Our beautiful 17th Century manor house, close to the stunning Devon coast, is a simply spectacular place to celebrate your wedding. The location is picture perfect, and it really does create perfect memories, as Abi and Ross discovered…
When did you meet?
Ross and I met whilst both at school. I guess you could say we are childhood sweethearts.
Tell us about the proposal!
It was everything I could have ever dreamed of and more! We were on holiday travelling the Caribbean islands. A few days into our trip, whilst in St. Lucia on the beach, Ross got down on one knee and asked! It’s a moment we’ll both never forget and I think he was probably more nervous for the proposal than he was on the wedding day!
How long did it take you to plan the wedding?
It took us about 18 months to plan the wedding from our engagement in January 2015 to the big day in June 2016. Buckland Tout-Saints helped to make the whole thing a seamless and effortless event for everyone to enjoy. We really did have great pleasure planning our wedding at Buckland.
How many people did you invite?
We invited 75 guests to our daytime ceremony and had a total of 110 guests for the evening.
Did you have a theme and if so what was it?
We tried not to give our wedding a theme as even in 18 months of planning your tastes can change so much, so we tried to just keep it simple and elegant. We knew that ivory and navy would feature a lot throughout the day. The men’s suits were navy, my dress ivory and our bridesmaids in an elegant blush pink. We tied all this together using our flowers – white avalanche roses mixed with pink and white peonies. A theme can be beautiful but you have to be sure you’re still going to love it on the day.
What did you choose for your favours?
I’m a little obsessed with candles and I love the mood and smell they can create, so we chose to give each guest a miniature candle. They were fragranced with a fresh grapefruit scent and personalised with our names and the wedding date.
Where was the dress from?
My dress was from a wonderful shop in Plympton called ‘The Wedding Company’. It was an ivory satin ‘Pronovias’ gown shipped to the UK from Barcelona.
What did you think when you first saw Buckland Tout-Saints and how did you know it was the venue for you?
When you first drive down that driveway I don’t think you can think anything other than WOW! The whole setting is just beautiful.
I think Ross and I could instantly imagine our friends and family celebrating in every room. I could picture the bridal party getting ready upstairs, me walking down the aisle and then partying until we could dance no more. From that moment I think you know that is where your fairy-tale is going begin.
What did you choose for your wedding breakfast?
Ross and I are total foodies so it was important to ensure the food was going to be perfect and Buckland didn’t disappoint.
Duck liver pate, red onion marmalade, toasted brioche
Chicken breast on a bed of herb potatoes, summer vegetables, soft herb emulsion
Buckland mess – Buckland mess, crisp meringue, Chantilly cream, seasonal fruit
What were your guests’ reactions to Buckland Tout-Saints?
Our guests were overwhelmed with its beauty and sophistication. Guest satisfaction was very important to us throughout our day and the team at Buckland helped us to ensure our guests wanted for nothing! Someone told us that it was ‘the perfect backdrop to a very beautiful day!’
What was the most special moment of the day?
Our speeches! Ross, the father of the bride and the best man all made speeches and we’ve never seen a room full of people erupt with so much laughter, tears and joy all at the same time. It was a very special moment and one that Ross and I will remember forever.
Photography courtesy of Eye Candy Photography.