conker gin; wedding ginspiration #2

conker gin label

conker gin; wedding ginspiration #2   If you read our last ginspiration blog post, then you’ll know what all this gin-tasting hype is about… And if you didn’t, catch-up here. conker gin Conker gin is a unique and intricate gin of ten select botanicals, distilled and bottled at Dorset’s first gin distillery in Bournemouth. It’s a classic gin, led by a dry juniper heart, but is mixed with elderberries, samphire, and gorse flowers which give it a light a refreshing edge. ‘Gin on the rocks’ is the recommended way to enjoy, if you’re brave enough. (I am certainly not…). There are a few facts… but let’s get down to the tasting notes.   tasting Firstly, Euan tried it straight and said it was floral, subtle and soft. The initial smell was much harsher than it tasted, but all-round it is unmistakably a dry gin. We then had the gin with ice, lime, and fever tree tonic (of course) and came … Continue reading

every wedding planning problem has a solution…

bride and father walking up the aisle Ever After wedding barn

a day in the life of a wedding planner… We want our couples to be happy on the day – of course we do!  Creating happiness is our job… Creating the weather.  Well, we haven’t quite mastered that dark art yet, we’re still in the hands of Mother Nature for that.   Fortunately we have solid Plan B’s for every part of a wedding day and can quickly switch up from one to another. Our bespoke wet weather awning attaches to our wedding barn so that we can keep everyone dry in the rain.   It has a clear roof and sides to keep the open and light feel in the barn. If the weather forecast is dry for the wedding, we take the awning down.  If the forecast is uncertain (lost count how many times this year I’ve had that…) we usually put up the frame but not the canvas.  On the day of the wedding we decide whether … Continue reading

winter is coming; style your elopement wedding

bride and groom by ponds in winter at ever after

winter is coming… Any Game of Thrones fan has probably jumped with excitement at that title, but this really is just about how to style your winter elopement wedding (stick around, we’ve got lots of great ideas for you…). Winter is coming, though, and you’re probably starting to think about how to style your winter wedding. Winter elopements are fabulous, and there is so much you can do. Okay, so it might not be 17 degrees outside (an average ‘british summer’ temperature…) but we’ve got the fire & the food, and you’ve got the l.o.v.e.  the venue If I said that I thought Ever After was more beautiful in the summer, I would be lying. The venue looks incredible in the summer months, and there really is no place like it, but exactly the same goes for the winter season. The mist is low in the valley, and the leaves have all fallen off the trees creating an enchanted winter-wonderland effect with the bare … Continue reading

the best people get married here…

the best people get married at Ever After… …they really do. I get asked whether I mind sharing my home when couples get married here.   Uh, no.   Really?   Yeah, really. You mean do I mind when after working with couples for over a year I finally see their day take shape, all their plans and dreams coming together.  I get to meet the loveliest family and friends and be a part of the story of their lives together – because it’s true, the best people get married at Ever After. Do I mind when top florists come to my home and decorate the heck out of it with fabulous floral creations? Do I mind when wedding guests dressed in all their best gear turn up with love in their hearts to spend a day with their friends and family? Do I mind seeing children in the cutest outfits dashing up and down the lawn having the time of … Continue reading

autumn fever; styling your elopement wedding

autumn fever blog post

autumn fever   It’s that time of year again where we start to think about our upcoming elopement weddings. For inspiration, I’ve been looking at our autumn elopement pinterest board (take a look, there’s some great stuff on there). But anyone can pin a few ideas from a quick pinterest search… so here is some autumnal inspiration from our real elopement weddings! style it right the great thing about elopements is they can be styled to perfection. There’s so much more to play with when it’s just the two of you, and maybe a couple of guests. Orange glasses? Why not! Bark bouquet vases, and tea light holders? You betcha! Ornamental miniature pumpkins? Of course!   the venue It’s not just the styling that important for capturing the autumnal magic… Picture green leaves turning orange, the sun low in the sky, shades of burgundy in the plants, and a carpet of leaves on the riverwalk… Ever After is not just the perfect spot for summer weddings, we so know … Continue reading

a religious wedding ceremony which doesn’t break the law…

bride and groom outdoor home made chuppa Dartmoor

a religious ceremony that doesn’t break the law… We’re licensed to hold legal weddings here at Ever After.   There are some rules that come with that, one of them is that there can be no religious element in your wedding ceremony. For most couples, that’s fine as they don’t want religion in their ceremony but for those who do, it’s a situation we’ve seen a few times and there is a solution… Penny & Pete wanted to have some religious touches to their wedding ceremony so we recommended a wedding celebrant who they hired to come to the venue and conduct a wedding ceremony of their choosing. Nicola of Cornish Wedding Celebrants has been here before for a couple of our weddings and know the venue well.    Pete’s brother and a few in the wedding party put together a chuppah outside the wedding barn the night before the wedding and Penny & Pete used it as part of … Continue reading

real wedding mustard and claret colours…

real wedding – mustard and claret colours… Real weddings.   We love them.   Which is a good thing because it’s our job!   Actually it’s a great thing because it’s our job.   This is the time of the wedding season when the photos from our weddings earlier in the season start coming in thick and fast – hoorah! I love to see the official photos and spend a good deal of time sorting through them to pick out my favourites for that wedding’s real wedding page here on the website.  I know, it’s a tough job and I get to do it – yay! Yesterday I downloaded 1,200+ (yep over 1,200 photos!) by the lovely Anna & Mike of Luna Weddings from Alena & Dave’s wedding here a few weeks ago in June.   You’ll be seeing a lot of these photos over the coming weeks and months because a) they’re too gorgeous not to share b) it … Continue reading

wedding ginspiration; kyrö napue

ginspiration blog post

wedding ginspiration; kyrö napue   You may have seen some recent activity about our brand new pop-up lounges (if not, click here). We are super excited about them. The furniture and decor are all fabulous and we can’t wait to see the lounges in full swing (hopefully at every summer wedding next year… 2018 couples…?). But it’s not just about the aesthetics (although they are great), it’s also about the drink. To ensure we’ve selected the best gins, champagnes, and whiskeys for the lounges we (obviously) need to try them first… kyrö napue For this ginspiration blog post we’re focusing on the rye gin ‘Napue’ from the Kyrö distillery in Finland. Napue gin was voted as “The World’s Best Gin for Gin & Tonic” by the International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) in 2015 and in 2016 Napue won the gold medal in the San Francisco World Spirit Competition premium gin-series. (You can find out more about the distillery and the gin itself of the distillery … Continue reading

ben selway wedding photographer, early teasers…

bride and groom long shot woodland canopy dartmoor

We were happy to welcome Ben Selway back to the venue recently and having not seen him for a while, he then did two weddings here on the bounce, a week apart. First up were the lovely Hayley and Dai who brought both families from Wales for a Devon garden wedding in August 2017. Ben took Hayley and Dai into the woods here at the venue for a lil couples portrait session and got these fab shots which were available as a teaser just a couple of days after the actual wedding – love that level of service. You can see from the shot above that Ben got way up high on the hill to get Hayley & Dai walking along the path along the banks of the river in our woods. Hayley told me they didn’t even know where Ben was, they couldn’t see him so they just trusted that he was doing his thing! Which he was as … Continue reading

