A bide and groom kiss in the shell grotto chair at Kin House

 Selby and Nico’s Dreamy Kin House Wedding Weekender

If you’re thinking of getting married in the South West or Cotswolds area, you have to consider a Kin House wedding – it’s not a want, but a need.

Designed by the master interior designers Barlow and Barlow, it’s an absolute feast for the eyes every which way you look. But as well as aesthetics, Kin House also has real substance: in fact, it’s designed to feel like and be used like a home away from home, so you can totally make it your own.

Black and white photograph of a bride and groom walking down a confetti aisle at Kin House Cotswolds
Kin House Cotwolds gate post
Bride and groom standing next too a vintage Landrover at The Kin House wedding venue in the Cotswolds

Selby and Nico’s Kin House wedding

This was especially important for Selby and Nico. Selby is American and Nico is French – a year after meeting on a dating app in New York, Selby got the chance to move to London, and Nico joined her six months after that. This meant that their wedding day was going to be the first time that many of their family members had met one another, so it needed to take place somewhere they all felt comfortable and where they could truly relax. A Kin House wedding was the perfect answer (I mean, it’s literally in the name!)

Friday night pre-wedding fun

When you book a Kin House wedding you get exclusive use for the weekend, which Selby and Nico took full advantage of with a Friday night gathering in advance of their big day. Guests gathered to enjoy cocktails, oysters and a barbecue on the lawn underneath a brilliant blue sky. When the night drew in, guests transferred to one of the gorgeous inside rooms, where they continued to be entertained by a magician and a jazz trio.

Kin House wedding venue at night a view form the outside
Jazz duo playing at The Kin House wedding venue
Golden hour portrait at The Kin House in the Cotswolds

Saturday celebrations with a botanical nod

After getting ready in the Dressing Room, a veritable riot of pink and orange and gorgeous patterns, it was time to head down for Nico and Selby’s ceremony.

There are a number of gorgeous options for a Kin House wedding ceremony, but Selby and Nico had opted for The Garden Room, which was very in keeping with the beautiful, avant-garde botanical theme they’d opted for (Selby’s dress featured colourful floral appliqué over the bodice and skirt, before changing into a metallic Vampire’s Wife dress for the dancefloor). The room itself is centred around an original fig tree, and features huge double-height glass doors to let loads of light in. Selby and Nico’s dog Chef was their ringbearer, and both Selby’s sister and Nico’s brother performed readings, in English and French respectively.

First kiss of a bride and groom  in the green house at Kin House
A flower collar by Sage Flowers florist  on a pug puppy at a wedding in the Cotswolds
A flower arch with roses and Dhalias by Sage Flowers at Kin House

After their drinks reception they headed to their reception in Kilvert Hall, a separate wing of the building with its own bar, dancefloor, and stage. The botanical theme continued with a floral table covering and gorgeous Sage Flowers in pastels that popped against the white and sage green.

Selby and Nico had enlisted the help of Rosie Harbottle to design the invites and the motifs that ran throughout the day, including snails for Nico (check out the amazing snail menus at each place setting!) and horses for Selby. These ran throughout the weekend and were included on the wedding favours, supremely cute corduroy baseball caps featuring an embroidered S & N motif. There was also a running theme of matches, with each table named after a different box and marked by an illustration of them.

Selby and Nico really nailed the whimsical-without-being-twee vibe that Barlow & Barlow have so effortlessly created in the space, so their Kin House wedding felt totally immersive and holistic. It was a total joy to be a part of something that not only looked incredible (of course) but felt incredible too – a really special experience to be privy to.

Sage Flowers bouquet of roses and dahlias
Sage Flowers at Kin House
Wedding invitations designed by the illustrator Rosie Harbottle
View of the ball room at Kin House

Kin House wedding photographer

If you’re planning a Kin House wedding and are looking for a documentary photographer to capture it for you, I’d love to hear from you. Alternatively, you might be getting married elsewhere but still want a chilled, natural, fun vibe; you can get in touch here either way, and tell me all about your plans – I can’t wait to hear them!