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 Fine Art Country House


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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Blackwell Grange New for 2016!


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


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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A ‘Home Tour’ of Wickham House


Image by Kate Nielen Photography.

It’s hard to know where to start when I think about Wickham House… There is just too much goodness everywhere you look. Earlier this year I was a guest of Philippa & James, owners of this ridiculously handsome country house. As well as being taken on a superb guided tour, I sat in their kitchen, drank coffee and chatted about weddings.

Philippa is quite extraordinary and I left feeling thoroughly inspired by this lady. I think I actually called her ruddy brilliant. With a long and successful career in the City, Philippa & James alongside their Events Manager Isabel, are now pouring their energy and passion into their beautiful home and offering it to couples for their big day celebrations.

“Wickham House combines timeless elegance with the laid-back charm of Berkshire’s rural countryside. A stunning location for luxury marquee and tent weddings, Wickham offers a blank canvas to design a completely bespoke wedding with the spectacular backdrop of our family home. Whether you are planning an opulent affair or a celebration with a bohemian twist, Wickham House is the idyllic location…”

I can’t help but agree this is a truly idyllic spot, press play and watch this fab film by Burlison Photography, then continue to read all about your wedding day possibilities punctuated with the dreamiest of images by Kate Nielen Photography.


Wickham House:

The Planning Process

The attention to detail at Wickham House is second to none, so it’s no surprise they work solely with Wedding Planners. They can recommend the right planner to enable your wedding day and, alongside your chosen planner, they will help you design your dream wedding. Whether you want a lavish classic affair or perhaps a slightly more relaxed-bohemian weekend, they have wonderful relationships with several different planners, all varying in style.

The Ceremony

You are spoilt for choice when it comes to the ceremony location at Wickham House as there are three quite enchanting spots to choose from.

The Church

Next door, quite literally, is their charming Village Church. Surprisingly spacious it can comfortably seat up to 200 guests! The privacy this Church offers is wonderful and there’s absolutely no need for your guests to travel from ceremony to reception at this venue. If however you are not local to the area but still want this traditional element to your big day, then you are able to attend the Church once a month for six months prior to the wedding day. There is also the option to host a civil ceremony within the estate or a registry office ceremony followed by a Blessing in the church.

The Walled Garden

Now I’ve seen a fair few walled gardens in my time, indeed I even chose a walled garden for my own big day, BUT this has to be the best walled garden… ever. The entrance, both grand and promising, absolutely mirrors what lies beyond. Designed and lovingly crafted by Philippa & James, this Walled Garden was my personal highlight of the venue tour. The garden provides a spectacular yet intimate setting for a wedding ceremony and the Pagoda is licensed for Civil Ceremonies for up to 200 guests seated on the sunken lawn. Within this magical setting you can also find a stunning pool, a pavilion and gorgeous gardens galore. I could honestly have stayed here all day!

The Barn

As if Wickham House didn’t offer enough, there’s The Barn; a wonderfully cosy wet weather option for a Civil Ceremony. It can accommodate 125 guests seated theatre style or for larger parties, the space can be extended by a small marquee to cover the terrace directly outside the sliding doors.

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