rose gold and raspberry real elopement; kristy and peter

rose gold and raspberry elopement wedding flowers

rose gold and raspberry real elopement wedding   The elopement wedding season is nearing and I’m loving revisiting our elopements from the beginning of the year. This sparkly number is a real eye-catcher, and a perfect example of how your elopement wedding can be fabulously styled…     a dress to impress Kristy’s wedding dress was a real show-stopper in a sparkly rose gold, and accessorised with raspberry tones through her shrug, necklace, and belt making for a perfectly unique and elegant outfit. And how sweet is their son?!   floral delights To add to Kristy’s overall outfit, Amanda created a gorgeous bouquet of ivory, greens, and deep raspberry to superbly compliment the colours of Kristy’s attire. Stunning, don’t you agree? A true floral masterpiece…   the food Harrie from Boo to a Goose, lovingly prepared a wonderful wedding breakfast for the couple, including canapés and their wedding cake. Notice the raspberry colours…? It’s all about the details. And, of … Continue reading

impromptu pre-wedding shoot by richard murgatroyd…

bride and groom dartmoor river evening sun

This impromptu pre-wedding shoot is adorable.  Jess & Rob got married here at Ever After in June this year and picked Richard Murgatroyd to capture their day.   Richard is based on London, as were Jess & Rob so it made sense for them to meet up with Richard close to home. Photographers are usually willing to travel nationally (and some internationally) to cover a wedding.   Unlike other wedding suppliers like cake makers and florists, photographers can’t (or shouldn’t!) cover more than one wedding a day and as they have no cake or flowers to spoil on a long journey, travelling to a wedding is not such a big deal for them, they just load up their kit and go. Do be aware though that if your wedding photographer is travelling a long way for your wedding, you will have to pay their accommodation for a night and maybe two nights depending on the distance.   Make sure you factor … Continue reading

pretty in purple; real elopement Leanne & Chris

pretty in purple real elopement couple

purple and pretty; Leanne and Chris   Leanne and Chris joined us in March for their elopement wedding. We loved the style of this pair, and their purple colour-scheme was quirky and unique; exactly what an elopement wedding should be!   the dress The infamous wedding dress section… except this one is with a twist! Leanne opted for a stunning tea-length dress in a gorgeous deep purple-grey colour. It was a brilliant colour on her, and was the base element for the overall style of the day. Doesn’t she look lovely? I adore the ivory shrug too, an essential for an late winter/early spring wedding.   floral delights As you can see, Amanda did a fab job with Leanne’s flowers (as always!). The colours she used worked amazingly well with Leanne’s dress, and just made that finishing touch to the overall outfit and style. There’s something super special about a natural looking bouquet. And of course, the perfectly matching buttonhole. We always use the … Continue reading

real wedding – charlotte & christian may 2017

Real Wedding Charlotte and Christian

A new real wedding page has gone up on the website today.  Charlotte & Christian’s real wedding page has been added to our real weddings board. Click here to see a summary of the day, details of Charlotte’s gorgeous gown and a quick menu run down. Click here to see another wedding here at Ever After captured by the lovely Katherine of  Nova Wedding Photography. Click here to see a ton of lovely reviews from our real wedding couples. If you’d like to know our available dates for your garden wedding, just drop me an email at nicola@lowergrenofen.co.uk

a woodland wedding at ever after last week…

bride and groom Walkham riverbank Dartmoor woodland wedding

Ah, a woodland wedding.   Love ’em.   A woodland wedding at Ever After, sign me up. When the lovely wedding photographer Dan Ward  goes the extra mile and gets a photo of said woodland wedding out within hours of the wedding and it’s this photo: And then to top that I get a lovely email from a happy bride about having had the BEST wedding, well that’s my day made right there… Amy & Nick had a beautiful wedding here earlier this month.   The weather was perfect, the bride looked radiant, the ceremony was a tear jerker, the food was mouth watering.   Happy couple & happy guests makes for a happy me. Here’s Amy’s lovely email, hot off the press: “Hi Nicola, I’m sat in our suite at our little boutique chateau, reflecting on what was, without doubt, the best day of our lives. I was going to write on our return, but just felt I wanted … Continue reading

winter elopement; sarah & justin

mother and daughter walking down aisle at winter elopement wedding

winter elopement; sarah & justin   Isn’t there something so magical about a winter wedding? There certainly was for this couple. Simplistic but stunning was the path Sarah and Justin walked along for their intimate wedding in December last year, and the photos are to die for. The three of them joined us at Ever After on a crisp winter’s day with autumnal leaves still on the ground and the excitement of Christmas nearing. Winter elopements are just fab. Sarah opted for a stunning deep dusky pink for her flowers, with lots of natural foliage. Aren’t they gorgeous?! Her daughter had a miniature matching bouquet (which also paired nicely with her adorable sparkly shoes)… And not only did their bouquets match, but their shoes did too! So so cute! And whilst we’re on the subject of shoes, it’s important to mention that the use of wellie boots for a woodland walk in winter at Ever After is definitely encouraged… (plus they make for some great photos). This sweet … Continue reading

new ever after wedding film – cupcake videos

outdoor close up of bride & groom smiling after wedding ceremony large white bridal bouquet

I do so love it when we get a new wedding film in – it takes you right back to the day and all the lovely stuff that happened including all those moments I missed.   Love it! Felicity & Stuart got married here a few weeks ago in May 2017.  You can read more about their vintage garden party wedding and see more wedding pics here on their real weddings page. The lovely team at Cupcake Videos have a great drone camera, I love seeing my house from this view point!   They also have go-pros which they can put on the canape serving boards during your drinks reception and time lapse cameras for even more cool footage. You can see our Ever After wet weather gear in action in this film including the wet weather canopies in front of the wedding barn and the wet weather awning on the barn itself.     You can see how you … Continue reading

glamorous elopement; andrea & rob

bride and groom on riverwalk

glamorous elopement; andrea & rob   Inserting your own style to any event can be tricky, right? I mean is there really such a thing as a unique idea? And Pinterest ideas are just so fab, it’s hard to ignore them even when you know people have probably already been there done that… So don’t feel bad when you find inspiration flowing whilst exploring this real elopement wedding, it’s glamorous and fabulous and, yes, yours can be like it too.   Glamour in dress form Andrea’s gorgeous strapless wedding dress was the first hint of glamour, with it’s subtle sparkle and lace detail, accompanied by her fabulous blue shoes.   The flowers Getting the flowers right is always an important task. Thanks to Amanda Randell, Andrea’s bridal flowers were natural with a touch of glamour to tie in with the rest of the day. Having never seen the wedding dress, Amanda managed to capture something within the flowers that just fitted with the dress so … Continue reading

