Kelly and Tim met via an online dating app in 2015. “It was a picture of him wearing an Exeter Chief headpiece after watching them play rugby that did it for me!” Kelly tells us. Tim adds, “It was Kelly’s dark hair and signature red lipstick that caught my eye.”
The couple became engaged during a surprise proposal in New York on Kelly’s 30th birthday. “We were so excited to visit the city ahead of Christmas but I had no idea that he was going to propose,” Kelly tells us. “My birthday fell on the last day of our trip and we had an evening ticket booked to visit the Empire State Building. We were on the top level when I turned around and saw Tim holding a ring box open with the most beautiful ring inside. How he managed to get it through security at the airport I’ll never know although I now know that he put it in his hold luggage - if it were me, I wouldn’t have let it out of my sight!”
"Growing up, I had always envisaged a barn wedding," Kelly tells us. "I remember being about 18 years of age and looking at wedding barns all the time online. After we became engaged, I went to view Hyde House with my mum and sister, thinking that maybe we'd need to keep searching but as soon as we arrived, I had fallen in love there and then. The fact that the ceremony and reception could be held there and that our guests could stay in the same place as us was so important."
The couple styled their special day with a rose-gold colour theme and plenty of green foliage. "We made our marble table plan that was written with rose-gold calligraphy," Kelly tells us. "We placed this on a wire background and added some foliage and it looked wonderful mounted on its stand. Our place names doubled up as our favours that our guests could take away with them - they were shards of glass edged with a rose-gold trim featuring the hand-written names in calligraphy."
The couple's order of the day was displayed on a rustic wooden pallet and also featured the matching calligraphy. "We kept the pallet and weather-proofed it and now it's in our back garden as a reminder of our special day," Kelly says. "Our table names were a nod to our trip to New York after a few of our favourite places including the Brooklyn Bridge and Times Square."
The couple decorated the exposed beams in the barn with white drapes suspended above the top table and paper lanterns hanging at different heights. Their table centrepieces were elegant rose gold terrariums filled with foliage, cream roses, lilies and gypsophila which matched their other choice of flowers. "My bouquet consisted of cream and rose-gold coloured roses with foliage and gypsophila all tied together with a rose-gold ribbon," Kelly tells us. "Our bridesmaids all held a smaller version of my bouquet and our mums both wore buttonholes created with a white rose, a lily and foliage. The groomsmen had the same with an added blue thistle to match their suits."
On either side of the top table, the couple displayed two large lanterns that their florist filled with roses, lilies and foliage that cascaded down the front of the pillars that they were placed on. "They looked fantastic and made such a statement. On each pew end, we tied beautiful bunches of gypsophila with twine which coordinated all of the flowers together," Kelly says.
The couple ordered a three-tiered naked vanilla sponge cake from Marks & Spencer. "I made a Mr and Mrs Howell cake topper and added gypsophila as decoration," Kelly says. "We were told that it tasted lovely but Tim and I never got around to eating any!"
Kelly, Tim and their guests tucked into a three-course wedding breakfast created by the talented team at the venue. "In the evening, we fed our guests a hot buffet of burgers, pizza and chips," Kelly says.
Kelly wore a dress by the designer Mori Lee. "I never thought I'd choose this style," she explains. "I had in my mind that I wanted an Audrey Hepburn-style dress with sleeves but I chose the opposite! It was style no 5608 - a sleeveless halterneck ballgown with a racer-style back and crystal beading on the bodice. My mum kindly bought my veil for me that had diamanté beads sewn along the edge and a diamanté hair comb."
The couple's groomsmen wore blue three-piece suits, cream ties and tan brogue shoes. "Tim wore the same teamed with a tweed waistcoat to look different to the others and added the pocket watch that I had presented him with as a wedding gift," Kelly says. "It was engraved with a message and our wedding date."
The couple's bridesmaids all wore matching rose-gold knee-length dresses featuring a tulle skirt with a beaded bodice paired with strappy sandals."
During the evening, the couple hired a live band to entertain their guests. "The dad of one of my bridesmaids played in the band," Kelly tells us.
"When we were younger, us girls would go and watch him at gigs so it was always going to be my choice to have him playing at our wedding. We also had a photo booth which everyone loved. The props were so much fun and provided everyone with a photo as a memory."
"I was too busy making sure that everything was in the correct place to feel nervous. It was only when I was in my dress walking down the stairs to meet the registrar that I felt the nerves kick in but I was so excited at the same time." - Kelly
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