From Bumble to Bunny Hill

Written by Emma Hla
Nicola & Adam found love on the online dating app Bumble in 2018. Their romance led them to a picturesque engagement at Cornwall’s Minack Theatre, and in March 2023, they celebrated their dream wedding at Bunny Hill in North Yorkshire.

Bunny Hill’s charm captivated them from the get-go, and boy, did they make this space their own! Collaborating seamlessly with their much-loved suppliers, they brought their stylish and fun black-tie wedding ideas to life. Nicola also shares some invaluable advice for future Bunny Hill couples: prioritise what matters most to you and don’t sweat the small stuff.

Notes from the Bride

Nicola says…

As soon as we walked into Bunny Hill for our first viewing, we instantly knew we wanted to get married here. The main barn is breathtaking, with the high ceilings and chandeliers, and the love songs playing in the background just made it. Knowing we had found our place, I genuinely felt like I could cry. We were excited about how to work our day around the venue for the entire journey home. We continued looking at a couple of other venues, but by this point, we just knew that we had found our wedding venue as we were walking around other venues comparing them to Bunny Hill, and nothing came close. So, we quickly got back in touch with the amazing team and booked a second viewing to secure our date!

We knew we wanted a mauve-based colour scheme as we hadn’t seen many weddings using that colour, and we’re so glad we did. We didn’t need to do much to the venue as it speaks for itself, so we decided to go for low table styling, making it easier for guests to talk across the tables. We also wanted to incorporate ourselves into the tables as a little talking feature, so we decided on table ages rather than table numbers, including a picture of both of us at that age on the table.

The excitement of planning a wedding is amazing, but at times, I did find it a little hard – especially when choosing suppliers and sticking to a budget! It was great to work with the team at Bunny, and as the day got closer, they helped finalise all the important details.

I loved all of our suppliers. They were all amazing during the lead-up, and I’m so glad we used them all. They took our vision and brought it to life! We got an audio guestbook through Calleo, and I cannot recommend this company and this service enough! It’s already worth its weight in gold as I sadly lost my mum within the same year of getting married, and I will forever have her voice to listen back to. All the messages from our family and friends went from lovely and sentimental throughout the day to more fun and drunken as the evening started, and they are such fun messages to listen back to. We also used a company called Top it Off Drinks, which created personalised drink toppers to put on the Prosecco for our drinks reception.

We struggled with the first dance song as we knew it was one of the main songs of the day, and we wanted it to be right. We decided on ‘Bradley Marshall – Perfect to Me’, which we’d only heard two weeks before the wedding while scrolling social media. As soon as we heard it, we knew it was the song for us; the lyrics are so beautifully written!

Best part of the day

The most memorable bit was when I was standing with my dad and my bridesmaids before walking down the aisle, and I could hear Ad and his groomsmen doing their walk down the aisle, and I remember just thinking to myself, “OMG, we’re doing it!! Our plan is coming together”. Then, walking down the aisle was the most amazing feeling I will never forget. Ad also agrees that this was one of his most memorable moments, from being with his groomsmen walking in to waiting for me to walk down the aisle and all the emotions that came with it.

From one couple to another…

I loved our day so much. There isn’t anything I’d have done differently except maybe limit myself on the Prosecco, haha! I wish I’d have had a water or alcoholic-free drink every other drink so that I wasn’t as tipsy later on in the day!

Don’t get caught up in wedding politics of who you should or shouldn’t invite or what you should or shouldn’t do. Go with your gut and what you both want! It’s your day and no one else’s. Also, don’t sweat the small stuff. You can spend hours planning the table designs and other smaller aspects of your day which are huge to you at the time of planning, but you don’t notice them on the day, and I can guarantee you that your guests won’t remember what your menus or welcome sign looked like!

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