Your Devon and Cornwall Wedding - January/February 2024 (Issue 47)

A dreamy day Magical, ethereal venues BEAUTY SOS Local experts reveal all Spotlight on... South Cornwall Devon and Cornwall BEST OF... LOVE BIRDS Local real-life love stories JAN/FEB 2024 £3.55 DEVON CORNWALL & WEDDING The very

Website: Instagram: @osborne_hotel_torquay Facebook: @osbornehotel The best day of your life deserves a unique and memorable setting, and where better to celebrate your love than overlooking the sparkling sea in a historic regency hotel. The Osborne Hotel is grand enough to be luxurious and yet small enough to offer unrivalled care and attention to each guest. With our historical ambiance and contemporary styling, we believe we offer a unique venue, tailored individually for your dream wedding. We have two options for your civil ceremony or partnership, each with their own unique character and charm. With panoramic sea views that overlook Meadfoot beach our venue brings an oceanic touch to your ceremony. Weddings & Civil Ceremonies THE OSBORNE HOTEL Osborne Hotel, Hesketh Crescent, Torquay, TQ1 2LL E: T: 01803 213311

REGULARS 7 EDITOR’S LETTER A warm welcome from Claire 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the regions 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 58 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer big-day advice 90 COMPETITION Win a honeymoon in Jamaica worth £4,500 CONTENTS JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2024 VENUES 14 SPOTLIGHT ON... South Cornwall 19 DREAMY DAYS Get wed in one of these magical wedding venues On the cover Ednovean Farm provided the breathtaking venue for our cover this issue, beautifully captured on camera by Victoria Walker Photography. This image is from our exclusive styled shoot that was planned, designed and coordinated by Natalie Blake Wedding & Event Design. Turn to page 43 to see the shoot in full and to book Victoria for your wedding, visit 19 FEATURES 43 TROPICOOL Ednovean Farm sets the stage for this styled shoot 49 BEST OF DEVON AND CORNWALL We reveal what both regions have to offer 55 BEHIND CLOSED DOORS Of Devon and Cornwall-based bridal boutiques 49 3

HONEYMOONS 82 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials 84 A SONG OF SUN AND SEA We reveal why Dubrovnik is the perfect honeymoon destination 86 PARISIAN ELEGANCE Part of the prestigious Oetker Collection, Le Bristol Paris is everything you could dream of from a once in a lifetime visit to La Ville-Lumière, The City of Light. 88 VIVA ESPAÑA! Experience the finer side of life at Hostal de La Gavina in Spain’s Costa Brava FASHION & BEAUTY 60 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 61 DAINTY DETAILS Say “I do” in these model looks 67 SUPERMODEL STYLE Dare to bare in a plunging, off-the-shoulder or sweetheart-shaped neckline 70 LITTLE GEMS Wedding guests will love the bright jewel colours that are trending this season 71 WEDDING WELLNESS Wedding planning can be a stressful business, so we’ve gathered together our top wellness picks to help you start 2024 on the right foot 72 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 74 SKINCARE 101 Holistic therapist and SBC Skincare’s head of education, Adele O’Donoghue shares her ultimate guide to wedding-prep skincare 76 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 78 RING-A-DING-DING How to choose the perfect wedding ring 67 31 81 REAL WEDDINGS 24 AN INTIMATE DAY Ellie and Tim’s sustainable wedding with handmade touches took place against the beautiful backdrop of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage 31 COASTAL CHARM Carbis Bay Estate in St. Ives provided the seaside backdrop for Hayley and James’s waterside wedding 36 BESIDE THE SEASIDE Vikki and Andy’s special day enjoyed the coastal backdrop of The Imperial Hotel Exmouth GROOMS 77 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 79 SKIN DEEP Strictly Come Dancing star and Shakeup ambassador, Neil Jones reveals his skincare tips for grooms-to-be 80 RUSTIC CHIC We’ve rounded up some of the latest on-trend products for the groom-to-be 24 77 4

A day to remember The Grand Hotel “Winner of Best Coastal Venue 2021” “Winner of Best Venue of the Year 2023” South West Wedding Awards Hotel & Grounds Ceremonies & Receptions Unique Packages & Menus Venue & Seaview Terrace Call 01803 296677 Instagram @weddingsgrand

Romantic, storytelling wedding photography | 0300 1234 181 Contact our experienced wedding team to discover more! @MyCornwallWedding Photo © Thomas Frost We are the only source of bespoke, legal celebrant-led civil weddings in Cornwall 01395 239900 | | Froginwell Vineyard, Woodbury Salterton, Exeter, Devon, EX5 1EP Froginwell Vineyard is a unique and characterful wedding venue in Devon. It will always o er a welcoming atmosphere, allowing guests to unwind and soak up the tranquility.

With Christmas and the cold snap a distant memory, the next important date in the diary is Valentine’s Day. For those of you putting the finishing touches to a V-day wedding this year, this issue is packed full of finishing details to help. For those of you who have just started your wedding planning journey – maybe you became engaged over Christmas or New Year – then take inspiration from our real-life wedding couples and our summery-styled shoot! There’s also expert advice, all the latest wed-day news, an exclusive offer with Deer’s Leap Retreat that’s not to be missed plus fashion, beauty, grooms and honeymoons. Until the next issue... Claire x ISSN 2397-4133 Your Devon & Cornwall Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Events & Publishing Ltd. Whilst every effort was made to ensure the information in this magazine was correct at the time of going to press, the publishers cannot accept legal responsibility for any errors or omissions, nor can they accept responsibility for advert content, or of the standing of advertisers or by the editorial contributions. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. Your Devon & Cornwall Wedding is published six times a year. Claire Ridley, Editor Happy Valentine’s Day cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS ADVERTISING Account Manager Tony Smith | 01376 538 562 @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and DESIGN 01376 535 616 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 MANAGING DIRECTOR Sarah Ellis | 01376 535 602 EDITORIAL Editor Claire Ridley | 01376 535 611 What says I love you more than chocolate?! I love the new Valentine’s Special from Cornish brand The Exploding Bakery – it contains a cherry and brandy brownie coupled with St Eval tea lights in a gift box. Read all about it on page nine. How stunning is the sunset at Devon’s Harefield Barn? They have announced a special offer – read more on page 49. I love this al fresco wedding inspiration taken as part of our exclusive styled shoot on page 43 in this issue. Don’t miss our exclusive offer with Deer’s Leap Retreat on page 13. The team are offering a complimentary stay in the beautiful Bridal Suite and there are still late availability dates available for summer ‘24! EDITOR’S LETTER 7 How cool is The Gun House in Shaldon, a one-of-a-kind World War 11 guard tower that’s now a coastal retreat for two that has appeared on Channel 4’s George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces? Read all about it on page 58. I’ll be getting my beauty sleep this spring by sleeping in this fabulous eye mask from Will Bees Bespoke Salcombe! See more on page 76. • 01736 800490 Coast Kitchen Bar Terrace, Beachside Holiday Park, Hayle, Cornwall, TR27 5AW W er o , td r ind r we ing r monies, r ptions, lmets, vw rew s n 10% r wi„ r n †‡ˆ‰tioŠ n p‹ es Œ Ž‘ n Ž r g’“s. DIY Wedding Floristry - Create your own stunning wedding flowers on a budget 1. Pick - Simply pick one of our many floral bundles to suit your colour scheme. 2. Package - We'll send you everything you need to build your beautiful blooms. 3. Produce - We'll provide helpful 'how-to' videos to guide you through the process of producing Your floral creations. Visit or email and choose your DIY wedding flowers today! As a little gift, we’re o ering 10% o all packages booked before the end of February 2024! How? It's as easy as 1, 2, 3… At YouFloria, we know the cost of weddings quickly add up, so we’ve created a solution to help you save money, without compromising on quality or beauty. We empower you to create everything from breathtaking bridal bouquets to sensational floral arches that’ll leave your guests saying “WOW”. The face behind Fine Floral Design (North Devon) is Master Florist, Tina Hodgson. Specialising in Weddings and Events regardless of their size. Fresh, Artificial, or Dried, there is no limit to what she can do. Get in Touch! 07533891380 Mobile | 01805938946 Shop | 01237451988 Workshop |

All the latest from around both regions SOUTH WEST COUNTY CHAMPION IS ANNOUNCED A Devonshire local has been named as the county’s first ‘County Champion’, having been appointed by a hotel collection seeking to celebrate the best that the South West has to offer. The Coast & Country Hotel Collection, which includes The Imperial Hotel Exmouth, Torbay Hotel and Valley of Rocks Hotel in Devon, had been on the hunt for a local enthusiast to highlight the very best that the county has to offer and came across Rebecca Searle from Devon, who revealed some of her hidden gems for visitors to enjoy. The hotel collection was amazed by Rebecca’s extensive knowledge and unrivalled passion for the area she lives in. As part of her status as ‘County Champion’, Rebecca agreed to create a travel guide looking at the best experiences the South West has to offer, of which there are many. The hotel collection will then share these recommendations with its guests to offer a real insight into what makes the area such a great place to visit – helping them to create an entertaining itinerary for when they stay. Commenting on the champion, Paul FitzGerald, managing director of the Coast & Country Hotel Collection, said, “Rebecca is so knowledgeable about the South West and has so much to recommend for every type of holiday. From those who want a walking holiday, to paddle boarding adventures or a coastal escape – she knows it all and has kindly shared it with us.” Speaking of her status as County Champion, Rebecca said: “I was raised in Devon and moved away when I was 18. I travelled extensively and lived in many places including New Zealand, Norfolk, Brazil and Hampshire but I’ve always come back to Devon and I love the South West more than anywhere I have seen in my life.” “My entire family are from Devon for as long as we can trace our lineage back. My grandfather was in the Dartmoor mountain rescue team and knew it like the back of his hand. I spent many evenings and weekends exploring it with him when I was a child. My father is also a keen sailor and I have sailed much of the South West, seeing it from all angles and I appreciate the beauty and diversity of the area.” The search for county champions coincided with the Coast & Country Hotel Collection’s launch of its Explore & Stay package last year, which seeks to encourage holidaymakers and honeymooners to discover some of the extraordinary sights, experiences and attractions situated near its extensive range of hotels, located in some of the UK’s iconic tourist spots. To find out more and to book, visit exploring-devon NEWS DEVON-BASED OWENS COFFEE OPENS PERFECT WAVES CAFÉ Devon-based coffee roaster Owens Coffee has announced the opening of Perfect Waves Café within The Roastery at Ivybridge that’s open from Monday to Friday, 8.30 am until 4 pm and Saturday from 9 am until 4 pm. Four-legged friends are welcome inside the new café and in the existing outdoor seating area. It’s a stylish new coffee shop serving sustainably sourced coffee freshly roasted on-site, beautifully brewed tea and delicious local produce. Lorraine Bridden, managing director of Owens Coffee, says: “We’ve opened Perfect Waves Café to allow our passionate team to showcase everything we do, from our organic and Fairtrade coffee to our expertly brewed teas and locally sourced produce.” Lorraine adds, “Our customers will have a choice of coffees, including a house blend or a single origin of the day, plus our organic decaf. Our teas, Devonshire Tea and Perfect Waves infusions are also a feature of the drinks menu.” The new café is proud to serve Owens’ freshly roasted coffee beans, all of which are 100% certified organic and Fairtrade. Customers can choose from a variety of brewing methods, served black or with Trewithen’s Barista Milk or plant-based alternatives. Soft drinks from local suppliers Luscombe, Gusto Organic, Tarka Springs, Four Elms and Courtney’s are also on sale. The menu showcases locally sourced produce featuring a selection of sandwiches, paninis, light bites, fresh cakes and pastries with organic and vegan options. The Roastery - a purpose-built, state-of-the-art facility designed to have a low environmental impact - has been home to Owens Coffee since 2018. This is where the team clean-roast, package and distribute their organic and Fairtrade coffee across the UK, both to consumers and businesses. It also houses a shop, contemporary training facility and events space where visitors are welcomed, with tours and tastings for wholesale customers, and professional barista training. A range of coffee experiences and masterclasses can be enjoyed by coffee enthusiasts, including their Latte Art Essentials Workshop. Owens’ range of freshly roasted coffee beans and Perfect Waves infusions can be purchased from the shop along with a range of brewing equipment; tried, tested and recommended by the team. To find out more, visit Coffee, cakes and pastries courtesy of, Perfect Waves Café Interior bar area and seating courtesy of Nearlywed 9 LOCAL NEWS

CORNWALL’S ST MORITZ HOTEL ANNOUNCES NEW WILD SPA Cornwall’s St Moritz Hotel + Cowshed Spa has recently launched a new hot and cold contrast therapy Wild Spa. The luxury indoor and outdoor elemental spa, set in Trebetherick between Rock and Polzeath, provides the invigorating, energising benefits of cold water exposure alongside the restorative, warming effects of heat therapy. Nestled into the secluded North Cornwall cliffside, with firepits and a full rejuvenation programme, the St Moritz Wild Spa is an exciting collaboration with Cornwall-based Water and Stone - the leading experts in hot and cold contrast therapy in the South West. Together the team has designed an original Nordic outdoor spa, all within the beautifully landscaped gardens at the hotel. A full experience programme of special events and workshops, with leading experts and additional wellness elements, will run throughout the winter and spring. A key part of those options will be a Lithuanian style of sauna – a Pirtis – an option that has rarely been available in the UK. Filling the sauna with scents of the forest through ‘whisking’, this Lithuanian sauna tradition is all about creating a connection with nature. A Pirtis involves guests entering the sauna and steam mixed environment and being massaged with a mild whisking technique, using fresh birch and oak leaves bound together to create a tool. Breathing, alongside intention setting, ensures the guests begin to feel aligned as they drift towards a state of tranquillity. Hugh Ridgway, the founder of St Moritz Hotel, says, “When we built St Moritz almost 15 years ago, we dedicated ourselves to being at the forefront of the needs and wants of 21st century Cornish holidaymakers and short-breakers. For 2024, we’re undertaking a £2+ million rebuild of our indoor swimming pool as an extension of our extremely popular coastal Cowshed spa and in doing so, are stepping further into the luxury wellness landscape. Our new wellness area will reimagine the immersive spa experience, with an outdoor hydro pool, a new steam room and a sauna alongside ice fountains and sensory showers.” Hugh continues, “However, whilst we build that, we dreamt up an interim measure - our outdoor Wild Spa. Knowing the phenomenal interest in both cold water swimming and hot and cold ‘plunging’, we knew this would take off. But the initial interest has immediately been through the roof - so much so that we’re already considering how this new experience could become a long-term fixture here on the North Cornish coast.” Ross Eliot, the founder of Wild and Stone Spa, says, “We’re delighted to be bringing this creative new mix of global therapies to the North Cornish coast with the St Moritz Wild Spa. We’re providing not just the experiences themselves, but the opportunity for people to learn about, and embrace, the proven, invigorating, boosting mental and physical effects that controlled exposure to alternate hot and cold conditions can have. Guests are invited to retreat to the cosy cocoon of the St Moritz’s Wild Spa tipi where designated relaxation spaces, open fires and cosy corners mean that rest and recovery are sorted. Bookings are available for optimum cloud watching and stargazing, both for in-house and day guests (over the age of 16.) THE EXPLODING BAKERY REVEALS VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIALS The Exploding Bakery, the ultimate online cake haven, has unveiled its Valentine’s Special – a cherry and brandy brownie coupled with St Eval tealights in a gift box. Nestled on a farm in North Cornwall, St. Eval creates candles and home fragrances inspired by nature and the beautiful coast and countryside which surrounds them. As a certified B Corp, St. Eval is committed to treading softly on the earth and placing people and the planet at the heart of everything they do. The cherry and brandy brownie is a delightful combination of juicy cherries, Somerset cider brandy, nutty almond brownie, and a topping of smooth white chocolate. Exploding Bakery takes pride in ethical sourcing and uses Casa Luker Colombian chocolate, a family-owned business that has been producing top-quality chocolate for more than a century. The gourmet giants at Fortnum and Mason have stamped their seal of approval on the brownies which can be found on sale in Fortnum and Mason’s iconic London establishments. Each brownie is elegantly packaged and comes in a plastic-free, letterbox-friendly box, making it the ideal gift. Exploding Bakery offers convenient delivery options such as next-day delivery and named-date delivery. Oliver & Tom, co-founders of The Exploding Bakery say, “We like to think of Exploding Bakery as a creative explosion in every bite, where flavours dance and ideas collide, sparking joy. It’s a place where we blend passion, imagination, and craftsmanship to redefine what a bakery and online gifting can be, which is why we have teamed with St Eval - a sustainable company that does gifting right.” To shop, visit EDITOR’S FAVOURITE Looking to book an early spring break? With the trend for outdoor spa experiences taking hold, I’d love to visit the Sensory Spa Garden at Bedruthan hotel and spa in Mawgan Porth, Cornwall. Read all about it at 10

"Supporting you in the creation of your highly bespoke and beautifully heartfelt wedding ceremony. It will honour your love story and bring smiles, laughter and tears of joy". Website: Mobile: 07837 988120 Facebook: Instagram: @celebrant_sue_byyourside BRINGING STYLE TO TABLES ACROSS THE UK 07732 626410 • WWW.THEPRETTYACCESSORY.CO.UK TABLE CLOTH AND TABLE RUNNER HIRE “Sara & Sym compliment the beauty of their vehicles. Their services are second to none, nothing is too much trouble & they fit in with any event as if they are related to their customers.” | 01209 822383 |@honeybugscornwall Best Wedding Transport in Cornwall from Simply weddings Awards 2019, 2021, 2022 & 2023!

Tel: 01395 578623 Email: Radway Place, Sidmouth EX10 8TL Sidmouth outh Print Wed ing S a i nery No minimum orders • Fast turnarounds Bespoke design service or printed from your own files. Friendly Team, always happy to help! • SAVE THE DATE CARDS • WEDDING INVITES • R.S.V.P. CARDS • INFORMATION CARDS • ORDERS OF SERVICE • TABLE PLAN • PLACE CARDS • MENUS • THANK YOU CARDS ....pre y much any hing! Perched on the gently sloping cliffs above Falmouth Bay, our wonderful venue offers a relaxed space for you to gather your favourite people for a full day of unforgettable wedding celebrations. On sunny days, toast to your ‘just married’ status with a chilled glass of bubbly as you take in the panoramic sea views from our sun-soaked terrace. Why choose us? • Modern, sea view ceremony space • Ceremony space seats up to 80 people • Panoramic views over Falmouth Bay from our grounds, venue and terrace • Access to breath-taking sea views for picture perfect photography • Direct access to sea view balcony • Gather around 100 guests for a sit-down meal, and up to 180 for your evening celebration • Our experienced Wedding Coordinator will be on hand to ensure you plan and enjoy your perfect day • A mouth-watering selection of menus, or speak us about a bespoke offering • A fully stocked bar featuring local ales, gins, wines and soft drinks • Private use of our Bridal Suite for getting ceremony-ready • All year-round venue – our prices change seasonally Contact our Wedding and Events Coordinator, Harry, on to start planning your big day. @abovethebayweddingevents abovethebayweddingevents Above the Bay Weddings & Events - Falmouth Golf Club Swanpool Road, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 5PR

Take advantage of these great giveaways WEDDING BELLES Deer’s Leap Retreat is a stunning wedding venue nestled on the edge of Exmoor’s famous national park, surrounded by 15 acres of picturesque farmland providing a stunning backdrop of rolling fields and moorland perfect for big-day photographs. The stone barn, pictured, boasts exposed wooden beams with statement ceiling cartwheels that are draped in fairylights, designed to wow guests as they enter. It also features a wood-burning fire, perfect for winter weddings. Large doors open out on to the sun-drenched, south-facing patio overlooking the lake and gazebo that’s perfectly positioned for summer soirées. The patio provides a relaxed space for champagne and cocktails, and garden games are played on the large tennis court. The extended terrace outside the barn benefits from column heaters and firepits providing warmth during long summer evenings. At dusk, fairylights and festoon lighting lead guests down to the lanternlit lake for fireworks reflecting in the water that are fired to the couple’s choice of song. Romantic outdoor ceremonies can be enjoyed under the wooden lakeside gazebo perched on the side of the lake surrounded by rolling countryside. Up to 150 guests can be seated here under a stretch canopy. The rustic-inspired barn with original stone walls and hand-crafted wooden fixtures and fittings offers an indoor ceremony option for up to 150 guests and receptions also take place here seating up to 100, with the option to hire and add a marquee for extra guests. The large luxury farmhouse, self-contained bridal suite and five bell tents provide accommodation for up to 41 guests. The farmhouse has a private garden, sauna, two hot tubs and large communal spaces, and the bridal suite has a private patio and hot tub. Your Devon & Cornwall Wedding has teamed up with Deer’s Leap Retreat to offer lucky readers a complimentary short break in the Bridal Suite as a pre-wedding mini-moon with any new wedding booking in 2024. The venue offers late availability with summer dates in 2024 still available. To take advantage of this offer, call 01398 341 407 or visit JEWELLERY MUST-HAVES Independent British brand Scream Pretty is giving readers the chance to win £150 to spend online at Say ‘I do’ to wedding season and RSVP to any summer soiree in style with Scream Pretty’s stunning treasure trove of jewellery. From lustrous opulent pearls, playful floral motifs, colourful touches and statement sparkle, Scream Pretty’s collection of consciously crafted recycled-sterling silver and gold-plated recycled-sterling silver designs have something for every wedding party. Its Modern Pearl collection features classically chic Baroque pearl necklaces and charm hoops, or for a touch more glam, why not opt for the Pearl and Tennis Chain earrings? Elsewhere, its Simple Sparkle and Audrey ranges bring sparkling crystals across a host of earring designs from dazzling huggies, beautiful bows, signature drop studs and delicate threaders; all designed to mix, match, layer, and stack, sitting as intricate accents that can be worn in piercings across the ear for a dainty curated look. For bridesmaids’ gifts, Scream Pretty’s Zodiac Coin Pendants make thoughtful personalised gifts, whilst its collection of heart, oval and precious hand carabiner charm collectors make the perfect keepsake. Designed with the ethos ‘Be seen. Be heard. Scream Pretty.’, this jewellery brand has you covered for every occasion. Freebies& OFFERS Image inside the barn courtesy of; image of the gazebo courtesy of FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

POLURRIAN ON THE LIZARD, HELSTON This award-winning wedding venue offers the space, facilities and freedom to create dream weddings. There’s fantastic food and drink, impressive sea-view reception rooms and 41 individually styled bedrooms to wow guests. The hotel can cater for both intimate weddings and large parties, with exclusive and non-exclusive packages available. The view from the terrace offers a breathtaking combination of rugged, dramatic coastline and serene beauty. As far as the eye can see, glistening beaches adorn the shoreline, inviting visitors to explore their sandy expanse and take a dip in the crystal clear waters, in what is nature’s ultimate playground. For the less adventurous, the Vista Lounge serves refreshing drinks and delicious locally caught seafood. Ceremonies and receptions take place in a variety of beautiful spaces. The Cove View Suite provides the perfect blank canvas for any wedding theme. The experienced wedding and events team are on hand to help couples create their dream day. This versatile room is bright and airy, with its own bar, washroom facilities and incredible views of the sea from its private terrace. The Cove Suite has a maximum capacity of 90 people for the ceremony and 100 for the wedding breakfast. Alternatively, the restaurant boasts stunning, panoramic views over the Atlantic providing a romantic big-day backdrop. Decorated and furnished in a modern, contemporary style, the restaurant has a maximum capacity of 60 people for a ceremony. This space has been designed with timeless style and laid-back comfort in mind, the perfect setting for a party to remember! It’s available for weddings from January to June and September, October and November (it isn’t available during July and August). Perfect for smaller, more intimate ceremonies for a maximum of 60 guests and the wedding breakfast is the Marconi room with its timeless, classic details and outdoor ceremonies can be enjoyed on the lawn where, on a clear day, uninterrupted views stretch from Polurrian Cove to the south-west tip of Cornwall, including the iconic St Michael’s Mount. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01326 240 421, •We love... that for wedding couples or guests booking the Island Suite, there’s a NoSmoke buggy to use. Distinctive, sturdy and easy to drive, it’s the perfect way to cruise around the scenic roads of South West Cornwall. WEDDING VENUES IN SOUTH CORNWALL Spotlight on... Scan to view video 14

LUXSTOWE HOUSE, LISKEARD This magnificent Gothic-style Grade II listed house, complete with turrets, started its life as a family home in 1831. Guests will be impressed as they enter through the striking porch complete with oak and glass-panelled doors, where they will then be escorted to the wedding room. Luxstowe House stands within its own grounds with impressive photo opportunities, from the backdrop of this striking house and its grand entrance to the paved front terrace. Ceremonies take place in the opulent Ceremony Room with its plush, soft carpet and velvet chairs combined with an intimate, warm and welcoming feeling. The simple, understated, but stylish décor provides a sense of serenity and calm, providing couples with a beautiful backdrop for their special day. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 0300 1234 181, •We love... the magnificent entrance, the perfect place for photo opportunities. POLKYTH HOUSE, ST AUSTELL Polkyth House is available for exclusive-use weddings, with a separate entrance for wedding parties that is fully accessible. Surrounded by mature trees and bushes that provide greenery during the spring and summer, and bathed in sunlight, the patio area provides wonderful photo opportunities. As the seasons change, the autumnal colours transform the gardens and then give way to magical winter frosts across the grass. With its light and bright, newly refurbished interior, weddings in the Ceremony Room, which is filled with natural daylight, will be bespoke, with vows exchanged against the backdrop of the orange blossom décor. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 0300 1234 181, •We love... the sunny seaside location of St Austell. 15 LOCAL VENUES

THE LOST GARDENS OF HELIGAN Known as Europe’s largest garden restoration project, this 200-acre, multi-award-winning estate set in ancient woodland is a paradise for plant, garden and wildlife lovers. Victorian gardens and a jungle take visitors on a sub-tropical journey along winding paths snaking through bamboo tunnels under majestic tree ferns. Weddings take place in a range of places including The Folly for up to 50 guests, a whimsical and elegant 20th-century garden hideaway set in the wooded area. Alternatively, there’s the Heligan Kitchen and the conservatory provides a charming barn-style space with full-length windows and a cosy wood burner, also for up to 50 loved ones. Stewards House, a renovated mid-19th century space with a bright, light-filled orangery and beautiful flower garden is another option for 25 guests. Small parties of up to 20 people can enjoy the walled Italian Garden with scented borders and charming folly while intimate gatherings of just 10 people can fill Pencalenick Greenhouse, a stunning glasshouse; the historic glass Vinery filled with vines and succulents or The Head Gardener’s Office. Receptions take place in Stewards House, the Heligan Kitchen Conservatory or outside under a stretch tent where a barbecue can be enjoyed. Every couple who marries at the venue receives a one-year membership to The Lost Gardens of Heligan in the hope that they will continue to visit over the coming years. The team offers a 50% discount on attending a Lost Supper tasting menu of seven courses. This is a special event run throughout the year which showcases produce from the garden and estate. It allows couples to sample the food that’s on offer, and they can see the set-ups and style of service too. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01726 845105, •We love... that the dishes served are created with produce that’s mostly grown on the estate. Seasonal decorations from the gardens and estate, such as fresh flowers, herbs and foliage also help to decorate each wedding space. ST MICHAELS RESORT, GYLLYNGVASE BEACH St Michaels Resort is one of Cornwall’s leading independent hotels, offering an unparalleled wellness retreat right next to the shores of Gyllyngvase Beach and the South West Coastal Path. It’s home to a luxury spa featuring the largest hydrothermal pool in the southwest, a state-of-the-art health club and an exciting programme of events that celebrates the local community in Falmouth and the Cornish identity. Led by executive chef Darren Millgate, the AA rosette-winning Brasserie on the Bay serves up the best of Cornwall’s farms, fields and waters, while more laid-back dining with sparkling sea views can be found at their second eatery, the Garden Kitchen. The resort, which was relaunched in September 2018, comprises 92 bedrooms and suites as well as four new luxury spa lodges set alongside brand-new subtropical spa gardens. St Michaels Resort is also home to the Liner Beach Residences - a seafront development of apartments overlooking ‘Gylly’ Beach, which are independently owned but managed by St Michaels. Additional event spaces are available for business needs or private parties, including the secluded Wine Vaults, The Bay private function space and The Locker, plus a boutique wedding offering. Ceremonies take place in The Bay, an airy and contemporary space with floor-to-ceiling windows opening on to a private balcony boasting views across the resort gardens to the ocean beyond. It’s comfortable for 70 guests but works great with smaller groups as well. Couples who would prefer to tie the knot in church or at another venue and hire the suite for their reception can do so and for a more intimate wedding, there’s the wine vaults - think romantic lighting and a cosy ambience with its own privately manned bar. Couples are invited for a complimentary wine tasting and a chance to try their wedding menu before the big day. The food ethos of the kitchen team focuses on the heroes of Cornwall’s farms, fields and seas and choices range from lavish tasting menus to vegan afternoon tea served with fizz plus smaller plates for children. Canapés include salt fish brandade with parsley emulsion or mini Yorkshire pudding with rare local beef and horseradish. The evening buffet includes pulled pork loaded nachos and Cornish pasties and the main wedding breakfast menus vary and include seabass fillet and pan-roasted turbot as the main courses. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01326 312 707, •We love... that a luxury king room is provided for the happy couple on the night of the wedding along with a complimentary one-night stay on the first anniversary of the wedding day, and wedding guests can enjoy a 10% discount off the standard rate on the night of the wedding. 16

One of Cornwall’s most unique small wedding venues, Pengersick Castle is steeped in history with tales of shipwrecks, smuggling and hidden treasure. Grade I listed and dating back to 1520 the castle oozes charm and character with ornately carved fireplaces, massive beams and fine carved stone mullion windows. The castle makes the most magical backdrop for your special day. PENGERSICK LANE, PRAA SANDS, PENZANCE, CORNWALL TR20 9SJ 01736 763973 | | INFO@POLURRIANHOTEL.COM POLURRIAN ROAD, MULLION, CORNWALL TR12 7EN 0844 502 8330 • POLURRIANHOTEL.COM Your coastal wedding #PolurrianOnTheLizard With breathtaking panoramic sea views, Polurrian on the Lizard offers a stunning location to make your dream wedding come true. Pol_Wedding advert_195x141mm_V1.indd 1 12/09/2023 10:40 THE 2021 WEDDING INDUSTRY AWARDS: NATIONAL WINNER IMAGE BY JOSHUA GOODING PHOTOGRAPHY Upton Barn - Advertorial - Your Devon & Cornwall Magazine (quarter page)_rev 2.indd 1 29/09/2021 14:44 E: T: 01884 32107 SUTTON BARTON | CULLOMPTON | DEVON | EX15 1NF FOR YOUR RELAXED AND PERSONAL WEDDING

UPTON BARN &WALLED GARDEN, CULLOMPTON, DEVON This award-winning, exclusive-use wedding venue offers an indoor and outdoor ceremony space in the beautiful Walled Garden under the Oak Arbour, and in the Cider Barn for year-round celebrations. The Paddock is a stylish light-filled space providing the bridal party with a spa-worthy environment to get ready in, overlooking the rolling hills and patchwork fields of the Devonshire countryside through the vast floor-to-ceiling windows. The carefully considered interior design details and colour schemes have created ultra-luxe spaces equipped with everything the bridal party will need to get ready on the morning of the wedding including a hair-washing basin and hair and make-up stations. There are also showers, fluffy towels, premium toiletries and plenty of little luxuries creating a home-from-home feel. This additional space is available to hire from 7 am until the ceremony begins when the wedding coordinator will accompany everyone down to the main venue for the wedding entrance. The Stalls that are located just behind The Paddock offer guests somewhere seriously stylish to stay on the night of the wedding in accommodation pods set within a woodland glade. These rustic retreats with Hygge-inspired décor have been designed in a minimalist Scandi style. The Stalls can host up to eight people (two per pod) and are automatically booked for the night of the wedding to retain exclusivity. The venue marries the rustic charm of a Devon farm with a modern finish. Included in the wedding packages are the hire of trestle tables and chairs, a large oak barrel to display the cake, all glassware, a woodburning stove and logs, a firepit plus outdoor tables, chairs and parasols. The venue’s hand-picked collection of local caterers includes Pickle Shack and Mulberry Catering Co., both family-run businesses using independent suppliers and seasonal produce. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01884 38302, •We love… that the venue incorporates as many eco-friendly elements as possible, from biomass heating and hot water to a borehole used for water supply. ASHRIDGE GREAT BARN, EXETER, DEVON Enveloped by the green rolling woods and fields of the farm, the Great Barn lies in its own secluded valley. The formal Victorian gardens and arboretum that make up the grounds include the Magic Circle ceremony space and a reception lawn plus there’s a stunning Secret Woodland Glade offering couples the opportunity to get married under towering mature trees. The surrounding fields, lakes and woodland provide photo opportunities at every turn. The medieval Great Barn provides an elegant rustic backdrop for ceremonies and receptions for up to 120 guests. The airy building oozes historical grandeur and is full of character with plenty of finishing touches in the prop collection (included in all hires) to bring any theme to life. Equipped with shade sails to make sure that there is usable outdoor space whatever the weather, the Great Barn has large doors and windows which allow the flow of light, air and people, encouraging the party to spill outside. Ceremonies take place in the Great Barn, filled with fairylights or outside in the Magic Circle gardens or the Secret Woodland Glade. Set in a Victorian outdoor room of cypresses, the Magic Circle is a romantic space which feels like its own world. The Japanese maple trees add colour all year round. The pavilion provides a focal point for the ceremony and the hedges form a stunning natural arch for entrances and exits; this area of the gardens feels as if it were designed for intimate weddings but it has unlimited capacity although 120 guests is recommended in case it rains and the party needs to move inside the Barn. The secluded Secret Glade is nestled within the mixed woodlands to the east of the Great Barn. Formed by five majestic larch trees, it provides a beautiful natural backdrop of mature trees for a woodland ceremony. The bluebells in spring add something special to this unspoiled setting that can accommodate up to 90 guests for a back-to-nature ceremony. The Reception Lawns offer a picturesque setting for drinks receptions within the formal Victorian arboretum and gardens. With space to spread out and enjoy lawn games, drinks and canapés, there are a multitude of spaces setting the stage for portrait photography or group shots. With the secret walled garden just a short wander away, and the woodlands and fields surrounding the gardens a slightly longer amble, it’s a photographer’s paradise! The wedding breakfast and wet weather receptions take place in the Great Barn with a seated wedding breakfast capacity of up to 140 guests and a maximum capacity of 200. It’s a superb space to throw a memorable party with a built-in bamboo wood dancefloor, a firepit to toast marshmallows and a quiet space provided by the snug. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01837 352 025, •We love… that the talented team help to create dream weddings. DREAMY DAYS Get wed in one of these magical wedding venues... Ohh So Wild Photography 19 THEMED VENUES

THE DUKE OF CORNWALL HOTEL, PLYMOUTH, DEVON This magnificent hotel, Plymouth’s first luxury one is positioned on the fringe of Britain’s Ocean City adjacent to Millbay Park which offers a fantastic green space perfect for big-day photographs. A short stroll from the hotel is another wonderful photographic opportunity at Plymouth Hoe, which offers sensational ocean views across Plymouth Sound. The Victorian Gothic architecture stands out among the backdrop of the contemporary cityscape revealing feature windows, towers, turrets and grand stonework and architecture on the exterior which dates back to 1863. The tower at the top of the hotel is a standout part of the property, making its unique architecture even more striking. The hotel boasts a canopy entrance, ornate architectural features and revolving entrance doors. The interior offers a wealth of historic features, with grand rooms and hallways, glittering chandeliers, period columns and a stunning Grade II listed sweeping staircase. It’s decorated in a timeless style to keep the history of the hotel present. With classical décor throughout the property, each of the rooms is unique. Weddings take place in a variety of stylish function rooms to suit a range of party sizes, from 10 to 300. There’s also the more intimate Millbay Suite, a sophisticated setting for a smaller celebration of up to 40 people boasting a partition between the two parts, which can be closed, and the chic Hayward Room, a magnificent space for up to 80 loved ones featuring beautiful bay windows flooding the room with natural daylight and showcasing superb views over King Point Marina. Couples can also get married in the restaurant surrounded by 80 guests gathered underneath the stunning chandelier. The stately Ballroom, a grand space with atmospheric lighting, a fixed stage for entertainment, a private bar and a dancefloor is the largest space for the reception accommodating up to 220 guests. The Hayward Room is another option, and so is the Writing Room, a cosy space for an intimate reception of just 20 people. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: •We love… the Tower Suite, a bedroom that is one of the most iconic parts of the hotel. Couples can upgrade their room on the night of the wedding from a four-poster one to the Tower Suite. Accommodation on the night of the wedding in a four-poster room with champagne, chocolates, flowers, bathrobes and a full English breakfast is included in the package prices. DUNWELL FARM, IVYBRIDGE, DEVON The farm’s location is private, scenic and surrounded by the stunning South Devon countryside. Guests can watch the cows come in for milking, the sun setting over the moors and the stars shining. The three-sided timber-framed barn is still in agricultural use during the winter, so rustic is an understatement! During the summer months, that rustic is transformed into romance as the barn takes on fantastic alterations – each wedding is truly unique and the barn provides the perfect blank canvas for couples to create their wedding design dreams. The wedding field boasts sprawling views of Dartmoor, a drinks marquee and ample rustic seating for guests to relax after the ceremony. The campsite provides guests with a great accommodation option. The cute bell tents are cosy and furnished and the facilities block ensures that visitors can stay in comfort with everything they need for a very comfortable stay. Ceremonies take place in the barn or the field overlooking Dartmoor. Straw bales are provided for seating (with covers for legs!) Fairylights are strung everywhere with a stunning wooden archway and a wide range of decorations to borrow. Receptions take place in the barn or a marquee hired in by the couple. Straw bales, tables and glassware are provided. The views of Dartmoor are spectacular and the staff are incredible, they are hardworking, caring, dedicated and so much fun – they make each wedding special. A separate preparation room and fridge trailer is available for caterers and the bar is run by the team at Dunwell Farm and can be tailored to suit all requirements. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 07930 491 759, •We love… that a fully furnished and decorated bell tent is available to the happy couple. Laura Crouchley Photography Bristol Photography Collective Katie Dixon Photography 20

