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A pretty, relaxed garden party wedding in Devon

Simon and Lucie’s garden party wedding is amazing and then some! I adore this couple because they managed to balance everything so perfectly – it looks amazing, but the focus is still on family, friends and celebration. I’ve a feeling you’ll adore this wedding feature just as much as I do – it’s wonderful.

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The images are beautiful, so I will let those speak for themselves. The wedding photographer is Mark from Evolve Photography in Devon – a lovely guy and a busy one as well… he’s getting married in a week or so to Natasha from Pumpkin and Pye! Good luck guys 🙂

Huge congratulations to the lovely Lucie and Simon, and thank you for sharing your day with us on the English Wedding Blog. It’s beautiful and your wedding report is heartwarming. I wish you both the very, very best for a wonderful future together!
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Wedding venue:

Old Forde House, Newton Abbot for the ceremony followed by a marquee reception at the bride’s family home in Maidencombe, Devon

Wedding photographer:

Mark at Evolve Photography www.facebook.com/evolvepics

How would you describe your wedding style?

A pretty, relaxed garden party to celebrate with family and friends.

A little about the wedding ceremony:

The ceremony turned out to be an unexpected highlight of the day. The registrar was very laid back, engaging and pitched the service just right for the packed out long-room at Forde House. There was so much support in the room and we both enjoyed the short service which was full of love and laughter. We loved exiting the beautiful building as husband and wife into the stunning sunshine – with a glass of bubbly and huge bunch of balloons in hand!

Which readings did you choose?

On Your Wedding Day and You are the Bubbles – both by anonymous authors. Read beautifully by the Bride’s brother and Groom’s sister-in-law.

Tell us a little about your wedding venue styling and details:

The Caunter family celebrated 40 years in Maidencombe this year. The beautiful gardens of the family home was an obvious choice for pitching a marquee and celebrating such a memorable day. Obviously we were dependent on the weather being fair and it didn’t disappoint! GD Hire of Exeter worked tirelessly to erect one of their panoramic windowed marquees – they had to use a crane and literally work through the night to compensate for the lack of direct access to the site!

Lucie made her Pinterest boards come alive by working with local suppliers to create a day to remember.

‘My sister (who got married a couple of years ago) advised me to stick to my vision and I just went with what I thought was pretty without trying to conform to a theme.

I wanted everything to be relaxed, a bit fun and we also had to find a way to entertain the 21 children we had invited so that they would be happy and their parents could relax. A photobooth and a basket of Nerf weapons did the trick. It helped that a family member is a children’s entertainer and he did an amazing job of occupying all the children during the speeches

The beautiful garden that my parents have both spent years tending to was the biggest inspiration and we brought more plants and flowers over from our own house to complement it. We both enjoyed little DIY projects to bring the venue alive.

Louise at Wild Floral Designs was an inspiration to work with. She helped me to talk through my vision and supported my changing mind and sometimes wacky ideas until we came up with something cohesive for the table centerpieces. The flowers she provided really complimented all the hearts, ribbons and bunting that filled the blank canvas of the marquee.

Invitations and reception stationery:

In the Treehouse (based in Tavistock) worked exhaustively to create bespoke stationery based on one of their existing designs. They really helped me to create something we loved and was really personal. The resulting design was used as the basis for every design and color decision made for the venue and even the outfits. It was really helpful to have something to use as a reference!

Wedding music and entertainment:

Devon DJ provided the evening disco and were really efficient and discreet. Simon really enjoyed putting together the play lists for the drinks reception and special requests for the evening. We were really impressed by the online portal that allowed us to upload all our specific requests ahead of time. Their new white DJ booth looked great in the marquee and didn’t detract from the pretty decor.

What did you both wear?

Lucie’s dress is Ian Stuart‘s gorgeous Cadillac gown, which she bought from the Bridal Rooms in Wellswood. Her shoes are by Rachel Simpson – Flo. She wears a hair piece from a selection at Bridal Rooms, Wellswood and jewellery from Vintage Styler.

Simon wears a custom made Nevis tweed suit from Booksters Tailoring. His shoes are Loake Brogues and his cravat is from Swagger & Swoon

Memorable wedding day moments:

  • Realising that all the planning and preparation had come together and everyone and everything looked beautiful!
  • Looking around our family garden and seeing all our family and friends relaxed and enjoying themselves.
  • Seeing everyone enjoying the photobooth and the cool and quirky accessories provided by Just Propped Up.
  • Taking the time to head up into the fields and around the village to spend some time together before heading back to the reception. It was amazing to be able to have photographs taken where we have both spent so much time in the past walking the dogs and where we can continue to visit and know that it was such a special part of our day.
  • We had both really enjoyed the dance lessons we took at Dance Works, Newton Abbot. They taught us a really simple routine which gave us the boost we needed to relax and really enjoy our first dance together.
  • Tucking ito the amazing food created by Dartmoor Kitchen. The family style dining experience of the Devon feast meant that everybody could enjoy the meal at their own pace – including the children! Lots of people commented on the food and it’s incredible what they were able to create out of such a small and seemingly cramped space! The service was impeccable and the beautiful Rosie ran the day perfectly!
  • Being shot with Nerf darts and spinning in my dress on the dance floor!

Wedding day advice:

  • Simon says – just go for it! Don’t hold back and treat yourself for the day.
  • Take dance lessons together
  • Lucie says – remember to get some rest in the build up to the day
  • If children are included (especially your own) , make sure they are entertained and happy. Everything else takes care of itself after that!
  • If you can imagine it, you can make it happen – whatever the budget, you just might need to be a bit creative

Recommended wedding suppliers:

(with FB links where available)

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in 2011 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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