latin american fiesta themed wedding at the cow shed

Robyn and Rory were married on 18th August at The Cow Shed. They were planning their wedding for two years. As always huge thanks to the lovely Carole-Ann from Harper Scott for sharing her images and short video with us. You can find Carol-Ann on her website, Facebook or Instagram.

“The venue is run by my sister-in-law Jo Trust, she had only just opened the venue when we got engaged so we had never seen a wedding there and didn’t visit until a month before the wedding as we have been living abroad in Colombia. We loved the sea views and rustic farm vibe, they have kept all of the character and let the building and the landscape speak for themselves. We loved that it is a DIY venue to we could really make it our own.”

“We planned everything together which was lovely. We both have very similar taste which made it very easy. We enjoyed slowly building our Latin American fiesta theme and spend all of our travels collecting different things to make our day really special. We also both love food so getting to taste our personalised menu from The Pantry was definitely a highlight!”

“I came back home to the UK once before the wedding after we had just got engaged. I only had one day to look for dresses with my Mum and we headed straight to Heartfelt Vintage in Bristol as I always knew I wanted a vintage dress. It was the first shop I went to and totally fell in love with this 1950s Heiress dress, it fit like a glove and I loved the small detailing! I’ve not seen any dress like it before, it was made of layers of oyster coloured gauze with tiny felt applique flowers and sequin detailing. It is a work of art and it felt super comfortable to wear. Kate who runs the shop has got a great eye for dresses and took great care in making it look perfect on the big day.”

“It was really important for our day to be all about our family and friends so we chose for two of our close friends to do our ceremony which made it feel really special and personal. We had a couple of readings from our favourite authors Margaret Atwood and Chimamanda Adiche Ngozi. We also had lots of music including a choir of our friends, family and me! A personal highlight was a friend who wrote and performed a song for us that we hadn’t heard before, it was completely mesmerising and heartfelt; he really captivated the whole room and had lots of us in tears. We ended the ceremony with a conga line out to the courtyard to start the fiesta!”

“It’s so hard to pick a favourite moment because I really loved every minute of it. We both absolutely loved how personal and emotional our ceremony was but being on the dance floor with all our friends and family was also really great. Our band, The Homecoming String Band really set the party on fire with their great mix of bluegrass and ceilidh which everyone got involved in.”

“There were so many special elements on the day but by far the most striking was the papel picado (mexican paper bunting) that we bought in Mexico City. We managed to buy personalised colourful bunting for next to nothing that filled the marquee room and traditional white bunting for our ceremony in the barn. It looked amazing and really bought our Latin American vision to life.”

“We had been living in Colombia for the past two years and salsa is really popular there so we knew we had to have a salsa first dance. We had a salsa teacher and choreographed our own dance with her and loved being able to show off our moves. Salsa in a kilt works really well!”

“The Little White Cow also did an incredible job of styling and really understood our aesthetic. They are such a creative pair and used their props and design flare to realise our dream wedding. I can’t thank them enough for making it look so awesome.”

“My Mum did all of the flowers for the wedding and did a spectacular job with locally sourced flowers from McConnels Blooms in Perthshire. My bouquet was really stunning as were the wild flower meadows that we used as the backdrop for our ceremony. It was really special having her as such a big part of the creative design.”

“I remember not stopping smiling throughout the ceremony and the uncontrollable laughter during the speeches! I also really loved the moment where Rory and I snuck away with our photographer Carol Ann to take some pictures by the sea, it was lovely to have a moment to take it all in with Rory before heading back to the party.”

“Book the big things that matter to you as soon as you can. For us this was the photographer, caterer and band. Also, make sure you spend as much of the day together, it can be hard when everyone wants to speak to you! Don’t be afraid to make the wedding how you want it to be rather than what is expected, you will enjoy it more on the day!”

STAR PLAYERS

Venue: The Cow Shed

Catering: The Pantry

Bridal Outfit: Heartfelt Vintage

Styling: The Little White Cow

Band: Homecoming String Band

Florist: My Mum - Julie Kirkby from Native + Wild Flowers based in Bristol

Cake: Rory’s Mum 

Photographer: Harper Scott Photography

“Honestly, all of our suppliers were exceptional. The food from The Pantry was absolutely delicious, it was really impressive to get that much flavour in food for such big quantities. Carol Ann was an absolute dream, she was so much fun to work with and her photos are incredible, she documented the day with so much creativity and such a careful eye for detail. The band were so much fun! They got everyone from all ages dancing and really got the party going. It was an amazing mix of traditional ceilidh, bluegrass music and a few classic tunes as well. The Little White Cow were super creative and just bought our ideas to life so well, it can be hard to actually make what we want happen especially in a DIY venue but they took our ideas and added their own to really bring the venue to life with colour. My mum, who has just started her own floral business really showed what an exceptional talent she has for working with wild flowers, she worked tirelessly to create my beautiful wax flower crown, the amazing natural bouquets as well as dressing the venue. I couldn’t be happier with everyone we worked with.”

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