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Your moment in the spotlight is looming – and Wed is here to inspire a wedding beyond your wildest and most wonderful dreams. From

show-stopping dresses and beautiful flowers to celebrations before jawdropping vistas – prepare for some serious eye candy.

‘Show Time’ treats you to a dazzling array of designer gowns against the appropriately dramatic backdrop of The Cary Arms in Babbacombe. For further fashion inspiration, ‘Truly Madly Deeply’ showcases some sublime dresses in the dreamily distinctive setting of Plymouth’s National Marine Aquarium. Flowers are a staple of every wedding. In ‘Flower Power’, we reveal the latest floral trends, alongside top tips from some of Devon’s most fabulous florists. Our wedding venues feature, ‘The Age of Elegance’, has taken us to some awe-inspiring locations tucked away in picturesque villages and wildly beautiful stretches of countryside. We all know one day simply isn’t enough. As more couples opt for an extended

Editor Rebecca Matthews

Chief features writer Hannah May Contributors Nathan Midgley

Design Matt Sanwell, Design UNLTD Advertising & Management Brendan Sleeman Publisher wed Magazine F3 Champions Yard Causewayhead, Penzance Cornwall TR18 2TA 01736 368899

wedding celebration, we serve up a host of post-wedding activity ideas on p.62.

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And that’s not all. Our ‘Got Wed’ section is jam-packed with utterly gorgeous

Cover image Dress Ian Stuart Bridal Rooms of Wellswood

weddings, from an imaginative Wonderland-inspired party to a stylish country celebration with a vintage twist. Remember, you can keep up to speed with the latest in Wed world on and by joining our Facebook page. Rebecca

Model Rachel Batchelor Photography Janine Hall Photography

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14. SHOW TIME Dramatic dresses with a flourish of flamboyance

22. TRULY MADLY DEEPLY Ethereal gowns fusing stunning silhouettes and luxe detail 30. BODYTALK The perfect wedding dresses for your body shape 40. WED’S BOUDOIR Bridal beauty tips and trends 42. GLAM METAL Two-tone wedding rings for distinctive duos 48. WORKING THE GROOM Style tips for the man of the moment


44. STRESS LESS Avoidance tips for pre-wedding panic 50. BOOZE, BLINDFOLDS AND BRATISLAVA The modern stag do undressed 52. FLOWER POWER Tips, trends and fabulous floral creations from Devon’s florists 60. SUNNY DELIGHTS Delicious menu ideas for an al fresco celebration 62. THE AGE OF ELEGANCE Tie the knot in a glorious country wedding venue 78. THE MORNING AFTER… PARTY ON! Extend the celebrations with these top tips for post-wedding fun 84. GORGEOUS GETAWAYS Unique settings for a dreamy honeymoon


6. BRIDAL BUZZ What’s new, what’s hot, what’s on Dress The Bridal Rooms of Wellswood Photo Janine Hall

70. THE VENUE Licensed civil ceremony venues in Devon 90. GOT WED Newly weds share a glimpse of their day 106. TROUBLE OR STRIFE? Your wedding dilemmas resolved


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MARINE DREAMS an otherworldly Looking for a wedding venue with ican, overlooking dimension? Situated on the Barb the National the magnificent Plymouth Sound, bill. Combining Marine Aquarium might just fit the ronment and a stunning location, relaxed envi l and truly breathtaking views, it makes a nove reception. spectacular venue for a wedding hire and a variety of There are several spaces available to Reef auditorium tic catering options available. The Atlan space with a huge (pictured) is a particularly impressive the backdrop to the tank and awe-inspiring marine life as team will endeavour celebrations. A dedicated functions irements and to tailor your day to your personal requ guests. Once the formal dining can cater for up to 120 e the night away meal and speeches are completed, danc r. If you’re seeking wate the ss in ‘Horizons’ with vistas acro e offers venu me a setting with a difference, this subli of light and colour with ambience and mesmerising accents a coolly marine vibe. 01752 275214 | www.national-aq

CHIC AND UNIQUE Prudence Gowns in Plymouth is proud to announce its new boutique extension featuring a wide range of labels, including Missing Johnny, Miss Sidecar (of which the boutique will be the exclusive stockist in England), Matilda, Les Girls, Evoke, Summum, Woona, Casa Fina, Marco Tripoli, Savage Culture, Risk, Iron Fist and Desperado of London. With additional accessories such as jewellery by Mint and bags by Little Earth, QQ Bear and Kay West, the extensive choice will provide fashionistas with a bevy of must-haves. A one-stop for wedding guest fashion, the spectacular range offers all you need for a chic look with a difference. 01752 558858 |



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FABULOUS PHOTOGRAPHY Photographer Rosie Parsons has returned to her Devon roots to offer her fabulous photography service to local couples. Rosie grew up in Exeter and, after ten years photographing music stars including James Brown, Destiny’s Child and Tom Jones while living in London, she has moved her wedding photography business to Honiton. Her ethos is to capture weddings in a very informal and creative way and the relaxed nature of her work has attracted brides, bloggers and celebrities alike. An approved Rockstar Vendor of uber cool wedding blog Rock n’ Roll Bride, Rosie is looking forward to offering her trademark gorgeous imagery to couples planning weddings in the region. See more of Rosie’s work in our ‘Got Wed’ section on page 92. 07710 827045 |



WORDS OF LOVE… ‘How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.’ Elizabeth Barrett Browning



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With a workbench on her shop floor so that you can customarily create the exact piece of jewellery your imagination desires, Erin Cox’s aptly named boutique – Erin Cox @home – is a welcoming and peaceful place of production in the heart of Exeter. Housing much of her eclectic range of jewellery, Erin’s studies at London Guildhall University informs much of her work, as colour, depth and texture are all seamlessly blended to form unique and inspired items. Expertly using gold and molten silver as well as a variety of other materials, Erin crafts original and bespoke engagement and wedding rings, making commissions according to stone, design or colour scheme, individually reflecting her client’s tastes and specifications whilst providing a stamp of her signature style. Not only does Erin showcase her stunning collection of jewellery, she also stocks a selection of individual and handpicked items from other British designers. In addition, you will find a collection of handmade ceramics, glassware and other homeware, so a visit to her beautiful boutique on Magdalen Road is a definite ‘to do’ on your prewedding checklist. 01392 660836 |



We don’t promise to make you smile throughout your wedding day. We guarantee it. For more information please call: 01647 445 006 or visit


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LOVE STORIES volume boutique studio in Andrew and Agnieszka Younger of Younger Photography run a low r to create a stunning togethe work couple Plymouth. With a spectacular storytelling style, the Appreciating that every love. of photo album that perfectly portrays every couple’s personal tale r, look and feel of the day couple and wedding is unique, they aim to encapsulate the characte s of documentary, portrait, and relationship with a series of exquisite shots infused with element landscape and fashion photography. phic techniques – and an Having started out using film cameras, an understanding of traditional photogra and beautiful feel. "When intimate knowledge of light and exposure – has given their images a timeless variety of images, standard and quality be should you choose a photographer, the most important aspects images with thought, e of service and a good relationship with the client", says Andrew. "We showcas their passion for photography and with flattering angles and interesting compositions and lighting." Such is e, travel, commercial, sport and developing unique styles, Andrew and Agnieszka also shoot fashion, landscap youngerp at look a take boudoir photography. For examples of their striking images 01752 300636 |

x fi y t u a be A fixer-primer developed by Devon make-up artists, Changing

Faces, is earning rave reviews from brides. Having built up a glowing reputation for their flawless bridal make-up, the team of professional beauty experts is now selling this fabulous product online. The formula boasts the multiple benefits of soothing, firming, revitalising and rejuvenating your skin, while giving your complexion instant radiance. Most importantly for your wedding day, it provides the perfect base for longer lasting make-up. And the proof is in the pudding, with reviews from brides such as, “It stayed all day through a tirade of tears.” This make-up must-have is available to buy from the Changing Faces’ website. 01395 562970 |



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REALthe Newton Abbot BRIDES Racecourse SHOW 25-26 September

formerly held at Westpoint

Devon’s most popular wedding show full of inspirational ideas, fantastic products and amazing choices, supporting brides since 2001 For more details and discounted tickets visit theor call Newton Abbot 0845 345 1624

REAL BRIDES Racecourse SHOW 25-26 September

formerly held at Westpoint

Devon’s most popular wedding show full of inspirational ideas, fantastic products and amazing choices, supporting brides since 2001 For more details and discounted tickets visit or call 0845 345 1624

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What’s on in wedding world… THE REAL BRIDES SHOW Newton Abbot Racecourse

Saturday 25-Sunday 26 September 10am-4pm Bridal wear, florists, entertainers, cake designers, wedding wheels, bridal accessories – you’ll find them all under one roof at the Real Brides Show. One of the biggest shows in the South West, the ‘hands on’ style of the show offers you the opportunity to attend talks and demonstrations and try out some of the goods. Don’t miss the uber glam fashion shows, which showcase the latest bridal gowns and grooms wear as well as fabulous fashions for mums and bridesmaids. 0845 345 1624 |

PENTILLIE CASTLE WEDDING FAIR St Mellion Sunday 26 September 11am-4pm Spend a glorious day in the stunning surrounds of Pentillie Castle and soak up wedding inspiration aplenty along the way. After last year’s successful event, the team at Pentillie are planning a bigger fair this year, which will see the finest wedding suppliers, from florists and bridal boutiques to caterers and photographers, alongside a programme of entertainment. A fabulous and relaxed day out, this event promises to be just the ticket for busy brides with a taste for style. 01579 350044 |

Dartington Hall Wedding Fair Totnes Sunday 24 October 10am-4pm Set in 1200 acres of beautiful grounds, discover the magnificent mansion at Dartington Hall as it hosts its second bridal fair. As well as providing a unique opportunity to look around the venue, there will be a large wedding exhibition, special promotions and two bridal catwalk shows taking place at 11am and 2pm. Bubbly and canapés will herald your arrival and a host of suppliers will be on hand to advise you on every aspect of your day. Please register in advance either online or by telephone. 01803 847144 |

Langdon Court Wedding Fair Down Thomas, Plymouth Sunday 31 October 1pm-4pm Take this opportunity to explore the idyllic grounds and elegant interiors of Langdon Court and pick up some bridal inspiration along the way. Browse wedding photography, dresses, entertainment, transport and stylish finishing touches while you sup on bubbly, sample canapés and enjoy a relaxed and inspiring day out in a truly picturesque setting. 01752 862358 |



Yealmpton, Plymouth

With a reputation for first class finery, the 500-year-

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old Grade one listed Kitley House Hotel makes a

Wind your way along the splendid drive through Kitley’s grounds and discover a bevy of wedding

spectacular venue for weddings. Set in over 600 acres

inspiration at its heart. Bridal beauty specialists, photographers, bridal boutiques, entertainers and

of rural pasture and woodland on the banks of south

more will be poised to provide fabulous food for thought for your wedding planning needs. You may

Devon’s River Yealm, Kitley provides a stirring all-year-

also take a look around Kitley’s range of wedding ceremony and reception settings.

round setting.

