I was totally delighted when Johanna and Andy invited me to photograph their special wedding day. I drove all the way down to Dartmoor in Devon to the venue called Ever After. Nicola and her husband Steve who own this wonderful place to get married, had decided to get married at home a few years ago. They have the most special house in the middle of the Devonshire countryside. After their wedding, they decided to offer it to other couples to get married and now they have one of the best wedding venues in the UK on their hands. Ever After – a place I want to come and photograph more at.
Ever After – one of Devon’s best wedding venues
Picturesque doesn’t even do it justice. The gardens and grounds looked incredible in the early summer sun. Johanna and the girls got ready at Ever After in the bridal suit, and Andy and the boys got up to all sorts of antics in Travistock nearby. The bride and groom had also hired a good friend of mine, and one of the UK’s best wedding magicians Sam Fitton and we drove down from the north together. As Sam had little to do during the day before he performed, he borrowed one of my cameras and took a few photos himself and did a great job as a first time. There is no way I can even attempt magic.
The wedding ceremony took place in Ever After’s barn – it was quite an emotional time. So special to see these two get married even though I had only met them a couple of hours before. After the service and officially becoming husband and wife, it was out in the garden for drinks and to have a great time. The weather just held and what a great wedding to be a photographer at. Frame after frame was great – I was having so much fun.
Sam, as always, performed brilliantly, and I managed to capture so really great reactions. It was nothing but a pleasure to drive all that way to be part of Johanna and Andy’s day. I do enjoy travelling to weddings and exploring new parts of the country. A huge congrats to them both. A big thank you also to Nicola for being so accommodating and helpful.
Wedding photography that is natural
If you are getting married at Ever After in Dartmoor and looking for a natural wedding photographer then please do get in touch, or any other venue, just drop me a line.
For couples who want a high-standard of photography, who LOVE the idea of NOT posing.
Ever After – such a special place
For an outdoor wedding venue with a cool and modern vibe. Ever After offers a magical, laid-back atmosphere in a spectacular location. A place that is a photographer’s dream come true. If you want a unique, thrilling outdoor wedding, surrounded by stunning vistas, Ever After is the place to be.
When Nicola couldn’t find the blend of style and warmth that she wanted for her own wedding, she created the venue herself. Dedicated to offering you an outdoor wedding that truly does make the most of its stunning grounds, Ever After, Devon, is proud to offer a wedding space that is both laid-back, stylish and suited to the outdoors – whatever the weather.
Ever After’s grounds are sublime. There are 46 acres of staggering woodland and landscaped gardens, situated on the banks of the river. before the events started, I took a walk around with my camera in my hand taking a variety of wide and close angle photographic compositions. Your guests will be happy from the get-go, as the venue’s free bus service will bring them to your wedding and back home again, free of charge. Your vows are exchanged just inside the wedding barn for legal reasons, but your guests can sit outside and take in the magnificent views. The spacious wedding barn, with room for up to 120 guests, is rustic-elegance, with paved flooring, stone walls and oak beams. Outdoor seating continues whether rain or shine, thanks to Ever After’s discreet, clear, wet weather awning.
Weddings at this venue
The wedding barn can be decorated in any way that you like. Ever After’s services include access to tons of decorations that can be borrowed from the venue, at no cost to you. Ever After also accommodate humanist weddings, as well as couples who want to exchange their vows in a local church. The venue’s handy bus service can be used for transportation to and from the church too.
Whilst you take your pick of the variety of settings available for your photos- your guests can meander along the expansive grounds or enjoy some outdoor games, during their drinks reception. The grounds and woodland is perfect for your professional photographs. You can even arrange for Ever After’s ice-cream trike to make an appearance –a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. If it rains there is a gorgeous glass roof above the terrace, to let in lots of light, as well as plenty of indoor plants to stay in touch with the outside. Your wedding breakfast is served in Ever After’s splendid marquee. The wedding breakfast menu is a mouth-watering feast of local British treats done properly. Seasonal and locally-sourced, the gourmet menu includes everything from smoked Cornish duck breast to slow-roasted lamb shoulder and set lemon verbena cream, poached oranges, candied zest and lemon tuile.
Choose from formal fine-dining or informal sharing platters. Create your perfect combination of dishes, for the wedding breakfast menu of your dreams, then come back for more in the evening. The evening snacks can include anything from fish and chips served in cones to street food, cheese towers and more.
Photography in and around Ever After
For drinks, you can bring your own without any charges, or have Ever After run a fully-stocked bar for you at no extra cost. For those who want to remain outside, there are also vintage hand carts for wonderful drink stations on the grounds. Other features encompass: a bar, chill-out areas, pop-up lounges and the option for additional add-ons such as, toasting marshmallows in front of the fire. I love photographing guests enjoying themselves in these places. Having a silent shutter when a frame goes off helps me capture moments better. Likewise, throughout the evening, there is room for lots of extra touches, from sparklers to cocktail popsicles and cigars. Inside Ever After’s marquee there are facilities for a band, DJ and downloaded playlists. If you want to stay over, there is a stunning 18th century cottage available for you to use before and after the wedding. Housing a luxury bedroom suite, as well as a Queen-size sofa bed and two pop up single beds, there is plenty of room for company before the big day arrives.
The cottage delivers a mini hair and make-up station for your preparations, as well as a free-standing bath, crystal chandeliers and its own private deck with views across the divine gardens. Plenty of space for your photographer to have a natural approach to your day. The staff are so warm, relaxed and friendly, that you’ll feel at home right away. With tons of outdoor weddings under their belts, the team at Ever After are guaranteed to produce your wedding in the great Devon countryside, exactly as you wanted.
Ever After wedding photography in Dartmoor – by David Stubbs. For couples who want a high-standard of photography, who LOVE the idea of NOT posing.