The English Rose and the New Zealand Fern - Caroline and Andrew

When Caroline and Andrew first came to Pickwell, they came with a clear idea of what they wanted their wedding day to look like. Caroline with her love for the countryside and horses, and Andrew with his New Zealand roots and love for the surf; together they created a stylish, Soho chic, seriously cool vibe.  

What we loved about Caroline and Andrew was their love of family.  Baby Jack was only a bump and Eva was nearly a big sister when we first met them, and it has been so wonderful for us to be part of their changing and growing journey as a family.

With a bit of Caroline's vision, style and careful planning and Andrew's creativity, quick humour and passion to 'buy in bulk' (!) their wedding weekend was totally beautiful.

Meet our gorgeous couple in this photo, Caroline and Andrew! Friday began with organising how the table plan is going to work.

As many of the best boys had travelled from New Zealand, there hadn't been time for a fitting, until the Friday morning before the wedding. So funny to see the boys turning the Hallway into a dressing room!

Meanwhile Caroline completed the table plan.  I love this new and creative idea using apple crates stacked together.

The Snug became the nerve centre for the apartment food hamper operations - Caroline's sister Sarah and Andrew's sister-in-law Kerry, carried it out with expert precision!

Caroline and Andrew's wedding stationary all matched and they made these beautiful cards for each apartment.  If you look closely you can see English roses and New Zealand ferns.

The flip flop station also became known as the 'dancing shoes' station!

To keep the Soho-chic theme, Caroline and Andrew hired vintage crockery from our caterers and hired beautiful wooden tables made from reclaimed timber from local company The Plank Company.

My favourite idea of theirs, was hanging these shabby-chic retro lampshades from a tree on the terrace - where guests will arrive for drinks and canapés.

In the evening on Friday, all the guests headed off to local pub The Rock Inn, while, the Cake Fairy, Kate Burt, arrived with this stunning cake.  The roses are all handmade and completely edible.  I watched her create a new petal to make the Rose more blowsy and beautiful - very intricate work!

The cake looked beautiful in the centre bay window.

And then the ballroom was ready. The textures, style and colours look very cool and inviting.

Caroline and Andrew opted for a more unusual table layout in the Ballroom and one The Plank Company designed specifically for Pickwell's Ballroom. It really feels like everyone coming together for a big family get-together and making everyone relax whilst at the same time keeping the sense of occasion.

It wasn't until Saturday morning that I first got to see Caroline's dress. A beautiful gown with delicate details and in-keeping with the style of the wedding. 

Here's a close up on the detail on the dress - just a little bit of sparkle and so much elegance.

Getting ready with all the girls is a lot of fun, Claire Mathers arrived super early to make sure everyone had amazing hair for the day. Here is Caroline with Bridesmaid Vicky, after they had both had their hair done (well nearly done in Caroline's case!)

And the very lovely and talented Anna from Anna RJ came to do everyone's make up.

The funniest moment of the day came from Caroline's fabulous mum Sheila, who whipped out of her bag a hair piece, complete with curlers in! It looked like a cross between hair extensions, a wig and a cuddly pet. She has even given it a name - Derek. Once the stunned Claire had fixed Derek in place,  Sheila looked fab!    

Derryn from Twigs delivered all the flowers - big bouquets for the Bridesmaids, little ones for the little ones...

And lots of pretty buttonholes and corsages for the family - sweet little roses and ferns.

And a beautiful big bouquet for the Bride.

This was a real laugh out loud moment. The girls decided that it would be sensible not to leave Andrew to his own hair devices on the wedding morning, so Caroline sent over a hairdresser and a picture of how she would like his hair to look! She wanted to make sure our groom was as handsome as, ahem, Peter Andre?!

The boys were handling the morning in their stride - a run, followed by showers, followed by glasses of whisky, suits and then finishing the look with the buttonholes.

Speaking of which - Andrew's lovely and very chilled mum was on hand to help. Mum's can be such a calming influence for those pre-wedding nerves.

We haven't as yet met the real stars, Eva and Jack!  They popped in to make sure Dad looked handsome for Mum!

And here they are, shiny as a sixpence!

The finishing touches were put into Caroline's hair - real flowers which match the bouquets are such an effective idea!

A beautiful vintage coach arrived to start taking guests to St George's Church in the village.

Eva and Mum have a touching moment before Eva makes her way to the Church with her cousin bridesmaids.

And here they are - Indie, Eva, Savannah and Scarlett, in their beautiful dresses and gorgeous flower circlets.

When all the guests had gone to the village, there just remained a very proud Dad and our very beautiful bride.

After what was a very moving and personal ceremony, with songs from a local youth choir, guests were brought back to Pickwell for yummy canapés and Pimms out on the Terrace under blue skies and sunshine. 

Our bride and groom headed to the Plateaux for some private photos with their photographer Lucy Shergold, here is a stunning still captured by their videographer Simon Cotter from RUWAC

A few more family shots were taken in our beautiful Italian garden.

Meanwhile guests took thier own photos! Andrew had a great idea for an alternative photo booth and made great use of the rose arbour.

It was time for the wedding breakfast. Guests took their seats for a delicious menu.

They started with these amazing sharing platters I the Moana (Maori for from the sea) A seafood platter, 

and I the Whenua (from the land) a meat platter.

For main course - rack of Devon lamb with dauphanoise potatoes, a minted jus and hand tied local seasonal vegetables.

I missed the food so was unable to get photos of the main course and the dessert which was spectacular! Caroline is known among her friends to love a high tea, so the dessert was served in cake stands and guests could help themselves to chocolate brownies, white chocolate cheesecake, fruit meringues and mini lemon tarts. 

