A stunning day for a gorgeous young family, with star recommendations for some fabulous Devon wedding suppliers. Tracey is glorious in a dress from Amica Bridal Boutique; the flowers by Helen at The Velvet Daisy are wonderful and then some. As micro weddings go, this Pentillie Castle wedding is one of the loveliest, and I’m over the moon to have such a sweet couple on the blog. All images are by Devon photographers and English Wedding members Younger Photography, who are based in Plymouth.
“We had to postpone our original date but fortunately our venue was available on the same weekend the following year. It was a lot of stress rearranging and we lost some suppliers meaning we had to go on the search again. We then had to decide whether to postpone again as there were still going to be restrictions in place for our wedding in June. By this point we just wanted to get married so decided to continue and plan for the worst case scenario of only 15 guests (our original wedding was 120 guests) with 15 on standby if the restrictions went to step 3. We also had to cancel our band as there was not going to be live music or dancing allowed. Fortunately step 3 did happen and we were able to have the extra guests but I have to say, I wouldn’t do it any differently. We had the most amazing day with the people that are closest to us. If I could give any advice, it’s not to get carried away and invite everyone you know, keep it personal and intimate as really it’s only about the two of you.”
Wedding photographer’s website
How did you choose your photographer?
We originally meet at a wedding fair and Andrew was also the photographer at friends of ours’ wedding. He was also highly recommended by our venue! The reviews we read were amazing and we understood why when we saw the quality of the photos they take.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
To say we were impressed is an understatement! We have nothing but praise for the team at Younger Photography. From our first consultation seeing the wonderful wedding books and the amazing photos Andrew and Aga take, we wouldn’t have chosen any other Devon photographers. Andrew was so helpful giving us fantastic advice on changing the order of the day (you get an extra wedding planner in the package!) It’s unprecedented having someone with vast experience and knowledge to give you a helping hand. On the day the advice and help continued, even down to Andrew tidying my room (throwing everything under the bed so it wasn’t in the photos!) to bustling up my dress in the evening! On top of all of that, he made the day fun. He made us feel so calm and at ease and did everything he could to make our day perfect whilst capturing breathtaking images telling the story of our special day. We also have an 18 month old and Andrew was very keen to have him as involved as possible. Inevitably we cannot thank him enough!
Videographer details if applicable – and any thoughts for other couples about having a wedding video?
We did choose to have a videographer as we thought the day would go so quickly and we might forget things that happened. You also see things that you didn’t see as you are so wrapped up in your day. We chose Summit Imagery who we initially met at a wedding fair. As we had to postpone our original wedding date due to COVID, we didn’t actually get to meet in person but we had our consultation with Ashley on the telephone. She was absolutely lovely and so helpful. We knew we had made the right choice. On the day Jamie arrived super early to fly the drone and capture the venue in all its beauty. He was so friendly and professional, and worked really well with our photographer. Their banter made it all more fun. It really was like having friends with you. At the points where you aren’t actually posing for photos you wouldn’t have known you were being filmed. We couldn’t recommend them enough, if you’re debating having a videographer, book Summit Imagery!
Tell us about your venue – what made this place special for you?
We chose Pentillie Castle & Estate, we looked at many others but they just weren’t “it”. I was sold just driving down the driveway before I’d even seen the venue! It’s the most beautiful venue I’ve seen. Breathtaking views, a beautiful castle, and various locations to have your ceremony. We chose to have ours in the bathing hut, it is so quaint and overlooks the river giving it an amazing backdrop. The food was absolutely amazing, everyone who attended had commented on how delicious it was. The staff are amazing, so attentive, friendly and professional. They really cannot do enough for you. It’s a local family run business so you get a bit more of a personal experience. It needs to be seen to be appreciated!
Did you love wearing your outfits? How was the dress / suit shopping experience?
I absolutely loved my dress, I chose to go all out and be a princess as we were getting married in a castle! It was the first shop I went to and the first dress I tried on! I’m super fussy when it comes to dresses so I was shocked. The ladies at Amica Bridal Boutique were fantastic, so friendly and helpful. I would definitely recommend them. The dresses are beautiful and as they are appointment only, you get a one on one experience with a staff member which you see each time you have a fitting. Nick loved wearing his suit, he chose tails so he wasn’t left out…he wanted to be a prince!!! Sue at the Grooms Room was brilliant, she was so helpful, friendly and professional. She went out of her way to accommodate us having to reduce suit numbers and letting us have some waistcoats and cravats to try on our little boy.
Did you hire a florist? Tell us about any floral amazingness
We had The Velvet Daisy for our florist. Again due to COVID we couldn’t actually meet in person but after a few phone calls with Helen we managed to decide on what we wanted. Helen is such a lovely lady, she was so professional and knowledgeable I knew I could pretty much leave it in her hands and she would do an amazing job… which she did! Check out her Instagram (@thevelvetdaisy)!!
Did you hire a wedding planner?
We didn’t hire a wedding planner, however when we booked Pentillie Castle, along with the venue came the amazing Chrissie. She is their in-house wedding coordinator. Where can I start, from the very beginnings of our plans to the day itself, she was just irreplaceable! I put her through stress being 30 minutes late for the ceremony but she held it together!! She was so attentive and couldn’t do more to make our day turn out to be the best day ever!
As cake lovers here at English Wedding we’d LOVE to know who made your cake, and how delicious it was?
We chose Jen at Edible Essence Cake Art to make our cake. She is amazingly talented making some of the most beautiful cakes I’ve ever seen. Not only do they look stunning, they taste fabulous. The best cake I’ve ever had, so moist and decadent. We’ve fallen in love with her cakes so much, we have them for birthdays and any special celebrations as well now!
What was your first dance song? Why did you choose it?
It was ‘Music to my eyes’ by lady gaga and Bradley Cooper. We chose it because I loved the film and soundtrack and Nick is a bassist so it seemed perfect!
Favourite Devon wedding suppliers
Devon Photographers – www.youngerphotography.com