There is something so beautiful about an Autumnal wedding and this one is no exception! Filled with warm ambers and dark blues, fabulous tweed and a completely bespoke wedding dress, there is so much to love about it! There is also so much to adore about this very gorgeous couple!
Sabrina and Ross met back in 2011; he took her for lunch at The Hourglass – the rest, as they say, is history! They had been dating for a while, and Ross finally decided he needed to pop the big question, he took Sabrina to The Scarlet Hotel for their three-year anniversary and got down on one knee. Then the planning started! On the morning of the wedding, Sabrina woke up at 4 am which she was thankful for as it gave her the time to think about the day ahead. Without interference, she felt at peace, calm and relaxed – this stayed with her throughout the day. Everyone around her was nervous, excited and emotional, but she seemed to stay calm in the midst of all the chaos! Sabrina knew that she had planned the day thoroughly and if there were any issues she couldn’t change the course of action at that point. The wedding dress was never a concept that particularly interested Sabrina, so she planned to wear a tweed dress on the day. Ross knows her so well that he convinced her she would regret not wearing white! The hunt for the perfect wedding dress began. This was no easy task as Sabrina is 6ft tall with a slim build, none of the dresses she tried were working. After deliberating, she decided to get a dress made as Sabrina explains, “From the moment I walked into the studio and saw the drawing of my design ideas, I fell in love with it. Watching it being made over 8 months was the most amazing part of planning our wedding. Every part of it was my choice, my design, and every part I absolutely loved, but my favourite has to be the blue petticoat.” Ross and Sabrina decided to include a first look in their day. This was done in complete secret at The Magdalen Chapter Hotel. “The first Glance gave us a private moment before the excitement of the day unfolded and helped take away some of the nerves,” Sabrina explains.
They were both certain that they wanted to get married at Haldon Belvedere in Autumn. Haldon Belvedere is one of the most special and unique wedding venues in Devon. The castle was built in 1788 and is a treasured landmark surrounded with stunning panoramic views of the Devon countryside. Haldon overlooks the Exe Estuary and Dartmoor, which are areas close to their hearts, so they felt it was perfect for their English country wedding. Sabrina and Ross wanted to create a unique and special day, so they decided to have different elements from different themes, such as vintage vehicles, rustic tweed suits and local produce of beer and pasties. We stole a few minutes between the ceremony and the reception, to visit the Quay in Exeter, where they first met. The colour of the day was a no-brainer as they share the same favourite colour – blue. Because the wedding was in Autumn, splashes of orange were used to lighten the palate and reflect the Autumnal leaves. Orange appeared in the wedding favours that were pots of Sabrina’s Nana’s famous Bramble Jelly. Every Autumn the family would eagerly await their share of the jelly. There was no doubt in Sabrina and Ross’s minds that it had to make an appearance on their special day. The Bride and Groom didn’t want a traditional first dance and so decided on a Ceilidh instead, so that all their guests could join in the fun!
Venue: Haldon Belvedere // Bridal Dress: Designed by Louise Tredwin, purchased at Black Onyx Studio // Bridesmaid Dresses: Monsoon // Hair Stylist: Ella Smart // Makeup Artist: Amy Peters // Catering:Bon Gout Delicatessen (Haldon Canapes), Hanlons Brewery (Haldon Beer), Exeter Golf & Country Club (Wedding Breakfast), Kenniford Farm (Evening Hog Roast) // Entertainment: Spinach For Norman (Ceilidh Band) // Transport: Abbey Cars (Red Bus and Jaguar)