Combining Art Nouveau charm with country and modern touches, this styled shoot depicts a Dartmoor wedding that’s informal, yet decadent and vibrant.

The venue …   Coombe Trenchard, a tranquil wedding venue with Art Nouveau charm and stunning features that sits cradled within Dartmoor’s epic landscapes. This beautiful Arts & Crafts home is perfect for a Dartmoor wedding, surrounded as it is with sweeping lawns, fabulous gardens and an Italianate terrace (where our vintage-look marquees can be sited) with elegant columns and views across to Brent Tor.

For this shoot we were in the beautifully refurbished coach house which has a bar area, dance floor and snug, plus entrance with fire pits on either side. This venue is versatile and breathtaking, and our theme was been inspired by its gardens which are open to the public during the week.

The look …   Informal yet decadent. Inspired by the venue’s flora, with the green on green that an English country garden brings, plus a nod to the modern for the forward thinking couple.

We arranged a banquet on the lawn with rustic furniture, delicate vintage crockery and vintage champagne saucers (all supplied by Combe Trenchard).

The bride …   Our bride wore two dresses (from Christine Trewinnard): a full skirt and gentle green silk bodice for a classic feel, and a tiered column dress. Both were beautiful in any setting, but perfect for this look. Her hair and makeup (The Event Studios) was a celebration of curls entwined with an asymmetric flower crown (The Flower Mill), and a vibrant palette for the face gave a dewy summer bloom.

The groom …   Our groom wore a contemporary look with classic origins, with blue linen jacket and striped tie (from Samuel Daw & Co).

The finishing touches …   The cakes (Sugar Mamas) were a marriage of classic iced tiers adorned with natural blooms and a detailed and intricate work of art in the form of handmade iced flowers and vines. Set against the dark greens of the garden the whole look came together to set the scene for a long afternoon of celebrations.

The table was laid with handmade vintage fabric napkins (Blue Fizz Events) with blades of greenery as the napkin rings, alongside some of our Blue Fizz Events hire items. An abundance of flowers (The Flower Mill) and greenery brought together the look in the show stopping displays, head piece and a riot of fresh colours throughout.

Stationary (Knots and Kisses) complemented the whole vibe by using rustic twine,colour and elegant text.

Photography was by McKenzie Brown, who brought an abundance of energy and passion to the day. The resulting images have utter romance and attitude in equal measure – even if that did involve the peacocks that wander freely through the grounds!

Your wedding …   Floral, botanicals and garden themes are always eternal within the wedding scene and are set to be a key trend with a return to boisterous strong blooms against a gentle vintage rustic element, this look is a fresh take on a completely perfect summer garden wedding.

Wed-Magazine-Devon-28-CoverThis shoot featured in the June edition of Wed Magazine – a fabulous resource for wedding planning and inspiration.

Models: Lauren Falconer & Jim Cadogan