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10. THE AGE OF ELEGANCE Gorgeous gowns with a twist of vintage glamour

18. MODERN GODDESS Stylish silhouettes for fashionista brides

28. MATCHMAKER The marriage of setting and dressing

modern love

36. SAY IT WITH DIAMONDS Coolly coordinated wedding rings 38. FABULOUS…WHATEVER THE WEATHER Must-have bridal accessories for a rainy day 44. WORKING THE GROOM Style special for the man of the moment


40. THE MODERN BRIDE’S GUIDE TO BRIDESMAIDS The bridesmaid basics step by step 46. A MARRIAGE MADE IN CYBERSPACE Youtube, Facebook, Twitter – the modern matrimonial exposed 49. FLOWER POWER Stylish inspiration for your wedding blooms 54. GRUB’S UP Menu ideas for your youngest guests 57. HEARTTHOBS AND HOT RODS Let the wedding style of the stars inspire your wedding wheels 62. A COUNTRY AFFAIR Devon’s most romantic rural wedding venues explored 78. WORD PERFECT Dos, don’ts and inspiration for a perfectly pitched ceremony 82. ROCK THAT FROCK Trash the dress…undressed 86. GLASS ACT Gorgeous glassware for your gift list


6. BRIDAL BUZZ What’s new, what’s hot, what’s on 70. THE VENUE Licensed venues for civil ceremonies in Devon 90. GOT WED Newly weds share a glimpse of their day 106. TROUBLE OR STRIFE? Your wedding dilemmas resolved

Editor Rebecca Matthews Chief features writer Hannah May Features writers Charity Wilson, Nathan Midgley Design Matt Sanwell, Design UNLTD Advertising & Management Brendan Sleeman Publisher wed Magazine F3 Champions Yard Causewayhead Penzance Cornwall TR18 2TA 01736 368899 Print Four Way Print, Launceston Cover image Dress Maggie Sottero Prudence Gowns Location Stoodleigh Court Model Stephanie St Clair Photography Andrew Coulter

© wed magazine. All rights reserved. Nothing in this magazine may be published without written permission. While reasonable steps are taken to check the accuracy of the content within this publication, wed magazine cannot take any responsibility for any mistakes or omissions or the views of our contributors or advertisers. All views expressed in wed are not necessarily those of wed magazine.

to the We’re looking forward this issue. From fresh off the catwalk dresses the most hottest trends rocking Devon’s wedding scene, we’ve handpicked of-thein up it d wrappe and gorgeous inspiration the county has to offer moment style. and ‘The Age of Elegance’ paints deliriously decadent visions of silk, sparkle Goddess’ ‘Modern while glamour, embellishment for a contemporary take on classic in lavished gowns is all about the silhouette – from short and chic to romantic ball tulle, a feast of statement-making bridal fashion awaits. g number of Trash the Dress has whipped wedding world into a frenzy as an increasin for an uber fancy their brides hit skate parks, farmyards or whatever backdrop takes hip photo shoot. Find out more in ‘Rock The Frock’ on p.82. country Lusting after fresh air and rural escapism? We bring you the cream of Devon’s p.62. See s. surround venues to inspire an atmospheric wedding in utterly beautiful array of Throw in a bridesmaid special, a showcase of seasonal flowers and a glorious issue. n-stuffed inspiratio and eclectic real weddings into the mix – and you have one Don’t forget to keep an eye on the website for more. Until next issue, enjoy the ride. Rebecca


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S K C O R F S U O FABUL If your idea of playing dress up includes sumptuous surrounds, a delectable choice of designer gowns and indulgent service, then hot foot it to The Bridal Rooms of Wellswood. Here, you can try on their dreamy range of dresses in their chandeliered boudoir style changing room, and feel as pampered as a princess. Their dazzling and daringly distinctive bridal gowns are the creations of the world’s most renowned designers, including Ian Stuart, Cymbeline, Jesus Peiro and Linea Rafaelli. And there’s gorgeousness aplenty to keep your mum occupied while you’re rifling through the rails. The exclusive capsule collection of Sarah Danielle mother of the bride outfits is sure to tempt modish mums with their stunning fusion of eye-catching design and glamorous detail. The boutique also stocks the new range of Jim Hjelm Occasions bridesmaid dresses, which combine luxurious fabrics and fashion-forward colours for stylish and supremely satisfied bridesmaids. 01803 380580 |

THINK DRINKS Having established a glowing reputation for their mouth-watering cocktails and extensive range of top quality tipples, The B:lush Lounge in Plymouth has branched out of its chic basement bar to offer its expert bar services to those seeking something a little different for their event. Their professional mixologists are available to hire at competitive prices for all occasions – so whether it’s for your wedding or your hen party, you can guarantee your do has an utterly delicious twist. 01752 226609 |



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WIN A FREE FASHION SH OOT! Fancy your own cover girl fashion shoot? Andrew Coulter’s new service offers brides the opportunity to don their dress and up the stylistic ante for some postwedded bridal shots. The opposite of Trash the Dress, Andrew will capture you stepping out in your gown amidst some glamorous and elegant settings. Forget the farmyards and marsh pits – instead head to plush hotels, penthouse apartments, city centre cafes and urban exteriors for a fashionista-style shoot that grooms can feature in too. Andrew uses off camera lighting creatively to compose a series of fine prints. With a range of introductory offers currently available, it’s an innovative way to extend the marital experience and capture your beautiful bridal best. Andrew is giving away a free flash IN shoot to a lucky Wed Magazine reader. To enter the competition, simply fill in the contact form on quoting the reference Wed Magazine.

hop on board the VW love bus Take a ride with Stella and transport yourself into retro overdrive courtesy of VW Love bus. New to the wedding scene, Stella is a beautiful 1966 vintage VW split screen micro bus deluxe with original features such as safari windows and a full-length sunroof. Born in Germany, Stella settled in Houston before her shipment via Japan to the UK; it was a case of love at first sight for owners Danny and Sam Welch, who brought her to Plymouth to start her glamorous new job. Whether you’re an ardent splitty fan or simply fancy a retro alternative to a traditional wedding car, VW Love bus affords you flexibility, style and a fantastic backdrop to your photographs. Danny and Sam will be on hand to guarantee a stress-free and seamless event, making sure all your vehicular needs are comfortably catered for. So ‘Samba’ in style with Stella for stunning shots and an amazing arrival. 07803 015469 / 07715 110870 |


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IMAGEry wizardry Having recently got hitched themselves, photographic duo Melanie Barnfield and her husband James can fully relate to how it feels to be on the other side of the camera – and their approach is empathetic and understanding as a result. Treating each couple as personal friends, they ensure their service is perfectly tailored to every bride and groom and the images reflect a strong sense of both personalities. Giving their full attention and assistance throughout the preparation of each wedding, whatever the requirement, they will deliver with utmost energy and commitment. “We truly feel honoured to have the opportunity to capture a couple’s special day,” Melanie comments. Priding themselves on testimonials reflecting their friendly and unobtrusive nature, Melanie and James’s mission is to put everyone at ease while capturing each aspect of the day on camera. And the result? A collection of beautiful and individual images to treasure. 07878 919561 |

chic seats You can have the most gobsmackingly gorgeous wedding venue and the most

elegant décor – but it can all be ruined by a bunch of faded, threadbare or simply unattractive chairs. That’s where The Cover Cupboard comes in. The company hires out a range of chair covers, sashes and accessories in a wide spectrum of colours and fabrics throughout Devon. Choose from ivory to fuchsia, organza to velvet and a range of flowers and charms for a fabulous finishing touch. And, if you would like a signature style, Sarah and Ann will create a unique design to complement your wedding theme and colour scheme. 07753 742529 |



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CELEBRATIONS AT Changing Faces From the smoke to the coast, creative director and founder of Changing Faces, Julie Palmer, trained in London in Bridal and Fashion Makeup in 1985 and promptly established her make-up artistry business in Devon. Having worked her magic on over 2000 brides since, she is now celebrating the 25th anniversary of the beauty service. Also working alongside top models and celebrities, Julie’s business has matured and developed to include international make-up artist daughter Becky Daniel and recent addition, Charlotte Sowton. Having netted the 2009 Westcountry Wedding Award for Best Makeup Artists, the team is renowned for their extensive experience, their calm, professional approach and – most importantly – listening to their clients’ ideas. Whether you envision an appearance of natural understatement or sheer glamour, rest assured the bespoke service will create a flawless, radiant and long-lasting look for every blushing bride-to-be. Visit the website to view their stunning gallery of clients. 01395 562970 |

INTO THE BOUDOIR Bag some breathtaking boudoir shots and present a different side of yourself to the camera. With Sorcha Holloway behind the lens, not only will you be guaranteed high quality pictures replete with personality, you’ll receive a first rate and personalised service to boot. Whether you want to ditch the dress and don some sexy lingerie or simply dress up for some photo shoot fun, Sorcha has the skills and eye to make every woman look and feel simply stunning. A boudoir session costs just £50 for a two-hour session with retouching and a glass of bubbly as part of the package. Sorcha provides tips and props for the shoot so that all you need to do is relax and indulge your fantasies, capturing them for you and your man to enjoy long into the future as a permanent reminder of your youth, love – and super sassy style. 01752 662801 |

works of art Janine Hall Photography has established a reputation for breathtakingly beautiful images. And in recent months, the award-winning duo behind the business, Clare and Janine, have been busily preparing for the launch of their stunning new website. Not only does the website allow you to view their wedding and fashion work, Clare and Janine also provide portals to other fantastic suppliers they have seen in action. Fashion shoots and real weddings are shown as features and the key people involved (hairdressers, make up artists, florists, venues and the like) appear as direct links ensuring the website is a really helpful source of information as well as an inspiring visual experience. 01752 841741 |


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Fancy a fix of inspiration to get you on your wedded way? Head to these fairs and get the party started

Northcote Manor Wedding Fair Umberleigh, North Devon Sunday 7 March from 1pm Take a Sunday sojourn in the picturesque setting of Northcote Manor and n behold a gorgeous array of wedding inspiration, from vintage chic afternoo the icing, fondant and cakes sweet of teas, swathes of silk and lace, towers

Castle Hill Wedding Fair, Filleigh, Barnstaple Sunday 18 April 11am – 3.30pm

al floral scent of pretty flower arrangements and dazzling jewellery. Tradition every wedding ideas will be presented alongside the more unusual, ensuring of couple leaves buzzing with food for thought. Sip a complimentary glass grounds and house the browse you bubbly and taste delicious canapés as and meet some of the county’s leading wedding day specialists, from dress suppliers and cake designers to musicians and magicians. Free admission 01769 560501 |

Bovey Castle Wedding Fair

North Bovey, Dartmoor National Park Sunday 7 March 11am-5pm Head deep into Dartmoor and spend a fabulous day amidst the dramatic climes of Bovey Castle. Florists, photographers, discos, beauticians, wedding be cars and dresses – a plentiful and diverse range of wedding specialists will flyer fair wedding the present to inspire your wedding planning. Download on the venue’s website to receive 10% off your food bill in the Castle Bistro on the day. Free admission 01647 445000 |

