Wedding at The Great Barn, Devon
Garden of Delights
Paul and Becky's flower-filled party at The Great BarnPaul proposed to Becky in the gaze of her parents during a family picnic on a hot summer's day in Kew Gardens. "It was amazing and very romantic - a day myself nor my parents will ever forget!" recalls Becky. It was entirely fitting that the couple chose The Great Barn as their wedding venue. Their theme of 'A Secret Garden' perfectly suited the idyllic countryside space and nodded to Becky's Devon roots, while reflecting the romantic setting of their engagement.
Selecting teal as their main colour, the details of the day evoked the theme beautifully, with the flowers being a focal point. Becky carried a bouquet of country flowers in whites and blues that included white and pale blue delphiniums, gypsophila, cornflowers and majolica. The table centrepieces were similarly striking: a seasonal mix of snap dragons, achillea, stocks, cornflowers, tanacetum and scabiosa in whites, blues and greens arranged in cream and blue jugs and Kilner jars. "My favourite detail of the day was the lavender pot plant table plan, where guests' names were written on gardener's blackboard labels," says Becky. "The guests had to find their table from the name labels stuck in the plant pots."
In keeping with the pretty, ethereal mood, Becky wore a gorgeous gown made of silk and Calais lace with dainty flowers adorning her hair, while Paul teamed his dapper tailcoat with a pair of eye-catching teal patent shoes.
The ceremony proved the highlight of the day for Becky. "We had written our own vows which made the commitment to each other really personal and special," she says. "It was an amazing feeling walking out of the Great Barn after we had got married and confetti being thrown at us - a wonderfully happy moment in time." Rather appropriately, a blessing then took place in the garden, rounded off with celebratory drinks and canapes from Dartmoor Kitchen.
The delectable flavours continued during a wedding breakfast including the likes of braised shin of West Country beef, vegetable tagine and thyme gnocchi rounded off with pear and almond cake and hot chocolate fondant. A selection of local cheeses and Tom's Pies went down a treat in the evening, alongside entertainment from four-piece band The Somebodys, who played a foot-stomping set, and Kamper Klicks' vintage VW camper van turned photo booth, which provided further amusement.
Reflecting on her perfectly planned day, Becky is replete with words of wisdom for other couples. "Give yourself as much time as possible to organise the wedding; it's a stressful and exciting period of your life and you want to ensure it's exactly how you imagine. Decide on a theme or colour scheme as early as possible as this really helps in the planning process."
She also advocates DIY and delegation. "Do as much of the work yourself as you can: homemade invitations add a personal touch if you're creative and guests will love the extra effort! Where possible, ask friends and family to assist with decorations and logistics - you will find people will be only too happy to help." She adds: "Have fun! This is possibly one of the only times you and all your family and friends will be together at the same party."
Photography Emma Solley www.emmasolley.com
Venue The Great Barn www.thegreatbarndevon.co.uk
Catering Dartmoor Kitchen www.dartmoorkitchen.com
Dress Laure de Sagazan from The Mews of Notting Hill www.themewsnottinghill.co.uk
Bridesmaid dresses Alfred Sung www.dessy.com/bridesmaid-dresses/alfredsung
Groom's outfit Moss Bros www.mossbroshire.co.uk
Flowers Emma Vowles www.emmavowles.co.uk
Hair Creative Wedding Hair www.creativeweddinghair.co.uk
Make-up Nicola Pettitt www.nicolapettitt.com
Entertainment The Somebodys www.earcandylive.co.uk
Kamper Klicks www.kamperklicks.co.uk
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