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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 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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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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We’re in the new edition of Your Devon & Cornwall Wedding…

A friend of mine has been staying with us over from the States this week. Tonight she was flying from Exeter airport and sent me a message to say she had bought some Wedding Magazines from the airport shop (wedding fever is not contagious here, her daughter is getting married next year!) and when she opened one of them, there we were! Your Devon & Cornwall Wedding Magazine has done a feature on wedding venues with Glorious Gardens and there’s a nice lil feature on Ever After… If you’d like to know more about how to have your wedding in our glorious garden, get in touch with me at nicola@lowergrenofen.co.uk 

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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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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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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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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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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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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

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Did you see us in ‘Pure Weddings?’

The wedding magazine supplement for Devon Life came out recently and one of our lovely brides Kylie was interviewed for a piece about weddings here at Ever After. Here is what Kylie had to say about getting married here, Kylie and Alec had a beautiful day here, one captured perfectly by their amazing photographer Mel at Maxi Photography – here’s a gorgeous pic of the bride and groom at the wedding breakfast… There were so many lovely moments to talk about with Kylie and Alec’s wedding, I’ll be back with some more fab photos of their day and plenty more details.

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A new mini real wedding film…

The lovely team of real life couple Caroline and Chris who are Baxter + Ted film makers were engaged by groom Andy as a wedding gift for his bride Johanna – I know, how romantic is that?! Take a few minutes to watch this 4.5 min film which beautifully captures the family wedding Johanna and Andy hosted here back in June this year. Johanna + Andy | Wedding Film in Devon from Baxter and Ted Films on Vimeo. And if you didn’t guess that bride Johanna gave birth to little Jack 6 months previously, you’re not alone!   She does not look to me like a woman who got no sleep the night before the wedding due to a teething baby… Click here and here for more mini wedding films at Ever After by Baxter + Ted. Click here to go to Baxter + Ted’s website and ask them about filming your wedding here.

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An update on our current 2017 availability…

If you’re looking to get married in 2017, we currently have a few Saturday dates left for next year. We’re fully booked every Saturday next season from the beginning of May until 22 July – that’s our only Saturday left next July. We also have only one Saturday left in August 2017 which is 5th August.   We have a couple of Saturdays left in September. We still have some mid-week dates (Wednesdays only) for each month next season so that’s May through to September and don’t forget our 30% discount for a mid-week wedding. If you want to get married here next year – get in touch!   You can email me on nicola@lowergrenofen.co.uk and get yourself one of our last remaining dates.  

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Booking now for 2018…

As we draw to the end of our fabulous 2016 wedding season, what a whirlwind we’ve had with some amazing weddings and gorgeous couples sharing their day with family and friends. We’re nearly fully booked now for 2017 with the first available Saturday (as of today) being 22 July and only one date left for August. We’re looking to 2018 dates now and they’re proving just as popular with only one Saturday left in May 2018. We do have some Wednesday dates left for most months next year (and of course they come with a yummy 30% discount on our weekend hire charges) so if you’re looking to get married next year and a mid-week date might suit you, do get in touch.   You can reach me by email on nicola@lowergrenofen.co.uk

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Super quick photos of Laura and Luke in from Enchanted Brides Photography

The lovely Jo of Enchanted Brides was Laura and Luke’s wedding photographer when they got married in a church service at nearby Buckland Monachorum at the weekend followed by a wedding reception here at Ever After.   We’ve got an early sneek peak of some of Jo’s shots of the day – before Laura and Luke have even left on their honeymoon!   Now that’s quick service for you… Laura’s gorgeous flowers, including church floral arrangements which were brought back to the venue for re-use (make those flowers work for their living!) and marquee decor were created by Deborah of Dartmoor Flowers and incorporated Laura’s wish for lush, wild, trailing arrangements of native summer flowers in nudes and pale blues with occasional pops of red which echoed the groom’s and groomsmen’s attire.   The flowers looked amazing and the boys rocked those pale blue summer suits – there’ll definitely be more pics of those to follow. Guests enjoyed a sunny drinks … Continue reading

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Johanna & Andy’s June wedding photos just in…

I love the weeks in the season when all the official wedding photos start rolling in, it’s a chance to re-live the wedding and see all those moments I missed in person – it’s one of my favourite bits of running this business! Johanna and Andy got married here in a mid-week wedding at the beginning of June.   These shots of the moments leading up to the wedding ceremony in the barn are some of my favourites, Johanna coming out of the honeymoon cottage with her father before entering the barn, Andy looking nervous as he waits for his bride to arrive, Johanna’s billowing veil as she walks down the path, the look of love on Andy’s face as he looks at his bride – all perfectly captured by David of David Stubbs Photography.  Johanna and Andy had a wooden arch as the ceremony back drop beautifully decorated by florist Deborah of Dartmoor Flowers with roses and peonies in peach, … Continue reading

