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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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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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pop up lounges – whisky & cigars, bubbles & botanicals…

It seems soooo long since the lovely S and I were lying under a palm tree musing about the idea that eventually became our new pop up lounges.   It has seemed AGES since we first came up with the idea on holiday in February but it’s actually only just over 4 months from the germ of an idea to getting the finished article photographed.   The lounges have actually been used by several couples already this year but I’m still waiting on their official photos (patience not being a particular virtue of mine when it comes to waiting on photos). Clare our lovely elopement photographer popped over one evening last week and took the pics and yesterday they arrived in my in-box – hoorah! First there’s the whisky & cigar bar which comes with glasses and yep, whisky and cigars (does what it says on the tin).   With art deco inspired furniture including potted palms this pop up … 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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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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Wedding guest accommodation…

We’re not a hotel so we don’t have a lot of guest accommodation on site here at the venue.   We have our fabulous honeymoon cottage of course – there are not many venues where you get your own house, all to yourself and designed exclusively for newly weds.   In case you need a reminder this is the cottage: We have a huge amount of accommodation nearby for your wedding guests to make their own choice.   From top of the range country house hotels to boutique B&B’s through to self-catering and camping – there’s something nearby to suit all budgets. So when we found out that the lovely Bryony & Bertie who own Cider House B&B, (one of the only luxury B&B’s in the heart of a National Trust historic property)  have added a couple of super-luxe shepherd’s huts to their accommodation, we wanted to know more.   Bryony & Bertie believe in providing the best of the … 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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Our winter elopement weddings on Coco Wedding Venues…

We were thrilled to have our winter elopement wedding offering featured on Coco Wedding Venues last month. Read the full feature to see Emma’s interview with me about our luxury micro weddings including my 5 top tips for the perfect elopement wedding. If you want to learn more about how to have a ‘mini wedding with maxi style’, download our winter elopement wedding brochure here. If you have any questions about our micro weddings here at Ever After, email me at nicola@lowergrenofen.co.uk  

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In the honeymoon cottage…

The lovely S took time out and had a little R&R in the honeymoon cottage between viewings this weekend.   What a cosy place even if I say so myself! Here’s just a peek courtesy of one of our lovely photographers Marc Wilson. The honeymoon cottage at Ever After has two floors with a kitchen and bathroom on the ground floor and then upstairs our gorgeous vaulted ceiling living area with mini salon for bridal hair and make up and extra sleeping for bridesmaids the night before the wedding… and then our spectacular main bedroom with private balcony over looking the gardens with adjoining luxury bathroom with a 2 person bath, walk in shower and crystal chandelier. Fancy waking up to this on your first day as a newly married couple…?    Take a look at how to have your wedding here in the heart of Dartmoor at Ever After.   Our FAQ’s page which gives you all the details … Continue reading

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If you go down to the woods…

Seeing Amy & James’s wedding recently featured in Wed Devon magazine (see my previous post here) got me thinking about all the different places we have here at Ever After for photos and I started looking at how different photographers have their own take on the same location. I looked at some of our woodland couple shots taken here in Grenofen Woods and I realised you get not just those gorgeous shots by our Dartmoor river or in the trees (which I’m sure you’ll agree are epic!) but the shots of walking to the location and such cute pics of a bride in wellies.   This is definitely a reminder that if you want those woodland wedding photos, do come prepared and bring wellies as there are a few little streams in the woods which add to the magical feel of the woodland but are definitely not suitable for your prized wedding Choos… Here we have Amy & James stood … Continue reading

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Hoorah we’re in the SMP Little Black Book!

Go us!   Today our vendor listing in the humongous and hugely influential Style Me Pretty Little Black Book has gone live! You can see our profile on our very own page at Style Me Pretty here We’re really looking forward to being part of the SMP community and reaching out to even more couples across the world!  

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A day in the life of a former city girl in the country…

I may be biased but I think Devon is the most beautiful county in the country.   I was born in Devon and 9 years ago I moved back when I met the lovely S.   We’ve been settled in Lower Grenofen for 10 years this year and we got married here in 2012 which is how the whole wedding business began after people started encouraging us to share this lovely place. I lived in London for 18 years so moving to the country was a big culture shock – ‘what do you mean the dry cleaning will be ready in 2 weeks?  2 WEEKS?!’ But Devon forces you to slow down and smell the primroses.  I remember when I used to see a patch of primroses on a weekend away from London I was always thrilled.  This month in the garden they are literally too numerous to count and I’m no less thrilled.  I have to look harder for … Continue reading

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A great new addition to our drinks contacts

