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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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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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impromptu pre-wedding shoot by richard murgatroyd…

This impromptu pre-wedding shoot is adorable.  Jess & Rob got married here at Ever After in June this year and picked Richard Murgatroyd to capture their day.   Richard is based on London, as were Jess & Rob so it made sense for them to meet up with Richard close to home. Photographers are usually willing to travel nationally (and some internationally) to cover a wedding.   Unlike other wedding suppliers like cake makers and florists, photographers can’t (or shouldn’t!) cover more than one wedding a day and as they have no cake or flowers to spoil on a long journey, travelling to a wedding is not such a big deal for them, they just load up their kit and go. Do be aware though that if your wedding photographer is travelling a long way for your wedding, you will have to pay their accommodation for a night and maybe two nights depending on the distance.   Make sure you factor … 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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a woodland wedding at ever after last week…

Ah, a woodland wedding.   Love ’em.   A woodland wedding at Ever After, sign me up. When the lovely wedding photographer Dan Ward  goes the extra mile and gets a photo of said woodland wedding out within hours of the wedding and it’s this photo: And then to top that I get a lovely email from a happy bride about having had the BEST wedding, well that’s my day made right there… Amy & Nick had a beautiful wedding here earlier this month.   The weather was perfect, the bride looked radiant, the ceremony was a tear jerker, the food was mouth watering.   Happy couple & happy guests makes for a happy me. Here’s Amy’s lovely email, hot off the press: “Hi Nicola, I’m sat in our suite at our little boutique chateau, reflecting on what was, without doubt, the best day of our lives. I was going to write on our return, but just felt I wanted … 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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elopement wedding inspiration; elopement flowers

elopement wedding inspiration; elopement flowers   If you’ve got this far then you probably know that as part of your elopement wedding package, super talented Amanda Randell beautifully crafts your elopement flowers. Your wedding may be small but there’s still no room for error, which is why we only have the best of the best. Chelsea flower show gold medalist, Amanda, will provide you with the most sensational bouquet, buttonhole, and cake flowers. And if you didn’t know that, well now you do! Wedding flowers can be a daunting task, so if you aren’t sure about exactly what you want then panic not. Just give Amanda an idea of colours, or anything in particular you might want to include, and she’ll do the rest (she is the expert after all). But if you know exactly what you want, that’s fine too! Detailed instructions can be followed carefully. Either way, here’s some stunning elopement flower inspiration for you to get your teeth … 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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another happy couple…

Another happy couple. That’s our job done then.  Zoe & Ben got married here at the venue just 4 days ago and already I’ve had a lovely review in from them and a sneak peek at some gorgeous photos from their photographer Lucy Turnbull. Zoe & Ben’s wedding planning wasn’t entirely smooth sailing.   They had booked a florist but a couple of months before their wedding they felt they weren’t getting the support they needed from their supplier so they asked if I could help with another recommendation.   Fortunately Amanda Randell our exclusive elopement florist was available on their date and came to the rescue.   Within a couple of weeks, Amanda had put together a plan based on them wanting a wow factor in the marquee, jungly foliage and bright colours of orange and purple.  Crisis over. Until the next one…   Zoe and Ben had booked their wedding photographer in good time.   Then 6 weeks before … 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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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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Dress to express (and impress) – elopement outfits

Elopement outfits – dress to express as well as impress Elopement outfit… Where to start? The big question for any kind of event/occasion/gathering of people is ‘what should I wear?’ and that’s no exception for weddings, not even elopement weddings! For a big-120-guest-summer-wedding it’s a lot easier for you to pick your dress, am I right? It’s pretty standard, big white wedding = big white wedding dress. So where does that leave you for your Elopement wedding outfit? A non-traditional wedding surely means non-traditional attire? Wrong. The thing I love about elopement weddings is the freedom they give you! Because elopement weddings are small, intimate, personal, and (above all) a brand new concept, there is no dress code or accepted attire, and it is great. I love wedding dresses. I love the way they reflect the personality of the bride (when done right, of course). What is so great about picking your elopement outfit is that you’ve got even more freedom to express yourself and … 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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Real elopement wedding – a new one up today…

The ever fab Clare Kinchin is our real elopement wedding photographer.  Clare is super fast at getting the edited photos back to us!   The final edit from last Thursday’s real elopement wedding popped into my inbox just yesterday.   I love seeing all the moments from the day captured in these shots – and this one has all the feels! Luci and Neil had their two spaniels as bridesmaids on the day.   Complete with flowers on their collars and bridal leads – adorable!   We’ve had quite a few requests for dogs at weddings recently and yes, well behaved dogs are always welcome here.   Chip (our youngest border terrier) welcomes all dogs at all times!  But we have our venue to think of so no dogs in ponds and no muddy paws in the honeymoon cottage please!  Luci had the cutest denim jacket with pink sequin heart with ‘married’ on the back.   You NEED to see that over … Continue reading

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Did you see us on Whimsical Wonderland Weddings this week…?