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Beth & Luke’s 2015 Ever After wedding up on Luna Wedding’s blog…

The super nice team of Anna and Mike who are Luna Weddings photographed Beth & Luke’s midsummer night’s dream wedding here last July – actually a year ago this week (where did that time go?!). You can see more of Beth & Luke’s wedding photos here on our real weddings page.   With dreamy flowers by Dartmoor Flowers, bridal plaited hair woven with flowers, photos on the river walk and a home made cake dripping with real roses, this was a quintessentially Devon garden wedding – just what Beth and Luke had talked about when they first came to see us. Anna and Mike have showcased the wedding on their blog so do click here to pop over and read a lovely write up of the venue (thanks guys!) and take a look at some unseen photos. If you’d like to ask about holding your wedding here at Ever After, drop me a line at nicola@lowergrenofen.co.uk, I’d love to hear all about … Continue reading

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Cady & Sam’s pics up on our real weddings page…

Cady & Sam asked for our recommendations for a photographer, florist and cake maker for their Devon wedding here at Ever After and they booked some of our fave wedding suppliers. We’ve known Emma of Freckle Photography since we first opened back in 2013 – we did our first ever photo shoot here with Emma and she is now so super popular for weddings, if you want to book Emma, you’d better get in early! Deborah of Dartmoor Flowers has a hand-picked, garden style that works beautifully with the venue as you can see from this gorgeous pic of Cady’s wedding bouquet with the most perfect peonies and heavenly scented roses. Jenny of Edible Essence is a cake supremo – her naked cake for Cady & Sam’s wedding was a wonder!  Deborah provided the flowers for the cake and I dressed the cake table with silver grey linen, tea lights, lanterns and more flowers – the perfect backdrop for a … Continue reading

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Real winter elopement wedding – mini film by Baxter and Ted…

Thrilled to see this lovely mini film of Mel & Tim’s real winter elopement wedding here in March this year.   Shot in their signature combination of super 8 and digital, this little film beautifully captures all the love and happiness between Mel and Tim so evident on the day. Devon Wedding Film on Dartmoor – Mel + Tim’s Elopement Wedding from Baxter and Ted Films on Vimeo. Love it! If you’d like more information on our winter elopement weddings, click here to go to our winter elopement page. Download our latest elopement wedding brochure and elopement menus or email me at nicola@lowergrenofen.co.uk with any questions and to check availability for your winter elopement wedding.  

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All Saturdays for May and June 2017 now fully booked…

Great news for us, all our Saturdays for May and June 2017 have now been booked!   The first 3 Saturdays in July have also been booked so we’ve actually now only got a few Saturday dates left for next year. We still have some Wednesday dates available for each month from May to September next year so if a mid-week date might suit you, do get in touch for a copy of our digital brochure. If you’d like more information about how to hold your wedding at Ever After, email me at nicola@lowergrenofen.co.uk or fill out the contact form on our contacts page and I’ll send you a copy of our 2017/18 brochure.

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Some more from our 2015 garden photography project…

I’ve put together some more through-the-seasons views of the garden from our photography project last year with the lovely Maggie Mccall.  Maggie took some great shots of the riverwalk last year.   Starting just as the young leaves are unfurling on the weeping willow, full green abundance in the summer, more mellow colours in late summer and finally the low sun and golden tones of autumn. And here’s the river walk being used by real life couples during their wedding day last summer: And also in the evening: For this next series of shots for the project, Maggie was looking towards the wedding barn with the ponds behind her.   The crab apple tree in particular shows the changing season through from early spring to autumn. And here’s that view in use in June and September last year: The lower lawns are the location for our outdoor wedding receptions. And here’s some action shots from real weddings last year: If … Continue reading

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Featured on Dan Ward photographer’s blog…

Lovely to see us featured on Dan Ward’s blog of his weddings and such kind words too from Dan about us: “I shot the most amazing wedding last year (still not used to saying that yet!) at Ever After a Dartmoor Wedding, which if you haven’t checked it out is an absolutely fab venue and one of my favourite weddings from last year.” It’s Jess and Chris’s wedding from June 2015 which Jess planned in just 3 months.  Check out Dan’s blog post for more great photos of this wedding and to see more examples of his wedding photography work.   We’re more than happy to recommend Dan for your wedding photographer so get in touch with him if you want to check his availability for your wedding and get in touch with me if you want more information about how to book your summer wedding here at nicola@lowergrenofen.co.uk  

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More through the seasons views…

