Category Archives: wedding style
As I sent the skinny to all our booked couples yesterday on our new pop up lounges, I can give the lounges a big shout out here. The lovely S and I lay under a palm tree in February, we were musing about what we could bring our couples that would get them leaping out their chairs with excitement. After a while we suddenly came up with the idea of pop up lounges. Of course! They’re a great add on that you can choose if you want to or not if you don’t. They’re a fab way to surprise your guests when they’ve already wined and dined in style throughout your day. Soooo, there are two different lounges, you can hire them together or separately. The whiskey & cigar lounge comes with all the furnishings to create an old style club feel. So a vintage leather chesterfield, leather and aluminium club chairs, persian rug, art deco drinks … Continue reading
I’m getting excited about our Spring elopements coming up next month. We’re fully booked for March and April which is fab! All our elopement flowers are provided by Amanda Randell super Master (mistress!) florist. We are so lucky to have her as our resident elopement florist. To go all M&S ad for a moment, this is not just any florist, this is a Chelsea Gold Medal winning florist who creates beautiful, breathtaking elopement flowers for each of our couples. Today we’re looking at the elopement flowers from some of our recent elopement weddings. As you’ll see they’re all very different. Amanda creates flowers just for YOUR wedding and to YOUR specification. If you know exactly what you want, let Amanda know and she’ll create something even more beautiful. If you think you don’t know anything about flowers, don’t worry! Just give Amanda the vaguest idea about what you might like and she’ll put together something … Continue reading
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
Continuing our look at the most talked-about 2017 wedding trends (for part 1 click here and for part 2 click here). This week we thought we’d highlight one of the other trend forecast by our friends over at Coco Wedding Venues. Minimalist Luxe. Katrina Otter describes this on the Coco Wedding trend report as “stripping things back without scrimping on luxury or the overall style and vibe.” Yep, love that. Here we often add to the natural elements and surroundings with metallic vases and candle holders to keep things simple but luxurious as in this cake table display where the simplicity of the cake design is complemented by the sparkling touches of the tea lights and flowers. This cheese cake arrangement on one of our log slices uses an abundance of fruit with oversized lanterns and a bridesmaid’s bouquet, all against a foliage backdrop to create a feeling of luxe with simplicity. And this semi-naked cake, simply decorated … Continue reading
…yep, according to the lovely Emma at Coco Wedding Venues, elopements are a continuing trend. We can vouch for that here at Ever After, since we launched our elopements last year we have been thrilled with the enthusiasm of couples for our bespoke luxury elopement package. Emma said on her blog this week: “In 2016 I predicted the elopement would be a serious option for couples. Well I can only see the intimate wedding getting bigger for 2017. The trend for micro nuptials with maximum style is HOT and the expert in this area is Ever After in Devon. They’ve put together everything a couple might need for a luxury micro wedding including the venue, the bouquet, the photographer, the champagne and canapés and the wedding breakfast prepared by a private chef, plus overnight accommodation in their 18th Century honeymoon cottage!” Thanks for the shout out Emma! Ours is not a ‘package’ with a standard bouquet and cake … Continue reading
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 email@example.com 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.
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
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
We’re proud to feature on the directory of Coco Wedding Venues, the uber stylish wedding venue finder run by the lovely Emma, we’ve been listed with Coco since they first started 3 years ago and we’ve been featured a number of times, including just yesterday with our elopement weddings. You can read some of the pieces here and here. In this year’s annual wedding 2017 trend report featured on her blog, Emma talks about what you might be seeing for next year’s weddings. I am totally with Emma that the point of wedding trends is not to blindly follow fashion but of course weddings are influenced by fashions of the day. I think it’s part of the charm of wedding photos that when you look at most of them you can tell which decade it took place. A 1940’s wedding looks of its time as does one from the 1960’s or 70’s. So trends and fashions … Continue reading
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
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.
