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conker gin; wedding ginspiration #2

conker gin; wedding ginspiration #2   If you read our last ginspiration blog post, then you’ll know what all this gin-tasting hype is about… And if you didn’t, catch-up here. conker gin Conker gin is a unique and intricate gin of ten select botanicals, distilled and bottled at Dorset’s first gin distillery in Bournemouth. It’s a classic gin, led by a dry juniper heart, but is mixed with elderberries, samphire, and gorse flowers which give it a light a refreshing edge. ‘Gin on the rocks’ is the recommended way to enjoy, if you’re brave enough. (I am certainly not…). There are a few facts… but let’s get down to the tasting notes.   tasting Firstly, Euan tried it straight and said it was floral, subtle and soft. The initial smell was much harsher than it tasted, but all-round it is unmistakably a dry gin. We then had the gin with ice, lime, and fever tree tonic (of course) and came … Continue reading

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every wedding planning problem has a solution…

a day in the life of a wedding planner… We want our couples to be happy on the day – of course we do!  Creating happiness is our job… Creating the weather.  Well, we haven’t quite mastered that dark art yet, we’re still in the hands of Mother Nature for that.   Fortunately we have solid Plan B’s for every part of a wedding day and can quickly switch up from one to another. Our bespoke wet weather awning attaches to our wedding barn so that we can keep everyone dry in the rain.   It has a clear roof and sides to keep the open and light feel in the barn. If the weather forecast is dry for the wedding, we take the awning down.  If the forecast is uncertain (lost count how many times this year I’ve had that…) we usually put up the frame but not the canvas.  On the day of the wedding we decide whether … Continue reading

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winter is coming; style your elopement wedding

winter is coming… Any Game of Thrones fan has probably jumped with excitement at that title, but this really is just about how to style your winter elopement wedding (stick around, we’ve got lots of great ideas for you…). Winter is coming, though, and you’re probably starting to think about how to style your winter wedding. Winter elopements are fabulous, and there is so much you can do. Okay, so it might not be 17 degrees outside (an average ‘british summer’ temperature…) but we’ve got the fire & the food, and you’ve got the l.o.v.e.  the venue If I said that I thought Ever After was more beautiful in the summer, I would be lying. The venue looks incredible in the summer months, and there really is no place like it, but exactly the same goes for the winter season. The mist is low in the valley, and the leaves have all fallen off the trees creating an enchanted winter-wonderland effect with the bare … Continue reading

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the best people get married here…

the best people get married at Ever After… …they really do. I get asked whether I mind sharing my home when couples get married here.   Uh, no.   Really?   Yeah, really. You mean do I mind when after working with couples for over a year I finally see their day take shape, all their plans and dreams coming together.  I get to meet the loveliest family and friends and be a part of the story of their lives together – because it’s true, the best people get married at Ever After. Do I mind when top florists come to my home and decorate the heck out of it with fabulous floral creations? Do I mind when wedding guests dressed in all their best gear turn up with love in their hearts to spend a day with their friends and family? Do I mind seeing children in the cutest outfits dashing up and down the lawn having the time of … Continue reading

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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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real wedding mustard and claret colours…

real wedding – mustard and claret colours… Real weddings.   We love them.   Which is a good thing because it’s our job!   Actually it’s a great thing because it’s our job.   This is the time of the wedding season when the photos from our weddings earlier in the season start coming in thick and fast – hoorah! I love to see the official photos and spend a good deal of time sorting through them to pick out my favourites for that wedding’s real wedding page here on the website.  I know, it’s a tough job and I get to do it – yay! Yesterday I downloaded 1,200+ (yep over 1,200 photos!) by the lovely Anna & Mike of Luna Weddings from Alena & Dave’s wedding here a few weeks ago in June.   You’ll be seeing a lot of these photos over the coming weeks and months because a) they’re too gorgeous not to share b) it … Continue reading

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wedding ginspiration; kyrö napue

wedding ginspiration; kyrö napue   You may have seen some recent activity about our brand new pop-up lounges (if not, click here). We are super excited about them. The furniture and decor are all fabulous and we can’t wait to see the lounges in full swing (hopefully at every summer wedding next year… 2018 couples…?). But it’s not just about the aesthetics (although they are great), it’s also about the drink. To ensure we’ve selected the best gins, champagnes, and whiskeys for the lounges we (obviously) need to try them first… kyrö napue For this ginspiration blog post we’re focusing on the rye gin ‘Napue’ from the Kyrö distillery in Finland. Napue gin was voted as “The World’s Best Gin for Gin & Tonic” by the International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) in 2015 and in 2016 Napue won the gold medal in the San Francisco World Spirit Competition premium gin-series. (You can find out more about the distillery and the gin itself of the distillery … 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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pretty in purple; real elopement Leanne & Chris

