Showcasing the most incredible bohemian outdoor wedding today, captured by Rosie Anderson whose been described by the bride as “cool, relaxed and lovely”. Quite. Lucy and Tom’s breath-taking midsummers wedding has to be one of my most favourite to date. It’s not only incredibly stylish but every detail has earned it’s place inspired by their shared loves…
From Lucy: Being outside with nature was the basis of the entire wedding and knowing we didn’t want the conventional. We wanted our guests to experience everything we love about Devon, the great outdoors, the romance, the relaxed pace, and really show off the reason we love living here and how we fell in love here.
I stumbled across our venue the Holwell Temple when looking for ideas rather than a venue, the Castle Hill estate host the usual beautiful stately home lawn weddings, but also had the offer of a new venue not yet up and running…We went to visit the temple deep in the woods, where it appears in a clearing overlooking the valley; a perfect empty shell where we could have our ceremony and reception and make those woods ours for the day – and it really did feel like that, tucked away in our own little world. It also enabled us to have what felt like a traditional ceremony in a very spiritual building without having to conform to a church wedding.
I grew up in Brighton and am proud of what a cool city it is and how special it is to me. So it was a no-brainer that I’d find my dress there – my bit of Brighton on the wedding day. Hope & Harlequin Vintage Boutique is full of vintage and vintage inspired dresses, hand made by the wonderful Sarah. As well as gowns they collect incredible accessories; my veil was Edwardian and my absolute star piece was a Victorian wax flower crown. I fell in love with it the second I put it on, we joked it was a Titania Queen of the fairies crown and it really was.
Details & DIY:
Tom grew all of the flowers for the table decorations at our cottage garden and we had expert help from our friends at The Garden Room to take some of the pressure off! Georgie my clever mother-in-law made all of our floral bunting for the marquee decoration which gave a really bright and happy feel to the space. Another twist we made, instead of the now popular flip flop handouts were picnic blankets for guests to take a seat under the trees, relax and enjoy the surroundings and outdoor games. We were also gifted with a great friend bringing his guitar which made everyone smile and relax even more and as the sun set we turned the Temple into the affectionately named ‘party cube’.
Every decision we made for our wedding was made together and I think that was really important, from the beginning it was our wedding and grew out of things we love and wanted to share and we wouldn’t change one single thing.
Pretty special huh?
…And extra lovely to know this truly unique venue is just a stone’s throw from my home…Devon brides – take note!
//Credits: Photographer: Rosie Anderson//Dress and Accessories: ‘Circle’ Hope & Harlequin //Venue: Holwell Temple, Castle Hill Estate//Marquee: Funky Tents//Flowers: The Garden Room//Hair: Tangles, Braunton//Cake: The Cheese Larder, South Molton//Paella: Your Paella//Wood Fired Pizzas: Pizza Buono//Luxury Ice Cream: The Ice Cream Tricycle, North Devon//Vintage Jaguar: Taw and Torridge Vintage Vehicle Hire//Bridesmaids dresses: ASOS//Wedding rings: Holts Luxury Jewellery Boutique