Northcote Manor Wedding Fair, Umberleigh Sunday 7 March from 1pm

House of Fraser Wedding Fair Royal Parade, Plymouth Friday 12 & Saturday 13 March 10.30am-4.30pm Combine a shopping trip with a fabulous fix of wedding inspiration at the House of Fraser wedding fair. Enjoy hair and makeup demonstrations, fashion shows and live music on the fourth floor while you peruse a range of suppliers, from photographers, cake designers and florists to venues, fireworks and honeymoon specialists. Make a date in your diary for a wedding extravaganza. Free admission

Castle Hill Wedding Fair Filleigh, Barnstaple Sunday 18 April 11am-3.30pm The stately home of Lord and Lady Arran will make a magnificent backdrop to this wonderful wedding fair, organised by Wow Wedding Shows. A feast of inspiration comes from a complete range of exhibitors including exquisite

stationery, stylish bridal and bridesmaids’ fashion, couture shoes, elegant marquees and inspirational photography. Two fashion shows will take place at 12.30pm and 2.30pm, showcasing a selection of gorgeous gowns. Don’t te forget to take the opportunity to wander around the gardens and apprecia the photographic backdrops of the sublime setting. Free admission 0843 289 7239 |



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R E K A M H MATC Coordinate your gown with your backdrop for the ultimate in congruent bridal style words Hannah May



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Recent wedding trends have seen ‘where’ become just as relevant as ‘when’ and ‘how’ so that a sense of place is now a driving force behind major decisions such as catering, entertainment, theme – and fashion. Although the mashing of styles and influences is a chic option for a highly individual affair, many brides are seeking a little calm congruency and collected continuity. By reinforcing the feel of your event from the décor and the lighting to the food and the frocks, not only is the day more memorable, but modishly personable. That’s not to say that linearity rules. Rather, that key elements are present and reflected in a multitude of ways. Dress yourself according to your surrounds as bridal fashion assumes a whole new relevance and direct relationship to place…

church In keeping with the traditionalism of the location, fashion is fairytale. A church wedding smacks of historic, religious or family values, which lends itself to princess style or vintage attire. Of course, there are no definite to dos. But a simply stylish dress sits well with a church ceremony, drawing upon elements of understated fantasy and timeless romance. Ball gowns and flouncy skirts are perfect for a church setting. Big trains and veiling, volumous frills and spills and textural numbers ooze fairytale glamour.

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Individualise the look with modern touches such as bows, pleats, ribbons and headwear. The recent movement of emulating, donning or updating past fashions is another stellar idea for a church wedding. By wearing your mother or grandmother’s dress, you’ll be adding a sweetly sentimental touch and a dialogue with the past that is core to the atmosphere of the place.

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Alternatively, select a vintage or vintage style frock, such as ‘40s tea length, ‘50s flirty kitsch, ‘60s boho elegance or ‘70s super glam. Customise with contemporary accessories or romanticise with heirloom items and create a look that is fully fitting from all angles whilst being undeniably unique.

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Ian Stuart, The Bridal Rooms of Wellswood



garden Country house, moorland marquee or bottom of the garden? Wherever the specifics, an outdoorsy wedding is both charismatically charming and chic. Within Cornwall, it echoes a pagan tradition and is perfect for such a ceremony, being just as atmospherically apt for either religious or civil proceedings. Not only is a garden style wedding hugely adaptable, it is entirely en vogue with regard to modern day’s preoccupation with everything green. Whether you want to have an eco friendly event or just fancy a pretty place to breathe in your vows and mellow out your guests, allow landscape to be your designer. Country assumes many guises that can assist with your outfit creation. You don’t need to don oilskins and accessorise with a

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rifle to achieve the look, which can be as subtle or dramatic as you desire. It’s more about cherry picking from the trends and making them your own. In particular, recycled and resourced materials such as hemp and vintage cut-offs can combine for a conscientious and highly one-off creation. Back to the catwalk, and a rush of raw edges, rough cuts and multiple layers are signature styles to opt for. An unkempt irreverence is striking many a fashionista’s chord, with outfits appearing to be quickly slung together rather than carefully choreographed for an elusively artistic aesthetic and daring appeal.

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You don’t necessarily want to look as if you’ve just jumped your groom in the hedgerows or prematurely trashed your dress, but there’s a definite relaxed feel that forgoes preened perfectionism in favour of an au naturel vibe. Other facets of the look include flowers, patterning and embroidery, whether it’s in the form of overlays, lace, dress design or corsages. Add a lace shrug, daisy chain necklace or pin fresh flowers in your hair to soften or embellish the look.

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beach An understandably popular influence the county over, the coast is a rich source of wedding inspiration. We’re luckily replete with choice for seaside venues, but for those eloping to do the deed in more tropical climes, the look is transmutable across a variety of scenes. Harbourside, riverside, beachside, even lakeside – whatever water is in view, there’s a look that will beautifully complement it. Though the tendency is for a cool and casual event that sways on the flexible side of fashion, the ensemble is extremely spectral: Grecian goddess personified to bikini and sarong understatement – and all else in-between – goes. Current trends that resonate include sleek silhouetting, body conscious styling and clingy lines. White or exotic colouring – especially sea and sky tones – flatter the surrounds, and materials that appear to melt onto dewy and sun-kissed skin, such as silks and sheer sheaths, are hotly in demand. Mermaid shapes and mini lengths are trendy to boot, providing bare-all beauty or bold, mythological outlines. Finishing touches may include shell necklaces, glass beading or pearls. Barefoot allows for anklet and toe ring accessorising, encouraging shorter hems in the process; otherwise, diamante encrusted flip flops, bejewelled slippers or even kitten heeled sandals are cool complements.



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hotel Whether it’s an intimate setting in a small hotel or registry office or a lavish

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event with exclusive use of a luxury venue, you can dress to match. As modern wedding fashion increasingly sees architectural designs making their way into boutiques and catwalks, it’s inevitable that the type of building may well influence the bridal style. A castle setting, for example, suggests grandeur and lends a monarchic image that many dress styles currently encapsulate. Fusing bygone romance with dramatic surrounds, origami, multi-layered creations to tiered, big-skirted princess-styles hit the mark. Towering surrounds can be echoed by contemporary couture, whereby puffball and stand-out or billowing styles create a statuesque, walking piece of modern art. Futuristic cuts and simple, sharp lines

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merged with metallics are a signature, almost space-age look. There’s also a mathematical element to fashion’s zeitgeist, with geometric, asymmetric and square shapes being flaunted and incorporated into elaborate ensembles. Dramatic themes and era wear, such as Victorian and Gothic, is infused via patterning such as baroque, sky high headwear, monochrome and lavish layers of mixed materials and statement jewellery.



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Seal the deal with these highly desirable his and hers wedding bands words Hannah May

B. Co-ordination is key to many a marriage, so why not wear a ring that reflects your spouse’s? Take your pick from the sleek and sparkling new wave of designs for a synchronised statement.

A. Bejewelled and bedazzled, this trio of bands brings a touch of diamond-encrusted decadence to your wedded hands.


B. Replace the bling with a plain band for modern style with a silken sheen, while a single diamond brings a simple yet glamorous flourish.

C. Go geometric with a contemporary design fused with luxurious gem inlays.

D. Blending silky smooth texture and a smattering of diamond detail, these bold bands are a nod to fresh and fabulous style.

D. E. Dainty stones dotted across the ring achieve a more refined and delicate look whilst maintaining a little luxe ornamentation.

E. F. Modern shapes strike a standout look. Break the mould with a show-stealing stone for extra embellishment.

G. A series of little circles cleverly extend the ring’s theme of circularity and the eternal bond of marriage. With diamonds thrown into the mix for glittery measure, this makes for a classy combination.

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So what if it’s threatening to rain on your wedding day? Think of it as the perfect excuse to invest in these must-have bridal accessories compiled by Rebecca Matthews

Seasalt wellington boots So heavy rain is forecast, you’ve got to walk some distance to your ceremony or reception venue, and mud may well be making an appearance. A hip pair of wellies is the only way to go. Made from 51% natural rubber, these pretty boots from Seasalt are as green as they are fabulously functional. 01326 212640 |

Wedding umbrella From elegant Victorian designs to funky heart shaped numbers, Umbrella Heaven has the utterly gorgeous brollie to suit your bridal style. The double ‘Lurve’ umbrella is perfect for getting up close and personal with your groom – bring on the torrential downpour eh? 01525 382938 |

Chiffon shawl Keep the goose bumps at bay with this beautiful chiffon shawl from Miss Glam Bridal. With a range of feather wraps also available, you’ll be seeing off the winter chill in style. 01326 259726 |

Waterproof mascara Lusting after the secret to long, curled, perfectly defined and, most importantly, weatherproof lashes? Lust no more. Bobbi Brown’s No Smudge Mascara is a bridal beauty essential with staying power.



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wedding superstition cultures, rain Believe it or not, rain on your wedding day can be a good omen. In some Hindu belief on your wedding day is a sign that you will have many children, while the 'tying the knot' of idea the from derived is that rain signifies a strong and happy marriage - after all, a wet knot is more difficult to untie than a dry one.

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If you’re the latter, don’t fret. The whole concept of bridesmaids is supposed to be about easing the bride’s stress levels, not adding to it. Put some careful consideration into your decision, but save the sweating for the face-off with your mother over the guest list. Let’s start with the question of how many. There are no hard and fast rules, though the number is often relative to the scale of the wedding and the size of the venue. Whether you envision a Katie Price style entourage or a minimalist approach, the number is up to you – though do bear in mind, the more bridesmaids you have, the more communicating and coordinating you’ll have to do, so choose a manageable (and, if you’re paying, affordable) number. So you’ve got a number in mind. Now comes the big decision: who to choose? Remember that a bridesmaid isn’t just there to look pretty: a good bridesmaid will have a number of attributes that will make life a whole lot easier for you. She will be a genuine friend; she will be supportive and know how to have fun. She will be happy to muck in and help you write place cards or do a bit of online research for the exact shade of biodegradable confetti. And, most importantly, she will be willing to endure endless shopping trips, wedding talk and last minute meltdowns. Don’t feel pressured into picking someone you don’t want. It is an entirely personal choice – and the right group of ‘maids will make the whole process of planning your Bridesmaids. Your innermost circle of female buddies, your closest confidantes, your sisters on the road to married life. They’re the ones you can trust in to coo over your gown, ease your agonising over the table décor and mop your brow after a particularly boozy hen night. As a source of moral support, the bridesmaid role is a crucial one. But cast out those visions of the identikit bridesmaids of yesteryear. Forget the masked grins that failed to hide an obvious distaste for the matching puffball sleeved neon green frocks. Erase the cliché of the perfectly polished friend slipping into sozzled disarray and proceeding to gyrate seductively against the best man during the inevitable Shania Twain number. For times have changed. Rules have been broken. A good number of traditions have been trashed (just maybe not the one involving the booze and the best man). If you’re feeling a little lost on the modern bridesmaid conundrum, let Wed guide you, from the proposal through to the party.

wedding, and the day itself, less stressful and more enjoyable. If you do find yourself in a situation where you have to make tough decisions between friends, don’t torture yourself with visions of rifts and hard feelings. Remember, you left the playground behind a long time ago and good friends will understand. As wedding planner Sasha Wilkinson from A Certain Style asserts, your close friends can still be involved in the planning process, “Give them special jobs, such as a reading in the church or helping you choose the perfect dress.” And don’t forget the crucial issue of timing. “It is worth deciding on your bridesmaids before you announce the engagement,” Sasha advises. “That way, you can ask them straight away, which is important if you think you’ve made a potentially contentious decision.” During the excited babble of breaking your news, you could find yourself spontaneously ‘popping the question’ to more friends than you envisioned, which you may come to regret later.

