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Happy Monday everyone, I do hope you had a good weekend. If you have children then happy first day of the school holidays! I hope you have lots of lovely things planned and manage to survive the work childcare balance! After another fabulous weekend with wonderful weather I am back and ready for the week ahead of us. I am starting off the week with this fabulous Devon Farm Wedding. It has so many things I love! A farm venue, festival theme, rose gold colour scheme, sequins, glitter, camper van, hay bales, so much Boho goodness all in one wedding. And what can I say about Leanne and Jon, our super cool couple. Leanne’s Claire Pettibone gown is just gorgeous, and her flower crown and pink hair work perfectly with it. As for Jon, his beard would give many a man total beard envy! Big thanks to Younger Photography for the amazing images.
Leanne and Jon were married on 2nd June 2018 at Dunwell Farm in Devon. ‘I first saw Dunwell Farm on Facebook as a friend of a friend attended a wedding there. I loved the views and the fact you had a blank canvas to create your wedding. We wanted somewhere local and wanted something more relaxed and in line with our personalities. Dunwell was perfect! We had 51 guests and it took 2 years to plan, we didn’t want to rush the planning or saving
How they met
We met at a local festival called Volksfest in May 2014. I complimented Jon on his beard, we met up a few weeks later and have now been together for 4 years. We tried to get married as close as possible to the date we met.
Jon had kept the ring hidden in his backpack for 6 months whilst we travelled Australia. He finally proposed in the Olgas, close to Ayers Rock. We spent 3 weeks driving from Darwin to Sydney, living in a car and camping. We celebrated by riding camels at dawn.
How did you allocate your budget?
We didn’t really have a set budget for each part of the wedding. I knew there were certain suppliers I had to work with – our photographer and our florist. We obtained quotes from suppliers and went with our hearts when meeting them. Working with suppliers that understood our ideas was the main priority for us. As our wedding was a blank canvas we also had to think about toilet facilities, waitresses, plates, cutlery etc. It was a lot of work, but worth it. Our budget definitely increased.
Where did you splurge and where did you save?
I definitely splurged on my dress! We did save on our Photographer – a special discount as he liked our ideas and was keen to work with us.
How did you choose your photographer?
I first saw Andrew’s work when I was in my early 20’s, a colleague in work brought in their wedding book. It was the most amazing wedding album I had seen. I always said if I was to get married… I would have Andrew! There was no other option.
My dress was by Claire Pettibone, the Romantique collection. I travelled to Cornwall to find my dress. I wanted a boho vintage style dress and the Bridal House of Cornwall stocked the style of dress I was after. I had fluffy wedding sandals handmade in Greece by Elina Linardaki, I saw them on Instagram and fell in love with the pink fluff. My bag was sequined, handmade and personalised by Threaded by Pooja. In the evening I changed into Converse which were customised by Caroline Derwent Tattoo. As our Pug couldn’t be there for the day, I had her painted on my shoes.
The suit and bridesmaids
The suits were from Empire Outlet. Jon didn’t want to wear a jacket and it suited our theme to have a more relaxed look of waistcoat and trousers. We decided on a dark green tweed with floral ties/bow ties and pocket squares. The Bridesmaid’s dresses also came from the Bridal House of Cornwall and were The Dessy Group.
Theme or colour scheme
The colour scheme was Rose gold with a festival theme. With a completely blank venue it was difficult to imagine all the ideas in my head. I was so pleased it turned out well!
Flowers were really important to me. I wanted them as the main focal point. I wanted a country cottage style and Blue Geranium totally got my style and vision. My bouquet and flower crown included large scented roses, spray roses and variegated ivy. I was concerned that my flower crown would be heavy but it was so comfortable, I kept it on until 2am!
We had sequin rose gold and champagne tablecloths – full size for the top table and cake table with runners on the guest tables. The table arrangements consisted of fresh flowers. We hired props for display around the farm. We decorated the ceremony room with bunting, flowers, and lanterns. We decorated our ceremony arch with small glass hanging planters, a milk churn and bird cage. We had a top table arrangement along with individual table vases. We also included the hats we got engaged in on our ceremony arch, along with the Hunter wellies I first met Jon in. Our parents surprised us with a peg photo display.
We ate Jon’s favourite – Canapes of pasties – Mini Steak and Brie and Cranberry with scones and jam and cream.
Main course was a Hog roast with salads served on large platters to the tables. The presentation by our caterer was amazing, it included fresh strawberries and flowers.
Dessert was our wedding cakes – we had 2!
In the evening we had our favourite food whilst travelling Oz… hotdogs with a cheese centre! Our brilliant caterer managed to source these from Windsor Palace and they went down a storm, most people had several!
We had a semi naked and a naked wedding cake. We couldn’t choose between the flavours so had as many as we could – 5 – chocolate, chocolate orange, cherry bakewell, Victoria sandwich and lemon. Our florist also provided the flowers for our cakes.
We had Howard and Baker – a duo consisting of Aidan Howard, a local DJ who we have known for years and Tom Baker who puts his own acoustic twist on modern classics. Seen as we met at a festival that’s the vibe we were going for, we had a rave/drum and bass hour at the end of the night to finish things off.
Who supplied the stationery?
I ordered our stationery from Swoon at the Moon. This included our save the dates, invites and table names. I created the table plan myself using an old ladder and gold twine.
We organised and set up nearly all of it! Libby and Pete from Dunwell Farm were great with helping us organise and decorate the farm. They even provided us with personalised direction signs around the village and farm for guests to find their way. We hired a tractor from them and also had a fire pit in the evening. We hired Stella, a VW camper for the Bride’s arrival and we also got to drive it! I gave Jon’s best man a gift box to give to him on the morning of the wedding. It included the cuff links and pocket watch he wore on the day. The bride wore a bracelet that belonged to Jon’s late Nan.
So many special moments! Getting ready with my sister, mum and best friends on the morning of the wedding. I was lucky enough to have my best friends as my makeup artist and hairdresser. I loved Jon’s face as he watched me walk down the aisle. Special moments also included our registrar providing an apache blessing after our ceremony. My sister, a bridesmaid and one of the best men gave readings during the ceremony, this was rather emotional! We really enjoyed working with Andrew and having our photos taken. His energy and enthusiasm made it so much fun. Another highlight was having our close friend’s glamp with us in bell tents afterwards.
Advice for other couples
To have the wedding you want to have with who you want to have there. It’s important to remember the day is about you. Also enjoy it! Enjoy the planning and try to not stress, it will all come together!
The biggest surprise was how amazing the weather was! We had the most perfect sunset.
Younger Photography is award winning Devon wedding photographers. Our studio is based in Plymouth, Devon.Our passion and commitment have earned us regional recognition in Devon and Cornwall over the years. We have relaxed and personalised approach to each wedding, documenting the day in a creative storytelling style. We come highly recommended not only by our happy customers but also by many prestigious Devon wedding venues.
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