REAL LIFE WEDDING – A Modern Romance
Nikki and Maurice always knew they wanted a barn wedding but having visited many that were dark and small, they hoped they would find something more contemporary for their wedding. Luckily, they found the perfect setting at Rivervale Barn.
Dream come true
From the moment the pair walked into Rivervale Barn, they knew it was the one. It offered an atmosphere and vibe like no other wedding barn they’d visited and the pair loved the fact the Ceremony Barn was flooded with natural light. Other winning factors were the layout of the Barns, with a separate space for the ceremony and reception, and the stunning grounds – full of colour. “All in all the venue was perfect,” smiles Nikki. “I knew I’d make use of the Pamper Room on the morning of the wedding and the Bridal Suite at night too.”
With Rivervale being a more contemporary style barn wedding venue, the pair opted for a modern yet romantic style. “The venue was already stunning and so we needed to add little décor of our own,” explains Nikki. The pair personalised the venue with travel-themed table names, after their love of travel, and handcrafted stationery.
The couple’s chosen colour scheme of blush pink and navy was reflected in the bouquets and the wedding cake. Nikki’s bouquet included pale pink peonies, gypsophila and hydrangeas and was finished off with a pretty blue ribbon. Their three-tier wedding cake featured a navy blue silhouette design, with personalised stories displayed on each tier. Nikki also chose pink sashes for the wedding breakfast chairs and soft pink and ivory petals to decorate the tables.
Princess for the day
Nikki’s wedding gown was the perfect fit for her romantic-themed day. Her Mori Lee multi-layered ball gown featured plenty of tulle, jewelled keyhole straps and a crystal belt. In fact, it was exactly what she’d always pictured herself wearing. “I must have tried on 30 different dresses in five dress shops and still not found ‘the one’,” explains Nikki. “When trying on the Mori Lee gown for the second time, our first dance song started playing in the store. That was it. I just had to have the dress.”
Nikki and Maurice tied the knot at Rivervale Barn before going on to enjoy the celebration of a lifetime. “There were so many moments that I loved,” says Nikki. “When my dad came into the Pamper Room and saw me all dressed up, he looked so happy and proud of me,” she smiles. “I loved entering the ceremony room and seeing all my friends and family and Maurice at the top of the aisle. He looked so smart and handsome.”
Celebratory drinks and canapés were enjoyed in the Barn’s Courtyard and included White Peach Sangria, Pimm’s and curried lamb with mint yoghurt skewers. A close-up magician was also on-hand with his spellbinding tricks, entertaining guests as they mingled in the sun.
The wedding breakfast followed – which was perhaps one of the most important features of the day for Nikki and Maurice. “Food is really important to us and we enjoy holding dinner parties and going out to enjoy good quality meals,” explains Nikki. “We wanted to give our guests plenty to eat and amazing quality. With the overwhelmingly positive comments about the food on and after the day, we succeeded,” she smiles. The couple’s chosen menu included a lamb main and trio of puddings with a fruit crumble, dark chocolate torte and tower of vanilla shortbread. “The caterers at the venue were amazing at creating personalised menus for those guests with dietary requirements,” says Nikki.
Shall we dance?
Despite having a live musician and DJ play during their evening reception, it was Nikki and Maurice who were the stars of the show with their first dance. “We had been having ballroom and Latin dance lessons for a year and decided that we would get our dance choreographed by our dance teacher,” explains Nikki. “We had not told anyone that we were having a dance choreographed and it was a truly magical moment. It felt like just the two of us were in the room,” she smiles.
Nikki’s top tip:
● Spread out the planning. I had 15 months to plan our barn wedding. Doing one major thing each month really helped me to feel organised and not at all pressured close to the wedding day.
Images © Adam Hillier Photography
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