Introducing Alex and Matt and their absolutely stunning wedding day today, which was held at Ever After – A Dartmoor Wedding in Devon on the 17th August 2019. They described their day to me as “beautiful, rustic, natural, raw and emotional” and you know what it really was all of those things and more.
One of the elements to their day I love the most has to be the pretty blue colour scheme which is so fresh and delicate, with blousy blooms and the lovely bridesmaids dresses in the pale hue. Talking of the florals, I adore Alex’s flower crown, it works perfectly with her lacy dress too, swoon! Matt and the groomsmen looked ever so smart in navy blue suits and contrasting waistcoats with knitted ties, such a great combo.
Do keep an eye out for lovely décor, which includes a vintage door table plan, a spectacular semi naked cake and fairy lights all round. Just magical.
Huge thanks goes to Younger Photography for sharing with us these fantastic captures of a truly special celebration.
Matt’s dream job was to become a weapons engineer in the Royal Navy and follow in the footsteps of his late Father. In his training recruits are allowed out into town for a few hours in their final weeks. Unbeknown to me Matt utilised that opportunity to visit my Father at work and ask his permission for my hand in marriage. Once he had the approval, he snuck into town to meet my best friend and choose my engagement ring. On the day of his naval pass out and completion of his basic training myself and our close friends and family were there to support and cheer Matt on. Selflessly Matt decided on his special day was the time he wanted to propose which was beautifully done in front of all his supporting guests. It was highly emotional and beautiful with a ray of sunshine shining down on us!
Pinterest is your go to when it comes to thinking over your wedding theme. My husband to be and I would spend hours trawling through saving pictures. It was quickly apparent we were looking for a rustic style outdoors wedding with lots of fairy lights. In keeping with that we were keen for a live band in the evening sporting our indie / rock music we love. Being a summer wedding and blue being our favourite colour we chose a blue theme… but of course the right shade of blue, somewhere in between pale and sky blue.
The Planning Process
As the venue was very much outdoors with gardens rich with flowers, I kept the flowers very minimalistic. We had loose natural handtied bouquets, buttonholes and corsages full of white Astibille & Astrantia, pale blue Delphiniums, cream Roses and pale blue Scabious, finished with foliages such as Thaspi and Eucalyptus all tying in with my ‘blue’ theme. The invitations also kept in with the floral theme as did the dried lavender place names and foliage table centrepieces. Our semi-naked cake kept our rustic theme alive topped with fresh fruit and flowers.
The boys wanted something super smart. Whilst we are all for traditions for us it was essential the ties matched the colour theme or bridesmaid dresses. Because of this I actually think the suits were better. They had a Moss Bro navy blue tailored suit jacket and wool rich brushed trousers with a subtle check. In addition, they had a dark green windowpane tailor fitted waistcoat. The two-tone looked lovely and modern and finished off with a navy and green knitted tie and cavani tweed shoes.
Our semi-naked cake kept our rustic theme alive! It was 3 tiered – 10” lemon cake, 8” chocolate fudge and 6” lemon cake covered in fresh fruit and flowers matching the bouquets topped with Mr and Mrs Bunting.
The bridesmaid dresses were the easy thing to organise for my wedding. I had only two bridesmaid who are both very relaxed. I was so fortunate to find two bridesmaid dresses in exactly the shade I wanted which both girls loved. They were plain, heavy chiffon, fitted at the top before dropping at the waist with small dainty bows on the shoulders.
I was really keen on a boho hairstyle with lots of loose curls but something that was also in keeping with me. We opted for an up-style hairdo consisting of a loose fishtail plait finished with a low bun. I had a flower crown made up of fresh small white spray roses, pale blue delphiniums, white astilbe which I absolutely loved. My makeup was very natural with a bridal glow.
Your Outfits & Accessories
The Dress: Every bride has this idea of the style of dress she wants, and I was no different. So excited to find my perfect dress on the rack of the bridal store and uh oh it didn’t suit me! Now what… I tried on every single different shape and style which is something I’d totally recommend every bride does. My style was a complete surprise to myself and the opposite to what I originally thought I had in my head! I went for a beautiful Sophia Tolli dress Orion which was a misty tulle, all-over shimmer A-line gown. I added a belt to draw in my waist and a shoulder piece which I absolutely adored!
We always knew we wanted a super rustic, natural feel to the wedding day and planned to visit many venues. We looked through lots of manor houses, but nothing quite captured us. When we saw Ever After we instantly knew it was ‘the one’. The beautiful barn would be perfect for our ceremony before moving down to the orangery and marquee for the remainder of our special day. The surrounding woodland and beautiful gardens provided us with the rustic and natural theme we desired and the river running through the venue just topped it all off. We couldn’t have imagined a better venue if we had tried.
We came across our Younger Photography online and once met knew Aga could produce the style of pictures we were looking for – super natural with the perfect lighting. I cannot stop looking at our beautiful photos! I can’t thank her enough.
Byron Jackson – Powerhouse Videos.
We jetted off to beautiful Mauritius for 10 days. It was lovely to sit in paradise whilst in our married bliss. I’m really happy we went straight after our wedding which meant we didn’t have those ‘wedding blues’ and were still very much in our love bubble!
The best part of the whole day was the speeches. It was beautiful to see raw emotion when everybody spoke. We had collated a video montage of old home videos. It was set out in a timeline showing footage of both our parents during their wedding days before moving on to videos of Matt and I which showed us grow up and progress as a couple in our lives together. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house!
Advice For Other Couples
Don’t go mad on optional extras, burger vans, ice cream trucks etc because you don’t miss it on the day – in my opinion less is more! Take some time out during the speeches, ceremony, book signing to take everybody in – the day goes so quickly that you can miss so much!
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Sophia Tolli – Orion
Margot – Rainbow Club
Odds & Buds
Alex and Matt, thank you so very much for sharing your super special wedding story with us xo Lou