An ultra glamorous black tie wedding in Devon, with elegant styling touches and a breathtaking venue. Our award-winning wedding photographer friends Andrew and Agnieszka from Younger Photography, Devon captured the most incredible images from Rachel and Duncan’s day. The atmosphere is fabulous, the day looks incredible and we’re in love with Kingston Estate! Rachel looks amazing in her Suzanne Neville dress, with Duncan’s dark green velvet jacket from Moss Bros creating such a striking look for a groom. I have to mention the flowers: Rachel’s mum is a talented paper flower artist at L’Art du Papier, and the hand made roses she created for the table centrepieces are absolutely breathtaking.
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How did you choose your photographer?
We came across our Devon wedding photographer on Instagram, and instantly fell in love with their style of photos.
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We were over the moon with our photographers, they are a lovely couple who made us feel at ease, and kept us laughing! We were very impressed with the little details even when needing a hair pin they had one on hand, they went above and beyond to get the best photos for us.
Tell us about your venue – what made this place special for you?
When we first saw our venue we knew it was the place we were going to get married. The Manor House is incredibly elegant and had the most beautiful gardens. Kingston estate has a little bit of everything. A yurt where we had a meal on the Friday with some of our guests staying. A modern barn where we had our wedding breakfast with the most amazing window wall looking out over the maze garden. And then the ultimate champagne bar in the undercroft for the evening.
Did you love wearing your outfits? How was the dress / suit shopping experience?
We absolutely loved our outfits. My wedding dress was by the amazing Suzanne Neville. I enjoyed going to lots of different bridal boutiques and then finally we found the one. Initially it wasn’t something I would have picked up but I tried it on and fell in love with how unique it was.
We went for the classic black tie dinner suits for the groom’s party which looked amazing. For a little twist for the groom and best man we went for a dark green velvet jacket which looked incredible in the pictures, just a subtle difference from everyone else.
Did you hire a florist? Tell us about any floral amazingness
We used hollyhocks florist which we found through the venue. They were absolutely incredible and holly was really accommodating as we wanted to do something a little different.
My mum (@lartdupapier) makes handmade flowers, so for the centre pieces on the tables we had real foliage with my mum’s hand made roses. They looked amazing. She also made us a flower wall which everyone was blown away with.
Did you hire a wedding planner?
We had a wedding planner with our venue. Her name was Jodie and she really helped us make everything run smoothly. Any questions we had she answered straight away even when had to re arrange because of Covid nothing was too much trouble.
As cake lovers here at English Wedding we’d LOVE to know who made your cake, and how delicious it was?
Our cake was so delicious, we went for mainly cupcakes, with just one little cake to cut. Duncan’s step mum Val made it for us.
Tell us about any special personal touches, or creative projects you made yourselves
As the venue is incredibly beautiful by itself we didn’t have to do much decorating. My mum did a lot for us by making the sloe gin for our wedding favours, the order of the day sign which she decorated with her hand made flowers and of course the handmade flower wall.
Did you personalise your vows or have any wedding readings? What were they?
We didn’t have any personalised vows, but my bridesmaid Charlotte did a reading for us which was beautiful ‘on your wedding day’
What was your first dance song? Why did you choose it?
We loved our first dance song we had ‘you make my dreams’ acoustic version by Alex Francais. We chose this because we loved the words and we liked the idea of having the upbeat version by daryl hall and John Oates as we walked out after the vows and then this acoustic version for the first dance.
How did the pandemic affect your wedding plans? Do you have any advice to share with couples planning their weddings right now?
We had to postpone our wedding for a year, it was really tough as we had had it booked for 3 years already. But actually it all worked out for the best we had the most incredible weather and our children were a little bit older it was well worth the wait.
Favourite wedding suppliers
Makeup by Lucille and Co
Hair by Revelations hair studio
Suits from Moss Bros
Dress by Suzanne Neville
Flowers by Hollyhocks Florist
Handmade Paper flowers by Www.lartdupapier.com