Wedding at Higher Eggbeer Farm, Devon
The First Glance
Kimberley and Carl's bohemian glamour wedding at Higher Eggbeer Farm
Carl played football for our local club and my mum met him whilst I was travelling Australia. She instantly had a sixth sense that he would marry her daughter, and relayed this information to him one night,” says Kimberley of her and Carl’s romantic destiny.
“Once back from travelling we were dancing at our local when my mum introduced us. The first words that I heard Carl say when he met me were: ‘will you marry me?’...and the rest is history!”
A summer’s evening in the far west of Cornwall was the setting for their engagement. “We were on the coastal path between Sennen and Gwynver when Carl decided to climb to a clifftop,” says Kimberley. “When I reached the top, I heard him call my name. I quickly ran over to be greeted by him on one knee with a beautiful ring that was glistening in the evening sun!”
Higher Eggbeer Farm was the only venue the couple saw, owing to the fact that it was “the most rustic, enchanting place I have ever visited”, explains Kimberley. The couple poured their creative energies into designing the wedding themselves, a celebration of “bohemian glamour inspired by the pages of enchanted books. Our huge dreamcatchers made the venue look so romantic. And the 16th century barn gave a rustic vibe throughout,” explains Kimberley, who caused a sartorial stir with her choice of gown: a couture regal-style dress featuring hand-embroidered Swarovski pearls, crystal beadwork and an Italian tulle skirt.
The flowers took a wild aesthetic, mixing foliage with eucalyptus, white veronica, artemisia, roses and daisies, while the décor struck a similar tone with place settings comprising half-rolled hessian and stems of dried lavender tied with twine, and tables adorned with lavender and candles. “The barn smelt great!” recalls Kimberley.
Staging a “romantic and intimate” ceremony, Kimberley and Carl requested guests not to video or photograph proceedings – “so they could really be in the moment with us”, says Kimberley. “Our two French bulldogs Frankie and Mowgli also walked down the aisle along with my bridesmaids and flower girls!”
Canapés and live acoustic music followed in the afternoon sun ahead of the wedding breakfast of Devon steak burger, beer battered fish and chips, pulled pork, bean burgers, and chocolate brownies served in brown cardboard boxes in keeping with the barn’s rustic vibe.
The evening saw a ‘build your own nachos station’, a surprise choreographed dance by the bride and her maids and the lighting of a huge firepit, followed by a pool party and after-party that lasted into the small hours.
“I gave my own bridal speech,” says Kimberley of one of her most poignant parts of the day. “I think all brides should consider this; I’m so glad I did as it really added to the love that was felt in the room.”
And her suggestion for those planning their own weddings? “If your budget allows, invest in a videographer. It will make it unforgettable forever. We look back at our film and we still feel the emotions we felt that day.”
Photography Enchanted Brides enchantedbrides.photography
Venue Higher Eggbeer Farm higher-eggbeer.co.uk
Catering La Cantina lacantinasouthwest.com
Dress Ersa Atelier ersaatelier.com
Headpiece Pronovias pronovias.com
Bridesmaids’ dresses Boohoo boohoo.com
Flower girls’ dresses Next next.co.uk
Groom & best men’s outfits Zebel Bespoke zebel.co.uk
Hair Down the Alley and Up the Stairs downthealleyandupthestairs.co.uk
Flowers Flowers by Sophie Millington flowersbysophiemillington.com
Entertainment Shine On shineonband.co.uk
Magician Bruce Farrell brucefarrellmagic.weebly.com
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