Friday is pretty much *always* a real wedding feature here on the blog, and with today being Good Friday it’s awesome to have an Easter themed big day to share!
This wedding features several of our brilliant Wedding Collective members – the venue was the beautiful Deer Park, the photographer the super Emma Stoner and the cake by the talented Claire Makes Cakes. What a dream team…
It happened on holiday in Cornwall at a magical waterfall called St Nectan’s Glen – it was truly a shock to me, as we were on holiday with Andy’s family at the time, and it’s an incredibly stunning place to get engaged! If you haven’t been before- check it out!
Where it all happened
The Deer Park Country House Hotel, in Honiton, Devon. It’s a simply marvellous location to get married, set in acres of stunning Devonshire countryside that stretches as far as the eye can see. The staff were brilliant, we absolutely can’t thank them enough for their great hospitality- and we even got to spend our wedding night in the magical Tree House on site, which we are returning to for our anniversary!
What they wore
I bought a Watters dress from a local bridal boutique in Oundle. It was a floor length A-line lace vintage style dress, with tiny satin buttons that went all the way down the back of the train to the floor and finished off with a diamante belt and lace shoes, and a veil with tiny diamantes.
Andy wore a Grey Wool suit with tweed waistcoat and matching tie and brown shoes. We hired this in from another local wedding boutique called Vow Bridal near Peterborough, although Andy’s tweed waistcoat and tie were made for him so got to keep them after the wedding as a lovely keepsake! His groomsmen wore the same but with a pale blue pastel waistcoat, which tied in with the colour of the maid of honours dress.
Our bridesmaids each wore a different pastel colour of the same dress by Eliza + Ethan to fit in the with Easter theme. They wore silver shoes and each held a bouquet made of gypsophila and a hint of colour to match each of their dresses.
My bouquet was a delicate trailing hand tied bouquet with quite an assortment of spring flowers, David Austin roses, bluebells, herbs, ferns, succulents and twisted willow, and trailing amaranthus. The florists also created 5 amazing tree centre pieces made to tie in with each of the table names, Beech, Birch, Ash, Oak and Willow, made from a real piece of each tree, and topped with gorgeous spring flowers, more twisted willow and succulents.
The cake was cleverly created by Claire Makes Cakes, to look like three pieces of silver birch stacked on top of one another, on a base of thick Ash. The cake topper was two smartly dressed wedding deer that Iy found on ebay, and tiny mini eggs and splashes of the easter flowers also garnished the cake. Top tip for smaller weddings- we had a fake top tier of cake created- which we will not only get to keep, (for as long as it lasts!) but it also added height as we didn’t need a lot of cake making for our 38 guests!
Capturing it all
The brilliant Emma Stoner did our photography. She’s got a great eye for detail- we think the photos speak for themselves! Emma organised for a second shooter on the day too which meant the boys had coverage of themselves getting ready in the morning too!
Styling & decor
I added lots of personal touches to the decor – for wedding favours, we filled glass mason jars with Cadbury’s mini eggs, and the table names I designed myself using mini black boards and hand drawn leaf patterns from each tree, each one sat nestled atop of a stags horns, whilst real roe deer antlers finished the look on the tables.
For the table plan I arranged large twisted willow springs in a glass vase decorated with hanging eggs and covered in fairy lights, it seemed to go down a storm with guests! I also painted a vintage wooden ladder white, and hung variety of signs and blackboards from it with messages and a schedule for the day.
The entertainment in the evening was provided by internationally acclaimed electroswing DJ and singer Tallulah Goodtimes who also sang our first dance live for us, “A thousand years” by Christina Perri.
Immediately after the wedding, we went on a two week exploration around Cornwall and Devon, stopping at Whalesborough Luxury Holiday Cottages in Bude, followed by a night in the Blue Hayes Hotel in St Ives, (Which is out of this world!) two nights overlooking St Michael’s Mount in Marazion, and then back into Devon to stay in the fantastic Bovey Castle.
Walking down a floodlit path at around midnight to our magical tree house, and we arrived, shattered and exhausted to find the log fire had been lit and romantic songs were playing on the radio – plus a bottle of champers and some of our cake had been arranged on the table!
Advice for others
Take your time with the planning – don’t rush anything especially if you are on a budget. Use Pinterest to get ideas. Read wedding blogs to get even more ideas. Think about the little touches – it’s what people will remember from your day. Don’t get a new puppy two months before your big day! Take time for pampering and you-time. Listen to both of your desires and compromise where necessary.
Photography & Videograpahy
Deer Park Country Hotel
Watters from Martin Charles Boutique
Eliza & Ethan
Hair & Makeup
Groom & Groomsmen Suits
Deer Park Country Hotel
Claire Makes Cakes
Tallulah Good Times