I got on a roll putting up the photos from the Magnolia Rouge shoot this morning so thought I would get on and do the winter elopement shoots we did here last year with our elopement photographer Clare Kinchin, our elopement florist Amanda Randell and our preferred elopement hair and make up duo, Jodie and Chloe from The Hair Lounge Tavistock and Jess from Visage Aesthetics. The lovely Kayleigh and Ben were our local, real life models who had got married in real life a few months earlier. They’re just so lovely together, it was like being at a real wedding! I wanted to do a shoot here in December because I wanted to give couples a realistic view of what the garden looks like here in the winter. There are no leaves on the trees and nothing is in flower but the venue still has its own natural beauty as you can see from the photos. We … Continue reading
The gardens and grounds here at Ever After make this a beautiful place to be married. And then it gets dark. And when the lights come up, the venue is transformed. We have lots of different forms of lighting from festoon lights, fairy light canopies, steel lanterns, garden uplighters, light up furniture to tea lights and candles. This year we’ve purchased a new fairy light canopy for the wedding barn and we’ve also bought our own fairy light canopy for the marquee which previously couples used to hire in. We’ve always had the disco lights for the marquee and our white starlight dance floor which are great for evening music and dancing. I’ll post some pics of the wedding barn canopy as soon as it goes up. We’ve also bought some new festoon lights with white lanterns which again couples used to hire in. They’re now available free of charge so there’ll be plenty of opportunity … Continue reading
Up on the website today our brand new 2016 winter elopement wedding brochure. You can Click Here to download a copy. With new photographs from our photo shoot here last month and a great team: Clare Kinchin – still photography Baxter & Ted – film Amanda Randell – flowers Jodie from Tavistock Hair Lounge – hair Jess from Visage Aesthetics – make up Harrie from Boo To A Goose – macarons Kayliegh & Ben – our real life couple the brochure will tell you pretty much everything you need to know about how to have an elopement here at Ever After. So if you’re looking for laid back luxe for an elopement wedding in Autumn, Winter or Spring – get in touch!
Today in part 2 of our interview with Deborah of Dartmoor Flowers, (you can read part 1 here), we’re looking at the beautiful bouquets Deborah created for Fiona and James’s wedding here in June 2015. Of course it also helps to have a great photographer to capture the beauty of the flowers but that’s another post! Fiona and James engaged local photographer Nick Walker who took all these great photos of the wedding flowers. Fiona’s bridal bouquet created by Deborah contained the flowers we talked about yesterday, pale pink peonies, cream and lilac stocks, blue cornflowers, ammi (lace flower), pale pink astilbe and in an echo of the wedding flower arch in the wedding barn, the hanging green amaranthus, all of which you can identify in the photos above. These photos of Fiona and James show that Deborah perfectly created the feel that Fiona wanted – spring pastel colours, looking natural and hand-picked. Deborah told me that the pinterest page she … Continue reading
As we’ve finished our summer wedding season I thought I’d look back at the detail of some of the weddings we’ve had here at Ever After in 2015. I’m thrilled to be able to share this behind the scenes look at the wedding flowers from one of our early weddings this year. Fiona and James were married here at Ever After in the first week of June and after asking me for recommendations for local florists, they engaged one of our favourites, Deborah of Dartmoor Flowers to create their wedding flowers. Fiona and James made arrangements to meet Deborah here at the venue. They had some ideas about floral decor and wanted to meet on site to see whether their ideas were practical. I asked Deborah to take us through the process with couples, using Fiona and James as an example, how to choose which arrangements to have and how to pick which flowers to use. Deborah created a … Continue reading
We have plenty of slate signs here at Ever After which are available for use by our couples on their wedding day to create that perfect English garden wedding feel. Signs can be used to direct guests to certain places, let them know what you want them to do say with the guest book or at the bar. Signs can be dotted around the venue and the gardens as you like… Are you thinking of having signs at your wedding? You’re welcome to design and bring your own signs, borrow ours or (if you give us enough notice) we can design bespoke signs for you as all ours are hand drawn in-house. Take a look on our inspiration page of our website to see how you might use our signs and other items to dress the venue for your outdoor wedding.
