Wedding at Gurrow Point, Devon
Around the World
Claire and Lewis took their guests on a memorable journey around their favourite British bolthole as part of their eclectic, travel-inspired celebrations After meeting at Exeter University, Claire and Lewis got engaged on a memorable New Year’s Eve on Sydney Harbour Bridge five years later – and set about planning a beautifully personal waterside wedding.
Planning a day out for themselves and their guests in Dartmouth – one of their favourite destinations – Claire and Lewis considered every detail to reflect both their love story and personal likes. “The journey we have made together shone through the small details of the day. This was even shown by our guests’ journey on the day around our favourite UK bolthole,” explains Claire.
Named after pubs around the world that Claire and Lewis had visited or worked in, the tables were cloaked with Tolkien-style maps of their travels, hand drawn by Lewis’s dad. “We made barrels of fun for each table, complete with a quiz, an eye spy, a personalised message and heads and tails box – lots to keep the guests amused!” says Claire.
Selecting a palette of blues and corals, the decorations were very much a team effort: the flowers were grown and arranged by Lewis’s mum, who runs The Cornish Cutting Garden, while the lace and hessian bunting was made by Claire’s mum.
The couple opted for a personal humanist ceremony in the beautiful Bayard’s Cove Fort. Guests were then transported down the river by boat, accompanied by the ambient acoustic sounds of singer, Rhys Davies.
On arrival, they were met with ice creams served from a vintage bike before strolling to the marquee site at Gurrow Point where local duo The Dirty Strings performed as canapés with an ‘around the world’ theme did the rounds, including Mexican chilli, mac and cheese balls, Thai prawns and Yorkshires with beef brisket. Selecting their favourite Friday night haunt as caterer, gourmet burger van, La Cantina, served pulled pork, steak burgers, onion rings, fish and chips, chicken and chorizo salad and veggie burgers. Live band Bill Ding and The Skyscrapers then led the entertainment into the small hours.
“Our top tip is to enjoy the build-up,” says Claire. “It should be a special and exciting time for you two as a couple as you plan to make the happiest day of your lives so far. Make it fun – we loved working together to plan it.” She adds: “Remember to step back together at some points during the day and watch your vision unfold.”
Photography Enchanted Brides www.enchantedbrides.photography
Venue Bayard’s Cove Fort www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/bayards-cove-fort/ and Gurrow Point www.gurrow.com
Dress Nicola Anne at Courtyard Bridal www.courtyardbridal.co.uk
Bridesmaids’ dresses Oasis www.oasis-stores.com
Hair Devon Wedding Hair www.devonweddinghair.co.uk
Make-up Laura Jayne Wensley Light www.laurajaynewensleylight.weebly.com
Groom’s outfit Marks and Spencer www.marksandspencer.com
Flowers The Cornish Cutting Garden www.thecuttinggardencompany.co.uk
Transport Coolacampa www.coolacampaweddinghire.com
Catering La Cantina www.lacantinastreetkitchen.com
Cake Sim-ply Cakes www.sim-plycakesandparties.co.uk
Ice cream bike Dartmouth Ice Cream Company www.dartmouthicecream.com
Entertainment Rhys Davies
The Dirty Strings www.facebook.com/TheDirtyStrings
Bill Ding and the Skyscrapers www.bdsmusic.uk
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