Ben and Nancy’s Devon wedding has some of those breathtaking images you’ll only ever see at country weddings. Their church is fabulous – I’d so love to see it for real! I adore the landscapes, the bride and groom are gorgeous and Nancy’s bouquet is out of this world. I also spotted some little feather details on the tables, which look wonderful – this is a really gorgeous wedding and I am so excited to share it with you all today.
Anna from Luna Photography told me, “The day was memorable for us because Ben & Nancy were so much fun to work with, and we loved the guests’ reaction to the church! The venues were dreamlike, Brentor Church has always been somewhere we wanted to shoot a wedding, when Nancy initially got in touch we couldn’t have been more excited! Twinned with Coombe Trenchard it was absolutely perfect, you can even see Brentor high on the hill from the gardens at Coombe Trenchard which was perfect. We loved the reception venue as there was so much scope for beautiful venues, and the owner, Sarah, could not have been more accommodating.”
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The English Wedding Blog interview: Nancy & Ben
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
We live in York but were marrying in Devon & so much of our sourcing of suppliers was done through internet searches & first impressions from websites. We found Anna & Mike at Luna Weddings through a search of Devon photographers but there were a few key things which made them stand out for us – the relaxed reportage style was exactly what we were after to capture our day & their past work looked beautiful. We also really wanted 2 photographers so that we could capture Ben with his family & ushers & me with my Bridesmaids & my Dad getting ready before the ceremony. Anna’s response to our initial query was quick, friendly & informative and it was not a hard decision to come to.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
We were delighted!! We were put at ease with Anna a few months before the wedding with an Engagement shoot at our chosen reception venue. Neither of us enjoys posing but we knew going into our wedding day that we would be able to relax. Anna & Mike were so friendly & accommodating – they gave suggestions & adapted to changes we made to the flow of the day. They squeezed into the fronts of cars, corners of churches, out of windows & climbed over rocks & moorland to capture the best shots. They were completely unobtrusive & seem to have glided effortlessly throughout. The feedback we had from our guests, from the vicar & the venue owner were all incredibly warm & positive. Anna & Mike were also due to be at a wedding 300 miles away in Leeds the following day & yet they stayed beyond the agreed time with us to capture more of the dances & evening entertainment. They are genuinely lovely people, utterly professional, incredibly talented & they fitted into the day so perfectly that if they had not had cameras around their necks you would have thought they were guests.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
We left for our honeymoon the day after our wedding but Anna sent through a beautiful church shot for us to have while we were away, While we were waiting for our full album to be ready, she also sent us a slideshow of shots capturing the chronology of the day set to 2 key songs from our day. It was beautiful & perfect for us to send the link to friends & family. Seeing our full album was wonderful, especially as we had over 1500 images!
Coombe Trenchard, Lewdown, Okehampton, Devon EX20 4PW
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Laughter filled day at iconic country venues. Best day ever!
Your wedding style or theme:
Country chic – tweed, stags, antlers & pheasant feather theme within beautiful, clean, understated colours & flowers, representing the best of Devon & Dartmoor
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Internet searches, recommendations, country shows
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Top tip is to have Ceremony flowers designed so that they can be transported & used at the Reception venue. Our florist made our Pew End Bouquets so that they could be used as the Centrepiece Bouquets on the Wedding Breakfast tables. This meant that we saved money but also go to enjoy the flowers for the whole day. Also, when friends & family offer their help, they genuinely mean it! We organised everything ourselves in the run up to the wedding & then called on their kind offers of help the day before the wedding to style the reception venue – we had looked into hiring stylists but found that we could source fur blankets, straw bales & fairy lights to create a snug area ourselves. We also made our own table plan & sourced deer antlers from a Yorkshire farm on eBay for our top table display.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Venue Catering (so important to ensure that there is enough food offered throughout the day & that it was of the highest possible standard. Nothing worse than hungry grumpy guests). Photography 4×4 Wedding Party Transport (due to the logistics of having to drive off-road up the hill to the church!)
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes. Twice…! I had tried on numerous dresses at a variety of bridal shop across the UK. When I found my perfect dress I loved it, paid the deposit etc., drank champagne & celebrated. I then got home & spent a whole weekend worrying that I had made the wrong decision. The bridal boutique were lovely & got me back in the following weekend. As soon as I put the dress back on, I fell in love with it all over again.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Hanoi by Enzoani @ Harrogate Wedding Lounge
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
Having previously not wanted a veil, I did end up opting for a beautiful Cathedral length veil and added a stunning mink ostrich feather bolero. My other accessories were all themed around simple & classic Pearls – Pearl & Silver hair side-comb, Pearl Clutch bag, longer length Pearl pendant & my something borrowed were my bridesmaid’s drop pearl earrings. My shoes were silver glitter peep-toes by Dune.
And what did the groom wear?
