An African Themed Wedding at Rivervale Barn

Nikki and David's real life wedding at Rivervale Barn | CHWV

Right from the moment Nikki walked into our boutique, we had such a amazing relationship that when she came to collect her dress, I felt genuinely sad that we might not speak again. Thankfully, she was back in touch after the wedding to send us some pictures of her wedding day and also to send the most amazing review.

“Hands down the best wedding dress shop I have ever visited! Hayley was incredibly welcoming and friendly, she wasn’t afraid to offer suggestions of dresses for me to try on (she knows her stuff, I bought one of the dresses she recommended I try on) as well as styling and finishing touches. At every appointment I had in the run up to my wedding Hayley and Emma went above and beyond. I can not recommend Brides of Winchester highly enough.”

Nikki and David's real life wedding at Rivervale Barn | CHWV

Nikki wore the beautiful Alyssia by Nicola Anne. Her fabulous wedding was featured on County House Wedding-Venues Blog, which we have shared below. Huge Congrats Nikki 🙂

Right from the moment Nikki and David began planning their wedding, they knew the most important factor was having a good time. A relaxed environment, fun atmosphere and fabulous food was key…
Contemporary and chic

From the moment the couple arrived at Rivervale Barn they knew it would be right for their wedding. “We loved the fact it was a contemporary barn rather than rustic. It was light and airy with beautiful windows that filled the rooms with natural light,” explains Nikki. To top the experience off, the wedding team were great too! “The whole team were friendly and willing to go above and beyond to make sure the day was special to us and exactly what we wanted,” she smiles.

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Cultural style

The great thing about a contemporary barn is that anything goes. The couple were free to style the venue in any way they wanted, knowing that it would look good. As Nikki was born in Africa, the couple decided on an African theme, featuring colourful, cultural designs across table names, candle holders and napkin rings. Wedding tables were named after African animals, while the flowers used throughout their styling showcased African sunset colours. The rich red, yellow and orange colour palette was also fitting for the couple’s autumnal wedding day.
 

Nikki and David's real life wedding at Rivervale Barn | CHWV

Nikki and David's real life wedding at Rivervale Barn | CHWV

Custom design

Keen to personalise her day, Nikki opted for a custom made gown, designed by Nicola-Anne bridal. The final design was strapless, with a ruched bodice, lace skirt, and buttons that ran down the back. Her groom, Dave, wore traditional grey tails with an ivory waistcoat and burgundy cravat – for that burst of colour. Nikki’s bridesmaids also wore burgundy, but teamed the colour with lace detail.

Nikki and David's real life wedding at Rivervale Barn | CHWV

Pampered princess

Getting ready with her bridesmaids was one of the highlights of the day as the girls took over Rivervale’s Pamper Room, where they got made up for the day. “After hair and make up I got dressed in the cottage and then just popped over to the barn to get married!” laughs Nikki.

Nikki and David's real life wedding at Rivervale Barn | CHWV

 

Nikki and David's real life wedding at Rivervale Barn | CHWV

Nikki and David's real life wedding at Rivervale Barn | CHWV
The wedding feast

Once the two had tied the knot, it was time for the real celebrations to start. The couple wanted good food – and they certainly got it with Galloping Gourmet’s feast! After munching on a variety of canapés, post-ceremony, the couple and their guests enjoyed a three-course wedding breakfast. They opted for a pork spring roll starter, herb encrusted lamb main, and a trio of desserts – chocolate brownie, seasonal crème brulee, and lemon torte. In the evening, the guests also tucked into a hog roast – ensuring nobody went home hungry!
Comic book romance

Like most weddings, Nikki and David’s special day came with a few comedy moments – mostly planned by David! “Dave and his best men all had super hero t shirts on under their suits – which they ripped out during the photographs!” laughs Nikki. Of course, David made sure to get suited and booted again before the couple’s first dance to Running, by James Bay.
Nikki and David's real life wedding at Rivervale Barn | CHWV

Nikki and David's real life wedding at Rivervale Barn | CHWV

Nikki and David's real life wedding at Rivervale Barn | CHWV

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“We absolutely loved our day. Guests had fun and were well fed. Dave and I managed to have a few moments together throughout the day, to talk and take in the events, and then we danced the night away!” smiles Nikki.
Nikki and David's real life wedding at Rivervale Barn | CHWV
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