Pastel Prettiness! An Elegant Boho Barn Wedding: Kelly & Nic
Today’s incredibly lovely wedding is full of pastel prettiness and with a heavy emphasis on beautiful flowers such as wedding faves, peonies, garden roses and sweet peas, all in romantic tones of peach and blush.
Kelly & Nic married in a light and airy barn setting and complemented this magical space with an elegant boho style…
Words by Kelly. Images by Jessica Davies Photography.
Choosing our venue was actually probably the easiest decision we made during the planning process. We knew we wanted a countryside wedding and wanted it to be somewhere that was far enough away that us and our guests could also incorporate a weekend away into the day.
I came across Almonry barn online and fell in love with it as soon as I saw their website, I loved the fact that it was barn but was still very light and had a really elegant feel to it. Almonry barn was the first venue we went to visit and as soon as we stepped inside we both knew we wanted to get married here, it was just perfect for us.
We went ahead and booked the barn without seeing any other venues which is very unlike me as I’m usually very indecisive and like to have a good look around before I decide anything, but we just knew this was the right place.
When I first started looking I had no idea of the kind of wedding dress I wanted, I knew I didn’t want anything too structured or formal but struggled to imagine what I actually wanted my dress to look like. So after hours and hours of scrolling through pinterest I’d come to realise I loved boho style dresses with soft, flowy skirts, delicate lace and bridal separates.
So, the next task was finding a bridal boutique that catered to the style I loved. After visiting more than a few dress shops I came across a lovely little boutique in West Malling, Kent called the Story of my Dress. As soon I heard about this shop I knew I had to go there, I loved their style of dresses and the idea of creating a story behind each dress. The idea behind SOMD is to give brides the opportunity to go through a journey to achieve their dream dress and to be able to personalise and adapt it until it’s perfect.
When I went to my first appointment I was so excited to see a rail full of beautiful vintage dresses. Luckily for me Cara the owner had just brought out the first pieces of her own range of dresses, including a number of bridal separates that I had my eye on. I absolutely loved the delicate lace Florrie skirt but really wanted an off the shoulder top, similar to what my mum wore on her wedding day, to go with it. Cara and Gill, her dressmaker, were amazing and said they could make me a bespoke off the shoulder top.
I was blown away by the amount of time, attention and enthusiasm Cara and Gill put into my appointments over the next months leading up to the wedding, I really couldn’t have wished for any more. It really was a working progress and when I tried my dress on at my final fitting I couldn’t believe how perfect it was, it looked exactly how I had pictured it all those months before. I can’t thank Cara and Gill enough for helping me to create the perfect dress with the perfect story to go with it.
I walked down the aisle to the bridal march with my Dad, I always wanted to have this song as I love how traditional it is and I’ve always imagined walking down the aisle to this since I was a little girl.
When it came to looking for a photographer for our wedding I really wanted our photo’s to have a light, soft look and also really wanted someone who uses film. When I came across Jessica’s website she had the exact style I was looking for and I was so excited to see she also used film! From her first email, Jess was so sweet and helpful and so enthusiastic about shooting our wedding, I felt completely confident that she would be the right person for us.
Throughout the planning of our wedding, Jess was more than just our photographer she was so helpful with all aspects of our planning and was always on hand to answer any questions I had or provide some great recommendations. We had a pre-wedding shoot at Box Hill in Surrey a couple of months before the wedding, Nic and I were a bit apprehensive about doing the shoot as it’s not something either of us was used but wanted to get a bit of practice in front of the camera before the big day.
As soon as we met Jess we got on so well, she was so friendly and completely put us at ease and the photos at the end were great! On the wedding day, Jess was brilliant again and it was lovely to have her and her assistant around, we couldn’t be happier with our photos!
We hired some pieces from Virginias Vintage Hire to style the barn, this was mostly for the reception drinks table. We hired an old cart and topped it with some crates and drinks dispensers to serve our cocktails. I
t was quite tricky trying to work out all the dimensions of everything we wanted on the table and how it would all fit and look, but luckily it came out really well on the day.
I always knew from the beginning that I wanted the wedding flowers to be a main focus in the styling of the wedding and I wanted lots and lots of them! Meeting our florist Amber was the first thing I did after booking the wedding venue.
I wanted the flowers to be soft, pastel colours with a really natural, relaxed style with lots of trailing foliage and ribbon. For my bouquet, I used a huge Kelly Kaufman bouquet for inspiration with lots of ivory, blush and peachy tones and filled with peonies, garden roses and sweet peas.
We had similar smaller versions of my bouquet for the bridesmaids and a really cute flower circlet and flower wand for our flower girl.
I really wanted to try something a bit different when it came to choosing something to display our table plan. I looked into so many different options but in the end, chose to use a door. I ordered an old door from eBay which my mum painted and distressed for me, then added a really cute vintage door handle and finger plate with a laser cut sign at the top.
Putting the actual table names and guests names on there turned out to be A LOT more time consuming than I thought it would be and I found myself a couple of days before the wedding frantically glueing each individual name to pieces of ribbon and hanging them on the door!
It was worth all the time and effort in the end though and it was really nice to have something we’d made from scratch. I’m just trying to think of a way we can put it to use in our house now as I liked it so much.
For the cake we decided to go for a three-tier blue and gold watercolour cake, each tier had a different flavour – lemon, chocolate and salted caramel and raspberry and champagne. I found out during the wedding planning process that I am a very indecisive person and as I couldn’t decide between the watercolour cake and a semi-naked cake we went for both!
We had a single tier semi-naked cake to sit beside the main cake topped with a gold drip, macarons and flowers. This cake was white chocolate and peanut butter flavour and was delicious!
We also chose to have a doughnut tower to go with the cakes, the doughnuts were topped with white icing and flecks of edible gold. We hired a distressed dressing table from Leanne at the baking chick to display our cakes on.
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wedding credits / photographer: jessica davies photography / wedding venue: almonry barn / brides dress: story of my dress / brides veil: story of my dress / grooms suit: hugo boss / grooms accessories: gucci, house of fraser / brides shoes: office/ bridesmaid dresses: maids to measure / hair: louise alway / makeup: lorna at bristol bridal hair and makeup / florist: amber persia / wedding cake: baking chick / catering: strawberry field / cars: hamden wedding cars / videography: roost film / furniture: virginias vintage hire / calligraphy: oh wonder calligraphy