I had a meeting last week with the super knowledgeable Catherine Cheek from Devon based wine merchants Christopher Piper Wines.   Over a cup of builders tea Catherine made suggestions for wedding reception drinks that are a little bit different which is what we like to offer. Her first suggestion was blushing bubbles using a Chase Raspberry Liqueur .which is made by Chase, the UK’s only single estate distillery founded by farmer William Chase in 2008 and made from fresh locally sourced raspberries and Chase fine English potato vodka giving it a ‘pure, luxurious quality.’  Served in champagne flutes and topped with an edible organic flower from Maddocks Organics Flower Farm, what a great way to start your English summer garden wedding. Another suggestion is ‘West Country Pimms’ made with Kingston Black which is a blend of cider brandy and the juice of one of the finest and rarest of vintage cider apples.   This legend of the West Country apple orchards creates … Continue reading

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15 questions you must ask your venue before you book…

I saw today that Claire at English Wedding.com featured a post written by Gabrielle of Blue Bouquet Bride on what essential questions couples need to ask before booking their wedding venue.   So I thought I’d put Ever After to the English Wedding blog venue test and see how we fare on their questions…. 1.    Is this the type of venue I’m looking for? (marquee, castle, hotel etc..) If you’ve always dreamed of getting married in an ancient castle, you’re unlikely to fall in love with a remote field where you have to provide your own marquee and everything that goes in it.   Sure, think laterally but looking at lots of different types of venue is unlikely to help you narrow things down, do the work on the type of venue before booking an appointment to view. 2.    How many guests can it hold? We make it clear our maximum number of guests is 120.   But we still … Continue reading

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What weddings are really about…

I love weddings, that’s why I love my job… And yes I love all the wedding details, fabulous food, cute signature cocktails, hand crafted bits and pieces for the wedding breakfast tables, swoon-worthy flowers but what really matters is the wedding ceremony.   The fact that everyone has been brought together on this day to celebrate two people in love who want their loved ones to witness their public commitment to each other. Some photos from Suzannah and Bobby’s wedding here in August were a great reminder of that point this week.   I love this series of photos capturing so completely the emotions in the exchange of vows… Bobby & Suzannah wrote their own vows and this picture of Bobby making his vow to Suzannah shows how many people were watching him speak his heart felt words but looking at his face, it’s just the two of them. This close up shows them totally in their bubble together… But … Continue reading

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Are you going naked…?

…I mean cake-wise of course… Wedding cakes without the traditional icing and accompanying sugar craft decorations have come to be known as ‘naked cakes’ and they’ve come a long way. Naked cakes used to be just cakes without icing, something pared down and ‘au naturel’ but they’ve recently taken on a life of their own and can look just as elaborate as the most equisitely iced cake and I’m a big fan. Check out my Pinterest board devoted entirely to the naked cake! Follow Ever After’s board naked wedding cakes on Pinterest. Recent trends have been decorating with flowers, fruit and even a dusting of icing sugar. It can fit with almost any look, theme and feel to a wedding and works particularly well for garden, outdoor and summer weddings. We featured a naked cake in our Eco-Luxe photo shoot here at the venue last year and it remains one of my favourites – so naturally yummy! This chocolate naked … Continue reading

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41 great reasons to follow us on Pinterest…

I love Pinterest… Aside from the danger of losing hours (days!) to scrolling through so many gorgeous wedding ideas, it’s a fantastic tool for couples planning their wedding. This is true whether you have a clear idea of exactly what you want and need pics to convey those ideas to suppliers or whether you feel you’re floundering around in a tulle fuzz of whether you should really have a theme, do you need a wedding colour, what about traditions and sinking under so many ‘should haves’. I have 41 wedding related boards on Pinterest (I just surprised myself with that one!) and (as of this minute) 5,688 pins. I told you I loved Pinterest… With autumn now truly announcing its arrival, I thought I’d take a look at one of my favourite boards, The Wedding Dress with Cardis Despite our unpredictable weather you still don’t see many brides wearing a cardi but as you can see from this board, they … Continue reading

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Ever After – now a Rock My Wedding preferred venue

We’re thrilled that we’ve gone live today as one of Rock My Wedding‘s preferred suppliers – yay! Rock My Wedding has a hand picked national online Wedding Directory known as the Love Lust List. Today our entry on the Love Lust List has gone live as a recommended wedding venue in the South West…(did I mention we’re thrilled…?)

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Claire Pettibone 2014 Still Life Collection

I always love Claire Pettibone’s gorgeous wedding dress creations, you can usually spot a Claire Pettibone dress a mile off with its coloured applique detail, beautiful backs and flattering lines. So I was really excited to see the new Autumn 2014 collection which Claire launched at New York Fashion Week recently. And it definitely doesn’t disappoint… I loved the “Still Life” part of the 2014 autumn collection the inspiration for which is swooningly romantic: “In the second half of the 17th century, the art of the floral still-life reached the height of fashion. Dramatic arrangements of flora and fauna, insects and fruits, set against dramatic dark backgrounds exude a mysterious romanticism. The inspiration for this collection quickly led to Dutch masterpiece “Still Life of flowers on a Marble Table”, by Rachel Ruysch, 1716. The brilliance of nature’s beauty is highlighted to dramatic effect, just as the bride becomes the center of our attention. Graceful details adorn delicate silks and laces gilded in gold, glowing as … Continue reading

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We’re featured in the current edition of Wed Magazine…

so check us out..! Working with a fabulous team including Elle from Inspire Hire, Jenni from In the Treehouse, gorgeous contemporary dresses from Sarah Treble we’ve got a 6 page splash in the current edition of Wed Magazine  all captured by the super talented Emma Solley. Here’s just a small taster from the shoot as featured in Devon Wed Magazine… I’ll be back with more details and background on some of the photos in our 6 page spread. Get your current copy from all good stockists as they say!  You can also order your copy online here, just click on ‘buy this issue’. Keep up to date with what’s going on at our website, on Facebook and Pinterest.

