Hannah & Martin, September 2019
Dear Nicola, Beth, Steve & Team (and doggos)
Thank you so much for making our wedding day so amazing and the best day of our lives! It really was like a dream come true, and everything was perfect.
Can we do it all again please!?
Our warmest wishes,
Hannah & Martin x
Jasmine & Mike (August 2019)
“We would like to thank you again for all of your help from the day we enquired about booking our wedding, until the moment it was time for bed on our day. Nothing was ever too much for ask for, and questions were always answered super fast. We couldn’t have asked for a better day, or a better venue. Ever After was the first venue that we viewed, and we left with such excitement knowing that it was the venue that we wanted to get married at; It really did exceed all exceptions of how the venue looked on the day, and how the day came together. Thank you to you and your team for the most perfect day.
Warm regards, Jasmine & Mike”
Kelly & Toby (June 2019)
“Nicola, Rosie + all the staff + helpers at Ever After.
Just a quick note to say thank you so much for all your hard work in making our wedding the best day of our lives. It would not have been possible without you all. Ever last detail was perfect and ( as far as we knew 😉 ) there was not 1 little hiccup!! All of our guests had a wonderful time and couldn’t praise the venue enough. It was so lovely to see it all come together so beautifully on the day – and that is all down to you guys – thank you so much again! Best wishes, Kelly + Toby ( the Mattacotts) ! x”
Kiley & Martin (July 2018)
“Wow, I am not even sure where to start with our review of Ever After a Dartmoor Wedding! Absolutely everything was incredible!
Firstly we had the awful task of locating a venue without the opportunity to see it first hand as we both were out of the country for almost a year before our wedding. Making everything much harder than it already was. After looking at dozens of venues online up and down the country we came across this beautiful venue on google and then checked out their Instagram page too! The pictures looked incredible, such a beautiful location and such a beautiful venue.
We both fell in love with the look and feel of the venue over pictures alone, but not being too naive we also wanted to have some sort of look around the place. This is where Nicola came in, we contacted her and she was so lovely. She made arrangements for us to have an online Skype viewing where she took us around the venue and explained the different areas. She took us through a general run through of what most couples do on their day but let us know they were very open to any creative ideas we had to make things a little different for our day. She really put our minds at rest and we knew even though we hadn’t seen the venue it was definitely the right place for us.
During all the months leading up to the wedding we were in contact with mostly with Nicola’s assistant Bethany who was also amazing. We obviously had so many questions and requests through not being able to be there physically, but she was there to quickly respond to all our emails and give helpful friendly advice for everything.
When we actually got to see the venue (the day before the wedding!) we were absolutely blown away! Even the most beautiful pictures still don’t seem to do justice for how beautiful of a location it is. The whole place just has a magical feeling to it, The Barn, The Orchard, The Lawn areas….and the beautiful river behind! How incredible to be able to hear the river flowing in the background! They have two cottages which are beautiful. The honeymoon cottage is just beautiful, such a lovely place for the bride to get ready with her bridesmaids and for the couple to stay the night of their wedding.
People often ask us what was the best part about our wedding day and for both of us the best part about the day was that we didn’t worry about anything. Nicola and Bethany work very closely with the vendors they recommend and for good reason. Their operation is smooth and slick, the co-ordination they have with their staff and vendors is amazing and we have both worked in the hospitality industry for years. It was an incredible feeling to know that we could relax and enjoy our day knowing everything was going smoothly and our guests were all enjoying themselves. We never had to keep track of time, Bethany was there making sure everything was running smoothly and on time.
If we had any advice to couples looking to plan their wedding (for the first time!) I think we would both advise that preparation goes such a long way. Always listen to the advice the venue has to offer, they will know best! They’ve seen many weddings so they know what will work and what may not come off as well as you’re thinking. Ever After gave us so many recommendations and we’re so glad we took them!
We highly recommend Ever After, Nicola, and all her staff! From the start they worked with us to accommodate our unconventional circumstances. Everything felt so personal and dedicated to us, devoted to making our day as incredible as it could be. They worked with us to create something that fit into our budget, giving us multiple options and never pressured into something we felt uncomfortable with.
I think what makes Ever After such an incredible place is how personal everything is. From the moment we first made contact with Nicola, through to leaving the day after our wedding everything was a joy. The venue is stunning and so incredibly peaceful! We truly experienced a fairy-tale wedding at Ever After!
