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winter is coming; style your elopement wedding

winter is coming… Any Game of Thrones fan has probably jumped with excitement at that title, but this really is just about how to style your winter elopement wedding (stick around, we’ve got lots of great ideas for you…). Winter is coming, though, and you’re probably starting to think about how to style your winter wedding. Winter elopements are fabulous, and there is so much you can do. Okay, so it might not be 17 degrees outside (an average ‘british summer’ temperature…) but we’ve got the fire & the food, and you’ve got the l.o.v.e.  the venue If I said that I thought Ever After was more beautiful in the summer, I would be lying. The venue looks incredible in the summer months, and there really is no place like it, but exactly the same goes for the winter season. The mist is low in the valley, and the leaves have all fallen off the trees creating an enchanted winter-wonderland effect with the bare … Continue reading

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a religious wedding ceremony which doesn’t break the law…

a religious ceremony that doesn’t break the law… We’re licensed to hold legal weddings here at Ever After.   There are some rules that come with that, one of them is that there can be no religious element in your wedding ceremony. For most couples, that’s fine as they don’t want religion in their ceremony but for those who do, it’s a situation we’ve seen a few times and there is a solution… Penny & Pete wanted to have some religious touches to their wedding ceremony so we recommended a wedding celebrant who they hired to come to the venue and conduct a wedding ceremony of their choosing. Nicola of Cornish Wedding Celebrants has been here before for a couple of our weddings and know the venue well.    Pete’s brother and a few in the wedding party put together a chuppah outside the wedding barn the night before the wedding and Penny & Pete used it as part of … Continue reading

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ben selway wedding photographer, early teasers…

We were happy to welcome Ben Selway back to the venue recently and having not seen him for a while, he then did two weddings here on the bounce, a week apart. First up were the lovely Hayley and Dai who brought both families from Wales for a Devon garden wedding in August 2017. Ben took Hayley and Dai into the woods here at the venue for a lil couples portrait session and got these fab shots which were available as a teaser just a couple of days after the actual wedding – love that level of service. You can see from the shot above that Ben got way up high on the hill to get Hayley & Dai walking along the path along the banks of the river in our woods. Hayley told me they didn’t even know where Ben was, they couldn’t see him so they just trusted that he was doing his thing! Which he was as … Continue reading

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rose gold and raspberry real elopement; kristy and peter

rose gold and raspberry real elopement wedding   The elopement wedding season is nearing and I’m loving revisiting our elopements from the beginning of the year. This sparkly number is a real eye-catcher, and a perfect example of how your elopement wedding can be fabulously styled…     a dress to impress Kristy’s wedding dress was a real show-stopper in a sparkly rose gold, and accessorised with raspberry tones through her shrug, necklace, and belt making for a perfectly unique and elegant outfit. And how sweet is their son?!   floral delights To add to Kristy’s overall outfit, Amanda created a gorgeous bouquet of ivory, greens, and deep raspberry to superbly compliment the colours of Kristy’s attire. Stunning, don’t you agree? A true floral masterpiece…   the food Harrie from Boo to a Goose, lovingly prepared a wonderful wedding breakfast for the couple, including canapés and their wedding cake. Notice the raspberry colours…? It’s all about the details. And, of … Continue reading

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impromptu pre-wedding shoot by richard murgatroyd…

This impromptu pre-wedding shoot is adorable.  Jess & Rob got married here at Ever After in June this year and picked Richard Murgatroyd to capture their day.   Richard is based on London, as were Jess & Rob so it made sense for them to meet up with Richard close to home. Photographers are usually willing to travel nationally (and some internationally) to cover a wedding.   Unlike other wedding suppliers like cake makers and florists, photographers can’t (or shouldn’t!) cover more than one wedding a day and as they have no cake or flowers to spoil on a long journey, travelling to a wedding is not such a big deal for them, they just load up their kit and go. Do be aware though that if your wedding photographer is travelling a long way for your wedding, you will have to pay their accommodation for a night and maybe two nights depending on the distance.   Make sure you factor … Continue reading

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pretty in purple; real elopement Leanne & Chris

purple and pretty; Leanne and Chris   Leanne and Chris joined us in March for their elopement wedding. We loved the style of this pair, and their purple colour-scheme was quirky and unique; exactly what an elopement wedding should be!   the dress The infamous wedding dress section… except this one is with a twist! Leanne opted for a stunning tea-length dress in a gorgeous deep purple-grey colour. It was a brilliant colour on her, and was the base element for the overall style of the day. Doesn’t she look lovely? I adore the ivory shrug too, an essential for an late winter/early spring wedding.   floral delights As you can see, Amanda did a fab job with Leanne’s flowers (as always!). The colours she used worked amazingly well with Leanne’s dress, and just made that finishing touch to the overall outfit and style. There’s something super special about a natural looking bouquet. And of course, the perfectly matching buttonhole. We always use the … Continue reading

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a woodland wedding at ever after last week…

Ah, a woodland wedding.   Love ’em.   A woodland wedding at Ever After, sign me up. When the lovely wedding photographer Dan Ward  goes the extra mile and gets a photo of said woodland wedding out within hours of the wedding and it’s this photo: And then to top that I get a lovely email from a happy bride about having had the BEST wedding, well that’s my day made right there… Amy & Nick had a beautiful wedding here earlier this month.   The weather was perfect, the bride looked radiant, the ceremony was a tear jerker, the food was mouth watering.   Happy couple & happy guests makes for a happy me. Here’s Amy’s lovely email, hot off the press: “Hi Nicola, I’m sat in our suite at our little boutique chateau, reflecting on what was, without doubt, the best day of our lives. I was going to write on our return, but just felt I wanted … Continue reading