The dress dilemma Historically, bridesmaids would dress in identical clothing as the bride to confuse evil

A question of who?

spirits that were believed to be present at marriage ceremonies. The Victorian era,

Perhaps you picked your bridesmaids back in 1990 when you first developed that

ensured the bride stood out from the crowd.

crush on the gorgeous boy in your class with the curtains hair cut and Nike Airs. Or perhaps the thought of deciding between your group of gals is enough to regularly wake you in a cold sweat.

however, heralded change and the emergence of the white wedding dress, which

Although the bridesmaids’ role is no longer to fight off sinister forces, a congruent sense of style – often chosen to reflect the season, colour scheme or vibe of the wedding – persists. For example, a laidback beach themed wedding lends itself to vibrant turquoise, aquamarine or tropical hues, while a vintage style wedding might require bridesmaid dresses with flouncy ‘50s skirts or tea length cuts accessorised with pearls. Many brides still opt for the traditional route of matching dresses, and perhaps you’ll be one of the blessed few who has all your girls sold on the first dress you see. Or perhaps you won’t be so lucky. The notoriously difficult task of finding a style and colour of dress that flatters a series of different body shapes, hair colours and skin tones has many a bride reaching for the nearest bottle of Chardonnay. In recent years, some brides have made life easier for themselves by choosing a dress designer and fabric, then giving each bridesmaid the licence to pick a style that suits their body shape. Now things have moved on a step further. The latest trend sees brides simply selecting a colour then allowing their bridesmaids to choose a dress from any designer in that hue. Some brides are even permitting their bridesmaids to select the colour of their choice. Not only does this take the pressure off you, your bridesmaids will feel comfortable in a dress they have chosen, which they are more likely to wear again. Modern bridesmaid design is altogether more sophisticated, elegant and downright stylish than it used to be, allowing each of your ‘maids to step

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out in a flattering and fabulous outfit. Plus, a series of different designs in one shade – or several – gives a bridal party an eclectic and fashion-forward edge. Forget uniformity – diversity is the key to chic bridesmaids, 2010 style.

Money matters Ahh, the tricky topic of finance. Things have moved on rapidly from the good old days, when the financing of a wedding was neatly left to the bride’s parents to sort out. Of course, in many cases, the traditional breakdown of payments still applies and the costs of the bridesmaids will be entirely covered in the bridal budget. However, as couples are increasingly sharing the cost of their weddings with their parents, or financing their weddings themselves, the breakdown of who pays for what has become less clear-cut – and, in turn, so has the issue of the bridesmaids’ financial contribution. “Brides who are restricted by a tight budget will often ask the bridesmaids to pay,” says Sasha. “Or the bridesmaids will at least pay for their own accessories such as shoes and jewellery.” Requesting the bridesmaids to foot the bill is more difficult if you have a specific vision for the dress code, “If you want a uniform look, it is unlikely they will be happy to pay as each bridesmaid is bound to want something different,” warns Sasha. If you’ve given your bridesmaids free rein to choose an outfit, then it is more reasonable to request they pay for it – particularly if it’s a style that they can wear again. To avoid misunderstandings and potential tensions down the line, outline from the start what costs you will need your bridesmaids to cover. Approach the issue with caution and sensitivity; some are likely to be restricted by a slim budget – so forget the to-die-for Christian Louboutins and suggest items within their means.

Party planners Once upon a time, a lady’s last night of singledom might have been marked with a cup of

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tea and a game of whist. Not anymore. These days, the hen do might be anything from

“Bridesmaids are there to help the bride get ready, steady her nerves and make sure she looks her very best.”

a luxury spa weekend to a raucous night at a local nightclub involving a heady combo of handcuffs, L-plates and naked men. Whatever the chosen mode of celebration, the bridesmaids usually have an essential role in its organisation. “Traditionally it is the chief bridesmaid’s job, but it is often done by several people,” says Sasha. “It is becoming more common for the bride to organise it herself, particularly if she has been married before or is marrying later in life.” Whoever is ultimately charged with the responsibility, make sure they are aware of the things you like and, perhaps more importantly, hate. The hen do has become an important rite of passage for us girls and the last thing you want is to be subjected to an awkward cringe fest of strippers, plastic willies and whipped cream if it really isn’t your style. A trusty team of bridesmaids will choose the perfect event, the ideal venue and invite all the right people – so all you’ll have to do is relax and have fun.

On the day So, as far as the bridesmaids are concerned, it’s all about looking pretty from here on in, right? Well, not quite. “Bridesmaids are there to help the bride get ready, steady her nerves and make sure she looks her very best,” says Sasha. With hairdressers and makeup artists to coordinate and possibly little ones to get ready, the chief bridesmaid will often oversee the preparations and ensure everything runs smoothly. Before the ceremony, it is usually the chief bridesmaid’s responsibility to make sure the bride is prepared for her grand entrance, arranging the dress and veil and ensuring any little attendants are in the right place. Then there’s the toilet issue: “Throughout the day, the bridesmaids often help the bride go to the loo,” says Sasha. “With small cubicles and huge amounts of netting, it is not an easy job on your own!” Finally, there’s the requirement to party. After all, it is a truth universally acknowledged, that a wedding reception without tipsy bridesmaids busting some moves to ‘D.I.S.C.O.’ can hardly be described as a wedding party at all.



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Planning on sharing your big day with the world? One man ponders the rise of the web wedding



Being one for hard-nosed research, I've just put the word 'wedding' into Youtube. Almost 650,000 results came back, including


now-legendary footage of a bride and groom's friends dancing down

the aisle to Chris Brown's Forever. Over on Flickr I get a massive 18 million results, including one of a 'wedding cake' that's just a large three-tier cake stand smothered in cupcakes (an idea which I've

noted, if by noted you mean 'stolen').


“Can't sleep, very anxious about this new fame. What will become of it?” Let's make no bones about it: if what your wife takes away from the day is anxiety, you've not done a great job. So I can't be alone in considering a social media policy. It might sound faddish, but it's a reassuringly old-fashioned principle: if you care enough about the public record of your day to brief a traditional photographer, you care

One more? Okay. On November 21, a Maryland man created a viral storm

enough to lay down a few ground rules for incorrigible lifecasters. Especiall y if you are one yourself.

bride. #weddingday". There's even video of him updating his status in front

The good news is that I am, so I've thought about this extensively. Feel free to copy and paste this onto the back of your invitations:

by posting the following on Twitter: "Standing at the altar with @TracyP age where just a second ago, she became my wife! Gotta go, time to kiss my

of the surprisingly tolerant minister.

It may put the wind up traditionalists, but none of this is necessarily bad.

Your wedding, your business – if you want to expose it to thousands of

16-year-old American kids and a curious journalist, why not?

The word 'want' is tricky, though. Who decides? And might there be a bit

of a gender gap here? Both of our Maryland couple are on Twitter, but it's the groom who posts from the altar. A few days later, his new wife tweets,



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Planning your wedding menu promises to be one of the most delicious decisions you’ll make between the proposal and the big day. But while you deliberate over the jus for your steak, the seasoning for your lamb shank or the ice cream flavour to complement your chocolate torte – don’t forget to pay some consideration to the tastes of the little folk.

Chances are, they won’t fully appreciate the delights of stuffed mushrooms or smoked salmon – so treat them to a little of what they fancy. Not only will a spread of familiar foods keep the children happy, a child-friendly menu is generally a whole lot cheaper than a standard menu, thus easing the strain on your budget. It might be worth providing snacks for children during the drinks reception. Children don’t tend to handle hunger as well as adults and cranky, irritable kiddies is almost a given

during the agonising period between the ceremony and the meal. Arrange for them to be given small bags of cookies, crackers or dried fruit to maintain their energy levels – and smiles – while their parents indulge in the canapés and bubbly. Avoid artificial colourings and E-numbers where possible to minimise the chances of hyperactive behaviour.

Consider setting up a children’s table in your reception venue. This will provide young guests with a base for their social activities, while reassuring parents of their offspring’s whereabouts. Ensure the table looks fun and appealing: deck it out with colouring books and pencils, toys, games and activity sets to keep them occupied during the most tedious moments of the reception – i.e. the speeches.

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Elvis Presley and Priscilla Ann Beaulieu – May 1, 1967 An eight-minute ceremony in Las Vegas was to seal Elvis’s fate as the face of the shotgun wedding in ‘Sin City’. Although the couple had been together for eight years, the union didn’t become official until the worldwide rock’n’roll pin-up finally popped the question to his 21-yearold sweetheart (ten years his junior) with a 3.5-carat diamond ring. Nestled in her trademark black beehive, Priscilla wore a rhinestone tiara from which hung a three-foot tulle veil, clinging to the back of the white, silk chiffon and seed pearl dress of her own design. Elvis cut a sharp figure in contrasting black silk tuxedo and cowboy boots. Vegas weddings often have the marmite effect. Love them for their kitsch cool or hate them for their inherent tackiness, they represent the freedom of the 1960s – a time of free love, public displays of affection and a determination to break away from the traditional or conventional. If you would like to bring a little peace, love and 1960s’ free-spirited romance to your wedding, you’ll need the wheels to do it – so try VW Lovebus. Stella, the 1966 VW split screen micro bus deluxe, comprises a fabulously flexible and uber cool way to travel. 07803015469 / 07973 800879 |

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Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Rachel Arden – July 4, 1982 The prince of darkness married the daughter of his manager in Hawaii on the way to a gig in Japan. After 17 proposals and even more bottles of hard liquor, the rocker and his soulmate finally tied the knot in a garden ceremony. Sharon’s floor-length gown had all the hallmarks of ‘80s elegance: lace from the décolletage ‘v’ to the jaw, white flowing material gathered at the waist and a train to rival Lady Di’s. Ozzy’s matching white suit, white shoes and lilac shirt only made his transformation from bat-eating Goth rocker more remarkable. The happiness exuded in their wedding photos and their subsequent television shows together is tribute to a remarkable relationship that has withstood all the demons of Ozzy’s past – demons he was only able to overcome with Sharon’s unfailing loyalty. If it’s a simple, sunny, soulmate wedding you want to create, but you’ve ruled out the golf buggy transport option, choose a convertible favourite such as a Morris Minor or Jaguar E type. Devon Classic Car Hire offers a range of sensational wheels for a breezy, blissed out ride.


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Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton – March 15, 1964 and October 10, 1975 Far from the effortless glamour of their first wedding at the Ritz-Carlton in Montreal, Canada, the second wedding of Hollywood’s most passionate pairing took place only a year after their divorce in Botswana, Africa. For the first ceremony, the beauty with the violet eyes wore a yellow chiffon dress and elaborate floral headdress woven around her long ponytail. Candid photos capture tender moments as Burton, in a dark suit and burgundy tie, perches on the arm of his wife’s chair, cigarette in hand, leaning down to kiss one of the most naturally beautiful and stylish women to have ever graced our screens. Ironically enough for a couple so volatile they had to hire out multiple hotel suites to disguise the noise of their arguments from other guests, their second wedding was remarkably serene. Looking sharp in a burgundy polo neck (obviously a favourite colour) and white slacks, Burton remade his vows to Taylor, wearing a medieval-style green and white tie-dye gown, by a river in the presence of a Tswana tribal leader. From cutting-edge fashion to spiritual chic, Elizabeth Taylor has known how to make the most of her assets, including her 33-carat diamond ring (a love token from besotted Burton)! Her motto has always been ‘more is more’.

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Langdon Court dates back to Norman times and was family owned for 500 years. A truly historic venue surrounded by beautiful gardens, with a very romantic atmosphere, it is not difficult to imagine the lavish parties and celebrations that took place here over the centuries, a tradition that we want to continue. Whether you celebrate with a handful of close friends and family or choose to have a large party, you will find Langdon Court a special place to be and we will help you have the wedding of your dreams. We are licensed for civil ceremonies or alternatively, if you are looking for a traditional church wedding in Devon, Wembury Church is extremely popular. The romantic stroll from the Hotel offers stunning views that are perfect for photographs. Langdon Court is the ideal wedding venue for an "Exclusive Use" reception, where our dedicated team can ensure that your wedding runs seamlessly and you and your guests are perfectly looked after. Our luxuriously appointed bedrooms, function suites and bars will be for your sole use throughout your stay with us. Our head chef can create a unique, top class menu for you and your guests to enjoy. Please call for a brochure.

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Dartington Hall grounds to celebrate Nestling within the heart of a 1200-acre estate in South Devon on the edge of the river Dart, is Dartington Hall - providing a magically romantic setting for the wedding of your dreams. The magnificent medieval Great Hall will seat up to 120 people in elegant style or, for more intimate gatherings, choose from a selection of private dining rooms. Now licensed for civil ceremonies for up to 115 guests. Some limited availability for 2010. Contact us today for more information.

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Dreaming of rural charm, rolling hills and idyllic backdrops for your photographs? wed explores some of Devon’s most glorious country venues

words Rebecca Matthews

Ahh, the countryside. The fresh air, the wooded valleys, the horses grazing lush pastures. Timeless and romantic, the unspoilt glory of nature makes for a heavenly wedding backdrop. From the splendour of an Elizabethan mansion to the distinctive delights of a restored barn, Devon’s winding lanes and leafy hedgerows lead to some staggering wedding venues. Let us tantalise you with these seductive settings.



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For rustic romance…

RILL ESTATE Weave your path through mature trees and dense foliage high above the Dart Valley, and – a million miles from the hub-bub of modern life – you’ll find yourself amidst the rural seclusion of the Rill Estate. Hidden in 80 acres of woodland, fields and organic farmland, Rill is a sublime vantage point to enjoy some of South Devon’s most breathtaking scenery. This sense of escapism is amongst the venue’s key charms, making for a beautifully private wedding with exclusive use of the facilities and grounds. Formerly a dairy farm and group of artisans’ workshops, Rill’s quadrangle of nineteenth century barns are rich in character. Retaining original features such as the exposed beams and warm honey-coloured stone of the exterior, the barns have been sensitively restored to create a modern and fully adaptable space for couples wishing to personalise their wedding. Flooded with natural light, the vaulted ceilings of the civil ceremony rooms offer just the right amount of drama, while the contemporary interiors serve as a blank canvas, which can be decorated as you wish to create a totally bespoke space. For a sit-down wedding breakfast in excess of 80 guests, a marquee reception may be held in one of the estate’s most idyllic locations, offering panoramic views across the surrounding hills. Continuing the ethos of flexibility, the menu will be tailored according to your tastes, from a traditional sit-down dinner to a barbecue or hog roast on the terrace. Utilising the produce of the estate’s organic farm and the local area, enjoy the freshest meat and fish Devon has to offer washed down with a fine selection of wines sourced from within the county and overseas. And if one day simply isn’t enough, Rill’s 19 bedrooms make comfortable boltholes for your guests to enjoy a weekend stay. Greet the arrivals with cream teas served on the lawn, perhaps followed by a pre-wedding feast and brunch on the day of departure. From the chorus of birdsong and bleating lambs in spring to the drama of a cosy Flowers & styling Emma Vowles 01803 866831 | www.emmavowle www.cath | 304152 07545 Waite Photography Cathy Dresses Sarah Treble 07944 605559 | .uk Chair covers Sitting Pretty 07736 945120 | Table & linen hire Southwest Event Hire | 01392 362666 www.southwesteven

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The Grosvenor Hotel in Torquay is the perfect venue for your perfect day. We can take care of every last detail, leaving you to enjoy the day, being spoilt and pampered as you deserve. Our honeymoon suite not only offers sea views and a four poster bed, Perched onofthe edge of it is decorated with rose petals for that added touch romance.

Fistral Beach, a wedding at Fistral Blu captures the essence of that chilled out surf vibe alongside fine food and slick service. And, with a choice of three different suites for the The Grosvenor Hotel has the advantage of holding a Civil Wedding Licence, celebration, there will be a setting to suit whatever your waterside whim. and with its beautiful gardens it offers the perfect settingAll for you your indoor have to do is say the two magic words... Saunton Sands! or outdoor wedding. After meeting our wedding co-ordinator you will feel ordering confident in placing your trust in us. With many years ofFrom experience, your the flowers, preparing the food, organising the champagne, right down day will be special. to the red carpet at the door and spare hair grips for the bridesmaids. Whatever your

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DARTINGTON HALL Arriving at Dartington Hall is like slipping into a world lost in time. Hidden in a secluded pocket of idyllic gardens and picturesque countryside, the cluster of charming buildings is enveloped in tranquillity and timeless ambience. With a history dating back to the fourteenth century, a potent sense of the past pervades the venue, from the medieval courtyard and arched doorways to the sheer majesty of the Great Hall. Weddings at Dartington Hall are both exclusive and personal. A series of reception rooms are available for your private use, a menu rich in local produce is available and plentiful accommodation allows a substantial number of your party to stay overnight. Ceremonies may take place in the recently refurbished Upper Gatehouse. With its vaulted ceiling and oak beams, white washed walls and natural light, this superb setting may accommodate approximately 120 guests. Those wishing for an alfresco ceremony may fall for the romance of the ancient formal gardens, with its crumbling arches, aged trees and manicured lawns. Vows are taken in the loggia, beneath a roof cloaked in blossom during spring. Doubling as a dreamy setting for a champagne reception, chink glasses and capture an enchanting vista of ivy-clad walls and flowerbeds bursting with colour as a backdrop to your photographs. The Great Hall is pure drama, the hammer-beamed ceiling, glorious original windows and immense fireplace comprising a grand setting for the wedding breakfast, which can accommodate up to 150 guests. The medieval ambience makes it a stirring venue for a candlelit winter wedding, the gentle glow from the candelabras enhancing the magnificence of the setting. For more intimate celebrations, choose from a selection of elegant private dining rooms. The 51 snug bedrooms, some with their beamed ceilings and distinctive character, surround the medieval courtyard, allowing you and your guests to extend your sojourn from modern life and savour the serenity of Dartington a little longer. Dartington Hall | Totnes, South Devon | 01803 847147



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For the fairytale factor…

LANGDON COURT As you arrive at the gates of Langdon Court and wind your path along the drive, an achingly romantic scene unfolds before you. The elegant Elizabethan mansion sits amidst a timeless setting of rolling hills, woodland, beautiful gardens and, beyond the trees, an expanse of ocean. Dating back to Norman times and bearing the legacy of figures such as Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, Langdon Court’s history echoes through spectacular features such as the eighteenth century Jacobean Gardens, the elaborate stained glass windows and magnificent fireplaces. The stylish hotel of today is rich in elegance and charm, blending this palpable character with modern design and amenities. Opulent chandeliers and antique furnishings come with a palette of warm, sumptuous tones and large bay windows framing views across the grounds. An exclusive use wedding celebration affords you the run of this unique setting. Arrive the day before the wedding and enjoy a weekend-long celebration, where guests might explore the grounds and stroll across the sands of Wembury Cove, while savouring delectable food and partying in privacy. Civil ceremonies may take place amidst the beautiful interiors of the house. Those planning a church ceremony might consider the picture postcard setting of Wembury Church; crowning a hill overlooking the sea, the fifteenth century church is just a short walk through the grounds. With this choice of coastal and country vistas, there’s a dreamy array of backdrops for your photographs. Langdon Court is celebrated for its award-winning cuisine and slick service, and the wedding menu promises to be a flavoursome medley of top quality dishes designed according to each couple’s tastes. Tuck into the freshest local seafood and organically reared meat and game, accompanied by fruit and vegetables sourced from the traditional kitchen garden. After the feasting and festivities, retire to a luxurious bedroom, each a stylish synthesis of classic and contemporary style, blending plush fabrics, chic furnishings and deluxe bathrooms. Waking to heavenly views, revel in the sheer romance of this timeless corner of Devon. Langdon Court Hotel | Down Thomas, Plymouth | 01752 862358 |



