REAL WEDDING // Abbi & Matt - North Devon Farmhouse Glam Wedding

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HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE - What better way to celebrate the beginning of 2019 than sharing a special wedding from the previous year! 5th September 2018 was the day our buddies Abbi & Matt tied the knot at the stunning North Devon venue Ash Barton Estate. Abbi & Matt chose a mix of bespoke and DIY hand made details for their wedding day which included belting out Queen songs during their ceremony, evening sparklers, home baked cakes, hand painted stationery and more. This wedding day is bound to give you the all the feels so read on for heartwarming photos, beautiful details and top tips from the bride herself - Enjoy! Wedding day photography by Grace Elizabeth Photo & Film.

Photo by  Miss Imagination Photography.  Left - invitation, right Save the Date post card both featuring hand lettering and gold foiling.

Photo by Miss Imagination Photography. Left - invitation, right Save the Date post card both featuring hand lettering and gold foiling.

Abbi was keen to use stars within the couple’s bespoke wedding designs; from her clothing and jewellery to their home furnishings stars always feature and so this is where their invitation artwork began. We had previously created a portrait for the couple and this paired with a constellation motif became the backbone of their stationery.

We met with Matt and Abbi to chat about the feel they wanted to create for their wedding day and although formal they still wanted their invitations to feel fun. The gold detail gave an element of glamour and the sleek, slim shape kept it feeling like guests were invited to a black tie affair.

Photo by  Miss Imagination Photography.  Star and moon pattern which featured on the reverse of the invitation.

Photo by Miss Imagination Photography. Star and moon pattern which featured on the reverse of the invitation.

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Ash Barton Estate is an exclusive use venue nestled in the North Devon countryside; chapel, party barn, farmhouse with kitchen and rooms for guests to stay, pool, games room, not to mention the view; this venue was perfect for Abbi & Matt who, with the help of friends and family, did everything from a big welcome BBQ to baking their own wedding cake before the official celebrations had even begun.

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Their day had all the glamour of a (big) vintage white wedding - tuxedoes and all, but with the warmth of an intimate family celebration; this couple took their time spending a couple of years planning a day right for them. Read on for top tips from the DIY bride herself, our beautiful pal Abbi…

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Bridesmaid dresses -  Next .

Bridesmaid dresses - Next.

Find a venue that works for you: We knew from day one that we did not want a venue that you rock up to, in a hotel, and stay for 10 hours whilst making small talk at the shared bar with another wedding, or worse some sort of business convention. No, no, no. Luckily the year before we got engaged one of my best friends got married at a venue with accommodation for guests and it helped in our wedding venue hunt so much.

Bride’s gown -  Wed2Be . Bridesmaid dresses -  Asos .

Bride’s gown - Wed2Be. Bridesmaid dresses - Asos.

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More than just one day: We knew we wanted our guests there to celebrate with us the night before and night of the wedding; with ours being a DIY wedding this venue also gave us the chance to get in and decorate the day before (which actually turned into 2 days before, what a dream!). Also having guests coming from such a mix of locations from Birmingham, Bristol, Torquay and Plymouth we tried to find a venue somewhat in the middle, and chanced upon North Devon and our incredible venue, Ash Barton Estate.

Hand painted palette sign.

Hand painted palette sign.

Order of Service featuring hand painted lettering and illustrated constellation motif.

Order of Service featuring hand painted lettering and illustrated constellation motif.

Groom Matt created the hexagon backdrop himself which added a contemporary twist to the chapel space at Ash Barton.

Groom Matt created the hexagon backdrop himself which added a contemporary twist to the chapel space at Ash Barton.

Groom’s Tuxedo -  Next .

Groom’s Tuxedo - Next.

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Look and feel: Think about what you want your day to look and feel like, do you want guests there over night all mucking in, having a bbq and sitting by the fire pit. Do you want kids (and many adults) running around, playing on trampolines and fighting about air hockey. Do you want a self serving bar for your guests to enjoy… because we did!

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For these guys the party started right from the ceremony with guests taking part singing some of their favourite Queen songs.

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Order of the Day signage.

Order of the Day signage.

For big family weddings having guests stay on site at the venue is a great idea, everyone was free to head back to their rooms to change out of heels/grab a jumper/take kids for a nap, but of course you don’t want anyone to miss any of the action. We created this Order of the Day sign featuring their bespoke constellation illustration to keep all the guests up to date with what was happening when.