01752 881555 | However, the new addition of a wedding gazebo will guarantee the ultimate in outdoor celebrations. Fully licensed


‘Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring.’



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for weddings and civil partnerships, it is located on the island next to the lake, offering an idyllic and exclusive alternative for an outdoor ceremony in a memorable and achingly romantic setting. See our next issue for more. 01752 881555 |

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Dartington Hall wedding fayre Dartington Hall  Sunday 24th October  10am - 4pm Selected photography by

w Bridal catwalk show - 11am & 2pm w Local specialist wedding exhibition w Prize draws and special promotions w Free bubbly and canapes on arrival w Free admission and free parking Nestling within a private estate in South Devon, Dartington Hall is a magically romantic setting for the wedding of your dreams.

 Register today to visit our free wedding fayre.  

The magnificent hammerbeamed Great Hall

Beautiful formal gardens with famous scultures

For more information and to register visit:  Award-winning dining in Driving through the  The Great Hall medieval courtyard

Civil ceremonies in the Upper Gatehouse

or contact Francesca on 01803 847144

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SHOWTIME Step into the spotlight in a spectacular gown finished with a fabulous twist of flamboyance Photography

Janine Hall

Photography Simon Green



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Location The

Cary Arms, Babbacombe

01803 327110 | Make-up Josie


07722 358425 | Models Rachel

Batchelor and Dan Norcross

Photography and styling Janine

Hall Photography

01752 841741 | Stockists

The Bridal Rooms of Wellswood Wellswood, Torquay 01803 380580 |

Moss Bros, Plymouth 01752 603892 |



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Josie Lock

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The Wedding Company 159 The Ridgeway Plympton PL7 2HJ Collections include Amanda Wakeley, Jenny Packham, Pronovias, Essense, Ritva Westenius, Dessy, Menswear available

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Frilly Frocks

Our reputation is our guarantee

Maggie Sottero Ian Stuart Benjamin Roberts Chanticleer Linea Raffaelli And more

The White House, Mermaid Walk, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 1TD Telephone:01271 344 338




The question has been popped, but another big one remains – which dress? Before you get caught up in your beading and lace trimming, consider the body basics and let your assets do you proud words Hannah May

The easy part has been accomplished – you’ve Ian Stuart The Bridal Rooms of Wellswood Frilly Frocks

got your man. Now you need to pick the dress to match. This is no mean feat, but with a few practical hints and some careful consideration you’ll have him busting out of his tux with pride as you strut towards him. And the trick resides with body shape. Now is the time to celebrate your shape and maximise its features of glory. The easy secret to looking your best is to emphasise your strengths and match style to shape. Follow our simple guide on how to achieve your best look by shaping up against a number of styles to find one that fits, flatters and boasts. All eyes will be fixed on you – for all the right reasons… Step 1 - To begin with, think about undergarments. An all-in-one body shaper will give you a smooth line but never substitute comfort for shape – there’s no point in squeezing yourself into a smaller size if you’re going to pass out or not be able to utter your vows through the wincing pain of crushed organs. Instead, opt for something that feels supportive, fits like a second skin and that you can actually move in with ease (not to mention grace). An easy way to accomplish this is for your underwear to be built into the dress via a seamstress, so it’s more seamless and natural feeling. And don’t forget to wear your intended underwear to all dress fittings: it’s never attractive to have too much lacy brassiere on show or to create a loosefitting dress as a result of stomach-sucking pants. Step 2 - The next aspect to think about is your neckline. A square or princess neckline really opens up your chest and provides a great way to showcase your cleavage (and detract from a thicker waist or a generous posterior). Décolletage is always a sensual feature to accentuate. Often overlooked, it can provide a place to showcase some statement jewellery or alternatively house a delicate necklace or jewelled bodice. Exposure really is best – so long as it’s not distastefully gaping – as your neck, shoulders and cleavage can be an absolutely stunning feature. Step 3 - Beyond the underwear and neckline, the single most important thing to consider is your whole body shape. Once that is attended to, all other details can be coordinated accordingly. It is the equivalent of a good base coat of paint and the point from which all else follows and agrees. Step 4 - Once you’ve sussed out your style, you have to remember that there’s more to bridal best than merely donning the dress. You have to wear your gown, and the only way to do that is with attitude. Looking your best is feeling your best, so remember your posture and pride. It may seem like a sound bite from a motivational coach, but your wedding is one of the rare occasions where you are the star of your own show, so play the part with pride.



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BODY TALK Ronald Joyce, Elegant Brides Benjamin Roberts, Frilly Frocks


Justin Alexander, Prudence Gowns

Fitted as far as the knee, flares out at the bottom

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Body Type:

Tall Desired Effect: To deduct height Style Suggestions: Open, low, off-the-shoulder necklines are ideal. A drop waist, thick belt, or ruffle detail will detract from Linea Raffaelli, The Bridal Rooms of Wellswood

Veromia, The Bridal Box

your height. If you are also slim, mermaid and sheath shaped dresses will complement your figure. Avoid: Amazonian styling such as accentuated shoulder padding, or high hats/veiling will only serve to make your height an imposing factor. Trend Tips: Flared silhouettes (fluted/tulip), asymmetric cuts, mini skirts (or any hemline for that matter), tiered skirts. Maggie Sottero, Frilly Frocks Prudence Gowns



Essense, The Wedding Company

Body Type:


Justin Alexander, Prudence Gowns

Desired Effect: To appear fuller Style Suggestions: Fitted, padded bodices encrusted with sequins/diamante detail adds dimension. A body-hugging dress such as the sheath style, or dresses with heavier fabrics such as satin, velvet or moirĂŠ will visually add a little volume. A gathered waist and narrow sleeves will have a similar effect.


Narrow, bodyhugging style that shows off the bust, hips and waist

Avoid: Swamping your figure within volumous layers of fabrics i.e. origami/architectural styles and overly big ball gowns. Also, clingy columns and sheaths are best avoided by those with more boyish figures. Trend Tips: Opt for lingerie-inspired designs, backless numbers, monochrome/metallics/ colour and patterning such as embroidery, paisley or floral prints or brocade. Ruffling and gathered fabrics add an illusion of curves.

Maggie Sottero, Pirouette

Mori Lee, The Ivory Tower

Mori Lee, The Ivory Tower

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Body Type:

Big bustline Desired Effect: To minimise cleavage Style Suggestions: A scoop neck, V-neck or high neck with


Slim fitting at the top and widening towards the hem, forming a shape that resembles the letter ‘A’

keyhole detail is best. Straight or full skirts with a fitted bodice are highly becoming, as is the A-line dress. Avoid: Empire or cinched waists. Flimsy, unstructured and unsupported bust lines are a risky business. Trend Tips: Flaunt a fitted bustier with boning (vintage elegance, old school glamour). Experiment with corsetry and try different contours such as baby doll.

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Mori Lee, The Ivory Tower

Benjamin Roberts, Frilly Frocks

Justin Alexander, Prudence Gowns

Linea Raffaelli, The Bridal Rooms of Wellswood

Body Type:

Full figured Desired Effect: To appear slimmer Style Suggestions: Scoop necks can work well. Vertical lines are the classic narrowing technique that can be incorporated into the style. High waistlines, such as with the princess style or an A-line dress will suit you well. Sheer fabrics are very forgiving, especially on the arms. A bolero jacket over a strapless or spaghettistrapped dress is a classic, flattering look. Avoid: Anything with too much fabric or fuss will appear frumpy, so avoid ruffles, bunching and puffed sleeves. Something that clings unforgivingly to your body will not complement your figure so avoid body-conscious styles. Trend Tips: Classic ball and goddess gowns with a subtle twist such as pleats, bows or ribbons for self-tailored ‘New Romance’ (including black, gothic inspired designs).

Veromia, The Bridal Box


Lusan Mandogas, Pirouette



High waisted, with a long skirt starting from just beneath the bust

Maggie Sottero, Pirouette

Body Type:

Short/petite Desired Effect: To appear taller Style Suggestions: A dress with an empire waist combined with a high or off-the-shoulder neckline works well. Short sleeves/sleeveless dresses with long gloves are

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Avoid: Something busy like ruffles or large veiling with too much fabric will overwhelm your figure. Mid-calf length hemlines will only shorten your frame. Trend Tips: Fitted, ‘50s/prom style dresses (just above knee length) with killer heels and long gloves, or body-con with long (vertical) lines for petite forms.

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Ball Gown

Fitted bodice and waist with full skirt

shoulder-enhanced styles or asymmetric silhouettes.

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LUSCIOUS LIPS We’ve fallen hook, line and sinker for Bobbi Brown’s new Treatment Lip Shine. Not only does the fabulous formula enrich your lips with luscious colour, a medley of moisture-rich ingredients rejuvenates, conditions and reduces fine lines. With no need for lip balm plus added SPF 15, what’s not to love?

PRETTY IN PINKS Treat yourself to a Try Me Kit from nicely natural beauty specialists Pinks Boutique and meet your latest not-so-guilty beauty pleasure. Licking your bridal body into shape from your face to your feet, the wholly natural products combine a glorious medley of organic ingredients for a luxurious and fragrant pampering experience. We love the pedicure set, a divine medley of balms and oils, which leaves your feet soft and scented.

PICTURE-PERFECT Flash a whiter set of gnashers on your wedding day thanks to Clinique’s specially designed range of lip colours. Choose from a variety of formulas, whether it’s the rich, creamy tones of the Colour Surge Butter Shine Lipstick or the durable Long Last Lipstick, for a delicious palette of colour from flattering nude to colour-pop pink. Slap it on and hey presto! Say hello to a brighter bridal smile in an instant.

3 FABULOUS FAKE TANS If you’re going for a glow on the big day, remember a few golden rules. First, experiment with different products and methods to find the perfect tanning solution for your skin tone. Then it’s a case of practise, practise, practise – well in advance of the wedding. Wear white clothing after application so you can find out whether it’s likely to come off on your dress. And, of course, there’s the classic pre-tan mantra: exfoliate and moisturise those dry areas such as elbows and knees. After all, streaky oompa loompa is not a good look to be working on your wedding day.

Lavera Self Tanning Shimmer Spray From organic beauty stars Lavera, this perky potion combines plant and sugar based tanning ingredients with rich moisture and a hint of shimmer for a natural tan – minus the sun.

Bronze Goddess Golden Perfection Enriched with an exotic scent and conditioning fruit and floral ingredients, this luxurious spray gives your skin a radiant colour, which deepens with repeat use.