A couple of years ago I worked with the lovely Abigail McKenzie on a photo shoot here at Ever After. Abigail designed and hand painted my favourite ever aisle runner – and people still love that photo today: So I was thrilled to see that Abigail has set up a new bespoke stationery and wedding design business Dearly Beloved Design. Abigail met her partner Ben at university where they were both studying illustration. The couple joined forces personally and professionally and run Dearly Beloved Design together. Their design background is at the heart of everything they do – every piece starts with a hand drawn sketch. We love the idea that everything is hand-crafted by the two of them for a truly bespoke “just for you” service. Abigail and Ben love mid-century design which comes out clearly in this hand-painted floral design, perfect for a modern garden wedding: Abigail sees the ideal clients for Dearly Beloved Design as a … Continue reading
This gorgeous slide show from Style Me Pretty of fresh flowers for wedding hair caught my eye this morning on my newsfeed. Some of those have definitely gone on my Hair Inspiration Pinterest board so do pop over and take a look. Follow Ever After’s board hair inspiration on Pinterest. It got me thinking about some of our brides this summer who totally rocked this style, which is perfect for an English summer garden wedding. Three of our brides had the lovely Deborah of Dartmoor Flowers for their wedding flowers. Deborah created all the bouquets for each wedding and also provided the flowers for the brides’ hair. Jenny & Shaun got married here at the end of July. Jenny’s hair was styled by local wedding hair and make up specialist Gem Ryder. Gem tells me “Jenny wanted to keep her hair simple, relaxed and romantic so I added some gentle waves to her short hair, pulling back … Continue reading
The lawns look so inviting when they’re newly mown. They’re at their peak 2 days after mowing so that’s when they get mown – 2 days before each wedding. Here are my (amateur!) photos of the lawns today after their recent mowing. This year guests have enjoyed arrival drinks on the top lawns by the ponds and the new waterfall garden. For post wedding receptions, a drinks station on the lower lawns with the table set up under the shade of the acer and lawn games for guests to enjoy are a highlight of the venue. Champagne anyone…? Or a game of giant jenga or connect 4…? Perhaps an afternoon tea picnic? We love to hear ideas from our couples for how they’ll use the lawns for their wedding here at Lower Grenofen.
Here we are on 2 September, officially the start of late summer and our last month of the wedding season. What a beautiful morning, not a single cloud in the sky but we definitely have the feeling of the beginning of autumn with the leaves on the acers just starting to turn gold and amber. The garden enters another new phase now. The white fushias are at their glorious best and keep producing ever more dancing ballerina flowers. The roses are out for what I was going to say is a second flush but really they haven’t stopped flowering all summer. They were hit hard by the recent rain but they keep sending out new rose buds and they’re going to be beautiful over the next few weeks. The hydrangeas are still looking good, the paniculata limelight is right at its peak in September. And the cosmos outside the barn just keep giving and giving, they’ll go on … Continue reading
These arrived today and I couldn’t be more thrilled with them! Who doesn’t need outdoor seating in the shape of bottle tops… I added Mrs Mouse to the photo to give a sense of scale. I asked her to sit on top of one of them for an extra photo but she wasn’t keen and referred me to her agent. These stools will look great on the lawn during your drinks reception. They add a contemporary feel to the outdoor furniture and I think they’ll be a talking point with guests. Check back shortly to see more additions to our decor collection included free of charge to our wedding couples.
