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Alena & David, June 2017

alena and david beneath the willow tree

Photography: luna weddings   |   Flowers: dartmoor flowers    |   Cake: posh cakes


Guests arrived at 1pm for Alena and David’s gorgeously romantic wedding, and enjoyed a glass of elderflower fizz until being ushered to the wedding barn for the ceremony at 2pm.

Alena was walked down the aisle by her father, following her 5 bridesmaids and flower girl. The rain was present but we were prepared with the wet wether awning and armfuls of umbrellas.

Alena and David had a wonderful colour scheme of burgundy and rich mustard yellow, which complimented both the ivory of Alena’s dress and the grey of David’s suit. Their flowers were supplied by Deborah at Dartmoor flowers and the colours were bold and magnificent.

Guests enjoyed afternoon tea canapés on the terrace listening to acoustic music from Gypsy Fire, with a huge selection of drinks to wash the cakes and sandwiches down with. They provided; champagne, ‘Bearded Lemon’ cocktail (a gin based cocktail with elderflower, lemon, and tonic), english pimms with a splash of gin, beers in ice baths, and sparkling elderflower with blueberries or ginger beer with limes for the non-drinkers. A fine selection! At 4.30pm, their ‘Gin Bar’ opened, and each gin they served also doubled-up as their table names. They also had a bar serving kegs of beer, wine, and more gin and tonics!

Their wedding breakfast took place at 5.30pm and consisted of a starter of either summer salad, watercress soup with crabmeat, or ham hock terrine. Followed by a main course of either beef rib tip, fillet of sole, or roasted vegetable and chickpea tagine. The speeches took place after the main course and they chose to have a dessert table on the terrace to finish.

Their centrepieces were gin bottles with some of Deborah’s flowers, and all tables had the gin bottle it was named after (e.g. Plymouth Gin). It was very effective and a lovely personal touch as they had drunk most of the gin themselves (not all at once, though). Alena and her bridesmaids had also hand-sewn some beautiful cushions in burgundy and mustard yellow, as well as decorated letters which spelled ‘Hendricks and Opihr’. Fabulous finishing touches to their day.

They cut their cake at 9pm, and had a DJ-capable friend in charge of the evening’s music. Their evening bar was a free bar for guests to enjoy and there was lots (and lots) of gin. Evening food of cheesecake and wedding cake was served at 10pm, whilst guests boogied the night away until 12.30pm.