Soap and Glory Glow Getter This powder spray is the instant ticket to bronzed and beautiful skin. Spray it on lightly prewedding, enjoy the rub-resistant colour and wash off afterwards. Easy.

PURE PERFECTION Check out the Pure and Balmy range from new West Country company Balms and Crafts for luscious and lovely local beauty treats. Free of dastardly chemicals, each product is a potion of nourishing goodness rich in the finest and freshest natural ingredients. Enriched with pure essential oils and available in a handy wind up tube, the deliriously decadent Butter Balms make rich and fragrant moisturisers, ideal for taking on honeymoon.



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Mix up your metals in eyegrabbing style with a fabulous two-tone wedding band words Rebecca Matthews

A plain wedding band is both classic and chic. But if you fancy something a little more distinctive, then experiment with a splash of colour. You might fuse the luxe white sheen of platinum or palladium with the warm tone of yellow gold. Or combine contrasting shades of gold for a stunning statement with a twist of designer style. The choice of design is endless. A sleek strip of contrasting colour across a plain band is a simple yet stylish take on the theme, while a graphic pattern makes a bold, contemporary statement. For real wow factor, opt for an intricate array of interwoven metals. Feast your eyes on these captivating examples.

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STRESS Don’t crack under the strain of the pre-wedding pressure. Go from stressed out to chilled out with wed’s tension-busting tips

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I recently made the mistake of exclaiming to a friend who is shortly

marry, “Not long now, is it?” Her face tightened. Her lips pursed

due to

a little.

Her eyes sharpened and shot a rather unimpressed glance my way.

Though it’s an everyday occurrence, it can become chronic rapidly. And the consequences can be dire.

Usually a paragon of laidback calm, she explained that I had unwittingly repeated the same rhetoric uttered by everyone else who had crossed her path at this sensitive junction in time. I meant it as an innocent expression of interest, but it translated to her as a red tinged reminder of everything yet to do and that could go wrong. I also asked her how she was coping with the stress. “I’m drinking my way through it”, she informed me. Issued with a dose of tonguein-cheek inflection – even though she was aware of the irony as she threw me a characteristic cheeky smile – I couldn’t help but notice that at the time she was, in fact, armed with a pint. It got me thinking. We’ve all had dealings with stress, such is the pace and

pressure of modern living. But what do we actually do about it? Though it’s an everyday

occurrence, it can become chronic rapidly. And the consequences can be


National statistics report that stress at work costs the UK economy over

£7 billion

a year. Over half a million people in Britain are afflicted so badly that they

becoming ill – leading to an average of 30 days off work, which accumula


tes to the region of 12 million annually. In short, stress leads to decreased producti vity and morale, as well as increased absenteeism and litigation in the workplac e – so imagine what it can do to your relationship. Linked to a range of illnesses such as depression, high blood pressure, migraine , asthma, allergies, skin disorders and rheumatoid arthritis, there is a range of physical, emotional, behavioural and psychological symptoms and repercus sions associated with stress.


The marital build-up is undoubtedly a highly stressful time. The move and

often protracted period from engagement to wedding day requires some serious stress management, so we’ve compiled some advice and ideas to help you stay stressfree and loved-up toward your nuptials – and, with any luck, for long after...


Communication is crucial for a happy relationship. How many times have you heard that the cause of a breakdown is because people just ‘stopped talking’?

The pre-wedding period is one of the most testing times of your relations hip and sharing your woes and worries is paramount. Not only will they be resolved more quickly – leaving you less time to brood and build up resentment – you can achieve a unitary force of action that will ensure hurdles are tackled together, minimisin g stress in the process.

Of course you will come to blows. Accept this. It’s not the mark of a doomed relationship, just a signifier of the fact that you are different people with different opinions – and under duress. Your differences are vital to the relationship’s dynamic and, so long as they complement each other in the right way, should serve to strengthen your bond. If you have an issue, approach your fiancé. If you fail to achieve a resolutio n, seek counsel elsewhere – family and friends know you well and can lend you an objectivity often unavailable from within your romantic realms. With a little outsider perspective, you can return to the situation calmer and fortified with the compromise required to advance. Counselling is an extremely wise and vested option. Again, this is not tantamou nt to your inadequacies as a couple, but rather the opposite. It demonstrates a determined willingness to openly address and reconcile any concerns that arise, strengthening your confidence and understanding of each other and yourselv es as a unit.



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ence. One of the biggest impediments to a couple’s relationship is a lack of independ and Wanting to share your life with someone is entirely normal; separation anxiety part inability to do anything alone isn’t. Being in love is being vulnerable – that’s there absence, art’s sweethe your in of the fragile nature and beauty of it – but the mere stands a support system that should lift you during the darker days with acknowledgement of it alone. other half When you simply cannot cope with the most menial of tasks minus your to step need simply you without spiralling into paralysed indecision and inertia, then if couple a away and reboot – alone. After all, how can you possibly form one half of you are not ‘whole’ yourself? be a lone Take time out for yourself to reconnect with the ‘inner’ you. Whether it on cup of tea poring over the pages of a gossip magazine, a spa session, a walk to time, the beach or a shopping trip – it’s paramount that you fly solo from time stifling. g becomin are especially if the stress and co-dependency

Be well

the simple When stress dominates, rationality disappears. It’s difficult to firmly grasp to blast the things but having an awareness of them will stand you in the best stead blues out of your system. mitigation: A large part of the battle is focusing on the three basic elements of stress closely sleeping, eating and exercising. Your physical wellbeing is conducive and things will these to attention your ng bound to your psychological health, so redirecti instantly ease the pressure. onto We’re not talking about transferring the OCD from your wedding planning of tenants basic the over control your everyday affairs – just exercising a little physical welfare. Doctors and health professionals all repeat the same mantras. Try to achieve on factors between six and eight hours of quality shut eye every night. Dependent equates (which glasses such as weight, climate, physical exertion, drink eight 8-ounce low fibre, to approximately 1.8 litres) of water a day. Eat a varied and balanced (high fat) diet and exercise regularly. m Specifically, increasing your intake of vitamins B, C and E and minerals magnesiu to consume and zinc strengthens your nervous and immune systems. The best way seeds, fruit nuts, fish, Oily ents. supplem to them is through fresh food, as opposed dietary promote that and vegetables are lauded as some of the best ‘super foods’ s. health, but the trick really is to opt for a colourful mix of fresh foodstuff more Don’t miss meals or leave more than four hours before refuelling for a better, deplete efficient metabolism that helps to release mood-enhancing chemicals and stress hormones. betaExercise increases the blood flow to the brain and body, flooding them with ry endorphins and stimulating the nervous system. Your heart, bones and circulato least at of minimum for aim should system all profit. Guidelines state that you n 30 minutes, three times a week. Whether this means signing up for a maratho hip or increasing the frequency of sex – a brilliant stress buster (and relations engaging on reinforcer) – the idea is to tailor to your needs and lifestyle rather than an impossible regime.

The sunshine boosts vitamin D levels and serotonin fills the brain with a feel good factor that naturally mimics months of Prozac – without any of the negative side effects. People that work or spend time outdoors generally lead happier and healthier lives, so whatever the weather – go alfresco for an instant uplift. Try to maintain this ethos in as many aspects of your life as possible. It doesn’t

mean morphing into Swampy and living in the trees, but by replacing manmad e with Mother Nature, you may be surprised at the transformative results. Lay off the artificial stimulants. If you’re subsisting on caffeine, booze, sugar,

cigarettes and fast food, then do you think you’ll be a glowing goddess or handsome hunk on your wedding day? Chances are, you won’t.

Replace coffee with herbal tea, burgers with salad and beer for water and

will the pounds probably drop, but your more relaxed and youthful self

not only

will return. Toxins and chemicals actually ‘stress’ our body and strain our internal processe s and we externalise this through poor skin, nails, and hair – not to mention mood. Remember that being mindful of your diet doesn’t mean you can’t indulge. It’s about consciously avoiding the extremes, such as self-denial and gluttony, which disrupt your biorhythms, metabolism, chi – or whatever you want to name your natural, working optimum. Indeed, you want to look your best but being on a weight loss programme should mean a sensible schedule of gradual slimming, not shedding two stone in two weeks through starvation, sleeplessness and nervous energy. You may want to consider alternative therapies. There’s a vast range to pick from, such as Reiki, massage, meditation, Ayurvedic medicine, dream therapy, acupuncture, naturopathy, hypnotherapy, shiatsu…as well as a host of other ‘New Age’ methods that can promote relaxation, boost immunity and release negative thoughts and emotions. Practice simple relaxation techniques such as breathing, music and humour.

Surround yourself with things and people that make you feel good, avoid those that don’t, accept that there will always be obstacles and difficulties but try to deal with them with as much composure as you can muster. Beyond that, rememb er to...


And delegate. Choose together how you want things to be done, do them

accepting help) and then relax – together. You have a lifetime of ups and



ahead of you, but by dealing with them collectively you will be better prepared

a successful wedding and winning marriage.

Go natural

surrounds Get outdoors. Just 10 to 20 minutes of being in the fresh air and natural gical can substantially increase natural endorphin and immune levels and psycholo wellbeing.



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working the groom


Style tips for the man of the moment words Hannah May

Peter Posh



suits you Classic cuts are a wise choice, with timeless elegance being at the fore of current grooms wear. Black and navy are being dressed up and accessorised in a number of individual ways, but the hottest hues of the moment are deep browns, beige, tan and grey. Other colours to consider for everything from your bow tie and cummerbund to handkerchief and waistcoat include ivory, scarlet, burnt orange, teal, gold, cerise pink and lilac. Groomsmen might even match the man of the moment rather than the bridal party for a little clash culture and male solidarity. Peter Posh - Prudence Gowns and The Wedding Company Etiquette - The Wedding Company



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finishing touches Accessories are key to a dashing look with a hint of modern irreverence. In keeping with the dandy trend, old school and quirky add-ons are all the rage. Consider a classic pocket watch for elegant retro with a twist, or perhaps a pair of individually designed cufflinks that canvass uber cool charm. Gentleman’s pocket watch J and T Windmills 0207 434 5500 | Serendipity cufflinks in silver and oxidised silver handmade in Exeter by Erin Cox 01392 660836 |

best foot forward Don’t dig out your old suit shoes unless they’re so ancient and battered that they can pass for throwback chic. Instead, invest in a pair of classics. Team brogues with a matching belt for a coordinated and contemporary look or go for an achingly cool combo of black and ivory. Grey leather shoes Marks and Spencer

tie the knot Black and ivory shoes Vivienne Westwood

Grey is an easy tone to work with,

whatever the season and groom’s personal tastes. With a natural dash of the debonair, from charcoal to metallic – add an edge with colourful accents, Cuban heels or a skinny tie. Marks and Spencer

socks rock Just as your bride-to-be will no doubt be agonising over the underwear, consider what you’re packing under that suit. Beyond the briefs, think about socks with personality. It sounds like a paradox, but dress socks – especially spots and stripes – are being flashed between trouser hem and brogue for a sneaky peak of colour and design. Blue stripe socks Marc Wallace



wed considers the trauma of the modern stag do words Nathan Midgley

BOOZE, BLINDFOLDS AND BRATISLAVA A friend recently told me he was going to Bratislava. “Stag do?” I asked. And he nodded sheepishly, because that’s why people of my age

and my sex go to places like Bratislava, unless they’ve won a job at the

Slovakian Finance Ministry in a special pack of Walkers crisps.

