two flowergirls wore ivory Monsoon dresses. “It was important that I let my bridesmaids choose their own dresses. I wanted them to feel comfortable all day long. Dessy were a great brand to choose as they have a wide range of colours that the dresses can be designed in,” explains Kirsty.
A day to treasure
Kirsty and Gary celebrated their big-day on 25th October, starting with a church ceremony nearby to Upwaltham Barns. They kick started their party with Processco, pink lemonade and canapés, served up at the Barns, followed by a delightful three-course wedding breakfast. “We had olives, bread, mozzarella, pate and chutneys for starters, a beef main and trio of dessert for pudding. Dad actually opened the wedding breakfast with his speech – which helped his nerves – while the two best men and Gary spoke afterwards,” explains Kirsty. “One of the best men even told everyone to go under their tables to find an envelope. Inside was a picture of Gary naked! All the speeches were so funny and memorable. We honestly wouldn’t have changed a thing about the whole day,” she smiles.
Kirsty’s top tips:
- Keep a budget and add a contingency of 10% just in case!
- Remember it’s your day – although taking advice from others is good, don’t do things to please others if you’re not happy with it.
Images © Kelly Hearn Photography
If you’d like to find out more about getting married at Upwaltham Barns, call the wedding team on 01798 300252.