Time to share another couple of shots by the lovely Maggie Mccall from the photography project she did here in 2015, capturing the venue through the four seasons. Here are the views up to the ponds from outside the wedding barn.   This is where guests often walk down from the arrival drinks at the ponds to the wedding barn for the wedding ceremony. The trees come into leaf in the spring including the wedding cake tree (cornus controversa variegata).  In mid-summer we have white perennials in the borders under the trees and by late summer we have masses of white hydrangeas on both sides making a spectacular display. This is a view down the lower lawns.   The acer tree provides cool shade for the drinks stations we set up for the summer weddings and is a focal point for the post-wedding drinks reception.  I’ve got some more through-the-seasons shots coming up so do pop back to see some … Continue reading

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Through the seasons photography project…

At the beginning of last year we commissioned the lovely Maggie Mccall of Maggie Mccall Photography to document a year in the garden, shooting the same view throughout the season (and also anything else that caught her eye) to give couples an idea of the changes that take place in the garden over the year. I have lived here for 10 years and you’d think I know what the place looks like(!) but I have been so surprised by the seasonal changes as documented by Maggie.  Of course I know the trees lose their leaves in winter (I was definitely paying attention in that primary school lesson) but this project has brought me to really see the change the leaves bring and the change to the leaf shades from the early spring to late summer, early autumn and late autumn.   It’s been a revelation to see the photos and marvel at the changes. See this selection from the ponds on … Continue reading

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All Saturdays booked for June 2017…

We’ve just booked our final Saturday for June 2017 – we have none left! We are opening our Wednesday dates in June so if you must have June and a mid-week wedding might suit you, get in touch! There’s a 30% discount off our venue hire charges – how fab is that…? So if June is the must-have month for you, drop me an email and book a date to see the venue.   We still have a couple of Saturdays left in May and July if only a Saturday wedding date will do.   Email me at nicola@lowergrenofen.co.uk

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Yes you can plan a wedding in 3 months…

You may have seen one of our real 2015 weddings featured in the brand new edition of Wed Magazine this week.    Jess and Chris got married here at Ever After in June last year.   Although they live in London, Jess had strong family connections to this part of Devon and a Dartmoor wedding was a must for them.   Jess and her sister actually used to ride past the venue as children so it was the perfect venue choice for Jess and Chris. I thought I’d show a few more of the photos of this wedding taken by the lovely Dan Ward as a story of the day.  It all starts in the morning with getting ready photos, the preparations are an important part as the excitement builds.   Hair and make up were by local stylists Sisters Hair and Beauty. Jess’s something blue were her gorgeous blue suede shoes which made a real impact with her made to … Continue reading

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Amanda Randell and the leaf cloak…

Amanda Randell is one of the few Master florists in the UK and how lucky are we that she lives just down the road from us here at Ever After?    I was at the Chelsea Flower Show when Amanda won a gold medal for her work in 2014.   Not only is she an amazing florist, she is a super lovely person and she LOVES weddings!  She works out of her gorgeous little studio at her home at Green Oak Barn just outside Tavistock. Amanda is a creative genius when it comes to flowers and all things floral.   Here’s a sample of some of the works of floral art she has created: So I was really excited when I heard about the cloak of leaves, especially when Amanda told me it had been photographed by another of our local super talents, Maggie Mccall. And the results don’t disappoint – take a look at this shot on location at … Continue reading

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Only one Saturday left for 2016…

That’s right, we’re down to our last available Saturday for 2016.   And that date is… Saturday 11th June 2016. So if you want to get married in gorgeous Dartmoor in the glorious county of Devon in 2016 and you’re still looking for a wedding venue, get in touch… Here are a few shots of the garden from June 2015 that might tempt you: June is a beautiful month here, we have white roses, climbing hydrangeas, foxgloves, lupins and lots of other traditional English country garden flowers and plants. Photos in the garden, on the river walk, on the bridge – they all look amazing… Everything in the garden is lovely in June…  So if you’re still wondering whether it’s possible to book a venue for next summer – it is but you need to be quick!   Email me at nicola@lowergrenofen.co.uk and ask about our final Saturday – 11th June 2016…

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Part 2 of our interview with Deborah of Dartmoor Flowers…

Today in part 2 of our interview with Deborah of Dartmoor Flowers, (you can read part 1 here), we’re looking at the beautiful bouquets Deborah created for Fiona and James’s wedding here in June 2015. Of course it also helps to have a great photographer to capture the beauty of the flowers but that’s another post! Fiona and James engaged local photographer Nick Walker who took all these great photos of the wedding flowers. Fiona’s bridal bouquet created by Deborah contained the flowers we talked about yesterday, pale pink peonies, cream and lilac stocks, blue cornflowers, ammi (lace flower), pale pink astilbe and in an echo of the wedding flower arch in the wedding barn, the hanging green amaranthus, all of which you can identify in the photos above. These photos of Fiona and James show that Deborah perfectly created the feel that Fiona wanted – spring pastel colours, looking natural and hand-picked. Deborah told me that the pinterest page she … Continue reading

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