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.
Image by Heart Full of Tea.
We absolutely recognise that some of you will want to have your furry friends be witness to your big day… Thankfully, quite a few of the venues in our collection get this too! So we have a rather healthy Pet Friendly Collection and we thought we’d share just a small selection with you today, alongside some tips if you are considering having your fur babies present!
For the purpose of this exercise, I’m using man’s best friend as the obvious example…
- First of all, discuss with the venue. Event if the venue states it’s pet friendly it’s always best to check in and give them plenty of notice! Especially if food, water and a place to sleep needs to be arranged.
- Consider the day’s events and understand where your gorgeous pooch is going to be spending most of his or her time. Weddings can be quite a long day and, much like children at weddings, you’ll need to think about the practicalities of who will be looking after your pet when they’re not by your side.
- Give some notice to your guests that your dog will be present, just in case there are any friends who may have allergies or a slight aversion to your guest of honour!
- Likewise, give your photographer a heads-up if there are any photographs you would like so that you can factor in this time.
- Remember, whilst it’s a Pinterest perfect idea to have your pet at your wedding – the reality doesn’t always match up. Think about your dogs personality and how they will react to large, excited crowds. How are they with children…? Are they happy to be stroked…? Do they need plenty of attention or prefer quiet spaces…? It’s important their health and comfort is put first.
- Whilst dressing your dog in cute outfits might be your jam, on a hot summers day he/she might not be thanking you very much. Stick to simple collars or leads that match your colours or wedding style. If you follow us on Instagram you may have spotted our love for Cupid Collars! These guys create gorgeous silk and faux floral collars and we’re big fans.
So with all of that ticked off, here’s some fetching venues for you and your four-legged friends!
The Pet Friendly Collection
Award-winning Chaucer Barn is located on the edge of the village and has 4 acres of landscaped grounds and a further 16 acres of parkland for their guests to enjoy. Chaucer Barn has a relaxed, rustic and unique vibe offering luxurious and stylish informality in a tranquil and imaginative setting.
Coombe Trenchard is a beautiful Edwardian Country House wedding venue set within 116 acres of beautiful gardens, woodland and parkland, with views towards Dartmoor. A Modern Vintage treasure, both house and gardens are redolent of the high Arts & Crafts style of the belle époque.
Image by Pete Cox Photography.
So wedding venues are my jam.
I think we’ve safely established this point, so it’s lovely when I’m asked to contribute to various reports and articles on this much loved subject.
I recently collaborated with the Academy of Wedding & Event Planning on their annual International Wedding Trend Report; a pack that’s brimming with trend predictions, inspiration and advice from some of the best people in the industry.
Kylie, Director of AWEP, says “We are seeing a clear focus for weddings in 2016 and that is one of oppulence. However, our couples are more educated now than ever before and know exactly what they want. There is a definite break from tradition as couple’s look to put their own stamp on things with a really edgy component to the decor. Metallic accents are everywhere with combinations such as rose gold and gun metal being a firm favourite…”
It’s a great read and, if you work in the industry or are a Bride-to-be wanting to soak up all of the above, I wholeheartedly recommend downloading the full 136 page report! You can register for your free copy here. But, as a little teaser I thought I’d share my offering on what I think is hot in the wedding venue world…
Wedding Venue Trends 2016
Our couples are style conscious and really know what they’re looking for in their wedding venue – visiting on average 4 locations before they find ‘the one’, Brides & Grooms take this first step very seriously!
A relaxed affair with family & friends is still the top priority for wedding days so couples are wanting to find a venue they feel at home in – warm, welcoming and super friendly. One of our most popular wedding venues is Dewsall Court, the epitome of the home-from-home venue.
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.
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…
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
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.