Thank you Nicola and Bethany, you made our day the most special day of our lives.”
Alex & Matt ( Sept 2018)
Dear Nicola, S, Bethany & the Ever After team.
Thank You so much for letting us use your beautiful home for our wedding day. We really had the most incredible time over the weekend your location was the most perfect setting.
Bethany thank you for all your help in the run up to the day. Your calm and collected approach really put my mind at ease through my many questions and queries as well on the day.
Thank you so much to the whole team fr everything you all did on the day to make it so special, all those little touches really made the day for us and blew all our expectations out of the water. You really thought of everything and took the stress out of the day.
Thank you also for making our day so perfect despite the rain that i was sure would impact on everything we had planned…it really didn’t and i think it made it all way more cosy and special. Lighting the fire was a perfect little touch to tie everything together.
Matt and i cannot thank you all enough, your home will forever be a special place for us.
Good luck with the house renovations Nicola & S and i hope our paths will cross again some time soon.
Alex & Matt xx
Sam & Mike (August 2018)
“Within days of our engagement, we were trawling through the internet searching for the perfect venue for our wedding in two and a half years’ time. We’re so glad we ignored advice that it was too early to start looking! I Googled “Wedding venues near Dartmoor” and “Ever After” was the first to pop up. First impressions took my breath away and searching through their website confirmed we just had to go and take a look at this place!
The following week, after e-mailing Nicola, we pulled up at the venue. We couldn’t believe that such a beautiful and secluded place existed. Nicola gave us a really warm, friendly welcome and showed us around. Even out of season on a dreary afternoon in February, the grounds were incredible; I couldn’t wipe the smile of excitement off my face. We had that same feeling when we found our first home together – this is it – we can really see ourselves getting married here – it’s the perfect venue for our wedding day. We were shown to the Bridal Cottage to make all the arrangements and our chosen date was free! Nicola was wonderful at swiftly replying after we secured our booking to ensure everything was exactly as we wanted it. We felt safe in her hands.
We re-visited on several occasions to see the grounds set up with all its wedding accessories. The trees had grown their leaves showing stunning backdrops of every shade of green imaginable, floral borders and planters were in full bloom, quirky steps, riverside furniture, fire-pits, lanterns dotted everywhere and lots of lights for the night time …. Every single nook and cranny and corner was imaginatively and decoratively thought out – a real tribute to Nicola’s creativity. It was just gorgeous.
I was really excited to tell our families and all our friends. No-one had heard of the venue but everyone had the same reaction as ours when they saw the website. I couldn’t wait to see the reaction on the faces of all our guests when they arrived at the venue and saw it in its full glory.
Even though I went into full-blown bride mode for at least a year and a half before our wedding day e-mailing Nicola asking questions and enquiring about things I’d seen on their latest blog – Nicola was always so happy to hear from me and put my mind at rest. I always felt that she completely grasped what I wanted and made so many helpful suggestions.
Leading up to the wedding Nicola introduced me to Bethany and Jess who made sure all the arrangements were exactly how I wanted them. They were truly amazing. They always answered my e-mails promptly and nothing was too much trouble. They were always so patient – even with the multitude of last minute changes that stressed the life out of me! Bethany was a great support and was quick to take on things to help relieve my stresses trying to juggle my work, my home-life and plan the wedding of our dreams. Jess was brilliant at handling all the catering changes and was truly professional when I notified her of last minute food allergies and dietary preferences not previously made known to us! Both girls were fantastic and I felt reassured that the day would be perfect because I knew they were both on my side.
One of my treasured memories will always be of the build-up to the ceremony – my bridal party getting ready together in the luxurious Bridal Cottage. There was a real buzz of excitement as my mum, bridesmaids and myself had our hair and makeup done in the perfectly equipped salon area. Those waiting enjoyed breakfast in the lounge area opposite which had been delivered that morning for us to enjoy. We were surrounded by our chosen wedding photographers and videographer and the setting and décor were perfect. The bedroom was just gorgeous for the photographs of my mum helping me into my dress and my dad’s reaction at first seeing me in it, followed by the equally tearful reactions of my four bridesmaids. Such exquisite surroundings are a photographers’ dream and the initial preview of some of our wedding photos are truly stunning.
My greatest desire was for our wedding ceremony to be held in the open as much as possible. I was so excited to be marrying the man of my dreams in such amazing surroundings and I wanted the most important part – the ceremony – to be truly magical. On the morning of our wedding, there was drizzle blowing in the air and all the wet-weather canopies were in place around the wedding barn. Nicola assured me that she had checked the forecast and the canopies would be taken down in time for our ceremony. She kept her word to a “t”. At 2.00 pm I walked with my dad through the fabulous gardens and as I approached the aisle leading to the wedding barn my heart skipped a beat and I was overwhelmed – the scene I saw was just perfect – all our family and guests seated in the open air, the sun shining, the wet weather canopies gone – the picture was just as I had envisioned it on that dreary February day two and a half years before. I had a huge lump in my throat and misty eyes when I saw my gorgeous groom waiting for me just inside the barn and our wedding ceremony became a reality – I could barely speak – it was beyond my wildest dreams.
Reflecting back on our special day I wouldn’t change a single thing. The venue was stunning, the staff were amazing and looked after us so well the whole day.
Even the sun came out at the perfect time for the ceremony and photographs. Thanks to Nicola and Bethany everything ran beautifully to plan. Even though the wedding breakfast and speeches over-ran, we never once felt hurried or detected any stress from the staff. The food was outstanding and the tables looked fabulous, exactly how I’d imagined them, thanks to Jess. Steve had saved us some of our evening food in the oven and at the end of the evening when all our guests had departed, he took just the two of us to the sofas beside the fire-pit at the river’s edge with our food, drink and a couple of blankets so we could enjoy the perfect end to the perfect day.
All our guests had wonderful things to say. They commented on how unique and special our wedding venue was and that it was “just us”. They said the food was exquisite; the venue and the attention to detail was impeccable and that it was by far the best wedding they had ever been to.
Our advice to any bride and groom considering booking this venue – just do it, you won’t regret it. The staff go over and above to accommodate your dream day. I will truly miss e-mailing and speaking to them and all the fun that goes in to planning a wedding. It was a long two and a half years of planning but I wouldn’t have done it any other way – this venue was so worth it and we truly had the very best day of our lives.
We would like to express our heartfelt thanks and sincere gratitude to all the staff at Ever After and to all those involved in our gorgeous wedding – thank you for making our magical wedding day so very, very special.
Mike & Sam Lowry”
Steph & Chris (May 2018)
“Having found Ever After after going a google search we just had to see the venue in person and we were not disappointed – the venue is breathtaking!
We were made to feel at ease from the outset and the running of the day was seamless. Nicola and Bethany were so helpful and easily contactable by email whenever we had a question.
I could not recommend this venue and team higher. Do not hesitate, book this venue for your special day!”
Jess & Rob (June 2017)
“Thank you so much for planning & pulling off our most incredible wedding last year at Ever After. 6 months on we are still dreaming about that perfect day & wish we could go back and do it all again – it truly was the best day ever! Thank you so much for everything you did in the run up & on the day itself, we will be forever grateful for creating such a wonderful & personalised experience. Thank you!! Lots of love, Jess & Rob xxx”
Sarah & Josh (September 2017)
“When we started looking at venues we knew that we were looking for a space that would allow us to have a modest size, intimate wedding day with our closest family and friends. We came across Ever After in an online article discussing wedding venues, and initially decided that the distance to Tavistock from both South Wales and London (where all of our guests would be travelling from) was too far – we had decided at the outset that we didn’t want to ask our guests to travel for more than 2 hours to get to our wedding venue of choice. Having said that… after another day or so of looking at the websites for what seemed like every single wedding venue with 2 hours of South Wales we just couldn’t get Ever After out of our minds and just had to book a viewing.
We knew within minutes of arriving that Ever After was the venue for us (and that it was worth the extra travelling for our guests)! We felt like we were wandering through a secret garden as Nicola showed us around the beautiful grounds and absolutely LOVED the river walk set-up with the gorgeous willow tree, fire-pits and seating area. As well as the outdoor space, what really sold the venue to us was the terrace area, with the fabulous indoor garden, log fire and lots of comfortable seating. It was incredibly important to us that our older guests didn’t have to stand / perch uncomfortably at various points throughout the day and the log fire area offered a beautiful place to sit, whilst still being part of the celebrations. Being able to hold the both the ceremony and the reception on-site was also a huge positive for us – we knew that we didn’t want to get married in a church or a registry office and the barn was the perfect alternative.