Most stag groups go to them not because stag parties have changed, but

because they haven’t. The focus is still overwhelmingly on beer, pranks and

strippers. The appeal of disappearing to an Eastern or Central European city is that things are cheaper, so you can have more beer, pranks and strippers ; and that the party lasts longer, so you can have more beer, pranks and strippers . In a way that resistance to change is surprising, because the traditional stag do is at odds with the mood of the times. The premise seems to be that getting

married to the woman you love is a dreadful misfortune, and that drinking

10plus pints of repulsive fizzy stuff and sicking curry over a half-naked woman is the kind of life-affirming fun which your union will put beyond reach. To hell with that. Call me a metrosexual prude, but I prefer being with my fiancée to being in a room of rowdy puking men.



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But stag I must, so I’ve left my friends three rules:

1) No strippers 2) At least one outdoor activity (no guns) 3) At least one decent sit-down meal (no strippers or guns) I don’t want to spoil their fun entirely, so I’ve left pranks on the table – though there’s an unsettling arms race going on in that department. Now that stag

weekends away are big business there are specialist tour operators all over Europe, and in a market for organised wind-ups you have to be more extreme

than the next guy.

Result? Take a guess. This is a bona fide quote from a Poland-based company


“If you can’t think of anything better than having a team of thugs bundle your stag into an unmarked vehicle, have him blindfolded and interrogated Russian

mafia style, and then delivered back for a comforting beer and striptease, then you need our Crazy Gang.” Yikes. If that’s the best thing you can think of, you probably are the Crazy

I think I’m ready for those strippers now...





This spectacular centrepiece makes a creative statement of chic, contemporary style. Amanda Randell



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These serene shades of dusky pink and lavender exude a dreamy vintage vibe. Amanda Randell

Choose beautiful and bespoke blooms that stand out from the bunch. Let Devon’s florists inspire with these top tips and divine creations

Think bespoke

words Rebecca Matthews

belong to a special relative such as your grandmother. Not only

Choose designs that mean something to you. A bride recently confessed to liking leopard print and that she had chosen shoes and underwear in the print. So I used leopard print ribbon on the handle of her bouquet and around her cake. Amanda Randell Incorporate brooches, lace or pieces with sentimental value that is vintage fashionable, a family heirloom will be a totally unique

What’s a wedding without flowers? While more couples choose to pour their

feature. Choose a flower that is special to you – maybe a flower

personalities into ever more distinctive celebrations, the tradition of flowers is one

that reminds you of your mother or a flower that was in the

element that remains a constant.

first bouquet your fiancé ever gave you. You could even choose flowers from your garden or your mother’s garden; just a couple

And it’s not difficult to see why. Wedding flowers are enriched with numerous symbolic

of sprigs could give a bouquet real meaning.

meanings and cultural associations – the bridal bouquet, for example, is representative of

Flowers Going Green 

fertility. But strip back the tradition and symbols, and most brides want flowers for one reason only: those visions of silken petals can’t be beaten for sheer prettiness.

I ask my brides if they have a favourite type of flower or colour and also if anybody important to them had any particular

As well as expressing a sense of individual style, floral arrangements are a key factor in conveying

favourites. Brides often use the favourite of a grandmother who

your wedding theme or colour scheme. Then there’s the scent; from sweet lily of the valley to

has passed away. I would advise against following fashion, which

spicy chrysanthemum, the scent of your blooms can really add to the ambience of a wedding.

is ever changing. This is your wedding day and you will look back on it for years to come; make sure your flowers reflect who you

Let Wed get you started with our tips from some of Devon’s foremost florists.

are and what you really love. Joanna Game



Combining pretty peach tones and flourishes of warm orange, this trailing bouquet is pure elegance. Amanda Randell 01822 833930 |

Think budget

SPRING Anemone Daffodil Freesia Lily of the Valley Ranunculus Hyacinth Tulip

The greatest expense is usually the table decorations – you can cut costs almost in half by using plants instead of flower arrangements, which will make great gifts at the end of the evening. Amanda Randell Choosing flowers that are in season and locally produced will help keep your costs down. If you’re on a tight budget, ideas that will not only look stunning but will work within your budget. Also, ask about doubling up the designs by using them in more than one location throughout the day. You can transport a lot of arrangements from different rooms or venues so they can be used twice. Flowers Going Green You can achieve stunning table centrepieces with a single bloom if you have the right vessel. This takes very little time for



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your florist and time is often the most expensive aspect of the

Think seasonal

WINTER Hyacinth Tulip Freesia Amaryllis Euphorbia Rose

A good florist will have an abundance of creative ideas that will suit you and your wedding. Flowers Going Green 
 It is important that the shape and style of your bridal bouquet complements your height, figure and style of dress. For example, if you are a tiny person, don’t swamp yourself with a huge bouquet of flowers. Joanna Game

tell your florist. A good florist will suggest an abundance of

SUMMER Rose Lily Lavender Peony Sunflower Magnolia Sweet pea Chrysanthemum AUTUMN Rose Gerbera Orchid Dahlia Calla lily Hydrangea Gladiolus

Have all this information at the ready when visiting your florist.

arrangement. It is better to have one really great display in the right place than lots of small ones. Joanna Game

Think trends Romance seems the key: floaty styles, butterflies, birdcages, woodland and natural-inspired arrangements and anything that trails seem to be very popular at the moment. Next year, bouquets will be trailing, really natural and British! Amanda Randell We are still seeing a strong revival in retro themes. A lot of brides are choosing vintage tea sets and recycled jam jars combined with flowers to give that quintessentially English country look. Classic English flowers such as peonies and hydrangeas are very popular – a trend that looks set to

Think shape The most important factor in choosing your bouquet is that it is comfortable to hold. If you have weak wrists, for example, then a slim handle and a perfectly weighted bouquet will be easier to hold and not cause any discomfort. There are lots of styles to choose from and a good florist will be watching the trends for you. Amanda Randell

continue over the next 12 months. Flowers Going Green I think different and interesting colour combinations will become more popular. An increasing number of brides are requesting seasonal flowers, which are grown locally. I also see wild, less-structured arrangements becoming more fashionable. Joanna Game

The shape and style of the bouquet will be largely dictated by factors such as the dress, theme, colour scheme and venue.

Joanna Game Flowers for Weddings Parties and Events joannagamef t: 01647 231657 m: 07787 430001

Flowers Going Green by Nadia Folland

01822 854840 The Shop, Chapel Lane, Horrabridge, Devon PL20 7SP 55


A pop of vibrant colour adds a modern twist to this vision of soft blues and greens. Utilising an array of cornflowers, hydrangeas and dahlias fresh from her cutting garden, Joanna Game’s arrangements ooze a rustic and romantic vibe. Joanna Game 01647 231657 |



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canvas marquee hire / bespoke interiors


T. 01326 375747 M. 07971 17

Higher Argal Farm, Budock Water, Falmouth TR11 5P

Weddings, Dinner Parties, Buffets, Barbeques &Banquets all catered for in style Every occasion made special by the flexible team who always says yes for more information and bookings contact





marquee hire / bespoke interiors www.absolutecanv marquee hire / bespoke interiors

T. 01326 375747 M. 07971 176793

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Higher Argal Farm, Budock Water, Falmouth TR11 5PE

Photography & Design

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This fabulous fusion of English country garden flowers blends creams, pinks and lilacs to oh so pretty effect. Crowned with a series of candles, this centrepiece sets the perfect romantic ambience. Flowers Going Green 01822 854840 |

Flowers photographed at Hotel Endsleigh, Milton Abbot, Tavistock 01822 870000 Photography by Andrew Coulter 05601 711335



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A Marriage Made in Devon 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 planner and look at our website to see available for civil wedding ceremonies and receptions. We 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 river which will be licensed for ceremonies from 2010, to a much larger event in the West Wing or a marquee overlooking the West Lawn with its 18th century fountain and vistas across the valley to the Triumphal Arch. Our aim is to provide a perfect day

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Whether you’re planning a dreamy waterside wedding or a garden party in the sunshine, you can’t go wrong with a light and delicious menu, which utilises the rich bounty of the season. We’re talking fresh fish caught in local waters, cheeses churned on nearby farms and vegetables nurtured in Devonshire soil. A menu of soups, salads and sandwiches is a classic choice to tickle your guests’ taste buds. Soups are a versatile and crowd-pleasing option, packing a variety of fresh vegetables and flavour into one uber colourful dish. Follow the soups with salads bursting with zesty tastes and textures, from crispy squid to smoked salmon and crunchy peppers to tender chicken. Serve up a scrumptious array of sandwiches alongside the salads, filled with succulent beef, creamy cheese, fresh vegetables and delicious dressings. For maximum impact, choose ingredients that look as colourful as they are delectable to whet your guests’ appetites. Catering dream team, The Round Kitchen, have devised an appetising array of ideas to get you started. Remember to keep your menu light, luscious and oozing with fabulous flavour.

Soups Roast tomato, red pepper and basil Garden pea, ham hock and spinach Lightly curried butternut squash and sweet potato, finished with coconut cream

Salads Smoked salmon, deep fried crispy marinated squid and lime and garlic tiger prawns Smoked paprika, garlic and lemon griddled chicken, with crispy bacon and soused spaghetti carrot Grilled mackerel fillet nicoise, finished with a lightly poached egg Seared Mediterranean vegetables and Gevrik goats cheese, finished with a whole-grain mustard, balsamic and olive oil dressing

Sandwiches Rare roast fillet of beef, with red onion, horseradish, watercress and Cornish Blue cheese Classic 100% beef burger, with whole grain mustard mayonnaise, tomato and lettuce Pan seared pork loin steak, with caramelised onion, griddled apple and old smoky Griddled courgette, red and yellow pepper and Cornish Brie, finished with brandy soaked apricots

The Round Kitchen 07968 385392 / 07968 206116


feature | VENUES | Canonteign ESTATE

THE AGE OF ELEGANCE Tie the knot in a graceful and timeless setting with glorious scenery on the doorstep. wed explores Devon’s chic country venues words Rebecca Matthews

Rolling hills, ancient woodland, enchanting gardens, tranquil valleys and wildly beautiful moorland. Devon’s landscape offers all the dreaminess of a romantic novel. You’ll find some truly magnificent country wedding venues nestled in pretty villages and tucked away along hedgerows bursting with wildflowers. Grand mansions steeped in history, intimate sanctuaries set amidst idyllic gardens and manors at the heart of sprawling estates – prepare to be smitten at these hidden gems.



