We love it when our brides share their fabulous photos with us after their big day and tell us all about their wedding day! So we created #bowbride where we feature one of our fabulous brides, showcasing their wedding and, of course, their dress!
Today we are featuring our stunning bride Rebecca who got married at The Kingscote Barn wearing Ocumo by Pronovias. Her beautiful photos are by Charlie Tygas, Bristol Contemporary Photography.
Tell us about the dress
Myself and Paul got engaged in 2014 and almost straight away my Mum and I jumped at the chance to go dress shopping. At Brides of Winchester we were met by such a lovely team and choice of dresses that I think every other store we went to just couldn’t match up. We didnt find the dress on the first try and came back a couple of months later to keep looking.
Mum had said all along that I would know it was the right dress when I put it on and she would know the right dress when she saw me in it and it made her cry.
I tried on Ocumo by Pronovias; a beautiful ivory silk, v-neck, simple dress with a long train and pockets… every girls dream! I came out of the fitting room and that was it, the tears started to flow and we both knew it was the one. We bought the dress in 2015 even though there was no wedding date or venue yet!
Fast forward to January of 2018 and we had the wedding booked and Mum and I came back to BOW and were met with the same friendly faces who then helped me pick out both my veil and a pearl and crystal comb for my hair. On the day I was so comfortable, while the dress is quite simple it felt glamarous and bridal and I felt so beautiful.
How did you choose your venue?
We knew we wanted a fairly relaxed day and a barn setting seemed the best fit for the day we had in mind. I had the same experience walking into The Kingscote Barn as I did when I tried on my dress; I just knew it was the one and Paul agreed. The ceremony meal and reception could all take place in the beautiful barn area while we had a terrace outside with views of hills and fields with no other houses or roads nearby. We were welll off the beaten track, tucked away in the Gloucestershire countryside.
Our wedding co-ordinator’s Apinya from Kingscote and Emily from McBaile made sure everything went off without a hitch on the day. I was speechless when I saw the barn all set up for our meal, all the decorations we had made, the favours, table plans, everything was perfect. They handled everything and Paul and I were able to fully enjoy our day.
How did you choose your photographer?
I met Charlie through a website callled Bark. You can post what kind of supplier or service you’re looking for and the companies will come back to you with a quote, it made things so easy! Charlie contacted us and her style was really colourful and chilled. We met and after a chat over coffee I knew I wanted her to photograph our day as she was lovely and as relaxed as we were.
She was really skilled at capturing the moments that you miss in a day when everything is going by so quickly. Charlie just blended into the guests to snaploads of candid shots of people enjoying themselves and made me and Paul feel so comfortable in front of the camera. We have some truly beautiful photos that we will teasure forever.
Who did your hair and makeup and where did you find them?
Lauren did my make up for a friedns wedding a year ago so I knew she could do what I wanted and I found Chloe atthe last minute to do my hair when another hairdresser fell through. For my make up I didn’t want anything too bold, just a nice finish, some glitter on my eyes and lovely lashes and Lauren did an amazing job. I’m normally quite fussy and self conscious about my hair but Chloe styled it in a way which looked beautiful but held up for the whole day!
I’m so glad I chose them both because they helped to keep the morning of the wedding light and fun and helped us all to calm our nerves when they hit.
What flowers did you choose?
Our florist was recommended by the venue as they supplied a lot of the decoration for the barn including a foliage display with fairy lights across the balcony and our table centre pieces. With no set colour theme for the day we just decided on colour that we liked the look of; blue and white hydrangeas, pale pink and white lisianthus and gypsophilia.
How did you feel on the morning? Walking down the aisle and during the ceremony?
My family and my bridesmaids had stayed locally the nightbefore the wedding so we started the day with bacon sandwiches and cups of tea; it felt like any other day. It didn’t feel real until I was driving over to the venue to finish getting ready. I knew my future husband was there setting up and I knew that soon enough I’d be marrying him. The nerves hit but my Mum and bridesmaids kept me calm and topped up my prosecco when needed!
My Dad passed away when I was young so my Mum walked me down the aisle. The song I chose to walk in to was “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds which made both me and Mum well up right before we walked in but we held it together.
The ceremony was short and sweet, it was over in less than 6 minutes. We wanted it that way so we could spend as much time during the day with our guests. After we were pronounced husband and wife we kissed and then high fived which got a laugh out of everyone.
What was your first dance?
Our first dance was “Hooked on a Feelin'” by Blue Swede. We aren’t a super serious couple so we never wanted anything slow or too cheesy. It was fun and upbeat and everyone joined us half way through, we sang along and danced stupidley as we always do. It was the best start to the evening party.
What was the funniest moment of the day?
We had a photo booth supplied by our DJ with props as our evening entertainment. The funniest moments of the day ended up being from there as people dressed up and pulled silly faces and laughed. I’m realy happy we have photographic evidence of those moments.
Highlight of the day
There were plenty of highlights; I got to marry the man of my dreams! The thing that stood out though was probably the most emotional moment. My Dad was in the army when he died and unbeknownst to me my Mum and Step-Dad had his uniform recomissioned into a cushion and presented it to me during the speeches. It was a total surprise and a wonderful way to honour his memory. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house!
I think everyone feels that thier wedding day was perfect and our day was perfect for us. We had people we loved around us, plenty of good food and drinks, silly dancing and laughter to see us through the night. It was better than we ever hoped it could be.
List of wedding suppliers
Venue: The Kingscote Barn, Tetbury, Gloucestershie
Flowers: Jacaranda Flowers, Nailsworth
Cake: Hobbs House Bakery, Nailsworth
Hair and makeup: Hair: Chloe’s Bridal and mobile hairdressing. Makeup: Lauren Parker, Glam by Lauren Parker
Bridesmaid dresses: Little Mistress
Catering: McBaile Exclusive Catering and Event Management
Photographer: Charlie Tygas, Bristol Contemporary Photography
DJ & Photobooth: Deckstar Duluxe