Good morning beautiful! Gin lovers – this one’s for you. (And who doesn’t, at lunchtime on a Saturday, right?!) An elegantly styled, beautifully photographed, gin-themed wedding. If only we’d thought of that… gin connoisseurs Victoria and Adam were married in the Devonshire village of Ashton. They had bottles hanging over the reception venue’s entrance, sloe gin favours, and the tables were named after different gins. The amazing table plan, incorporating the bottles, was put together by Adam’s step Dad, who also made the church signs. The church was only a short walk from the drinks reception at The Great Barn, allowing a fiddler led procession from the ceremony to the drinks reception! The Great Barn has a stunning collection of buildings all set in beautiful grounds and gardens.
The barn is such a beautiful venue, we just added some decoration with the flowers and the gin theme. Making the gin wedding favours and the table plan put our stamp on the day. We planned our wedding in 8 months – I didn’t realise when we embarked on it what a challenge that would be. Having said that, wedding planning will take as long as you give it and having to be efficient and make decisions quickly made the planning stage more enjoyable for us!
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
Pot luck and a bit of research of recommendations
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
Absolutely – the photos are great. Holly was a really calm presence on the day and was great fun rocking out on the dance floor with her camera late into the night!
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
I downloaded the photos after a long day in the office enroute home on the tube as soon as I received the email from Holly! Great to re-live the day and to see parts of the day that we missed out on!
The Great Barn, Higher Ashton, Exeter. Perfect venue – John made sure the day went so smoothly.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
A traditional English country wedding with a fun twist!
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Combination of blogs and recommendations
What’s your top tip for saving money?
We opted for canapés (as part of the drinks reception in the garden) and then just a main course and pudding for the wedding breakfast. The canapés were so substantial there was no need for starters as well.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
The fiddlers who led the wedding party from the church to the venue – super fun and a bit different. Also the large petals and herbs from the florist for the confetti – smelt great on the day and looked really good in the photos. And of course the “Grooms Gin & Tonic” – a selection of our favourite gins with fever tree tonics.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
Oyster and Pearl stationery – Casey did a great job of putting together all our wedding stationery and the table plans for the gin bottles!
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
I absolutely loved my dress – beautiful bespoke silk dress
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Caroline Castigliano, Knightsbridge
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
As we bought my engagement ring and wedding ring from Boodles, they kindly lent me a pair of beautiful diamond earrings and matching necklace – my something borrowed. Shoes from Emmy, London.
And what did the groom wear?
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Sage green dresses from Pirouette in Exeter.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Nicola Pettitt did my hair and make-up and the bridesmaids hair.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
Cobolt blue hydrangeas for a splash of colour against white flowers and green foliage – Sarah Pepper, Exeter
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
The cake was gorgeous – Claire (from Claire Makes Cakes) did a fab job of translating our ideas into a design which looked stunning on the day and tasted so good!
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
The wedding party was lead from the church to the venue by a pair of fiddlists – such fun! We also had a band play in the evening.
We served a selection of local cheeses with port later in the evening – Country Cheeses Tavistock have a great selection of local cheeses that we selected our favourites from.
What’s the best thing about being married?
No longer having a wedding to plan!