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For breathtaking surrounds…

THE GREAT BARN Nestled in a pretty country valley, a church tower punctuating the backdrop of mature trees, the Great Barn offers a modern wedding in a classically romantic location. Situated in the heart of a medieval courtyard, the fifteenth century Barn has been restored via award-winning architectural design to create a sublime wedding venue. The 45ft vaulted oak ceiling exudes the atmosphere of a cathedral while the slim windows and adjoining sixteenth century Roundhouse are a nod to its origins. The detail, however, is entirely modern: contemporary furnishings and the chic simplicity of the interiors afford you a supremely flexible celebration space; underfloor heating emanates from beneath the slate and elm floors, while state of the art lighting and sound technology allows for a change of mood at the flick of a switch; together with the superb acoustics, it makes for a perfect party venue. The soft glow of the low-lit Barn sets a dreamy ambience for a civil ceremony; couples planning a church ceremony may choose to marry at Ashton Church, which is just a short stroll down a country lane. Toast your union in the beautiful walled gardens against a backdrop of flowerbeds, walls cloaked in ivy and a rose garden. In poor weather, a canvas marquee makes a rustic setting for a drinks reception. The Great Barn accommodates up to 200 guests for the wedding breakfast and the adjoining Roundhouse makes an ideal space for a bar or chill out area. In keeping with the venue’s ethos of style and quality, a selection of caterers has been handpicked for their excellent standard of cuisine and service, ensuring lip-smacking food tailored to your tastes and budget. Just a few feet from the Barn, Courtyard Cottage serves as a cosy setting for the bridal party to make their preparations, a sanctuary for young children to nap during the festivities or a comfortable bolthole for you to spend your first night as newly weds. From low-key to lavish, this truly distinctive venue invites you to pour your personalities into your wedding day – and relish every beautiful moment. The Great Barn | Higher Ashton, Exeter | 01647 252552



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The Venue EAST DEVON Avenues Restaurant Exmouth 01395 272277

Belmont Hotel Sidmouth 01395 512555

Bicton College East Budleigh

Tidwell Manor

Southgate Hotel

Tiverton Hotel

Knowle 01395 442444

Exeter 01392 412812

Tiverton 01884 256120

Tumbling Weir Hotel

Thistle Hotel

Waie Inn

Ottery St. Mary 01404 812752

Exeter 01392 254982

Crediton 01363 82348

Westcliff Hotel



Sidmouth 01395 513252

01395 562311

Woodbury Park Bicton Park Botanical Gardens East Budleigh 01395 568465

Woodbury 01395 233382

Woodlands Hotel Bishops Court Clyst St Mary, Exeter

Sidmouth 01395 513120

01392 875330

Ottery St Mary 01404 813511

Combe House Hotel and Restaurant Honiton

Bickleigh Castle Tiverton 01884 855363

Fisherman’s Cot Bickleigh, Tiverton 01884 855237

Fox & Hounds Country Hotel Chumleigh 01769 580345



Castle or country club? Historic home or hotel ? The choice of approved premises in Devon is vast. Here’s a run down.

Bridge Inn Topsham 01392 873862

Buckerell Lodge Hotel

Hartnoll Hotel Tiverton 01884 252777

Hatswell Meadows

Arlington, nr Barnstaple 01271 851102

Barnstaple Guildhall Barnstaple 01271 373311 www.thelocalchannel.

Barnstaple Hotel Barnstaple     01271 376221 TheBarnstaple

Broomhill Art Hotel Muddiford, Barnstaple 01271 850262

Exeter 01392 252451

Lower Washfield

Crealy Great Adventure Park

Huntsham Court

Exeter 01395 233200

Tiverton 01884 855635

Dower House Hotel

Exeter Golf and Country Club

Loyton Lodge, Morebath

Exeter 01392 873328


01297 21047

Chambercombe Manor

01398 331051

Ilfracombe 01271 862624

East Devon Registration Office

Gipsy Hill Hotel

Langford Court South

Honiton 0845 155 1002


Croyde Bay Holiday Village

Exeter 01392 465252

01884 277434

nr Braunton 01271 890890

Escot House

Larkbeare House

Mid Devon Registration Office

Ottery St Mary

Exeter 01392 384230


Heddon Hall

0845 155 1002

Parracombe,nr Barnstaple 01598 763541

01404 540400

Deer Park Hotel Honiton 01404 41266

Rousdon, nr Lyme Regis

01404 822188

01237 441476

Queen’s Court Hotel Exmouth Town Hall Exmouth 0845 155 1002

Kennaway House Sidmouth 01395 515551

Lakeview Manor Dunkeswell 01404 891358

Nutwell Court Lympstone, nr Exmouth

Exeter 01392 272709

Reed Hall Exeter 01392 215566

Royal Clarence Hotel Exeter 01392 319955

St Olaves Hotel Exeter 01392 217736

01392 873230

Sandy Park Conference & Banqueting Centre

Royal Beacon Hotel

Exeter 01392 890890

Exmouth 01395 264886


Arlington Court


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Castle Hill Filleigh 01598 760421

Cedars Lodge Barnstaple 01271 371784

Middle Coombe Farm Uplowman 01884 821176

Hewitt’s Villa Spaldi

Lynton 01598 752293

Muddifords Court Willand 01884 829019

Padbrook Park Cullompton 01884 836100

Stoodleigh Court Tiverton 01398 351556

The Old Rectory Chulmleigh 01769 580123

Highbullen Hotel Chittlehamholt 01769 540561

Hunters Inn Heddon Valley, Parracombe 01598 763230

Kittiwell House Hotel Croyde 01271 890247

Landmark Theatre Ilfracombe 01271 865655

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or hotel? The choice of approved premises in Cornwall is vast. Here’s a rundown.



The Venue Lynton Town Hall

Burgh Island Hotel

Lynton 01598 752384

Bigbury on Sea 01548 810514

Edgemoor Hotel

Woolacombe 01271 870418

Burton Farmhouse

Northcote Manor

Galmpton, nr Kingsbridge 01548 561210

Umberleigh 01769 560501

Cliff House

long tree-lined drive, Kitley House Hotel makes an endlessly elegant setting for a wedding. The 500-year-old grade one listed country house is one of the South West’s oldest and most atmospheric wedding venues. Up to 120 guests may enjoy a luxurious tailor made reception in the house, or, for larger weddings, celebrate in a marquee in the grounds with views across rolling hills and lakes.

North Devon Registration Office

Salcombe 01548 844704

Kingston House

Place Barton, Ashton 01647 252552

Barnstaple 0845 155 1002

Dart Marina Hotel

Totnes 01803 762235

Haldon Belvedere

The Park Hotel

Dartmouth 01803 832580

Langdon Court Hotel

Dunchideock, nr Exeter 01392 833668

Barnstaple 01271 372166

Dartmouth Golf & Country Club

Plymouth 01752 862358

Holne Chase Hotel

Pickwell Manor

Totnes 01803 712686

Quay House

Ashburton 01364 631471

Georgeham, nr Braunton 01271 891073

Elfordleigh Hotel

Kingsbridge 0845 155 1002

Holne Park House

Sandy Cove Hotel

Plymouth 01752 336428

Rill Estate

Ashburton 01364 655918

Ilfracombe 01271 882243

Buckfastleigh 01364 643065

The Flavel Centre

Langstone Cliff Hotel

River Yealm Hotel

Dawlish 01626 865155

Saunton Sands Hotel

Dartmouth 01803 839530

Braunton 01271 890212

Follaton House

Royal Castle

Tapeley Park

Totnes 0845 155 1002

Instow 0845 180 0277

Glazebrook House

The Stag Hunters Hotel

South Brent 01364 73322

Narracott Hotel

Brendon 01598 741222

The Guildhall

Tors Hotel

Dartmouth 0845 155 1002

Lynmouth 01598 753236

Hazelwood House

Travellers Rest Old Church

Kingsbridge 01548 821232

Tunnels Beaches

Kingsbridge 01548 561294

Ilfracombe 01271 879123

Ivybridge Town Hall

Watersmeet Hotel

Ivybridge 0845 155 1002

Woolacombe 01271 870388

Kitley House Hotel Yealmpton 01752 881555

Totnes 01803 862125

Soar Mill Cove Hotel Salcombe 01548 561566

Totnes 0845 155 1002

Chillington 01548 580505

Nestled amidst 600 acres of pasture and woodland, and located down a mile

Exeter Court Hotel Kennford 01392 832121

The Great Barn

Lavender House Hotel Ashburton 01364 652697

Lord Haldon Country Hotel Nr Exeter 01392 832483

Old Forde House Newton Abbot 01626 361101

Passage House Hotel Newton Abbot 01626 355515

Teignbridge Registration Office

Thurlestone Hotel Thurlestone 01548 560382

White Hart Hotel Moretonhampstead 01647 441340

Bitton House


Teignmouth 01626 775030

Bovey Tracey 01364 661503

Moretonhampstead 01647 445005

Kingsbridge 01548 853055

Bovey Tracey 01626 832466

Newton Abbot 0845 155 1002

Bovey Castle


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Royal Seven Stars Hotel




Dartmouth 01803 833033

The White House Hope and Anchor Inn

Woolacombe Bay Hotel

Newton Ferrers 01752 872419

South Hams Registration Office

Cobbaton, Umberleigh 01769 540831

Mortehoe, Woolacombe 01271 870333


Castle or country club? Historic home or hotel ? The choice of approved premises in Devon is vast. Here’s a run down.

TORRIDGE Beaford House Hotel

Colehayes Park

Winkleigh 01805 603305

Bovey Tracey 01626 833033

Buckland House

Devon Hotel

Buckland Filleigh 01409 281645

Exeter 01392 259268


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Castle or country club? Historic home or hotel ? The choice of approved premises in Devon is vast. Here’s a run down.

Durrant House Hotel

Browns Hotel

Boringdon Hall

Smeaton’s Tower

Bideford 01237 472361

Tavistock 01822 618686

Plympton 01752 344455

Hoe Road 01752 304386

Hartland Abbey

Collaven Manor Hotel

The Copthorne Hotel

The Staddy

nr Bideford 01288 331188

Okehampton 01837 861522

Armada Way 01752 224161 copthorneplymouth

Plymstock 01752 401144

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Fingle Bridge Inn

Bideford 01237 473862

Drewsteignton 01647 281287

Market Hall

Gidleigh Park Hotel

Holsworthy 0845 155 1002

Chagford 01647 432367

Merry Harriers

The Horn of Plenty

Bideford 01237 431611

Tavistock 01822 832528

New Inn

Hotel Endsleigh

Clovelly 01237 431303

Tavistock 01822 870000

Old Rectory

Lewtrenchard Manor

Pyworthy 01409 253594

Okehampton 01566 783256

Red Lion Hotel

Moorland Links Hotel

Clovelly 01288 331188

Yelverton 01822 852245


Mount Tavy Cottage

Broadwoodwidger 01566 784859

Tavistock 01822 614253

Royal Hotel

Okehampton Town Hall

Bideford 01237 472005

Okehampton 0845 155 1002

The Rydon Inn

Tavistock Town Hall

Holsworthy 01409 259444

Tavistock 0845 155 1002

Torridge Registration Office

The Drewe Arms

Northam, Bideford 0845 155 1002

Drewsteignton 01647 281224

Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery

Yeoldon House Hotel

Three Crowns Hotel

Drake Circus 01752 304774

Northam 01237 474400

Chagford 01647 433444

Plymouth Gin

RHS Garden Rosemoor

Two Bridges Hotel

Black Friars Distillery 01752 828951

Boasting one of the Westcountry’s most sublime locations, this boutique inn is a veritable seaside stunner, blending luxurious accommodation, delicious gastro-pub cuisine and charm in abundance. Wildly romantic in winter and reminiscent of the Mediterranean in summer, The Cary Arms specialises in intimate weddings for up to 35 guests. Tie the knot in the timeless elegance of The Saloon or the distinctive glass ‘Pod’ on the terrace before breathtaking sea views. Plus, there’s a heavenly spa for pre and post wedding pampering.