elopement wedding inspiration; elopement flowers

elopement flowers

elopement wedding inspiration; elopement flowers   If you’ve got this far then you probably know that as part of your elopement wedding package, super talented Amanda Randell beautifully crafts your elopement flowers. Your wedding may be small but there’s still no room for error, which is why we only have the best of the best. Chelsea flower show gold medalist, Amanda, will provide you with the most sensational bouquet, buttonhole, and cake flowers. And if you didn’t know that, well now you do! Wedding flowers can be a daunting task, so if you aren’t sure about exactly what you want then panic not. Just give Amanda an idea of colours, or anything in particular you might want to include, and she’ll do the rest (she is the expert after all). But if you know exactly what you want, that’s fine too! Detailed instructions can be followed carefully. Either way, here’s some stunning elopement flower inspiration for you to get your teeth … Continue reading

a modern wedding in must-have mustard…

modern wedding in must-have mustard… We love welcoming back suppliers we’ve worked with before.   Building great relationships with people who are experts in what they do is one of the great things about being in the wedding business. Your wedding photographer is one of your MOST important wedding suppliers.   Building a relationship with them will mean that you get the very best photos of your day because you feel relaxed with them and they already know what it is you want from your photos. A great example of all of this is the lovely wife and husband team of Anna and Mike from Luna Weddings.   They’ve done a few weddings here and when I hear they’ve been booked for a wedding here, I know the photos are going to be great. A completely free extra is you get Anna’s amazing blog skillz.   That woman can write about weddings and I can’t stop reading!   If I’m … Continue reading

real elopement; amber & dan

real elopement couple and their daughter

real elopement; amber & dan   Last week, our elopement photographer, Clare Kinchin, wrote a blog post about our very own real elopement couple, Amber and Dan, which you can read here. This inspired me to tie-in with Clare’s post and give a 3-part breakdown of Amber and Dan’s real elopement wedding…   The outfits… I love a wedding dress (have you guessed that yet?) and I especially love a bespoke handmade one. Amber made her wedding dress (yes, really!) and this fantastic two-piece wonder was the result. And to accessorise, Amber had some super cute unicorn shoes and a sparkly silver starry headpiece… Gorgeous! And it wasn’t just Amber who was sporting the silver sparkles at this real elopement… Her daughter wore the daintiest little silver shoes and a sparkly headband to match. Plus super fabulous silver sparkly tights! (Are you starting to notice a theme here…?). And I loved her ivory dress with the super snug fluffy cardigan! So cute! Dan avoided the silver sparkles and … Continue reading

another happy couple…

Another happy couple. That’s our job done then.  Zoe & Ben got married here at the venue just 4 days ago and already I’ve had a lovely review in from them and a sneak peek at some gorgeous photos from their photographer Lucy Turnbull. Zoe & Ben’s wedding planning wasn’t entirely smooth sailing.   They had booked a florist but a couple of months before their wedding they felt they weren’t getting the support they needed from their supplier so they asked if I could help with another recommendation.   Fortunately Amanda Randell our exclusive elopement florist was available on their date and came to the rescue.   Within a couple of weeks, Amanda had put together a plan based on them wanting a wow factor in the marquee, jungly foliage and bright colours of orange and purple.  Crisis over. Until the next one…   Zoe and Ben had booked their wedding photographer in good time.   Then 6 weeks before … Continue reading

elopement wedding breakdown; why elope?

drawing of bride and groom and two dogs with wedding rings and cufflinks

elopement wedding breakdown; why elope?   So we’ve covered the elopement wedding styling, ideas and inspiration, the elopement wedding outfits, and the elopement wedding cake, but we’ve not actually covered why you might want to elope. To keep things simple, I’ve broken it down into 4 simple reasons. Undecided about whether you want to elope or not? Well, you’re in the right place!   Counting those pennies Justifying spending huge amounts of money on a wedding can be difficult, am I right? There’s always something else the money could go towards. Would you rather buy that perfect house, or have a big elaborate wedding? It’s kind of a no-brainer for most. But instead of just not getting married, you could have an elopement wedding! And any money you do spend on your intimate elopement wedding you can spend on the things you really want to spend it on, like shoes! perhaps your elopement wedding dress…? Or maybe just the food and drink?! One groom once said to … Continue reading

pop up lounges – whisky & cigars, bubbles & botanicals…

It seems soooo long since the lovely S and I were lying under a palm tree musing about the idea that eventually became our new pop up lounges.   It has seemed AGES since we first came up with the idea on holiday in February but it’s actually only just over 4 months from the germ of an idea to getting the finished article photographed.   The lounges have actually been used by several couples already this year but I’m still waiting on their official photos (patience not being a particular virtue of mine when it comes to waiting on photos). Clare our lovely elopement photographer popped over one evening last week and took the pics and yesterday they arrived in my in-box – hoorah! First there’s the whisky & cigar bar which comes with glasses and yep, whisky and cigars (does what it says on the tin).   With art deco inspired furniture including potted palms this pop up … Continue reading

ever after real wedding features on rock my wedding

ever after real wedding featured on rock my wedding We’ve been one of Rock My Wedding’s hand-picked suppliers for several years now.   We’re listed on their Love Lust List as one of only 20 venues recommended for the South West.  We’re thrilled that the super lovely wedding of Cady & Sam from last June is currently featured on the uber fabulous Rock My Wedding blog.   If you haven’t seen Rock My Wedding (which remote planet have you been living on?!) it’s one of the country’s premier wedding blogs and is a must-have tool in your wedding planning armoury. “A truly exceptional venue, there’s nowhere else quite like it.” – that’s the verdict of the Rock My Wedding editorial team and who are we to argue, they know a thing or two about wedding venues! Cady & Sam picked some of the best wedding suppliers around including the lovely Emma of Freckle Photography, the lovely Deborah of Dartmoor Flowers … Continue reading

organic botanical luxe real wedding feature in wed magazine…

Hannah & Kevin’s botanical luxe real wedding feature is in the brand new edition of Wed Magazine out now.   Hannah & Kevin wanted to find a venue “where we could create our own ‘luxury garden party’ but in the unpredictable Devon weather!” Luckily they found us!  Hannah says, “We simply fell in love with Ever After.   The venue ticked all our boxes so we booked straight away!” Here is the 3 page spread in Wed Magazine. Hannah and Kevin had very clear ideas about what they wanted which is summed up by Hannah as “organic botanical luxe” and they were super handy in creating personal and unique touches for their wedding with their own rustic wedding arch made by Kevin and great signage by Hannah including their wooden order of the day signs and ‘vows here, love everywhere’ signposts made from white hand painted timber with gold calligraphy. They made another great choice in their florist, bringing Dartmoor … Continue reading

