Our inspiration for this autumn winter wedding in Devon shoot centred around copper and rose golds – which are both big news right now.

We set an urban cool edge alongside timeless rustic elements in our beautiful venue, Upton Barn, which cleverly marries design classics with the modern. It’s a very versatile space, with secluded corners by the log burner, walled gardens – and of course, the jaw dropping barns. We were only too delighted to stage our shoot there, and to work with the marvellous Maxi Photography, who captured some stunning images.

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The wedding ceremony
Aisle and entrance were lined with beautiful oil lamps and lanterns from Zaza Homes, adding to the drama that an autumn winter Devon wedding brings. We emphasised fire, candles and fairy lights against darker Devon skies. This is a key look for the years ahead – a combination of laid-back elegance and strong metallics with a nod to the urban.

The wedding breakfast
Simple muslin napkins and copper feathers (table styling by Blue Fizz Events) made an impact as guests sat down to a bespoke banquet produced by Pickle Shack. Many couples now opt for wow factor food on their big day, and by using local ingredients and rare sourced elements, Pickle Shack certainly deliver. Our handmade food markers in a chalk board style brought in other accents of black with slate, which worked perfectly against the metallics and accessories drenched in flickering candlelight. ‘

The detail
Knots and Kisses created place cards, invites and table plans that were simple yet classic, with elegant fonts and layouts. We also added touches of copper wire and wax seals to set the scene for any guest receiving an invite. Tumbling cascades of flowers and bouquet were provided by Poppys, with handmade copper stems introduced to tie the look together. The cake by Kate Burt Cakes was a showstopper – again with elements of the black and copper and dressed with yet more foliage, twinkling copper tea lights and set against the natural backdrop of the stone walls of the barn.

The bride & groom
Our bride wore a stunning  combination of a classic but edgy Grecian-style dress from Pirouette, which we teamed with a duck egg blue skirt by Lily and Louie (as well as the lace top, also from Lilly and Louie), and hand dyed ribbons from Kate Cullen; these were also used on the bouquet, left in long tangled lengths.

Our bride’s hair was intricate braiding perfected by Rosanne Dyer, combined with bespoke copper headpieces by The Lucky Sixpence. A more editorial look for after dark was created with a feather headpiece from Days of Grace, and we commissioned a knitted tiara from the ever creative Land of White Ginger. Hair and accessories all worked hand-in-hand with the stunning copper edged makeup by Genevieve Satha.

Our groom wore the perfect combination of a classic yet modern outfit, all supplied by Dawes. It pulled in the greys and soft greens that are perfect against copper and black.

After dark
Our bride changed her look as the day proceeded into an evening of fire pits and sparklers and dancing under a canopy of fairy lights.

Amy F & Toby Thwaites

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