Step into wonderland – from the otherworldly beauty of Devon’s coastline and enchanting gardens in the heart of the country to the flamboyant realms of Lewis Carroll’s imagination itself. Let Wed take you on one fabulous flight of fancy!
These petal-strewn pages abound with inspiration, starting with our bridal fashion story ‘In Full Bloom’, which took us to the dreamy climes of Combe House. After a long winter, the gardens had erupted into a carnival of colour – it was the prettiest of backdrops to capture the gentle romance of lace dresses, dainty floral embellishment and delicate fresh blooms. Continuing the floral theme, ‘Flower Power’ serves up some brilliant ideas for personalising and prettifying your wedding flowers, and inspiration in the form of soft blousy blooms to fruity tropical florals.
You’ll find a riot of wildly beautiful flowers, flamboyant cakes and high-drama gowns in ‘Welcome to Wonderland’; we had great fun creating our own vibrant and eclectic take on Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ in Powderham Castle, complete with Devon’s very own Mad Hatter, Jonty Depp, and the Queen of Hearts.
And while we’re talking drama, the coastline of North Devon has it by the bucket load; we’ve nosed around some beguiling spots for a shindig by the sea in ‘Jewels of the Ocean.’
I’ve been bowled over by the weddings in this issue’s ‘Got Wed’: there’s jaw-dropping frocks, unforgettable parties and heartfelt stories galore – each one is testament to the importance of pouring your personality into your wedding and doing it ‘your way.’ I hope this issue inspires you to throw the wedding of your wildest dreams!
Until next time!
14. SECRET GARDEN
Fall for the grace of lace, delicate embellishment and pretty petals
22. WELCOME TO WONDERLAND
Throw the tea party of your wildest dreams with fantasy frocks, eclectic details and jaw-dropping cakes
32. CHIC SOMETHINGS
Old, new, borrowed, blue: our bridal fashion showcase takes inspiration from the classic rhyme
40. DIVINE DESIGNS FROM DEVON
Designer Sarah Treble reveals the inspiration behind her gowns
51. BRIDES IN BLOOM
Lotions, potions and fragrances inspired by flowers
54. DARLING BUDS
Frocks and accessories for pretty-as-a-picture flower girls
56. RAZZLE DAZZLE
Channel high-octane glamour in these evening reception-ready gowns
60. PORTRAIT OF A LADY
Glamorous fashions for mums
66. WORKING THE GROOM
Style tips for the man of the moment
68. SUIT YOURSELF
Grooms’ wedding wardrobe woes resolved
42. INTO THE GROOVE
Wedding rings with sleek and chic embellishments
44. FLOWER POWER
Our guide to bespoke and beautiful wedding blooms
62. MAN OH MAN!
Rebecca Matthews discovers the perils and pleasures of a planning-happy groom
64. THINK INSIDE THE BOX
Eliminate hen party stress with these brilliant parties in a package
70. A SLICE OF LIFE
Nathan Midgley discovers the sweet pleasures of Pinterest
72. HELLO SUNSHINE!
Pops of zesty yellow and fresh green set the tone for a bright bash in the country
76. FREEWHEELIN’ FANCIES!
Treat your guests to tipples and nibbles served from the coolest snack shacks on wheels
80. JEWELS OF THE OCEAN
Fall head over heels for the allure of a wedding by the ocean
94. LET’S MARRY, BE HAPPY!
The magic of marriage revealed
98. SO LONG, COMFORT ZONE
Push the boundaries with these life-changing honeymoons
103. SHORT AND CHIC
Steal away to a sublime corner of Devon for a heavenly mini-moon
6. BRIDAL BUZZ
What’s new, what’s hot, what’s on
86. THE VENUE
Licensed venues for civil ceremonies in Devon
112. GOT WED
Newly-weds share a glimpse of their day
126. NOTES ON A WEDDING
Top tips for your planning pleasure
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