Zoe & Ben (July 2017)
“Dearest Nicola & Steven,
Now that Saturday has come and gone, and Zoe and I have begrudgingly accepted our wedding day is now consigned to memory, we wanted to take a moment to send you an e-mail to express the deepest thanks we can muster!
Thank you for everything you did during the year or so of our wedding planning. We couldn’t help but feel we that at times we were inundating you with e-mails and phone-calls, particularly as the big day approached, but you always took the time to help us emerge from moments of panic feeling calm, focused and reassured. In particular, and given the difficulties we encountered with our initial photographer and florist, thank you for pulling a rabbit out of the hat and dropping Lucy and Amanda right into our laps! When we combine that with the good fortune of Baxter & Ted being able to attend, we feel like we ended up with something of a dream team of suppliers, and they all fit our vision for the day perfectly. None of this would have been possible if you hadn’t been so thorough in your efforts to investigate and appreciate exactly what we wanted for the day.
I don’t think there will ever be words to do justice to the little corner of paradise you have crafted at Lower Grenofen, but whenever we visited you in preparation for the wedding, we were always amazed at the constant evolution of Ever After, and the beauty it reflected as the seasons changed. Thank you so much for your efforts in transforming the orchard into a truly wonderful setting for our ceremony, we couldn’t have pictured it any better ourselves. As our wedding day progressed, and we took in everything unfolding around us, we realised in a moment of clarity that every single corner of Ever After is a reflection of your love, character and passion. This is, we feel, the unquantifiable reason behind the beauty of Ever After, and what elevates it beyond every other wedding venue we have ever seen. From the honeymoon cottage, to the lawns, from the annex to the marquee, from the wonderful river walk and gardens to the beautiful orchard, we felt your love and care pouring from every corner of what you have created. Much like we were, our guests were blown away by Ever After, and many said they simply had not seen a wedding like this before.
Ultimately, the greatest compliment we can offer is that you have provided us with the greatest day of our lives. It exceeded all our expectations, and quite simply was perfect. We will be forever grateful for all that you have done, and Lower Grenofen has been forever engraved into our memory and our hearts.
Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts,
Zoe & Ben.”
Emma & Michael (May 2017)
“Dear Nicola & Steven
A very quick note to say a big thank you for helping to make our day just perfect – it was just what we hoped it would be.
Ever After is amazing. Your home truly is gorgeous and created a magical wedding. The lights, flowers, ground, river, cottage – and all the special touches that make Ever After so unique meant that we have a day we will absolutely treasure forever.
We chose Ever After as it was like nothing else and are so happy that we had our small wedding with you – frankly nowhere else even comes close!
Please extend our thanks and best wishes also to Sally and Bethany, all in all what a lovely team!
We will share the photos once we have them but in the meantime all the very best for the rest of the year and again thank you for helping to create an incredible and very special day.
Emma, Andrew & Bella xx
PS Who says you can’t arrange a wedding with a 4 month old!
Charlotte & Christian (May 2017)
Thank you for your part in making our wedding on Saturday extra special! Everyone said how beautiful the venue was and we are thankful that the weather cleared up enough for people to enjoy the gardens.
Many thanks, and good luck for the rest of your upcoming weddings!
Hannah & Kevin (January 2017)
“Our day was more than we could have hoped for and we treasure it dearly.
Hannah & Kevin”
Victoria (January 2017)
“A family friend first recommended the venue. Living in Australia meant my parents viewed the venue on our behalf. A video was captured on an iPad and sent to us for analysis. It didn’t take long for all of us to agree it was the place for us to celebrate our special day.
We wanted to have something quintessentially English – a real experience in particular for our Australian guests – all ours guests from near and far were blown away.
We first saw the venue in person the day we stepped off a plane from Australia. We weren’t disappointed – utterly beautiful even after a wedding the day before!
Living on the other side of the world meant there was only so much we could do from afar. The real planning started when we touched down in the UK. Trust us Nicola thinks of everything and is always in contact via email to make sure you’re on track so nothing will go awry.
Went all too quickly!! Nicola had everything in hand from gathering guests to keeping our MC on track so we didn’t have to worry about a single thing! We knew that the venue was beautiful but we were simply blown away by how it all came together and presented on the day.
Enjoy every moment of your special day as it goes all too quickly!”
