Despite living in the city, Kim and Dan knew that a swanky central London wedding venue wasn’t right for them. Instead, they dreamed of a romantic barn venue in a rural setting and so began their hunt for the perfect place…
An intimate affair
One venue the couple visited, Bartholomew Barn, in West Sussex, stood out against the rest. “It was pouring with rain when we visited and we still loved every bit of it,” smiles Kim. “It ticked all the boxes visually, and felt like a very special place to start our marriage,” she adds. The pair loved everything from the courtyard, ideal for their wedding photos, to the flexibility offered by the venue – which allowed the couple to source their own suppliers. It was the perfect pick for Kim and Dan’s intimate wedding, to be shared with just their closest friends and family.
When it came to styling the Barn, the couple opted for rustic features combined with pure elegance. The pair’s florist created stunning pew ends, the chairs were decorated with baby’s breath bouquets, and the wedding tables featured shabby chic birdcage centrepieces. Kim and Dan also got creative with their table plan, using a chalkboard and hanging tags from it with twine.
The pure elegance of the day was also reflected in the couple’s attire. Kim wore a dress from the Romance range by Allure, detailed with lace and lots of sparkles. “I didn’t want to take it off,” she smiles. The groom looked just as dapper in black tails, teamed with pinstriped trousers and a grey waistcoat. He also wore a pink cravat and square to complement the four bridesmaids’ dresses.
Best mum ever
On the day of the couple’s late summer wedding, Kim was able to begin her journey just as she had always dreamed. “I knew all along that I wanted my mum to drive me to my venue so that we could have a little chat and giggle in the car on the way there. She had a car accident about one month before the wedding, which meant that the plans were going to have to be changed at the last minute,” explains Kim. “However, about a week before our wedding, she surprised me with a brand new white car that she had bought herself and told me she would still be able to take me to my wedding,” she smiles.
Kim’s journey to Bartholomew Barn wasn’t the only highlight of her day. Her grandfather’s appearance at the wedding was also a memorable surprise too. “My granddad is 93 and hasn’t been out of the house for four years, but he ended up coming to my wedding,” smiles Kim. “I had no idea he would be there, and because we were very close when I was growing up it meant the world to me for him to be there.”
The perfect feast
Kim and Dan played perfect hosts with a scrumptious wedding breakfast. After canapés, the pair and their wedding guests tucked into a three course meal with a duck pâté starter, Mediterranean chicken main, and a trio of desserts for pudding. Come evening, they served up warm brie with baguettes and bacon baps.
Love and laughter
When the pair weren’t spending quality time with friends and family they were having a whole lot of fun. The couple had hired a bouncy castle for the occasion, which resulted in hours of amusement for all their guests. “The comedy moment of the day had to be when Dan fell off of the bouncy castle and did a James Bond tumble into the camera lady,” laughs Kim. The pair’s DJ also set up a game of Mr & Mrs to kickstart the night. “We had some very awkward questions but the game was hilarious and definitely got our guests in the mood for dancing!” says Kim. “The whole day was perfect from start to finish. I wouldn’t change a single thing about it.”
Kim’s top tip:
“Make sure you capture every moment. We didn’t get a photo or video of the confetti cannons that the DJ let off at the end of the night to the final song – that’s my only regret.”
Images © Adam Barnes Photography
To find out more about weddings at Bartholomew Barn, call the wedding team today on 01403 330049.