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Wedding at Brickhouse Vineyard, Devon

Wedding at Brickhouse Vineyard, Devon

Golden Hour

Charley and Thomas's intimate summer wedding at Brickhouse Vineyard

The digital world brought Charley and Thomas together when they started following each other's blogs as teenagers. 'We had followed each other for a few years before I messaged Thomas for the first time. Fast forward a year and we had been speaking every day before going on our first date in August 2016,' reflects Charley. 

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After a 'perfect' proposal at home, the couple set out to find their dream intimate venue ' and they soon fell for the charms of Brickhouse Vineyard. 'It was the first venue we visited and we fell in love straight away,' says Charley. 

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In keeping with the venue's idyllic backdrop of leafy vines and meadows, they picked a palette of pale green and pink. 'We really love plants so there was a lot of greenery on the day,' says Thomas. 

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 Their vision was brought to life beautifully by wedding stylist Nikki Sherriff of Knots & Kisses. 'Nikki worked closely with our florist to make sure everything was cohesive and looked perfect on the day,' says Charley. 'She also set up for us which was a massive weight off our shoulders.' 
The venue was dressed with a dreamy blend of pale petals in glass vases, modern stationery and simple sprigs of rosemary atop rattan plates, while a ceremony arch bedecked with delicate petals and foliage framed the vows.

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The newly-weds exited the ceremony to a shower of confetti and savoured cherished moments with their family and friends in the sun-kissed grounds. With the wedding taking place two days before Covid restrictions ended, they replaced the planned buffet with individually served buffet platters ' these went down a treat, particularly the endnote: a trio of puddings comprising raspberry frangipani tart, lemon posset with shortbread and Devon apple cake with caramel sauce and clotted cream. 

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Restrictions meant plans for a DJ also had to be shelved, but guests were more than happy to mingle in the sunshine, playing board games and taking Polaroid pictures for the photo wall. 'As our families and friends hadn't been able to see each other for such a long time most people opted to sit and chat outside,' says Charley. What's more, being forced to have their first dance outdoors provided Charley's highlight of the day. 'It was around golden hour and turning around to see all of our friends with their arms around each other swaying along was so lovely,' she reminisces.

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The ensuing moments stand out most in Thomas's mind. 'Just after our first dance we were whisked away for some golden hour photos,' he says. 'We went to a nearby field and it was nice to escape and have some time together and reflect on the day.' 

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'The atmosphere was so lovely and everyone said how much they enjoyed themselves,' says Charley of her dream summer wedding. 'Regardless of how difficult Covid restrictions made planning, we're so happy with how things turned out.'
There's just one thing the couple would change. 'Have your ceremony earlier,' she advises, reflecting on their 2pm ceremony. 'We said to each other so many times that time was going too quickly and wished we had more time to soak it all up.' 

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Photography Nova Wedding Photography
Venue Brickhouse Vineyard
Styling & stationery Knots & Kisses
Catering Titley Green
Flaming Good Pizza Co. 
Dress Wed2B 
Hair Nicky from The Hair Boutique
Groom's outfit Next
Flowers Holly-Bee Flowers 
Cake Jax's Cakes 'N' Bakes
Invitations Pear Paper Co. 
Confetti bags Etsy