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!
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.
At our mutual friend’s birthday party at a golf club about eight-and-a-half years ago.
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.
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.
It’s beautiful, a stunning setting and backdrop, peaceful and relaxed – just what we wanted.
No, not really. We just wanted something laid back and easy, and the rest fell into place.
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.
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’.
All a DIY affair!
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.
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!
A blue suit with a grey waistcoat and tie.
I wore my grandmother’s diamond ring.
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.
Johann Pachelbel – ‘Cannon in D’
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.
Pie and chips!
A naked, three tier Victoria sponge made by Nanny Pat, and cupcakes made by my mum and friend, Lorna.
‘Signed, sealed, delivered’ by Stevie Wonder
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!
Yes, we forgot to get the sparklers out in the evening though which would have been pretty.
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.
Just how quickly it goes – brides and grooms should enjoy every minute!
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.
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