During a romantic trip away to Paris Alex pulled out an engagement ring which he’d been closely guarding for days,and popped the question to Kym. The couple decided on a long engagement of three years so that Kym could finish her studies but began planning their day a year after the proposal…
Finding ‘the one’
It was Alex who came across Upwaltham Barns online and showed the venue to his fiancé Kym. Even though Kym had originally wanted to get married abroad the couple arranged a visit to see the barns.
“We booked the venue as soon as we got home from our first visit. It was the first thing we booked for our big day. We loved it!” – Kym
During their visit to Upwaltham Barns there was a torrential downpour but the couple still thought the venue looked beautiful in the rain.
“When we first saw it and walked into the courtyard, we knew it was the place for us. We didn’t even discuss whether we should book it or not, we just both assumed we would.” – Kym
Styling Upwaltham Barns
When it came to styling the venue Kym and Alex wanted to make everything as personal as possible. DIY was key to creating that unique touch and enabling the couple to express their personalities.
“Our theme could be best described as rustic romance – which really suited the barns. As my favourite colour is red, and my favourite flower the rose, this was our initial inspiration.” – Kym
Kym made all the invitations by hand as well as the rest of the wedding stationery, including the table plan. She also put together the table centrepieces including a wellington boot, which was used as a vase for flowers. She also created a variety of fun props and sweets for guests to enjoy as they sat at the tables. Ivory pom poms and rustic hearts were also added to the décor to complete the look.
Alex’s mum was involved with creating décor for the special day too. She made ‘Just Married’ bunting out of hessian and white rope, which was hung behind the top table.
For their guest book, the couple sanded down a piece of oak and had their initials carved into it. Guests then wrote their messages on the oak and the finished guest book was later hung in the couple’s home.
“Our guest book was a lovely keepsake from the day. A traditional book would have just got tidied away.” – Kym
Dressing for the occasion
Kym fell in love with an ivory and gold Justin Alexander dress with a fishtail fit. Even after trying on another 18 dresses she still wasn’t swayed away from her original choice. She teamed her pretty gown with simple accessories, including diamond earrings, a ruby necklace and roses in her hair.
“I felt amazing in my wedding dress – there’s no feeling quite like it. It really does make you feel extraordinary.” – Kym
The red colour scheme of the day was reflected in Alex’s outfit and the bridesmaid dresses. Alex wore a navy blue three-piece suit which he hired from Austin Reed and teamed it with a red bow tie and red handkerchief. Kym’s bridesmaids wore mismatched cherry red gowns they’d chosen themselves – to reflect their own style and personalities.
The wedding day
Kym and Alex tied the knot in October with a civil ceremony at Upwaltham Barns. The pair personalised their ceremony with vows they had written themselves and a playlist that meant something to the two of them.
After their ceremony, the couple and their guests enjoyed canapés and range of drinks in the courtyard. This was followed by an informal buffet, where each table was served their own selection of tasty delights including chicken skewers with lemon and coriander dressing, mini sesame seed and honey sausages, mini tartlets, and many more.
“There was more than enough food for everyone and people could have as much or as little as they wanted. The food was amazing and the service impeccable.” – Kym
Kym and Alex asked one of their good friends to DJ during their evening reception and his playlist certainly got everyone up on the dance floor! Alex’s three groomsmen also offered a little evening entertainment with a medley of songs put together especially for the newlywed couple – including Kiss the Girl, from The Little Mermaid.
“They had microphones on stands, a costume on at one point, and really put their heart and soul into it. It was far better than a band – even if it wasn’t always pitch perfect!” – Kym
Wedding tips and advice:
- During the day, take time out to stop, take everything in, and talk to each other.
- Don’t make rushed decisions – some of the best things we did were our third or fourth idea and took weeks to come up with.
- Relax and enjoy the wedding breakfast. There is so much going on during the day it can be difficult to find time to eat. We were gutted as the food was incredible and we weren’t able to enjoy as much of it as we wanted.
Photography by Nicki Feltham Photography
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