Today we are so excited to share the beautiful wedding of Megan who married on the 27th June at Wick Farm, a beautiful restored barn outside of Bath with gorgeous gardens and surroundings! Her photos are by two very talented friends and family members!
Tell us about finding the dress
I had visited two other bridal shops before visiting Brides of Winchester which were both nice but just didn’t have quite the same classy and relaxed atmosphere! I visited with my mum and they immediately made us feel at ease and looked after. I loved how much interest they took in what I was looking for and what the feel of our venue was. I was helped to pick about 5 from the rack, and I did not think that my dress was going to be THE dress! It was the first that I tried on and I liked it but didn’t think it was the one. But after trying on each dress after, both Mum and I kept going back to the first one! I tried it on again at the end of my appointment and didn’t want to take it off- that’s how I knew it was my dress! It was a beautiful beaded lace dress called Indulgence by Nicola Anne. I had originally wanted an A Line dress with plain lace and ended up with a fishtail dress with sparkle- it’s cliché but I definitely did come away with a totally different wedding dress to what I first imagined! Wearing it on the day felt amazing, it was so comfortable but so beautiful and elegant.
How did you choose your venue
Our venue was the first and only venue that we went to view- we knew straight away that this was where we wanted to get married! I had always wanted a wedding in some sort of historical setting whilst Paul didn’t want it to be too stuffy. Wick Farm’s 14th century barn was perfect- it felt cosy but spacious all at the same time. It was decorated with fairy lights and ivy around the beams, and it was so beautiful that we really didn’t feel like it needed more than that. There was the main barn area for the ceremony and reception, with a smaller area connected with a bar. The surroundings were beautiful, with rose covered gardens and a duck pond. Luckily we had beautiful sunshine on our wedding day, so our guests all enjoyed sitting out in the sun throughout the day!
How did you choose your photographer
Controversially, photography was not a priority for us- we just didn’t want to allocate the typical amount of budget for a photographer when we had heard that most people only have around 2 or 3 photos up around the house! Very luckily for us, Paul’s cousin, Ross Young, and our future brother-in-law, Michael Gibson, offered to take some photos for us. They are both very talented at photography and made a fantastic team on the day, capturing every single special moment. Looking back at the photos definitely made us relive the happiness of the day- they even made us a beautiful photo album that I know we will look back at again and again.
What was your theme?
We chose the colour scheme of sky blue with accents of grey, which we thought would be nice and light for a June wedding. Our table theme was ‘Tying the Knot’- both Paul and I enjoy sailing so we created little favour bags which had a bit of rope and a knot tutorial in. Everyone was able to tie the knot of the table they were sat at- some more successfully than others!
What flowers did you choose?
We are not experts about flowers so were very fortunate that Tessa from Little Flower Co in Frome was so helpful and knowledgeable! I knew I wanted eucalyptus and ivory roses as I loved the look of that, and we had blue hydrangeas to match our colour scheme. Tessa added in a variety of other beautiful flowers which really complemented the bridesmaids’ dresses. I had a beautiful shower bouquet, my three bridesmaids had smaller hand held versions of mine and our flower girls had a small bouquet of gyp. I was so pleased with how lovely the bouquets looked against the dresses!
Tell us about the cake
My cousin very kindly offered to make our cake so we opted for a traditional 3 tier fruitcake, so that she could make them months in advance! As we were icing our own cake (fairly stressful but definitely rewarding!) we went for a simple design of white icing, sky blue ribbon around each tier and more beautiful flowers from our florist. It tasted fantastic and we were able to send slices to family who weren’t able to make it to the wedding.
How did you feel on the big day?
I felt strangely calm on the morning of the wedding. People kept asking if I was nervous but Paul and I had been waiting for this day for so long that I was just really excited. By the morning of the wedding, the stress of planning was basically over and I could just enjoy a morning of being pampered with my best friends and mum. That being said, it was a very emotional morning and there were tears shed before 6.30am!
My Dad drove me to the venue in his Triumph Stag so that was a very special moment, sharing that car ride together. Walking down the aisle was the most amazing, emotional moment that I have ever experienced. Paul had been certain that he wouldn’t cry but started as soon as we saw each other, which of course set me off! The ceremony was amazing, I have never felt so much warmth or love in a room- everyone was beaming, especially us!
What was your first dance?
We had our song ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ by Keane which our band, the Rockafellas, played for us. Paul’s cousin is the drummer in the band and they did an amazing rendition- it was a very special moment.
Top tip(s) for other brides
Do not stress the little things. It is so easy to get caught up in the ‘Pinterest Bubble’ and think that your wedding NEEDS a photo booth, doughnut wall or whatever the lovely trend of the moment is. But the truth is that your guests are just there to celebrate your marriage, and probably won’t even notice those things. As long as you actually get married, it will be the most amazing day!
Highlight of the day
The ceremony- particularly when Paul blurted out ‘I DO’ way too early! The whole room erupted into laughter and it really made it memorable! Our ceremony felt so special and full of warmth- I felt like the luckiest person to be marrying my best friend in front of all our amazing friends and family.
List of wedding suppliers not mentioned above
Bridesmaids’ dresses- Mix Bridal
Flowergirl Dress- JJ’s House
Hair and Makeup- The Styling Lounge Bristol
Catering- Strawberry Fields Catering
Suits- Moss Bros
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