elopement wedding cake inspiration

Elopement Wedding Cake Blog

elopement wedding cake inspiration; little & delicious   Wedding cakes are a big focus for any wedding, and there’s no reason for you to miss out on that if you’re having an elopement wedding! Just because it’s small, it doesn’t make it any less important (trust me on this one, I’m 5ft3…). Where to start…? Luckily, our elopement wedding chef, Harrie, has got you covered (and your cake!). Harrie is responsible for all of our elopement wedding cakes and she is fab. Working together with our elopement florist, Amanda, she creates beautiful miniature masterpieces in cake form which are in-keeping with your overall elopement wedding style. the naked cake The oh-so popular wedding cake trend has been shrunk into an elopement wedding cake trend and they are so cute! Just when you thought naked cakes couldn’t get any better, then you see a chocolate naked cake! (insert love-eyed emoji) Feel free to add your own finishing touch to your elopement wedding cake with personalised decor items… … Continue reading

map of ever after grounds…

map of ever after grounds People seem to love our lil directions map on the ‘Get in Touch’ page of the website.   We can be tricky to find even with a sat nav so the map is really helpful for finding us.   Our couples are welcome to use the map in their wedding invitations or on their wedding websites for their guests.  If you want to download the directions map, click here. I’ve had a few requests for a map of the whole venue so I’ve now had a map of Ever After grounds drawn for us by the same person who drew the directions map. So here it is! Our couples are welcome to use this map for their guests, we can email the file to any printers or web managers. From entering the venue at the oak gates, visitors can turn right straight into the guest car park at the back of the venue.  There’s a … Continue reading

Dress to express (and impress) – elopement outfits

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Elopement outfits – dress to express as well as impress Elopement outfit… Where to start? The big question for any kind of event/occasion/gathering of people is ‘what should I wear?’ and that’s no exception for weddings, not even elopement weddings! For a big-120-guest-summer-wedding it’s a lot easier for you to pick your dress, am I right? It’s pretty standard, big white wedding = big white wedding dress. So where does that leave you for your Elopement wedding outfit? A non-traditional wedding surely means non-traditional attire? Wrong. The thing I love about elopement weddings is the freedom they give you! Because elopement weddings are small, intimate, personal, and (above all) a brand new concept, there is no dress code or accepted attire, and it is great. I love wedding dresses. I love the way they reflect the personality of the bride (when done right, of course). What is so great about picking your elopement outfit is that you’ve got even more freedom to express yourself and … Continue reading

Romantic Baxter & Ted wedding film…

I’ve posted this romantic Baxter & Ted wedding film on the blog before but Johanna & Andy’s first wedding anniversary this month is an excuse to watch this cute mini film again.   I can’t believe it’s been a year already since Johanna & Andy’s June wedding.  Happy 1st Wedding Anniversary guys! Johanna & Andy’s gorgeous wedding film by Baxter & Ted is completely romantic!   And even more romantic is that Andy booked Baxter & Ted as his surprise wedding present to the lovely Johanna – she was sooo thrilled!   From their time alone in the gardens to the bridesmaids’ frolics in the honeymoon cottage plus the smallest details of Johanna’s fab dress and beautiful bouquet, so many special elements have been beautifully captured as a life long reminder of their wonderful wedding day.  I can see Johanna & Andy snuggled up on the sofa on a cold winter’s night watching this lil film and re-living their super … Continue reading

Walking in a winter wonderland; elopement wedding ideas

Winter Elopement Wedding Cake

Elopement wedding ideas Part 3; walking in a winter wonderland   I don’t know what it is, but there is something particularly romantic about a winter wedding, wouldn’t you agree? Add that to the already existing romance of our elopement weddings and, voila, you’ve got yourself a wedding more (can you guess?) yep, romantic than when Harry met Sally… Plus, what a great theme! As we are all about the elopement weddings ideas, I just couldn’t resist showcasing this fab winter wedding! And before you say ‘but it’s summer’, I know, and it seems a tad strange writing about frosty mornings when the sun is blazing outside (okay, not blazing, but let’s at least pretend Britain knows how to summer…) but, there is still time to book a winter wedding for the end of 2017, so get your creative juices flowing and be inspired by Kay and Andrew’s wintery style. Kay wore this fabulous tea-length dress with frosted lace, adding to their December style… What a … Continue reading

Precious wedding moments

Precious wedding moments.   I love them!   I think I get just as excited as our wedding couples when the photos first come through after the wedding.  I’ve got the wedding photos from previous weddings as a screen saver for my computer.   When I’m sat at my desk the photos swim past as a great reminder of the lovely weddings we’ve had here. This morning the photos from Philippa and John’s wedding were floating past and were a perfect reminder of why a great wedding photographer is so important.   I’ve picked some photos from what will actually be only a few minutes from the whole wedding day but they’re some of my favourites from this wedding. The photos of John at the church waiting for the wedding party, first his daughters as flower girl and bridesmaid and finally his bride, Philippa.  Precious wedding moments indeed. This is John waiting for the bridal party to arrive – can … Continue reading

Vintage meets intimate; elopement wedding ideas Part 2

Ever After Elopement Vintage High Tea

Elopement wedding ideas Part 2; vintage meets intimate at a gorgeous afternoon tea Vintage? Tick! This week’s focus is entirely vintage, and thanks to Marianne and Rob, we’ve got some fab inspirational photos for you. Before we get started, here’s something to remember… There is (unfortunately) always a time and place for compromise, but your Elopement Wedding at Ever After is definitely not one of those times or places, trust me (unless you’re the groom, in which case there will inevitably be some compromising for you…sorry!). Who doesn’t love lace? Marianne had the vintage lace sorted with her co-ordinating shoes and dress. (Couldn’t resist an image of Marianne showcasing her elegant style!) And thanks to Amanda Randell, our elopement wedding florist, Marianne’s natural bouquet emphasised the theme with the neutral colours and a mix of different foliage. Plus, it looked great on the wedding breakfast table atop the silver-grey tablecloths and white napkins… What would your elopement wedding bouquet look like? Now for … Continue reading

Elopement wedding ideas; Part 1 Sophie, Pepe & the paper cranes

Elopement wedding ideas Part 1; Sophie, Pepe and the paper cranes   There is something extraordinarily magical about an intimate elopement wedding, and they are becoming increasingly popular.   If you think you can’t have all the finishing touches as with a traditional larger wedding; you couldn’t be more wrong. Here at Ever After, our elopement weddings are different and unique to every couple who bring their own individual style. What would yours be? Follow our 3-part blog post series for elopement wedding ideas and inspiration, aiming to inspire you for your own wedding and prove that less guest numbers doesn’t have to mean less style!              Sophie and Pepe decorated their ceremony barn and reception space with these gorgeously colourful paper cranes all of which Sophie (and a few handy friends!) painstakingly hand-made… From their chosen flower colours of blue and yellow, we picked out our powder blue napkins to compliment the buttercream tablecloths… Not forgetting more of the all-important … Continue reading

