Friday 26 April 2019

Real Wedding: A relaxed Cotswold wedding at The Barn at Upcote

A picturesque Cotswolds celebration with pie and chips for the wedding breakfast! Lucy and Rob's beautiful big day at The Barn at Upcote was a lovely, relaxed affair, captured by Nikki Kirk Photography.

The lowdown

The happy couple: Lucy Stefanovic, 31, an HR business partner at an IT company, and Rob Stefanovic, 33, a general manager for an aviation company, from Berkshire
Wedding date: Saturday 7 October 2017
Ceremony and reception venue: The Barn at Upcote
Wedding theme: There was no set theme, the plan was to have a beautiful relaxing setting with lots of pretty flowers, great food and drink, and good company!


The suppliers

Photographer: Nikki Kirk Photography
Flowers: The Flower Girls
Dress: A Watters dress with a bespoke lace top, made by Emma Louise Designs based in Ascot, Berkshire
Bridesmaid dresses: The bridesmaids wore one-shouldered grey dresses
Groom’s outfit: The groom wore a blue suit, grey waistcoat and tie
Cake: A homemade, three tier Victoria sponge made by Nanny Pat, with cupcakes made by the bride’s mum and friend, Lorna.
Catering: Orchard Catering
Stationery: Nothing fancy, the bride designed the invitations on Vista Print and her mum made the table map.
Entertainment: Marvellous Medicine who also provided stone-baked pizzas on the night which went down very well with all the guests!
Hair and beauty: Hair and makeup by Anna White
Rings including engagement ring: All from Tiffany – Lucy’s a square solitaire on plain platinum band, with a diamond wedding band. Rob – plain Tiffany platinum band.


The details

Real wedding at the Barn at Upcote

When and how did you first meet?

At our mutual friend’s birthday party at a golf club about eight-and-a-half years ago.

Who popped the big question and how did they propose?

Rob popped the question two days before my 30th birthday party when we were on holiday in St Ives. He told me he had an early birthday present for me and pulled out a Tiffany box. I was completely blown away as I had absolutely no idea he was even thinking about it.

Real wedding at the Barn at Upcote

How long did it take you to plan your wedding?

We got engaged in August, booked the venue in November and got married in October, so about 10 months… although we were very laid back about the planning and didn’t start until a few months before.

Why did you choose your venue?

It’s beautiful, a stunning setting and backdrop, peaceful and relaxed – just what we wanted.

Real wedding at the Barn at Upcote

Was there an inspiration or theme for your wedding?

No, not really. We just wanted something laid back and easy, and the rest fell into place.

Real wedding at the Barn at Upcote

What made you choose your photographer?

Nikki’s passion for her job was infectious. She was so genuine and warm when we met her and we knew instantly that we were in the hands of a true professional.

Real wedding at the Barn at Upcote

Real wedding at the Barn at Upcote

How did your wedding photographer capture your big day memories?

We had two photographers, Nikki was with the girls at the barn and another photographer was with Rob and the boys. They joined together for the ceremony, family shots and some amazing post wedding photos.

Nikki knew the venue really well having been the official photographer for them when they launched their website. She took us for a quiet half an hour and got some amazing shots in some idyllic and hidden places.

We got some great, natural and happy shots as well as a much needed few minutes together after we said ‘I do’.

Real wedding at the Barn at Upcote

Did you hire a wedding planner or was it a DIY affair?

All a DIY affair!

Did you make, design or create anything yourself?

The cake was my idea which my family and friends made for me, as well as the table map and place cards – my mum is pretty creative and helped a lot to pull the final details together for me.

Real wedding at the Barn at Upcote

Real wedding at the Barn at Upcote

Tell us about the wedding dress…

It was my dream dress – a soft and floaty tulle skirt with a hint of a train topped with a bespoke lace top that gave me the extra bit of warmth needed for a chilly October day. It was dressy enough to stand out and casual enough to look good with my wellington boots!

Real wedding at the Barn at Upcote

What did the groom wear?

A blue suit with a grey waistcoat and tie.

Did you incorporate any special family details or heirlooms, for example?

I wore my grandmother’s diamond ring.

Real wedding at the Barn at Upcote

Real wedding at the Barn at Upcote

Did you have something old, new, borrowed and blue?

Old and borrowed was the diamond ring my grandmother gave me to wear on the day. Blue came from the hint of colour in my Ted Baker flowery shoes which I fell in love with.

What song did you walk down the aisle to?

Johann Pachelbel – ‘Cannon in D’

Real wedding at the Barn at Upcote

Did you have any special readings during the service?

Yes, Rob’s brothers both did a reading and I would recommend others do this. Civil ceremonies go so much faster than a church services so it’s nice to have a few readings to enjoy.

What did you have for your wedding breakfast?

Pie and chips!

Real wedding at the Barn at Upcote

What kind of cake did you go for?

A naked, three tier Victoria sponge made by Nanny Pat, and cupcakes made by my mum and friend, Lorna.

What was your first dance song?

‘Signed, sealed, delivered’ by Stevie Wonder

Real wedding at the Barn at Upcote

What was your favourite part of your wedding day?

Watching Rob as I walked towards him for the ceremony – you feel a lot less nervous when you see that familiar face and realise why you are doing it in the first place!

Real wedding at the Barn at Upcote

Did everything go to plan?

Yes, we forgot to get the sparklers out in the evening though which would have been pretty.

Real wedding at the Barn at Upcote

What advice would you give anyone planning their big day?

Relax, it will come together and try to enjoy it. You can’t make every guest or family member happy so don’t try to.

Is there anything you know now that you wished you’d known before the big day?

Just how quickly it goes – brides and grooms should enjoy every minute!

Real wedding at the Barn at Upcote

And finally, where did you spend your honeymoon together?

We are off to Barbados in March and had a mini moon in the beautiful Cotswolds straight after the wedding.


For more information about the venue visit thebarnatupcote.co.uk directly.

For more information about Nikki Kirk Photography visit nikkikirkphotography.com directly.

© SoGlos
Monday 26 March 2018

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