We’re thrilled to see another Ever After real wedding published this week.   The fab wedding blog Whimsical Wonderland Weddings features Carole & Craig’s gorgeous woodland wedding.    Carole & Craig chose the wife and husband team of Anna & Mike from Luna Wedding Photography who always take such amazing photos of weddings here. Click on the photo below to see the full feature: Here’s what bride Carole had to say about choosing Ever After as the wedding venue for their special day. “THE VENUE | As soon as we came across Ever After, just outside of Tavistock, we knew this was the one! We were so certain that we booked it even before visiting. As soon as we got a chance to head across from London to check it out, our initial thoughts were confirmed, it was even more beautiful in real life. It’s the perfect spot for an intimate wedding surrounded by woodland, a quaint little river and … Continue reading

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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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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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Films are like buses…

…well it feels like that anyway!   We’ve waited patiently for some of our wedding films to finish their final edit and now two have come along in a week! Last week I shared Johanna and Andy’s new film by Baxter and Ted.   If you missed that, have a look at it here. This week it’s a film from our other go-to wedding film people, Cupcake Videos.   Carole and Craig’s wedding took place here at Ever After in August this year.   They had a beautiful day with family and friends and plenty of kilts! Highlights include Craig the groom playing the guitar and singing a song just for his bride in front of all their guests and the go-pro camera on the canapes board! Enjoy… I’ll be looking at some of the things to consider if you’re thinking of having a film of your wedding so do check back here to get all the gen…

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Beth & Luke’s 2015 Ever After wedding up on Luna Wedding’s blog…

The super nice team of Anna and Mike who are Luna Weddings photographed Beth & Luke’s midsummer night’s dream wedding here last July – actually a year ago this week (where did that time go?!). You can see more of Beth & Luke’s wedding photos here on our real weddings page.   With dreamy flowers by Dartmoor Flowers, bridal plaited hair woven with flowers, photos on the river walk and a home made cake dripping with real roses, this was a quintessentially Devon garden wedding – just what Beth and Luke had talked about when they first came to see us. Anna and Mike have showcased the wedding on their blog so do click here to pop over and read a lovely write up of the venue (thanks guys!) and take a look at some unseen photos. If you’d like to ask about holding your wedding here at Ever After, drop me a line at nicola@lowergrenofen.co.uk, I’d love to hear all about … Continue reading

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Real winter elopement wedding – mini film by Baxter and Ted…

Thrilled to see this lovely mini film of Mel & Tim’s real winter elopement wedding here in March this year.   Shot in their signature combination of super 8 and digital, this little film beautifully captures all the love and happiness between Mel and Tim so evident on the day. Devon Wedding Film on Dartmoor – Mel + Tim’s Elopement Wedding from Baxter and Ted Films on Vimeo. Love it! If you’d like more information on our winter elopement weddings, click here to go to our winter elopement page. Download our latest elopement wedding brochure and elopement menus or email me at nicola@lowergrenofen.co.uk with any questions and to check availability for your winter elopement wedding.  

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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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New photo shoot up on the website…

I’ve added some unseen photos from the photo shoot we did here last year with the dream team of Theresa Furey, Amber Persia, Nicola Pettitt and model Claire Simpson. Click here to see the full gallery with credits. Click here to see the photo shoot as featured this week in Magnolia Rouge.  

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Featured this week on Magnolia Rouge…

We made it! Our woodland shoot from last year shot with a fabulous team has made it onto the utterly gorgeous Magnolia Rouge blog.   When I started out in the wedding business in 2014, it was one of my ambitions to be featured in Magnolia Rouge and last year I got together with the lovely Amber Persia, super talented florist and stylist and she brought on board fine art photographer Theresa Furey who shot the day on film.   We were of course blessed with our gorgeous model (always helps!) Claire from Base Models  who was such a trooper on the day as she stood in the freezing river and tried not to shiver!  Claire was made even more beautiful by our gifted hair and make up artist Nicola Pettitt.  Take a look at the full feature now on Magnolia Rouge in all its gorgeousness… I’ll be featuring some unseen shots here on the blog shortly and talking about … 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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Another of our 2016 real elopements…

Mari and Dan travelled all the way from Australia for their elopement wedding here in March 2016.   They were travelling round Europe when Dan said, ‘hey why don’t we get married?’ – so they did! Mari wore a gorgeous pale grey chiffon and silver sequin dress with a cute white feather stole for warmth.   She wanted a red and black wedding bouquet with matching buttonhole for Dan who looked splendid in his 3 piece suit hired locally in Tavistock. Mari wanted a 1940’s vintage curled style for her hair and a smoky eye for her make up.  Chloe from The Hair Lounge Tavistock and Jess from Visage Aesthetic both came to the venue on the morning of the wedding to do Mari’s hair and make up. After the humanist wedding ceremony performed by Denise and Nicola of Cornish Celebrants, Mari and Dan took their glasses of champagne and had a photo session in the venue grounds and on … Continue reading

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