Elopements at Coombe Trenchard

Written by Emma Hla
We all feel it, that yearning to escape from the pressures of modern life and retreat into a bubble of peaceful bliss with our other half. To elope is to truly indulge in the ultimate romantic fantasy: the abandonment of reality for a moment in time where only the two of you exist.

Coombe Trenchard is nestled in the Devonshire hills, on the edge of Dartmoor’s rugged wilderness and offers the charming warmth and Edwardian-era magic that elopement dreams are made of.

Emily, a member of the Coombe Trenchard team AND a Coombe Trenchard bride herself, has all the scrummy details about their Boutique & Beautiful elopement options.

Boutique & Beautiful Elopements

Emily says…

An exclusive venue that has retained its unique allure through personal service and genuine passion, its grand facade appears through towering trees at the end of a wildlife-laden driveway. Instantly, the buzz of normal life is lost in the singsong of birds and bubbling of the stream that runs through Coombe Trenchard’s restored (and plentiful) gardens, perfect for wrapped-up walks and excited, just-married snapshots. Offering a fantastically fuss-free Boutique & Beautiful option, couples can enjoy a dreamy elopement or small, intimate wedding without having to get lost in wedmin and endless decisions.

Perfect for those living outside of Devon’s glorious vistas and without the time or energy to plan a wedding, Boutique & Beautiful provides everything you will need for a memorable celebration using only the finest local suppliers. To extend the luxurious, stress-free nature of this versatile option, Boutique & Beautiful also includes a stay at Coombe Trenchard in the lead up to your wedding day, where you can meet with your caterers and start to relax into this timeless bubble together.

For those looking to keep things simple, Coombe Trenchard can provide delicious home-cooked meals and assist with any elopement extras you may wish to enjoy thanks to their years of exceptional, personal service as wedding co-ordinators for beloved bridal couples. The much-celebrated Bridal Suite overlooks the water gardens and woodland and is a delightfully light and lavish room in which to both prepare for and celebrate your union together. Those chilly evenings are best spent by the fire, cosying up to your favourite person and toasting marshmallows as the leaves swirl in the inky darkness outside.

Back in October, photographer Venetia Norrington set out to capture this magic amongst the rustling trees and smoky air of the most colourfully cosy of seasons. Roaring fires, cinnamon scents and cosy blankets were the order of the day and a dream team of contributors arrived at Coombe Trenchard complete with scarves, Pinterest boards and a lot of laughter. The weather surprised everyone and the sun made its presence known, even allowing for a group lunch out on the south-facing terrace whilst soaking up some very warm rays! A gasp-inducing array of bridal wear was kindly loaned by Lovely Bridal in Honiton and comprised of classic lace, modern separates and the softest wrap that would be the perfect addition to a snug elopement. Groomswear comprised of relaxed earthy tones inspired by a modern country gent. Giselle Michel-Gendre was on hand to add some laid-back glamour to our bridal couple’s looks and used Autumnal tones to compliment the beauty of Coombe Trenchard at this magical time of year.

Thirst Choice with Garnish thoroughly enjoyed the brief of sensational seasonal treats and put their trademark creativity and exciting use of flavour into every morsel of delicious food and drink provided. The scent of mulled cider and freshly cooked canapes was a welcome addition to the festive atmosphere and crackling fires, especially once they had been photographed and were ready to be sampled!

Harriet from the de Winton Paper Co created some tender love letters to go alongside Coombe Trenchard’s styling. Blessed with both an impressive selection of Object d’arts and stylish wedding props, you are in safe hands with this elegant venue, whatever your preferred level of styling.

Capturing the venue’s mix of dramatic spaces and cosy hideaways was no small feat, and as the last shot was taken a sorbet-singed sunset greeted the giddy team, excitedly looking back at previews from Venetia’s camera. Venetia Norrington brought her boundless energy and extraordinary talent to the shoot and the images show both inspiring detail alongside Autumnal ambience and carefree adoration.

You can find out more about Coombe Trenchard’s Boutique & Beautiful option and Elopement offerings on their beautiful website here.

All that’s left to ask is, who do you want to run away with?


Photography Venetia Norrington Photography

Venue & Styling Coombe Trenchard

Food & Drink Thirst Choice with Garnish

Hair & Make-up Giselle Michel-Gendre

Bridal Fashion Lovely Bridal

Groom’s Attire Mens Hire

Love Letters de Winton Paper Co

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