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They say a picture is worth a thousand words – here I share some of my favourite pictures of our wedding day
I realized the other day that although I’ve written extensively about our wedding, I’ve not really shared too many pictures of our special day. I didn’t have any posts planned for valentines day so I thought it might be nice time to share some of these images and some info about the suppliers that made our wedding day so special. Even now, 18 months after we got married I still love nosing at other people’s wedding pictures so I hope you enjoy taking a look at mine!
We were lucky enough to have a fantastic photographer, so all credit for the majority of these images goes to him.
Photographs by Adam Rumble www.adamrumble.co.uk
Long before we actually got married we knew that we wanted to get hitched somewhere a bit different. There are several beautiful wedding venues near where we live but we longed for something more interesting and unique. So we started looking further afield and found a couple of venues we liked in nearby Devon. The first we looked at was a total no go. Ridiculously expensive and offered very little in the way of, well anything.
The Second venue we viewed was Colehayes Park which is just outside Bovey Tracey. I think we knew as soon as we pulled up outside we wouldn’t need to look anywhere else. We took a tour of the house in fell love. The biggest selling point was that we could do whatever we wanted. Hire our catering. Choose our own decor. Once you arrive the house is yours to as wish with, the owners do pop in and out if needed, but they also leave you to it. It also provided masses of accommodation, sleeping 82 as well as private cottage that slept a further 13. Hire of the house Friday to Monday in September cost £4,500 for 40 guests.
Again, not wanting to shy away from doing exactly what we wanted on our wedding day we hired an independent wedding celebrant to conduct our ceremony. David Parker was a friend of ours who did this for a living and although he couldn’t legally marry us on the day, we opted for a quickie 2+2 registry office ceremony the day before to sort the legal side of things. Read more about using a celebrant and exactly what’s involved here.
Originally we had planned to get married outside underneath an ancient and rare cork tree in one of the gardens at Colehayes. Unfortunately the weather had other plans! Torrential rain for the entire day of wedding meant we had to get married inside instead.
Colehayes Park has the most beautiful grounds and we were lucky enough to the rain let up long enough in the afternoon for us to be able to sneak out and get a few pictures taken.
Firstly we decided to forgo traditional canapes on our wedding day and instead served bar snacks – it seemed fitting as we both worked in a pub at the time. We bought things like scampi fries, cheesy moments and pork scratching’s and then filled large kilner jars with mixed nuts and pretzels so guests could just help themselves. These went down really well and also meant that they could be left our all afternoon and evening – perfect for soaking up too much alcohol later in the day.
Our wedding cake was made my husband’s auntie and as we were having so much sponge cake with the afternoon tea, we opted for her famous Rice Krispie and Mars Bar cake instead. The Cake topper was custom made.
We opted for an afternoon tea for our wedding breakfast – in part to keep costs down and also because, who doesn’t like cake!
In the evening we opted for a swing band called Hot Shoes Swing. They were fab and learned our first dance song – Listen to the Man by George Ezra. We also chose to have a hand-fasting ceremony in the evening, for no reason other than we wanted to.
Venue: Colehayes Park – http://www.colehayes.co.uk/
Photographer: Adam Rumble www.adamrumble.co.uk
Band: The Hot Shoes – http://www.hotshoesswing.com/
Suits: Next –http://www.next.co.uk/
Brides Dress: Mori Lee – https://www.morilee.com/browse/bridal-wedding-dresses/ Veil – Vintage
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