As we look forward to another fabulous summer wedding season here at Ever After in 2017, I’m looking back at a selection of our 2016 weddings, some planning highlights and some of the suppliers involved.   It’s also a chance to share some photos from each of the weddings which haven’t been seen before.

The first wedding of the 2016 summer season was Philippa and John who got married on the first Saturday in May.   The day was planned around a church wedding, Philippa got ready in the honeymoon cottage with her two daughters as flower girls.   Colours for the day were white, blush pink and gold with the men dressed in tweed and decor items of rustic accents and natural colours.   Jodie of The Hair Lounge Tavistock and Jess of No 5 Aesthetics came to the venue to help Philippa get ready for her church wedding.

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The rain held off for Philippa leaving from the venue for the church with her Dad and the flower girls:

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Philippa’s bridal bouquet by Dartmoor Flowers focused on white tulips and early spring flowers tied with a blush ribbon.

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Buses brought guests from the church to the venue and our brollies were put to good use for the clay pigeon shoot in our top field when the showers started.

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Philippa and John brought in our recommended shooting instructors although almost all guests were experienced shots. The instructors were on hand to instruct beginners and give a few tips to the more experienced.

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Bride Philippa is a dab hand with a shotgun and photographer Vince of Yeti Photography got some great shots of the photographic kind…

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Guests feasted on picnic hampers of game pies with pheasant provided to the caterers by Philippa and John.    As alcohol and guns are not a good mix(!) non-alcoholic drinks of ginger beer, cloudy lemonade and elderflower were served from a drinks station in the field.

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After the clay shoot, guests took their seats for the wedding breakfast in the marquee.   Philippa and John had long tables set up with our ghost chairs and pale green table cloths.

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Philippa sprayed glass bottles and jars with gold glitter and filled them with simple sprays of white flowers for the guest tables.   Hired-in green goblets for water glasses added a pop of colour.

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Dartmoor Flowers brought back some of the church garlands, using one to decorate the top table.

2017-01-18_0011The top table was arranged to face into the wedding marquee.  Some couples prefer the stone wall on the terrace as their view, others want to have it as the back drop in photos which is what Philippa and John went for, as you can see from the speech photos:

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Guests dined on sharing platters of salamis and cured meats, olives and courgette flowers followed by beef brisket, home-made horseradish cream and tiny Yorkshires.    We set up a dessert station on the terrace for guests to help themselves to the selection of mini desserts:

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Tea & coffee were served after the wedding breakfast and Moor Bars were hired in to provide a pay bar in the evening followed by music and dancing in the wedding marquee.

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Philippa bought her blush pink, white chocolate wedding cake from the newly launched selection at Marks & Spencer.   I set up the wedding cake table with candles, glitter vases, the bridal bouquet and our Kate Spade cake knife and slice for a simple, elegant display.

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Evening food of pork pies, cheese & crackers, wedding cake, bowls and fruit and cream were provided by Philippa and John and set up by us for guests in the evening.

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Marshmallows were provided for guests to toast on our Kadai fire pit into the night:

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Suppliers List for Philippa & John’s wedding:

Photography:   Yeti Photography

Flowers:   Dartmoor Flowers

Hair:   The Hair Lounge Tavistock

Make up:   No 5 Aesthetics 

Bar:   Moor Bars