When planning their wedding, Nichola and Joe had listed two priorities – good food and excellent accommodation for close family on-site. Armed with their list of big-day requirements, the couple set upon finding their perfect venue online before shortlisting two barn venues, a manor house, and a hotel.
The perfect venue
Luckily for Nichola and Joe, making that final decision wasn’t as hard as they thought it might be. As soon as they saw Mythe Barn, they knew they wanted to get married there. “I had butterflies right away,” remembers Nichola. “The venue was truly beautiful and felt so private – plus the countryside surroundings were perfect too.” Having found their dream venue, the couple were quick to secure their April wedding date and begin planning the finer details of their day.
The wedding flowers were central to the styling of the big-day. The pair decorated the aisles with vases full of bluebells, narcissi, tulips, freesia and ranunculus and kept the floral trend running through the rest of the day. While key to their day, flowers didn’t create the overall theme of their wedding. Instead, the pair opted for a dinosaur wedding theme – adding quirky touches to all their wedding tables. “We bought a Papo dinosaur figurine for each table and gave the children dinosaur colouring books and crayons,” explains Nichola. “As wedding favours, we made a small donation to Cancer Research and gave each of our guests a small pin,” she adds.
A touch of vintage
When shopping for wedding dresses, Nichola fell in love with ‘Ettia’, by Maggie Sottero and quickly went on to purchase it. Little did she know at the time that it was actually the first dress she’d ever pinned on Pinterest – something she only realised in the months running up to her wedding. “I loved the intricate beading and vintage feel. It was exactly the style I was looking for,” says Nichola. Her bridesmaid, a friend from university that had introduced the pair, complemented Nichola’s pretty look in a pale pink dress from Monsoon.
The wedding countdown
On the big-day itself, Nichola decided to take advantage of all the venue perks – which included a bridal dressing room. She stayed at a small B&B close to Mythe Barn the night before the wedding before making her way to the Barn early the next morning.
Food glorious food
Once vows had been exchanged and emotions had calmed down, the couple relaxed with friends and family over a glass of Pimms and some canapés. The choice of light bites included mini fish and chips and mini shepherd’s pies and was followed by a scrumptious three-course wedding breakfast. Throughout their celebrations, the good food kept flowing. In the evening, the pair treated guests to freshly cooked pizzas from the wood-fired oven. Their naked wedding cake also went down well, with guests sampling every single one of the tiers – lemon, vanilla, and salted caramel. “I wanted my guests to love the food and they certainly did,” smiles Nichola.
Rollercoaster of love
The celebrations that followed had a personal touch. Emotional speeches were given; with Joe’s father’s speech leaving Nichola in tears, and a sentimental first dance was enjoyed by the pair. “We chose the song Dig, by Incubus, as the lyrics to the song really meant something to us,” explains Nichola. “We were both extremely nervous for the first dance so we were really pleased when other people joined in half way through.” The first dance nerves didn’t stop the couple dancing away for the rest of the night though. “In the evening, I opted for comfortable shoes – a pair of rainbow Converse. They were definitely a good idea for all the dancing!” laughs Nichola. “We have absolutely no regrets – the day was perfect.”
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