Great Torrington 01805 626800

Princetown 01822 890581

Plymouth Register Office

Churston Court Hotel

Yeo Farm

Lockyer Street 01752 268331

Brixham 01803 842186

Arundell Arms

The Quality Hotel

Cockington Court

Lifton 01566 784666

The Hoe 0870 4009064

Torquay 01803 606035

Royal Plymouth Corinthians Yacht Club The Hoe

Dart Valley Railway


Crownhill Fort Crownhill Fort Road 01752 793754

Torbay Babbacombe Cliff Railway Babbacombe 01803 328750

The Duke of Cornwall Hotel Millbay Road 01752 275850

Bancourt Hotel Torquay 01803 295077

The Elizabethan House The Barbican 01752 304774

Berry Head Hotel Brixham 01803 853225

The Fursdon Thornbury 01752 771711

The Bishop’s Court Hotel Torquay 01803 294649

The Guildhall Royal Parade 01752 307963

The Cary Arms

The Holiday Inn

Babbacombe 01803 327110

Armada Way 01752 639988

Manadon House 31 Conqueror Drive 01752 786929

The New Continental Hotel Millbay Road 01752 220782

Plymouth Albion Rugby Club Madden Road 0870 3500402

Chagford 01647 432663

Plymouth Astor Hotel

Bedford Hotel Tavistock 01822 613221



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The Hoe 01752 225511

01752 664327

Paignton 01803 553760



Celebrate in style at Stoodleigh Court! Fabulous principal rooms. Licensed for civil marriages. Stunning grounds. Breathtaking views, set in the wonderful Devon countryside. Mouth-watering food, and elegant drinks. Archery, fun casino, clay pigeon shooting, murder mystery ... so many ways to make your day memorable!

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The Venue Grand Hotel

Orestone Manor Hotel

Torquay 01803 296677

Maidencombe 01803 328098

Grosvenor Hotel

Palace Hotel

Torquay 01803 294373

Paignton 01803 555121

Headland Hotel

Princess Theatre

Torquay 01803 295666

Torquay 01803 290288

Imperial Hotel

Redcliffe Hotel

Torquay 01803 294301

Paignton 01803 526397

Kents Cavern

Toorak Hotel

Torquay 01803 219242

Torquay 01803 400400

Living Coasts

Torbay Register Office

Torquay 01803 202499

Paignton 01803 207130

Osborne Hotel

Torre Abbey

Torquay 01803 213311

Torquay 01803 293593

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Sparkle at Northcote Manor “Be Lord and Lady of the Manor”

Northcote Manor, Burrington, Umberleigh, Devon EX37 9LZ 01769 560501

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Three or four words may have got you here. But what do you say now? Though “I love you” and “will you marry me?” may speak volumes about feelings and desires, how do you pitch your deeper thoughts, sentiments and ethos as a couple on the day of ‘I dos’? Many people get so immersed in the look of a wedding that they forget about the words. The fact you’re getting hitched may be statement enough, but consider a few choice readings and not only will your ceremony be definitively unique and personal, but the memories of an impassioned poem or philosophical piece of prose that perfectly portrays your love will resonate for a lifetime. Why recapitulate the utterings of a thousand weddings before you by dismissing the decision until last minute and opting for the first biblical text you stumble upon, simply because it mentions the word ‘love’? A little research and imagination can unleash a boundless fountain of inspired ideas and express your feelings in words, making material your innermost feelings. Beginnings are undeniably tricky. Unless you have a lead, it can be laborious, to say the least. Leafing through a library load of literature or Googling yourself into circles may not reap any rewards, so a good starting point is your relationship. By using your coupledom as a source of inspiration, it draws directly from the entire point of the wedding day – you. From there, you’ll be surprised at the number of ideas that arise. For example, was there a specific song that led you to your love? Maybe the lyrics of a tune that ‘belongs’ to you both – be it a dance floor filler, cinematic soundtrack, theatrical chime or party piece – could be incorporated or adapted into a meaningful reading. Perhaps there’s ‘your’ place that can be reflected by a reading – where you met/fell in love/got engaged – through which all manner of metaphorical meaning can be canvassed. It’s located as much in the everyday as anything – think food, music, fashion, sport, personal habits; the idea is to expose the minutiae which makes your bond special, inviting others to share it and announcing it to all, including each other, in an individual

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way. There are a number of different types of ceremonial readings to consider. If you are having a church wedding then there will have to be at least one Bible reading, chosen by you or your vicar. Reverend Tim Hawkins advises the necessity of discussing your options and choices with the vicar conducting the service well in advance. In this way, you can avoid a number of potential pitfalls, which could mar the experience. The main criterion for couples is to “express things personal to them” so that, in short, you are saying, “this is us”. This allows friends and family to be included whilst maintaining a wholly personable event. There’s no upper limit with the number of readings but you don’t want to risk overkill. Tim suggests up to five - or more, depending on length and timing - but there is no prescribed upper limit. They are best spaced throughout the service, with the Bible reading/s being performed alongside the vicar’s meditations on marriage.

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The broad principle behind content is to opt for a “positive sentiment”, and though

It will be one of the defining moments of your life, so customise your ceremony with some carefully chosen words words Hannah May

it seems obvious that any anti-Christian readings will not be allowed, it’s a highly interpretative arena full of subjectivity so it’s always best for prior consultation and permission. Tim would personally allow readings from other faiths to be used so long as they are not disparaging to the Church, though warns that other ministers won’t – so it’s advantageous either way to always ask. Of the plethora available, Tim’s personal recommendations are 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 because “like all romance, it’s idealistic and relates to the past, present and future; to words, actions and thoughts.” For words replete with metaphorical and figurative meaning that speak of “new beginnings like new clothes”, Tim proposes Colossians 3:12-16. By highlighting 1 John 4:7-11 as talking about “love as coming from God and love as self-giving”, Tim emphasises two elements that he views as integral to marriage and its ultimate sanctity. Prayers can take the form of the standard wedding blessing (“God the Holy Trinity...”) or can strike a more personal chord, such as Celtic blessings or prayers, which accentuate place and continuity. For greater idiosyncrasy, many people are


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opting for cross cultural or spiritual readings, such as the Cherokee Prayer, Eskimo Wedding Song or Apache Marriage Blessing, which all fundamentally relate the same tenets of unity and marriage. With regards to vows, Tim advises not to tamper with the traditional too much, as Church services have a legal form of words that have to be adhered to. Most people like them for their traditionalism and because they are “mutual and evenhanded, concise and say what couples want to say”, though many ministers will be receptive to some personal adaptations or additional exchanges between the couple. Matching readings to the type of ceremony makes situational as well as spiritual sense. For example, is it a civil ceremony, humanist, non-secular or pagan wedding? If you have opted for a non-religious ceremony in a woodland retreat, then the readings would need to reflect that. A Pagan/Celtic wedding or handfasting ceremony has an altogether different feel and format, with freedom for practically any type of reading. Typical types include the Faery Goddess Creation Myth, The Charge of the Goddess and The Charge of the God.

The words that you choose will not only echo in the ceremonial space, but in the hearts of all in attendance – especially yours.

Your meditations on love and marriage may assume a number of oratorical forms. A favourite novel or film script (like Louis de Bernières’ Captain Corelli’s Mandolin) may provide an apt excerpt. In context and with genuine sentiment and relevance, you could class any whimsical piece as a reading, however unconventional. Even court documents can be utilised, a popular choice being from ‘Goodridge Vs. Department of Health’ by Massachusetts Supreme Court Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall. Poetry is always something of a prizewinner. Whether you opt for the Romantics such as Coleridge, Donne, Keats, Lord Byron, Shelley or the main man himself – Shakespeare – or pedestal your sweetheart via some Petrarchan love sonnets, your love and audience will be customarily moved. Perhaps you’d prefer modern irreverence such as Wendy Cope or Ogden Nash (“Marriage is the alliance of two people, one of whom never remembers birthdays and the other never forgets them”) for some witty words, or Nobel Prize Winning poet deity Pablo Neruda. There are stores of words awaiting your claim. Why not ascribe to some philosophical thinking? Kahlil Gibran’s ‘The Prophet’ is a spiritual classic that proffers wisdom on a variety of subjects, including love and marriage. Then there’s Descartes, Voltaire and Plato’s ‘Symposium’, for example, to ponder. Consider some Confucius contemplation or look up the I Ching or ‘Book of Changes’ – the oldest of China’s classic texts that still informs the historic world view of an entire nation – and beyond. The words that you choose will not only echo in the ceremonial space, but in the hearts of all in attendance – especially


yours. A witty one liner, lively limerick, spoken song or canonical chapter will stir the souls and stick for time immemorial. So whether you’re inspired by pillow talk, rock anthem rhetoric or Holy Scripture, pen and proclaim it.



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Perched on the edge of Fistral Beach, a wedding at Fistral Blu captures the essence of that chilled out surf vibe alongside fine food and slick service. And, with a choice of three different suites for the celebration, there will be a setting to suit whatever your waterside whim.

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Can you imagine a more romantic setting for your

Castle Hill is a spectacular romantic wedding venue wedding? Castle Hill is a spectacular family home setset in in magical gardens the temples, breathtaking scenery Northlakes. Devon. With its dotted with mystical folliesofand Licensed for civil ceremonies magical gardens and mystical temples, follies and lakes, and receptions, we can help you create your dream wedding. your day will be a truly memorable one. Castle Hill is Contact our wedding and look at our We website to see available for civil planner wedding ceremonies and receptions. can offer anything a small ceremony atday. what weyou can offerfrom you forintimate your special Satyr’s Temple in the woodland gardens next to the

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Destroying something beautiful can be heart wrenching and liberating. Whether you sma sh a favourite vase, shrink a coveted piece of clothing or writ e-off a beloved car, the accidental damage can weigh on more than just your purse strings. But what if you did it inte ntionally? What if you took something that you loved and delib erately ruined it? This is the concept of Trash the Dres s. In short, it comprises the opportunity to wear your dress again after the wedding and photograph anything from a little mud dying through to total obliteration. In reality, few brides actu ally inflict any lasting damage to their dress – for most, the appeal lies in capturing a series of relaxed shots in unusual surrounds, be it a farmyard, skate park or beach. Originally masterminded by John Mich ael Cooper, the Las Vegas photographer has been taking what he deems ‘antibridal’ pictures since 2000. Gradually gaining notoriety with websites such as www., it is fast becoming one of the hottest – not to mention widely debated – wedding trends in recent years. There’s something inherently wild abou precious and consciously damaging it. granny say?’ adds a risqué edge and

t taking something pure and

An element of ‘what would is a definite part of its appeal.

