A rustic luxe-wedding at Ever After

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Yvonne Coomber

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Jenny & Shaun booked their wedding here at the venue last year without seeing it – that’s faith for you!   They live in New Zealand and wanted to get married back in the UK but couldn’t get over to see the venue so they sent Jenny’s Mum and Dad with a video camera take a video and sent it to them.   Jenny came to the UK in February this year and saw the venue for the first time (and loved it even in the winter!) but Shaun didn’t get to see it until 3 days before the wedding.

Jenny & Shaun really wanted an outdoor ceremony and as they didn’t need to get legally married here, we set up for the ceremony in the orchard with a wooden arch decorated with ivy and jasmine picked from the garden on the morning of the wedding, lanterns, wooden chairs and benches.   Jenny & Shaun wanted to add to the informal feel for the ceremony by having half the guests standing rather than sitting.   Informal it may have been but casual it was not!   There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as Jenny & Shaun made their vows in front of family and friends with a family member officiating.

They hired Pat of Guitarist for Weddings to play during the ceremony and we had set up speakers in the orchard hired in from local Tavistock suppliers DJC to make sure all the guests could hear what was happening.

The relaxed outdoor vibe was continued with our salvaged door which Jenny & Shaurn put to good use for their table plan.    They had a fabulous naked cake made by a family member and a dessert table with tiny desserts for guests to help themselves after the wedding breakfast.  Philip of our caterers added special NZ touches to the menus to bring an individual feel to the food which was personal to the bride and groom.

2015-07-24_0001Jenny & Shaun skyped with various suppliers from NZ and put together a rustic wedding with luxurious touches from local and NZ suppliers.   Flowers were supplied by Ever After favourite Deborah from Dartmoor Flowers in a pastel colour palette, picking up the blues of the wedding stationery designed by NZ suppliers Just My Type.  

2015-07-24_0003Just My Type designed the table names (named after NZ beaches), labels for the honeypots which had been made by a beekeeping guest and my favourites the place names for each guest which had a personal printed message on the back from the bride and groom.   These were so popular with the guests and all of them were taken home at the end of the wedding as momentos – lovely!

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A lovely, personal and very intimate wedding – we loved it!

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