Cassie and Thomas eloped here at Ever After in March 2018 last year after just 10 weeks of planning. Their heartfelt story and beautiful wedding photos where enjoyed so much by Love My Dress that they featured their wedding on their website. Here’s a short insight into their beautiful elopement and what the couple said about their day.
“We searched the net for elopements at short notice, and tried to find a place of meaning. I fell upon Ever After in Dartmoor, and fell in love with not only the pictures, but how Nicola writes about the venue, how it was created, the language she uses and the sheer style.”
“I emailed Nicola on the off chance she’d have last minute availability and shared my story, the importance of March, and being married in a dear place close to our hearts, and with luck and her pure, kind heart, she offered us her venue and elopement package for Thursday 29 March 2018, even though she had planned to close the venue for the Easter Bank Holiday.”
“What a truly remarkable person! Nicola was the first sprinkle of luck in the planning of our wedding.”
Cassie carried a glorious spring bouquet by Amanda Randell Cox, filled with roses, hellebores, lisianthus, waxflowers and beautiful blooms in various, pretty shades of pink, together with greenery and fragrant herbs, like rosemary.
“Amanda’s sensational flower crafts are all part of the elopement package at Ever After. I got exactly what I asked for (by that, I mean I didn’t tell Amanda what type of flowers to use). I gave her my preference on colours, and the feel of simplicity and beauty, and put full trust in Amanda from reviewing her work online, and believing that Nicola at Ever After put me in great hands.”
Cassie wore a beautiful floral crown of hellebores, waxflowers and greenery, all tied with a pink velvet ribbon, by florist Amanda Randell Cox.
“My requirements were only every discussed over email. I wanted something subtle, delicate and soft. I got just that, and was thrilled when I saw it on the day. Amanda certainly knows her stuff, as the crown matched my bouquet and theme perfectly.”
Capturing the joy and intimacy of Cassie and Thomas’ day (not to mention some scene-stealing shots of their delightful daughter!) was photographer Clare Kinchin.
“Clare is just amazing. Both Thomas and I hate our photos being taken, but she is such a lovely person. She put us immediately at ease. She knows exactly how to capture the best and different types of shots that truly capture the feeling on the day. We regularly look at the photos and it just takes us straight back to the magic felt on the day.”
Food and Cake
Cassie, Thomas and their loved ones enjoyed an intimate, delicious wedding breakfast together, followed by an incredible carrot cake by private chef and baker Harrie, of Boo To A Goose.
“Harrie came as part of our elopement package, and doesn’t only make works of art when she bakes, but is a fine chef, too. Our canapés and wedding breakfast were mouth watering. The cake was a carrot cake made to look like a tree stump with our initials carved into it!”
“Thomas and I met in our late teens, and were friends for a few years before ever dating. Apparently Thomas had a bet with a friend (a pint I must add!) that he’d take me on a date (which he won after years of trying – I obviously didn’t pick up the signs he liked me like that). It’s strange as my dad had a bet he’d get a date with my mum, and they ended up being married for 39 years before she unexpectedly died.”
The couple dated for a few years before going their separate ways, rekindling their friendship, and then relationship, three years later.
To hear more of Cassie and Thomas’s love story head to Love My Dress to read their feature.
What the couple said about us
“We love the outdoors, and the grounds of the venue were just amazing. It’s such a magical place, with a indescribable feel. We loved that the backdrop of the venue would allow us to bring our love for all things natural and rustic indoors. The colour choices were based on bringing warmth, beauty and natural earthy touches of green (my mum’s favourite colour). We also loved that we could stay onsite in the honeymoon cottage, which is so fabulously designed, and so cosy.”