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Pastel florals with coral pink pops of colour created by Sophie Millington looked beautiful throughout the venue across the stone buildings and hanging foliage.

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You cannot ever re-do you wedding photos: … so make damn sure your photographer can create what you are looking for. As you might have guessed from above, our wedding was a family affair, full of kids and so many of our friends chipping in and becoming immersed in the whole experience with us. We were not going to be able to capture the feel of this in posed, poised photos. We needed natural, candid shots throughout the day, and this is exactly why we went with Grace and Mitch. I had met them even before we got engaged, whilst Grace was still a student, as I helped on a styled shoot (with none other than Dearly Beloved). Grace and Mitch were shooting me throughout the day and made me feel so comfortable, when the photos came back in I felt she had captured me so well, laughing, joking, and relaxed. So, as soon as we got engaged we contacted Grace and as soon as the venue had confirmed dates we booked her there and then. Not only does Grace have this ability, but so does her (now) husband Mitch, and having them both there on the day meant while Grace stayed with the bridal party Mitch could shoot the boys, guests arriving, last minute touches to the venue, etc. When getting the photos back these were all the moments I’d missed but now could some how relive. Grace’s style is dreamy, relaxed and natural and Matt knew early on he wanted something like this. Getting those photos back a month all two later will bring it all back to you, emotions will be running high! There is nothing like it, these are the tokens from the day you will keep forever so again, make it work for you!

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Plan a wedding you can afford: Unless you have been told, do not assume your family have been squirrelling away pennies for your big day. It’s not the 1950s! We decided on a budget of £6000 and for that we know we could get all the things we really wanted. Also our venue was a beautiful setting and completely DIY so it did some of the work for us but also allowed us to put out stamp on it. The £6000 did turn into £9000 after family members did want to contribute, but this money went on adding those finishing touches. We paid for the registrar to come to the venue (costing £500, instead of a 2 witness ceremony the day before which would have been £45), for the band to stay on for an extra hour, for a bigger hog roast to feed our guests, more flowers to help set off the tables during high tea as well as hiring more crockery and buying in all the majority of the high tea food. All these things made the day a little easier on me (the bride) too as many of these things were on my list of things to beg, borrow, make or steal!

Hand painted signage by Dearly Beloved.

Hand painted signage by Dearly Beloved.

Semi naked cakes lovingly made by the bride and finished with coordinating flowers.

Semi naked cakes lovingly made by the bride and finished with coordinating flowers.

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dearly beloved navy blue star illustrated table plan
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To tie all the visuals together we created hand painted signage that not only helped guests in the absence of more formal serving staff but decorated the space with the illustrated elements featured on invitations.

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Photo by  Miss Imagination Photography.  Save the Date post card featuring portrait, hand lettering and gold foiling.

Photo by Miss Imagination Photography. Save the Date post card featuring portrait, hand lettering and gold foiling.

Working with Dearly Beloved: Well as Abi and Ben have been dear friends of mine for 7 years this was a no-brainer for me, but when I met Matt his love of illustration made it even more clear that their work was the perfect fit for us. So, disclaimer, we love these guys… and might be a little bit biased, so I have written this more as a ‘tips’ during the bespoke design process. The beauty of working with a husband and wife team is that you get the best of both worlds. In this case, it is the blend of two styles: Abi being much more free, traditionally feminine and mostly hand painted; Ben being more clear, clean and digitally created - Abi and Ben married the clean and hand painted perfectly. We also kept in some of the hand painted elements I loved by using the portrait Abi had made for us for our save the dates (P.S if you are reading this as a wedding guest rather than bride, buy a freaking portrait for a wedding present, it is the best thing ever and so personal!). Also, if you want to be a fancy pants like us, get the gold foiling, it is delicious and your friends will swoon over it! the biggest lesson we learned was to have conversations and ask questions in those first few meetings/chats, the more you ask in the beginning the more you will love your designs.

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CONGRATULATIONS and huge thanks to Abbi and Matt for letting us share their wedding story.

SUPPLIERS
Stationery – Dearly Beloved
Photography - Grace Elizabeth Photo & Film
Flowers - Sophie Millington
Venue - Ash Barton Estate
Bride’s dress - Wed2Be
Bridesmaid dresses: Asos
Suits: Next
Flower Girls: Next
Hair and Make Up: Bride
Cake: Bride

Modern Spring Time Chic styled shoot

We have joined forces with some wonderful wedding suppliers to bring you this Spring Time Chic styled shoot. Celebrating the finer details of a wedding this inspirational shoot is focused on custom wedding invitations, wild, rustic flowers and a hand painted coordinating cake. This creative collaboration is all about vibrant styling with sweet pastels and modern rose gold tones - perfect couples looking for something a little different!

