Today I am thrilled to share a beautiful woodland inspired Devon Wedding at Deers Leap Retreat.
Images were captured by Will Reddaway of WR Photography.
Will Reddaway is a Wedding Photographer based in Torquay, Devon.
He offers informal, contemporary and documentary styled wedding photography in Devon and the South West of England.
He looks to personalise each wedding, drawing together the different elements that you’ve chosen, to create a visual narrative that tells your story.
His style is to capture the essence of your day, with each moment adding to the montage of images that creates a final sculpture that has truly been shaped by each couple.
He says of the couples day…
Natalie and Mark’s wedding was held at Deers Leap Retreat, it was such a beautiful wedding that perfectly matched the feel of the venue.
The bouquets, buttonholes and floral details fell right in step with the wooden accessories that Mark had made for the special day.
His talents were so obvious throughout the whole of Deers Leap Retreat, he had made the table decorations, the cake stand and many other personalised details and they were all amazing!
Natalie had chosen vintage bridesmaids dresses that complimented her short style vintage wedding dress, she looked fantastic and who could forget those stunning red shoes.
Deers Leap Retreat allows an outside ceremony in beautiful grounds, the weather was glorious that day so all was well and we got some wonderful photos of the outside service and the guests enjoying the drinks and the sunshine.
We achieved some gorgeous couples portraits with Natalie and Mark around Deers Leap Retreat, the grounds are so scenic and we even captured one with the local pony!
Natalie and Mark were so natural behind the camera and their cheeky personalities came through each shot as well as their obvious love for eachother and joy of being together.
The party carried on into the late evening with some great speeches and a very tasty pizza oven!
What a great wedding Natalie and Mark’s was with so many personal touches, such character and a style that suited Deers Leap Retreat perfectly.
I hand over to Bride Natalie to share the couples love story…
How did you meet?
We met five and a bit years ago in the pub!
I used to work with Mark’s housemate and we were on a work night out. Mark went to meet his housemate at the pub.
We spent the whole night talking and have been inseparable ever since!
Tell us about the Proposal…
We got engaged on the August bank holiday in 2016. Mark went on a bike ride on one of the mornings and we planned to go for a walk in the afternoon.
Mark is a tree surgeon by trade; he sometimes works on a local nature reserve and we decided to go for a walk there.
We walked around for a while and ended up off the main path. We stopped to look at the view. Mark started to tell me how happy I made him and other lovely things, “then said turn round and look up”…
When I turned around, I saw there was a banner up in a tree saying “WILL YOU MARRY ME?”.
I was so shocked all I could say was “What have you done?!!”. When I looked back, Mark was on one knee holding a ring!
There were no other people around, so we had to search for someone to take pictures of us under the banner.
It turned out that Mark didn’t go on a bike ride and was climbing trees setting up the banner all morning!
Tell us about your wedding planning journey …
Before we started planning the wedding, we knew that we wanted an outside ceremony and a venue we could hire for a whole weekend.
We fell in love with Deer’s Leap Retreat; it had everything we were looking for – lots of accommodation for friends and family, a beautiful lake for the ceremony and a stone barn for the reception.
Beyond booking the registrar and photographer, we had no idea where to start!
We took some design inspiration from weddings we had been to and searched Pinterest.
Any special touches/DIY?
Mark spent many hours doing woodwork for the day.
We named each table at the reception after a different tree and Mark made a centrepiece for each table out of the wood it was named after.
He made place names for the guests out of the same wood and burnt their names onto each one.
Mark made the table plan out of a cross section of a red oak and his Dad helped him sand it.
Mark burnt our names and the date onto the wood and I made the rest.
We put up the banner Mark made for the proposal behind the top table at the reception and Mark’s sister designed the invitations.
What was the theme /colour palette of your Big Day?
We wanted our day be colourful and complement the character of the venue, so loosely chose woodland, greens and yellows as our theme and accent colours.
We worked these colours into the bouquets, butonholes, table runners and bridesmaids’ dresses.
What was the best bit of your day?
Natalie – I couldn’t just pick one moment! It was all amazing.
One moment up there is seeing Mark for the first time while walking down the aisle. I was so nervous in the last hour or so before the ceremony, but my nerves melted away when I saw Mark.
Is there anything you would do differently?
Natalie – no! The day was perfect for us!
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
It is never too early to plan!
We spent a while thinking we had ages to do everything, but the months whizzed by. DIY elements will take longer than you think too, so allow yourself lots of time for making them.
Photographer – Will Reddaway Photography
Venue for ceremony and reception – Deer’s Leap Retreat in West Anstey – Devon
Wedding Dress – Chi Chi London
Bride’s Dried Flower Hair Pins – Sweet Williams Norfolk
Bridesmaid Gowns – ASOS
Suit – Jacket & waistcoat and trousers – Next
Shirt and tie – custom order from Zebel Bespoke (Exeter)
Cake Maker – M&S
Caterers – Flaming Good Pizza Co
Florist – Farm Flowers in Tiverton – Devon
Natalie’s ring – Mortimers Jewellers – Exeter
Mark’s ring – Wedgewood Rings
Stationery – wedding invitations by Becca’s Beach Hut
Make up – Naomi Gilmore Make Up Artist
Hair – KMA Hair Designs
To Contact Will Reddaway Photography
Phone: 07828 490 382