Es and Paul arrived on Friday in their lovely campervan called 'Custard' (she was yellow before her recent face lift, hence the name). It was exploring this area in 'Custard' that made them fall in love with the North Devon coast. You would not believe what gorgeous things came out of the van......
Here is Paul bringing in the elegant table centre pieces.
Paul and Es had sourced these amazing silver candelabras, they placed one either side of the top table, beautifully decorated with flowers by Kelly from Offshore blooms.
They then had a smaller candelabra on each windowsill, creating a stunning effect. The arrangements and bouquets contained these amazing deep red roses called 'Black Bacara', that looked just like they were made of velvet.
Es and Paul came up to the Designer Wedding Show in London with us back in March where they met the wonderful cake maker and designer Anna Tyler from Bristol. This is her Mum who helped her deliver and put together the cake on the Friday. You can see some more photos of her cakes on our wedding show blog.
You can see how impressive it looked when it was finished and topped with flowers. The guests raved about how completely delicious the lemon cake itself tasted too.
They chose to name each table after their favourite beaches and seaside locations.
Clever table plan hey!!
All hands on deck. Es's cousin Pete gave me a lesson in Welsh name pronunciation whilst we put out the favours. I'm not sure I did very well!
Not that this particular name was very Welsh! These were the lovely favours put together by Es's Mum, well done Chris.
I thought these little boxes of table entertainment were a great idea.
Altogether it created a stunning and elegant effect.
There was attention to detail at every turn. This gorgeous wreath on the front door provided a beautiful welcome and a taste of things to come.
Saturday morning, the boys all suited and booted, headed off to the Kings Arms pub in the village for a cheeky pint to steady Paul's nerves.
Casey, Paul and Es's gorgeous staffy joined the boys on their wedding morning outing.
The beautiful bride with her Dad. The sun shone and Es got her wish to get married outside with the view of the sea.
Es walked down the aisle to Pachelbel's Canon.
This is actually a copy of a photo that one of the guest's took (so sorry for the quality) but I thought it was such a wonderful shot and I never get to be this close to the action!
Confetti at the ready, Es's little nieces handed out cones of dried red rose petals to the guests ready for a photo opportunity.
Now onto the serious business of a celebratory Mojito. Richard and I thought we ought to double check the recipe at 9am on Saturday morning and boy was it good! However we were a bit squiffy putting the chairs out!
A nice cold beer was on offer for those not up for a cocktail, both went down a treat.
And so did the canapés which ended with yummy miniature scones. Es's bridesmaid Alisa certainly thought so.
With the guests seated, the speeches began. Es's mum and dad did a brilliant double act with hilarious comedy timing.
Es and Paul are self-confessed foodies and so chose the most exquisite menu. I only managed to photograph the starter before getting side tracked but this is what they had:
Smoked salmon and prawns topped with a leaf salad.
Saddle of venison served with dauphinoise potatoes, hand tied fresh vegetables and a redcurrant jus.
Chocolate truffle torte served with a vanilla and raspberry sauce.
After dinner, whilst guests enjoyed coffee and home made fudge on the terrace, Es and Paul nipped down to the beach in 'Custard' for a few sunset photos. I can't wait to see them.
I think 'Dougal', 'Custards' friend went too.
They cut the cake and the evening began.
Much dancing followed (although Paul insisted he couldn't dance.... I beg to differ)
Alisa made a great dancing partner instead.
During the evening the guests wrote lovely messages around this amazing photograph from the pre wedding shoot. Andy Green the photographer is a talented man and what a great memento.
The videographer also set up this twinkly area in the candle lit courtyard, where he filmed well wishers messages (even if a few were quite cheeky!).
Congratulations Paul and Es, I have so enjoyed helping you plan your wonderful weekend and what a wedding weekend it was! You really are a very special and lovely couple. Dyminiadau gore i'r dyfodol (Best wishes for the future, or at least that's what I hope it says, no laughing Tegid and Pete!!)