bickley mill devon wedding

Andy and Emily got married at the beautiful Bickley Mill in Devon.

Their laid back wedding oozes smiles, happiness and love!

My personal highlight is without doubt the idea of the glow stick table, genius!!  They had loads of fabulous local suppliers, and photos are by Lee Maxwell Photography



The proposal

Andy proposed on my favourite beach during a romantic weekend away at the Woolacombe Bay Hotel. He took me on a very blustery and wet walk to the beach where he got down on one knee (after checking no one was looking) and asked me to marry him, it was perfect and the ring is very special as it was my Grandmas.

Where it all happened

We got married at the Bickley Mill Inn, Stoneycombe. We  fell in love with it the moment we walk in for our first appointment, with the historic features and open fires, amazing food and fantastic bedrooms we booked it the same day!



What they wore

Both of my dresses were second hand from The Wedding Wishing Well foundation. My day dress was Blue Davis by Enzoani which was beautiful with an amazing corset but I knew by the evening I would want something light and flowing and a bit more of a vintage style, so my second dress is actually a bridesmaids dress but it was perfect and I loved having two looks. I also had two pairs of shoes.

The bridesmaids dresses were from AX Paris, they were the first things I bought even before we had a date set, I saw them and just knew they were perfect and would make my sisters and friends look stunning.

Andy, the groomsmen and our dads hired suits from Jonathan Hawks in Exeter (recommend popping in to see Byron he is fab!). We chose the Uppington navy slim fit suit with Andy having a bit of a feature waistcoat to make him stand out. The  ties, cufflinks and tie pins were from House of Fraser and the Pocket squares from Next.



The theme

The theme was relaxed, rustic & fun, we chose burgundy and blush pink as our main colours as this suits a winter wedding perfectly. We just wanted our guests to feel welcomed, wowed and relaxed.

We had hessian bunting, table runners and chair sashes with wooden hearts on the walls, burgundy featured heavily in the flowers, cake and my lip stain and blush pink bridesmaids, flower girls, flowers and shoes.

We also displayed photos of or grandparents on their wedding day and used a wicker basket for cards and had milk churns and flowers for centre pieces – my grandad was a dairy farmer so this was really special for me.


The flowers

I had the whooper as my bouquet created by HollyHocks, along with the bridesmaid bouquets, button holes, flower wands for the page boys and flower girls and the milk churns.

I wanted the flowers to have lots of texture, be really unique and non traditional.  Holly did a fantastic job, the flowers were the best I’ve ever seen.

My friend Claire also put together 14 Jam jars and 6 buckets for decorations for the top table and around the venue which were gorgeous too.



The cake

I chose Edible Essence Couture Cakes, I’ve followed them on facebook for a while and their creations are insane.

I wanted something simple I don’t like the taste of icing/marzipan so we designed a 4 tier sponge cake with butter cream, flowers, gold drip sat on a vintage whisky barrel.

We also had a bespoke cake topper from Totes Amaze.

The cake was beautiful  and definitely a talking point, it also tasted scrummy too!



What they ate and drank

All of the food and drink apart from the favours (chocolates in hessian bags from the Yellow Lime Patissere) was provided by the Bickley Mill

After the ceremony we had welcome drinks of winter Pimms, prosecco and Peroni along with canapés.

The main meal was a choice of mushroom brioche/crayfish salad to start, rack of lamb, chicken roulade or vegetable curry for main and an amazing millionaires cheesecake or panacotta for pudding, followed by coffee and fudge.

In the evening we had a BBQ on the decking and the food was so good, we had lots of people going for seconds.

We wanted to the food to not be too fancy, just really tasty and something most people would like.



Lee Maxwell Photography took the photos on the day, he was fantastic. You hardly knew he was there, snapping around capturing all those special natural moments. We are so pleased with our photos, he just had an eye for which photos to take and where even though it was his first wedding at the venue. Such a talented guy. We also had a photo booth in the evening from South West Photo Booths, it was brilliant and so much fun we have some really great and crazy photos from them.


The party

After the reception we had Dan Brazier the magician to entertain everyone during the changeover, he was mind blowing one guest was quoted asking if he was a Wizard. We also had Bespoke Disco and the band 3 Bags Full, everyone was up dancing, we had a glow stick table too to add to the party mood.



The honeymoon

We only had a short honeymoon in Cornwall as we have a three year old and didn’t want to leave him for too long. It was a lovely break, we ate way too much food and enjoyed lots of champers that had been given to us kindly by our wedding guests. We went the next day which was good.


Favorite part of the day

My favourite parts apart from the obvious ‘I do’s was a moment during the meal I just looked up and tried to savour that time, watching all of the guests chatting, enjoying themselves and really appreciating everyone that had come along to help up celebrate our day, it could not have been the same without them.

My other favourite moment was during the cake cutting, we had placed the knife awkwardly just above the polystyrene on the middle tier and couldn’t cut it so ended up stabbing the cake instead, Lee the photographer captured some interesting shots of my confused face.


Advice to others

It’s hard but try not to get bogged down on every single tiny bit of detail, I remember overthinking the bridesmaids earrings and not being able to choose for days such a small thing and to be honest any earring I had got would have suited them perfectly.



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