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Real elopement; Amber and Dan

Real Elopement; Amber and 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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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

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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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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

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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

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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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Dress to express (and impress) – elopement outfits

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

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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

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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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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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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

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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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