I was so excited when the photos from Cari and Adam’s boho festival wedding landed in my inbox towards the end of last year. Theirs was honestly one of the most joyous celebrations I’ve ever been part of. It was a pleasure to style their venue, Gwaenynog Farm, and the couple themselves were wonderful to work with. After their original wedding date had to be postponed due to Covid, it was very emotional to finally see them get married.
I can’t wait to share all the details, but before I do, let’s take a peek at the couple’s styling plan…
Go Big or Go Home!
The Wedding Barn at Gwaenynog Farm in Wales is a rustic venue nestled within its own remote, private valley. The space is enormous, so as well as hiring in all the furniture, we worked hard to create several different zones that felt casual, intimate and cool. This was one of our biggest set-ups for 2022. We spent three days on site pulling everything together with the lovely team from Brompton Buds.
A Fun Festival Wedding
Cari and Adam’s vision was all about creating a fun festival vibe, and they definitely pulled it off! We were there for most of the day on the Saturday and the atmosphere was incredible. Such lovely people! When I was designing their styling plan, I started with that fun feeling, creating a warm colour palette of rust, orange and dark green tones. This worked perfectly with the barn and the beautiful surrounding countryside.
Later in the planning process, we incorporated an accent of chartreuse yellow when Cari decided to add an extra colour to her bridesmaid dresses. This gave everything a slight Mediterranean vibe, especially with the festoon lighting strung across the dining area of the barn. A few people even said it felt like they were eating al fresco!
Zoning the Space
As I mentioned above, zoning the large barn was essential. We made panelling to put across the bar and created a gorgeous seating area for lounging and relaxing. There was also a dancefloor with hanging flags, a photobooth area with a backdrop, casual outdoor seating and plenty of festival flags. If you’re getting married somewhere similar and looking for inspiration, be sure to read How to Style a Blank Canvas wedding Venue.
‘It’s difficult to put into words the impact Nikki had on our wedding. From the minute we got her onboard she was unbelievably helpful and reassuring. We had a huge, rather bare space to transform, and I was really unsure how we’d make it look the way I envisioned without spending ridiculous sums of money. Nikki was able to work to our budget, advise us on the key elements and the parts we could consider scaling back or dropping all while still delivering a beautifully styled venue that took our breath away. Stepping into the barn and seeing all the tables made up, the floral displays and the detailed vignettes of the seating area / cake display / aisle arch – was such a special moment – the place was beyond what I could have imagined, and everyone commented on how incredible it looked. Nikki was also such a calming influence from start to finish, she always had solutions to issues that came up and didn’t think I was mad when I suggested custom panelling for the bar! I could not recommend her services highly enough, she’s a styling queen!’
Thank you, Cari and Adam – styling your day was a dream!
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Venue // Shindig Wedding Barn at Gwaenynog Farm, Styling, coordination & stationery // Knots & Kisses, Photographer // Babs Boardwell Photography, Florist // Brompton Buds, Furniture Hire // Chairman Hire UK, Festoon Lighting // Event Flag Hire, Glassware & Chargers // Keeping It Vintage, Napkins and Champagne Saucers // Prestige Hire, Plants // fusspots.co.uk, Cake // Karen’s Creative Cupcakes, Makeup // Christina Ouloupi, Hair // Abigail Constanza, Dress // Rue de Seine, Celebrant // Wicked Weddings