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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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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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An in-depth behind-the-scenes look at a real life Ever After wedding flowers story…

As we’ve finished our summer wedding season I thought I’d look back at the detail of some of the weddings we’ve had here at Ever After in 2015.  I’m thrilled to be able to share this behind the scenes look at the wedding flowers from one of our early weddings this year.   Fiona and James were married here at Ever After in the first week of June and after asking me for recommendations for local florists, they engaged one of our favourites, Deborah of Dartmoor Flowers to create their wedding flowers. Fiona and James made arrangements to meet Deborah here at the venue.   They had some ideas about floral decor and wanted to meet on site to see whether their ideas were practical.  I asked Deborah to take us through the process with couples, using Fiona and James as an example, how to choose which arrangements to have and how to pick which flowers to use.   Deborah created a … Continue reading

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Dearly Beloved Design…

A couple of years ago I worked with the lovely Abigail McKenzie on a photo shoot here at Ever After.   Abigail designed and hand painted my favourite ever aisle runner – and people still love that photo today: So I was thrilled to see that Abigail has set up a new bespoke stationery and wedding design business Dearly Beloved Design. Abigail met her partner Ben at university where they were both studying illustration.  The couple joined forces personally and professionally and run Dearly Beloved Design together.   Their design background is at the heart of everything they do – every piece starts with a hand drawn sketch.  We love the idea that everything is hand-crafted by the two of them for a truly bespoke “just for you” service. Abigail and Ben love mid-century design which comes out clearly in this hand-painted floral design, perfect for a modern garden wedding: Abigail sees the ideal clients for Dearly Beloved Design as a … Continue reading

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Flowers in your hair on your wedding day…

This gorgeous slide show from Style Me Pretty of fresh flowers for wedding hair caught my eye this morning on my newsfeed.   Some of those have definitely gone on my Hair Inspiration Pinterest board so do pop over and take a look. Follow Ever After’s board hair inspiration on Pinterest. It got me thinking about some of our brides this summer who totally rocked this style, which is perfect for an English summer garden wedding.    Three of our brides had the lovely Deborah of Dartmoor Flowers for their wedding flowers.   Deborah created all the bouquets for each wedding and also provided the flowers for the brides’ hair.   Jenny & Shaun got married here at the end of July.  Jenny’s hair was styled by local wedding hair and make up specialist Gem Ryder.   Gem tells me “Jenny wanted to keep her hair simple, relaxed and romantic so I added some gentle waves to her short hair, pulling back … Continue reading

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Get married like George Clooney…

I met with the lovely Nicola and Denise from Cornish Celebrants recently who packed their passports and crossed over the Cornish border (3 miles away) and came to Devon. Between them Nicola and Denise have nearly 30 years experience as Registrars for Cornwall and they recently set up their own business as independent wedding celebrants, forming the Guild of Cornish Celebrants along the way. I first came into contact with Nicola and Denise when a couple who were booked to marry here later this year were let down by their booked celebrant and were looking for someone to step in on a few months’ notice. Nicola and Denise came to the rescue and will be coming here to perform the wedding ceremony later this summer – a happy outcome! I talked to Nicola and Denise here at Ever After and asked them about their business and about the advantages for couples of hiring a celebrant to conduct their wedding ceremony. … Continue reading

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Our final session with Kiss Me Cake’s Chief Baker Alison Bradley…

Click here to visit Kiss Me Cake’s website Hi Ally, thanks for joining us again.   I wanted to get a bit more personal and find out a bit more about the person behind the business.   What do you love most about being a cake maker? I left my city life career to become a baker in 2008 and have not looked back since. I have always been motivated to be a self-starter and positive knowing that I might not achieve my goals without a few bumps en route and my Father has always been a real inspiration for me. I am a true believe of this quote “You may think that real work is doing your job, but the real work is finding what you’re supposed to do with your life!” And that is exactly what I have done. What I love most about being a cake baker is experimenting with all sorts of quirky flavours and toppings. Feedback is a big deal in … Continue reading

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Susanne Hatwood, wedding florist, shares some personal thoughts on the joys of working on weddings.

