A Coombe Trenchard English Garden Party

Written by Emma Hla
Images by McKenzie Brown.

Coombe Trenchard, cradled within Dartmoor’s epic landscapes, is a tranquil venue with Art Nouveau charm and stunning features. There’s a stream, sweeping lawns, an Italian terrace where marquees can be sighted with views from the Italian columns across to Brent Tor and now, a newly refurbished snug.

We love this venue and we also love the ladies at Blue Fizz Events who were the masterminds behind the styling for this piece. Whilst we’re in the midst of Christmas, fairylights and mulled wine why not take a refreshing step into Spring with this garden inspired styled shoot captured by McKenzie Brown.

Notes from Blue Fizz


The focus of this shoot is on the beautifully refurbished coach house at Coome Trenchard which offers a bar area, dance floor and snug area complete with sofas, easy chairs and an entrance area with fire pits on either side. This venue is versatile and breathtaking and our theme too inspiration from its gardens which are open to the public during the week. I wanted a focus on the flora and green-on-green that an English country garden brings with a nod to the modern for our forward thinking couples!

I imagined an informal yet decadent banquet on the lawn with rustic furniture, delicate vintage crockery and vintage champagne saucers all supplied by Combe Trenchard, complete with edible floating flowers from The Flower Mill in the champagne! I created handmade napkins from a vintage fabric and used blades of greenery as the napkin rings alongside some of our Blue Fizz Events hire items, our abundance of flowers and greenery were supplied by The Flower Mill who brought together the show stopping displays, head piece and a riot of fresh colours throughout.

Our bride wore two dresses from Christine Trewinnard; a full skirt and gentle green silk bodice for a classic feel and a tiered column dress, both gorgeous in any setting but perfect for our fresh garden concept. The hair and makeup was a celebration of curls, entwined with an asymmetric flower crown and a vibrant palette for the face with a dewy summer bloom.

Our groom wore a blue linen jacket and striped tie from Samuel Daw & Co of Barnstaple, a contemporary look with classic origins.

The cakes, thanks to Sugar Mamas, were a marriage of classic iced tiers adorned with natural blooms and a detailed and intricate work of art in the form of handmade iced flowers and vines, set against the dark greens of the garden the whole look came together to set the scene for a long afternoon of celebrations surrounded by natures best.

Knots & Kisses created the stationery to compliment the whole scheme with rustic twine and elegant use of text and colour it complimented the whole vibe I wanted on the day.

The images were captured by McKenzie Brown Photography who brings an abundance of energy and passion and produces images that have utter romance and attitude in equal measure.

Floral, botanicals and garden themes are always eternal within the wedding scene and are set to be a key trend with a return to boisterous strong blooms against a gentle vintage rustic element, this look is a fresh take on a completely perfect summer garden wedding.


Venue Coombe Trenchard | Photography McKenzie Brown | Styling & Direction Blue Fizz EventsDress Designer Christine Trewinnard | Grooms Attire Samuel Daw & Co | Hair & Make-up The Event Studios | Flowers The Flower Mill | Cake Sugar Mamas | Stationery Knots & Kisses | With thanks to Lauren Falconer & Jim Cadogan.

So pretty!

You can discover Coombe Trenchard and Blue Fizz Events (they also do gorgeous marquees folks!) over in our Venue Finder.

Lots of love…

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