Throughout the Summer, various weddings have taken me across the West country, from the gorgeous north coast of Cornwall to the quaint of Somerset, making for this one, just 25 miles down the road in small hamlet of North Huish (South Hams Devon) a welcome change!
Charlie and Jess thought they'd make use of the family farm, with a few acres of field just recently baled next to a river being a picturesque spot to host a wedding party, the church itself just a country mile up the lane. Guests were advised to bring wellington boots just in case! FYI the wellies weren't needed.
The 14th century grade 1 listed parish church, St. Mary's, was actually declared redundant and isn't used for regular service. However, now owned by the Churches Conservation Trust, it occasionally opens its doors for weddings and other such ceremonies. Inside, its spartan nature of bare stone walls & columns and dark wooden pews coupled with a its technicolour stain-glass windows & a few decorative pot plans creates a unique charm that fits very well with its countryside location. Apparently it took quite a few enquires and messages before Jess & Charlie finally secured the booking of this special venue.
Unlike other weddings, there was no waiting at the alter, Charlie & Jess arriving at the church together, having been officially wed at the registry office in Kingsbridge the day before. The pressure off, all that was left to do was for the newly wedded couple to receive the blessing from the priest, David, and then for 50-60 church guests to enjoy a glass of bubbles in the church grounds before making their way down to the huge yurt set on the family farm, a country mile down the lane.
Fresh oysters served up with West country ales & wines were the flavour of the afternoon, the soundtrack: a 6-piece ukulele band. A little later on, the wedding party moved inside the sumptuous yurt, festooned with lights, candles and personal photographs, making you almost forget the lush countryside outside and created a very intimate atmosphere once dusk moved in and the light had faded. After the hog roast, the speeches were hilarious, with the Charlie being the victim and Jess, his loving new wife, very much enjoying her moment in the limelight to shed a few anecdotes with the room.
Nighttime upon us, we all picked up a glass, wrapped up, and headed outside to be treated to a firework display and a huge bonfire- the kind you can only get away with if you're in the countryside! Top wedding :)
To see more photos from Jess & Charlie's wedding, click here.
Below: The bonfire in full blaze
Above: Wedding guests enjoying the late night fireworks.