Alice & Jonathan’s Elopement at Ever After

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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

Nicola:

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 Fine Art Country House

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Images by Taylor & Porter Photography.

A little venue focus for you lovely lot today because this is too pretty not to share!

This beautiful family house has a long and rich history. In the past 400 years it has been at the heart of politics, philosophy and social thought whilst located in the hidden heart of Wimborne St Giles.

In recent times an award winning restoration has seen it brought back to life and become a family home once again.

We are now excited to share it with you… Meet St Giles House in Dorset.

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Your Hygge Gift List with Prezola

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Image courtesy of The White Company.

“If you’ve not heard of the term Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) then you must have been hiding under a rock. It’s the new ‘thing’ and we have the super cool Danes to thank. Considered to be among the happiest people in the world, they might just be onto something…”

That little snippet is taken from my latest lifestyle feature over on B.LOVED where I look at how to hygge. Whilst for some this may be seen as a passing trend, the actual sense of hygge has been around for many years. Hygge is all about being connected, being in the moment, appreciating the small things, sharing intimacy and belonging to a community.

All of these sentiments are so true when it comes to weddings and indeed I think the ethos of hygge is a fundamental process in our decision making, whether we’re conscious of it or not. The venues we’re increasingly seeing are those that focus on the warm, friendly, home-from-home vibes that our relaxed couples crave. Our venue choices are also influenced by our own sense of style (obviously!) and our love for interiors, architecture and design. So with all of this in mind, we asked our Gift List partners Prezola to create a seasonally inspired hygge list.

I hope you like it… I’m off to light a candle!

Hygge

Ali:

Hygge is probably one of my favourite words at the moment and there’s no wonder why. This Danish act of creating a nice atmosphere is all about enjoying life with good people around you. When it’s dark outside and the weather’s looking glum, we all need that extra boost so fill your home with candles, wrap a thick blanket around you and feel all snuggly for winter.

We have lots of Scandinavian brands for your gift list at Prezola including Nordal, Nordic House and Grand Design plus there’s Scandi-inspired brands such as The White Company and Cozy Living.

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Blackwell Grange New for 2016!

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Images by Paul Willets Photography.

Blackwell Grange celebrated it’s grand launch on Sunday 13th November and Paul Willets Photography popped by to capture the scenes. With super cool interiors, thoughtful design and breathtaking surroundings this is a current fave from the Coco Collection!

Capturing your heart from the moment you arrive, Blackwell Grange has been a family home for generations, loved by its owners and steeped in history.

Over the past 400 years, the beautiful 16th Century Thatch Barn has become part of the Blackwell landscape. Lovingly restored, it is now licensed for civil ceremonies. Say your vows in this romantic, rustic barn, before enjoying welcome drinks and canapés on the lawn.

Dining and dancing take place in the newly constructed contemporary barn, bathed in light from the floor-to-ceiling windows and doors and featuring a stylish bar and staircase, impressive dining space and mezzanine ‘chill out’ area.

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A Fine Romance at Pynes House

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Images by McKenzie Brown.

Pynes House, located just outside of Exeter, is one of our favourite wedding venues in Devon. This stunning private estate with its romantic Country House set in 37 acres of parkland, was the perfect location for this shoot by Blue Fizz Events.

For this simple & romantic shoot set against the backdrop of Pynes House, they took influence from classic novels.

A Fine Romance

Blue Fizz:

The cool, calm and collected palette and light-flooded rooms gave us this soft and timeless look.

Unstructured plaiting and foliage weaved in to the hair was created by Gerschwins Hair Design. The dewy makeup with a heavy eye brings this demure look up to date, effortlessly achieved by Genevieve Satha.

The subtle palette was infused into stunning cakes that made a statement without being over the top, handmade by Cherry Blossom Cakes.

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