All I want for Christmas is you!

Kim and Stephen spread a lot of love and Christmas cheer at their barn wedding in Banbury

Kim is a lover of Christmas so it seemed only apt that her sailor boyfriend, Stephen, should propose on Christmas Eve and their wedding should have a yuletide theme.

Recalling the moment he popped the question, Kim says: “We were walking passed the church I grew up near on our way to Christmas drinks when Stephen went down on one knee and produced a box with a Tiffany diamond ring inside. It was an utter surprise.”

They knew they wanted a barn-style venue, and on visiting The Great Barn at Aynho, they knew it ticked all the boxes for bringing their Christmas vision to life with its open log fires, beams and exposed brick.

“We visited it in summer but could easily visualise our winter theme and spent every Saturday night on the run up to the wedding creating Christmas baubles, reindeer table names, festive bunting and fir cone name places. Our wedding invites were all wrapped like presents and tied with ribbon and I walked down the aisle, as a married woman, to Maria Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You,” says Kim. Here, she shares the magic of their big day.

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Kim Muncer, 39, married Stephen Plumridge, 29, at The Great Barn Aynho on 29th November, 2014


All I want for Christmas is you!: Image 2a“We had the military, Father Christmas and most importantly the people we love the most there. No one else would have had that exact group of people at their wedding.” – Kim

All I want for Christmas is you!: Image 2 Stephen is a Petty Officer in the Royal Navy and wore his No 1 uniform.


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I tried about 15 dresses on but this one gave me curves where I don't normally have them – I loved it! My sister Amy had free rein to choose her dress as she was in charge of seven little people. It was the perfect Christmas red and she wore an ivory belt from her own wedding dress.


All I want for Christmas is you!: Image 4aI chose fur capes to keep the little girls warm and go with the Christmas theme. They carried wands with roses attached.

All I want for Christmas is you!: Image 4 Stephen’s grandma, Anne, made the cake which had red poinsettias and candy canes on it.


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We decorated jars and put candles and cranberries in them.


All I want for Christmas is you!: Image 6aThe favours were clear baubles for the ladies and contained meaningful messages inside. It took me a long time to think about the words but was quite lovely thinking about different relationships with the female guests and funny stories and phrases that connected us. The boys had miniature bottles of rum as a nod to Stephen's naval career.

All I want for Christmas is you!: Image 6 Father Christmas turned up with a present for each child. Their gifts contained things to keep them amused during the wedding breakfast.


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KIM'S TOP TIP: We got married at the end of November and figured everyone would be excited by a Christmas theme, rather than tired with the celebrations.


Kim Muncer and Stephen Plumridge's contact book

Bride's dress
Bride to be

Bride's hair and make-up
Nikki Nash
Tel: 07929 419 624

Bridesmaid's dress


Jason's Flowers

Pageboys' suits

Faye Cornhill Photography

Table decorations and favours
Neale Conner

Ushers' suits

The Great Barn, Aynho

Wedding night
The Cartwright Hotel
Tel: 01869 811885


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