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Canonteign ESTATE

For the fairytale factor…

Canonteign ESTATE Arrive at Canonteign Estate and step into a majestic world of woodland, meadows, waterfalls and lakes on the edge of Dartmoor. Winding your way along the spectacular drive – catching a glimpse of England’s highest waterfall amongst the trees – and rolling up to the historic house makes for a jaw-droppingly romantic arrival. The house is a graceful white building surrounded by sweeping lawns and beautifully maintained gardens. It crowns a spectacular vantage point with panoramic views across 80 acres of parkland. Indeed, gazing out across the expanse of rolling hills and woodland, it is difficult to spot any trace of the modern world– making for a dreamily timeless setting and a bewildering choice of photographic backdrops. The venue is endlessly versatile; whether you’re seeking an intimate, relaxed celebration or a grand affair for up to 300 guests, there will be a beautiful and bespoke solution. You may choose a classic celebration against the splendid backdrop of the house. The lofty ceilings, elegant furnishings, pretty terrace and formal gardens make for a romantic wedding with a touch of grandeur. The Great Hall can accommodate up to 150 guests for a ceremony, while the Fern Room offers a more intimate setting for up to 70 guests. Celebrations might spill out onto the terrace for a champagne reception and guests can enjoy wandering the gardens and drinking in the views. The Great Hall or the Fern Room may also be used for the wedding reception. Alternatively, a huge lawn adjacent to the house is a perfect location for a marquee with stunning views across miles of breathtaking scenery. As darkness falls, the floodlit gardens and woodland backdrop look utterly enchanting. If you envisage something a little more rustic, throw a marquee party in the woods. It might be a themed celebration alongside the Lily Lake or a laidback country wedding in the covered barn. With a fairytale backdrop of woodland budding with native flowers and the mellow sound of rushing water from Canonteign Falls, you can look forward to rural escapism of the most seductive kind. Canonteign Estate | Christow, near Exeter | 01647 252434 |



For boutique charm…

St Elizabeth’s House Enter the historic village of Plympton St. Maurice, turn up a leafy drive and, flanked by a sweeping lawn and two magnificent oak trees, lies St Elizabeth’s House. The elegant Georgian building is set amidst five acres of landscaped gardens, lush lawns and pretty flowerbeds. The hotel’s new owners are a local family who pride themselves on offering a highly personal and friendly service, delicious cuisine and impeccable attention to detail. Furthermore, the secluded location and intimate scale of the hotel, which has 15 bedrooms, makes it an ideal setting for an exclusive use celebration. A welcoming ambience is palpable as soon as you step inside. The traditional charms of the building have been fused with contemporary comforts and features to stylish, yet intimate and relaxed, effect. The boutique style bar area blends a colour scheme of ruby, cream and polished woods, elegant furnishings and vintage-inspired artwork. The Beatrice Room can accommodate up to 60 guests for a civil ceremony, while the restaurant can accommodate up to 90. In sunny weather, you have the option of marrying under the pretty veranda with your guests seated on the lawn before you and the gardens beyond. For intimate weddings, the meal will be served in the restaurant – an ambient room with views across the gardens. If you’re planning a larger event, a marquee may be erected adjacent to the house for up to 140 guests. The head chef will work with you to design a mouthwatering wedding menu using fresh and locally sourced ingredients. As dusk falls and the evening reception kicks off, a series of lights cast a magical ambience across the grounds – heightening the romance of this idyllic location. The 15 bedrooms are designed for relaxation. Think comfy beds, sumptuous bathrooms, warm shades of beige, cream and cappuccino and natural textures, from stone baths to slate floors. In addition, the bridal suite has its own private terrace and a five-foot Jacuzzi tub set in the stone floor – making it oh so tempting to stay on for a whole weekend of celebrations, fabulous food and sheer indulgence. St Elizabeth’s House | Plympton St. Maurice, Plymouth | 01752 344840



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For a twist of grandeur…

BOVEY CASTLE Weaving your path along the lush rolling grounds to Bovey Castle is like stepping into a romantic novel. From the neatly manicured lawns that slip down to the River Bovey to the wild beauty of Dartmoor beyond, the setting is nothing short of sublime. But the charms don’t end there. Bovey Castle itself sits high on a ridge overlooking miles of dramatic landscape. Built in 1907, the mansion is a vision of sweeping staircases, oak panelled walls and twinkling chandeliers; its vibrant and decadent sense of classic style is fused with modern comforts and flourishes of chic, contemporary design to create a lavish yet laidback ambience. Needless to say, the unique surrounds and sumptuous styling makes Bovey Castle a romantic backdrop for a wedding. Flexibility is key to the venue’s wedding service and civil ceremonies may take place in a choice of locations. The intimate opulence of the Library or the elegance of the Adam Room make equally dreamy settings for small ceremonies. The breathtaking Cathedral Room can accommodate up to 120 guests, the minstrel’s gallery, dramatic fireplace and views across the valley contributing to a regal sense of style. Should the sun shine, an al fresco ceremony may take place in the summerhouse, which is flanked by tall hedges and immaculate gardens. The Edwardian, with its romantic fusion of hand-painted silk wallpaper and art deco chandeliers, is the backdrop to the wedding breakfast. Whether you opt for a decadent banquet or relaxed dinner party, a bespoke menu will be tailored to your vision; you might even get creative and design your own wedding cocktail with the guidance of Bovey’s mixologist. If romance were a room, it would look something like The Easdon Suite. A mellow colour scheme of duck egg blue and cream, antique furnishings and a terrace overlooking the grounds comes with modern luxuries including state of the art bathrooms and a supremely comfortable bed. Imagine beginning the first chapter of married life drinking in the stirring beauty of a moorland wilderness, a million miles from the hubbub of the modern world. Heaven. Bovey Castle | North Bovey, Dartmoor National Park | 01647 445000



For breathtaking views‌

THE HORN OF PLENTY As you turn off a quiet country road and arrive at The Horn of Plenty, an elegant Georgian manor house, you are greeted by simply spectacular views across the Tamar Valley: lush meadows tumble into majestic woodland, the River Tamar snakes through the trees and, to the horizon, loom the heights of Bodmin Moor. The country house hotel embraces this beautiful location. The restaurant offers panoramic views across the valley, while a pretty veranda, cloaked with ivy, allows for al fresco drinks and dining against a forested backdrop. Set in five acres of idyllic gardens and wild orchards, the house is enveloped in a palpable sense of tranquillity, affording guests a blissful sojourn from the outside world. It makes for an intimate and highly personal wedding. Ceremonies may take place in a choice of three rooms: the drawing room, the restaurant or the library. Each room has a distinct character, from the cosiness and exposed beams of the library to the elegance of the drawing room with its chic champagne tones, dark polished woods and plush furnishings. You can look forward to an exquisite wedding breakfast from Head Chef Stuart Downie, who will tailor the menu to your tastes. Up to 80 people may be accommodated for a sit-down meal in the restaurant; for larger celebrations, the hotel has a fabulously located marquee site. Here, you may throw a grand bash for up to 200 guests with a blend of formidable views, fabulous food and an utterly bespoke wedding setting. There are ten bedrooms. The rooms of the main house fuse beautiful original features with vintage style and a palette of soft pastels. Opulent drapes, a spacious bathroom complete with a roll-top bath and a balcony with gorgeous vistas make for an achingly romantic bridal suite. The garden house rooms are contemporary in style, blending technology such as ViSpring beds and LCD televisions with designer fabrics and balconies overlooking the walled garden. The perfect scale for an exclusive use wedding, you may choose to spend a whole weekend enjoying the privacy and romanticism of this sublime corner of Devon. Imagine celebrating in gardens bursting with camellias, azaleas and rhododendrons in spring or lapping up the ambience of supping champagne before crackling log fires in winter. The Horn of Plenty | Gulworthy, Tavistock | 01822 832528 |



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The Venue EAST DEVON Avenues Restaurant Exmouth 01395 272277

Belmont Hotel Sidmouth 01395 512555

Bicton College East Budleigh 01395 562311

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




Arlington, nr Barnstaple 01271 851102

Sidmouth 01395 513252

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

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

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

ABode at The 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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Castle or country club? Historic home


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

Kathleen and May

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

The Hoe 01752 225511

Royal Plymouth Corinthians Yacht Club The Hoe

Dart Valley Railway


Crownhill Fort Crownhill Fort Road 01752 793754


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

Astor Hotel Bedford Hotel Tavistock 01822 613221



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01752 664327

Paignton 01803 553760

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

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

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.

Langdon Court Hotel . Adams Lane . Down Thomas . Plymouth . Devon . PL9 0DY Telephone: 01752 862 358 Email:



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

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

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CELEBRATE IN STYLE at STOODLEIGH COURT! Fabulous principal rooms. Licensed for civil marriages. Stunning grounds and breathtaking views. Set in the wonderful Devon countryside. Our brilliant new wedding packages make everything so completely affordable. Perfect for small or large numbers – mid-week or at weekends – and the packages make short-notice weddings an absolute breeze! Have your perfect day at Stoodleigh Court!


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feature | Post-wedding activities



Why limit the merriment to just one day? wed looks at indulgent, relaxed and adrenalinefuelled ways to extend your celebration words Rebecca Matthews

Photo Rosie Parsons

So the deed has been done. The photographs have been taken, the

from choosing the colour of the swags to hanging the bunting, it seems

champers has been quaffed. But, as you wake to your first day of married

criminal to take it all down after just one day. Throwing a marquee party

life, you can’t escape that nagging feeling: you want more.

affords you the opportunity to spend another day in your bespoke party palace. Serve up a barbecue or buffet, turn on some tunes, play some

How many brides have you heard wistfully lament, “It just went too fast”? After all

games and enjoyed a chilled out social with your nearest and dearest.

the planning and preparation, after the overdose of commotion and emotion, the day seems to be over in a flash. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Tea party A tea party is a relaxed and uber stylish way to wind down after the

A growing number of couples are choosing to extend their wedding celebrations

frenzy of the big day – not to mention a fabulous excuse to indulge in a

to a two or three day programme of feasting and socialising. And who can

scrumptious Devonshire cream tea. A DIY element adds to the chic factor

blame them? Some guests will probably travel miles to attend the wedding and,

so ask your guests to bring a plate of tea party staples, from sandwiches

with everyone from your photographer to your little bridesmaid vying for your

and fairy cakes to cream, scones and jam.

attention on the day itself, it’s difficult to spend quality time with everyone. Whether you envision a four-day extravaganza à la Wayne and Colleen or a laidback brunch the morning after, time spent chatting about the day’s events with family and friends can be as memorable and cherished as the day itself. But how do you follow the party of the year? The possibilities are endless, but here’s a starter for ten…

PARTY ON Fancy dress party After the fabulousness of the wedding day, and the galaxy of cocktail dresses and high heels, there’s something quite refreshing about getting togged up in an altogether different sense of the term ‘fancy dress’. Whether it’s a subtle flourish of fanciness or an outlandish head-to-toe affair, a fancy dress party is an instant ticket to a fun and celebratory vibe. For a personalised twist, consider opting for a theme that is specific to you as a couple.