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Glam times at the 2013 Niemierko summer social

I packed my bag and got on the road for the Niemierko Academy 2013 summer social held on Friday at Coworth Park, Ascot, part of the Dorchester Collection. Very glam. Of course. Champagne, canapes, tour of the hotel grounds by golf buggy, dinner, overnight stay in a fabulous room… lots of networking with lots of lovely wedding planning people including Mr N himself, the lovely Ruby, Clare Forsyth of Clare Forsyth Events, Mimi and Liesl from Zouch & Lamare, Jessica from Soiree de Luxe, La Toya and Ajay from Sundar Weddings, Jemma Beattie from the Perfect Wedding Company, Aimee from Aimee Dunne, Kirsten Halstead and Claudia Jackson-Bailey from Niermierko And then a long very hot journey back to the fabulous West Country and Ever After for a cooling drink under the shade of my favourite tree…  

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Eco-chic bridal cover ups.

Those of you who follow us on Pinterest will know that I have a particular penchant for wedding dresses with cardis – I know, but I think they can look gorgeous, not to mention how practical they can be.  Let’s not forget the weather isn’t always like it has been this past week… I’ve got a whole Pinterest board on wedding dresses with cardis so do check it out. And you may also know that here at Ever After – A Dartmoor Wedding we like a bit of eco-chic.   So I’m thrilled with my latest discovery of a fabulous British company specialising in knitted wedding shrugs and cardis that are so beautiful you will definitely want to take a closer look. They do some gorgeous gossamer-thin shrugs like this: Hand knitted wedding shrug from www.makepiece.com or something more substantial like this: Mohair wedding cape from www.makepiece.com As Makepiece themselves say, “Our sheer shrugs are perfect for summer weddings – for the evening, when the sun … Continue reading

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Wedding fashion insight from Peta Hunt at the Niemierko Academy

Continuing with the Niemierko Academy at the Dorchester… The other students and I spent the morning in the Penthouse and Pavillion at the Dorchester, first watching a bridal hair and make up demonstration and then after (another fabulous) lunch, watching a fashion show put together for the Academy by Browns of London. Peta Hunt, Editor at Large from You and Your Wedding was there to guide us through the show.  I was going to show you some of my iphone photos but fortunately there was a professional on hand to do a proper job!  There’s a great little film of Peta talking to Mark Niemierko about the dresses and what’s going on at the moment in wedding dress fashion. Actually I am going to show you a couple of my photos just to brighten up this post but do have a look at the video… Peta Hunt and Mark Niemierko wedding fashion Video Vera Wang, Marchesa Oscar de la Renta, Jenny Packham all featured in the fashion show. This week we did a … Continue reading

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Niemierko wedding planning Academy Part II – at the Dorchester

So having come down to the earth from the Niemierko wedding planning Academy at the Dorchester, I thought I’d share some more of the amazing experience. Check out this for a pre-wedding spa space: The spa has been recently refurbed in blush pink with pink and cream velvet chairs, tiny tables just perfect for having champagne and little cakes ahead of a wonderfully relaxing treatment in the spa itself. One spectacular feature of the spa is this amazing chandelier: made from 67,000 pearls – wow. What I really wanted to know was who plumps up those gorgeous cushions and do you need special training to make them all ‘just so’?! Then we moved into the Dorchester Bar to taste some wedding cocktails – it’s all part of the wedding planning job… So the first one was a cocktail made with champagne and gold dust: for that extra sparkle on your wedding day – it looked amazing.    Then we moved on to … Continue reading

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Living it up at the Niemierko Academy…

Things have been a little quiet on the blog recently, partly because I have been attending the Niemierko Academy at the Dorchester for wedding planners.   One word.  Amazing. I learned a lot.  Including that even I can only eat so much cake.  I have never eaten that much cake in my life…what with a wedding cake tasting at Fortnum and Masons and then tea and cakes every afternoon at the Dorchester, I am ashamed to say that this plate of cakes from last week didn’t get touched.  I know!  A sin.  But that just shows you how much cake there was…And then there was the trip to the Covent Garden Flower Market – my dream place although I would spend all my time gazing at the flowers and not working so maybe not such a good idea.   So many beautiful flowers… We were given a tour of the market by the world renowned florist Rob Van Helden who also took us round his work shop and … Continue reading

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