Pop up lounges – it’s a thing…

As I sent the skinny to all our booked couples yesterday on our new pop up lounges, I can give the lounges a big shout out here. The lovely S and I lay under a palm tree in February, we were musing about what we could bring our couples that would get them leaping out their chairs with excitement.  After a while we suddenly came up with the idea of pop up lounges.  Of course!   They’re a great add on that you can choose if you want to or not if you don’t.   They’re a fab way to surprise your guests when they’ve already wined and dined in style throughout your day. Soooo, there are two different lounges, you can hire them together or separately.   The whiskey & cigar lounge comes with all the furnishings to create an old style club feel.  So a vintage leather chesterfield, leather and aluminium club chairs, persian rug, art deco drinks … Continue reading

The new 2017 summer wedding season is nearly upon us…

The new 2017 summer wedding season is nearly here!   How did that happen..?!  It seems like just the other week we had our last summer wedding of 2016 and were closing down for the winter.   And we’re about to start all over again! The marquee goes up tomorrow, the carpet fitters are coming on Tuesday to fit the brand new marquee carpet, the lighting people are coming on Tuesday to instal the fairy light canopy and we’ve got a host of new offerings here at the venue for our 2017 couples. We’ve got the new ice cream trike… complete with our own livery which is available to hire for your guests.   Being a trike we can easily wheel it inside if the weather turns wet. We also have our new sweet trolley which the lovely S has spent hours renovating and transforming: This is also available for couples to hire.   It has handy blackboards on the … Continue reading

Real wedding – featured in this month’s Wed Devon Magazine

We’re in Wed Devon Magazine this month with a real wedding from last year.  Cherie and David got married here at Ever After last May.    It rained – a LOT!   They had planned to get married on the river walk but the weather put paid to that so they had their wedding ceremony in the wedding barn.   It’s always good to have a solid Plan B when it comes to the weather… As is usually the case here the rain cleared up later in the day and Cherie and David were able to get some outdoor pics with their photographer Andy Gaines. You can more of Cherie and David’s wedding over on their real weddings page here on the website.

Our elopement florist – some love from Amanda Randall MDPF

Amanda Randell, Master Florist is the Ever After exclusive elopement florist. Amanda creates bouquets, buttonholes, cake flowers and all other flowery requirements  for an elopement wedding. You can see some of Amanda’s recent elopement creations here in my earlier blog post. I saw on Amanda’s instagram page yesterday that she’s written a blog post this week on her website about her elopement work here at Ever After.  Amanda regularly posts yummy floral delights so she’s definitely one to follow if you love gorgeous flower pics.  She’s posted lots of fab pics of her elopement bouquets – so go on over and choose your favourite!  Go ahead and click on the photo below to read Amanda’s full post: So if you want to see more of Amanda’s elopement flowers pop over to our real elopement weddings page.  You can download our latest elopement brochure here.   If you want to check our availability for your own elopement wedding date, email me at nicola@lowergrenofen.co.uk

Real elopement wedding – a new one up today…

The ever fab Clare Kinchin is our real elopement wedding photographer.  Clare is super fast at getting the edited photos back to us!   The final edit from last Thursday’s real elopement wedding popped into my inbox just yesterday.   I love seeing all the moments from the day captured in these shots – and this one has all the feels! Luci and Neil had their two spaniels as bridesmaids on the day.   Complete with flowers on their collars and bridal leads – adorable!   We’ve had quite a few requests for dogs at weddings recently and yes, well behaved dogs are always welcome here.   Chip (our youngest border terrier) welcomes all dogs at all times!  But we have our venue to think of so no dogs in ponds and no muddy paws in the honeymoon cottage please!  Luci had the cutest denim jacket with pink sequin heart with ‘married’ on the back.   You NEED to see that over … Continue reading

Did you see us on Whimsical Wonderland Weddings this week…?

We’re thrilled to see another Ever After real wedding published this week.   The fab wedding blog Whimsical Wonderland Weddings features Carole & Craig’s gorgeous woodland wedding.    Carole & Craig chose the wife and husband team of Anna & Mike from Luna Wedding Photography who always take such amazing photos of weddings here. Click on the photo below to see the full feature: Here’s what bride Carole had to say about choosing Ever After as the wedding venue for their special day. “THE VENUE | As soon as we came across Ever After, just outside of Tavistock, we knew this was the one! We were so certain that we booked it even before visiting. As soon as we got a chance to head across from London to check it out, our initial thoughts were confirmed, it was even more beautiful in real life. It’s the perfect spot for an intimate wedding surrounded by woodland, a quaint little river and … Continue reading

New for 2017, our very own ice cream trike…

Ice cream on a summer’s day.   You can’t beat it.   So how about ice cream on a summer wedding day?  Yes please!   New for our 2017 wedding season, Ever After is bringing in its very own ice cream trike.   All liveried up just for us.   With a lil brolly and everything.  Fab! Available exclusively for hire to couples who are getting married here at Ever After, the ice cream package includes a choice of 3 ice cream flavours from the lovely people down the road at Langage Farm.   Strawberries and cream flavour anyone? You don’t need to hire the ice cream trike for your wedding here but if you do, the cost of £324 (incl VAT) includes your choice of 3 Langage Farm flavours with proper waffle cones enough to serve up to 50 people.   If you have more than 50 guests, there’s an additional charge of £1.20 per guest (incl VAT) for … Continue reading

Real elopements: we’ve added more new photos…

We love our real elopements.   We’re in the full swing of spring elopement weddings here right now.   Last week we had Amber & Dan from Middlesex and this week it was Kelly & Dan from Sheffield (different Dan obvs!) which have been added today to our real elopements page here on the website. You can see Amber & Dan’s real elopement photos here.   Sadly I missed the wedding as I was away on holiday but the “A” team were here in my absence.   Check out more of Amber’s two piece wedding outfit including this gorgeous grey skirt.   Oh and golden dinosaurs on a wedding cake (you know you want to see that!) Kelly and Dan were one of our real elopements last week.   They had a romantic, intimate wedding with just the two of them.   The photographer Clare and I act as witnesses when there are just two people at the wedding – we … Continue reading

New mini wedding film snippet up on youtube today…

bride & groom evening sunlight under tree

Jennifer and Chris had their wedding here at Ever After last September.  The lovely Nikos Fragoulis filmed the wedding  and yesterday he sent me this cute wedding film snippet from the footage. Ah lovely memories of summer!  Jennifer and Chris hired in these gorgeous vintage tea cups.  Guests had afternoon tea on the lawn – a perfect English summer garden wedding.   You can see more from Jennifer and Chris’s wedding here on their real wedding page. I’ll be back with an extended version of the wedding film from Nikos. For more information on how to have your own English garden wedding here at Ever After or a recommended supplier for your own wedding film, drop me a line at nicola@lowergrenofen.co.uk    

