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My Wedding Day

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As this is a wedding blog, I thought it was time I shared some details about my own wedding. This is post is going to take a look at the main things we bought, hired and used for our wedding such as the venue, photographer, food, dresses and suits.

Wedding Venue – Colehayes Park, Devon

While we live in Somerset, we actually ended up getting married in Devon, at the stunning Colehayes Park. We’d so many weddings at the same venues locally, we really want to get married somewhere a little bit different.

We also wanted somewhere our guests would be able to stay over, and as it sleeps around 80 people, Colehayes definitely ticked this box. We hired the house for a long weekend over Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Another reason we chose this venue was that we weren’t tied into any suppliers. We could get in whatever caterers, music, entertainment etc we wanted but the owners were happy to provide recommendations should we need them.

Although we initially planned to get married outside, unfortunately, the weather was not on our side and we ended up getting married in one of the indoor spaces (of which there are a fair few).

This worked for our small wedding of around 50 guests but might not have done for a larger wedding. That said, many couples that choose this venue hire a marquee to add a large enough space to cater to everyone.

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One of the lakes at Colehayes Park

Photography – Adam Rumble

We found Adam after a friend of ours shared his page on Facebook. We loved his photos with their relaxed style and his wedding packages reasonably priced too. Lots of his pictures can be seen in this post (all credited to him underneath).

Adam is a really lovely guy, kind and helpful and we couldn’t have been happier with how our pictures turned out.

Food & Catering – Afternoon Tea Catered By Us – Evening Dans American Kitchen

For our wedding breakfast, we catered our own afternoon tea. I ordered lots of cakes, scones and other bits before the wedding and then on the day, we made loads of sandwiches, bagels and other bits. It was slightly crazy to be honest and I’m not sure I’d do it again in hindsight!

Photo By Adam Rumble Photgrpahy
Photo By Adam Rumble Photography


In the evening we had the team from Dans American Kitchen serve up rolls filled with brisket or chicken and then mac n cheese as a veggie option. There was LOADS of afternoon tea leftover too so the guest continued eating cake and scones as well.

We also filled and ran the bar ourselves. I wish we hadn’t. It was so stressful, more so than doing our own food and is probably one of my biggest regrets about our wedding.

Wedding Dress

Sadly the wedding shop where I bought my dress no longer exists, but it was a Maggie Sottero from the 2015 collection. I bought my vintage veil second-hand through a bridal group and I absolutely love how it looked on the day. My dress was champagne in colour rather than white.

Photo By Adam Rumble Photography

Bridesmaid Dresses & Suits

My bridesmaids dresses actually came from Tesco’s F&F range and were half price costing just £25 each. Similar styles in Debenhams were retailing around £100 each at the time so I was super pleased with my bargain.

All of the Men’s suits came from Next. We did look at hiring suits but decided the cost vs stress of getting them back to the store after the wedding etc would just be too much.


Flowers – Amanda Anthony

We met Amanda through our boss and she did an amazing job with the flowers for our wedding providing artificial bouquet for me and my bridesmaids (due to my pollen allergies), lapel flowers for the men, bouquets for gifts and table flowers for our afternoon tea as well as some extras for decorating the space we got married in.

Photo By Adam Rumble Photography

She also lent us lots of props, tea sets for afternoon tea and other bits that made our wedding magical. She is lovely and kinda we remain friends with her to this day. Amanda is based in Highbridge, Somerset so if your local to this area you should definitely check her out.

The best of the rest

Here is a quick rundown of some of the other suppliers we used:

The lady that did my hair and make-up no longer offers her services and my bridesmaids did their own. Pretty much everything else we did ourselves, from the decorations and table numbers to the DIY photo backdrop. It was a lot of work and looking back now I do wish we’d hired professionals for more of it than we did.

That said, lots of our friends and family talk about our wedding fondly with some saying it the best wedding they’ve ever been to. A big factor in that was the relaxed atmosphere we were able to create by choosing a venue that just let us get on with things.

Anyway, I hope you’ve enjoyed that little delve into our big day! If you have any questions about any of the suppliers we used, please do get in touch I’m always happy to chat about all things weddings.