Marquee party If you’ve spent many a painstaking hour deliberating over your marquee décor,

Lucy Turner and Sarah Wright followed up their marquee wedding celebration with a chilled out party. “We had a marquee wedding which meant that we had a ready made venue for the following day. We wanted a relaxed vibe with Bloody Mary reception drinks, a Tex-Mex style buffet, bring a bottle and casual

dress. It meant that everyone could unwind – especially those who had to make a speech the day before – and we had more time to properly

catch up with our guests. People have often travelled a long distance, so why not extend the celebrations to make the most of having your

nearest and dearest around you? The Southwest offers one of the best wedding backdrops in the country and we found that most of

our guests took full advantage of their long journey and turned it into a week’s holiday. Plus, we had the chance to wear two dresses rather

than one and an opportunity for another great party!”


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AND…POSE! What, more photos? Granted, the day of ‘I dos’ might have felt like a day in the life of Cheryl Cole, with the amount of snaps being taken of your every move. However, a photo session the day after the wedding is well worth consideration. Not only will you have more time to capture some images against a range of different backdrops, you’ll probably feel more relaxed and less conscious of keeping to a schedule. Photo Rosie Parsons

It might be a trash the dress style shoot, a chic bridal fashion shoot or the chance to capture some gorgeous portraits of the two of you in the first flush of newly wedded bliss.

CHILL OUT A day of indulgence, pampering and relaxation is a fabulous way to spend your first day of married life. Hit the spa with your new spouse, friends and family and enjoy a glorious day of chatting and chilling as your every whim is attended to. Perched in a sublime spot on the North Devon coast, The Saunton Sands Hotel offers a luxurious setting for a pamper day. Complete with indoor and outdoor pools and an extensive range of treatments from a bespoke Guinot facial to stone massage therapy, you’ll emerge feeling refreshed, radiant – and ready for your honeymoon.

GO AL FRESCO Spend some precious timeout with your loved ones amidst Devon’s glorious landscape. Hit the beach for group games and fire up a barbecue. Go for a ramble in the countryside and wind down with a cosy pub meal. Or escape to the wilds of Dartmoor armed with a picnic and a few bottles of champagne.


Nick and Hannah Brooks had a three-day wedding at Lee Abbey in North Devon. “We had been dating for five years when we got engaged and, when planning

our wedding, we knew we wanted to have an extended celebration. We both love the coast and, with Hannah’s family being from North Devon, we decided

to marry in her home church, Holy Trinity, Barnstaple. When the opportun ity arose for us to make use of The Beacon Outdoor Activity Centre, set in 280 acres of farm and woodland, overlooking the dramatic coastline near Lynton, we were thrilled! It was the perfect setting for our families to come together .   The activity centre offered various outdoor pursuits from team building

exercises like crate stacking to just plain simple zip wire fun. We set about tailoring the weekend to include sessions outdoors: for the Friday there

was tree abseiling and crate stacking to get friends and family bonding. On the Saturday morning prior to the ceremony, the speedy changers had the

opportunity to try out archery, wall climbing or high ropes. Then it was off to the church on a vintage bus for the wedding ceremony. On our return, we enjoyed the wedding breakfast followed by the evening entertainment: an acoustic set and then a DJ to dance the night away.

Tying the knot in the countryside? Then why not embrace the rural vibe with a programme of post-wedding country pursuits? Not only are such activities great for bonding, it’s a sure fire way to see off the sluggishness from the indulgence of the previous days and have great fun to boot. Nestled amidst rolling green Devonshire hills and mature woodland, Northcote Manor is an idyllic spot for hitting the great outdoors. A series of activities, from game fishing and golf to croquet and horse riding, can be arranged for al fresco fun. Stoodleigh Court boasts a similarly impressive location with panoramic views across Exmoor. While you’re there, have a go at archery or laser clay pigeon shooting for a memorable post-wedding wind down. Nestled in the heart of Dartmoor, Bovey Castle offers a bewildering choice of rural pursuits; try your hand at clay pigeon shooting, horse riding, fly fishing or rock climbing.



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A brilliant addition to the weekend was seeing everyone again, on the Sunday, married and in fancy dress, ready to attack the mountain boarding and zip

wire! It all ended with a roast dinner (after we’d changed back into our

wedding gear!) and we parted for photos in the Valley of the Rocks.

We wanted to make a weekend of our wedding so that all our family and friends could get together in one place where they could relax and get to

know one another over more than just the six or so hours of a typical wedding day. We still can’t get over how perfect it all was. The staff at the Centre

are all part of Lee Abbey Christian Community and excelled in serving us all weekend, from fire breathing on the beach the night before to tying us

together to be sent down the zip wire the morning after! It really was the best action-packed, fancy dress wedding weekend ever!”

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Itching to swap your posh togs for a wetsuit? Wash away that post-wedding bleariness with a surf while your less active pals take a walk or chill out at a

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beachside café. From Saunton Sands to Sidmouth, Devon offers a wide choice of

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HOP ON BOARD Imagine spending your first day as Mr and Mrs reclining on a boat, as breathtaking scenery rolls by and the fresh sea air fills your senses. A luxury boat charter is a unique and utterly indulgent way to relax with a select group of loved ones. Riviera Boat Charters will whisk you across the water in style; enjoy beautiful views across Lyme Bay, explore the tranquil waters of the River Dart and maybe stop off at a secluded cove and sup on champagne. You can also discover the beauty of the River Dart on board The Picnic Boat. Tuck into a delicious feast, whether it’s the ‘West Country Luxury Picnic’, the decadent ‘Seafood Heaven’ or a Devon cream tea, as you glide across the water and take in the sights. Heaven.

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Honeymooning closer to home is the new far-flung holiday. wed picks out Devon’s chic and truly unique getaways words Rebecca Matthews

Let’s face it – with all the talk of volcanic ash clouds, cabin crew strikes and carbon emissions, there’s never been a better time to honeymoon in Devon. And, given the choice of utterly idyllic places to stay, you can look forward to long dreamy days of relaxation with your new spouse without the headache of airports and endless journeys. Who needs the tropics anyway? From beach houses to country cottages, the choice is as hip as it is achingly distinctive. We’ve scoured the county to bring you the most inspired settings for some loved up downtime. Prepare to fall hook, line and sinker…



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The waterside getaway rest and Escape to this gloriously English bolthole on the South Devon coast for relaxation seasoned with a generous dose of fresh sea air. Perched in a sublime delicious location with views across the dramatic coastline, the boutique inn blends chic a with designed rooms gastro-pub food with eight crisp and contemporary twist of nautical style. vistas Recline on a deckchair and wile away a few heavenly hours soaking up the pools. rock the explore and on your own private terrace, pound the coastal path in a served Indulge in a pampering treatment in the spa before a romantic meal and fabulous glass pod with stunning views across miles of crystal clear waters coastline. Heaven. The Cary Arms


The beach house Watching a pod of dolphins playfully shimmy their way across the water from Burgh Island Hotel’s private Beach House must be one of the most achingly

romantic ways to spend your honeymoon.

First built in the 1930s as a writer’s retreat, Agatha Christie is amongst the most famous figures to be inspired by this sensational setting, while Wallis Simpson and Edward VII relished its seclusion and sense of romantic escapism. Rebuilt in 2007, the new incarnation is a sleek apartment-suite that literally hangs over the sea. The contemporary interiors are flooded with natural light while a snug bed boasts views across the water to Bantham Beach. Enjoy the deliriously beautiful vistas from sunrise to sunset with only the robins, cormorants, seagulls – and maybe the dolphins – for company. Burgh Island Hotel

The rural retreat Set amidst an idyllic stretch of organic gardens and woodland in North Devon, Catsheys guarantees total escapism and relaxation. With just two bedrooms, the boutique bed and breakfast is a fusion of light and airy spaces, original art and chic interiors combining vintage and modern furnishings. Choose between the warm tones and eclectic styling of the

Garden Room and the cool and contemporary luxuries of the Lilac Suite. Nestled between Dartmoor and Exmoor, there’s an abundance of beautiful destinations on the doorstep. Wile away a blissful few days of chilled togetherness in this tranquil spot: go for a ramble in the surrounding countryside, lounge by the solar-heated, outdoor pool or curl up by the fire with a book. Catsheys


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The contemporary suite Hidden in the grand and romantic climes of Combe House, the Linen Suite is a novel and beautifully atmospheric setting to enjoy a few days

of indulgence and relaxation. The original Victorian laundry has been

transformed into a modern suite with a spacious sitting room, chic bedroom and fabulous bathroom, the centrepiece of which is a huge

copper washtub with plenty of room for two. A mellow colour scheme, natural textures and crisp linens create a cool, chic ambience, while period

features such as a huge drying rack suspended from the ceiling enhance the rich sense of character. With acres of pretty gardens and meadows on the doorstep, exquisite

cuisine and a warm atmosphere, relish every moment of this sumptuous and truly memorable escape from the hubbub of the modern world. Combe House

The boutique cottage Tucked away in the historic village of North Bovey, Moorland View offers uber chic interiors amidst wildly dramatic surrounds. The thatched cottage is made for romance: beyond the characteristic oak beams and open log fire, there’s a copper bath for two and decadent details from the ornate mirrors to the gorgeous wallpaper. Choose from a selection of specially designed honeymoon packages; the Agent Provocateur package includes Parisian lace-hold ups, a blindfold and scented candles, while the Classic cottage package offers an indulgent blend of pink champagne on ice, handmade chocolate truffles and rose petals for the bath. Take a bracing walk on the moor or even a hot air balloon flight from the garden and return to a three-course meal cooked by a private chef in your cosy love nest. Bliss. Moorland View



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Anne and Brad must have had the warmest day of the year for their wedding. By lunchtime, the temperature was 28.5 degrees, and beautifully sunny. It was a fantastic day to photograph their wedding, and I was able to capture a really great set of images in my signature style of shooting straight into the light. This really sets the photographs off, with lovely highlights which made Anne’s skin glow, and brightly lit out of focus backgrounds showing the beauty of one of Devon’s finest wedding venues. Anne was really quite nervous about being photographed, though very quickly she realised that it was actually a lot of fun... “Andrew is an incredibly skilled and unique photographer. He was both professional and fun in the run up to our wedding and throughout the day itself, capturing the most amazing natural photos. He certainly knows how to make people feel comfortable in front of the camera, as I very quickly felt relaxed and almost forgot he was even there! You’ve no idea how camera shy I normally am!