Yesterday the lovely S and I took a road trip. Not one of those Hollywood trekking across America in a Mustang road trips (I wish!) but down to Poole to pick up a new (for us) vintage hand cart for our couples to use at their weddings here. Having checked that we could actually fit the cart onto our trusty trailer, we drove down and loved it on sight! S loaded it onto the trailer, roped it on and off we went back home with our lovely new acquisition. The trailer had been used by local builders R Short of Upton, Poole, Dorset. There was a painted wooden sign in the cart with the builders name and phone number, “Phone Lychett Minster 365” which matches the signwriting at the end of the cart. The cart is probably Victorian and although we don’t know much about its origins, we’re looking forward to putting it to new uses here for … Continue reading
Phew… The first time in weeks I have been able to get to the blog. We’ve had weddings every Saturday since the start of the season and it’s been intense! Wonderful but busy… Our new river walk has been super popular with our wedding couples and photographers alike. I can’t wait to see all the different photos as they start to arrive over the next few weeks but I thought I would share this one courtesy of a new wedding photographer for us this year, the lovely Nick Walker. Gorgeous flowers by local florist Deborah who owns and runs Dartmoor Flowers Nick captured Fiona and James at their wedding here last month. These photos really show how many different parts of the venue there are and what great opportunities there are for photos. Not to mention capturing all those love and laughter moments with the people most special to you. Enjoy!
We’re always adding to our decor items list and I’ve just taken delivery of some new additions for this year. We already had the bark tea light holders which we put in groups of 3 on tables when couples are having a woodland/outdoor/rustic chic look to their wedding. The new vases are for flower arrangements and we have one for each table. I’ve added the tea light to give an idea of size. They’re 11.5 cm high and 11 cm diameter so a good size for displaying flowers. They could also be used as part of other displays on cake tables, gift tables, dessert tables, at the bar – anywhere you fancy! Another idea might be to have them on top of logs lining the wedding aisle to add to a woodland feel. Can’t wait to see them in action this year!
I loved this post from the lovely Rona of Flowerona the moment I saw it. Ribbons on bridal bouquets don’t sound like a big deal but when you see these, they are so gorgeous! Brides magazine also featured this trend a couple of months ago: The ribbons can be different lengths, widths and colours. They make such an impact and are a fab way of tying in and bringing your wedding colours together. If you’re into DIY there are various great online tutorials you can use to dye your own ribbons, I like this one here from Green Wedding Shoes. And this tutorial from Botanical Brouhaha uses avocado skins and elderberries to create subtle organic colours and just look at those finished results. If you want to buy in your ribbons there’s the amazing US based Silk & Willow which supply plant dyed silk ribbons and is used by a lot of UK florists. The subtle colours on their website are super … Continue reading
Love My Dress, Sarah Dawson of Perfect Wedding, The Cake Blog and The Knot are all talking about sequins as a wedding trend for 2015. Sequins are a great way of adding a touch of glamour and sparkle to any wedding and you can use as much or as little as you like according to your own taste. Adding sequins to your bridesmaids dresses is an easy way of bringing in the sequins and will certainly let your bridesmaids stand out on the day. I particularly loved the bridesmaids in the mix and match skirts and sequin tops above, they bring in two trends in one, metallics AND sequins. You can also use sequins in other aspects of your wedding decor, table cloths or table runners are a way of bringing the sparkle to your table settings. And of course there’s the bridal frock to scatter with sequins. With designers such as Jenny Packham and Temperley Bridal having sequins as part … Continue reading
In my last post I looked at the point of wedding trends. One benefit of wedding trend chatter is it can provide a focus when you’re feeling overwhelmed by so much PRETTY STUFF and you want to have it all but then what would that look like..? I’m not talking about wedding themes although they can be great fun if you have something personal to you as a couple. I’m talking about trying to nail down the overall look and feel of the day, the style. Because style isn’t just there for it’s own sake, it creates an atmosphere, it affects the mood of your guests, it’s the thing that makes guests say, ‘oh it just fitted you perfectly as a couple’ – that’s what you’re looking for when you’re seeking out your wedding style. So in trawling through all the various ideas and trends, you’re looking for what speaks to YOU, what do you love and why … Continue reading