Today I am thrilled to share this beautiful Devon Wedding with hints of pale blue and fairytale.
Images were captured by Norsworthy Weddings.
Norsworthy Weddings is a Photography business is based in Kingsbridge in the South Hams of Devon, and Martyn has been photographing Weddings for over 20 years.
He says, “We are a very professional Studio based company and were Regional Finalists in the 2015 TWIA.”
“We offer a very high class professional service. Part of what we do is help plan the day so that we know our timings suit your day and it doesn’t become to feel like a photo shoot!”
I hand over to beautiful Bride Sophie…
How did you meet?
Ashley and I first met in Salcombe in Devon when I was working and he was visiting the area. Ashley invited me out for a drink and it all went from there.
On our first day we went for dinner and played a game of mini golf beforehand on the water.
We then had many more dates in and around Devon. Ashley worked away during the week and was based in Portsmouth.
On the weekends he would drive back on Friday to see me and we would stay with my parents until he had to drive back to Portsmouth on the Sunday.
As we didn’t get to see each other in the week our weekends were always very special to us and we couldn’t wait to see each other on the Friday night.
Sunday night was always the start of the countdown to the following Friday. We always made sure we had something nice planned so we could get out and enjoy ourselves and make the most of our special time together.
Tell us about the proposal…
We got engaged in August 2017 in Paris, my favourite city, on a long weekend away.
We had 2 days in Disneyland and then the final 2 days were spent sightseeing.
On the final night we booked a river cruise dinner down the River Seine.
We dressed up and had VIP seating and Champagne on a table at the front of the boat (perfect for seeing the beautiful views) as the night drew in we left the river boat and headed towards the Eiffel Tower as it was all lit up and sparkling.
When we got there Ashley found us a bench to sit on and proposed to me by the Eiffel Tower.
I was so happy and shocked that I forgot to say Yes at the start. I was so ecstatic that I couldn’t get my words out.
This is something that we now think back on and giggle to ourselves. It was a perfect moment and totally unexpected.
The Eiffel Tower looked beautiful which added to our very special and romantic moment. This will be a special memory that we will never forget and will treasure forever.
Tell us about your wedding planning journey…
The wedding planning was stressful at times as Ashley works away a lot but we managed to pull through.
My mother and 2 sisters were all a great help and helped us achieve our dream wedding.
We began by brainstorming ideas that we would like for the wedding and as usual got very carried away on Pinterest.
When looking at venues I had always dreamt of a rustic fairytale building and it was my mother that suggested Dartington Hall.
We saw that they were having a wedding fair and my parents, Ashley and myself attended.
From the moment we walked in we knew it was perfect and everything we wanted.
We didn’t even need persuasion and we actually booked the wedding date there and then. Whilst walking around we also found Martyn our photographer, Truly Delightful where I got my dress from and our pianist Hannah who played for us at the reception.
Everything was perfect yet the stressful part was trying to get a date when all of our chosen suppliers were available as well as booking the Church in Salcombe.
We really wanted to be married in Salcombe Church as we have a lot of memories here and is a special and loved place by both of us.
After a few date changes we finally found the 1st September and everyone was available.
My mum helped me with all the fine details such as the wedding favours, flowers, and decoration. We only had a year of planning and we achieved a lot in this time.
Mum was a great help throughout the whole process and helped us create our dream fairytale wedding; my mum definitely deserves a huge thank you for all of her hard work.
Any special touches/ DIY?
Our special touches for the day were the Cinderella carriage centerpieces. It took us a long time to find these and they looked perfect on the tables on the big day.
Our florist dressed them with our chosen flowers and then wrapped them with fairy lights. These were displayed on a mirrored plate in the middle of the table and twinkled under the lights.
As cheese lovers we decided to have a wedding cake of cheese. To add to the Cinderella theme we found 2 little mice dressed as a bride and groom for the top of our cake.
Another special touch was using sparklers in some of our wedding photos.
As the evening drew in our photographer got us together with our ushers and bridesmaids and set them up so they were behind us with sparklers.
The photos look really special and everyone has been captured looking happy and having fun.
When we arrived at the reception and we were having photos and greeting our guests we had our Pianist Hannah play the piano.
As a special request and to fit in with our day Hannah played Disney music for us.
This continued whilst we were having our wedding breakfast and was a lovely special touch that we really enjoyed as well as all of our guests.
What was the theme color palette of your big day?
I have always been a lover of Disney and always dreamt of the perfect fairytale wedding.
The wedding had many hints of Disney for example as we left the church our choir sang ‘Can you feel the love tonight’ from the Lion King.
For the wedding invitations and stationary we had a Cinderella carriage template that was used as decoration and as a themed symbol for our wedding.
This theme was also used on the tables for example our Cinderella carriage centerpieces decorated with flowers and fairy lights, and our wedding guest book.
Using the carriage and the Cinderella theme we went for a pale blue colour scheme. The bridesmaid dresses were light blue from Ted Baker and the men wore matching blue cravats.
The flowers consisted of white and cream roses, lilac freesias, gypsophila and trailing Ivy.
What was the best bit of your big day?
This is such a hard question as we both loved the whole day and if we could, we would do the whole day all over again.
The best part of the day for us was when the doors opened in the church and we saw each other again for the first time.
It was a magical moment and we held hands throughout the service.
After the service our car took us to North Sands beach in Salcombe where we had photos by the sea. This was a lovely moment as we were able to spend quality time together just us and we both felt on cloud 9.
Is there anything you would do differently?
We can’t think of anything that we would have done differently.
When we began our wedding planning we made sure we had listed down all the special touches that we were after and we feel like we had achieved this.
We had a wonderful day together that we will cherish forever and it was everything we could have ever dreamt of.
What advice would you give other couples getting married?
Everybody always told us how quickly the day goes by and this is very true.
Just make sure you relax and enjoy every second.
Thank you so much to Martyn for sharing this gorgeous Devon Wedding.
Its clear to see why the couple fell in love with their venue in its beautiful country house setting, and the gorgeous pale blue palette compliments beautifully.
The floristry is absolutely glorious and the simple carriage detailing in the styling gives a lovely nod to a fairytale theme.
Photographer – Norsworthy Weddings
Ceremony Venue – Salcombe Church / Reception – Dartington Hall
Dress – Truly Delightful – Totnes
Bridesmaid dresses – Ted Baker
Men’s suits – Debenhams
Flower girl dress – Monsoon
Flowers – Studio Flowers
Wedding Cake – West Country Cheese – Totnes
Wedding car – Classic Cars Ivybridge