Wedding at River Cottage, Devon
Amy and Martyn's dream foodie wedding at River CottageFirst meeting as teenagers when they enjoyed a “small fling, but it didn’t work out at the time”, it wasn’t until years later that Amy and Martyn reconnected during a serendipitous encounter in a local bar. “Neither of us planned to go out on this particular evening,” reveals Amy. “Martyn recognised me, and it went from there!”
It was during a birthday trip to Budapest when Martyn, whose initial idea to propose on the bridge during their final evening didn’t go to plan, opted to pop the question over a bottle of Hungarian fizz in their hotel room.
River Cottage was the couple’s dream venue “as we always wanted an outdoor wild type of wedding. We are also big foodies and liked the fact that we knew all of the food had come from local suppliers and from the River Cottage farm itself,” explains Amy.
“I wanted it to feel quite natural, and cosy,” she elaborates. “I love wild flowers, and wanted them to be included. I always quite liked the idea of a boho-style wedding.”
The floristry was a key aspect to the look and feel of Amy and Martyn’s natural day, which featured trailing flowers down the tables, a wild flower bouquet and flower crowns for the flower girls and pageboys.
The ceremony included a performance by a steel drum player, who continued to entertain guests during the drinks reception in the farmhouse, where canapés of scotch eggs, hummus with flatbreads and crudités, grilled mussels, and Welsh rarebit, alongside autumn fruit bellinis, local cider and beer, did the delicious rounds.
“We had a general plan of what we fancied on the day, but the chefs decided nearer the time on the final ingredients depending on what was in season,” explains Amy of the sumptuous wedding breakfast, which transpired to be a sea bass and fennel starter followed by beef brisket and seasonal vegetables, with the wedding cake with fruit and cream for dessert.
Petit fours and coffee were served in the yurt ahead of the band and dancing in the main hall. “We were supposed to have games such as bowling and welly-wanging in the field at the venue, but the weather did not allow for this!” says Amy. “It rained heavily all day long! We had planned to marry outside, but this had to change last minute. It didn't dampen anyone’s spirits though!”
The evening continued to treat guests to the farm’s famous feasting courtesy of marshmallows toasted over the fire and pizzas cooked in the woodfired oven.
“We both honestly loved the whole day – it was such good fun!” reflects Amy. “The ceremony was so quick that we had the rest of the day to enjoy ourselves. It was lovely to see family and friends enjoying themselves together.”
As her newly wedded words of wisdom, she says: “I would advise not to get stressed out over planning. In the end our wedding didn't quite go to plan with the weather, but it was still amazing! I actually think you should try to enjoy the planning part, as hopefully you will only do it once!” she adds. “I also think you shouldn't be afraid to have little ones at the wedding, as they make the day!”
Photography Emma Stoner Photography emmastonerweddings.com
Venue River Cottage rivercottage.net/weddings
Dress Suzanne Neville from The Bespoke Wardrobe thebespokewardrobe.co.uk
Groom & best man’s outfits Moss Bros moss.co.uk
Flower girls & pageboys’ outfits Monsoon monsoon.co.uk Debenhams debenhams.com John Lewis johnlewis.com
Hair & make-up Reflections Hair and Beauty reflectionsaxminster.com
Flowers The Real Cut Flower Garden cutflowergarden.co.uk
Cake Queen Bee Cakes queenbeecakes.org.uk
Entertainment Alex Clifton acsteelpan.co.uk Plugged In! pluggedinband.co.uk
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