Navy suit by Suitsupply, Saville Row, London Bespoke Yorkshire Tweed waistcoat with Pheasant themed back & lining made by Julie Gromett of Tweedy Gromett, Yorkshire Barker tan & blue suede brogues.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
My gorgeous friends were our 3 adult bridesmaids were in grey floor length sleeveless chiffon dresses from BHS with chiffon rose bodice detail. They each had pearl & silver hair combs, drop pearl earrings & pearl & silver bracelets. Our 2 younger bridesmaids (Groom’s nieces) wore white, flower detailed dresses from John Lewis with white lace boleros & Gypsophila hair flowers.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
We hired 2 hairdressers & 1 make-up artist from Cutting Company, Yelverton, Devon. They travelled to our venue & did all hair & makeup for Bride & Adult Bridesmaids & the 2 younger girls’ hair.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
We had natural & understated but beautiful white flowers with plenty of green foliage & incorporating pheasant feathers to tie them into the overall wedding theme by Deborah Morris, owner of Dartmoor Flowers. Deborah first came to see us at our venue & we then visited her beautiful studio, also in Devon. She perfectly captured our ideas & kept in close contact throughout the months leading up to the wedding. She created the stunning bridal & bridesmaids bouquets & beautiful posies for the 2 younger bridesmaids. She also made the wedding party’s buttonholes & corsages, again with white flowers, green foliage & pheasant feathers. In the church, she created a huge bouquet at the alter & the Pew End flowers were mad to be transported to the reception venue & re-used as the centrepieces for our wedding breakfast tables. We also had trailing Jasmine around our wedding cake. Our piece-de-resistance was our Top Table centrepiece which incorporated 2 full length stag antlers running the length of the table – Deborah designed a flower arrangement that could sit between the 2 antlers & trailed across the table – it was fab! Not only did she produce the most stunning flowers, Deborah also delivered the bridal flowers to one location, the corsages & buttonholes to another location & trekked up to the top of Brentor Church to place the ceremony flowers on the morning of the wedding. She was amazing & I cannot recommend her highly enough.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Our venue enabled us to be entirely bespoke & so needed some imagination but we styled it all ourselves with the help of family & friends. The main house was a stunning Edwardian Arts & Crafts home. This & the Terrace outside were the location for the welcome drinks & Canapes. We moved into a marquee for our wedding breakfast, which was styled with open see through panels (by opening up the view, you could see our church in the distance), drape effect lining & integrated fairy lights. The white & green flowers & pheasant feather place settings kept this simple & classic. The evening of the wedding linked from the marquee into a beautifully renovated old coach house which was open air but with a clear panelled roof allowing our central stone dancefloor a view of the night sky. In the open stable areas surrounding the dancefloor we had a bar, DJ & Band & we created a ‘snug’ with seating from the venue, straw bales from a local farm, fur blankets, fairy lights, rugs, a basket of blankets, coffee tables & candles. It was a lovely, rustic area that gave our guests a respite from the music & dancing.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
Table plan in antique effect picture frame & pheasant feather & twine napkin place settings.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
3 tier Chocolate sponge & ganache covered in white chocolate pink blushed rings from Marks & Spencer. Finished with trailing jasmine. No-one really likes fruit cake! & we were serving ours with the evening food & wanted everyone to enjoy it. It was also elegant & fuss free & really easy to assemble the morning of the wedding.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We had a 7 piece modern Jazz band called Jessica & The Rabbits who were fantastic & really got guests up & dancing. We really wanted to avoid a cheesy wedding DJ & we found Sebastian, founder of Offbeat Entertainment who works across the South West & had club residency & festival set experience. He also provided all lighting we needed to create a cocktail bar theme. Our first dance was played by our DJ &, after the slow dance, he mixed it into a dance version so that we could get our guests onto the dancefloor. We alternated between DJ & Band sets in the early evening & finished with a longer DJ set. We asked all out guests to RSVP with a song that would get them dancing & created a playlist with our DJ which went down really well & catered for all.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
We had lots of advice about making sure you get time together on the day as a couple – aside from being in the wedding car & during our photos, we achieved this by having 5 minutes together in the sun before being introduced at the wedding breakfast. It wasn’t long but it was lovely & I think we would have regretted it if we hadn’t. Our engagement shoot with our photographer proved invaluable as it built a sense of trust before the big day, enabling us to relax. We created an entirely unique wedding & we wouldn’t change a thing. By nature, it required a huge amount of organisation & correspondence between a wide array of suppliers which we found hard while also juggling demanding jobs. I got frustrated by people who kept telling me it would ‘come together’ but it actually does & it is all worth it!!!
What’s the best thing about being married?
The day was the most wonderful celebration with friends & family. After the day, it feels like the two of you are sharing a secret that no-one around you knows… we’re married, he he! & while everything else in your life goes back to how it was before, the best thing is being able to talk to each other about the day & jog each other’s memories on bits you may have not seen.