Fun, Colourful Dinosaur Themed wedding at Pimhill Barns- Nicola Gough Photography
With bright colours, dinosaurs, lots of gorgoeus DIY details and street food a-plenty, I don’t think think wedding could be any more fun!! Nicola Gough, the lovely photographer who shared this little beauty, says: “Bex and Olly were some of my favourite clients and I knew from the get go that this wedding would be brilliant fun. They chose Pimhill Barn on the outskirts of Shrewsbury for their wedding day. It’s very much a DIY venue as you have to do EVERYTHING yourself so Bex and Olly fully embraced this with dinosaurs, bright flowers, pom poms and lots of greenery. Bex surprised Olly with the Lego Star Wars death star and he surprised her with a camera!”
“Bex’s mom had been saving and drying flower petals for the confetti – from massive bougainvillea flowers! Their ceremony took place inside the barn, as the weather held out we had loads of photos within the grounds before heading in for the wedding breakfast. They also had an ice cream cart, a pizza van and the awesome live band that is Party Nation for the evening reception. As Olly isn’t much of a dancer, he provided board games for each table which went down a storm too.!”
It sounds like an absolute scream- I just love it when couples absolutely rock their day their way. Enjoy Nicola’s gorgeous photos and read the couple’s story in their own words below!
How we met…
“We met through music. Olly is a drummer who was playing for a show that Bex was performing in. As Bex was having a conversation about what type of man she goes for, Olly walks in: and he fits the description spot on. After Bex ‘accidentally’ left Olly’s name out of the shows programme, she invited him out for a drink and they haven’t been able to get rid of each other since. Olly popped the question whilst away in Cyprus, somewhere they often visit. They went to their favourite spot on the beach at sunset and Olly EVENTUALLY got the nerve to ask. Bex’s first response to the ring was “what the f*** is that?” but she soon said that most important words that Olly wanted to hear: “Yes!”.
“The theme was the hardest part to choose. Everyone would expect music to be the theme as that’s how we met, but we wanted to show our guests there was more to us than music and to ‘surprise’ them.. We went through a few ideas, a ‘zombie themed’ wedding evening popped into the mind map but we soon settled on a Dinosaur Theme. Olly loved dinosaurs ever since he was little and still had a collection of toys from when he was a kid and decided that this made this theme absolutely perfect. We did add some musical aspects, we had live music throughout the day and the guest book was a drum skin.”
“We knew we didn’t want it in a church. We think church weddings are beautiful but it just didn’t feel like ‘us’, and we liked the idea of a barn or rustic venue, to be a bit different. We saw a few but as soon as we got to Pimhill Barn we absolutely fell in love. We had a tour and the owner was such an amazing help and such a lovely person. The grounds were beautiful; a long drive up to the venue, some gardens for photos, a big courtyard for people to hang out in too.”
Pimhill Barn offered lots of recommended suppliers, which made it mostly easy to find people and ideas; this is actually where we found Nicola Gough, our photographer too. We struggled with lighting. We wanted lights hanging from the barns gorgeous original wooden beams, but all the companies we asked charged A LOT! In the end we actually bought a light curtain and some outside fairy lights off amazon and saved ourselves about £500! We also had issue’s with the suits. Olly ‘settled’ for a company very early in the planning as a friend had used them and had a great experience. Unfortunately when we picked up the suits they had got the sizes wrong, even though we had been for measurements and confirmed it all, as well as the best man having a dirty shirt and even Olly having some wardrobe issues!
We chose some things far too early in the process and wish we had changed the suits supplier mainly. Our only tip for couples is that this is YOUR day, not your guests. If they don’t like what you’ve organised then it doesn’t matter, it’s for you to enjoy!
The companies that REALLY made the day for us are:
Photographer Nicola Gough
Venue Pimhill Barn
Band The Black Hat Band
Pizza Pizza Peddlers
Catering Cheryl Jayne Catering
Cake Sharon Stinton Cakes
Flowers Hobo Florist, Oswestry
Dress Stella York dress from Shropshire Country Brides
Hair: Katy and Daisy from Carma Salon, Shrewsbury
Make up: Natalie Ravenscroft