Feature Image by Eclection Photography.
Picture the scene; a Wednesday morning, soft sunbeams spill through Edwardian windows and the air is filled with that light, weekday tranquillity borne from the world’s preoccupation.
You are nestled on the edge of Dartmoor in a country house possessed of a unique charm; sweeping vistas, wood-panelled rooms and ornate, original features. Today you marry your other half, safe in the knowledge that Coombe Trenchard has taken care of everything for you.
You smile, and prepare for the best day of your life.
‘Boutique & Beautiful’ enhances the mid-week wedding trend with Coombe Trenchard’s celebrated brand of luxurious warmth, giving you the wonder of a wedding for up to 40 guests, without any of the work. Combining a hand-picked selection of exemplary wedding contributors, each aspect of your day has been carefully thought out and chosen to enhance Coombe Trenchard’s renowned style and level of service.
Arts & Crafts era features maximise the interplay between light and dark spaces, roaring log fires entice, and the sun-soaked terrace basks in the glory of a wisteria-clad clock tower; with 12 licenced locations in which to exchange vows, the only difficult decision will be how to use these historic spaces to their full potential.
Images by Frances Carlisle Photography.
Hillersdon House is a truly stunning venue, overlooking rolling hills, woodland and has its own chapel by the lake. Having just opened its doors to wedding bookings, the truly talented Devon based wedding planners Blue Fizz Events put together an amazing wedding inspiration shoot that celebrates all the contemporary romance and elegance this home has to offer.
“The elegance and attention to detail are evident in every aspect of this beautiful venue…” comment Tracy and Bridget, the geniuses at Blue Fizz, “…and we wanted to reflect that alongside stunning suppliers to narrate a current trend that is an eternal favourite with many couples. It’s where you will feel at home for your special occasion.”
The lady behind the lens is the ever wonderful Frances Carlisle who has used the natural light to capture the feel of this venue inside and out bringing it all to life with her expert eye.
Over to Frances for the delicious details…
Notes from the Photographer
This shoot was a true romance set in the inspiring and unique house and grounds of Hillersdon House. As a lived-in country house, we wanted to show that this is a beautiful, contemporary and well-cared for home – a far cry from a venue set up for en-masse wedding hire.
Delicate shades of soft pinks and ivory embellished with glimmers of gold steal the show but we also wanted natural wood to make an appearance to reflect the acres of woodland surrounding Hillersdon.
Images by Freckle Photography.
Whether you’ve just booked the venue or are yet to discover the wonder that is Coombe Trenchard, this is a beautifully written piece by a bride who recently married at this eclectic Devonshire country house. But the thing is, Emily loved the venue so much she’s decided to stay as their new Wedding Coordinator!
Emily has some truly wonderful tips below, not just for those of you marrying at Coombe Trenchard but also for those embarking on the magical (and sometimes challenging!) adventure that is planning a wedding.
Here’s Emily’s tales from the other side…
Notes from a Coombe Trenchard Bride
Am I basking in the glow, or still completely exhausted..? This is the question I am still asking myself 4 months into married life. It feels the same but different; marriage is comforting presence in an otherwise familiar sea of work, Sunday food shopping and Netflix decisions.
Relief is palpable; the 18 months of my life spent considering, communicating, dreaming and pinterest-ing were utterly and totally worth it. Possessed of a certain surreal, dreamlike quality, our wedding day went exceptionally well; sunshine, happy smiles and our favourite people investing and involving themselves in a day that meant so much to so many.
With such a momentous build up, it is a strange sensation when the day is actually happening, but also when it has happened. That constant stream of wedding thoughts in your head cease and allow contemplation and fresh ideas to burst in, the future suddenly opens up like the first green buds in Spring.
In my new capacity as Wedding Co-ordinator at Coombe Trenchard, I have the honour of assisting and supporting our 2017 Brides & Grooms as they take this same journey. Wonderfully, Coombe Trenchard is incapable of holding the same celebration twice; it is possessed with too many unique spaces, has too much room for interpretation and allows its beauty to be channelled in so many glorious ways. My excitement at being involved as others create their ‘Best Day Ever’ is huge, my passion and true love of everything that weddings represent ensures that this responsibility feels safe and well placed amongst my positivity and enthusiasm.