They finished with Port and a West-Country cheeseboard - the heart shaped Godminster cheese is delicious. Our amazing caterers Guess Who is Coming to Dinner  did a fantastic job as always!

With a glass of Prosecco inside him, Master of Ceremonies Jedi read telegrams and introduced each speech.

And the guests toasted the happy couple!

For the evening, the ballroom had been transformed for the cake cutting ceremony, a lot of dancing and a very brilliant band!

The Rise - fresh from their appearance on 'The Voice', had everyone dancing and they were really nice too!

I am a huge fan of this tradition and I was so pleased when Caroline decided to throw her bouquet!  So much fun with all the little bridesmaids and female (and male) guests trying to catch the bouquet!

All that dancing created some more space for a New Zealand tradition: a BBQ 

And a BBQ isn't complete without all the trimmings, salads and sauces!

Finally, it wouldn't be a Kiwi wedding if there wasn't a Hakka! Filmed (badly) in two parts. 

Well done boys, you did it justice! 

Caroline and Andrew, you have both been super amazing, a joy to work with and it has been a privilege to be part of such a special moment in your lives!

Congratulations and lots of love from all of us at Pickwell Manor. We know we will see you again -  hopefully very soon!


Leanne and Adrian's Wedding- Coral colours and lovely local cheese.

 We thought we would start with this photo as it made us smile and also gives you a flavour of this gorgeous pair. Captured in Fimo and cheese, we can see Leanne and Adrian's fun loving, sport loving and cheese loving characters shining through.

For Leanne and Adrian's wedding I had some rather wonderful help. My Niece, Maddy, came and worked with me as part of her school work experience. Here she is with her mum, Jane. She made a brilliant deputy and, amongst other things, took all the photos and then put this blog post together. Well done Maddy you were brilliant. Keep an eye out for great teenage descriptive words like lush!!

So let us begin.... Leanne's day started off with her hairdresser, who came all the way from Manchester to ensure her hair looked absolutely fabulous for her very special day.

The champagne was cracked open by her two bridesmaids - sister Kerry and best friend Anna.

The four of them (bridesmaids either side, with mum and Leanne in the middle) were most definitely dressed for the occasion, with their wedding roles embroidered in diamontes on the back of their pyjamas.

Whilst all the girls were relaxing and getting ready, Damien (the Best Man) was practising his speech, making sure it was just embarrassing enough.

To make sure none of the groom's men accidentally stabbed themselves with the pin (!), Tracey helped them with their button holes.

They all looked the part in their matching ties, suits......

and even shiny shoes.

Adrian's lovely parents, Una and Fred, both looked gorgeous!

Almost as gorgeous as on their own wedding day! There were delightful wedding pictures of both sets of parents in the hall.

Leanne's mum, Deb,  dressed in gold looked stunning!

The flowers were by Deryn from Twigs

The girls looked incredible in their dresses. I loved the summery feel of the coral colour. Here they are, ready to be photographed by Pete Cox

 Leanne's father, Phil, after a tearful and wonderfully emotional greeting with his beautiful daughter, escorted her to her waiting carriage.

The 'carriage' being Leanne's Uncle Gary's car. Very shiny it was too!

The wedding service was at Georgeham village church, only a few minutes drive away. We snuck a sneak peak at the orders of service as the ushers were heading off with them.

Whilst they were at the service, I took the opportunity to photograph some of their funky decorations.

 Leanne and Adrian are very adventurous and sporty, so out on the sideboard they had pictures of themselves on their adventures. Skiing and cycling are their favourite sports....

oh and surfing too.

Leanne and Adrian arrived back from the church married and most certainly in love.

The boys then had a quick game of croquet on the lawn.....

whilst mini fish and chip canapés, and other yummy things, were served.

Find your seat, dinner is served!

Beautiful white flowers in ceramic jugs were placed in the middle of each table. The Hocks made the room smell lush!

Each place setting was labelled with these cute little stamped stones with each guest's name.

The speeches were brilliant!

Despite the pre speech nerves (we caught this picture of Adrian doing a last minute run through)...

they made guests both laugh.....

and cry. Adrian and the best men both had a real way with words and pictures!

 They had chosen a truly delicious menu.

The ice cream bar for pudding was very popular!

After dinner, Adrian and Leanne snuck off to have some pictures taken around the gardens. Such a gorgeous couple!

They put out these very funny mini photo booths.

Everybody loved them, as you can see.

Cutting their amazing cheese cake was next. Lee, our chef, had put together a selection of local cheese.  Then it was time to clear the floor for the first dance.

It was not long before the evening really got going.

The band, the Mama Stones House Band from South Devon were fab.

The dancing was only briefly interrupted by the eating of the delicious cheese board.

Accompanied by chutney.....

a glass of port....

and a home made pasty.  What could be better?!

Adrian particularly loves his music, so he had put together a real treat for their guests. After The Mama Stones band came a fantastic 'House DJ' with live percussion accompaniment. Brilliant old school lasers too!

After the wedding reception had finished a few of the wedding party gathered for late night drinks in the Affinity apartment. I think Adrian, you are going to have a lot to live up to, if this is the level of foot massaging service Leanne is used to from her dad!?!

Sunday morning started with bacon rolls in 'The Snug', well done bridesmaids et al. A lovely end to a wonderful weekend!

Congratulations Mr and Mrs Adair, we wish you every happiness in your future adventures together. We know there will be many and lots of fun!We have loved getting to know you both and soooo enjoyed hosting your wedding at Pickwell Manor.