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Wedding at Cadhay

French Fancy

Benedict and Kathryn's relaxed and rustic day at Cadhay

Benedict proposed to Kathryn during a holiday in Biarritz in the South of France - a fitting location given the theme for their wedding. "Our vision for the day was rustic and pretty, with a twist of French charm!" explains Kathryn. "Benedict and I love France and we were both lucky to grow up enjoying holidays there."

It was a case of love at first sight when they set eyes upon Cadhay's rustic barn and gardens. "The prospect of having a marquee also suited us well as we wanted to put our own touch on the whole event," says Kathryn.

A pretty palette of white with neutral blush tones, splashes of lavender and natural fabrics carried through the details, while bare wooden trestle tables and wood slice centrepieces brought the outside in, creating a relaxed and rustic mood. An array of vintage items sourced from both France and the UK, such as water glasses and jars, medicine bottles, carafes, milk churns and apple boxes, added a personal touch. "We wanted everything to be natural and relaxed, and not look too 'overthought'," comments Kathryn.

Flowers were key to the look, and bundles of gypsophila, delicate wildflowers and lavender sprigs adorned the venue, while soft blush and white roses, waxflower and astilbe were used for the bouquets.

The couple's attire was equally eye-catching. Fitting the theme perfectly, Kathryn wore a silk crepe and French Calais lace gown by Parisian designer, Laure de Sagazan. "I wore a headband and veil for the ceremony, which I switched for a beautiful flower crown of delicate waxflower with a few white rose buds just before dinner," she comments. Meanwhile, Benedict donned a dapper three-piece suit.

Following the ceremony in the rustic barn, guests spilled into the water garden for the French themed drinks reception where Kir royal, pastis, beer and Oranginas fresh from France were accompanied by music from gypsy jazz band Petites Annonces, garden games of croquet and petanque, and a selection of canapes.

The wedding breakfast included the delicious likes of rump of Devon lamb, clay pot baked salmon, butternut squash ravioli and a tantalising trio of desserts. In the evening, guests were treated to entertainment from acoustic singer, Cydney Brown, and a personal playlist, which kick-started the party in style.

"The whole day really was everything we could have wished for, and more!" reflects Kathryn. "Aside from the ceremony in the barn, the drinks reception was a highlight: seeing all our favourite people in one place enjoying themselves and celebrating with us takes some beating."

The self-proclaimed Pinterest addict highly recommends using the online tool during the planning process. "Get pinning!" she asserts. "Make sure you have different boards for each aspect of the day. I initially had just one 'wedding' board and it soon became overwhelming. Creating individual boards really helped to narrow down our choices."

Photography Helen Lisk
Venue Cadhay
Catering Dartmoor Kitchen
Marquee The Devon Marquee Company
Tables and chairs Virginia's Vintage Hire
Dress Laure de Sagazan from The Mews
Bridesmaid dresses Dessy from Angel Face
Groom's outfit Reiss Bow tie Ted Baker
Hair and make-up The Pop-Up Salon
Flowers 2020 Flowers
Entertainment Petites Annonces
Cydney Brown

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