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A vibrant wedding at Shustoke Barn in Warwickshire

A vibrant wedding at Shustoke Barn in Warwickshire

Written by Katie Byrne

Quirky details, metallic pops and a stunning venue set the scene for Abiee and Tom's beautiful celebration...


Abigail Sloman, 22, a purchasing assistant, and Thomas Bazeley, 25, a sales agent, exchanged vows at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Hinckley, Leicestershire, and held their reception at Shustoke Barn, Coleshill, Warwickshire.

Budget: £12,000

Tom and I met in September 2012, when he was living in Leicestershire and I was living in Devon. He proposed in July 2014, in the middle of a thunderstorm in the pub where he first told me he loved me, and our best friends were waiting downstairs to celebrate! 

Our wedding was a perfect opportunity to reflect who we are and to celebrate the beginning of our life together. We had hollow pineapples as vases, the brightest and most unusual flowers my florist could find, Mexican themed photo booth props and the biggest doughnut bar we could muster. 

We loved Shustoke’s big open doors, which led to a courtyard filled with olive trees where guests could mingle in the afternoon sun.

This influenced our decision to complement the barn with vibrant colours, tasselled balloons and garlands. I wanted to make our wedding as personal to us as possible, so guests were greeted with a massive photo board covered in pictures from throughout our lives and photos of our parents on their wedding days.

Our table setting was a board I had made saying “Find your face to take your place”. Little did our guests know that at their place was a mug shot of them I’d stolen from Facebook or borrowed from relatives!

A highlight for me was sitting on the top table with Tom watching all of our loved ones laughing, chatting, taking photos and appreciating everything that we had organised. It couldn’t have been a happier moment and I won’t ever forget it. 

My dad passed away suddenly the year before my wedding, while on holiday with my mum. He had bought me and my sister silver bracelets the day before, which mum gave to us to save for our wedding days. Watching my auntie place it onto my wrist really bought a lump to my throat.

Tom and I were the first on the dancefloor and the last – we really didn’t want the night to end! Later on we realised that Tom had left our hotel keys in the best man’s pocket and we’d forgotten to book a taxi from our own wedding, so we didn’t get back to the hotel until about 4am! 

My tip for brides-to-be: Take five minutes out with your new husband and watch your guests who have travelled to celebrate with you – there’s nothing quite like it.

Steal their style!

PHOTOGRAPHY: Ria Beth FLORIST: Emily Robbins Flowers VENUE: Shustoke Barns DRESS: Pronovias at Rachel Ash BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: twobirds CAKE: The Organic Wedding Cake Company MAKE-UP: Rebecca Frances 

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