Elopement flowers…

I’m getting excited about our Spring elopements coming up next month.  We’re fully booked for March and April which is fab!  All our elopement flowers are provided by Amanda Randell  super Master (mistress!) florist.  We are so lucky to have her as our resident elopement florist.    To go all M&S ad for a moment, this is not just any florist, this is a Chelsea Gold Medal winning florist who creates beautiful, breathtaking elopement flowers for each of our couples. Today we’re looking at the elopement flowers from some of our recent elopement weddings.    As you’ll see they’re all very different.   Amanda creates flowers just for YOUR wedding and to YOUR specification.   If you know exactly what you want, let Amanda know and she’ll create something even more beautiful.   If you think you don’t know anything about flowers, don’t worry!  Just give Amanda the vaguest idea about what you might like and she’ll put together something … Continue reading

Elopement weddings: new dates released for October 2017…

As the saying goes, ‘due to popular demand’ and it’s true!  We are extending our autumn elopement wedding season this year by two weeks. So from today we are taking bookings for the following dates in October: Monday: 2nd October 2017 9th October 2017 Thursday: 5th October 2017 12th October 2017 You can download all the information you need for our elopement weddings including pricing by clicking here to download our brochure. We’ve got just 2 dates left for November 2017 which are Monday 20th November and Monday 27th November. If you need any further information or you would like to check on availability for a particular date for your elopement wedding, email me at nicola@lowergrenofen.co.uk

Summer wedding brochure: the new digital 2018/19 brochure is here!

Our new summer wedding brochure for 2018/19 landed with a thump in my inbox this morning.   I love it! We’re updated the copy and changed up ALL the wedding photos to our 2016 real weddings.   It looks fresh and utterly gorgeous! We’ve put together 25 pages packed full of information and photos about how to have your own gorgeous summer outdoor wedding here at Ever After.   Taking you through from your wedding ceremony to your drinks receptions to the wedding breakfast and on to an evening of music and dancing – this new summer wedding brochure has got it all covered!  And what’s more, it’s digital so you don’t have to wait for the postman to deliver!  We can pop it straight into your inbox… It’s got full details of our wedding styling and on the day co-ordination service plus the launch of our new full planning service – new for 2017.  If you’re ready to book … Continue reading

Spotlight on one of our 2016 weddings…

We’re moving into June for our spotlight this week, a time in the garden where you seem to have the best of both worlds with the spring rhododendrons still in full bloom but also the start of the roses and a real sense of summer on its way. Johanna and Andy lived in Hull at the time of their booking and Tavistock definitely took on a Yorkshire flavour for the weekend of their wedding with their guests filling the local accommodation.    The venue was booked 14 months before the wedding.  After the booking came the lovely news that there would be an additional guest at the wedding, Johanna was pregnant and the baby would be 5 months old by the time of the wedding day.   So as if Johanna didn’t have enough to do organising the wedding, she was also dealing with her pregnancy and a lively toddler, the gorgeously named Amber Lily who was going to be … Continue reading

A new B&B in Tavistock…

We’ve got lots of fab B&B’s in Tavistock for your wedding guests to stay whilst they’re attending your wedding at Ever After.    We’re happy to provide a list of accommodation which we like and which is covered by our free pick up bus service. We’ve always got our ear to the ground for new accommodation and the other week I popped round to see Janet who with her husband Mark has opened a new B&B on our main pick up route in Tavistock.   For those of you who know Tavistock, the new place is right next door to Tavistock House Hotel on the Plymouth Road. Jan has spent the last year completely renovating this Grade II listed Victoria townhouse, built originally by the Duke of Bedford.   This elegant property now comprises 3 rooms, the penthouse room takes up the entire top floor of the building.  With free standing bath, Molton Brown toiletries and towels from The White … Continue reading

Wedding guest accommodation…

We’re not a hotel so we don’t have a lot of guest accommodation on site here at the venue.   We have our fabulous honeymoon cottage of course – there are not many venues where you get your own house, all to yourself and designed exclusively for newly weds.   In case you need a reminder this is the cottage: We have a huge amount of accommodation nearby for your wedding guests to make their own choice.   From top of the range country house hotels to boutique B&B’s through to self-catering and camping – there’s something nearby to suit all budgets. So when we found out that the lovely Bryony & Bertie who own Cider House B&B, (one of the only luxury B&B’s in the heart of a National Trust historic property)  have added a couple of super-luxe shepherd’s huts to their accommodation, we wanted to know more.   Bryony & Bertie believe in providing the best of the … Continue reading

Spotlight on another of our 2016 weddings…

Kate & John lived in Leicestershire but had close family ties in Devon.   They were married in Tavistock church on a beautiful sunny day at the end of May 2016. Kate got ready for the wedding here at the honeymoon cottage together with her bridesmaids.   Flowers were created with love by Kate’s Mum and her Mother in Law.   Hair and make up for Kate were by Nicola Pettitt who came to the honeymoon cottage on the morning of the wedding. Kate had five bridesmaids, two of whom stayed over with Kate at the honeymoon cottage the night before, the others joined the next morning for hair, make up and all the general morning preparations. Our bus service brought all the wedding guests back to the venue from the church after their 3 pm church wedding service.   Guests were brought to the wedding barn where a drinks station was set up with elderflower bubbly served in flutes dressed … Continue reading

love my dress feature ever after real wedding

Love My Dress feature real glamorous outdoor wedding at Ever After  We’re thrilled to be featured on the fab wedding blog Love My Dress today. Read all about Georgia & Lee’s gorgeous day in the Love My Dress feature.   If French bulldogs wearing a bow tie made from fabric from the bride’s gown, then this is a wedding for you.   Plus you’ll get to see more of this Ann Campbell fab frock… Here’s Georgia on why she chose us for their wedding venue: “You might ask why we made everyone travel all the way down to Devon (five hours for most of our guests), with no family anywhere near there and when we had never been before, but I found Ever After in Dartmoor through Pinterest and nothing else measured up. I fell in love with the overall feel of the venue, which came with a lot of the details already; trinket candles, jam jar vases, blankets to keep guests warm by … Continue reading

A new real elopement up on the website…

Kay & Andrew had their winter elopement wedding here last month in December.   Amanda Randell created a bouquet to Kay’s specification with accents of red, purple and blue and a request for definitely no roses!   Kay wore a tea length nude/blush dress accessorised with dark blue shoes which Kay had decorated with red flowers.   The red was also picked up by Amanda in the bouquet ribbon. Groom Andrew was caught by Clare pacing up and down as he waited nervously for his bride. The couple then had a sweet first look on the steps of the honeymoon cottage before walking in together for their wedding ceremony in front of their 8 guests. Guests had been treated on arrival to warmed mulled wine in the wedding barn before they strolled down to the terrace for an intimate wedding ceremony in front of the fire. After champagne and canapes Kay & Andrew had laid on a gin bar, bottled … Continue reading

Our look at 2017 wedding trends – part 3…

Continuing our look at the most talked-about 2017 wedding trends (for part 1 click here and for part 2 click here).   This week we thought we’d highlight one of the other trend forecast by our friends over at Coco Wedding Venues. Minimalist Luxe. Katrina Otter describes this on the Coco Wedding trend report as “stripping things back without scrimping on luxury or the overall style and vibe.”   Yep, love that.   Here we often add to the natural elements and surroundings with metallic vases and candle holders to keep things simple but luxurious as in this cake table display where the simplicity of the cake design is complemented by the sparkling touches of the tea lights and flowers. This cheese cake arrangement on one of our log slices uses an abundance of fruit with oversized lanterns and a bridesmaid’s bouquet, all against a foliage backdrop to create a feeling of luxe with simplicity. And this semi-naked cake, simply decorated … Continue reading

A look back at some of our 2016 summer weddings….

