Wedding at Torre Abbey, Devon
Sunshine of Your Love
From sublime coastal vistas to stirring acoustic grooves, South Devon made a beautiful backdrop for Yomi and Nick’s atmospheric wedding Yomi and Nick first met at university when they were studying on the same course, and though they felt an instant attraction, “he had to ask me out three times before I said yes!” admits Yomi.
Almost a decade later, she was unhesitant when it came to answering yes to another poignant question. “We always go out for steak to celebrate our birthdays so Nick took me out to the local pub on my 30th. He popped the question when we got home with his great-grandmother’s 120-year-old engagement ring,” she reveals.
The couple decided on two distinctive South Devon venues for their wedding day, starting with a ceremony in the atmospheric undercrofts of Torre Abbey before relocating to the Guardhouse Café in nearby Berryhead for the reception.
Colour accents of bright orange and red were present throughout both venue spaces and beautifully mirrored Yomi’s bouquet. Trailing ivy and gypsophila adorned the pillars and undercrofts of Torre Abbey and the ceiling of the Guardhouse Café, while the reception tables were decorated with germini, gypsophila and soft ruscus. Yomi, meanwhile, wore a beautiful beaded gown, while her bridesmaids wore mismatched navy dresses.
Guitarist Rob Hunt lent his stirring acoustic sounds as Yomi walked down the aisle. After their personal ceremony, everyone spilled out into the sunshine and headed to the Guardhouse Café. “We were greeted by Prosecco in the garden of the café surrounded by the old fort walls and spectacular views of the coastline,” recalls Yomi of the spectacular scene.
From canapés of Brixham crab lime and chilli toast; skewer of tortellini, sundried tomato and basil, and warm puff pastry with local Sharpham brie and chutney to a main course of seafood paella and a smattering of salads – the food was a further standout feature. Accentuating the personal factor with the minutiae, favours of mini bottles of Glenfiddich (“we love whiskey!”) were presented alongside pillboxes filled with sweets and wallets that Yomi’s mum had made in Nigeria.
After the feasting, Rob Hunt performed ‘Hey Soul Sister’ by Train for the first dance and a set of upbeat numbers before a DJ took to the decks.
“Looking back at our guests enjoying the views with Prosecco in hand while the sun went down as we took a romantic stroll along the Berry Head was incredible,” reflects Yomi of her favourite moment. “We are still pinching ourselves that the sun came out and allowed us to enjoy our day exactly as we had planned!”
She has some wise words for other couples keen to achieve a distinctive and relaxed day. “Delegate roles to responsible family members to reduce your stress on the day – and try to aim for a wedding that you would enjoy going to as a guest,” she says. “Plan the day together, it may cause some arguments but in the end it’s about both of you. Just don't get carried away with the little things and keep it simple.”
Photography Emma Stoner Photography emmastonerweddings.com
Venue Torre Abbey torre-abbey.org.uk and Guardhouse Café guardhousecafe.com
Dress Heidi Hudson from WED2B wed2b.co.uk
Groom's outfit Moss Bros moss.co.uk
Flowers Susan's Flower Shop susansflowershop.com
Cake Karen’s Cakes facebook.com/karenscakesdevon
Transport Torbay Minibuses torbayminibuses.co.uk
Entertainment Rob Hunt facebook.com/Robear74
Pulse Entertainment pulsedisco.com
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