Wedding Cake by  Edible Essence . Photo by  UpArt Photography

Wedding Cake by Edible Essence. Photo by UpArt Photography

Bouquet created by  Native Flower Farm . Photo by  Grace Elizabeth Photography

Bouquet created by Native Flower Farm. Photo by Grace Elizabeth Photography

“This inspirational styled shoot was a great opportunity to bring together talented Devon wedding suppliers that share our ethos for creative, personalised celebrations” Ben, Dearly Beloved

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Spring Table Decor, Menu by  Dearly Beloved . Photo by  Grace Elizabeth Photography

Spring Table Decor, Menu by Dearly Beloved. Photo by Grace Elizabeth Photography

On the steps of  Devonport Guildhall ... Left to right: Grace from  Grace Elizabeth Photography , Lou from  Devonport Guildhall , Abi from  Dearly Beloved , Jennifer from  Edible Essence , Agata from  UpArt Photography  and Kelly from  Native Flower Farm

On the steps of Devonport Guildhall... Left to right: Grace from Grace Elizabeth Photography, Lou from Devonport Guildhall, Abi from Dearly Beloved, Jennifer from Edible Essence, Agata from UpArt Photography and Kelly from Native Flower Farm

We used the quirky wedding stationery suite we designed for Devonport Guildhall featuring a custom illustration of the historic architecture and colourful florals as a starting point for the shoot. Abi had a wonderful day working collaboratively with the amazing ladies from Edible Essence Cake Art, Native Flower Farm, Grace Elizabeth Photography and UpArt Photography to create contemporary, fun styling!

Save the Date for Devonport Guildhall . Photo by Grace Elizabeth Photography

Save the Date for Devonport Guildhall. Photo by Grace Elizabeth Photography

Table plan ladder by  Dearly Beloved . Photo by  Grace Elizabeth Photography

Table plan ladder by Dearly Beloved. Photo by Grace Elizabeth Photography

Couples tying the knot at this historic, city venue can choose this contemporary stationery collection for their own celebration and even customise the design to match their wedding colour scheme. Contact us for more info!

Dearly Beloved 's Abi in action. Photo by  Grace Elizabeth Photography

Native Flower Farm always uses truly seasonal flowers from their own farm and other local growers in all of their work, all year round. 

"...we knew we needed bright but delicate flowers to highlight and meld all the elements of the scheme into one big beautiful whole. Inspired by what we saw in our fields and the classic flower shapes of Dearly Beloved Guildhall designs, we created a bridal bouquet and table-scape of bright pops and fresh greens in a riotous garden-gathered style with a delicate nod to the elegance of the Regency setting of the Guildhall with our favourite trailing ribbon styling." Kelly, Native Flower Farm

Jenny from  Edible Essence  hand painting the cake's sugarcraft detail. Photo by  Grace Elizabeth Photography

Jenny from Edible Essence hand painting the cake's sugarcraft detail. Photo by Grace Elizabeth Photography

This luxurious cake was created by award winning couture cake designer Edible Essence. Taking inspiration from the the invitation's floral wreath, Jenny from Edible Essence, hand painted this contemporary cake with sugarcraft detail. 

We emulated the illustrated  illustrations  featured on the suite in real life florals. Photo by  Grace Elizabeth Photography

We emulated the illustrated illustrations featured on the suite in real life florals. Photo by Grace Elizabeth Photography

We are swooning at this BEAUTIFUL film of the day, created by Mitch Guy over at Grace Elizabeth Photography!

We were lucky enough to have not one but two photographers capturing products AND behind the scenes images of the suppliers in action. Huge thanks to talented photographer Grace Elizabeth Photography who brought her genuine, story-teller style to the shoot. And also to the lovely Agata from UpArt Photography for her fun photography, passionate approach, friendly direction.

Grace and Mitch - The team at  Grace Elizabeth Photography

Grace and Mitch - The team at Grace Elizabeth Photography

Agata from  UpArt Photography

Read more about the shoot in this awesome feature over at Whimsical Wonderland Weddings

Stationery - Dearly Beloved
Cake - Edible Essence
Flowers - Native Flower Farm
Photography & videography - Grace Elizabeth Photography
Photography - UpArt Photography 
Venue - Devonport Guildhall