As we look forward to another fabulous summer wedding season here at Ever After in 2017, I’m looking back at a selection of our 2016 weddings, some planning highlights and some of the suppliers involved.   It’s also a chance to share some photos from each of the weddings which haven’t been seen before. The first wedding of the 2016 summer season was Philippa and John who got married on the first Saturday in May.   The day was planned around a church wedding, Philippa got ready in the honeymoon cottage with her two daughters as flower girls.   Colours for the day were white, blush pink and gold with the men dressed in tweed and decor items of rustic accents and natural colours.   Jodie of The Hair Lounge Tavistock and Jess of No 5 Aesthetics came to the venue to help Philippa get ready for her church wedding. The rain held off for Philippa leaving from the venue for the … Continue reading

Elopements are a 2017 trend…

…yep, according to the lovely Emma at Coco Wedding Venues, elopements are a continuing trend.   We can vouch for that here at Ever After, since we launched our elopements last year we have been thrilled with the enthusiasm of couples for our bespoke luxury elopement package. Emma said on her blog this week: “In 2016 I predicted the elopement would be a serious option for couples. Well I can only see the intimate wedding getting bigger for 2017. The trend for micro nuptials with maximum style is HOT and the expert in this area is Ever After in Devon. They’ve put together everything a couple might need for a luxury micro wedding including the venue, the bouquet, the photographer, the champagne and canapés and the wedding breakfast prepared by a private chef, plus overnight accommodation in their 18th Century honeymoon cottage!”   Thanks for the shout out Emma! Ours is not a ‘package’ with a standard bouquet and cake … Continue reading

Our look at 2017 wedding trends – part 2

Last week we started our look at the most talked-about 2017 wedding trends (for part 1 click here).   This week we thought we’d highlight a few of the other trends forecast by our friends over at Coco Wedding Venues. Starting with shades of nude.   We saw some of these here last year in bridal gowns, bridesmaids dresses, flowers, cakes and table settings.  Carrying over a colour into all aspects of the wedding style creates a coherent look that seems effortless (but isn’t!). These nude bridesmaids’ gown from Georgia & Lee’s wedding make a big contribution to the colour.   And don’t forget the groom and his guys, the pale grey groomsmen’s suits from Charlotte & Luke’s wedding make an impact too. Nudes and neutrals can be carried through from dress through to flowers and other accessories such as shoes and sandles.    Mis-matched bridesmaids’ and flower girl dresses give you a wide choice of colours and textures and … Continue reading

See one of our real weddings on Wedding Planner today…

Wedding Planner is the only wedding planning platform supported by  John Lewis and we’re happy to be one of their 1,000 listed suppliers. We’re also thrilled to have one of our lovely weddings featured on their weddings inspiration page today.  Charlotte and Luke’s wedding took place here last August and featured gorgeous flowers by Dartmoor Flowers, a fabulous beaded Jenny Packham dress, the bride and groom’s cute-as-a-button daughter as flower girl and some swoon-worthy photos in the woods. Click on the photo below to check out some of these not-seen-before pics on Wedding Planner: If you’d like a copy of our digital brochure just drop me an email at nicola@lowergrenofen.co.uk with the date (or year) of your wedding and an estimate of your guest numbers and we can talk about your plans for your own wedding.    

Another real summer wedding up on the website…

I’m just getting the last of the summer weddings up on the real weddings page of the website.   Today’s is a goodie!    It’s Lauren and Paul photographed by the lovely Clare Kinchin (who incidentally is also our exclusive elopement photographer so if you want to see even more of Clare’s work here, pop over to our real elopements page) Lauren and Paul live locally in Plymouth and wanted to reflect Paul’s Scottish heritage and his job as a submariner.    Lauren had a dream dress in mind and together they made an uber stylish pair.   You can see a gorgeous hand-picked selection of Lauren and Paul’s photos here on their real weddings page but I thought I would take the opportunity to share more of their photos with you as they’re so gorgeous and I know our readers love to see our real weddings photos. Clare always take fab getting ready photos, getting all the details of … Continue reading

Our look at the 2017 wedding trends – part 1

I thought we’d take a look at some of the predicted 2017 wedding trends that are being talked about right now.   I mentioned Coco Wedding Venues 2017 wedding trend report which you can see over on their website and we’re getting a lot of reports and predictions in our inbox now about what’s coming up. I look at the trends, of course I do, I’m in the wedding business.   I’m also interested in trends and fashion generally, I like to keep up with new things.   But with interior and fashion trends, if I don’t like the look of it or I don’t think it will suit me or my home, I pass over it, no biggie.   It’s the same with wedding trends, there are some I just don’t get so I don’t adopt them.   Last year a number of trends mentioned tropical colours and flowers, I didn’t see how that would fit with the venue and … Continue reading

Wedding ceremony arches…

I had a question in my inbox today from one of our 2017 brides asking about our wooden arches available for use in your wedding ceremony.    As I was emailing the info over to Lisa I thought it would be a good topic for a blog post so here we are – thanks for the inspiration Lisa! We have a couple of wooden arches, made by previous couples and kindly donated to us for use by future couples getting married here at Ever After – our couples are super generous! The first one we have is a simple wooden arch which can be decorated with flowers and with or without fabric which we have here, the fabric was donated at the end of August by another couple (thanks Lowri and Geoff!). Alex and Danny decorated the arch with flowers and foliage by Amanda Randell: Johanna and Andy had a fuller half height floral arch on the same structure this … Continue reading

We’re in Sam Docker’s 2016 fave photos…

Sam Docker is one of the best wedding photographers around.   We love his work so we’re especially thrilled to feature in his round up of his fave shots from 2016. He’s picked out these from Georgia and Lee’s gorgeous real wedding here back in August last year… This one of bride Georgia at the wedding barn.  I know, proper hair envy right?! Then there’s this one of Georgia and Lee with their superstar French bulldog Louie with his bow tie made from a piece of Georgia’s dress fabric – so stylish, so French.   Louie stole the show a number of times. Then there’s Lee during his groomsmen’s speech, the moment he realises his ‘friends’ have been in his house, filming without his knowledge… Georgia and Lee on the dance floor.    Sam called this, ‘one of my favourite dance floors of 2016’ – oh yes… And finally this one, under the tree on the lawn with the festoon … Continue reading

