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autumn fever; styling your elopement wedding

autumn fever   It’s that time of year again where we start to think about our upcoming elopement weddings. For inspiration, I’ve been looking at our autumn elopement pinterest board (take a look, there’s some great stuff on there). But anyone can pin a few ideas from a quick pinterest search… so here is some autumnal inspiration from our real elopement weddings! style it right the great thing about elopements is they can be styled to perfection. There’s so much more to play with when it’s just the two of you, and maybe a couple of guests. Orange glasses? Why not! Bark bouquet vases, and tea light holders? You betcha! Ornamental miniature pumpkins? Of course!   the venue It’s not just the styling that important for capturing the autumnal magic… Picture green leaves turning orange, the sun low in the sky, shades of burgundy in the plants, and a carpet of leaves on the riverwalk… Ever After is not just the perfect spot for summer weddings, we so know … 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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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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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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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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Precious wedding moments

Precious wedding moments.   I love them!   I think I get just as excited as our wedding couples when the photos first come through after the wedding.  I’ve got the wedding photos from previous weddings as a screen saver for my computer.   When I’m sat at my desk the photos swim past as a great reminder of the lovely weddings we’ve had here. This morning the photos from Philippa and John’s wedding were floating past and were a perfect reminder of why a great wedding photographer is so important.   I’ve picked some photos from what will actually be only a few minutes from the whole wedding day but they’re some of my favourites from this wedding. The photos of John at the church waiting for the wedding party, first his daughters as flower girl and bridesmaid and finally his bride, Philippa.  Precious wedding moments indeed. This is John waiting for the bridal party to arrive – can … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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