Carole & Craig (September 2016)
“Thank you again for such a brilliant day, it really couldn’t have been any more perfect.
Pat (Mother of the Bride) September 2016
“Hi to you Nicola and Steve,
I just want to send you both a huge huge thank you for going above and beyond in everything you have done over the past months in the planning and for the actual wedding this weekend. Your help and support has been immense and I cannot express how much this was appreciated. For all those thoughtful added little touches that mean so much.
Nicola you knew just how to keep us calm and Steve thank you so much for running me back to Rockmount when you had enough to be doing at the venue.
Again thank you so much wishing you many many years of success.
Nicola I hope you are ok and wish you both a relaxing happy restful time until your next wedding season commences.
Kindest regards and best wishes
Jennifer & Chris (September 2016)
We just wanted to say thank you for what was ‘the best wedding ever’ according to us and a good chunk of our guests.
The staff were excellent. So friendly and happy to help. We loved that you made sure everything went smoothly and made things happen even when we hadn’t thought about it (like the way the tables were laid out next to the dance floor in the evening).
Your attention to detail – including your outfit matching our rather untraditional colour scheme – made everything perfect.
Thank you so much.
Jennifer and Chris”
Sue & Steve (Mother and Father of the Bride) September 2016
I just wanted to express my sincere thanks for the most wonderful wedding anyone could wish for your beautiful venue. Your attention to detail and perfect organisation was amazing; thank you so much!
With best wishes to you and the team
Sue & Steve”
Heather (Mother of the Bride) September 2016
“Hi Nicola and team,
I just wanted to say what a wonderful job you all did this weekend for my daughter and son-in-law’s big day! You have a wonderful venue and even better, fab staff for whom nothing was too much trouble.
Thanks so much Heather”
Elizabeth (August 2016)
Thank you so much for the wonderful day you laid on for our daughter, Carole’s wedding to Craig! You have no idea how many glowing comments we have received about the setting, the staff ….I could go on forever!
Lis (proud mother of the bride!)”
Kari & Ian (August 2016)
“Can we say a huge thank you from Ian and I for all your care and love you put into making our wedding such a fantastic day.
It was incredible and you contributed so much into making it the best day of our lives.
Kari and Ian xxx”
Georgia & Lee (August 2016)
“Nicola you have been great! Always quick to reply and great at archiving all info that’s been requested sent through from day 1 to right up until the wedding. which means less for us to have to worry about! it was completely stress free working with Ever After due to the great detail and advice supplied just before the wedding e.g checklist and details sheet. the bridal cottage is also a dream with great supplies for the weekend!
What caught our eye about the venue was the fact that it’s a ready made package with all the little touches included that you would normally have to source yourself. It’s just in a stunning location and the mixture of vintage, rustic, and modern just suited us down to a T! we also loved how relaxed the feel of Ever After was – especially letting our frenchy come along too!
Our first impressions of the venue were STUNNING STUNNING STUNNING! I fell in love with it as soon as we came to view it and nothing else measured up!
In the year leading up to the wedding Nicola was always happy to help and reply however little and silly your questions are! lovely to have the night in the cottage before as well to get to know the place better.
Ou experience of the day was just fantastic – ran very smoothly and just meant we could enjoy every minute, wouldn’t change a thing and we were so happy with how it all came together and looked on the day. The lighting for the evening is just stunning and makes for fantastic photographs!
Our advice to other couples is make sure on the day you just relax and have fun! Make sure you do what you want to do, and if you have a furbaby bring them along for the ride too!
Georgia & Lee”
Charlotte & Luke (August 2016)
“Thank you so much for making our wedding so magical. We had the best day of our lives. Amazing!”
Helen & Nick (August 2016)
“Nick and I just wanted to say a big thank you for everything you did last Saturday. We genuinely had the best day at your most stunning venue. The amount of people who have said its the best wedding venue and wedding they’ve ever been to has been overwhelming.. We couldn’t say enough about how fabulous it all was..
Helen & Nick xxx”
Sue, Mother of the Groom (July 2016)“Hi Nicola,A fair amount of water will have flowed past your place since Rachel and Phil’s wedding on 16th July, but I just wanted to say my own personal thank you as mother of the groom, andPerson in Charge of Confetti! It was a lovely day. Everyone enjoyed themselves, and thought the venue was so attractive, and well organised. So well done, thank you again, and all thebest with Ever After, I hope there’s lots of “Happy” in that for you too.