In the run up to the wedding, we loved receiving the regular emails from Nicola offering advice on things like table set-up, drinks options and new arrivals at Ever After. The updates were very helpful and really helped to sometimes point out things that we had not even thought about. Nicola was also fantastic with respect to recommending local suppliers and responding to our queries in super quick time. Sally was also great with respect to arranging our wedding breakfast tasting, offering some very helpful advice about drinks choices and the running order of the day.
When we arrived in Devon the day before our wedding we were greeted with a lot (!) of rain and a wet weather forecast for the wedding day itself. Having been so looking forward to having the ceremony outside the barn and enjoying the gardens during the reception, we, actually, Sarah (!), was left feeling a little upset at the prospect of rain on the wedding day. However, we had absolutely no reason to worry! When we arrived at Ever After, the wonderful team had already set-up the wet weather gear and had a Plan B for absolutely everything to ensure that no amount of rain would spoil our day! On the day itself, we did not need to worry about a thing. Nicola and the team had everything covered – from perfectly placing all of the little items that we had collected over the year, even though we gave no direction as to where we wanted any of them, to ensuring that none of our guests got wet whilst walking between the marquee and the bathrooms! As it happens, the rain held off for the ceremony and long enough for a ‘confetti shot’ moment on the grass and for us to get some beautiful photos on the river walk – one of our favourite parts of Ever After.
We have had so many wonderful comments from our family and friends who said that they had never been to a wedding venue like Ever After before, it was definitely worth asking them to travel just that little bit further! Everyone has commented on how beautiful the venue is, with one guest telling us that she ‘felt like she was in Narnia all day’. We were so pleased to hear that guests felt like there was an endless supply of canapes and cocktails during the reception and they really really appreciated the willingness of the Ever After staff to provide them with umbrella cover when leaving the marquee! One person even commented that the rain was a blessing, as we would not have had the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful indoor garden on the terrace for so long, if it had been dry enough to head outside. In the evening, Ever After transforms as all of the fairy lights, festoon lights and lanterns set a cosy, romantic atmosphere and again, the Ever After team did a wonderful job of the changeover after the wedding breakfast. All in all, a great success! Just as we had wanted, the happiest day of our lives with all of our favourite people, in the most beautiful place.
One of our favourite moments was at the end of the evening, when all of our guests had left and Nicola and Steve left us with a roaring log fire, a glass of wine and plate of dessert. It was a special moment for us to take everything in and relax at the end of the day. Getting married at Ever After really is as close as you can get to getting married in your own garden – except better, because Nicola and her team are there to take care of every little detail on the day, you just need to show up and have fun! J
We have a couple of pieces of advice for other couples planning their wedding: (i) don’t think you have to do everything that you see on Pinterest! Ever After is beautiful already, but if you want to add to that, choose a couple of DIY projects that you can easily execute within the time you have – your time is precious and we found that too many DIY project can be a little stressful! (ii) remember to have fun on the day and take in every single moment because, as everyone says, it really is over in the blink of an eye!
Thank you Nicola, Steve, Bethany, Sally and Dean for making our day unforgettable!
Sarah and Josh xxx”
Penny & Pete (August 2017)
Penny & Pete, August 2017. Photographer: Ben Selway
“We stumbled upon Ever After on Google and were instantly attracted to not only the beauty of the location, but also to Nicola’s obvious eye for detail and design. Tavistock was further West than we originally planned, but once we had visited Ever After we knew that no other wedding venue would compare! We had endless comments from guests on the day about how stunning the grounds were, and we were so happy with our decision to host a BBQ back at the venue the following day so our guests could further explore the beauty of Ever After.
As well as a stunning venue, you get a mini-wedding planner in Nicola! She recommended amazing suppliers and helped us with all of our (many) queries throughout the year leading up to the wedding. On the day itself Nicola and Steve were fantastic. From ensuring guests were where they needed to be at certain times, to helping a bridesmaid out of her broken dress(!), they were on hand to assist in every way possible.
As well as the comments about the beauty of the surroundings, we constantly were being told that we’d ‘thought of everything’. As much as we would love to take all of the credit, Nicola’s added touches such as blankets, lighting by the river and the salvaged chalkboard door really added to the atmosphere.. Our tricky request for a burger menu wedding breakfast was met with excitement from the caterers, and we were delighted with both the food and drinks on the day.