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new ever after wedding film – cupcake videos

I do so love it when we get a new wedding film in – it takes you right back to the day and all the lovely stuff that happened including all those moments I missed.   Love it! Felicity & Stuart got married here a few weeks ago in May 2017.  You can read more about their vintage garden party wedding and see more wedding pics here on their real weddings page. The lovely team at Cupcake Videos have a great drone camera, I love seeing my house from this view point!   They also have go-pros which they can put on the canape serving boards during your drinks reception and time lapse cameras for even more cool footage. You can see our Ever After wet weather gear in action in this film including the wet weather canopies in front of the wedding barn and the wet weather awning on the barn itself.     You can see how you … Continue reading

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glamorous elopement; andrea & rob

glamorous elopement; andrea & rob   Inserting your own style to any event can be tricky, right? I mean is there really such a thing as a unique idea? And Pinterest ideas are just so fab, it’s hard to ignore them even when you know people have probably already been there done that… So don’t feel bad when you find inspiration flowing whilst exploring this real elopement wedding, it’s glamorous and fabulous and, yes, yours can be like it too.   Glamour in dress form Andrea’s gorgeous strapless wedding dress was the first hint of glamour, with it’s subtle sparkle and lace detail, accompanied by her fabulous blue shoes.   The flowers Getting the flowers right is always an important task. Thanks to Amanda Randell, Andrea’s bridal flowers were natural with a touch of glamour to tie in with the rest of the day. Having never seen the wedding dress, Amanda managed to capture something within the flowers that just fitted with the dress so … Continue reading

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elopement wedding inspiration; elopement flowers

elopement wedding inspiration; elopement flowers   If you’ve got this far then you probably know that as part of your elopement wedding package, super talented Amanda Randell beautifully crafts your elopement flowers. Your wedding may be small but there’s still no room for error, which is why we only have the best of the best. Chelsea flower show gold medalist, Amanda, will provide you with the most sensational bouquet, buttonhole, and cake flowers. And if you didn’t know that, well now you do! Wedding flowers can be a daunting task, so if you aren’t sure about exactly what you want then panic not. Just give Amanda an idea of colours, or anything in particular you might want to include, and she’ll do the rest (she is the expert after all). But if you know exactly what you want, that’s fine too! Detailed instructions can be followed carefully. Either way, here’s some stunning elopement flower inspiration for you to get your teeth … Continue reading

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a modern wedding in must-have mustard…

modern wedding in must-have mustard… We love welcoming back suppliers we’ve worked with before.   Building great relationships with people who are experts in what they do is one of the great things about being in the wedding business. Your wedding photographer is one of your MOST important wedding suppliers.   Building a relationship with them will mean that you get the very best photos of your day because you feel relaxed with them and they already know what it is you want from your photos. A great example of all of this is the lovely wife and husband team of Anna and Mike from Luna Weddings.   They’ve done a few weddings here and when I hear they’ve been booked for a wedding here, I know the photos are going to be great. A completely free extra is you get Anna’s amazing blog skillz.   That woman can write about weddings and I can’t stop reading!   If I’m … Continue reading

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real elopement; amber & dan

real elopement; amber & dan   Last week, our elopement photographer, Clare Kinchin, wrote a blog post about our very own real elopement couple, Amber and Dan, which you can read here. This inspired me to tie-in with Clare’s post and give a 3-part breakdown of Amber and Dan’s real elopement wedding…   The outfits… I love a wedding dress (have you guessed that yet?) and I especially love a bespoke handmade one. Amber made her wedding dress (yes, really!) and this fantastic two-piece wonder was the result. And to accessorise, Amber had some super cute unicorn shoes and a sparkly silver starry headpiece… Gorgeous! And it wasn’t just Amber who was sporting the silver sparkles at this real elopement… Her daughter wore the daintiest little silver shoes and a sparkly headband to match. Plus super fabulous silver sparkly tights! (Are you starting to notice a theme here…?). And I loved her ivory dress with the super snug fluffy cardigan! So cute! Dan avoided the silver sparkles and … Continue reading

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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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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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map of ever after grounds…

map of ever after grounds People seem to love our lil directions map on the ‘Get in Touch’ page of the website.   We can be tricky to find even with a sat nav so the map is really helpful for finding us.   Our couples are welcome to use the map in their wedding invitations or on their wedding websites for their guests.  If you want to download the directions map, click here. I’ve had a few requests for a map of the whole venue so I’ve now had a map of Ever After grounds drawn for us by the same person who drew the directions map. So here it is! Our couples are welcome to use this map for their guests, we can email the file to any printers or web managers. From entering the venue at the oak gates, visitors can turn right straight into the guest car park at the back of the venue.  There’s a … 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Films are like buses…

…well it feels like that anyway!   We’ve waited patiently for some of our wedding films to finish their final edit and now two have come along in a week! Last week I shared Johanna and Andy’s new film by Baxter and Ted.   If you missed that, have a look at it here. This week it’s a film from our other go-to wedding film people, Cupcake Videos.   Carole and Craig’s wedding took place here at Ever After in August this year.   They had a beautiful day with family and friends and plenty of kilts! Highlights include Craig the groom playing the guitar and singing a song just for his bride in front of all their guests and the go-pro camera on the canapes board! Enjoy… I’ll be looking at some of the things to consider if you’re thinking of having a film of your wedding so do check back here to get all the gen…

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