Sue”Rachel & Phil (July 2016)“Hey NicolaI hope you are well and have been enjoying the stunning summer sun?I have been meaning to email you for ages….well certainly since our wedding to say thank you so much for everything you did to make our wedding day the best ever.The attention to detail that you and Steven put in to the day was amazing. And it wasn’t even just the wedding itself, there was the rehearsal the day before, getting the sofas and fire pit set up near the river and ordering pizza’s/Prosecco for me and the bridesmaids the day before, me and Phil after the wedding, breakfast both days, making the room and venue in general look beautiful all the time and making the tidying up as easy as possible for us.And we have tonnes of stunning pics of peoples and the venue.The general consensus from all guests was that it was the most amazing fairy tale venue.So yeah, huge thanks – it really was the best day of our lives.Speak to you soon.Rach”
Cady & Sam (July 2016)
“Cady and I had such an amazing day. Thank you for everything – the day was just perfect.
Sue (Mother of The Bride) June 2016
“I would like to thank you and Steve so much for making Kate and Jon’s wedding day so special on 28th May.
You made us all feel so welcome and shared your beautiful house and garden with us. Our guests have made so many complimentary remarks about ‘the wonderful venue’.
Thank you for all your hard work behind the scenes – keeping such a disorganised family slightly organised!
I shall never forget the happy bride and groom, the beautiful dance area, the wedding day breakfast, the best garden to walk in and your calm, helpful suggestions.
With very best wishes
Debbie and Jamie (September 2015):
“I spent many hours searching the internet for the perfect venue and then came across Ever After. I knew without even having to view the location that it was perfect for our special day.
We were looking for something different to many of the weddings we had been to before, something to make our guests go ‘wow’, which EverAfter absolutely did.
Also, having Nicola on site and running the show meant we didn’t have to worry about a thing from the minute we booked it until the music came to an end at the Reception, every single detail was taken care of by Nicola and the team (even down to helping me get out of my dress!).
Nicola has a brilliant eye for style, I used Pinterest to share a few boards with Nicola and she then came up with the styling for the day.
Alex and Danny (September 2015):
“Thank you so much for everything you did for us in making our wedding day so special. We could not have wished for a more beautiful setting in which to share the day with our friends and family.
The day was made even more special and enjoyable for us because of the hard work and careful attention to detail which you put in to organising everything. We were able to really relax and didn’t have to worry about a single thing and we thank you very much for that.
Thank you again for everything.
Alex & Danny xxx”
Beth & Luke (September 2015):
“Thank you so much for helping to create our magical wedding day. We couldn’t have wished for more than getting married in a garden, by the river in a Dartmoor valley. Thank you for looking after us all so well – and for the last minute table name stands! We’ll always remember beautiful Lower Grenofen! With lots of love and thanks
Beth & Luke xx”
Lucy & Chris (August 2015):
I just want to say a massive thank you for everything you’ve done for us over the past year. I’m still getting people ask where the venue is and how I found it. All our guests said it was the most beautiful venue they’ve ever been to.
We’ll probably be back to come and have a wander round. I’m going to miss coming down every couple of months, I already miss the ‘wedmin’!
Thank you for the perfect day!
All our love
Mr & Mrs Lotto xxx
PS Thank you for going through the rubbish to find our wedding money!”
Jenny and Shaun (August 2015):
“A huge thank you from us both to you all. Every effort, big and small, in anticipation of 18 July was appreciated so much. We all felt so welcome in your beautiful home and Lower Grenofen will always hold a special place in our hearts…We had a day that we dreamed of – personal, intimate, fun, romantic, classy and laid back. Your guidance and suggestions were always fantastic and we’re grateful for your impeccable taste!
See you for the reunion!
Jenny & Shaun xx”
Jerry and Nancy (July 2015):
“As things have settled down now and Jenny and Shaun are almost back in Auckland, I thought it was well time I dropped you a line.
Everything was so lovely and the way you and your family worked so hard to transform things into the event it became was truly inspiring. Thanks to you all for sharing your home and going the extra mile to accommodate us.
The whole thing was very emotionally charged and so many people have said about all the tears shed.