It is impossible to pick a favourite moment as the whole day was magical, but Steve lighting a fire for us by the river after all the guests had left sticks in our minds. We had so much fun talking about the day and enjoying a drink by the river.
Our advice to other couples would be to outsource as much as you can! DIY projects may sound fun (and cheaper), but in the month before the wedding the planning really accelerates and the less you have to do yourself, the better! We would also recommend turning the wedding into a weekend event if you can. It means you have time over the weekend to chat to pretty much all of your guests, and as a result you can relax a bit more on the wedding day and focus on enjoying yourself 🙂
We are so happy that we chose Ever After. Beautiful grounds, a river-side walk, an excellent host and hostess – who could ask for more!
Thank you Nicola and Steve!
Love, Penny and Pete xx”
Donna & Mike (August 2017)
Donna & Mike August 2017. Photo: Clare Kinchin
“Where do we begin, with our gratitude and thanks to you and you team?
We found the venue by accident whilst searching for a ‘barn’ venue on Dartmoor, and all it took was one visit and we had fallen in love with Ever After, and knew the search was over..
What you have achieved in your little corner of Devon is nothing short of heavenly, and every single guest who came to our special day commented on what a perfect location it is for a wedding, and how much it reflected us as a couple.
The one thing we really liked was the peace and quiet, tranquility, and sense of being with Nature.
The gardens speak for themselves as a stunning back drop, and unlike so many other wedding venues, you don’t feel like you’re on a conveyor belt with the next wedding lined up after you. We really had a sense of exclusivity, and as if the place was our own. (we wish!!)
Many of our friends said it was the best wedding they had ever been to, and of course we had to agree as everything was so perfect.
Everything about Lower Grenofen is magical, and from the moment you arrive, you get a sense of being somewhere very unique and special.
There is so much attention to detail that you have added, some of it doesn’t get noticed until looking through the photographs afterwards. Simple things such as the well placed signs, blankets for the evening, and the warming fire are just the tip of the iceberg in the long list of little extra’s that make Lower Grenofen so special.
As well as a huge thank you to you Nicola, we also need to praise Sally, Bethany, Dean & Steven amongst all the others who worked tirelessly to make sure that everything was how we had imagined, and without all of your staff’s dedication, our special day would not have been so perfect.
We must mention that the food was divine, and despite our difficult request of a vintage style afternoon tea, your catering team did a perfect job, with every item being of the upmost quality.
Presentation of all of the food was exactly how we had imagined it all those months ahead, and it helped to create a sense that ours was no ordinary wedding.
It is true what they say that you need to make the most of the day, as it goes by so quickly, and before we knew it everyone had left, and they day was over.
It was so difficult to say goodbye to the most perfect day, and to accept that it was now just a lovely memory.
That would be the one bit of advice that we could pass on to other couples, make the most of every single moment in the day, as time goes by twice as quick as normal!
If we had to choose a favourite moment, even though we didn’t expect it to be, the ceremony in the barn is both of our highlight, with the Swallows flying in and out as an extra bonus.
Thank you again for making our special day so perfect, your attention to detail, stunning venue and ability to turn our dreams into reality has left us with the most magical memories of the best day of our lives.
We not too proud to admit that we both shed a tear driving up the lane as we left……..
Love and best wishes,
Donna & Mike xx”
Amy & Nick (August 2017)
Amy & Nick August 2017. Photo: Dan Ward
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 to say thank you sooner rather than later.
It was absolutely the most perfect day, from the weather, the outdoor ceremony, the exquisite food and the great band.
We have had so many comments on the beauty and magic of Ever After. People said they felt as if they were in a magical glade and the only ones on earth, surrounded by the woodland and the river.
Others have commented on the quality and quantity of the food as well as the excellent waiting and bar staff. They were all so very approachable, smiley, human(!), proactive and very efficient. The speed in which they got the food out was impressive and many people >mentioned that their glasses were never empty during the reception drinks.
Some guests also commented on how the water on tables was always replenished – something I specifically requested. The waiting staff were managed very well by Sally, who also made sure any dietary requirements were strictly adhered to.
There was also great praise for the young man who welcomed people at the gate from their cars. People have said he was very professional whilst being very welcoming.
