We are so happy to feature our very first real wedding, and what a beautiful wedding to be our first! Kayleigh and Abi held chose Gloucestershire’s Over Barn to celebrate their joining, a location that was special to them as a fond place to take their nieces and nephews for Halloween and Easter, so the working farm was a natural choice for the couple. Now, we’ll let Kayleigh and Abi tell you about their special day…
t h e v e n u e
We looked at one venue and knew straight away it was the one. We actually knew before we went to look around it would be perfect for us. We chose Over Barn in Gloucestershire, it’s a working farm and has a petting farm and great farm shop. You can pick your own pumpkins for Halloween and pick strawberries in the summer. The barn was perfect for what we wanted, low key with a rustic vintage feel to it. The interior has a mezzanine floor which overlooks the barn and is above the bar. The courtyard area has a skittles alley, fire pit and undercover seating.
c a t e r i n g
We used two local catering companies as the owners are well known in the community and one is a ‘country cook’ as she told us when talking it out. We wanted an afternoon tea and had some ridiculous quotes elsewhere but Gay from The Rumbling Tum gave us a great price and said she would do our cake as well. She suggested using the wedding cake as part of the afternoon tea which we really liked as often at weddings the cake is a huge spectacle and often not eaten or taken home and forgotten about. The food was fantastic and not over the top, it was simple but to an excellent standard. Gay went above and beyond on the day, she provided all the vintage china and had some of her staff come along with tea trolleys serving the afternoon tea. For the evening meal we had a buffet of roast pork and beef with all different salads. It was great, there was something for everyone, you could eat as much as you possibly could, it was informal, friendly, tasty and exactly what we wanted.
p h o t o g r a p h e r
We spent ages trying to get a reasonably priced photographer, there are some great ones in the area but they were way out of our price range. In the end we chose Shoot the Day for our photographer and we were really happy with the decision. Nick was amazing! He worked tirelessly all through the day and was so helpful with our niece and nephew as we had them with us in the morning getting ready. He has a great eye for detail and took some stunning pictures. He took us out after the speeches and afternoon tea for our photos together. We had some photos on the farm and we went to a nearby hill which had lovely views of Gloucestershire. We were worried about having a photographer around us all day but it was not an issue at all. We both felt so at ease with him all day. A lot of the photos are natural and not staged which we really like. He didn’t spend too long doing the group photos, just the main ones we requested.
Kayleigh and Abi’s day continues after the photographs…
t h e d e c o r
The barn had large wheels hanging down from the ceiling and some tube lighting running through it already, other than that it was a blank canvas for us to decorate. As we were on a tight budget, we got Abi’s sister to make us vintage styled bunting to hang around the barn. She did us proud and made endless lengths of beautiful bunting. We chose all the material from the Birmingham indoor market to keep costs down, but Amber certainly put in the hours to make it! We borrowed jugs from Abi’s Mum and filled them with flowers that we ordered for this purpose and had them as centre pieces and dotted around. We collected glass jars for months before the day and hand decorated each one differently to have a mismatched look. We filled them with candles and placed them all over the barn.
We had a display wall of loads of photos of both of us from over the years and photo frames with pictures of us on each table. We had advice and memory cards on the tables for our guests to fill in for us to read at a later date. We made our own photo booth with the help of Abi’s Dad, bought all the props and got a selfie stick for people to use themselves. It was a big hit with the kids! We also made a sweet bar complete with candy floss machine as a DIY thing. We didn’t do favours as we agreed they are a bit of a waste of money, time and effort so we put sweet bags out and got our guest to help themselves to the pick and mix! Abi’s sister Amber was in charge of the Polaroid which we bought it especially for the day, she went around taking everyone’s phots then sticking them in an album and got everyone to leave a comment. It is such a great thing to look through and so personal!
d r e s s e s a n d s u i t s
We both knew what we didn’t want in a dress, so that was our starting point! We went to a couple of wedding dress shops and tried quite a few on but none of them made us feel comfortable. We were in Liverpool with my Mum and had a look in Monsoon on the off chance and found the perfect dresses for both of us, and my mum got her dress too! Abi said from the beginning that she wanted a navy dress, but finding one to be used as a wedding dress was hard to come by. The dress she chose was perfect for her, she looked beautiful in it and most importantly, she was comfortable in it. I chose a laced top ivory dress above the ankle. It fit perfectly and was just what I was after.
t h e d a t e
The date of our wedding is quite significant as coincidentally, both of our parents were married on the same date. It would have been my Mum and Dad’s 30th wedding anniversary! We thought it was too much of a coincident and chose to get married on the same date.