“We wanted something understated and relaxed and as soon as we visited The Barns at Hunsbury Hill we knew it was the perfect place for us.”
How did you meet?
Across the sticky dance floor at our university‘s student union!
Tell me your proposal story:
It was the Friday before my birthday on the Sunday in May 2017.
I’d just got home from work and I was hanging up washing outside our bedroom. Bobby got in and ran up the stairs at lightning speed, past me and into our bedroom. I didn’t actually bat an eyelid at the time, just thought he was being a bit odd.
A few minutes later (whilst I’m still hanging up washing) he asks me if I want an early birthday present… I replied “only if I still have presents to open on Sunday” (yes, I am a diva).
He then quickly assured me there would be and asked me to sit on the end of the bed and shut my eyes. I by this point was thinking, he’s going to get naked and do something stupid but went along with it anyway! After what felt like ages keeping my eyes shut he asked me to open them and there he was down on one knee with a ring! For about 10 seconds I genuinely thought he was having me on, I was completely shocked! We’d spoken about getting married but he’d insisted he didn’t want to get engaged for a few more years. I then realised he was indeed serious and of course said yes! The rest of the evening we enjoyed drinking champagne and eating pizza at home together.
Why did you choose The Barns at Hunsbury Hill for your wedding day?
We wanted something understated and relaxed and as soon as we visited the barns we knew it was the perfect place for us. We never actually looked anywhere else!
What was it you loved about your outfits and accessories that made you choose them?
I never thought I’d choose a strapless dress. In fact I never even picked my dress out, the lady in the shop did! As soon as I put it on I knew I loved it. The champagne colour and detail was just perfect.
When we were looking at suits for Bobby we knew we wanted a blue colour. He booked a trip to Slaters which his Step Dad has recommended to him with his groomsman and ended up choosing the first suit he saw in the shop!
For my accessories, I wanted something elegant but not too glitzy and the moonstone jewellery I found was perfect. I also wanted a long veil and actually borrowed mine from my Mum’s friend. I was so on love with it I kept it on for most of the day!
Tell me about the vision you had for your wedding including your theme/colour scheme/styling/flowers:
We wanted a fairly relaxed, rustic theme with pink being the main colour. I’m obsessed with flowers too so knew that I wanted quite a lot around the venue. Our florist created the perfect rustic looking bouquets, I was so in love with them!
What was your first dance and why did you choose it?
Catfish and the Bottlemen – Cocoon
We chose it as we’ve always loved their music and have been to many of their gigs – two of which were performances at Glastonbury. Their music is special to us as it reminds us of many happy times spent together. That particular song describes how the person he is in love with is his ‘cocoon’ and we felt it just was very apt. Plus, it’s an absolutely epic song!
What were the most wonderful parts of the day for you?
Seeing each other for the first time after both being so nervous!
It’s so hard to pin point which parts as we honestly loved every single minute. But probably for us, it’d be the evening when we literally never left the dancefloor! We had so much fun!
Why did you choose Hannah Hall Photography as your photographer, and what was your experience of your photography on the day?
I came across Hannah’s Instagram and I knew instantly we had to book her. I loved the relaxed style of her photography (which come to think of it, went with our theme!). The way she captured the natural moments were just incredible and I knew would be a perfect way to remember our day.
What would be your best bit of advice to other couples planning their wedding?
Don’t sweat the small stuff, it all comes together in the end. Plus don’t overthink things. We made decisions quite quickly and it worked for us!
Holly + Bobby’s wedding at The Barns at Hunsbury Hill happened with the help of…
Hair: The Hairbrook // MUA: Helen Silver // Dress: A Bride’s World // Bridesmaids: ASOS
Flowers: The Flower Stylist // Venue Dressing: Wildflower Styling // Groom’s Hire: Slaters
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