Coco Wedding Venues 2017 wedding trend predictions…

We’re proud to feature on the directory of Coco Wedding Venues, the uber stylish wedding venue finder run by the lovely Emma, we’ve been listed with Coco since they first started 3 years ago and we’ve been featured a number of times, including just yesterday with our elopement weddings.    You can read some of the pieces here and here. In this year’s annual wedding 2017 trend report featured on her blog, Emma talks about what you might be seeing for next year’s weddings.    I am totally with Emma that the point of wedding trends is not to blindly follow fashion but of course weddings are influenced by fashions of the day.  I think it’s part of the charm of wedding photos that when you look at most of them you can tell which decade it took place.   A 1940’s wedding looks of its time as does one from the 1960’s or 70’s.   So trends and fashions … Continue reading

Alice & Jonathan’s elopement wedding featured today…

We’re super thrilled that the lovely Emma over on Coco Wedding Venues is featuring Alice and Jonathan’s elopement wedding which took place here at Ever After a few weeks ago in October. Read more details over on Emma’s blog: Alice & Jonathan’s Elopement at Ever After If you’d like more details about our winter elopement weddings, drop me a line at nicola@lowergrenofen.co.uk, I’d love to hear from you!  

Elopement menu food shoot…

Some of you may already have seen some of our pics on Instagram from the elopement food photo shoot we did a few weeks ago with our private chef Harrie from Boo To  A Goose. Guy Harrop (my go-to person for food shoots, he’s the best) came back to the venue this time for another first, shooting our elopement wedding menu. Harrie is our exclusive chef for our elopement weddings (more details here if you are interested in an elopement) and she has designed 3 menus just for us for autumn, winter and spring. In the pic above you can see a some of Harrie’s starters of (bottom left) seared scallops with pea puree and chorizo butter; (top right) seared prawn with shaved fennel salad, avocado cream, ruby grapefruit and sweet potato crisp while bottom right is artichoke and parmesan pannacotta, pickled girolles, brown sherry jelly and grain mustard – I mean YUM! Next up we have a selection of main … Continue reading

A mini wedding film by Foster Films…

bride & groom with wedding celebrant foliage garland backdrop

Yesterday I received the mini film which Ben from Foster Filming put together for Hannah & Kevin who got married here back in July 2016.   Couples who book their wedding film with Ben get a longer version of the film, this is just a taster. Hannah & Kevin created and brought along all their own signage plus Kevin made the rustic arch you see in the wedding barn which was dressed with foliage and flowers for the ceremony backdrop.   Kevin and Hannah very kindly donated the arch for use by others – we have such lovely wedding couples here! Hannah & Kevin had the most amazing foliage chandeliers in the wedding marquee which along with the foliage hoops, table centrepieces and fabulous bridal and bridesmaids’ bouquets were all put together by Dartmoor Flowers.   You’ll notice the foliage hoops behind the top table in the wedding marquee for the wedding breakfast.   The Ever After team moved those down … Continue reading

The wedding experience of a 2016 Ever After bride…

Vicki & Jon were our last wedding of the season and what a great wedding to end a wonderful summer! Following a super emotional wedding ceremony in the barn, Vicki & Jon had a reception on the lawns and the rain held off until all the guests were dining in the wedding marquee. The biblical rain didn’t stop the boys heading to the riverwalk for a whiskey & cigar shot by the fire globe, albeit under brollies! Vicki has been kind enough to share her experience of the planning year, her memories of the day and she has some tips for couples planning their own wedding.    So here is what she has to say… How did you find us? Jon and I had been searching for venues in our local area (Buckinghamshire) and didn’t find anything that jumped out at either of us! We weren’t being overly pro-active with the searching process, after visiting a few and feeling quite … Continue reading

More photos from another real Ever After wedding….

I love this part of the year when I get to see so many photos of our real weddings from the season. I haven’t even had chance to create Vicki & Jon’s real wedding page yet so this is a sneek peak at the photos of this lovely wedding held here in September 2016. Take a look at photographer Lucy Turnbull’s blog with the full set of photos. Vicky and Jon – an Ever After wedding Vicki has sent me a great write up of her thoughts about venue booking which I’ll post next week so do come back for that including Vicki’s advice from the other side to couples who are planning their wedding.

We love you too Sam!

Great post on the lovely Sam Docker’s blog yesterday.   Click on the picture below for the full story and all the fab pics from Georgia and Lee’s gorgeous wedding here in August, including the following lovely review from Sam which we’re thrilled to receive: “The Ever After venue in Lower Grenofen really was a hidden gem, one of those where you question your sat nav, are you being led on a merry dance down a country lane with a dead end?! But fear not, at the end of that country lane was the most incredible setting for a gathering, there were no worries about disturbing the neighbours here, because there are none!! The grounds were stunning, the rooms next level, the space and flow of the day was perfect and the food was amazing, there can’t have been a single guest who was disappointed, it had it all. Georgia and Lee must still be beaming with their choice of venue and … Continue reading

Films are like buses…

…well it feels like that anyway!   We’ve waited patiently for some of our wedding films to finish their final edit and now two have come along in a week! Last week I shared Johanna and Andy’s new film by Baxter and Ted.   If you missed that, have a look at it here. This week it’s a film from our other go-to wedding film people, Cupcake Videos.   Carole and Craig’s wedding took place here at Ever After in August this year.   They had a beautiful day with family and friends and plenty of kilts! Highlights include Craig the groom playing the guitar and singing a song just for his bride in front of all their guests and the go-pro camera on the canapes board! Enjoy… I’ll be looking at some of the things to consider if you’re thinking of having a film of your wedding so do check back here to get all the gen…

Make time for couple shots…

I was talking to a wedding photographer recently and she was saying how important it is for a couple to make time for some couple portraits on their wedding day.   It got me thinking… I hear from couples in the run up to their wedding day about how they don’t want to abandon their guests during the drinks reception by having couple photos.   I thought the same myself when the lovely S and I got married here back in 2012.   Trouble is, we don’t have any couple shots!   And although I’m not a great one for having photos of myself around the house, it would be kinda nice to have some of the lovely S and I in our wedding finery.   So much so that I’m thinking of an anniversary shoot for the two of us one day here at the venue, but I digress… Back to the subject in hand, ‘abandoning’ your guests for … Continue reading

A cautionary photography tale…

Samantha and Dan got married here in September this year and had a beautiful wedding.   Then a few weeks ago Sam got in touch with me to say there had been a disaster with their wedding photographs. Here’s the plea for information from bride Sam about her photos: “OUR WEDDING PHOTOS STOLEN IN BURGLARY IN BRISTOL- PLEASE HELP TO FIND THE HARD DRIVES! This is a message that is really close to our hearts so please share far and wide…Dan and I got married on 7th September 2016 and had an amazing photographer called Ben Selway at our special day. He captured over 1000 photos of us both. Ben was staying at his fathers house in Bristol at the end of September and the house was burgled. He had backed up our photos on 3 different hard drives (see pictures) as well as his Macbook. All of these were stolen including a number of other things. This means we … Continue reading