Wedding at Bridwell, Devon
All Around the World
Getting their friends together from across the globe, Sarah and Serle were determined to show them a “country house party” they couldn’t forget! Though living in Singapore at the time, Sarah first met Serle on a beach in Egypt. “We got on instantly but were just Facebook friends for two years, before getting together in Spain where Serle was living,” says Sarah.
The proposal was a complete surprise on the day the couple moved into their first house together, with Serle concealing the ring in a box. “I was expecting a set of Aga gloves and I found the ring!” laughs Sarah. “He didn't say a word; just let me read the card. It was a very special moment and a lovely day to pick.”
Bridwell was the venue of choice for their “rustic and elegant” wedding, which centred on the pair’s globetrotting and the friends they’ve picked up along the way. “We knew many of our friends would be travelling to be with us, so we wanted to make a weekend of it and have a country house party feel,” explains Sarah.
A striking palette of blush, white and antique gold was combined with natural foliage, herbs and greenery to spellbinding effect. Wooden tables and signs helped achieve the look of the day, as did many of the handmade details, such as the stunning stationery that included twine-tied invitations featuring a blush marble and gold design.
The celebrations started early on the Friday evening with a gathering of family and friends staying at the venue, who tucked into a sumptuous selection of Tom’s Pies and mash. A big brunch on the Saturday ahead of a leisurely set of preparations for their mid-afternoon ceremony allowed guests to mingle and relax throughout the beautiful house and grounds of Bridwell.
Franki Capri’s jazz soundtrack accompanied the drinks reception before a British summer picnic treated guests to charcuterie, roast beef, sausage rolls, roast salmon and an array of salads such as green couscous, radish, mint and feta, and pomegranate and barley. A trio of desserts completed the feast, featuring the couple’s favourite flavours of chocolate brownie, ginger and lime cheesecake, and strawberry Prosecco jellies with popping candy.
The evening presented further culinary delights in the form of a cheese and pork pie cake, ciabatta bacon butties, and the wedding cake, enjoyed to the sounds of a fantastic performance by band Jam Sandwich.
“After that, we had a candlelit after-party in the chapel where we got married – it was beautiful and the band stayed on to join in and DJ for us. The acoustics were amazing!” says Sarah.
Bloody Marys and a pizza brunch on the Sunday completed the fabulous weekend of festivities, which Sarah looks back on with the fondest of memories – and some valuable advice.
“Keep a sense of perspective – beauty is not about perfection,” she reminds all nearly-weds. “You will be beautiful and your guests will have fun if you and your partner are relaxed and at ease. The vibe you give off is the one people will pick up on.”
And one last reminder: “On the day itself, enjoy yourself. The day goes unbelievably fast, so it's really important to be present and in the moment.”
Photography McKenzie Brown Photography mckenzie-brown.com
Venue Bridwell bridwell.co.uk
Dress Suzanne Neville from The White Room thewhiteroom.co.uk
Bridesmaids’ dresses Twobirds twobirdsbridesmaid.co.uk
Groomsmen's outfits Gap gap.co.uk
Styling, planning, wooden tables and signage Blue Fizz Events bluefizzevents.co.uk
Stationery Knots & Kisses knotsandkisses.co.uk
Flowers Amber Persia Flowers & Events amberpersia.co.uk
Hair Perfectly Posh Hair Design perfectlyposhhairdesign.co.uk
The Event Studios theeventstudios.co.uk
Make-up Eve Ashby eveashby.co.uk
Catering Wild Fork West wildforkwest.co.uk
Tom's Pies toms-pies.co.uk
South Devon Pizza Company southdevonpizzacompany.com
Cake Edible Essence edibleessencecakeart.com
Entertainment Franki Capri frankicapri.com
Jam Sandwich jamsandwich.biz
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