We knew after first meeting Andrew we could completely trust him to deliver exactly what we wanted. On the day, he managed his time perfectly, capturing fantastic pictures first time leaving us to enjoy the day with our guests. Not long after our wedding we received our utterly beautiful Queensberry Album. We knew the album Andrew would present us with would look great, but we didn’t realise until it arrived quite how fantastic it would be. We didn’t think we could ever look that good, and now it is so lovely to have such beautiful memories which we can look at over and over again. The service we received just completely exceeded our expectations. We have just celebrated our first wedding anniversary, and I just wanted to thank Andrew again for doing such a wonderful job of our wedding pictures. Everyone still comments on how great the pictures look, and I believe it was one of the best investments we have ever made, as the pictures just get more precious with time. “I truly cannot recommend Andrew enough, and overall we’ve made a real friend who’ll we will stay in touch with.” For inspiration and advice on planning your perfect day, visit or call him on 07972 707337.

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merriment in may Sarah and Wayne The setting of Sarah and Wayne’s meeting was a London bar. She was so instantly smitten, she whispered “he’s mine” to her friend before grabbing him and stealing him away from his friends to embark on an impromptu pub-crawl around the capital. The couple got hitched on May Day, which was also Sarah’s sister’s 21st birthday. Preparing at her Aunt’s house was a frantic affair: the power cut out mid-way through which, combined with a series of other minor mishaps, led to a rush down the aisle – 35 minutes late and minus the bouquets. “I ended up racing down the aisle with my father’s buttonhole!” she says. Meanwhile, one of the ushers raced back to retrieve the flowers. A medley of Maori, African and Georgian wedding songs were performed by local choir, Global Harmony (in homage to Sarah’s Australian and Wayne’s South African roots) in the gorgeous setting of St. Mary’s Church in Totnes. “We wanted a unique reception so we hired the garden of a local estate with stunning views across the rolling hills of Devon and the River Dart.” Sarah bought the flowers (mango calla lilies, cherry brandy roses and kangaroo paw) wholesale for her mother to arrange in accordance with the exotic turquoise and mango orange colour scheme. Fran of Fran-tastic Paella provided a sumptuous banquet of tapas and white sangria for the guests’ arrival followed by bountiful offerings of seafood and meat paellas. She also whipped up bacon and eggs towards the end of the evening on her paella pans to the delight of partygoers. After the cutting of the cake, the newlyweds took to the dance floor for their first dance to UB40’s ‘I Can’t Help Falling In Love’. A DJ from Your Big Event maintained the party mood on the dance floor into the early hours. As the couple had so many guests from abroad in attendance, they rented out seven cottages at Pitt Farm and spent the week celebrating with them in supreme chilled-out style. The couple recalls their favourite details and advice from the day. “We named the tables after famous volcanoes because the volcano erupting in Iceland almost prevented some of our guests from attending!” Yet beyond the mishaps, their day was a resounding success and they urge couples to “keep your sense of humour. If anything goes wrong just laugh and think what a funny story it will make later on. Don’t let little blips stain your day.”

The venue St Mary’s Church in Totnes The dress Victoria Jane from Ring O’Roses Photography Kirstin Prisk 01209 211821 |



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down by the river Sam and Rob Pulses were indeed raised when Sam and Rob met at their local gym. Romance flourished and, after the question had been popped, the duo opted for two venues to celebrate their unique wedding, which was a hands-on collaboration by everyone involved. Whitehouse was their first venue. “We fell in love with the stripped back, eclectic sophistication and the hotel’s combination of modern and retro furnishings and I think that became our theme,” says Sam. With the couple being avid surfers, its close proximity to the coast was ideal, especially since Rob wanted something as close to a beach wedding as possible. Sam’s gorgeous Charlotte Balbier gown flattered her baby bump. The wedding breakfast and speeches followed the ceremony; guests were invited to dig into shared platters of cold meats and vegetarian dishes followed by potato gnocchi with chilli dressing or a choice of chicken or lamb with seasonal vegetables. Dessert was sticky toffee pudding with cream or poached pears with chocolate sauce. The party relocated to the Dart Explorer boat for the evening reception, cruising from Dartmouth to Totnes along the beautiful River Dart. Live band The Man from Funkle provided a funky and upbeat set, ensuring that the entire boat was on their feet for their ‘Sex on Fire’ finale. A surprise musical interlude occurred mid-way through the evening when Rob and the band serenaded Sam with Ray LaMontagne’s ‘You Are The Best Thing’. A honeymoon was never a feasible option due to Sam’s pregnancy. However, a friend generously offered the use of a luxury villa in the Algarve as a wedding gift so they were able to spend a “blissful ten days before the big day doing nothing but enforced chilling. It allowed us just to get excited and reflect on what the wedding was really all about for us: celebrating our love and new life together with our amazing families and friends.” Sam and Rob advise others to “make the most of the people’s skills around you and consider relinquishing complete control of the day! Your friends and family will want to be involved and if you can see the preparations as an opportunity to work with people on different aspects it can make the day itself more special and allow you to keep the budget to a minimum. Our wedding was never just about us – we always wanted it to be as inclusive as it could be.”

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vintage romance Emilia and Matt “I have been interested in weddings from a very young age; my mum is a florist and I think I was influenced by seeing her create wedding flowers for happy brides to be.” As a result, Emilia has worked for a wedding magazine, a bridal designer and the website Confetti. However, when Matt popped the question out of the blue, she still didn’t have a clear idea of a wedding theme. “All we knew for certain was we wanted to create a very relaxed and informal vibe,” she says. The couple eventually settled on a country chic wedding in the beautiful grounds of her parents’ North Devon home. Inspired by a vintage theme, Emilia included a garden party twist by incorporating an array of flowers. “Everything in the marquee was kept very simple with large cream jugs as centrepieces and a mixture of beautiful pink peonies and white avalanche roses blended with green foliage to create a natural and rustic look.” Emilia’s collection of vintage china inspired the colour scheme of green, pink and yellow, while strings of bunting and floral fabric napkins crafted by Emilia’s mum brought a handmade quality to the decor. A gorgeous headband from Emmy complemented Emilia’s David Fielden dress and the bridesmaids wore one-shoulder chiffon yellow dresses teamed with cream heels. Emilia and her dad arrived at St Peter’s Church in a lemon yellow campervan. After the ceremony – “the vicar saying the best man’s name instead of my husband’s made for a few laughs!” – guests enjoyed a glass of Pimm’s in the sunshine at Emilia’s parents’ home. A tea party of fresh Devon heart-shaped scones, cupcakes, sandwiches and pots of tea followed and champagne toasts were served in vintage 1930s’ style champagne glasses. In the evening, guests tucked into a delicious fish and chips supper. The day had a real summer festival vibe; guests relaxed in the sunshine, swilling champagne, playing games and dancing, while local singer Amy Newton performed an ambient repertoire. “This was a real highlight and everyone was blown away by how great Amy was”. Morris dancers (Exmoor Border Dancers) provided a surprise for Matt, while incorporating a traditional Devon element. In the evening, Matt’s DJ friend got the party started; afterwards, the newlyweds retired to an idyllic cottage to reflect on their perfect day. “Limit the people you take dress shopping as you don’t want your bridal party influencing your decision,” Emilia advises other brides. “Choose your wedding photographer carefully! Rebecca Roundhill made our wedding extra special and surpassed all my expectations.” She adds, “I was happy we had arranged a barbecue the next day so I had the chance to speak to my guests after the whirlwind of our wedding day.”

The venue St Peter’s Church in Bratton Fleming followed by a marquee reception at Emilia’s parents’ home The dress David Fielden from The Bespoke Wardrobe, Essex 01245 225500 | The flowers Twigs Flowers 01271 326267 | Photography Rebecca Roundhill 07855 576687 |



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cosy in the country Melissa and Glenn Having first met at a design company over a decade ago, Melissa and Glenn got engaged on Christmas morning six years later. It was only natural, then, that their creative minds would collaborate for a selfdesigned and very detailed DIY do. Opting for a colour scheme of purples, minks and pinks, they decorated their luxury cottage venue with pink rose fairy lights, colourful bunting and dishes of lilac-wrapped chocolates in addition to Melissa’s handmade nametags comprising lilac napkins, purple polka dot ribbons and purple feathers. Her mum also prepared a white wooden birdcage adorned with ribbons and flowers that was placed beside the wedding cake. Glenn stayed at a nearby B&B with his mum the night before as the couple opted to remain apart “to make it more special”. Melissa reflects on waking up on the wedding day, “It was a beautiful dewy morning with sunlight flooding over the grounds. It felt so special to see pheasants roaming freely around the garden”. The ceremony featured ‘One Day Like This’ by Elbow as their song and two readings. “It was just the small and intimate wedding we wanted it to be”. Leaving their guests to happily snack on canapés and sup champagne, the couple headed to the river for photographs. Dinner was a delicious affair: seafood cocktail or warm goats cheese salad with pancetta was followed by pan-fried duck breast with potatoes dauphinoise or roast Devon beef and Yorkshire pudding. Dessert followed by form of sticky toffee pudding served with honeycomb ice cream and lemon tart served with vanilla ice cream. The sumptuous serving more than satisfied, whetting appetites for the amusing speeches that followed. Children were entertained with goodie bags filled with party toys, colouring books and crayons. A light buffet was served in the evening and, as a finale, a stunning fireworks display wowed the party whilst the surprise addition of magic lanterns from Melissa’s sister proved a “very romantic and memorable end to a perfect day”. The pair spent their honeymoon in Kuramathi in The Maldives. Reflecting on the day, Melissa comments, “Standing in the river Exe in my wedding dress and Glenn in his suit with our wellies on knowing we had just got married and were about to celebrate with our nearest and dearest felt just amazing.” Their top advice? “Soak up as much of the day as you can to capture as many memories as possible. It goes much faster than you think it will!”

