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Enchanted forest

Nikki and Rich's day was brimming with whimsical touches. Nikki and Richard have always felt at home together. "We chatted after matching on a dating website," Nikki says. "We had so much in common that we felt like we knew each other even before our first date." There was never a dull moment between them – so it was no surprise that Rich was soon thinking about popping the question.

Glastonbury Tor is one of the couple's favourite spots, so it didn't seem out of the ordinary when they took a walk there one gloriously sunny autumn day. "Rich was so calm," Nikki says. "I didn't suspect a thing until he got down on one knee." The pair got to work planning their dream day for 2nd November, 2019 at Yarlington Barn. We caught up with the bride to find out how they did it…

Enchanted forest: Image 1 Nikki and Rich wanted to have a late autumn wedding, which helped them narrow down their venue search. "We wanted to make sure it looked beautiful in the dark," Nikki says. "Ceremonies here take place by candlelight and everywhere is draped in warm twinkling lights – it's magical. Our guests commented that they'd never been to a wedding like it."

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They opted for an enchanted forest theme with a dark green and black palette. You could see the influence of their theme in the gorgeous green foliage wreaths, brass vintage candlestick holders, pinecones and beautifully scattered natural elements on the tables such as acorns, wooden hearts and leaves. The aisle was also strewn with pretty fabric leaves.

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The table plan was drawn up on rustic brown and green cards. Nikki says, "We decided to go with table numbers rather than names; this was purely because I wanted to hand-calligraph them and numbers are easier!" To coordinate with the day, place settings were written on faux bay leaves.

Enchanted forest: Image 3 They didn't want a traditional white cake, instead opting for a black forest gateaux-style bake. "There was chocolate sponge with cherry jam," Nikki says. "This was covered in dark buttercream and finished off with figs, cherries, blackberries and foliage."

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To arrive in style, they booked a gorgeous baby Bentley from Protocol Cars. "Our driver, Tara, decorated the outside to match our colour scheme," Nikki tells us. "The car was so luxurious and special."

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The venue supplied a wonderful menu of seasonal treats to fit in with the time of year, including a parsnip soup starter, chicken wrapped in serrano ham for the main and a decadent sticky toffee pudding for dessert. A wonderful chilli kept their loved ones warm in the evening.

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The bride wore a gorgeous Justin Alexander gown from White Lace & Promises. "It had plenty of chiffon, which reflected the relaxed boho vibe we were going for," Nikki says. "It had a beautiful silver beaded leaf embellishment on the bodice perfect for the theme." To make the gown her own, Nikki added soft sleeves, araw quartz tiara and a hairpiece made from bay leaves.

Enchanted forest: Image 6 The men looked dashing in charcoal three-piecesuits and dark green ties. They coordinated perfectly with the two bridesmaids who wore forest greenfull-length numbers. They also rocked faux fur wraps and flower crowns. Nikki's bridesman wore a forest green three-piece suit with glittery shoes.

Enchanted forest: Image 7 Keen to let their theme influence their entertainment, the pair made their own photo booth. "There wasa dark green fairy-lit backdrop," Nikki says. "We provided a full table of props including poisoned apples, witch hats, deer antler headbands, animal masks and even a giant snake!" Their friends and family loved dressing up and taking photos on their phones.

Enchanted forest: Image 8 There was an extra special performance from the bride. "Myself and some of my friends are part of a local belly-dancing group," Nikki explains. "We performed Kiss Kiss by Tarkan as a surprise for ourguests. Thank you to our instructor Saeeda and the rest of the group for this!"

Enchanted forest: Image 9 The nerves started to set in during the morning, but these soon subsided when the couple saw each other." The ceremony was so special to us; it was very intimate and personal," Nikki explains. "The whole atmosphere of the day and the beauty of the season made it so special." The pair were so thankful to all their loved ones and suppliers. "Everyone made it a truly memorable experience," Nikki says. "There's not a single thing I would change."

Nikki and Rich's contact book

Belly dancing

Bride's dress

White Lace & Promises
www.whitelaceandpromises.co.uk

Bridesmaids' dresses

JJ's House
www.jjshouse.co.uk

DJ

Soundwave Entertainments
www.soundwave-entertainments.co.uk

Menswear

Photographer

Xanthe Rowland
www.xantherowland.com

Transport

Protocol Wedding Cars
www.protocolweddingcars.co.uk

Venue and catering

Yarlington Barn
www.yarlingtonbarn.co.uk