Names of the couple: Kiera and Jenny
Wedding date: 5th October 2018
Where they got married: Civil Ceremony in the Barn
Kicking off our series of Real Wedding features here on the blog, we spoke to Kiera and Jenny who married here, at The Crown Inn, Pishill, on the 5th October 2018.
“It was the best night of our lives. The whole day went better than we could’ve imagined and we’d both like to thank all of the team at the Crown for all of their hard work!”
A thoroughly modern romance, Kiera and Jenny met online, having been drawn together by a mutual love of Dolly Parton. Here is their story of how they got engaged:
“We got engaged in Brighton, where Kiera went to university. We’d popped down for a couple of days so that Kiera could show me the sights as well as meeting up with some friends who were also in town. We went for a walk around and enjoyed eating chips on the famous pier. When we reached the end of the pier, I popped the question and Kiera said yes!”
Kiera and Jenny’s day was beautiful, they met in the autumn a favorite season to them both. It only seemed right for them to pick an autumn date and to have the colours and elements of the season reflected in the day and throughout the barn.
Their day started in the most traditional way, getting ready apart, with Kiera in Henley and Jenny in Oxford. For Jenny it was, “an uncharacteristic trip to the hairdressers followed by observing the chaos of her sister (and bridesmaid) forgetting to do every single thing she was meant to be doing!” and for Kiera it was a wake up at her Mum and Dad’s with balloons and good luck gifts.
Kiera’s mum and sister went ahead to the venue whilst Kiera and her dad watched an episode of Only Fools and Horses, topically enough, it was the one where Rodney gets married.
Jenny was first to arrive to the venue, being stowed away in the lovely honeymoon cottage. When Kiera arrived, she was hidden away in the pub, banned from peeking of course! Their walk down the aisle was so special – Jenny was walked down by her dad, followed by Kiera and hers. The ceremony was beautiful, with all their friends and family sharing in the moments. “After the ceremony we walked out of the barn and down the steps being showered in rose petals – it all felt a bit of a dream!”.
“The weather and garden surrounding the barn were lovely, all our guests were so relaxed whilst photos were taken and enjoyed the flowing drinks throughout the reception!”
The Wedding Breakfast and reception followed. “The food was delicious and we’re still getting comments about how good it was now! The staff were so lovely and friendly and the whole meal was absolutely perfect.”
The decor was perfectly autumnal, with the table centerpieces mirroring the autumn theme with fairy lights, leaves and pine cones on the tables. Kiera and Jenny’s favourite drink, cloudy lemonade, was the option for the toast and then it was time for the speeches. “In the blink of an eye the sun was going down and the disco began. The Barn was transformed with lights and music and it turned it to a good old-fashioned party!”
The cake was cut, and Kiera and Jenny had their first dance which neither of them are likely to forget. The DJ played hit after hit and everyone was in great spirits. They say, “It was the best night of our lives. The whole day went better than we could’ve imagined and we’d both like to thank all of the team at the Crown for all of their hard work!”
The most memorable moments? Kiera and Jenny have two and we think they are perfect:
1) “The moment we became wife and wife we sat together, and both said how truly happy we both were, and how happy those around us were too.”
2) “Watching our Dads dance together to Dolly Parton’s Islands in the Stream!”
A huge thank you to Kiera and Jenny for sharing their memories of such a special day. It was most definitely a joy to be able to host their perfect wedding for them.
Photography: Adam Abbott https://www.adamabbottphotography.com/
Flowers: Joe Austin, Oxford http://www.joeaustinflorist.co.uk/
Hair / Make-up: Versus, Oxford https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Hair-Salon/Versus-hair-team-221962254539232/
Entertainment / band: City Nights Discos https://www.citynightsdisco.co.uk/
If you want to know more about our venue and how we can make your day special, whatever the season, get in touch with our Wedding and Event Co-ordinator Chloe: firstname.lastname@example.org