The North Devon Wedding Network were invited by owner Laura Peryer to shoot at Tawstock Court, a brand new venue in North Devon. Tawstock Court is an 18th-century manor house in 32 acres of beautiful grounds and woodlands perfect for weddings.
The ancient woods at Tawstock Court are at their best in late spring when the bluebells and wild garlic are in full bloom. The woods are a magical place to celebrate a marriage, working with many fantastic North Devon wedding suppliers creating and capturing the real natural beauty of the woodland, a woodland carpeted in bluebells, bringing a magical beauty to anyone’s special day. Nixie James- Scott an interfaith minister conducted a handfasting for the styled shoot, an alternative to a traditional wedding that can be held here at Tawstock court or at St Peters Church within the grounds.
The flowers used were Blue Camassia, Blue Iris, Bluebells and white Duchesse de Nemour Peonies. All flowers were seasonal and all home-grown, except Peonies by Denise Cole of Petal and Posie, all were chosen to fit perfectly with the bluebell woods.
The gown was chosen to capture the enchanting bride and the magical location. With a delicate sparkle and a little lace and full skirt were perfect for a dreamy princess. The gown is from Always and Forever Bridal’s Bon Voyage Collection, meaning a great price for Brides on a budget.
For the hair, Cathy of Beauty by Cathy wanted to achieve a "dreamy" look. Long hair softly curled and loose allows for the wind to blow it gently looking natural and dreamy... the plaits gave an impression of a crown at the back of the head allowing the headpiece to take centre stage. Headpiece designed and handmade by Hey Jules! using dark wire so the small mauve flowers, Swarovski crystals and delicate colourful butterflies appeared to float, hover and delicately sparkle in the model's hair, which helped to capture that dreamy, magical feel and bring out the colour from the bluebells. Opting also for a Swarovski crystal heart necklace and earrings to carry that rich colour and sparkle through. The makeup was natural, makeup artist Michelle Stanford, brought out the models eyes, making them sparkle and subtly bringing in the colours of the surrounding area and bluebells, using Arbonne makeup for all.
The groom had a formal look to complement the dreamy woodland princess. A wooden bowtie, buttonhole, and cufflinks gave a modern twist. And the confetti was bio-degradable confetti from Keslowena Confetti
Vicky Murdoch of Do me a favour UK looked after the décor, complimenting the enchanting feel of the woods with romantic rustic pale lanterns to guide the bride's way down a natural aisle. Gold hoops adorned with flowers and hearts hung from the trees and gently turned in the breeze to give a magical feel above the bride and groom as they sat in the woodlands to give a sense of a ceremonial passage.