Wedding at Bickleigh

Wedding at Bickleigh

Article Published: Saturday 9th January, 2016 - 11:57am

Leigh and Richard's fairytale wedding at Bickleigh

A Christmas proposal in Edinburgh sparked the festive theme for Leigh and Richard's wedding, where a winter wonderland celebrated both their love for each other as well as the magical time of year.

All Saints Church in Wellington was the setting for their ceremony, followed by a fairytale reception at Bickleigh Castle. "Our theme was romantic Christmas with a Scottish twist, as I was born in Scotland and we got engaged there," explains Leigh. The blush pink, ivory, silver and gold colour scheme was carried in a stunning scattering of candles, pearls and fairy lights, which created a warm yet dazzling atmosphere.

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Leigh accessorised her elegant lace gown with a delicate headdress, which twinkled in the candlelight, while Richard's morning suit echoed the mood of timeless romance. The flowers were another key component of the look. Ivory and blush roses with bundles of gypsophila, along with Christmas trees and heaps of holly, added to the enchanting ambience.

Then there was the music. Bagpipes accompanied Leigh's walk down the aisle and the couple's exit as a married couple, while Amelia Orgill, a busker they chanced upon in Bath, sang and played the guitar at the drinks reception. "She sung a mixture of regular and Christmas songs," says Leigh. "It created a wonderful atmosphere while drinks and mince pies were served by the open fire and Christmas tree!"

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The spine-tingling magic continued as Leigh and Richard walked through an archway of guests clutching sparklers en route to the wedding breakfast. The feast, which featured cream of butternut squash and sweet potato soup, chicken supreme and warm sticky toffee pudding, was served to a piano soundtrack of festive tunes and their favourite love songs.

"We had the most amazing firework display at the end of the evening!" recalls Leigh. "We managed to keep it a secret from almost everyone, so it was a lovely surprise for all of our guests."

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Her advice to other couples is a common reflection, but well worth remembering. "Everyone says it, but just relax and enjoy every minute!" she asserts. "Don't stress about the build-up to the day and wanting everything to be perfect - it's inevitable that minor things will not go completely to plan but you'll be too happy to worry about anything on the day!"

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Photography Albert Palmer
Venue All Saints Church and Bickleigh Castle 
Dress Mori Lee at Serenity
Hair and make-up Camilla Kirk-Reynolds
Bridesmaids' dresses Kaliko from House of Fraser
Groom's outfit Austin Reed
Flowers Westcountry Wedding Flowers
Entertainment DJ Gary Pexton Fleet 07429 992148
Amelia Orgill
Firestorm Pyrotechnics

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