purple and pretty; Leanne and Chris   Leanne and Chris joined us in March for their elopement wedding. We loved the style of this pair, and their purple colour-scheme was quirky and unique; exactly what an elopement wedding should be!   the dress The infamous wedding dress section… except this one is with a twist! Leanne opted for a stunning tea-length dress in a gorgeous deep purple-grey colour. It was a brilliant colour on her, and was the base element for the overall style of the day. Doesn’t she look lovely? I adore the ivory shrug too, an essential for an late winter/early spring wedding.   floral delights As you can see, Amanda did a fab job with Leanne’s flowers (as always!). The colours she used worked amazingly well with Leanne’s dress, and just made that finishing touch to the overall outfit and style. There’s something super special about a natural looking bouquet. And of course, the perfectly matching buttonhole. We always use the … Continue reading

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glamorous elopement; andrea & rob

glamorous elopement; andrea & rob   Inserting your own style to any event can be tricky, right? I mean is there really such a thing as a unique idea? And Pinterest ideas are just so fab, it’s hard to ignore them even when you know people have probably already been there done that… So don’t feel bad when you find inspiration flowing whilst exploring this real elopement wedding, it’s glamorous and fabulous and, yes, yours can be like it too.   Glamour in dress form Andrea’s gorgeous strapless wedding dress was the first hint of glamour, with it’s subtle sparkle and lace detail, accompanied by her fabulous blue shoes.   The flowers Getting the flowers right is always an important task. Thanks to Amanda Randell, Andrea’s bridal flowers were natural with a touch of glamour to tie in with the rest of the day. Having never seen the wedding dress, Amanda managed to capture something within the flowers that just fitted with the dress so … 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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map of ever after grounds…

map of ever after grounds People seem to love our lil directions map on the ‘Get in Touch’ page of the website.   We can be tricky to find even with a sat nav so the map is really helpful for finding us.   Our couples are welcome to use the map in their wedding invitations or on their wedding websites for their guests.  If you want to download the directions map, click here. I’ve had a few requests for a map of the whole venue so I’ve now had a map of Ever After grounds drawn for us by the same person who drew the directions map. So here it is! Our couples are welcome to use this map for their guests, we can email the file to any printers or web managers. From entering the venue at the oak gates, visitors can turn right straight into the guest car park at the back of the venue.  There’s a … Continue reading

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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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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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love my dress feature ever after real wedding

Love My Dress feature real glamorous outdoor wedding at Ever After  We’re thrilled to be featured on the fab wedding blog Love My Dress today. Read all about Georgia & Lee’s gorgeous day in the Love My Dress feature.   If French bulldogs wearing a bow tie made from fabric from the bride’s gown, then this is a wedding for you.   Plus you’ll get to see more of this Ann Campbell fab frock… Here’s Georgia on why she chose us for their wedding venue: “You might ask why we made everyone travel all the way down to Devon (five hours for most of our guests), with no family anywhere near there and when we had never been before, but I found Ever After in Dartmoor through Pinterest and nothing else measured up. I fell in love with the overall feel of the venue, which came with a lot of the details already; trinket candles, jam jar vases, blankets to keep guests warm by … Continue reading

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Our look at 2017 wedding trends – part 2

Last week we started our look at the most talked-about 2017 wedding trends (for part 1 click here).   This week we thought we’d highlight a few of the other trends forecast by our friends over at Coco Wedding Venues. Starting with shades of nude.   We saw some of these here last year in bridal gowns, bridesmaids dresses, flowers, cakes and table settings.  Carrying over a colour into all aspects of the wedding style creates a coherent look that seems effortless (but isn’t!). These nude bridesmaids’ gown from Georgia & Lee’s wedding make a big contribution to the colour.   And don’t forget the groom and his guys, the pale grey groomsmen’s suits from Charlotte & Luke’s wedding make an impact too. Nudes and neutrals can be carried through from dress through to flowers and other accessories such as shoes and sandles.    Mis-matched bridesmaids’ and flower girl dresses give you a wide choice of colours and textures and … 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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Coco Wedding Venues 2017 wedding trend predictions…

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

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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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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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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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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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A real winter elopement wedding here at Ever After…

  Back in April I featured the real winter elopement wedding here of Marianne and Dan.  Click here to read more details about their romantic, intimate wedding day.  Our lovely winter elopement photographer Clare Kinchin has put a lot more of Marianne and Dan’s photos up on her website – yey!   Click here to see more pics from this impossibly romantic elopement wedding. Email me at nicola@lowergrenofen.co.uk about how to hold your winter elopement wedding here and have exclusive use of our beautiful woodland venue.

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Winter elopement photo shoots up on the website…

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

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