Psychologically, the opportunity to roam freely through a gritty urban setting or frolic in the sea in a wedding dress is a welcome release after the laborious pressure and expense of multiple rounds of searching and fitting ventures for the ‘perfect’ dress. As many will testify, perfection is tiresome, and this freedom following such restrictions is the remedy. The dress is no longer something to obsess about, nor will it become a redundant piece of fashion stored in the attic to gather dust as soon as the nuptials are over.

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For some, trashing the dress is a mea

ns of prolonging the marital thrill and sense of escapism, whilst for others it’s a way of saying farewell to what has arguably been the result of a lifetime of dreams and desires from girlhood. Dest roying or just dirtying the dress can mark the end of the fantasy and beginning of married life – the final act of abandon and play befo re embracing the practicality of matrimony. Beyond that, it’s simply another mod

e to capture and cherish your gown and to artistically express your relationship to it and each other. The idea is to enlist images from fashion and cinema and mix them with wedding photography for a unique experience and collection of pictures. Without the conv ention or time restrictions associated with the wedding day itself , there’s no need to worry about including every living relative in the shot as it’s all about the bride and/or groom. In removing many of the generic poses, locations and people from the shoot, it becomes more individual and personal.

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Some traditionalists argue that it is disre Many fans of the trend, however, assur

spectful to your vows.

e that it is the ultimate symbol of commitment – by destroyin g your dress you are expressing an intention to never need wear it again and hence, ever get remarried. Therefore, in defying etiquette you are reinforcing the tenants of marriage in an idiosyncr atic, modern and stylish way. So whether you’d prefer to spray paint

, shred or simply splash your dress in the shallows, there’s a worl d of trash that awaits you…

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Kensa Photography

Offering a range of shoots in all manner of distinctive locations, Adrian Downing of Kensa Photography works alongside the bride and groom to deliver a set of images that will complement their character and

showcase their relationship. For a two-hour local shoot prices start at £250. Hair and make-up can be arranged at an added cost to ensure that the look and feel of the shoot meets the couples’ exact ideas. Encouraging clients to unleash a real spirit of adventure, Adrian aims to timelessly capture the essence of youth and love against a striking backdrop. Primarily, however, it is about a fun, relaxing experience that will provide the couple with fabulously creative and highly personal images to treasure long into the future. 01363 84125

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Andrew Hawker

With a portfolio that covers weddings, fashion, reportage, landscape and portrait, Andrew’s extensive experience and artistic eye will guarantee that trashing your dress will be a stunning event. With fifteen years in the industry, Andrew’s intimate yet unobtrusive style provides excellence consistently. His approachability married with creative output ensures every bride or couple will be presented with personal pictures to admire for a lifetime. photo Andrew Hawker

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Harrera Images

Andy Green of Harrera Images has been working on regional, national and international press publications since he was 16, fostering a unique style whilst honing his natural skills as a photographer. Fusing fashion with art and a highly individual dynamic, the fresh perspective he brings to each project is in evidence with every piece of work, and his post wedding shoots are no exception. Further dispelling any misconceptions of the term ‘trash’, Andy emphasises that the shoot is about capturing an inspiring collection of images of the bride or couple in an evocative and unusual setting. Whether it’s amidst woodland or in the middle of a lake, you are assured an enjoyable experience and utterly beautiful results. photo Harrera Images

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n o ti a r b le e c e id s y tr n u o c e th Claire and Andy Having met during a ceilidh at a wedding in Northampton, Claire and Andy’s courtship became something of an international affair. At the time of their meeting, Claire was living in Japan and Andy in Hawaii prior to his 15-month deployment to Iraq. Their first date was a weekend in Hawaii and, after constant contact throughout Andy’s deployment, their second date followed a year later with ten romantic days in Athens. The couple got engaged on New Year’s Eve 2007 and chose to marry in Devon. Although they now live in Germany, they didn’t want Claire’s grandfather – whose 82nd birthday was on the same day – to travel far. As fate would have it, he broke his hip a week before the event and was unable to attend, but the couple joined him for celebratory cake at his bedside the next day dressed in their wedding outfits. Guests who had traveled from destinations such as the USA, Japan and New Zealand stayed at Northcote Manor for two nights. On the morning of the wedding, they were treated to a hawk walk around the grounds whilst Claire donned her beautiful bespoke dress. Cocktails followed before the civil ceremony in the Oak Room. The Rosewood String Quartet accompanied the drinks reception and, at dinner, guests feasted on asparagus soup, Exmoor lamb and strawberries with Devonshire clotted cream. The cake made an amusing focal point: having asked the designer, Kim Simmons, to include a ninja (the subject of a personal joke between the couple), to Claire and Andy’s delight, it was absolutely covered in them! Their international guests were treated to a host of British customs throughout the course of the weekend: The Exmoor Border Morris introduced guests to Morris Dancing, while Signs of Life provided the music for a traditional ceilidh. In turn, the Japanese guests wore Kimono, giving the wedding a real international flavour. Clare and Andy were characteristically adventurous for their honeymoon, retracing Darwin’s footsteps for ten days in the Galapagos. Clare has several tips for a successful day: “Plan everything exactly how you want it and then learn to delegate or use a wedding planner. You should have time to enjoy your special day with your friends and family, rather than thinking about the details.” In addition, she advises, “Make the effort to find a quality wedding photographer as the photos will retell your wedding day story for the rest of your lives.”

The venue Northcote Manor Hotel, Umberleigh, North Devon 01769 560501 | The dress Bespoke gown from Sue Anable Bridal Design Studio, Scunthorpe 01724 840002 | The flowers Susan’s Flower Shop, Crediton 01363 775818 | Photography Kensa Photography 01363 84125 |



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the winter wedding Marcelle and Nick An entire weekend of frivolity marked the extended celebrations of Marcelle and Nick’s wedding. A white winter wedding was as ambient as it was romantic, and the all-white with subtle sparkle theme was gorgeously fitting for the venue and season. The couple hired Combe House for the weekend and staged a house party on the Saturday evening for 50 guests, who schmoozed whilst indulging on a candlelit supper of lasagne, fish pie, Thai curry, shepherds pie, pavlova, bread and butter pudding and fruit salad. Irish band Paddy’s Whiskers provided a fabulously entertaining warm up for the next day. On the Sunday, guests were requested to meet at Combe House for mince pies, mulled wine and elderflower bubbly before vintage buses transported them to St Michael’s Church. The Bristol String Quartet played as the guests congregated and Marcelle walked down the aisle to Elgar’s ‘Nimrod’ in memory of her late grandparents who lived in Elgar Country. Amber Denby-Ashe sang ‘Pie Jesu’ and ‘Ave Maria’ during the signing of the register, accompanied by special guest Hatty, Marcelle’s terrier, whose vocal efforts resounded throughout! Canapes and champagne greeted guests at Combe House after the ceremony, and the speeches were followed by a lavish wedding breakfast. With a starter of smoked salmon blinis with Avruga caviar followed by corn fed chicken breast with truffle pomme puree and glazed lemon tart with raspberry sorbet, appetites were well and truly satisfied. A themed cake made a stunning centerpiece: the figurines were modelled on the couples’ dogs and featured suitcases (Nick is a pilot), making it a sweetly personal and creative statement. The band Superphonic played an eclectic mix of tracks before a fireworks display rounded off the evening in style. Marcelle and Nick spent their honeymoon on the west coast of Barbados. Marcelle definitely recommends considering the seasonality of your day, “Go for a winter wedding, it’s very atmospheric and all the suppliers were available for our chosen date.” Doing it your way, with all details tailored to individual tastes and needs is an idea advocated by the pair. Having made a speech, Marcelle comments, “it was fantastic to be able to respond to my husband’s speech and to thank my parents, family and closest friends.”

The venue St Michael's Church followed by Combe House, Gittisham, Honiton 01404 540400 | The dress Pronovias from Parham House Brides, Dunster 01643 822298 | The flowers Haughty Culture 01404 41699 | Photography Rebecca Roundhill 07855 576687 |



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the elegant wedding Jenny and Trevor Jennifer and Trevor met in unusual circumstances: he interviewed her for a job at Dingles (now House of Fraser) in Plymouth back in 2001! The morning of their wedding dawned with glorious sunshine and Jennifer woke at 5.30am in excitement; champagne flowed as the bridal party busied themselves making their preparations. The beautiful service took place in the picturesque setting of St Werburgh Church, “There were a few tears, many smiles and a wonderful cheer once we were pronounced man and wife”, says Jennifer. The couple hired Langdon Court on an exclusive use basis. A string quartet heralded their arrival at the venue, and guests supped on Prosecco accompanied by a selection of canapés. The wedding breakfast included leek and potato soup followed by traditional roast chicken with game chips and bread sauce and white chocolate cheesecake with iced raspberries for dessert. The two best men, Andrew and Matt, prepared something very special for the speech. “Robbie Scotcher, who was the lead in the Blood Brothers tour at the time, pretended to be a waiter for the duration of the meal. As Andrew and Matt started the speech, Robbie interrupted and proceeded to sing a song written about Trevor to the tune of ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’ by Oasis. The chorus was written on pieces of card so the guests could join in, which they did with gusto!” In homage to their engagement in Jamaica, Jennifer and Trevor chose ‘Is This Love?’ by Bob Marley for their first dance. This kick started a lively evening of dancing and laughter; the music came courtesy of a DJ and band provided by local record label Fiftypointfour, while a table magician added to the entertainment and a hog roast satisfied peckish guests. The couple shortly departed on an exotic honeymoon: four days in Hong Kong followed by ten days in Bali. “Take a few special moments throughout the course of the day for a short period together, just to reflect, look around and take on board the incredible occasion,” Jennifer advises other couples. “Your wedding does not end at the end of the night,” she adds, “the day will be in your heart and those of your friends and family for many years to come and will always inspire a smile and good feeling.”