The venue Hatswell Meadows, Tiverton 01803 394259 | The dress Monsoon Bridal The flowers Farm Flowers of Tiverton 01884 258122 | Photography Lucy Shergold 01237 420828 |



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fabulous on the farm Rose and Michael A tractor, a hog roast, a local country dance band and a barrel of homemade farmhouse cider – Rose and Michael’s wedding was every inch a traditional rural affair. And the bride’s parents’ farm in South Devon made for a perfect marquee location, particularly given its close proximity to the beautiful 13th century St. Martin’s Church where Rose’s parents and grandparents had tied the knot. It was a case of all hands on deck to prepare the site and decorate the marquee. Hurricane vases holding cream pillar candles and encircled with flowers made for striking table centrepieces. Rose wore a classic A-line dress with a heart-shaped bust encrusted with gems. Her shower bouquet was a medley of classic white flowers and green foliage, while the bridesmaids held hand-tied bouquets and the flower girls held sweet pea posies. Amidst glorious sunshine, the bride rode up to the church sat on a hay bale on a decorated farm trailer, while her father drove the tractor. “After a lovely ceremony we made our way back to the marquee for Pimm’s and homemade farmhouse cider which Michael and I had made from the orchard on the farm,” says Rose. The couple’s horse even played a central role in proceedings, “Tally didn’t bat an eyelid at having me heaved up on her for photographs and the dress flapping around her!” The buffet started with French bread and olives stuffed with sundried tomatoes, followed by a selection of cold meats, salmon, salads and new potatoes. Fresh fruit meringue baskets served with Devonshire clotted cream made a fitting dessert. Given the country theme and the fact that the couple run Hot Hogs Spitroast Catering, it was entirely fitting that the party tucked into a hog roast in the evening; a chocolate fountain and cheese board provided further indulgence. Local country dance band, Rumpus, got everyone into the party mood, and upbeat tunes and high jinks ensued. “The music had everybody up dancing and swinging about!” reflects Rose. A DJ ensured the party continued into the early hours of the morning. The couple shortly departed for their honeymoon on the Greek island of Rhodes. 
 For Rose, delegation was key to the day’s success. “Enlist the help of friends and family,” she advises. “They love to be included and it adds that extra special touch to the day.”

The venue St. Martins Church, Sherford followed by a marquee reception at the bride’s family farm The dress Phil Collins Bridal at Aphrodite Brides, Ivybridge 01752 895353 The flowers Bloomers Florist, Kingsbridge 01548 856700 Photography Martyn Norsworthy 01548 854044



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welcome to wonderland Sinead and Stephen Alice in Wonderland made a fabulously flamboyant source of inspiration for childhood sweethearts Sinead and Stephen’s wedding, the quirky details from the tale infusing their celebration with a magical atmosphere. Sinead arrived in appropriately dreamy style at Ugbrooke House in a horsedrawn carriage. Dressed in a gorgeous Alice Temperley gown and exquisite headpiece, her bridesmaids took their style cue from the theme in their blue dresses teamed with white accessories. A friend conducted the ceremony in the chapel. “We were legally married beforehand,” says Sinead. “This meant we had freedom in what was said and the readings chosen. It made for a relaxed atmosphere and a very personal ceremony.” Exeter University Soul Choir performed Des’ree’s ‘Kissing You’ and Destiny’s Child ‘Emotions’ and, as a finale, Sister Act’s ‘I Will Follow Him’. The Wonderland theme really came into its own during the reception. With Exeter University Jazz Band providing the tunes, guests were treated to Kir Royales and a Mad Hatter’s tea party in the orangery where a delectable array of cakes, sweets, chessboard sandwiches, absinthe and pomegranate jellies and Devon cream teas were served. “Guests could wander around the gardens or sit in a yurt on a giant mushroom,” says Sinead. “We planned to play human chess and croquet with toy hedgehogs on the lawn but it started to rain so we brought the buffet forward.” Sinead made an array of Alice-themed dishes for the buffet, for example, salmon en croute in the shape of a turtle signified the ‘mock turtle’ while pâté in oyster shells represented the ‘little oysters’ from the walrus story. There were also two cheese wedding cakes and a hog roast later in the evening. Small ‘drink me’ bottles of liqueur inspired by the flavours Alice tasted in her drink – butterscotch for hot buttered toast and cherry brandy for cherry tart – made for fabulous favours. Pocket watches hung from the table centrepieces, wine was poured from vintage teapots and guests drank from teacups. Despite being scribbled in a rush after the ceremony, Stephen’s speech was a triumph. “I think because he’d had no time to prepare it, it was natural and heartfelt – it was still a risky strategy!” The couple jetted off to the tropical paradise of Madagascar for a month. Reflecting on their wedding, Sinead advises, “Don’t be afraid to change things on the day. We had to alter everything when it started raining but if you’re relaxed about the order, no one will notice if things get moved about.”

The venue Ugbrooke House, Chudleigh 01626 852179 | The dress Alice Temperley The flowers Simply Flowers, Bovey Tracey 01626 833373 | Photography Janine Hall Photography 01752 841741 |



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modern fairytale Gemma and Chris Together since their teenage years when they became sweethearts at boarding school, Gemma and Chris celebrated their marriage with a three-day wedding in the fairytale setting of Bickleigh Castle. On the Friday evening, the couple organised a casino night with roulette, blackjack, music and prizes so that guests could gather and mingle at their leisure prior to the day of ‘I dos’. The pair chose a classic colour scheme of cream and vintage pink, which was carried by the bride’s bouquet of cream and pink roses as well as other minutiae throughout the venue. On the morning of the wedding, Gemma picked fresh rose petals for the confetti in the grounds with her flower girls, then supped champagne and munched on croissants while getting ready in the bridal suite. Meanwhile, the groom’s party walked to the pub for a pint before the civil ceremony in the Great Hall. A blessing followed in the on-site chapel before drinks and photos on the lawn. Gemma recalls one of her most memorable moments, “My younger brother James gave me away and gave an incredibly moving speech at the wedding breakfast. In all the excitement Chris and I didn’t eat any of our own wedding cake – although we were told it was delicious!” Guests dined on warm feta cheese tartlet, chicken filled with mozzarella and basil wrapped in parma ham, and dark and white chocolate mousse for dessert. There later followed a hog roast, disco and a surprise fireworks display, much to everyone’s delight. Gemma and Chris had a wonderful multi-trip honeymoon. Nine nights on safari in Kenya, where they stayed at a number of reserves and parks including Treetops and the Masai Mara, was followed by eleven days on the island of Lamu before jetting back to commence married life together. They advise other couples to “invest in the best photographer you can – you will look back on photos of your wedding day for years to come. And make sure you eat your cake!”

The venue Bickleigh Castle, Tiverton 01884 855363 | The dress Aire’s Vintage Range, Madrid The flowers Westcountry Wedding Flowers 01884 855309 | Photography Harrera Images 01884 235945 |



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elegance in the country Catherine and Martin A gorgeous blend of light aqua and cream set the tone for Catherine and Martin’s country chic wedding, which took place in the dramatic setting of The Great Barn. The light aqua theme carried through the bridesmaid dresses, the groomsmen’s ties and the stationery, while a mass of country garden flowers – such as peonies, roses and hydrangeas in white and cream – oozed elegance. Having met six years ago in Exeter, the couple got engaged in style at their favourite champagne house in France. This inspired their table names. “The centrepieces each had a bottle of champagne which matched the table name for guests to open themselves and enjoy for the toast,” says Catherine. Guests arrived to the romantic sound of the Exe Valley String Quartet who also provided the soundtrack to the drinks reception. The union was toasted with Pimm’s and lemonade, sparkling wine, Magners and delicious canapés on the lawn. Some guests enjoyed a few games of croquet, giant Jenga and quoits. Dartmoor Kitchen delivered a sumptuous feast. The canapés of lemon sole goujons, spiced lamb kebabs and monkfish wrapped in courgette were followed by a beef carpaccio starter and a lemon and herb roast chicken main course. “Then we had the most wonderful chocolate wedding cake made by Annelise Harris for dessert,” says Catherine. Guests received Cancer Research UK pin badges as favours after the couple made a donation to the charity. “After the wedding breakfast we retired to the courtyard where guests enjoyed Cuban cigars and liquors.” A vintage ice cream seller and barrels of Otter Ale provided further sensory satisfaction. A disco stoked up the party atmosphere for the evening celebrations; alongside a hog roast and West Country cheese platters, guests departed with full bellies and high spirits. A luxurious honeymoon followed: an exotic break in Maui, Hawaii included three nights in Las Vegas en route and three nights in San Francisco on the way back. Catherine offers some wise words for couples in the midst of planning their celebration, “While cost is important, always look at the product and service you will receive. Sometimes it is better to pay for quality and then cut back on something you can make or do yourself.”

The venue The Great Barn, Higher Ashton 01647 252552 | The dress Anaya from The Bridal Emporium, Exeter 01392 493814 | The flowers Emma Vowles 01803 866831 | Photography Andrew Coulter 056017 11335 |



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Q: I’m struggling with ideas for ‘something borrowed, something blue’ as I don’t want them to be obvious in any way. Do you have any ideas?

wedding cake. My mum thinks it

Q: I’ve just got engaged and the date has

A: This can be tricky, which is why so many people end up with a blue garter as it is hidden from view. At a recent wedding, the mother-of-

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there. It was something the family had done for the last three generations, so was fast becoming a lovely tradition.

been set for 2012 to give us time to save up. As I’m from Cornwall and my fiancé is from

Somerset, I’m worried that we will have two separate groups of people on the day and I want everyone to join together.

A: The best weddings are those where everyone mingles and has a real party. I suggest that you start by having an engagement party if you

haven’t already. And then, over the next couple of years, try to get both sides of the family and

friends together for as many reasons as you can,

as it’s not too far to travel. Don’t forget to invite all the girls to the hen night and all the boys to

the stag night, as this will definitely bring you all

Q: We have decided to ask for money or gift vouchers instead of wedding presents. I know that a lot of people do this now, but is there any way of asking nicely?

A: There are lots of ways. You could say ‘Please don’t feel obliged to give us a gift – all we really want is to have a lovely wedding which we can share with our friends and family’, or ‘Your presence is more important than a present’. There are also plenty of poems that you can use, many with a touch of humour that you can personalise. Check out any of the wedding planning websites for ideas.

A: There are so many choices and the best cake makers will come up with ideas you would never have thought of. You could have rich Belgian chocolate cake, which can double up as dessert. You could have individual cup cakes with a variety of fillings and edible sparkly icing, or novelty cakes, a croquembouche or individual chee secakes. If you want to keep the traditionalists happy, you could have a fruitcake for the bott om layer and a chocolate cake, sponge or carro t cake for additional layers.


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My mum thinks it should be a traditional fruitcake, but my fiancé and I really don’t like it.

confetti and have pictures taken? A: Ask your driver to stop when you are five minutes away from the reception venue and ask him to call your best man. Your best man can then round everyone up and get them ready for when you arrive. Or, if you can’t go anywhere

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