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Pete and Claire’s rustic barn wedding in Devon, with Butterfly Photography

Pete and Claire are one of those couples who instantly make me smile. They’re a perfect match, absolutely gorgeous and their smiles warm my heart. They styled a rustic barn wedding at The Barn at South Milton, and together with family and friends created a wonderful day full of personality and charm.
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Claire and Pete poured their hearts into styling a really beautiful day, and I love the little details: the seasonal flowers, handmade paper stars, printed napkins, bunting and logs full of flowers are just adorable!
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All images are by lovely Ashling at Butterfly Photography. Do visit Ashling’s website and check her out on facebook too!

Before we dive in I’d like to say a huge thank you to gorgeous bride and groom Claire and Pete, and also to Ashling for kindly sharing images of this wonderful wedding. Enjoy!
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Your names:

Pete and Claire Knight

Your wedding photographer’s website:

www.butterflyphotography.co.uk

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?

Very happy

Wedding venue:

St Thomas Church, Dodbrooke

The Barn at South Milton

Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?

Everything we had wished for and a little bit more.

What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?

Amazing!

Your wedding style and theme:

Rustic and traditional

Any happy tears on the day?

The bride’s father was a little teary on seeing the bride in her dress for the first time. Tears from bride and groom at the entrance in the church, walking down the aisle.

How did the two of you meet?

We first met whilst at university. We remained friends for several years and when seeing in the New year with Pete and his friends in 2012 we got together again. After a holiday to Ireland and Pete moving to Devon the rest is history.

How long did you spend planning your wedding?

18 months

Best bit of budget advice?

Accept that you will have to make compromises

Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:

Pete is great at computer design. So together we designed our invites, order of service and children’s activity book that all followed the same theme.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

I fell in love as soon as I tried it on. Every time we look at the wedding photos I fall in love again and want to put it on.

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

The bridal boutique was Angel Face at Buckfastleigh. The dress designer is Phoenix Gowns

Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:

Trish Thomas (www.trishthomasjewlellery.co.uk) made me a fresh river pearl double band and classic clasp bracelet to match the river pearl drop earrings I got from her several years ago. My hair piece I got from Ebay as well as my sparkly clip on shoe accessories.

The groom wore:

Westbury Blue mohair wool suit from Peter Posh which Pete got from Sawyers 4 suits in Torbay.

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

We had two lovely adult bridesmaids who wore a lovely ballerina length dress that the bride’s best friend made. The two gorgeous flower girls dresses came from Debenhams. Each of the girls was given a lovely bracelet made out of Swarovski crystals that picked out the colours of the adult bridesmaid dresses.

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

My hair was done by Sara from HAC in Kingsbridge. The bridesmaids were allowed to do what they wished as we wanted them to feel as natural and happy as they can be. The makeup we all did ourselves. We helped each other when needed.

Wedding flowers:

These were done by Caroline Hodges flowers (www.carolinehodges.co.uk). We had 3 bouquets that were a natural rustic hand tied of seasonal flowers. Button holes were an ivory rose and the mums were presented with corsages which was an ivory rose. She also filled the table decorations glass bottles with the same flowers that were used for the bouquets and button holes. The thank you bouquets for the mums were wonderful, she used the same style of flowers that she used from our day.

What do you remember most about the wedding ceremony?

Claire got a name change to Zoe from the reverend which made us all giggle and was entertaining us throughout the day.

Wedding readings?

Song of Solomon 2:10-13

The Colour of my Love – David Foster & Arthur Janov

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

For the church ceremony we used puzzle pieces stuck together in a heart shape that hung with teal ribbon at the end of the pews.

In the barn we made handmade paper stars in 3 different sizes and hung them around the edge of the barn.

We hand printed the napkins with our names and date of the wedding that was tied with a handmade flower, name tag and scratch card. The favours for the day guest were sparkles.

The centre pieces were logs that had a torch embedded in them and a platform for the glass bottles to sit into. As the light faded the torches then lit up the glass bottles.

The wishing tree was instead of a guest book, so guests could write on a leaf to send us good wishes for the future.

The table plan was again made out of puzzle pieces shaped into a star with chicken wire middles that we pegged the table plans onto.

Outside we had a 9ft by 7.5ft picture frame where guest could use the props that we handmade to do their own personal pictures inside the frame.

To use the grass area as much as we could we had games scattered around for the children and adults to play with. We had a handmade giant connect 4, a giant ‘o’ and ‘x’ and a homemade hook the duck, we also provided hula hoops and croquet.

Because the barn had a lovely view overlooking South Milton Sands, Pete and the dads came up with an idea and between them they had made a swinging bench made out of an old garden bench and fence posts.

The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?

The wedding cake was provided by Boo to a Goose in Tavistock, (www.bootoagoose.net) it was a 4 tier cake. Starting with fruit cake, chocolate cake, carrot cake and top tier was lemon cake. It was a simple decoration of white icing and teal ribbon wrapped around. On the top were a bride and groom EDF characters.

Entertainment:

Our entertainment was brilliant they were able to learn our first dance ‘Ho Hey’ by the Lumineers. They are a local band newly formed from Kingsbridge called Dr Oz.

On the day tips and advice:

Whenever possible get a chance to take it all in. Don’t panic about the small things, if you don’t get a chance to do it no one will ever know.

What’s the best thing about being married?

It’s for life not just for Christmas 🙂

Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:

www.butterflyphotography.co.uk

Jewellery – Trish Thomas (www.trishthomasjewellery.co.uk)

Cake – Boo to a Goose in Tavistock, (www.bootoagoose.net)

Catering – The Dinner Service (www.thedinnerservice.com)

Cheese Board – selection of local cheese came from the Red Earth Deli, Kingsbridge.

Welcome drink, Shingle Bay by Quercus brewery, Churchstow. (www.quercusdevonales.com)

Table Runners – A&I Holmes and co Ltd, 01613 431911

Caroline Hodges flowers (www.carolinehodges.co.uk)

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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