A day to remember

Victoria and James' informal barn wedding had a rustic theme with pink touches

Victoria and James met at a local pub. "I was attracted to his lovely smile and great sense of humour, while he loved my eyes," she tells us.

The couple became engaged in a surprise proposal just before Christmas in 2017. "Unbeknown to me, James had been planning a proposal for months but just didn't know how to do it," Victoria tells us. "He had been really nervous on the actual day and finally asked me to marry him after a family dinner. He knelt down on our doorstep, saying he needed to do up his shoes, and the next thing I knew, he was proposing to me. Of course I said 'yes' straight away!"

Here Victoria tells us more about their relaxed, informal day with a pink palette and rustic theme.

A day to remember: Image 1 We wanted a wedding in a barn with our 60 guests gathered together for the entire day and evening, and The Barn at Upcote offered just this. Weloved that we could hold the entire celebration there, that it's exclusive,spacious and is a family-run business.

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We provided a grass sofa for extra seating, which became quite a talking point – especially when one guest had a bit too much to drink and slept on it for most of the evening!

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Our centrepieces were a mix of flowers grown in our garden. They included small alliums, sunflowers, white roses and hydrangeas. They were arranged in mix-and-match glass jars that my mum had been collecting, with three jars placed on a log slice on each table surrounded by tea lights

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We loved the fact that we could decorate the barn how we wished and stuck to a rustic theme with pink touches.

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We styled the barn with lots of fresh flowers that my mum had arranged and also displayed pale pink lanterns,photographs of us as a couple and lots of fairylights, which looked so romantic!

A day to remember: Image 4 Our talented florist, Jo at Aqua Flowers, made alog-themed table plan that suited our wedding perfectly.Our tables were named after trees, with the top one being Oak. We allocated guests to a table and then let them choose where they wanted to sit.

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We wanted an informal, relaxed afternoon so hired a bouncy castle for our younger guests, along with space hoppers and giant party games. We also had dominoes and personalised planes for the children to build.

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Our bouquets were stunning; they included mentha roses and gypsophila wrapped in hessian.

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James's buttonhole matched our bouquets.

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Our bridesmaids looked beautiful in their full-length navy multi-way dresses, and our flowergirl looked cute in her cream dress, decorated with navy flowers.

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We chose a four-tier chocolate cake with white icing and matching white chocolate shards around it. It featured a hint of pink that suited our theme perfectly.

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I found my dream dress in a magazine so approached Belle of the Ball Bridals in Melksham, who ordered it in especially for me.It was the Pracatan style by Ian Stuart in a soft lilac that was actually a beautiful soft dusky pink shade. I simply adored it!

A day to remember: Image 8 I teamed my gown with a pearl necklace that my sister had made for me.

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James looked dapper in his blue three-piecesuit, and his pink tie and pocket handkerchief matched my dress. His groomsmen (including our 10-year-old son, Oliver) wore similar styles.

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Our ice cream bike went down a treat!

A day to remember: Image 10 We hired a guitarist to entertain our guests in the evening, an open photobooth, a disco and our first dance was to Crazy Love by Van Morrison.

Victoria and James' contact book

Bouncy castle and grass sofa hire

Every Event Hire
Tel: 01452 372 419

Bride's dress

Belle of the Ball Bridal
Tel: 01225 920747

Bridesmaids' dresses


Tel: 01179 555 271



Jo at Aqua Florist
Tel: 01285 821 990

Groom's suit

John Lewis


Levi at Alice Network


Stacey @Updoo
Tel: 01793 828545

Ice cream bike, sweet cart, post box and garden game hire

Garbanzo's Ice Cream
Tel: 07734 929 945


Damien Spurr
Tel: 01934 660 102


Maddy at Wedding Paint
Tel: 07779 154484

Photo booth

Tel: 07843 561 217


Nick Adams Photography
Tel: 07724 883099


Simply to impress
Tel: 0800 011 9209


The Barn at Upcote
Tel: 01242 890332

Wedding cake

Marks & Spencer