Wedding at Fursdon House, Devon
Muted greens and pinks brought a fresh, romantic vibe to Emily and Harry’s relaxed country wedding Having met on their first day of work as trainee solicitors in Exeter, Emily and Harry managed to keep their romance a secret at work for four months. Four years later, Harry popped the question during a holiday in Montenegro. “I was completely shocked as I had no idea he was planning to propose, and eventually said yes after he asked for the third time!” recalls Emily.
Envisioning a relaxed, country wedding in the heart of Devon, Emily chose a palette of white, pale green and pale pink shades. Gorgeous arrangements of gypsophila and David Austin pink roses beautifully set the scene, while milk churns filled with gypsophila adorned the entrance to the church and the marquee reception. “I decorated jam jars with lots of hessian and lace for the table flowers – including some lace that was Harry's great grandmother's,” she says. Emily’s lace gown by Sassi Holford – accessorised with a sparkly pair of Jimmy Choos – echoed the elegant country aesthetic perfectly.
Emily and Harry exited St Swithun’s Church as newly-weds and, moving onto Fursdon House, guests enjoyed mingling over drinks and canapés while drinking in the breathtaking views across miles of rolling green hills.
Given their dreamy Devon location, Dartmoor Kitchen’s Devon Feast was an apt choice for their wedding breakfast. The menu included the mouth-watering likes of pulled maple glazed pork shoulder, piri-piri chicken, sticky pork ribs, Kenniford sausages, roast peppered beef, baked peppered mackerel fillets and a selection of sides from tray roasted new potatoes to avocado salad.
A trio of desserts (chocolate brownie, summer berry pavlova and mini raspberry brûlée) provided the perfect endnote, while the evening imparted further culinary delights via a sweetie table, Cornish fudge, Tom's Pies, cheese and biscuits, and ice poles – “as Harry is obsessed with them!”
After a “thoughtful, embarrassing and hilarious speech” from the best man, Matt, and an impromptu sing-song of ‘I am the Music Man,’ which saw everyone on their feet, live band Bill Ding & The Skyscrapers saw the dance floor filled into the night.
“Practise your first dance a little bit,” Emily recommends as her top tip for other couples. “We were not prepared for my lace dress getting caught on Harry's cufflinks at our first attempt at a twirl: it was pretty embarrassing, but hilarious!”
Photography Emma Solley www.emmasolley.com
Venue St Swithun's in Sandford and Fursdon House www.fursdon.co.uk
Catering Dartmoor Kitchen www.dartmoorkitchen.co.uk
Marquee Abbas Marquees www.abbasmarquees.co.uk
Dress Sassi Holford www.sassiholford.com
Bridesmaids’ dresses Ted Baker www.tedbaker.com Monsoon www.monsoon.co.uk
Hair Martin at M Harvey Hair www.mharveyhair.co.uk
Make-up Elizabeth at deLush Cosmetics Studio www.delush.co.uk
Groom's outfit Suit Next www.next.co.uk tie T.M.Lewin www.tmlewin.co.uk
Flowers Poppy’s of Exeter www.poppysflowers.co.uk
Entertainment Bill Ding & the Skyscrapers www.bdsmusic.uk
Copyright Wed magazine 2016