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Emma and Paul's Devon wedding || Images by Christian Michael - Pasties & Petticoats
devon wedding at the great barn

Emma and Paul got married at The Great Barn in Devon, arranged at short notice after their originally booked venue went into liquidation!

But with the fabulous suppliers on board they pulled off a stunning day, captured beautifully by Christian Michael Photography

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The proposal

Paul took me on a weekend away to Winchester as we’d visited once before early in our relationship. Paul had booked a table at The Chesil Rectory restaurant (a favourite of mine!) and suggested a pre-dinner stroll along the river where he popped the question with a bespoke ring he’d had designed.

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Where it all happened

We got married at All Saint’s Church, Kenton. We live in Cambridge but chose Devon to get married as I have family in the South and we both love the area. Our reception was at The Great Barn, which is also where I got ready. We actually only booked the venue a couple of weeks before our wedding as our initial venue went into liquidation.

We were incredibly lucky that The Great Barn were able to accommodate us. It is so beautiful and fitted our requirements perfectly, the owners Emma & John have such fantastic attention to detail. We were able to use the venue for 3 days as originally planned so hosted a meal the night before we got married for the wedding party.

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What they wore

I wore a Ronald Joyce A line dress with lace detail in champagne and ivory, which I bought from Mia Sposa in Cambridge. My accessories were a pearl bracelet and earrings to pick up on the pearl and Swarovski detail on the waistband of my dress. My sister in law made my veil for me, this was a simple scallop edge fingertip veil.

Paul and the groomsmen wore navy Carisbrooke tails with a dove grey double breasted waistcoat. His tie was a antique pink and the groomsmen wore an oyster colour. We hired the suits from Moss Bros.

My adult bridesmaids wore dusky pink floor length gowns with beading detail around the waist, bought from Monsoon. My younger bridesmaids wore dusky pink and ivory lace dresses from John Lewis.

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The theme

The style was very classic with an antique pink and champagne colour theme. I love this colour combination, which was picked up through the bridesmaids dresses, our cake and flowers.

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The flowers

Our bouquets were made up of amnesia roses, soft pink hydrangeas, cream and dusky pink lisianthus. The men’s buttonholes were a single amnesia rose.

We had pew ends for the church, which were light pink hydrangeas and two stunning pedestals for the altar.

For the reception we had a combination of tall glass vases and candelabras with a floral centre using the same flowers as my bouquet.

Our florist was Phillip Corps, he is incredibly talented and went above and beyond for us!

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The cake

We had a 4 tier wedding cake, made by Jennifer Wells from Edible Essence Couture Cake Co. It was a simple elegant ivory design with lace and champagne ribbon on each tier with soft pink sugar roses. The flavours were lemon, salted caramel, bakewell tart and fruit. After a very short description of what I envisaged for the cake Jennifer drew it out exactly as I’d hoped and when it arrived on the day it was just stunning and tasted amazing too.

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What they ate and drank

Dartmoor Kitchen were our caterers. They provided a selection of canapes for our drinks reception followed by a 3 course wedding breakfast. For the evening we had a cheese board and a selection of Tom’s Pies. They also provided their ‘Devon Feast’ for us on the Friday night.

We were originally introduced to Dartmoor Kitchen at our first venue but after looking into local caterers there was no competition. Their food is fantastic and they provided a superb level of service both in the lead up and on the day itself.

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Photography

Christian Michael was our photographer. Christian was so kind and made us feel completely at ease. He understood that we didn’t want a lot of staged photographs so managed to capture the day beautifully with lots of natural photographs.

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The party

We had a band called Highway 21. The played a selection of modern songs as well as some 60’s numbers to keep my dad happy!

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The honeymoon

We spent 10 days after the wedding in Cornwall, Devon and the New Forest. We are going on our honeymoon tomorrow to the Maldives for 2 weeks. We’re heading to Dhuni Kolhu for the first week then Kuramathi.

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Favourite part of the day

There were lots of special moments, the ceremony, speeches and having our family and friends all together. One very memorable moment for us was the fireworks. My parents organised a display timed to ‘Woman’ by John Lennon for us and it was a huge surprise on the night.

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Advice to others

I would recommend looking around to find really good suppliers. If we didn’t have such wonderful people to help us we may not have managed to rearrange our wedding in time. Wedding insurance is also worth looking into as it helped us claim some of our money back.

On the day itself don’t worry about the details, it goes really fast so try to absorb it all and relax!

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Anything else you’d like to add?

We also had a fantastic toastmaster, Steve Crosswell. He is such as lovely man and just helped guide the day along beautifully.

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