Images by Maxi Photography.
It was set to be a day full of festival fun, supplier frolics and inspiration galore and we just love the report our girl on the ground came back with! Lottie’s words are perfectly illustrated by Mel from Maxi Photography, we hope you enjoy it…
The Boho & Retro Wedding Festival
While there are many wonderful wedding fairs out there for newly engaged couples, I have never been to one quite like The Boho & Retro Wedding Festival at Bridwell Park. Organised by the fabulous team at Blue Fizz Events, the festival offered an eclectic, inspiring and quite frankly awesome mix of wedding suppliers. It was a brilliant opportunity to meet heaps of talented exhibitors, as well as the chance to explore the magnificent Bridwell.
The family home of Lord Ivar Mountbatten, Bridwell is cushioned in the quaint village of Uffculme in Devon. It’s surrounded by stunning parkland and extensive views of the rolling countryside. It is quite simply put, a beautiful country house wedding venue. Available for exclusive-use, Bridwell has 20 bedrooms onsite so it’s perfect if you want a huge weekend celebration with your family and friends. Both The Orangery and The Chapel were open for viewing over the weekend, and both were just bursting with romance, style and grandeur. The vast outdoor space also lent itself perfectly for a festival full of imagination and inspiration…
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.
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.