All the contributors were great, from the food to the flowers, the hair and nails, music and photographer.
Jerry and Nancy
Di and Noel (July 2015):
“Dear Nicola and Steve
Thank you very much for all the care and attention you put in to Beth’s wedding and for enabling us to have a truly wonderful and moving day.”
Harriet & Chris (June 2015):
Thank you for your kind email. We had such an amazing day! We have had so many comments about how lovely and unique the venue was. It is so beautiful and all the hard work and attention to detail you and your lovely family put in made the day so special. It is unforgettable and we will always be grateful. It was a pleasure working with you, I don’t know what I’ll do with myself now there isn’t a wedding to plan!
Take care and speak soon!
Jessica and Chris (June 2015):
We really can’t thank you enough for everything you did for our wedding in June. Words really cannot describe how perfect your venue was for us, despite seeing the grounds in the depths of winter we both knew straight away that this was the venue we were looking for. The gardens did not disappoint on the day and created a picture perfect wedding venue. Without wanting to sound too biased we don’t think we’ve ever heard so many people say that it’s the best venue they have ever seen for a wedding!
Attempting to organise our wedding in 12 weeks and whilst living 200 miles away could have proven to be an absolute nightmare! However, with your awesome organisational skills and a calm head you really helped us to create the perfect day, we really couldn’t have wished for anything more. The fact that we were awoken to a full English breakfast the following morning meant our first day as husband and wife got off to a pretty good start too!
Chris & Jess”
Sue (September 2014):
Thank you for the most incredible day we all had on Wednesday to celebrate James and Amy’s wedding. You really do have the most beautiful, romantic and exquisite venue and I can think of nothing to better the fabulous day. Mike and I are very grateful to you and your team who made the day one of the best days of our lives. With grateful thanks to you again.”
Ben Selway Wedding Photographer (September 2014):
“One of the most beautiful venues I’ve seen in my decade of being a wedding photographer.”
James and Amy (September 2014):
We can’t thank you enough for helping to make our day so special – it couldn’t have been more perfect! All of the guests have been raving about your stunning venue and so many have said that it was the best wedding that they have ever been to.”
Liz and Des (September 2014):
I’m sorry that it’s taken so long for us to get back to you but you were both so very good to us that we felt it was not sufficient enough to just gush about the setting and accommodation, both of which were spectacular, and decided to wait for some feedback from people who attended our wedding.
We know that everyone who came had a great time. My sister and her husband said that they’d never had such a good time at a wedding. Others have said that ours was the best wedding that they had ever been to and most of these people are old enough to have been to many weddings! People have raved about it.
When we left, the day after our wedding, we did say to you that our day had been perfect.
All of your suggestions and recommendations were perfect.
The wine merchant, Charles Steevenson, who I really enjoyed meeting, provided an excellent selection, and choice, at a good price and nobody was disappointed with that!
The food from Dartmoor Inn was great and well received by all. Lots of compliments.
Deborah Morris of Dartmoor Flowers gave us such beautiful flowers.
Alison Orchard gave us what we had asked for. A very simple but beautiful wedding celebration which she gave with happiness, humour & sincerity which, we’re told, did bring a tear or two to a few people present.
The executive loos were a big hit too. Such a degree of luxury for mobile bathrooms!
You planned our wedding Nicola and took away all the stress we didn’t want. You couldn’t have done any more to give us the perfect wedding. You and Steven worked so hard and we’ll never forget that.
Thanks and best wishes”
Suzannah and Bobby August 2014:
“We experienced Ever After as an idyllic location for our wedding. All the natural beauty provides a perfect backdrop to all aspects of the day. The garden is stunning regardless of the weather, our day started with rain, which could lead to nightmare fears, but only served to make everything look more green and fresh.
Something we appreciated and our guests commented on, was Nicola’s exquisite eye for detail and she has a talent to work and understand what you want for your wedding. We really valued her flexibility in allowing us to create our dream wedding event either making use of tradition or throwing it away completely.
Ever After works with a fixed caterer, but once we tasted the Dartmoor inn food we realised this is only a positive, the food is incredible. Just as Nicola did, they demonstrated their talent to work with our wishes and budget without diminishing the quality of the food. When all this came together on our wedding day it gave the event a really magical feel in this tiny, beautiful corner of Dartmoor which for one day truly belonged to us.”