We also very much appreciate your willingness to take down the awning. I’m so glad we were able to see the wedding barn and the floral arch in all its glory. I also hope it will have provided the opportunity for some beautiful photos to showcase your venue. To us, it made a huge difference. Thank you.
Bethany was a complete dream all day, making sure I had everything I needed and going above and beyond what I had expected. I felt so incredibly looked after.
So, thank you again to you and your team for making it the most perfect day. I hope Dan will let us see some more shots soon. Also, don’t hesitate to get in touch if you want me to write any kind of review. We would, of course, be delighted.”
Zoe & Ben (July 2017)
Zoe & Ben July 2017. Photo: Lucy Turnbull
“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.”
Catie & Dan (July 2017)
Catie & Dan. Photographer: Helen Cawte
Thank you so much for all your help and care with our wedding – we had the most amazing day!! It surpassed our expectations in every way and we loved every second of it!!
We found you through the Brides magazine supplement and the amazing service started from the day we got engaged – you were so helpful on the phone and then fitted us in to see the venue the next day.
As soon as we walked into Ever After, we knew this was it! It was the only venue we went to see and we loved how unique it is – it is a beautiful setting and every little detail has been thought of!
Nothing was too much trouble in the run up to the wedding and everything was handled very smoothly. Both you and Sally are amazing and couldn’t do enough for us.
The day itself was absolutely incredible, the feel of the venue, the food and the weather! Everything was taken care of, allowing us to enjoy the most amazing day! I wish we could do all of it again!! Every person at the wedding commented on how beautiful the venue was and many commented that they had wedding envy!
With our best wishes,
Catie and Dan xx
Cady & Sam (featured on Rock My Wedding July 2017)
Cady & Sam. Photo: Freckle Photography
“We looked at a few venues but knew that Ever After was exactly what we were looking for as soon as we walked through the gate. The venue is gorgeous, set in a valley near Dartmoor national park with a river running along the bottom of the garden, and has the relaxed feel that was so important to us. It also has Nicola and Steven which was key!
Nicola provided all the support and advice we needed and more – our brilliant florist, photographer, caterer and cake maker were all local suppliers that Nicola recommended – and Steven made the venue even more beautiful than it was when we first saw it, adding a river walk and a new pond surrounded by flowers. Steven also built a fire for us next to the river when all our guests had left so we could sit down there under a blanket and talk about our fabulous day – such a special moment.”
Rachel & Francis (July 2017)
Rachel & Francis July 2017. Photo: Freckle Photography
“Dear Nicola, Steven, Sally, Bethany and all who worked on our wedding day…
thank you to all of you for making our wedding truly the
day of our lives! You all worked so hard and we really appreciate it
Rachel & Francis”
Alena & David (June 2017)
“Nicola and all of the staff at Ever After really made our wedding the dream day we had imagined. Right from the offset on our first visit we were made to feel at home and could immediately envisage our wedding there. The intimate feel that Nicola has created makes the whole location feel very personal, we felt like we were the only people to have ever been married there. Nicola was always contactable via email and readily answered the many, many, many questions we had for her in the two years running up to the big day. On the day we had absolutely nothing to worry about, the Ever After team ran the whole day seamlessly and if there were any issues we never knew about them! We had heavy, heavy rain as well as glorious sunshine and the team had thought of everything, we were able to use the venue in its entirety without hiccup or problem. We cannot recommend Ever After more for those couples who want a stunning, personal and intimate wedding. We feel so incredibly lucky that we found Ever After and were able to get married in a place of such unbelievable beauty.”
Emma & Michael (May 2017)
Emma & Michael May 2017. Photo: Gareth Williams
“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)
Charlotte & Christian May 2017. Photo: Nova Wedding Photography
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)
Hannah & Kevin. Photo: Nova Wedding Photography
“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)
Jennifer & Chris September 2016. Photo: Luna Weddings
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”
(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)
Kari & Ian July 2016. Photo: Ed Peers
“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)
Georgia & Lee (with Louis) August 2016. Photo: Sam Docker
“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)
Charlotte & Luke August 2017. Photo: Matt Austin
“Thank you so much for making our wedding so magical. We had the best day of our lives. Amazing!”
Helen & Nick (August 2016)
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)
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, and
Person 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 the
best with Ever After, I hope there’s lots of “Happy” in that for you too.
Rachel & Phil (July 2016)
Rachel & Phil July 2016.
I 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.
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):
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.”