Run Away with Godwick Hall


Images by Darina Stoda Photography.

We’re kicking off this, the last Monday of January, with a dash of romance thanks to Penny from The Little Lending Co. Penny pulled together a team of creative faves for this lovely elopement shoot that centres around Godwick Hall, the house at Godwick Great Barn in Norfolk.

The romance dial is turned up a notch as the models in this shoot are actually a newlywed couple – Joel & Aimee. These gorgeous folks also just happen to be the owners of Godwick and we quite frankly love them.

So grab that coffee, settle in and enjoy… You might just want to run away with Godwick Hall.

Notes from The Little Lending Co.


This elopement shoot was designed with the beautiful backdrop of Godwick Hall in mind, which is a stunning Georgian hall that has been tastefully refurbished to combine classical elegance with modern luxury and style. Godwick Hall is a licensed wedding venue for up to 30 people that specialises in small and intimate weddings from 2 – 30 people. If you’re hoping to head somewhere exclusive and secret to say your vows Godwick may just be for you.

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Alice & Jonathan’s Elopement at Ever After


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.

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The 2017 Wedding Trend Report


Feature image by Lucy Davenport at Clovelly Village, Flowers by Garden & Wild.

The style of your wedding is completely up to you – it’s personal and should reflect the two of you, together. This is the whole basis for our wedding venue directory – individual style. But for this reason, the word ‘trend’ has become a bit of a controversial word to use in the wedding industry for fear it will promote a wedding that’s not honest to your style or your loves.

Whilst I completely understand this and don’t promote the cookie-cutter big day, if like me, you love to gaze at the new emerging interior trends, the latest colours and shapes hitting the high-street and have a wish list of current coveted pieces as long as your arm, then a trends feature is most probably for you.

So…. It’s back. Our BIG annual Wedding Trend Report in collaboration with our resident Wedding Planner Katrina Otter Weddings. In 2016 we coveted everything from the still bang-on-trend spring greens, oversized blooms and marble to bolder patterns, prints, palms and how can we forget… parrots!

We always love putting these features together for you guys and this year promises to be just as inspirational (minus the parrot!).

The 2017 Wedding Trend Report


It’s that time of year again when the temperatures plummet, the topic of conversation turns to glitterball trophies, Mrs. Claus and Buster (well it certainly does in the Otter household!) and wedding planning takes a healthy and probably much needed break in favour of our festive preparations and celebrations.

It’s also that time of year when the wedding industry starts to look to the year ahead and Emma and I join forces for the annual Coco & Kat collaborative Wedding Trend Report!


As mentioned in our 2014, 2015 and 2016 reports, whether you follow, believe or are even bothered by them or not (and that’s perfectly fine if you’re not!), trends happen all the same. There’s also no science as to which trend predictions will and won’t make the cut so instead, our report is merely an amalgamation of emerging trends from beautiful real weddings, inspirational styled shoots and the influential world of fashion, design, architecture and interiors.

Our aim is to guide you through the trends that we think and hope we’ll start to see in greater frequency in 2017 as well as providing you with a little bit of pre-Christmas aspirational and pinspirational pretty!

Shall we begin…?


Wedding flower trends come and go but the trend for fresh-from-the-garden, lush and relaxed, deconstructed, locally-grown, seasonal, wild and foraged is well and truly here to stay!

And top of that “I’m here to stay” trend is greenery and foliage.

For 2017 this trend is going to be just as popular but with a slightly more daring and punchier edge through the incorporation of stronger statement greens (both flowers and foliage) thrown into the mix.

From fashion forward sage and olive green to Pantone’s 2017 fashion colour trends of Kale (PANTONE 18-0107 – a lush and fertile natural green that provides the perfect complementary background to a more vibrant wedding colour palette) and Greenery (PANTONE 15-0343 – a refreshingly bold yellow-green that speaks to our need to explore, experiment and reinvent).


Image 1 by Amanda Alessi for Yeah Weddings via Hello May | Image 2 by Rebecca Goddard Photography at Wimbourne House via Coco Wedding Venues | Image 3 by Nail & Twine Photography via Hello May | Image 4 by Plenty to Declare Photography at Millbridge Court via 100 Layer Cake | Image 5 by Alissa Saylor Photography via Chic Vintage BridesImage 6 by Therese Winberg Photography via Rock My Wedding.


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Kayleigh & Ben’s Elopement at Ever After, Devon


Images by Clare Kinchin Photography.

We’ve championed elopements as big news for 2016 and beyond and one venue who have really made our heads turn on this topic are Ever After – A Dartmoor Wedding.

This wedding venue, bordering Dartmoor National Park on the banks of a Devon river in England, has a dedicated package that’s been perfectly curated for couples choosing an intimate celebration without compromising on style.

To illustrate how beautiful Ever After is for such a wedding, Nicola and a talented team of local pros created an uber charming photo and film shoot of an intimate winter English elopement with a real life couple!

Kayleigh & Ben returned to this private garden estate where they were married in their own elopement last summer before having a big wedding reception nearby. The couple had worn casual clothes for their original elopement ceremony and had no professional photos from the day, so the idea developed to have a grand re-enactment for the couple who wore their own wedding clothes for the shoot! Professional suppliers in the form of hair and make up artists, florists and photographers and film makers came together to make this an emotional and super special day for the Bride & Groom.

I adore this super cute film by Baxter and Ted, but if you scroll down there’s more from Clare Kinchin Photography, oh and the florals by Amanda Randell are a wintry dream! The words are provided by Nicola, owner of Ever After – A Dartmoor Wedding and planner extraordinaire!

Notes from Ever After


We loved creating this day for Kayleigh & Ben, the suppliers working on the shoot felt it was more like a real wedding than a photo shoot! The emotional re-enactment of the ceremony for this couple was so special and the real tenderness between them is beautifully captured in the photos and the film by Baxter and Ted.

Reflecting the outdoor winter look and the natural oak and slate materials of the venue, the shoot colours are matched with nature; think ochre and gold, evergreen and berry red. The Bride wore the stylist’s own candy apple red shrug for practical warmth and added colour. The venue was decorated with a simple fir tree and tiny white fairy-lights,echoing the fir garlands by the open fire.

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Elopements at Ever After, Devon


Feature image by Ben Selway Photography.

Is the thought of a large wedding making you a little afraid…? The expectation and pressure all getting a bit too much…? Or maybe you just want to be wrapped up in the sheer romance of it all, just the two of you…?

Why don’t you consider eloping

Ever After, one of our dreamiest venues in Devon, are now offering their stunning venue to couples that want to escape and elope!

But, I know what’s running you through your mind… You still want the full works! The beautiful dress, the stunning florals and of course yummy treats and a romantic candlelit feast. Well, thankfully Nicola at Ever After completely understands. In fact she insists on it!

Her motto is “mini scale, maxi style” and you can’t argue with that concept.

the Ever After elopement


What’s involved…

We’ve put together everything a couple might need for a luxury micro wedding. For a single inclusive price we’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 our 18th Century honeymoon cottage.

What the couple can expect…

Everything is organized – the only thing you have to do is book the registrar, because we’re not allowed to do that for you. You have exclusive use of the venue for 24 hours from midday on the day of the wedding til midday the following day.

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