The venue St Werburgh Church followed by Langdon Court Hotel, Plymouth 01752 862358 | The flowers Rachael Quick, Averton Gifford, Kingsbridge 01548 550642 The dress Eddy K from Perfections, Plymouth 01752 262121 | Photography Melanie Barnfield Photography 07878 919561 |



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the sparkly party Julie and Dave Thanks to some mutual matchmaking friends, Dave and Julie bonded at a Scissor Sisters’ concert in 2006. At the time, Julie was living in Torquay with her daughter Chloe-Rose, while Dave was residing in Mevagissey with his five children, Laura, Becca, Beth, Liam and Emily. After a series of visits, Julie and Chloe-Rose moved to Cornwall and a Christmas morning proposal followed on the sands of Watergate Bay in 2008. Another move was on the cards, however, and the family moved to Torquay just a few weeks before the wedding! The diamond solitaire engagement ring inspired the sparkly wedding theme, complemented by ivory and a splash of vibrancy from the red and pink roses. Swing music from The Half Quartet was the stirring soundtrack as guests arrived for the ceremony, which was held in the conservatory before gorgeous views across the gardens; Chloe-Rose’s reading from a poem by W.H. Auden, Julie’s favourite poet, proved a particular highlight. The newly wedded pair walked out to claps and cheers, marking the union with a champagne toast. Keeping all palates satisfied, guests tucked into a buffet which included honey and mustard glazed gammon, sliced sirloin of beef with mini Yorkshire pudding and horseradish cream, warm tranche of smoked salmon with aioli, fricassee of chicken and wild mushrooms, mushroom stroganoff and vegetable lasagne. Chocolate marquise and lemon tart made for lipsmacking desserts. The couple had a surprise during the speeches when Beth took to the floor and gave a rendition of their lives together so far. Casino Select brought a competitive edge to the proceedings and local singer Nick Hayman performed a play list of party classics – including Scissor Sisters of course – which got everyone dancing. As the revelry drew to a close, everyone ventured into the grounds to release a romantic array of glowing Chinese lanterns. Julie and Dave have lots of tips for couples planning their nuptials, “Plan, plan, plan and write lists of everything! Buy all the wedding magazines you can as they are an invaluable source of information.” They add, “Your photos are a lasting reminder of the day so book a photographer that you are comfortable with and can really relate to. And of course, relax and thoroughly enjoy the day!”

The venue Orestone Manor Hotel, Maidencombe, Torquay 01803 328098 | The dress Augusta Jones from Fantasia Bridal, Lostwithiel 01208 872202 | The flowers The Flower Corner, Torquay 01803 293779 | Photography Andrew Hawker 01637 877228 |



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Stef and Phil From a surprise breakfast beachside engagement at Northam Burrows to a pastoral ceremony in a stone summerhouse at Tapeley Park, Stef and Phil’s autumnal wedding was natural to the core. With just six months to organise the wedding, all hands were on deck to ensure the preparations paved the way for a flawless event. Their October wedding boasted a palette of striking seasonal tones with golds, yellows, oranges and browns giving a sumptuous yet organic look. Tapeley Park was decorated with leaves, pumpkins, candles, dried and fresh flowers to enhance the relaxed countryside feel. Situated just minutes from the couples’ house and near to the beach where they run their dog Clarence (who was also a guest), the setting seemed hugely personal. The highly personal ceremony took place on the steps of The Toot; Stef walked in to Eva Cassidy’s ‘Fields of Gold’ and enjoyed poetic readings by friends, followed with drinks on the lawn and a reception in the stone barn. Both being avid foodies, Stef and Phil opted for a communal feast of hearty, local and seasonal dishes. A free-range, rare-breed pig on a spit served with dauphinoise potatoes, roast parsnips, cabbage with mustard and carrots, followed by sticky toffee pudding and custard made for a scrumptious menu. Going for a ‘big family Sunday lunch’ feel, all the food was piled onto serving dishes in the middle of the long tables so guests could tuck in and help themselves. In addition, ‘posh’ cider (the award-winning cider made using the champagne method by Ashridge Cider) was used for the toasts and drinks reception. The wedding cake was a stack of cheeses decorated with figs, grapes and flowers, which were eaten during the evening with crackers, chutney, bread and roast beef. Calories were burned off courtesy of aptly named local band, The Food Fighters, and the celebrations continued until the day’s end. Looking back, Stef suggests canvassing help from others and doing as much as possible yourself, “We made the invitations, decorated the wedding cake and put together the evening buffet. Also, my mum grew flowers and pumpkins, made chutney and some of the gorgeous flower girls’ dresses. My sister-in-law organized the wedding music, a friend lent us an overflow marquee, another friend cooked the roast beef and my bosses gave us the cider for the toasts. It made the day even more special because it was such a combined effort!”

The venue Tapeley Park, North Devon 0845 1800277 | The dress Ebony Rose from Pirouette, Exeter 01392 432643 | Photography Lucy Shergold 01237 420828 |



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the monochrome marriage Yvonne and Nick A mutual passion for motorbikes brought Yvonne and Nick together in January 2007. Initially a long distance relationship, Yvonne made the move from Warwickshire to Plymouth and a romantic proposal in Paris followed shortly after. It was a case of love at first sight when the couple visited Langdon Court, and the simple elegance of the black and white colour scheme complemented the stylish interiors of the venue. The small trifle of the wedding wasn’t the only reason it proved to be a big day for Yvonne – it was the first time in 15 years that she had worn a dress or skirt! Donning a gorgeous halter neck dress, the team from Changing Faces and Harmony Hair and Beauty ensured she looked every inch the beautiful bride. The preparations turned out to be a real family event, as Yvonne got ready with her bridesmaids, mother, sister and nieces. The day got off to a less than smooth start for Nick. His future brother in law was driving him to Langdon Court in his Porsche Cayman S and, thanks to a flat battery, the groom and groomsmen ended up jumpstarting the car to get to the wedding! After a moving ceremony, the celebrations kicked off in earnest. The exquisite wedding breakfast included salad of warm crispy duck with a plum vinaigrette dressing, roast turkey and Devonshire ham with game chips and bread sauce and tangy lemon cheesecake with clotted cream. The speeches were a poignant moment, particularly Yvonne’s father’s speech, which didn’t leave a dry eye in the room. The entertainment catered for all: guests enjoyed a fun casino provided by Casino Select, while the tunes came courtesy of The Big Event. Not neglecting the little people, Sheila’s Nannies ensured the child guests thoroughly enjoyed their day. Shortly after the nuptials, the newly weds spent a relaxing week in west Cork and a fabulous cruise followed a few months later, taking in the sights of Acapulco, Central America, the Panama Canal and the Caribbean. The couple look back with affection on their wedding day, “It was a relaxed and enjoyable day shared with our close friends and loved ones,” they comment. And their advice for others? “Never lose focus on why you are getting married and what the day actually means – that way you should stay relaxed about the extra details.” Yvonne adds, “Trust the professionals – you employ them to do a job, so let them do it.”

The venue Langdon Court, Plymouth 01752 862358 | The dress Bonny Bridal from Clarice, Coventry 024 7666 2919 | The flowers Emma Vowles Flowers 01803 762838 | Photography Sorcha Holloway Photography 01752 662801 |



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the english country wedding Katie and Andrew Bovey Castle made a sublime setting for the wedding of photographer Andrew Coulter to Katie in July. It wasn’t quite the summer’s day they had hoped for, as Katie comments, “It didn’t just rain - it absolutely poured all day!” However, the downpours and high winds did nothing to detract from their enjoyment of a wonderful weekend-long celebration. The English country themed wedding had an intimate and personal atmosphere, enhanced by Katie’s handmade bunting, favours, decorations and stationery in a pretty palette of pinks, pale greens and light blues. Apart from the bouquet, the beautiful array of natural flowers were home grown by Katie’s mother and arranged by family and friends. The festivities began the evening before the wedding with a meal for family and friends. Harpist Elizabeth-Jane Baldry provided the stirring soundtrack to the ceremony at Bovey Castle; the party then supped on celebratory Pimms before departing for Katie’s parents’ farm where the marquee reception took place. Pianist Johnny Fingers heightened the ambience for the drinks reception and high tea: a glorious medley of scones, chocolate brownies and cucumber sandwiches. Appetites were further satiated by a buffet of rare roast beef, salmon, mango chicken, Mediterranean vegetable and basil salad and spicy bulgar wheat salad followed by pavlova, fresh strawberries and clotted cream and rich chocolate cake. The weather conditions continued to rage outside the marquee, forcing Katie to don some white wellies later in the day, and even causing a mini fire when a gust of wind blew the side of the marquee so hard it knocked over a candle! It did nothing to dampen the party vibe, however, and DJ Mike Snook ensured the dance floor was packed all night long. Katie and Andrew headed back to Bovey Castle for the wedding night, returning to the farm – amidst glorious sunshine – for a barbecue lunch with family and friends the next day. Then it was off to Morocco for an exotic honeymoon. “I would love to do it all over again,” Katie reflects. “It was a perfect day. There is nothing that I would change – even the rain!” Katie has some sound advice for brides and grooms to be, “Don’t get stressed. If you find things are getting too much, take a step back and consider why you’re getting married in the first place and what is really important. Enjoy the whole wedding process and take time on your wedding day to look around you and take it all in.”

The venue Bovey Castle followed by a marquee reception at Katie’s parents’ farm 01647 445000 | The dress Ronald Joyce from Colins Bridal, Callington 01579 384468 | Photography Marianne McCourt Photography 07624 490003 |



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n o i t a r b e l e c the snowy Kelly and Daniel Ten years after meeting on their first day at Swansea University, Kelly and Daniel tied the knot on a crisp day in January. After a week of heavy snow, their white winter wonderland theme seemed entirely appropriate; masses of baby’s breath blooms were reminiscent of snowflakes, while hanging crystals and crystal candlesticks nestled amongst the flowers to catch the light. Rather than a bouquet, Kelly carried a ‘winter hand muff’ of baby’s breath with her Nan’s engagement ring attached to a crystal brooch on the front. For Dan, the day started with a few pints of Dutch courage at a nearby pub while Kelly made her preparations at Fowey Hall. She walked down the aisle to Eva Cassidy’s ‘Songbird’ with a lucky sixpence, which her dad gave her prior to the ceremony, in her sparkly Louboutin platforms. A rendition of ‘Over the Rainbow’ by friend Abbie lent a stirring ambience while the couple signed the register, followed by a procession up the aisle to Lynden David Hall’s version of ‘All You Need is Love’, inspired by the film ‘Love Actually’. Supping on winter Pimms and nibbling on canapés, guests mingled while perusing the wedding photos of Kelly and Dan’s parents and grandparents, and sampling the treats of the sweet table and Cuban cigar table, which was topped with cigars and personalised matchboxes. The wedding breakfast was sumptuous: salted beef and potato terrine with horseradish cream and merlot reduction followed by traditional fish and chips with mushy peas served in personalised newspaper using the engagement photos and an article written by Dan. Dessert was an assiette of mini desserts including lemon tart, vanilla crème brûlée and mixed berry cheesecake. After letting off sky lanterns, a waltz to Norah Jones’ ‘Come Away With Me’ and a surprise firework display marked the commencement of the evening celebrations. Their friend Mackie performed a warm-up repertoire of swing music followed by cheesy tunes and, impressively, the bride and groom were the last to bed at 3.30am. The next day, guests were invited to experience the outdoor hot tub overlooking the sea – while it was snowing! The couple headed to Edinburgh for a mini-moon the following weekend, followed by a long-haul trip to New Zealand and Fiji in March. Reflecting on their big day, Kelly and Dan impress on other couples to, “Enjoy every minute as the day goes so fast, and take a bit of time out so just the two of you can spend a bit of time together.”

The venue Fowey Hall, Fowey 01726 833866 | The dress Martina Liana from The Wedding Company, Plympton 01752 347775 | The flowers Michael Sweetman Flowers 01752 603390 | Photography Younger Photography 01752 300636 |



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