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Love and Friendship – a beautiful Devon wedding at Shilstone House

Alice and Matt chose lots of delicate and pretty DIY touches for their beautiful Devon wedding. From the handmade bunting to the fantastic cheese cake, this is a wedding with a personal and loving atmosphere. I love how Alice and Matt wrote their table plan on the day of the wedding! – not recommended, as Alice says in her wedding report (towards the end of today’s feature) – but it proves you don’t have to spend a fortune to show your guests to their seats!

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The lovely images of Matt and Alice’s wedding are by Story & Colour wedding photography. Thank you Dan and Laura for sharing the images, and huge hugs to today’s gorgeous bride and groom Alice and Matt. Congratulations! Claire xxx
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Wedding venue:

Shilstone House, Devon

Wedding photographer:

Dan Corbett. We cannot recommend Dan highly enough. Neither of us particularly likes posing for photos, and one of my pet wedding hates is a wedding photographer who dances around in the ceremony with a huge camera lens taking photos with a loud flash! Dan was perfect for us as he was the opposite of this! He was totally unobtrusive and the result is lots of lovely natural shots. http://storyandcolour.co.uk/

How long did you spend planning your wedding?

9 months, but very spasmodic approach to planning. We did most stuff in the week leading up to it, which was a little stressful!

Invitations and stationery:

Invites handmade by my sister with a lovely printing block she had designed.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

Yes, of course!

Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:

A net veil with tiny seed pearls at the base, Benjamin Adams peek-toe shoes. My something blue was a Tanzanite pendant necklace & drop earrings designed by my mum – tanzanite my parents had brought back from a holiday in Tanzania ten years ago

The groom wore:

A grey suit (from Thailand) and waistcoat from Tom Sawyer (Totnes)

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

Dessy dresses – the same dress, but in 4 slightly different vintage-y colours – rose, celandon, cloudy & palamino – I didn’t want them to have to wear the same as I thought I would be a freaked out by 4 girls in identical dresses! They wore their own shoes & had white pashminas from me.

Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?

I was going to go all DIY but my mum persuaded me to try a professional and I am so glad I did – it was really fun and the end result was a lot better than any DIY – but I still felt “like me” as Jeanette & Nicola created a lovely classic but natural look.

Wedding flowers:

Emma Vowles, Totnes. We worked on a really natural look and I was thrilled with what she produced

The ceremony:

A civil ceremony at Shilstone house, we aren’t religious

Wedding readings?

Love & Friendship by Emily Bronte, and extracts from The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman – my favourite book.

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

My mum made 1001 beautiful bunting flags of vintage fabrics, from our nursery curtains and tied with white ribbon. Shilstone has a wonderful Mughal-style marquee and they looked very pretty there. We didn’t need much decoration other than that.

The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?

We’re not really big cake fans, so instead had a 5-tiered cake of cheeses, which we decorated with flowers and boughs from the apple tree in our garden. Served with specialist chutneys and organic bread from the Riverford farm

Entertainment:

A fantastic band, the Mojo Gang. What an amazing lead singer!

On the day tips and advice:

Don’t leave table plans until the last day, not fun!

Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:

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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  • Caitlyn | The Aerialist Press
    5 years ago

    This is so stunning! Love shilstone house.

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