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A Garden Cocktail Party/Wedding!

Who doesn't love a cocktail party?! Especially when it includes the wedding of two of the most happiest, loveliest men I have ever met in my career!


I met Ben & Jason on Christmas Day at my local pub in Bishopsteignton, I overheard them talking to the pub owners about hiring the place for their wedding etc and just had to get to know them more! We all instantly connected, had great laughs and met later in the year for champagne and a venue tour!


Ben & Jason got married in my quaint little home village of Bishopsteignton, the sun was shining and the finishing details were being put in place for their outdoor wedding.


But how about we hear more about Ben & Jason's wedding from the men themselves!


How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal!

How did we meet – we bizarrely had mutual friends for years but had never met. Ben was living in London at the time and I was living in Brighton. My friend and I had planned to have a weekend away in London, posted on social media and a mutual friend offered to meet up and bring his new flat mate who was Ben. Ben and I hit it off immediately. The day after we left I said to my friend I would marry Ben I just knew it, and unknown to me, he said the same to his friend.

The proposal – a complete surprise. We were in Mexico for a holiday in November 2017, the sunrise across the ocean is a must do in that part of the world. So Ben said we should do it one morning as we were up early for swimming with dolphins. As we sat in the sand watching the sunrise he took out a Cartier box and asked me to marry him. And I said yes!


Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or colour palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?

As we live in London we love going to cocktail bars so when we were asked to have the ceremony in Ben’s sisters garden we couldn’t say no. The backdrop is simply stunning. We knew from the start that we wanted to bring a little sense of London to Devon and have a garden cocktail party. As this then set the theme we knew then that we wanted black tie dress to compliment the garden party theme. It was important for us to have local suppliers so everyone from that point was sourced via Instagram and google for companies in Devon – from marquee, to catering, florist and yourself.


As for décor, I spent hours online looking at wedding arrangements and styles as I knew I wanted summer chic black tie. I knew I wanted to bring the garden inside so knew that textured foliage which was big and bold was important. When we sourced the marquee company and choose our equipment, I married the two together. Instagram foliage arrangements took hours to piece together and bring the vision together with my florist who was superb.


What were the florals like at your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centrepieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?

The flowers literally were the main event at our wedding, everything else went around this style – we wanted to bring the garden in to the marquee but have that chic cocktail garden element throughout. We kept flowers to a minimum on advice of our florist who confirmed that they would distract away from the texture and different styles of the foliage – as for choice of foliage this was all the florist lol!


Did you personalise the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)?

Everything was personalised by us and chosen by us. From the style of elements within the marquee, the floral design, we had our suits made bespoke for us, we designed our own menus, name cards, napkins and of course were very specific about the photos we featured in. It was important to us for every little detail from the glass you drank out of on arrival to how you were served at your table for dinner reflected us and what we like! We hired a cocktail company who were great. It was important for us for people to feel less like they were at a wedding and more a garden cocktail party where for 20-30 mins we said some important words.


What were some of your favourite parts of your wedding?

Honestly everything, like everything, it was all perfect


Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.

The suits were bespoke and made specifically for us. I always knew I wanted black tie which was handmade so I did traditional black and white dress. It was important to shorten the leg to add an extra chic element to lift the outfit. Ben was under the same style, however loves colour so chose the midnight blue style – after my approval!!!


What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

A few things really – after months of planning and not seeing anything physical for the day not come together until 3 hours before, this was scary but at the same time see my vision come to life but also exceed expectations! Blew my mind! Then having our very close family and friends there that we speak to regularly all in one place for the first time was amazing! Then saying the actual vows, that’s been a long time coming!


Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you would like to share with other couples planning their day?

It’s the most stressful thing you will ever do but enjoy it and make sure you plan the day around what you like, not other people. Don’t make the day a traditional wedding day, make it around an event you like, like a cocktail party and then add the specific wedding elements in. we didn’t do anything traditional because its traditionally boring and our guests said it was the best wedding they'd been too because it felt like a special event not a wedding – also and I cant reiterate this enough – use local suppliers not corporate because the service, style and end results will be more than a large venue will ever do!!!




The Vendors!


Caterers: Fossil Food Catering

Florist: Emma Hewlett Floral Design

Grooms Attire: Gresham Blake

Stationary & Calligrapher: The Golden Letter

Marquee & Bar: Taddle Farm Tents

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