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Real wedding – featured in this month’s Wed Devon Magazine

We’re in Wed Devon Magazine this month with a real wedding from last year.  Cherie and David got married here at Ever After last May.    It rained – a LOT!   They had planned to get married on the river walk but the weather put paid to that so they had their wedding ceremony in the wedding barn.   It’s always good to have a solid Plan B when it comes to the weather… As is usually the case here the rain cleared up later in the day and Cherie and David were able to get some outdoor pics with their photographer Andy Gaines. You can more of Cherie and David’s wedding over on their real weddings page here on the website.

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Our elopement florist – some love from Amanda Randall MDPF

Amanda Randell, Master Florist is the Ever After exclusive elopement florist. Amanda creates bouquets, buttonholes, cake flowers and all other flowery requirements  for an elopement wedding. You can see some of Amanda’s recent elopement creations here in my earlier blog post. I saw on Amanda’s instagram page yesterday that she’s written a blog post this week on her website about her elopement work here at Ever After.  Amanda regularly posts yummy floral delights so she’s definitely one to follow if you love gorgeous flower pics.  She’s posted lots of fab pics of her elopement bouquets – so go on over and choose your favourite!  Go ahead and click on the photo below to read Amanda’s full post: So if you want to see more of Amanda’s elopement flowers pop over to our real elopement weddings page.  You can download our latest elopement brochure here.   If you want to check our availability for your own elopement wedding date, email me at nicola@lowergrenofen.co.uk

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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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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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Spotlight on another of our 2016 weddings…

Kate & John lived in Leicestershire but had close family ties in Devon.   They were married in Tavistock church on a beautiful sunny day at the end of May 2016. Kate got ready for the wedding here at the honeymoon cottage together with her bridesmaids.   Flowers were created with love by Kate’s Mum and her Mother in Law.   Hair and make up for Kate were by Nicola Pettitt who came to the honeymoon cottage on the morning of the wedding. Kate had five bridesmaids, two of whom stayed over with Kate at the honeymoon cottage the night before, the others joined the next morning for hair, make up and all the general morning preparations. Our bus service brought all the wedding guests back to the venue from the church after their 3 pm church wedding service.   Guests were brought to the wedding barn where a drinks station was set up with elderflower bubbly served in flutes dressed … Continue reading

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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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A look back at some of our 2016 summer weddings….

As we look forward to another fabulous summer wedding season here at Ever After in 2017, I’m looking back at a selection of our 2016 weddings, some planning highlights and some of the suppliers involved.   It’s also a chance to share some photos from each of the weddings which haven’t been seen before. The first wedding of the 2016 summer season was Philippa and John who got married on the first Saturday in May.   The day was planned around a church wedding, Philippa got ready in the honeymoon cottage with her two daughters as flower girls.   Colours for the day were white, blush pink and gold with the men dressed in tweed and decor items of rustic accents and natural colours.   Jodie of The Hair Lounge Tavistock and Jess of No 5 Aesthetics came to the venue to help Philippa get ready for her church wedding. The rain held off for Philippa leaving from the venue for the … 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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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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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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Wedding ceremony arches…

I had a question in my inbox today from one of our 2017 brides asking about our wooden arches available for use in your wedding ceremony.    As I was emailing the info over to Lisa I thought it would be a good topic for a blog post so here we are – thanks for the inspiration Lisa! We have a couple of wooden arches, made by previous couples and kindly donated to us for use by future couples getting married here at Ever After – our couples are super generous! The first one we have is a simple wooden arch which can be decorated with flowers and with or without fabric which we have here, the fabric was donated at the end of August by another couple (thanks Lowri and Geoff!). Alex and Danny decorated the arch with flowers and foliage by Amanda Randell: Johanna and Andy had a fuller half height floral arch on the same structure this … Continue reading

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We’re in Sam Docker’s 2016 fave photos…

Sam Docker is one of the best wedding photographers around.   We love his work so we’re especially thrilled to feature in his round up of his fave shots from 2016. He’s picked out these from Georgia and Lee’s gorgeous real wedding here back in August last year… This one of bride Georgia at the wedding barn.  I know, proper hair envy right?! Then there’s this one of Georgia and Lee with their superstar French bulldog Louie with his bow tie made from a piece of Georgia’s dress fabric – so stylish, so French.   Louie stole the show a number of times. Then there’s Lee during his groomsmen’s speech, the moment he realises his ‘friends’ have been in his house, filming without his knowledge… Georgia and Lee on the dance floor.    Sam called this, ‘one of my favourite dance floors of 2016’ – oh yes… And finally this one, under the tree on the lawn with the festoon … 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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More photos from another real Ever After wedding….

I love this part of the year when I get to see so many photos of our real weddings from the season. I haven’t even had chance to create Vicki & Jon’s real wedding page yet so this is a sneek peak at the photos of this lovely wedding held here in September 2016. Take a look at photographer Lucy Turnbull’s blog with the full set of photos. Vicky and Jon – an Ever After wedding Vicki has sent me a great write up of her thoughts about venue booking which I’ll post next week so do come back for that including Vicki’s advice from the other side to couples who are planning their wedding.

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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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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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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 cautionary photography tale…

Samantha and Dan got married here in September this year and had a beautiful wedding.   Then a few weeks ago Sam got in touch with me to say there had been a disaster with their wedding photographs. Here’s the plea for information from bride Sam about her photos: “OUR WEDDING PHOTOS STOLEN IN BURGLARY IN BRISTOL- PLEASE HELP TO FIND THE HARD DRIVES! This is a message that is really close to our hearts so please share far and wide…Dan and I got married on 7th September 2016 and had an amazing photographer called Ben Selway at our special day. He captured over 1000 photos of us both. Ben was staying at his fathers house in Bristol at the end of September and the house was burgled. He had backed up our photos on 3 different hard drives (see pictures) as well as his Macbook. All of these were stolen including a number of other things. This means we … 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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It’s my own wedding anniversary today…

It’s four years today since the lovely S and I got married here at Lower Grenofen and started not only our lives together in marriage but also this fab new business in weddings together. I thought I’d share some of our photos of the day, some personal ones of our family and close friends which are so very special to us.   Here’s my favourite photo of my Mum from the day.   My Dad had died suddenly a few months before our wedding date and this was Mum’s first big occasion after his death.  It was a day of very mixed emotions for us all, these are the real life stories behind the froth of a wedding day, they are the experiences which shape our lives and our connections with our loved ones, the things that stay with us for the rest of our lives. And here is another favourite of my Mum leaving the wedding barn after the … 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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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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