Last weekend Ian and I ventured down to Devon for the much-anticipated wedding of our good friends Mark and Alex. They are a gorgeous couple and really quite quirky and creative in their own personal styles and ideas so I was itching to see how they were going to thread this into their wedding day.
For me, a wedding is the coming together of two families and it saddens me when you go to a wedding and there are little to no personal touches. As a guest, I like to see where they have come from and visually experience their personalities in all the elements of the day or at least where possible. Of course, not everyone is creative but I think even the most un-imaginative of people can pull something out of the bag on their wedding day.
The wedding of Mark and Alex was beautiful and oh my so them. The venue and day overall was wrapped in their tastes, their ideas and ultimately, it sang of them as a couple. A few days before while out on a walk with Ian I literally bored him stupid with all my predictions of what I think the day will be like and to be honest, I was pretty close on many of them. Although I don’t know Mark and Alex really well, I have a pretty good feel for how they are individually so things like Alex’s dress, I was correct in that it would be mermaid-esk whereby it was slimming until the bottom where it fanned out. Just gorgeous! Alex also wore a beautiful headpiece rather than a veil and Mark in true form opted for a chequered suit and gold shoes –sounds horrendous when I write it but honestly, it was fabulous!
The ceremony and reception were both held at the venue (Colehayes Park, Bovey Tracy). Although I am a Devon girl I was unfamiliar with the place but it was stunning; a big beautiful house set amongst several acres of land. There was a long winding driveway and on arrival we were greeted at the door by one of the ushers and prompted to walk through to the garden at the back. After a short amount of mingling and a drink or two, to our surprise we were told to walk to the bottom of the garden for the ceremony –yes, an outdoors ceremony! Behind an arched hedge were several rows of hay bales and at the front, a cute little covered stand/structure… words fail me today but to describe it basically it was like a mini bandstand, very much like what you would find in a park but smaller. Flowers decorated the front.
Of course the bride ran a bit fashionably late but who wouldn’t? With five bridesmaids and a gorgeous and impeccably well-behaved flower girl before her, Alex glided down the isle to meet her groom. The ceremony was tailored to them completely and following the I-do’s we had champagne, canapés and oysters (yes, really) in the garden before eventually being lead into a marquee for the wedding breakfast and reception.
Rather than let you in on all the elements of the day and give away all their clever and beautiful personal touches and ideas, I will include some photos to speak the rest of the words that I will refrain from writing. What I will say on a final note is that regular readers of this blog will be aware that a couple of months ago I wrote a post highlighting my quest for a jumpsuit. Well, albeit leaving it to the last moment of summer, I found a jumpsuit and rocked it at the wedding! Boom!
Until next time xFollow