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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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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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Make time for couple shots…

I was talking to a wedding photographer recently and she was saying how important it is for a couple to make time for some couple portraits on their wedding day.   It got me thinking… I hear from couples in the run up to their wedding day about how they don’t want to abandon their guests during the drinks reception by having couple photos.   I thought the same myself when the lovely S and I got married here back in 2012.   Trouble is, we don’t have any couple shots!   And although I’m not a great one for having photos of myself around the house, it would be kinda nice to have some of the lovely S and I in our wedding finery.   So much so that I’m thinking of an anniversary shoot for the two of us one day here at the venue, but I digress… Back to the subject in hand, ‘abandoning’ your guests for … Continue reading

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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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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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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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The first of our 2016 real weddings up on the website…

The photos are in from Vince of Devon based Yeti Photography of Phillipa and John’s wedding here in May.   I’m hoping to persuade Phillipa to give us her thoughts on the wedding planning process and the big day itself but in the meantime I wanted to share some of the highlights from the photos. Phillipa and John got married in Lewdown church.   Phillipa and her bridesmaids got ready in the honeymoon cottage on the morning of the wedding and were driven to the church from the venue. After the church service the guests gathered in the field for a clay pigeon shoot with picnic hampers which included game pie and other game related canapes.   Because no alcohol is allowed when shooting guests were served ginger beer, cloudy lemonade and elderflower presse, perfectly fitting the English outdoor setting.   The weather didn’t exactly co-operate during the shoot but that didn’t seem to dampen anyone’s spirits. Phillipa decorated bottles and … 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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Another of our 2016 real elopements…

Mari and Dan travelled all the way from Australia for their elopement wedding here in March 2016.   They were travelling round Europe when Dan said, ‘hey why don’t we get married?’ – so they did! Mari wore a gorgeous pale grey chiffon and silver sequin dress with a cute white feather stole for warmth.   She wanted a red and black wedding bouquet with matching buttonhole for Dan who looked splendid in his 3 piece suit hired locally in Tavistock. Mari wanted a 1940’s vintage curled style for her hair and a smoky eye for her make up.  Chloe from The Hair Lounge Tavistock and Jess from Visage Aesthetic both came to the venue on the morning of the wedding to do Mari’s hair and make up. After the humanist wedding ceremony performed by Denise and Nicola of Cornish Celebrants, Mari and Dan took their glasses of champagne and had a photo session in the venue grounds and on … Continue reading

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We’re in Brides Magazine 2016 Top 100 venues list…

We’re thrilled to be in Bride’s Magazines supplement to the current edition of the magazine – the Top 100 venues list at home and abroad. We’re very happy to be mentioned alongside such a great selection of fabulous venues. And lovely words from the Bride’s editors about us, “It’s designed with plenty of glorious alfresco spaces, yet – if it does decide to pour – owner Nicola has cleverly created several super-chic indoor-outdoor structures (the glass-roofed terrace above is a marvel).  The landscaped gardens and stone barns are atmospheric enough, but the real magic lies in the tiny details – edible flowers on the menu anyone?’ If you’re looking for a unique venue for an outdoor wedding – you’ve come to the right place!    Email me for details about how to come and see for yourself nicola@lowergrenofen.co.uk I’d love to hear from you!

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Are you having an e-shoot…?

Many (if not most) wedding photographers offer an e-shoot or engagement shoot ahead of your big day.    Sometimes it’s offered as part of your photography package with them, sometimes it’s an added extra. These photos caught my eye this morning of one of our lovely couples who are getting married here later this year.   They have hired Emma of Freckle Photography to capture their wedding day this summer here at Ever After. Cady & Sam came to the West Country last weekend and touched base with a number of suppliers for their wedding.   They had a tasting for their menu at Dartmoor Inn and stayed overnight in their lovely rooms.   They had a run through the timings for their day here at the venue and we sorted out lots of details including table linen, table layouts, reception drinks and a whole lot more! And then they went off to see Emma for this super gorgeous e-shoot.   … Continue reading

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