I LOVE this wedding!! It’s wintry but not too Christmassy (which means I can happily publish it in spring!) and the bride and groom are gorgeous. I especially love Tom’s tweed suit and cap – and Katherine’s hair is sooooo beautiful. The little mice holding flowers are the icing on the cake… just wonderful.
Our wedding flowers by Hollyhocks Florist were beautful dark purple Calla Lilies, amnesia roses and gyp – looked amazing! It was Christmas so we had beautiful decorations for free! A floor to ceiling high Christmas tree, and miniature ones in the windows. We went for hessian bows on all the chairs. Our invitations, order of service and confetti were all homemade. They took a long time, but they were cheap and added some extra love to the day!
Images are by Devon wedding photographer Holly Collings, who you can discover more from here:
We looked online for a while, specifically at local photographers who had impressive portfolios. As soon as I came across Holly’s, I knew I wanted to meet her and discuss her style of photography.
We are so thrilled with Holly. She really listened to what we wanted, and adopted a perfectly relaxed style. The photographs she took were simply stunning, and we will treasure them forever. Holly dropped off our wedding album on Valentine’s Day; which was just perfect. We sat down and looked through our album with our children. It was a very special moment recalling our perfect day. Each photograph encapsulated the emotion and beauty of the day. We adore all of our photographs and can’t thank Holly enough for the was she captured our day.
“Kath & Tom officially married 6 years ago in a tiny registry office ceremony. On 29th December 2016, they finally had the wedding of their dreams, surrounded by their closest family, friends and, of course, their 3 lovely children at Dartington Hall, Totnes with a vow renewal at their local village church. When Kath saw her bouquet created by Hollyhocks Florist, she couldn’t hold back happy tears. Hollyhocks florist provided all the beautiful bouquets, buttonholes and centre pieces. Their orders of service had little bags of lavender attached for the confetti throw which smelt incredible! In the wedding breakfast room, they had a long centre table with their cake, pictures, quotes, sparklers etc. A string quartet played during the drinks reception and wedding breakfast. For their first dance, Tom’s brothers performed the song.” ~ Holly Collings
Dartington Hall, Devon
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
A celebration of our family; brought together with love.
Your wedding style or theme:
Country, rustic, relaxed.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Ebay, local recommendations (photographer recommended our florist), Etsy
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Spend money where it really counts: photographer, venue and flowers. Make invitations yourself – and don’t go over the top…less is more!
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Definitely photography, venue and flowers. All these elements should be perfect – and will be immortalised forever in your photographs.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
Etsy – for the tempate, and then we made them ourselves on brown craft card. It did take a few hours, but it was well worth it. We saved money but created something that looked really expensive.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
My wedding dress was an absolute steal off Ebay. It was new, designer, and fit perfectly – for only £180! You only wear the dress once – so buy beautiful, not expensive.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Mori Lee – Ebay
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
All from Quiz (again to save money). They looked great in the pictures – which goes to show you don’t have to spend a fortune. I bought silver glitter block heels – which meant I didn’t get sore feet (although I still changed into my white sneakers to dance the night away!).
And what did the groom wear?
A brown tweed 3 piece suit – with brown brogues and chinos.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Silvery dresses, and grey pashimas for the adult bridesmaids. Silver dresses with white fluffy boleros for my daughters; very Christmassy!
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Hair – by Aimee Wynee, Glow Hair & Beauty
Make-up by a talented family member.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
A delicious Godminster Wedding and Celebration cake, which was great at the buffet in the evening.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
Andy Brown provided our evening entertainment – he sang two live sets and the used our Ipod for the rest of the music. It felt really personal.
Tom’s brothers sang and played acoustic guitar for our first song – it was really special that they were involved in such an important part of our day. They sany the theme from ‘The Detectorists’.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Keep calm, relax, and enjoy your day. Everything falls into place, and it is just so joyful to see everyone you love in one room.
What’s the best thing about being married?
The continuation of the deep love and understanding you share with someone.
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms: