Your Devon and Cornwall Wedding - March/April 2024 (Issue 48)

Ruffled up Statement tiered bridal dresses BEACH BABE Styled shoot on the Cornish coast W-day music and entertainment ideas PARTY STARTED MODEL LOOKS Big-day beauty MAR/APR 2024 £3.55 DEVON CORNWALL & WEDDING Get this

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 both regions 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 62 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer big-day advice 90 COMPETITION Win a honeymoon in the Maldives worth £3,000 CONTENTS MARCH/APRIL 2024 VENUES 15 WELCOME IN Some of the finest hotels open their doors 21 SPOTLIGHT ON... Venues in East and Mid Devon On the cover Beachside Holiday Park in Cornwall ( provided the breathtaking venue for our cover this issue, captured on camera by Thomas Frost Photography ( This image is from our exclusive styled shoot that was coordinated and styled by Out of the Ordinary Weddings & Events ( To see the shoot in full, and the extensive list of local suppliers, turn to page 51. 86 FEATURES 47 COAST TO COAST This shoot was inspired by Gara Rock hotel’s signature style, marrying natural textures with a soft, earthy colour palette of classic oatmeal, deep brown, muted green, burnt orange and pops of ochre yellow and blue 51 LIFE’S A BEACH Cornish wedding venue, Beachside Holiday Park, located in Hayle is one of only a handful of licensed beach ceremony locations in the region 55 SMALL YET PERFECTLY FORMED How to host an intimate day 60 PICK ‘N MIX The wonderful world of wedding entertainment 71 3

HONEYMOONS 83 A ROOM WITH A VIEW Get away from it all at Dunston Hall Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort 84 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials 86 PICTURESQUE PARGA Jet to Parga Beach Resort in this popular coastal town located on the north-western coast of Greece 88 THE ITALIAN DREAM Live la dolce vita at Villa La Massa in the heart of the breathtaking Tuscan countryside FASHION & BEAUTY 64 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 65 IN LOVE WITH LACE This delicate fabric is always in fashion 70 THE ULTIMATE EDIT Add instant glam to your big-day look with these latest jewellery launches 71 RUFFLE UP Romantic layers and tiers are decorating bridal dresses this season 74 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 76 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 79 90 70 REAL WEDDINGS 26 A DEVONSHIRE DAY Jojo and Kane’s special day at Cadhay in Ottery St Mary was decorated with a rich burgundy colour palette 35 LOVE AL FRESCO Abbie and Alan’s special day took place at Deer’s Leap Retreat, decorated with a forest and sage green colour theme 40 SOMETHING BLUE Izzy and Alex enjoyed a marquee reception decorated with homegrown flowers GROOMS 79 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 80 FEELING PEACHY We’ve rounded up some of the latest on-trend products for the groom-to-be inspired by Pantone’s colour of the year, Peach Fuzz 82 LUSCIOUS LOCKS TikTok star Matt Newman reveals his haircare tips for grooms-to-be 74 84 4

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. https:// *Photographs by Emma Stoner Photography Bespoke, Unique, Coastal, Historical – all words that can be used to describe our weddings at CLIFF HOUSE SALCOMBE…

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With Easter almost upon us, it feels like it’s going to be an egg-cellent year! Not only can we look forward to this spring break (and all the tasty treats that it offers), but we also have the May bank holidays, too. Check out the Easter-themed bakes from Flapjackery on page nine, washed down with the latest launch from Padstow Gin! If you’re planning a wedding in a hotel, turn to page 15 for some chic suggestions in both regions and for those of you wanting a beach celebration, our Cornish styled shoot on page 51 will inspire. Booking a European honeymoon? Greece is the word! Read my review of the Parga Beach Resort on page 86. Clair ISSN 2397-4133 Your Devon & Cornwall Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by Ellis Media and Events 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 Easte ! 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 How cool are these sequinned tablecloths from The Pretty Accessory Company? See more on page 62. Read expert advice from wedding planner, consultant and coordinator Laura Dalton on page 62. Throwing a party this Easter? Padstow Gin offers the perfect accompaniment. Read all about it on page nine. Wow! How colourful does this waterside wedding venue look? It’s Canonteign Falls near Exeter in Devon. Read all about it on page 21. EDITOR’S LETTER 7 How yummy do these Easter Boxes from Devon-based Flapjackery look? See more on page nine.

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All the latest from around both regions MANHAY FARM IN HELSTON UNVEILS WILD WEST-THEMED HEN PARTY PACKAGES Saddle up for an unforgettable hen party experience at Manhay Farm, a picturesque venue nestled among the rolling hills and breathtaking scenery of Cornwall where the Wild West comes alive with a range of exciting activities and celebrations. Partygoers can embrace their inner cowgirl or cowboy and let the good times roll inside the enchanting barn that will transform into a Wild West saloon, complete with rustic décor, hay bales, and Western-themed props. Hen and stag parties can learn the iconic line dance steps with the professional line dancing instructor and test their rodeo skills with the mechanical bull riding challenge. There are also exclusive add-ons, including a cheeky cowboy appearance, a barn dance band with a caller, a DJ set, a beer or prosecco pong table, a rustic photobooth with prints and western backdrop, and outdoor hot tub hire. There’s also a Magic Mike-style cowboy show where the talented cowboys take centre stage, showcasing their impressive dance moves. To find out more and to book, visit NEWS EDITOR LOVES Padstow Gin, which is made from the finest local Cornish barley grown in the fields above the Camel Estuary and distilled with wild coastal flowering alexander plants foraged from the clifftops will be my choice of tipple this Easter! Nearlywed FEAST ON FLAPJACKERY THIS EASTER Devon-based Flapjackery has Easter treats to send by post with its range of delicious flapjacks that are the perfect alternative to a traditional chocolate egg. All flapjacks are gluten-free, vegetarian and contain no palm oil. They are suitable for home freezing and have a varying shelf life, depending upon the ingredients, with the shortest shelf life being two weeks. They are individually wrapped and delivered in a recyclable cardboard box. Choose from the Happy Easter Plaque Message Flapjack Box, £34; the Mega Happy Easter Message Flapjack Box, £48; the Easter Flapjack Boxes, from £12.50 each; the Chocolate Fudge Egg Smash Up Flapjack Box of three, from £12.50 and the Millionaires Egg Splat Flapjack Box of three from £12.50 and send with love this Easter, EDITOR’S PICK Check out Sidmouth Print Wedding Stationery for bespoke invites, RSVP and save-the-date cards, table plans, place cards, menus and more. Decorative designs are inspired by each couple and their wedding theme and for those who already have their dream designs created, the talented team can print them from these files, TREGENNA CASTLE RESORT CELEBRATES 250 YEARS Award-winning Tregenna Castle Resort set within a 72-acre resort in St Ives, Cornwall is celebrating its 250th anniversary year with 12 months worth of events, community activities, environmental initiatives and special offers. There’s even a tasty new 1774 Cocktail Collection at Olives Bar named after key figures around Tregenna’s history. The resort is home to stylish hotel rooms, apartments, self-catering properties, an award-winning wedding venue, two restaurants, a golf course, an indoor and outdoor pool and tennis courts. To find out more and to book, visit 9 LOCAL NEWS

MICHELIN GUIDE ENTRY FOR FLUSHING’S HARBOUR HOUSE Flushing’s Harbour House has entered the prestigious Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland after just five months of trading. Set on the waterfront in the historic village on the South Cornish coast, Harbour House is a pub that is dedicated to creating and achieving new levels of sustainability in the hospitality industry. The Michelin inspectors praised Harbour House saying: “Undoubtedly the most aptly named restaurant in this month’s selection, Harbour House sits just yards from the water. The understated cooking is powered by Cornish produce and the fabulous bread is a great way to start. When visiting such a warm, welcoming and good-looking place as this, it will make you wish that every coastal village had somewhere like it.” Harbour House is owned by Tamara Costin and William Speed who also own the much-acclaimed beachhouse in South Milton Sands and schoolhouse at Mothecombe on the Flete Estate – both in Devon. Both of these establishments also follow a similar upcycling and sustainability-led philosophy and practices. The Harbour House kitchen was opened by Jeffrey Robinson and it has been announced that Andrew Tuck, formerly the acclaimed head chef at the St Kew Inn, has taken the helm as head chef of the establishment. Harbour House will receive either a Michelin star, a Bib Gourmand, a Michelin Plate, or another award, but which one will not be known until the next formal Michelin Guide ceremony. The new pub establishment in Flushing marks a distinct evolution for the historic waterfront property, formerly known as The Seven Stars. Harbour House serves breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as an all-day bar menu with small plates and bar snacks. All sport an array of dishes that showcase the freshest produce from the surrounding sea, rivers, fields and gardens. Key daily suppliers include Soul Food Farm, Sailor’s Creek Seafood, New Dawn Traders, Philip Warren, Footes Pasture Produce, Duchy Game and new independent beef farmer Tresemple. Drinks come from Verdant, Treens, Loveday, Wanderlust Wines, Pocket Full of Stones, St Ives Cider, Find and Foster, Wildling and local Cornish vineyard Trevibban Mill among many others. To find out more and to book, visit BESPOKE + LOCAL Devon-based luxury gift service, Bespoke + Local curates high-end gift boxes celebrating the finest Devon artisans. The bespoke gift boxes are tailored to each customer’s unique gifting needs, preferences and passions making them the ideal wedding gift. Each gift box can include a selection of local Devon artwork, textiles, ceramics, wooden homeware, artisan décor, leather gifts, natural skincare and the finest produce. Each handmade luxury gift box comes lined with a bespoke printed fabric wrap, a personalised artwork keepsake and details of the artisans who lovingly made the gifts. Bespoke + Local supports and champions the wealth of talented artisans in the Devon region. Choosing a Bespoke + Local gift box isn’t just about selecting a unique gift; it’s about making a statement of support for local artisans, a statement of appreciation for their dedication, and a statement of commitment to preserving these artisanal crafts across the communities in Devon, SANDFORD ORCHARD LAUNCH NEW BUBBLES & CHOCOLATE HAMPER Sandford Orchards has launched a brand new hamper, perfect for Mother’s Day. It contains two bottles of their fine sparkling ciders, Katja and Katja Rosé plus two bars of delicious Willy’s chocolate, all lovingly handmade in Devon. Katja is created from Katy apples that are pressed and fermented cool with white wine yeast to enhance their fresh and fragrant apple characteristics. The result is an elegant sparkling wine-like drink and a fabulous British alternative to prosecco. Katja Rosé is created using the same method but the skins of Rondo grapes are added during the fermentation process to give it a beautiful blush colour. The result is a sparkling cider which tastes of sun-ripened cherries and peaches with notes of apple blossom and candyfloss, balanced with tannins from the wineskins. Sandford Orchards’ new Bubbles & Chocolate Hamper retails at £30, 10

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Capturing moments to last a lifetime! A table centrepiece with a difference; the Table Selfie Booth is a new way to get your guests capturing happy memories of your special day; all from the centre of the table. The Booth can spin 360 degrees, can be illuminated in various colours and images can be emailed, instantly printed or sent via MMS. We also have a range of other items available for hire. Please contact us on for further information or call 07525 659400 or go to our website Estrel Wedding & Event Hire Estrel_Wedding_And_Event_Hire Are you looking for something new and unique, with the WOW factor, for your wedding? 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 MADE WITH LOVE Katy Taylor is the chief candle maker at Devon-based Kisses & Creations, offering an array of colourful candles and home fragrance products including reed diffusers and wax melts bursting with fragrance. The hand-poured, eco-friendly candles offer top-quality products made from 100% natural soy wax at affordable prices and come in brightly coloured cans or decorated glass votives, ideal for weddings. The flower-topped candles make the perfect pick as wedding day favours with more than ten different fragrances available including rose, black orchid, very berry, Thai lime and mango plus lemon chiffon. They are decorated with natural flowers, from pink Damascus rose petals to yellow chamomile flowers and lilac sweet violet blooms. The labels can be personalised with the couple’s newly married name and wedding date printed on the top, plus they can be used as stylish table place settings, with the name of each guest added. There are also cute personalised bridesmaid candles in a can, £16 each, and Mr & Mrs favour votives, £3.50 each. Your Devon & Cornwall Wedding has teamed up with Kisses & Creations to offer readers a 15% discount on the wedding candles. To take advantage of this giveaway, visit and use the code INTRO15 at the checkout. LILY CHARMED IS GIVING READERS THE CHANCE TO WIN £150 TO SPEND ONLINE Crafted from recycled sterling silver and gold-plated recycled sterling silver, Lily Charmed ( brings you a seamless canvas for effortless jewellery curation, ensuring that each piece offers a lifetime investment for authentic self-expression. Collect and curate your very own jewellery box of keepsakes with Lily Charmed’s unique range of consciously crafted charms. Bringing joy through jewellery, each piece is designed to showcase your memories and magical life journey with a modern edge. From engraved talismans, romantic hearts and keys, pretty florals, colourful motifs cast in resin, and whimsical bees and biscuits, to lustrous pearls, chic lockets and personalised birthstones adorning charm bracelets, charm collectors, chains and hoops, Lily Charmed offers a pick ‘n’ mix of playful designs. Layer, stack, mix and match, play with chain and bracelet styles, add charms, add colour − the choice is endless! Infinity symbols represent ever-lasting love, whilst alphabet charms and custom engraving make the perfect personalised touch for weddings. Elsewhere its hug rings, friendship charm bracelets and retro Mixtape, Cowboy Boot and Puzzle Pieces make effortlessly thoughtful bridesmaids gifts. Enter online an Terms and conditions apply. Freebies& OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

01392 832483 A beautiful location for your perfect day LORD HALDON COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL THE IMPERIAL HOTEL EXMOUTH Telephone 01395 274761. Option 2 IMPERIAL HOTEL, ESPALNADE, EXMOUTH, DEVON EX8 2SW 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

DEVON’S GIDLEIGH PARK RETAINS ITS MICHELIN STAR The team at Gidleigh Park and executive head chef Chris Eden are celebrating the news that Gidleigh Park has retained its Michelin star, following the release of the Michelin Guide 2024. Chris Eden commented, “We’ve had a great year at Gidleigh Park and we are all delighted to have retained our Michelin star. I’m continually proud to head up Gidleigh Park’s kitchen and to work with such a brilliant team. We’re incredibly lucky that each day we get to showcase the beautiful produce we have in the West Country, and I’m delighted that the great feedback we’ve received from guests this year has been followed by this news tonight.” Simon Franks, regional general manager of Andrew Brownsword Hotels commented, “Chris works pure magic in the kitchen and the delight his menus continually deliver to our guests is a testament to his skill, and his leadership of such a talented team. Congratulations to everyone at Gidleigh Park!” Chris joined the team at Gidleigh Park in 2019, bringing along his produce-led ethos to the kitchen there. Chris first won a Michelin star at Gidleigh Park in 2023 and is a champion of local producers, handling ingredients with exceptional skill and care, with the seasonal bounty from the hotel’s kitchen garden also regularly informing Chris’ menus. The restaurant at Gidleigh Park is open for dinner from Tuesday to Saturday, and a brand new lunch menu is now also on offer on Friday and Saturday. For further information or to book a table visit or call 01647 432 367. WELLNESS RETREATS LAUNCH AT SOAR MILL COVE HOTEL NEAR SALCOMBE Offering the epitome of comfort and luxury against the staggering backdrop of the South Devon coast, Soar Mill Cove Hotel has announced the introduction of a series of new wellness retreats. Set in a quiet valley at the end of a lane, just a short walk from a hidden and secluded beach and the South West Coast Path, Soar Mill Cove Hotel offers one of the most idyllic spots for an unforgettable restorative retreat in Devon. With only the sound of the waves and birdsong, this privately owned property is a place for those who love the peace and tranquillity of a stunning location. The hotel is renowned as a place for families, couples, and those who enjoy walking. It offers a Discovery Spa with Temple Spa treatments, a heated indoor salt-water pool, gym facilities, and a sauna. There’s also a grass tennis court, a grassy play area for children, and a wash-down area and kitchenette for those who bring their four-legged friends. The hotel offers a range of sea-facing rooms featuring patio doors opening on to sun-soaked wooden decks with wicker loungers and there are family suites, rooms for couples, and two self-catering villas for ideal for larger groups. Set back from the sea in a valley, the hotel’s location has a secret and exclusive feel. A 10-minute walk through the fields leads visitors to the sandy Soar Mill Cove itself with shallow swimming and rock pooling possible at low tide. Visitors can walk one of the most spectacular sections of Devon’s South West Coast Path to Salcombe, or northwest to Hope Cove. For the less energetic, Salcombe is a 10-minute drive away. The main restaurant offers modern British cuisine with a focus on local seafood and meats. A smaller dog-friendly restaurant and a lounge with wicker swing seats provide additional dining options and the hotel’s champagne bar caters to those with more spirited tastes. The retreats are open to people of all abilities and ages, with the promise that new friendships will be forged, and participants will feel stronger, more energised and connected to their bodies and nature. Future dates include Sunday the 19th of May and Sunday the 22nd of September 2024. The retreats cost £149 per person. To book, call 01548 561 566 or visit WELCOME IN Enjoy a stay in one of these chic hotels What’s new? 15 THEMED VENUES

THE HORN OF PLENTY, TAVISTOCK, DEVON This charming country house hotel is perfect for couples looking for a unique, sophisticated yet relaxed wedding venue showcasing amazing far-flung views and fabulous food. The four-star country house hotel is filled with elegance and charm, set in five acres of secluded colourful gardens. With ample outdoor seating in the pretty gardens and on the decked terrace, the hotel is surrounded by countryside on the Cornwall and Devon border, overlooking the historic Tamar Valley whilst still having the benefit of easy access from the market town of Tavistock. The Georgian style of the main building is celebrated with an interior rich in graceful period features, mixed with a contemporary influence and original artwork. The main restaurant features large picture windows to make the most of the light and the incredible view. The generous gardens are a photographer’s dream. The main lawn benefits from a stunning backdrop of the Tamar Valley and a breathtaking vista towards the moor. The acres of well-tended gardens include lawns, terraces, a delightful fountain, ponds, a paddock, a walled garden and rustic outbuildings that are great for photos, playing lawn games or simply sitting and admiring the glorious sunset. Open-air outdoor ceremonies for up to 90 guests are held on the main lawn with its panoramic countryside view and beautiful greenery. Outdoor micro-wedding ceremonies for up to 12 guests can be held on one of three large balconies. The main ceremony room can accommodate up to 80 loved ones. It’s full of character with two statement chandeliers, a bay window and an elegant fireplace. Smaller ceremonies of up to 15 guests can be held either in the Drawing Room or, for couples wanting a less formal set up, they can choose the upstairs Library. Ceremonies can take place in a choice of four rooms. The maximum capacity for a ceremony is 80 guests while the maximum seated for a wedding breakfast is 90 people and the maximum capacity for loved ones attending the evening reception is 120. Reception drinks and canapés are served outside either on the main lawn or around the fountain. During the cooler months, the entire main house is available for the reception with the wedding breakfast held in the conservatory restaurant with its sliding doors on to an ample terrace. The team offer a bespoke menu where the couple get to meet the chef and design their wedding breakfast menu followed by a free tasting session. Previous wedding guests regularly comment that it’s the best wedding breakfast they’ve ever tasted! The team love nothing more than welcoming couples back on their anniversary with a complimentary room upgrade and a bottle of celebratory fizz. Selected rooms are pet friendly and dogs can join in the ceremony and reception. The venue also offers winter weddings, micro weddings, elopements and part-day weddings. For couples wishing to go large, there are two-day and weekend options. Contact: 01822 832 528, •We love... that there are 10% off remaining dates for 2024 with reduced rates for exclusive-use midweek and winter weddings. ST MICHAEL’S RESORT, FALMOUTH, CORNWALL Located a stone’s throw from the stunning Gyllyngvase Beach, St Michaels Resort is the perfect destination for a ceremony surrounded by stunning subtropical gardens and the fresh sea air. The resort boasts airy, contemporary details with floor-to-ceiling windows offering ocean views in The Bay, the ideal location for a private wedding ceremony of up to 70 guests. With a secluded balcony perfect for big-day pictures, and Gyllyngvase Beach and the subtropical gardens just steps away, a picturesque wedding awaits. For a more intimate setting, look no further than St Michaels’ Wine Vaults, styled with soft romantic lighting and offering the use of a privately manned bar to get the party started. With local produce and fine dining in mind, the chefs of the AA Rosette Brasserie on the Bay are on hand to provide a delicious dining experience from each couple’s choice of menu. Able to cater for all dietary requirements, couples can choose the perfect dishes to accompany their day. St Michaels invites couples to enjoy a complimentary tasting of the wedding menu to ensure they are happy ahead of their big day. As well as having areas for the ceremony, wedding breakfast and dancefloor, St Michaels also offers discounted stays. Newlyweds can cosy up in a luxury room as they begin their life together. Contact: 01326 312 707, •We love... that there’s a complimentary one-night stay on the first anniversary so that couples can relive their special moment. 16

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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

THE LORD HALDON HOTEL, EXETER, DEVON The main house of this stunning hotel is a fine example of Georgian architecture set within large private grounds with views stretching across the surrounding countryside. Although now much smaller than the original Georgian mansion, the hotel still retains its cosy country house feel offering 23 stylish guest rooms. Ceremonies for up to 120 guests and receptions for up to 180 loved ones take place in The Belvedere Suite, a large spacious room filled with plenty of natural daylight located on the ground floor. It’s beautifully decorated with neutral grey tones to compliment the white linen, white chair covers and sash colours of the couple’s choice. The self-contained suite has its own bar, en-suite facilities and wide ramp access and the room can be divided by the neutral grey curtain to accommodate smaller, more intimate gatherings. From the Belvedere suite, there’s access to the courtyard patio where guests can sit and enjoy a drink, particularly during the summer months. Outside, there’s the wooden pagoda set within the flowers, trees and grounds with the open countryside as a wonderful backdrop for up to 80 ceremony guests and 180 evening guests. The pagoda is surrounded by stunningly presented planting and lawns, set amongst flower beds which bloom abundantly each summer. Contact: 01392 832 483, •We love... that the team offer a free night stay for the couple for their first anniversary. The wedding packages offer a wide range of special services which include accommodation for the couple on their wedding night. POLURRIAN ON THE LIZARD, HELSTON, CORNWALL This award-winning wedding venue offers the space, facilities and freedom to create an unforgettable day. There’s fantastic food and drink, impressive sea view reception rooms and 41 individually styled bedrooms to wow guests. Both intimate weddings and large parties can be catered for, with a choice of exclusive and non-exclusive packages and the experienced wedding and events team is on hand to help couples realise their dream day. On a clear day, the uninterrupted views from Polurrian Cove stretch to the southwest tip of Cornwall, including the iconic St Michael’s Mount. Ceremonies and receptions take place in The Cove View Suite which provides a perfect blank canvas for most themes. This versatile room is bright and airy, with its own bar, washroom facilities and views of the sea from its private terrace. The suite has a maximum capacity of up to 90 guests for the ceremony and up to 100 people seated for the wedding breakfast. During the high season from May to December, prices start from £1,000 and during the low season from January to April, prices start from £700. The restaurant offers stunning, panoramic views over the Atlantic Ocean, decorated and furnished in a modern, contemporary style, offering a maximum capacity of 60 ceremony guests. This space has been designed in a timeless style with laid-back comfort in mind. It’s available to hire from January to June and during September, October and November with prices from £2,500. A vista ceremony starts from £1,500. Perfect for smaller, more intimate ceremonies and a wedding breakfast for a maximum of up to 60 guests is the Marconi room with its classic details, fitting for a timeless wedding. Prices start from £500 during the high season from May until December and from £300 during the low season from January to April. Alternatively, the spacious and stunning Vista Lounge offers uninterrupted sea views, gorgeous furnishings and fittings and is bathed in natural light. Guests will be blown away by the sheer beauty of this space that’s large enough to host an impressive celebration with a party atmosphere. Contact: 01326 240 421, •We love... the mini electric Nosmoke vehicle that’s available to use if the couple book the Island View Suite package – see here for details: THEMED VENUES 19 E: T: 01884 32107 SUTTON BARTON | CULLOMPTON | DEVON | EX15 1NF FOR YOUR RELAXED AND PERSONAL WEDDING Call our wedding team on 01736 795311 @carbisbayweddings Carbis Bay Estate, Carbis Bay, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 2NP Marry on the beach at Carbis Bay Estate

CANONTEIGN FALLS, NEAR EXETER Home to one of England’s highest waterfalls, Canonteign Falls is a magnificent example of a Victorian folly set in 90 acres of ancient woodland on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park in Devon. The waterfalls themselves descend more than 70 metres through ferns and woods. At the base of the falls, the woodland gives way to meadows and lakes, making this one of the most spectacular venue settings in Devon. Canonteign Barn is surrounded by waterfalls, lakes, and ancient bluebell woodland making it the perfect site for a fairytale-inspired wedding and a photographer’s delight. There’s an area to the side of the barn with garden furniture that’s perfect for a drinks reception, a play area to the rear and a tarmacked access route. The Barn is a blank canvas that overlooks a stunning lily lake. It’s a simple wooden plank construction with a pitched roof creating a flexible space that can be tailored to each couple’s needs with a purpose-built bar in one corner, and moveable staging. It has a large barn door opening to the lake, another door opening to the side and a smaller set of doors next to the hard standing, where the caterers can set up with vehicle access. Ceremonies take place in The Pagoda, a Victorian structure that’s situated on a large jetty overlooking the lake providing an inspirational setting. The jetty can seat up to 85 guests, and with overflow on to the grass, it can accommodate up to 120 loved ones. The indoor ceremony option is inside the barn seating between 10 and 150 people. For an intimate, standing-only ceremony of up to 30 guests, with the waterfall as the backdrop, there’s the romantic Clampett Falls, a five-minute walk from the barn. The wedding breakfast and reception are hosted inside the barn for up to 150 guests seated. This number can be extended to 180 loved ones for the reception within the barn and up to 250 people when using a marquee to provide extra space. The area can also be sectioned off to create a more intimate atmosphere. The site offers accommodation in a stunning cottage that sleeps up to eight guests for a minimum of three nights. This cottage is spacious but cosy with four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a large eat-in kitchen, and a comfortable living area with TV and Wi-Fi, plus there’s a 5% discount for wedding clients. Contact: 01647 252 614, •We love... that the couple have the option of planting a tree or similar within the grounds of the falls to commemorate their special day. They are also welcomed back to Canonteign Falls free of charge on their first anniversary. EAST AND MID DEVON Spotlight on... Image of the stretch tent courtesy of and exterior image courtesy of HAWKE BARN, TIVERTON This 16th-century, rustic-inspired barn wedding venue set in a secluded countryside location has been beautifully renovated to reveal original heavy oak beams, a high open-vaulted ceiling, exposed stonework and flagstone floors. The full-height windows create an intimate and exclusive space. Five unique ceremony sites include Hawke Barn, the Smithy, Mead Barn, the lake and the front lawn. Quirky accommodation for up to 20 guests is provided in the on-site luxury barn conversion full of character and the charming bridal suite in the west wing of the farmhouse. Additional wild camping and glamping on the farm can provide further accommodation with award-winning options in Stoodleigh and Oakford. Celebrations take place for up to 60 day guests and 100 evening guests and numbers can be extended to up to 120 loved ones through a collaboration with Tipi Spaces. These magical structures can be positioned on the front lawn enjoying the far-flung countryside views. Contact: 01278 555 107, •We love... that pets and ponies are welcome as part of the ceremony! LOCAL VENUES 21

BOVEY CASTLE, NORTH BOVEY Set within 275 acres of beautiful countryside and rolling valleys, Bovey Castle is a truly unforgettable wedding venue. With its rich history, effortless charm and elegance, couples can enjoy a castle wedding like no other. Stunning landscaped gardens and period architecture offer the perfect backdrop for wedding photographs, whilst the experienced wedding team can work to any theme. The hotel estate includes an 18-hole championship golf course that was designed by John Frederick Abercromby in 1926. The main building was built in 1907 in Jacobean style, with extensions built in the 1930s. The interior is of high quality, with panelled rooms and elaborately carved features. The garden situated at the front of the hotel is set above terraces overlooking a lake and the River Bovey. There are 60 hotel rooms of varying sizes at Bovey Castle, all boasting beautiful décor. Rooms are offered on a bed and breakfast basis, with a delicious range of freshly prepared cooked and continental options. There are 22 self-catering lodges nestled in the grounds, within close proximity to the hotel. Each sleeps up to eight guests (maximum six adults), perfect for families or groups. The lodges are equipped with three double en-suite bedrooms, a lounge, a dining room, a bathroom, and a fully equipped kitchen. The happy couple will spend their wedding night in one of the stunning rooms, wrapped in five-star luxury. Additional accommodation is available, both before and after the big day, for the wedding party and loved ones. Ceremonies take place in a choice of three elegant indoor civil ceremony spaces at Bovey Castle: The Adam room, Library and Cathedral room, each with stunning backdrops of the estate and Dartmoor National Park. There’s also the Summer House in a stunning setting for those looking for an outdoor civil ceremony. Set in a quiet spot within the castle grounds and approached by a lawned aisle flanked by yew hedges and herbaceous borders, it provides a picturesque backdrop. The hotel is available for exclusive use for the ultimate Bovey Castle Wedding experience. Couples can build their bespoke package with the help of the personal coordinator, which can be tailored to their requirements. Couples and their guests will have free reign within the castle’s shared spaces and grounds as well as the wedding team on hand for the duration of the celebrations. Following the ceremony, everyone will dine like royalty in the Great Western restaurant. Afterwards, guests will be able to dance the night away with a castle reception, complete with evening food. The standard exclusive-use package offers private use of all public areas of the hotel (excluding the Elan Spa, pool, Smith’s Brasserie, grounds, and golf course) as well as 54 luxury hotel rooms, from 2 pm until 11 am the following day on a bed and breakfast basis (not including accommodation in the lodges). Couples can also book an intimate package, tailored to suit their needs for groups of between two and 50 guests. Those enjoying an intimate wedding celebration can also book an evening reception in the spacious Dartmoor Suite and wedding packages include ceremony chairs and white covers, white table linen, cutlery, glassware and more. Contact: 01647 445 098, •We love... that dog-friendly accommodation is available. There are also fun-filled activities on offer including a 4x4 off-road experience, clay pigeon shooting and cider and sloe gin making. HAREFIELD BARN, CREDITON The talented team at Devon’s Harefield Barn have launched the All Inclusive Package for 2024 for a minimum of 50 guests with additional guests priced at £60 per head. The team have gathered the key elements of a wedding day and included them in this all-inclusive deal, which offers couples significant savings and gives them a better idea of what the cost will be. The offer can be booked on any available date in 2024 and includes: •Exclusive use of the venue from 8 am on the day of the wedding until half past midnight. Cars may be left overnight and items can be collected the following day. •There’s access from 1 pm until 5 pm the day before to decorate and prepare. •Four drinks per adult, a delicious wedding breakfast consisting of canapés and a two or three-course meal. •Evening food is supplied by LAP Food and Bars. The total cost of the package is £9,750 inclusive of VAT based on a minimum of 50 guests with additional guests priced at £60 per head. Optional upgrades are available on request. Contact: 07541 121 404, •We love... the stunning Clock House perched within the grounds outside the barn where ceremonies take place, set against a backdrop of breathtaking views. Exterior image courtesy of and interior image courtesy of 22 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 Plymbridge Road . Plympton . PL7 4QG 01752 339113 Call or email Amanda Taylor for more details A premier venue in Plymouth for the perfect wedding Plan your dream wedding with an exclusive personalised package at one of Plymouth and Devon’s favourite wedding venues. With stunning panoramic views across Plymouth Sound and Dartmoor, Boringdon Park is an elegant and modern venue thats the perfect location for your special day. Set in the heart of 200 acres of delightful grounds savour the magnificent vista as you approach our ever-popular venue up the impressive driveway – views that will give you a memorable backdrop to an unforgettable day. We are now booking weddings for 2025-2026 with limited late availability for 2024. Ashridge Great Barn 01837 352025 Romantic Rustic Barn with Outdoor Space Beautiful Pet Friendly Grounds Planning Support and On the Day Coordination

e Manor House An outstanding Georgian Manor House set in glorious landscaped gardens • Licensed for Civil Ceremonies • Exclusive use of the whole building £700 • Ceremonies for up to 95 guests • Evening celebrations up to 100 guests e Manor House Old Town Street, Dawlish EX7 9AP | 01626 863 388 A secluded rural hideaway, set in 45 acres of rolling Cornish countryside. • Licensed for civil ceremonies • • Weddings up to 150 • • Accommodation for 65 guests • • Spa facilities • • Exclusive hire • T: 01752 371 507 | E: ST. CLETHER, LAUNCESTON, PL15 8PS

HIGHER HOLCOMBE, OTTERY ST MARY Almost 30 acres of wildflower meadows and woodland surround the heart of this wonderful wedding venue with mown trails meandering through the woodland for guests to enjoy. The Old Dairy Barn is at the heart of the venue and is wooden-cladded with cedar and blends perfectly in its rural setting. Fringed on one side by woodland, there’s a sandstone terrace in front furnished with pub-style wooden picnic tables perfect for drinks and nibbles. In front is the stretch tent which is used for shade on sunny days or as shelter from the elements if the weather is looking uncertain. It’s also often used for speeches and reception drinks and the entire area nestles perfectly with views of the Devon meadows in front and the orchard to the other side. The rustic barn has been painted in neutral colours to suit any wedding theme and enjoys gorgeous countryside views through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Furnished with banquet-style rustic tables that can be set up in several ways for a wedding feast, it is also used for live bands, dance parties and late-night munchies. Couples can choose either the secluded silver birch ‘church’ (located a one-minute walk from the main party barn) or the hilltop willow ‘cathedral’ (situated closer to the barn). For couples who have their heart set on an outdoor ceremony, if the weather is looking uncertain, the team will set up seating in the stretch tent directly opposite the Old Dairy barn. Contact: 07740 978 408, •We love... that couples adore staying in the quirky Hobbit House Honeymoon Hideaway on their wedding night. HUNTSHAM COURT, HUNTSHAM A stunning example of Victorian architecture, this stately country manor house is built in stone with large hamstone windows flooding the house with natural light. French doors open on to large terraces bordered with deep and vibrant flower beds. The beautiful, traditional country house garden with its ancient mature trees is home to the licenced Dovecote set against views of Devon’s rolling hills. Set in a quiet, private, and idyllic location, the village church is walkable, and nestled on the driveway. Inside, the décor is classic country house chic – eclectic yet homely. It combines modern comfort married with timeless style. The different rooms photograph beautifully for wedding pictures, with historic features including stone archways, panelled rooms, marble columns and a 150-year-old mural ceiling. Outdoor ceremonies take place under the old oak Dovecote, under the tipi positioned in the meadow garden, on the upper lawn against a backdrop of rolling hills or under the canopy of giant ancient trees. Inside, nuptials can be exchanged in the book-lined library, in the Jacobean oak-panelled Great Hall with its marble archways and in the Tapestry Diamond Room or the Yellow Ballroom. Receptions take place across five main reception rooms including the Library, Great Hall, the Tapestry Diamond Room, the Yellow Ballroom and the cosy Snug Bar. The team at the venue offer a network of 130 recommended suppliers, and couples are also encouraged to use their own with no corkage charged. Seven hours of venue event planning is included in the wedding hire. The property sleeps up to 100 guests across 42 bedrooms (most of which are four-poster bedrooms) with the ability to have a two-night stay with everyone, resulting in a private country house party. There’s a minimum rental of 21 bedrooms with each wedding, and all weddings are exclusive use with the ability to add bedrooms as and when couples know they need them. Contact: 01398 361 277, •We love... that the team offer complimentary engagement shoots, and discounted rates for future anniversaries with a free afternoon tea.; LOCAL VENUES 25

A Devonshire day Jojo and Kane’s special day at Cadhay in Ottery St Mary was decorated with a rich burgundy colour palette Images courtesy of Louise Richey Photography Jojo and Kane Herbert married on the 10th of June 2023 at Talaton church followed by a reception at Cadhay in Ottery St Mary, Devon. 26

Jojo and Kane met at work. “We clicked instantly and found that spending time together felt very easy,” Jojo tells us. “We quickly realised that we shared the same sense of humour and grew very close.” Kane proposed at one of the couple’s favourite spots on East Hill overlooking Sidmouth in Devon. “It was during a dog walk and although we’d always spoken about getting married, it was a wonderful surprise,” Jojo says. SETTING THE SCENE Kane grew up in Ottery St Mary and remembers Cadhay as a magical place from his childhood so it seemed an obvious choice for the couple’s reception. “I fell in love with the venue when we first visited,” Jojo tells us. “We chose Talaton church to get married in because Kane’s grandma, Dyllis, spent her life living in Talaton so he has many fond memories of spending time in the village. One of the key parts of the day was exchanging our vows in front of those closest to us.” “My dad, Roger, was keen for me to arrive at the church in an old Land Rover like the one I learned to drive in,” Jojo explains. “He and his wife Tania were able to borrow an old 27 REAL WEDDINGS

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