As spring met summer, Ellie and John Jo had a gorgeous wedding with spring flowers and heart warming, balmy Devon sunshine. They wanted a relaxed "garden party" feel to their day: garden flowers, bunting, cool colours, and twinkling tea lights.
Meet Ellie and John Jo - our completely gorgeous couple:
Over the course of a year, they had meticulously planned a perfect weekend. Beginning on the Friday, Ellie, her lovely Mum and Dad (Lesley and Stuart), John Jo, and his cool surfer mum (Carol), decorated the house.
Look at the beautiful favours. Wild flower sachets in these cute bags, all sewn by Lesley.
Lesley also made all the bunting, with some help from Ellie and Carol too. It was a mammoth task, but well worth it, as everywhere looked so pretty. There was bunting outside, inside and even on the bar!
Here's a photo of Charlie from The Real Cut Flower Garden who grows all the flowers she works with in her own garden. Ellie and John Jo wanted in-season flowers, so Charlie's flowers were perfect!
The wild flowers really lifted the entrance hallway.
These beautiful lanterns, which Ellie made from old jam jars, made the Bride's aisle look magical!
The vintage china completed the garden party look in the Ballroom.
And Voila! The Ballroom was ready for the next day.
There was a really chilled vibe at Pickwell on the Saturday morning, John Jo and his best boys enjoyed a full english breakfast.
Meanwhile, Ellie, Lesley and Stuart had tea and soaked up some morning sunshine at the back of the house - she had to make sure the groom wouldn't see her before the moment!
Although the Saturday was Ellie and John Jo's wedding day, it was also a very important day for their niece. Grace is 2 years today! Ellie popped to Grace's apartment to give her a big birthday present! It looks like Henry wanted to wear the birthday badge though!
And then it was time to get ready, here are Ellie and her sister (and Bridesmaid) Janine having hair and make up by Gemma and Gemma from Changing faces.
Getting ready is one of my favourite parts of the wedding day - just the girls, a few glasses of fizz, hair spray, make up and lots of laughter as they help each other into their wedding clothes! Here is Ellie helping Abi, her other Bridesmaid and best friend, into her fabulous bridesmaid dress.
And then Janine too (massive thanks to Rebecca Roundill, Ellie and John Jo's lovely photographer for letting me use some of her wonderful photo's for this blog - you'll see some more in a moment!)
Then, it was time for Henry and Grace to get in their page boy and flower girls clothes. Completely adorable!
Meanwhile, the boys were having their own fun getting ready.
Best Man Guy explores other purposes for a tie!
Finally, we get to see Ellie in her Wedding dress. As you can see, she looks stunning. The lace and the little bit of sparkle is glamorous and effortlessly cool - the dress was perfect for Ellie!
While Ellie was chatting through formalities with the registrar, the Bride and Groom's mothers, Lesley and Carol took a moment!
And then it was time for the Bride to walk down the aisle, a few tears and a quick kiss...
...proud Stuart led his daughter towards the Rose Arbour.
Here's a photo of the ceremony, the guests stand to welcome the bride to really beautiful music by Sorelli Strings. It was a really meaningful ceremony, a few tears and lots of cheers!
Here are the newly married MR and MRS as their guests throw confetti over them (Again, I wish I could take credit for this, but this is the talented Rebecca Roundhill)!
After the ceremony, guests enjoyed Pimms and fizz on the Terrace in the sunshine.
And tucked into some delicious canapés, thanks to our wonderful and super talented caterers Guess Who is Coming to Dinner?
While some guests enjoyed getting involved in our garden games! I think Henry fancies his chances at Wimbledon later this year - watch out Murray!
This gave Ellie and John Jo a quick moment to sneak away to our woods for some atmospheric wedding photos - they really are a gorgeous couple!
It was time for the Wedding meal! All guests took their seats to welcome in Ellie and John Jo.
*Confession alert* I put my camera down somewhere and lost it for a while during the wedding, (which is why I am grateful to Rebecca Roundhill for her photo's) but it means I only managed to take a photo of the delicious starter - Black Sea Bream! They had a beautiful Rack of Lamb main course with dauphanoise potatoes and local Devon vegetables, and a summery Eton Mess for desert.
Stuart began the speeches, he said such sweet things about Ellie - such a great Dad!
John Jo's speech included an all important singing of 'Happy Birthday' for Dear Grace!
And then came Guy's speech..... Can you tell how the groom was feeling about this last speech??!
In actual fact, Guy's speech was hilarious and heart felt in equal measure. No-one could have laughed any more.... or been more teary at the end, least of all him! Well done Guy! You certainly deserved that Whisky!
I must share this photo with you, while the speeches were going on, Henry decided he'd had enough of all the grown up chatter, and found this awesome wig in the photo booth props box!
Ellie and John Jo love their cheese and so decided that for their wedding cake they would have a cheese cake! All locally sourced from West Country Cheese, here in Barnstaple.
While everyone went outside for a group photo, the Pickwell team transformed the Ballroom ready for a fun evening of dancing!
The Bride and Groom cut their cake
And the first dance began.
It wasn't long before they were joined by all of their family and friends!
Ellie and John Jo had a great idea for their photo booth, a personalised banner with their own props!
The homemade lanterns twinkled outside as the evening came to a close, it had been such a beautiful day!
In the morning, bright eyed and bushy tailed, Ellie and John Jo and their guests enjoyed a delicious cooked breakfast courtesy of our chef Lee and his team.
They were able to relive the wedding day and share stories of who's dance floor moves were the best, or who had the funniest photo in the Photo Booth, as well as say a meaningful thank-you and good bye to all their guests.
And then it was time to leave Pickwell, although not without one last trick from John Jo's best boys! What's that rattling noise.........?!
Ellie and John Jo, it has been a delight to meet your families and all of your friends, the care and consideration for those you love showed in volumes - it has been a joy to see your wedding grow from your ideas to a wonderful reality!
See you soon when you are in North Devon again