Category Archives: contemporary wedding

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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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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New mini wedding film snippet up on youtube today…

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    

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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Thrilled to be up on Love My Dress today…

We’re thrilled to be featured on the fab wedding blog Love My Dress today. Anna Campbell Glamour For An Outdoor Country Wedding in Devon Read all about Georgia & Lee’s gorgeous day including why they picked a venue located far away from where they lived – thanks guys!   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… We’ve got more photos from Georgia & Lee’s wedding here on their real weddings page.  All photography:  Samuel Docker  

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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

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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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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.    

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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

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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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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

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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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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!  

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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

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A mini wedding film by Foster Films…

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

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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

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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.

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