Do you want…
a laid back, outdoor wedding
no standing on ceremony
stacks of wow factor as standard &
no weather worries?
THEN YOUR SEARCH FOR THE PERFECT WEDDING VENUE IS OVER…
I’m Nicola, owner of this beautiful space set in 46 acres of enchanted Devon woodland & landscaped gardens on the banks of a Dartmoor river.
I was engaged and looking for a wedding venue on Dartmoor that was personal & welcoming but also stylish & elegant. It wasn’t out there (trust me, I looked) The solution? We built our own venue – so you don’t have to…
In the last 4 years I’ve organised dozens (and dozens) of weddings for couples here. The lovely S and I have created a magical, enchanted place for an intimate, romantic wedding day and we’d love to open our home to your family and friends too.
I’m here to tell you I’ve got your back through this whole wedding planning malarky – you’ll get free, unlimited access to all our wedding experience & know-how plus a shed load (literally) of decor & styling expertise. And I’ll be there on the day with my team of wedding ninjas to hold the reins, taking care of every little detail so you can glide through your wedding day with ease, spending the best day of your lives with the people you love the most.
Nicola Evans is a graduate of the Niemierko Wedding Academy and has organised hundreds of weddings large and small for couples at her venue.
Nicola and her husband Steven opened their home for weddings after being the first couple to get married at the venue in 2012.
As Nicola says:
“I’ve got your back through this whole wedding planning – you’ll get free, unlimited access to all our wedding experience & know-how plus a shed load (literally) of decor & styling expertise. And I’ll be there on the day with my team of wedding ninjas to hold the reins, taking care of every little detail so you can glide through your wedding day with ease, spending the best day of your lives with the people you love the most. Sound good? Then get in touch and let’s get you on the road to planning your amazing wedding!”
When we started looking at venues we knew that we were looking for a space that would allow us to have a modest size, intimate wedding day with our closest family and friends. We came across this space in an online article discussing wedding venues, and initially decided that the distance to the venue from both South Wales and London (where all of our guests would be travelling from) was too far – we had decided at the outset that we didn’t want to ask our guests to travel for more than 2 hours to get to our wedding venue of choice. Having said that… after another day or so of looking at the websites for what seemed like every single wedding venue with 2 hours of South Wales we just couldn’t get this space out of our minds and just had to book a viewing.
We knew within minutes of arriving that it was the venue for us (and that it was worth the extra travelling for our guests)! We felt like we were wandering through a secret garden as Nicola showed us around the beautiful grounds and absolutely LOVED the river walk set-up with the gorgeous willow tree, fire-pits and seating area. As well as the outdoor space, what really sold the venue to us was the terrace area, with the fabulous indoor garden, log fire and lots of comfortable seating. It was incredibly important to us that our older guests didn’t have to stand / perch uncomfortably at various points throughout the day and the log fire area offered a beautiful place to sit, whilst still being part of the celebrations. Being able to hold the both the ceremony and the reception on-site was also a huge positive for us – we knew that we didn’t want to get married in a church or a registry office and the barn was the perfect alternative.
In the run up to the wedding, we loved receiving the regular emails from Nicola offering advice on things like table set-up, drinks options and new arrivals. The updates were very helpful and really helped to sometimes point out things that we had not even thought about. Nicola was also fantastic with respect to recommending local suppliers and responding to our queries in super quick time. Sally was also great with respect to arranging our wedding breakfast tasting, offering some very helpful advice about drinks choices and the running order of the day.
When we arrived in Devon the day before our wedding we were greeted with a lot (!) of rain and a wet weather forecast for the wedding day itself. Having been so looking forward to having the ceremony outside the barn and enjoying the gardens during the reception, we, actually, Sarah (!), was left feeling a little upset at the prospect of rain on the wedding day. However, we had absolutely no reason to worry! When we arrived at the venue, the wonderful team had already set-up the wet weather gear and had a Plan B for absolutely everything to ensure that no amount of rain would spoil our day! On the day itself, we did not need to worry about a thing. Nicola and the team had everything covered – from perfectly placing all of the little items that we had collected over the year, even though we gave no direction as to where we wanted any of them, to ensuring that none of our guests got wet whilst walking between the marquee and the bathrooms! As it happens, the rain held off for the ceremony and long enough for a ‘confetti shot’ moment on the grass and for us to get some beautiful photos on the river walk – one of our favourite parts of the venue.
We have had so many wonderful comments from our family and friends who said that they had never been to a wedding venue like this before, it was definitely worth asking them to travel just that little bit further! Everyone has commented on how beautiful the venue is, with one guest telling us that she ‘felt like she was in Narnia all day’. We were so pleased to hear that guests felt like there was an endless supply of canapes and cocktails during the reception and they really really appreciated the willingness of the staff to provide them with umbrella cover when leaving the marquee! One person even commented that the rain was a blessing, as we would not have had the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful indoor garden on the terrace for so long, if it had been dry enough to head outside. In the evening, the space transforms as all of the fairy lights, festoon lights and lanterns set a cosy, romantic atmosphere and again, the team did a wonderful job of the changeover after the wedding breakfast. All in all, a great success! Just as we had wanted, the happiest day of our lives with all of our favourite people, in the most beautiful place.
One of our favourite moments was at the end of the evening, when all of our guests had left and Nicola and Steve left us with a roaring log fire, a glass of wine and plate of dessert. It was a special moment for us to take everything in and relax at the end of the day. Getting married at here really is as close as you can get to getting married in your own garden – except better, because Nicola and her team are there to take care of every little detail on the day, you just need to show up and have fun!
Thank you Nicola, Steve, Bethany, Sally and Dean for making our day unforgettable!
Sarah and Josh xxx
Sarah & Josh
We stumbled upon this space on Google and were instantly attracted to not only the beauty of the location, but also to Nicola’s obvious eye for detail and design. It was further West than we originally planned, but once we had visited, we knew that no other wedding venue would compare! We had endless comments from guests on the day about how stunning the grounds were, and we were so happy with our decision to host a BBQ back at the venue the following day so our guests could further explore the beauty of the area.
As well as a stunning venue, you get a mini-wedding planner in Nicola! She recommended amazing suppliers and helped us with all of our (many) queries throughout the year leading up to the wedding. On the day itself Nicola and Steve were fantastic. From ensuring guests were where they needed to be at certain times, to helping a bridesmaid out of her broken dress(!), they were on hand to assist in every way possible.
As well as the comments about the beauty of the surroundings, we constantly were being told that we’d ‘thought of everything’. As much as we would love to take all of the credit, Nicola’s added touches such as blankets, lighting by the river and the salvaged chalkboard door really added to the atmosphere.. Our tricky request for a burger menu wedding breakfast was met with excitement from the caterers, and we were delighted with both the food and drinks on the day.
It is impossible to pick a favourite moment as the whole day was magical, but Steve lighting a fire for us by the river after all the guests had left sticks in our minds. We had so much fun talking about the day and enjoying a drink by the river.
We are so happy that we chose this space. Beautiful grounds, a river-side walk, an excellent host and hostess – who could ask for more!
Thank you Nicola and Steve!
Love, Penny and Pete xx
Penny & Pete