Wedding at Rockbeare Manor, Devon
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Aimee and Andy's gorgeous autumnal wedding at Rockbeare Manor
“Andy proposed on my birthday,” says Aimée. “In the evening we went out for a meal and when we got home he said that he had one more gift to give me and produced a huge box. Inside was a beautiful hand-painted bowl full of chocolate. After digging a little deeper, I found a little box that contained the most beautiful engagement ring.”
As the couple behind the stunning wedding venue Rockbeare Manor, choosing where to get married was easy. “We’ve seen it during its transformation from a run-down family home to the stylish, elegant venue that it is today,” explains Aimée. “It’s such a captivating, romantic place – both the Manor itself and setting too. It was the perfect place to host our wedding. Food and service are both hugely important to us and so we also had the added benefit of knowing for sure that our chefs and event team would look after us all really well on the day itself – and true to form, they all did an outstanding job.”
Planning a day that was “simple and stylish, but striking at the same time,” they let the theme naturally evolve before settling on soft greens and pinks, “with the main focal point for the décor being the flowers, which were delicate, wild and non-structured.”
“We opted for a mix of all sorts of wild and wonderful flowers such as ranunculi, anemones, dahlias, garden roses and my favourites… chocolate cosmos!” says Aimée of the breathtaking floristry. “The bouquet was delicate, wild and free, and finished with a velvet ribbon, while the two huge pedestal arrangements that were the main feature in the ceremony were then moved to the dining table, which created such impact.”
The entertainment was wow-worthy, too, with pianist William Young playing during the drinks reception as “brilliant and hilarious” caricaturist Chrissy Marshall created “the perfect memento for all our guests to take away with them”, says Aimée.
A feast for all the senses, Aimée and Andy opted for a delectable menu comprising tian of Devon crab; herb-crusted loin of lamb with spelt, pea and broad bean risotto, and a trio of desserts: white and dark chocolate parfait, sorbet, and blackberry and apple compote. Meanwhile, the cake – “a beautiful work of art” – comprised two tiers with gentle marbling and a sugar flower arrangement .
“Our wedding breakfast was held in the original Dining Room with all of us around one large oval table and so it felt so special,” says Aimée, who relished an evening of dancing and further culinary delights before a showstopping fireworks display.
When asked to share her favourite memory, Aimée’s answer is a reminder of how much she loved her day. “It is so hard to pick just one!” she says. “We both loved the ceremony – it felt so special as we’d kept it relatively intimate with just 35 guests and decided to hold it in the stunning Drawing Room. It was the first time we have ever held a ceremony in that room, but it’s our favourite place in the house with a private balcony and amazing views,” she continues.
“If you have children attending the wedding, hire a professional to entertain them,” advises Aimée of how to achieve a relaxed and entertaining day for all. “Ruth from Party Pieces was an absolute godsend; in fact, I told her that she was like our fairy godmother!”
Photography Nova Wedding Photography novaweddingphotography.co.uk
Venue Rockbeare Manor rockbearemanor.co.uk
Groom’s outfit Trevails trevails.co.uk
Dress Sassi Holford sassiholfordtaunton.co.uk
Hair Alex & Geo from Element Creative Hair elementcreativehair.co.uk
Flowers Bramble & Wild brambleandwild.com
Cake Peboryon peboryon.com
Stationery Tankerville Press tankervillepress.co.uk
Entertainment William Young wypianos.co.uk Chrissy Marshall sensiblepencil.com Dizzy Feet Events dizzyfeet.co.uk Party Piecespartypiecesltd.co.uk
Fireworks Sonic Fireworks sonicfireworks.co.uk
Photo booth Crown Entertainment crown-entertainment.co.uk
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