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Linda & Jay’s Devon wedding {images by Tristan Adams}

Wide grins, dancing, happiness and love exuding – Linda and Jay’s wedding will warm your heart!


Their photographer Tristan says;


Linda and Jay are the most caring and kind-hearted couple. They love to travel and themed their wedding reception around their world travels. They got married at Upton Vale Church in Torquay, and Linda’s brother who was recently ordained led the marriage ceremony, which was very emotional. The church was full and you could feel the energy in the building.

For the couples photos, Linda chose Labrador Bay in Shaldon. As the weather was exceptionally good, we also visited Thatcher Rock in Torquay (a decision we made on the day!). These locations provided us with a beautiful coastal backdrop.


Here’s more about their day, and as always, supplier links are at the end of the post…





The proposal

Jay proposed with a ring made of the stones from my Grandma’s and Great Grandma’s ring.

He wanted to do it in front of my Grandad so on Christmas eve, after a family meal, he popped the question.


Where it all happened

We got married at Upton Vale Baptist Church as it was my family church. The reception was at Stokeinteignhead Village Hall. We chose the venue because it was able to seat over 100 people, it was a very reasonable price and it was a blank canvas that we were able to make our own.


What they wore

My beautiful dress was from Luna Daisy in Totnes. The owner, Lorna, was amazing and really helped me make my outfit unique.  I also had a long cathedral veil which was from Bridal Box in Torquay.

They also do such a good job at making sure that everything is how you want it. The Bridesmaid dresses were from ASOS and the Groom and Best Man’s suits were from Moss Bros.


The theme

The Theme ended up being referred to as ‘Rustic Winter World’. I loved the look of hessian, lace, wood and old ladders etc. With this in mind, we decided to do all the decorating ourselves, creating the exact look we wanted. The colour scheme was red and green which relates to Christmas and Winter. The world part of our theme was reflected in our table plan which was comprised of countries that we had visited together. We also had a large canvas or the world map which our guests signed as an alternative guestbook.


Flowers and decor

A lady from the church kindly put our bouquets, button holes and church flowers together. The flowers were purchased from Michael Dark in Newton Abbot who were fantastic at teaching us which flowers would work at that time of year.



A close friend made our wedding cake. I didn’t want the classic white iced three-layer cake and she came up with the most beautiful creation, covering the cake with white chocolate swirls all around the outside and berries on top. We also had a cheese cake which was from Country cheese in Totnes. It was one of my favourite parts of the planning process, spending two hours cheese tasting and deciding on the cheese. The Country cheese staff were so great at letting us try all the cheeses and advising not only on taste but what the cake would look like.


What they ate and drank

We had a two course sit down meal for the wedding breakfast. This was followed by the wedding cakes and a few other buffet items in the evening. We also asked friends and family to bake cakes for after the ceremony at the church. This worked out perfectly as I find I always get a bit hungry at weddings waiting all day for food and this gave people a chance to mingle right from the beginning.


The photos

Tristan Adams was our photographer. We really couldn’t have asked for a better photographer and a lot of our guests commented on how lovely he was. Thanks to his suggestion of going to Thatchers Rock in Torquay, we got the most incredible wedding photos that I would never have dreamt of getting- especially with us getting married in November! That was my favourite part of the whole day as it was such a surprise. We had just assumed that it would be bad weather! The driver of the VW campervan which was our wedding car was also fantastic and helped out with the photos, holding my bouquet in between shots and making my veil catch the wind.


The party

We had a Ceilidh in the evening. One of my best friend’s stepfather has his own band and kindly played for us. It was a perfect evening, all of our friends and family fully got involved which was exactly what we wanted. So many people told us that it was the funnest wedding they had been to (although I guess they have to say that) and I really didn’t stop smiling and crying with laughter all evening.



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The Suppliers


Upton Vale Church
Stokeinteignhead Village Hall

Tristan Adams Photography

Wedding dress
Luna Daisy in Totnes

Bridal Box in Torquay

Friend, Caroline Hawings

Torbay Wedding Car Club

Cheese cake
Country cheese in Totnes






Village Hall

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