Top Ten Tips
It seems fitting as I transition from Bride to Wedding Co-ordinator to reflect on my own experience and attempt to support those within the whirlwind and joy of planning their Big Day. So, here are the top ten tips from the new Mrs Colwill:
- Invest emotionally in Coombe Trenchard. This may seem obvious, but I almost see Coombe Trenchard as a being. Arranging meetings with Sarah, visits with Parents and seeing Facebook and Twitter posts gave me such warm feelings. I do believe this magnificent home is imbedded with its own character and arriving the night before the wedding felt like greeting an old friend. I highly recommended booking tastings, trials and cups of tea in the lead up to your big day; it feels like you are sharing your loved ones and memories with a place that holds a very special place in your heart.
- Use your time wisely. I remember the see-saw effect of wedding planning well. You go through hugely productive flurries, before focusing on normal life for a short time. Do try to book in a weekend a month or an evening a week to keep up to date though. I felt very organised but still found the fortnight beforehand hugely stressful. You do not want to be handcrafting signage or frantically buying bridesmaid’s presents in the grand build up. Make lists, involve friends and family and enjoy the time spent on your day in a measured and thought out way. Discuss the day in detail with Sarah and myself at Coombe Trenchard and give due thought to exactly how you want the day to flow and feel from the outset.
Hidden for more than 70 years, the 18th Century servant accommodation at Pynes House has been lovingly restored to provide six further luxurious guest rooms.
Pynes House are delighted to announce the restoration of the old servant accommodation on the top floor at Pynes House, with stunning results. The refurbishment of these further 6 bedrooms brings the total to 12 double rooms available to hire for weddings or special weekends.
Each room has been individually designed and styled by interior designer, Holly Keeling, to incorporate Lewis & Wood wallpapers, beautiful fabrics and vintage pieces. Untouched for 70 years, every effort was made to retain the authentic feel of the spaces with original features ranging from distressed beams to servant bells rivalling those of Downton Abbey. Guests can enjoy the character and stunning views alongside contemporary styling, including super luxurious bathrooms.
Now I’ve been fortunate enough to have spent a night in their luxury bridal suite, but my heart is very much longing to return to be a guest once again!
Images by Clare Kinchin Photography.
You may have spotted in our 2017 Wedding Trend Report that we are currently crushing on the elopement. Well, the beautifully intimate wedding of Alice & Jonathan has only confirmed our love for the small wedding.
This gorgeous couple chose Ever After in Devon and this particular venue have everything in place to make your elopement planning super simple. Nicola, owner of Ever After, has carefully thought of everything a couple might need for a luxury micro wedding. For a single inclusive price you’ve got the venue, the bouquet, the photographer, the champagne and canapés and the wedding breakfast prepared by a private chef, plus overnight accommodation in their 18th Century honeymoon cottage. Everything is organised for you and in perfect detail.
So come on, let’s run away with Alice & Jonathan…
Notes from the Venue & the Bride
I’m so thrilled to be sharing the elopement wedding of Alice & Jonathan. The couple married here back in October and their day was simple yet utterly beautiful.
The Bride’s Stepmother owns a bridal shop, Pure Couture Bridal Boutique in Beaconsfield, and it’s here Alice found her dress. An Essense of Australia gown (Pearl Mikado worn without the jewelled belt) it suited her so perfectly. The dress has a jaw dropping train and POCKETS!
Alice teamed her dress with a cute little shrug to keep off any autumn chill and a pretty bouquet by Amanda Randell. The couple’s gorgeous little son Jack was adorable as you can see from the photos.
Alice & Jonathan got married in front of the fire on the glass covered terrace, had a drinks reception in the wedding barn during which they had a few photos with Clare Kinchin our photographer in the gardens and along the river walk. The wedding party then returned to the terrace for a wedding breakfast in front of the fire, prepared by our private chef. After the wedding breakfast we brought in comfy sofas for everyone to enjoy an evening in front of a roaring fire with tea, coffee and wedding cake.