Ruby & Paul’s creative DIY wedding at Tapeley Park with Snapdragon Photography

Published by Claire Gould on

Aside from this wedding being beautiful, there’s an important side to it, and that’s the lucky wedding sausage. With storms and gales forecast for their big day, Ruby and Paul buried a sausage in the garden the night before for good luck… and it made the sun shine instead. Take that as you will… then join me in falling head over heels in love with all the images of their amazing wedding! I just LOVE the colourful streamers and smoke bombs (these never get old!), the cake and dried flowers, and the chilled out, loved-up vibe of this gorgeous couple’s day! Images are by super lovely Kayleigh at Snapdragon Photography in Devon who gets a fab review from the happy couple.

Wedding photographer’s website

Snapdragon photography-

Wedding photographer review

Kayleigh was amazing, she captured our whole day so beautifully. We couldn’t have asked for a better photographer and we will treasure the photos forever.

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Your best moment or memory

The whole day was wonderful. I loved our smoke bomb photo shoot after the ceremony. We had all our close friends join in and let off smoke bombs on the lawn- it was really fun and the photos looked great too!

Tell us anything you did differently – we love hearing about NEW traditions (or none at all!)

The forecast for our wedding day was gale force winds and storms…We had our wedding at Tapeley Park in Instow, which has amazing grounds and we really wanted to be outside a lot! I had read somewhere online that if you bury a sausage in the garden the night before it will guarantee sunshine on your wedding day! – Sounds like a crazy idea, but worth a try? So the groom and his best men buried a sausage in the garden. Our wedding day turned out to be beautiful and the sun came out in time for drinks and photos on the lawn!!

Venue name + review

Tapeley Park in Instow. It was the perfect venue for us, it has beautiful grounds, a large grand house where we had our ceremony leading to a nice big lawn for drinks. We used their barn for our dinner and drinks, It was the perfect blank canvas for us to add our own style and decor.

Tell us a little about your outfits – both of you!

My dress was by WToo Watters, I found it online and had it amended, I also added some boho sleeves myself.

Paul had a blue suit jacket from Antique Rogue, which he matched with chinos and a floral shirt.

Florist name + review

One flower Worthing- we had some beautiful dried flowers which I still have and they smell amazing!

Cake maker name + review

My sister-in-law made our delicious wedding cake, ‘Frantaffstic Bakes’.

Any crafty projects or homemade styling touches?

Our table plan was done on a one of Paul’s old surfboards which worked really well and everyone loved it.

First dance song? Playlist recommendations?

We had our first dance later in the evening- about 10pm- untraditional, but it worked well for us as the party was well underway by then and everyone loved it. We danced to Jet – Are you gonna be my girl.

Hair + makeup name + review

Beauty By Cathy, our make up was done by Cathy, she did an amazing job, making us all look and feel incredible on the day.

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.


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