Kate Simons, 33, married Nick Allen-Perry, 33, at Bridwell in Cullompton, Devon, on 14th July, 2018. She says:
We loved that we could host all of the elements of our wedding at Bridwell, meaning no one had to travel on the day (or, indeed, over the weekend!). The estate offers accommodation for up to 36 people so our close family and friends stayed there with us for two nights, which was really special. I think the most impressive aspect of Bridwell, though, is its surroundings. Its 100 acres of parkland are filled with roaming deer and the views take your breath away.
We wanted an intimate, summery, countryside celebration filled with lovely flowers, simple but delicious food and good wine. Our colour palette was all blush and ivory, as we didn't think that anything dark and bold would reflect the setting or the time of year. Our flowers, created by Amber Persia, my bridesmaids' Maids to Measure dresses and the groomsmen's ties were just some of the pastel-pink elements we threaded through the day.
Our caterer, Dartmoor Kitchen, used all local and seasonal ingredients. We wanted the menu to reflect the Devonshire location and the fact that we held our wedding in high summer. Guests enjoyed a range of canapés before the reception, including beef carpaccio, honey-glazed sausages, cured salmon gravadlax and courgette and feta fritters, all of which were displayed on rustic wooden boards. We served a ‘Devon Feast’ for dinner, which included sharing platters of organic lemon-and-herb chicken, roast pollock fillets with braised chorizo and sweet potato galettes. These were served with sides of different salads and vegetables. For dessert we ate summery pavolva with blueberries and strawberries. Later on in the evening everyone helped themselves to traditional Cornish pasties and wedding cake to line their stomachs!
Amber Persia's floral arrangements perfectly captured the season – filled with scented blooms and English garden-inspired varieties, including roses, dahlias, lily of the valley and sweet peas. The standout feature was certainly our floral archway, which welcomed guests into the ceremony and smelt divine. It was such a romantic backdrop for photographs.
After trying on a lot of dresses and not knowing what suited me, my mum and I made an appointment to meet Sassi Holford at her shop. We hit it off straight away because she instantly understood my vision. I knew that I wanted something classically English with lots of lace. Sassi used illusion tulle on the upper body of my dress, which I felt gave it a fresh and youthful finish. I also trusted entirely that she'd create a flattering silhouette, as Sassi is renowned for her beautiful cuts. The luxurious fabric we chose was made from 100% silk organza and was so light and comfy to wear. To finish, we designed a chapel-length veil with the same lace, which complemented my gown perfectly.
Photographs by Bowtie and Belle Photography