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conker gin; wedding ginspiration #2

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

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winter is coming; style your elopement wedding

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

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autumn fever; styling your elopement wedding

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

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wedding ginspiration; kyrö napue

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

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rose gold and raspberry real elopement; kristy and peter

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

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pretty in purple; real elopement Leanne & Chris

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

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glamorous elopement; andrea & rob

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

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real elopement; amber & dan

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

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elopement wedding breakdown; why elope?

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

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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

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elopement wedding cake inspiration

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

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Walking in a winter wonderland; elopement wedding ideas

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

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Vintage meets intimate; elopement wedding ideas Part 2

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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