Ashridge Great Barn 01837 352025 Romantic Rustic Barn with Outdoor Space Beautiful Pet Friendly Grounds Planning Support and On the Day Coordination What do we o er? Use of Xanadu as ceremonial or handfasting space & Bridal Suite Optional use of Artist’s Retreat and/ or Reforge Longhouse Suite for up to 4 additional guests We are now available for Magical Elopement 07825 187746 Reforge Retreat @reforgeretreat Devon and Somerset Marquees offers you more than 30 years’ experience in marquee hire for weddings. We’ll ensure every aspect of your wedding is catered for, from working with you to design the perfect theme, to providing lighting, heating and furniture to keep guests comfortable throughout the day and night. 01398 351 210 The wedding marquee of your dreams

Unique, Rustic weddings on a working Cornish farm Ready to plan your perfect wedding in Cornwall? Conveniently located close to Dobwalls and the market town of Liskeard is the charming, nine-acre, family run Blackwater Farm. Bridle & Groom Wedding Venue offers real farm animal interaction with sheep, donkeys and wandering ducks and chickens. The gorgeous, licensed Garden Wedding Room or Woodland lawn overlooking the duck pond and dove cott is the venue for your wedding and the huge 45ft Marquee lit at night with light strings, and new for the 2024 season, five large white glass chandeliers for your Wedding Breakfast and evening party. Discover the different, cost-effective yet unique wedding packages available for you to make your wedding special. Blackwater Farm | Liskeard | PL14 6SP | 07932 976167 BRIDLE & GROOM BLACKWATER FARM Get in Touch! Higher Bughill Events Events for all your special needs! Weddings | Birthday Parties | Christenings | Anniversaries| Special Occasions Higher Bughill Events 07387152125 Bickleigh Castle An English Historical Landmark Where Wedding Dreams Do Come True! Bickleigh Castle, Tiverton, Devon EX16 8RP | 01884 855 363 | Devon’s Hidden Gem. Your Unique Exclusive Use Wedding Venue. For available dates or to arrange your viewing call us today, or go to:

TWO BRIDGES HOTEL, DARTMOOR, DEVON Commanding a unique riverside location in the heart of Dartmoor National Park, with views of the rolling countryside in every direction, this hotel features riverside lawns sweeping down to the crystal-clear waters of the West Dart River. The Riverside Pagoda takes centre stage for a romantic outdoor wedding and the informal, beautiful gardens which surround the hotel merge into the open moorland beyond. A beautiful country house hotel and former coaching inn oozing a sense of character and style from the first glimpse as guests arrive over the historic bridge across the West Dart River, visitors will feel like they have stepped back in time. It’s filled with antiques, flickering candlelight, crackling log fires and a sense of warmth and well-being. From the award-winning Tors Restaurant to the elegant, light-filled Fountain Room function suite, each area boasts a sense of heritage, quality and occasion. Guests can stay the night in a choice of individually styled rooms, from characterful Country Rooms to distinctly indulgent Premier Rooms with four poster beds and spa baths. Ceremonies take place in the historic Tors Room for up to 140 guests. It’s filled with antiques, and fine artwork and lit by candlelight. The light and airy Fountain Room with French windows opening on to the gardens is another option for up to 40 guests while the traditional pagoda perched on the riverbank offers a stunning outdoor wedding location for up to 140 guests seated on the adjacent lawn. Receptions are enjoyed in the Georgian Room that’s perfect for an intimate and stylish wedding breakfast for up to 20 loved ones while the Fountain Room seats up to 100 for a larger gathering. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01822 892 300, •We love… the Bridal Suite with compliments for the happy couple on the night of the wedding. THE BEDFORD HOTEL, TAVISTOCK, DEVON The Bedford Hotel’s imposing exterior reflects the style and grandeur of what’s inside, and the pretty front garden is a delight at any time of year, particularly during spring and summer when it shows off the skills of the hotel’s talented gardeners. One of the hotel’s best-kept secrets is its ancient walled garden (often referred to as The Secret Garden) which has a manicured lawn, formal borders and herb garden used by the hotel’s chefs. Traditional, historic and utterly charming, the warm and welcoming public areas are packed with original features and antiques. The 31 individually styled bedrooms, from comfortable classic rooms to indulgent four-poster suites provide guest accommodation and a highlight is the beautiful Bridal Suite. Ceremonies take place in the historic wood-panelled Woburn room, seating up to 90 guests. The hotel’s Gallery 26 function suite is a bright, contemporary space at the heart of the hotel featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, atmospheric lighting, a dancefloor, air conditioning and underfloor heating. Although the room is contemporary in style, the historic features of the hotel are cleverly revealed in the design of the room, giving it a unique character and style. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01822-892 300, •We love… that exclusive-use weddings are a popular option at The Bedford Hotel with all 31 bedrooms available to accommodate guests. THE LORD HALDON HOTEL, EXETER, DEVON The beautiful gardens filled with flowers and the picturesque views over the rolling Devon countryside at this striking property provide a wonderful setting for weddings and a natural, whimsical feeling to the hotel. The main house is a fine example of Georgian architecture set in large private grounds, although now much smaller than the original Georgian mansion. The hotel still retains its cosy country house feel offering 23 guest rooms. The Belvedere Suite is a large spacious room filled with natural light, beautifully decorated in neutral grey tones to compliment the white linen, white chair covers and sashes. It’s self-contained with its own bar, en-suite facilities and wide ramp access. The room can be divided by curtains to accommodate smaller, more intimate gatherings and ceremonies take place here for up to 120 guests while 180 evening guests can gather. From the Belvedere Suite, there is access to the courtyard patio where guests can enjoy a drink, particularly popular during the summer months. The outdoor covered wooden gazebo that’s flanked by flowers and enjoys views of the countryside holds up to 80 ceremony guests and 180 loved ones for the evening reception. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01392 832 483, •We love… the wedding packages that offer a wide range of special services which include accommodation for the couple on their wedding night. THEMED VENUES 23