Everafter Dartmoor, Devon

real wedding

Emma & Niteen got in touch with me when Emma was feeling really overwhelmed by planning and styling her wedding. She knew what she didn’t want, but wasn’t sure what she did want.

They had chosen the fabulous Ever After because it really suited their style, but didn’t know where to go from there.

I had several long chats with the couple and got to know them a little. As with all my couples I try to design a wedding that really suits their style, and so I have to know as much as I can  about them to help me work out how to tell their story!

Emma said several things that started the creative ball rolling.

One was that she wasn’t a colourful person, she wanted to stick to a monochrome scheme of whites and green.  The second thing she told me was that she didn’t really like cut flowers, and didn’t like the idea of waste at the end of a wedding when all the cut flowers are just thrown away, and she also told me she really wanted to marry outside.

So no colour, no flowers, and a bride who freely admitted wasn’t very excited about how her wedding could look!!! A great creative challenge for me!  Operation get Emma excited was underway.

I love using potted plants, and orchids and ferns were the perfect choices for Emma and Niteens slick and elegant style. Potted plants also meant that there was little wastage, lucky guests couldn’t believe their luck when they were able to take all of the plants home as a lovely souvenir.  The only small amount of waste foliage from the outdoor ceremony structure was recycled into the compost at Ever After!


The outdoor ceremony structure or mandap was the site for the Hindu wedding ceremony, and we worked with billowing muslin, and rambling foliage on a birch frame, which was both natural and contemporary looking.  Paired with Ghost chairs, you couldn’t have set a more perfect scene ! Watch this space to see how beautiful the guys looked during their ceremony …. All I’m saying is there is some cape action.

Paper goods played a huge part of the design of the day, and when I was designing I knew there was only one special lady for the job – I’ve been a huge fan of Nat’s Paper Studio for a while and her minimal style worked perfectly for this design brief. Vellum has been huge in 2018 and we used it for lovely understated menus.  I also asked Nat to design striking black orders of service and an unusual Perspex table plan – which is probably my favourite table plan ever!!!

Little touches of the couple’s cultural background were worked into the scheme from the ceremony to the cake – take a look at my good friend Jenny’s cake design – it is out of this world, and everyone thought I was mad when I suggested displaying it in front of the water feature on a clear “floating” stand – but boy did it look good!!

One of the loveliest parts of the process with Emma was when she told me she finally felt ready to go out and choose her wedding dress once I had sent over my designs for her day. And boy oh boy what a dress!!! (actually two dresses – but watch this space for more of that!!)

Operation get Emma excited was a true success!

These photos were kindly shot for me by Miss Imagination – watch this spot for more from Sam Docker , the couples amazing photographer coming soon!!

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