Sam & Gareth's Wedding at Holne Park House
An idyllic setting nestled on the southern slopes of Dartmoor National Park, set within the 90 acres of grounds and gardens of the River Dart Country Park, the House is an idyllic venue for your dream Devon wedding.
All five wedding reception rooms are licensed for civil wedding ceremonies, for those wishing to make the most of the stunning surroundings, the large level-lawn area to the front of the house has an outside wedding pavilion that is licensed for civil ceremonies. The attractive tea garden can be illuminated and is frequently used for alfresco dining in the evening.
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G Wedding Directory would like to thank Sam & Gareth for allowing us to publish their story.
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Devon couple, Sam and Gareth were married in a beautiful civil ceremony at Holne Park House last October. The stunning venue, nestled on the southern slopes of Dartmoor National Park, is set within 90 acres of the breath-taking grounds and gardens of the River Dart Country Park Estate.
After meeting online and falling in love, Gareth proposed to Sam on his 30th Birthday whilst they both enjoyed a romantic, sun-filled holiday in Perth, Australia.
As soon as they arrived back in the UK, they excitedly started to plan their wedding and visited numerous venues in Devon before discovering the exquisite Holne Park House.
“We had heard great things about Holne Park House from friends and family and we were interested in the high-quality accommodation and its wonderful location.
“As soon as we met Laura, the in-house wedding coordinator, we knew we wanted to get married there. We were always made to feel so welcome and Laura was enthusiastic, genuine, friendly and knowledgeable. When we went for the food tasting, it really sealed the deal!”
The couple visited the venue several times before the big day to talk things through and show their guests around. “Laura and all the staff were always so supportive and nothing was too much trouble. It really reduced the stress of planning a wedding,” said Sam.
The stunning autumn backdrop enveloping the venue - comprising a mixture of oranges, browns and greens– inspired the couple to base the colour theme of their wedding on the beautiful English countryside.
“We included ferns, wood and greens with an accent of orange rose throughout,” adds Sam.
With the assistance of close family, the couple added numerous handmade and personal touches to their wedding – each with a rustic feel and tying in perfectly with their theme. Sam explains: “From our gorgeous tiered cake, to the uniquely created flowers and the vintage postcards we used for place names – we tried our best to tie everything to our theme and make it special.
“My mum made homemade chutney for the favours and my step-dad made the wooden signs and my dad made the wedding stationery.”
The style of the groom’s wedding attire comprised tweed and a mixture of rustic colours; Sam wore a striking tweed suit and waistcoat, with blue chinos and brown suede shoes, and Gareth wore a blue tweed suit and waistcoat, burgundy chinos and brown suede shoes.
The wedding party each wore ties emblazoned with a variety of animals, including foxes, ducks and rabbits and orange rose button holes. The ushers and master of ceremonies wore blue cravats, also hand-made by Sam’s dad.
Prior to the wedding breakfast, guests enjoyed a welcome drink of a raspberry prosecco, and a wide selection of canapes, including mini-baked potatoes with soured cream and chive.
For the wedding breakfast, a choice between hearty beef bourguignon, mushroom pancakes and a chicken and broccoli bake was served – each accompanied by potatoes and a delicious salad, followed by a light chocolate mousse or a sticky toffee pudding.
In the evening, guests enjoyed a fantastic buffet-feast which included artisan pork pies, whilst the band, Cherry Bomb, kept guests dancing deep into the night with their cheery pop beats.
When asked what made their day special, Sam explains wistfully: “Our wedding day was made extra special by all our closest friends and family being with us. Some had flown in from all over the world – so for them to be able to stay at the venue with us was just amazing. It felt like our home for the weekend!”
Throughout the wedding, the couple kindly made a collection for Stonewall, the LGBT charity that is very close to their hearts.
“Being able to raise money for Stonewall was the icing on the cake to the most perfect day,” Sam adds.
Photography by Will Reddaway Photography - www.willreddaway.co.uk