A modern barn wedding at Bassmead Manor Barns, Cambridgeshire

21 May 2019

Victoria Kemp and Philip Osorio Echeverry Robinson’s rustic ceremony was followed by a contemporary reception

How did you meet?

We went to school together. Philip was a year older than me and I was best friends with his brother Keith.  

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Tell us about the proposal.

We had been to London for the day to celebrate my 21st birthday. I could tell Phil was nervous about something – he said afterwards that he just couldn’t find the right moment while we were in London so when we got back to Bedford he took me to a random field and proposed. The sunset was lovely.

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Did you have a colour scheme?

We had a simple theme for the wedding with a navy, cream and gold colour scheme.

What venue did you choose and why did you choose it?

Bassmead Manor Barns was the first venue we viewed and we just loved it. The ceremony barn has so much character and is very rustic – we loved the fact that the space for the  wedding breakfast and reception is a lot more modern. The outside space was lovely too and thankfully we had good weather so we could enjoy it. The driveway up to the venue is amazing, and the venue itself is hidden away and very private.

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When did you know when you’d found ‘the’ dress?

My wedding dress was in the first shop I visited and when I was choosing dresses to try on I was instantly drawn to it – it was the first one I picked up. When I put it on I knew I loved it. I tried on a good 30 more dresses at various different shops but none of them beat this one. The designer was Susanne Neville.

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What did the bridesmaids wear? 

I had four bridesmaids and two flower girls. I chose floor length navy blue chiffon dresses with cap sleeves for the three older bridesmaids. The younger bridesmaid wore a shorter navy dress with cap sleeves and the flower girls had ivory dresses with gold, pink and blue flower detailing. 

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My bridesmaids were my sister-in-law, my two best friends from school and Philip’s younger cousin. My flower girls were my niece and the daughter of a good friend.

Where did you find your suits?

We found the groom’s suit in Hawes and Curtis. 

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Tell us about your floral arrangements.

We had a family friend do our flowers. We chose a table spread for the ceremony room with ivory flowers and hints of blue. Our centrepieces were lanterns with flowers around them – they were also ivory with some navy blue flowers. My flowers were ivory roses, as were the bridesmaids. Phil had a rose buttonhole and the groomsmen had gypsophila flowers.  

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How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?

Very nervous but overwhelmed with emotion.

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How did you make the ceremony personal to you?

My aunt read a poem that we had both chosen and two of our sons brought our rings to us.

What was your most memorable moment?

Walking down the aisle.

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What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?

I think the most challenging part was dealing with other people’s opinions.

What was the most important investment for you?

For us it was having the right venue. We didn’t have to do anything ourselves on the day. 

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What song did you choose for your first dance, and why?

Our first dance was to John Legend, You and I. We chose this song because we both love John Legend and this song really relates to us. 

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Did you have evening entertainment?

We had a DJ, a flower wall and a photobooth.

Tell us about your wedding cake.

We went for a cupcake wedding cake with a larger cake at the top. The cupcakes were lemon and vanilla. The top cake was vanilla sponge decorated with ivory flowers and with a gold wedding cake topper that said Mr and Mrs Robinson.

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If you could go back and change anything, what would it be?

I think the only thing we would have changed is maybe to have had some childcare as I felt my mother-in-law had to leave a little earlier than she would have liked to in order to put the kids to bed. 

Did anything go wrong on the day?

I didn’t like my hair so had to have it changed at the last minute.

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Was there anything you wish you had known before?

How stressful it can be!

Where did you go on honeymoon?

We went to Santorini in Greece for a week. We left three days after our wedding. 

Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?

I think the main thing is to remember why you are getting married and not to get too carried away. Also, make sure you have your wedding your way and not the way other people want you to have it. 

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Steal their style:

Photographer: Abraxas Photography
Photobooth: HelloBoothy
Catering: Galloping Gourmet (at Bassmead Manor Barns)
Make-up: Yasmin Christina Makeup

For more Cambridgeshire wedding inspiration, pick up a copy of the latest Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire Bride magazine. 

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