The final part of our interview with Susanne Hatwood of The Blue Carrot, wedding florist. Click here to visit Susanne’s website. I know you grow many of your own flowers.   How does that affect the flowers you offer for weddings? I grow things that other commercial growers wouldn’t grow, things that don’t travel well or don’t last very long.   I can pick them and use them immediately.  I love using herbs and maybe things that look wild but aren’t really wild (picking wild flowers is illegal remember!).  I never really promise particular flowers for wedding flowers, I can’t do a shopping list.   That works for me because sometimes you have an idea but then you find something else looks so much nicer when you put it together and it’s a wonderful surprise! Which flowers do you particularly like growing? I grow a lot of English roses because they’re so beautiful, they look so different from the commercially … Continue reading

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Insider secrets on wedding floristry from The Blue Carrot

The second part of our interview with Susanne Hatwood of The Blue Carrot, wedding florist. Click here to visit Susanne’s website  So Susanne, today I wanted to talk to you about working with couples on their wedding flowers.   What do you think attracts couples to your business? I think part of my success is that I’m very passionate about my work and that comes across to people.  But it’s not just the flowers it’s also dealing with a small cottage industry and people like that. How important is it to have a good working relationship with couples? Once I start a consultation I can tell really quickly whether I can work with a couple.   Sometimes you can become good friends with your clients and who could want more than that!   The relationship usually starts through email but I always try to meet in person if I can.  I have had brides who live abroad who maybe I don’t meet until the day … Continue reading

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How to do a photoshoot with a reindeer – and other tales from a wedding florist…

An interview with Susanne Hatwood of The Blue Carrot, wedding florist. Click here to visit Susanne’s website Today over a cup of tea in her Cornish kitchen, Susanne shares with us some stories about how she got started in wedding floristry, other people who inspire her (and about the reindeer) So Susanne, tell us a bit about how you got started in wedding floristry… I moved here 8 years ago and after starting in gardening maintenance I did a course at Duchy college.  I worked in the nursery there for a few years and then a local farmer told me about the old walled garden in an old manor house that was available to rent.   It is still a working farm about a 10 minute walk from here.  I started selling vegetables through an honesty box but clearly it wasn’t going to be a big business so flowers started to creep in to the garden and my sales and I got … Continue reading

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Andrew Coulter shares some personal thoughts with us about being a wedding photographer…

An interview with award winning photographer Andrew Coulter  click here to visit Andrew’s website Today Andrew shares with us his personal experience as a wedding photographer including his favourite photograph, how he picked his own wedding photographer and how he battled through a snow storm to get to a wedding booking… Thanks for joining us again Andrew.   Can you tell us what you love most about being a wedding photographer? For me it’s the privilege of being part of someone’s big day.   The first time you meet a couple it can feel a bit like ‘business,’ they’re booking you to ‘do a job’ but because a wedding is such a personal event and you are sharing that event with them right there, it’s really special.   I’ve become good friends with some of my clients.  Also everyone’s usually having a great time at a wedding, they’re on really good form and it’s a great day.  I love my … Continue reading

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Insider secrets on how to get the best from your wedding photographer

The second part of our interview with award winning photographer Andrew Coulter  click here to visit Andrew’s website Today Andrew shares with us his tips for couples planning their wedding to get the most from their wedding  photographer. What’s the most important thing a couple can do to make sure they’ve got the right photographer for their wedding and they’re relaxed on the day? It’s really the photographer’s job to help a couple feel relaxed.  For me, the MOST important way to do this is to have a pre-wedding shoot – I always schedule one.   Some people can feel self-conscious on an engagement shoot but that really doesn’t matter because when they see the photos, they LOVE them and that gives them the confidence to relax on the day – they’ve already seen photographs of themselves and they know it’ll be great on the day. So the pre-wedding shoot is really important? Yes it gives the couple and the … Continue reading

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4 tips to book a great wedding photographer at the last minute

An interview with award winning photographer Andrew Coulter  click here to visit Andrew’s website Today Andrew shares with us his 4 tips to hire the right photographer for your wedding – even at the last minute. He also shares his personal experiences as a wedding photographer of last minute bookings. Thanks for joining us today Andrew.   So let’s start with what is a last minute booking, just how last minute is ‘last minute’?  Most people book their photographer 6-12 months ahead of their date.  I find that 12 months to the exact date is the most common booking time for my clients.  Immediately after Christmas and New Year is also a really popular time as couples finally find some time to do some research for their wedding. The two quickest bookings I’ve had were 6 weeks before the date and the very quickest was 2 weeks!   I had to shift a few things around to do that one but I … Continue reading

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