Updated: Jan 16
I’m lucky enough to work in a beautiful part of the country and we are surrounded by wedding venues in Exeter and Devon that people travel from a far to get married in.
An ultimate favourite venue of mine is the ever stunning Pynes House. Nestled on the outskirts of Exeter and only 10 minutes from my studio, Pynes House catches your breath from the moment you make your way down their tree-lined drive.
At the end of the drive stands the elegant country house which you can hire to be yours for the whole weekend.
Jemma and Ross married at Pynes House back in September 2017 and chose to have their ceremony within Pynes House fabulously grand ballroom followed by a late summer marquee reception.
From the start Jemma had a very clear vision of how she wanted her day to be styled. A colour palette of fresh, silvery green foliage with a highlight of white florals. A wildly relaxed feel to all floral elements.
Jemma wanted her bouquet to reflect her relationship with Ross using florals from Ross’ home country. She also wanted to give a little pop of pink to her bouquet just to lift it slightly.
For Jemma’s bouquet at Pynes House, we styled it with a heavy base of foliage including eucalyptus, poplus, Nicoli, parvifolia - all from the eucalyptus family. We then added bold white ohara roses which smell divine, white majolica spray and a white protea which created a bold statement within the bridal bouquet. To add to the relaxed styled of the handtied wedding bouquet we add, white wax flower, veronica, hypericum berries and a hot pink spray rose. Jemma’s bridal bouquet was then finished with an ivory satin ribbon.
Jemma dressed her bridesmaid in a very pale blue, a colour that complimented the decor of Pynes House beautifully. We created bridesmaids bouquet with a slight increase of the hot pink colour pop and the flower girls had small gypsophila headdresses.
The gentlemen’s dinner jackets where given a simple buttonhole of gypsophila with a touch of greenery.
A key style feature in Pynes House is the main staircase that houses the most amazing stain glass window - a real photograph feature to anyone getting married there.
Jemma asked if we could create a cascade of foliage running all the way down and spilling out around the bottom. We created a 15 foot foliage heavy garland that lay at the base of the bannister, adding a pop of white flowers and then weaved in.
Jemma and Ross opted to hold their wedding ceremony in the every elegant ballroom at Pynes House. Although it holds some striking fireplaces and high ceilings, Jemma asked if we could create a free standing foliage heavy archway that would create focal point for the service.
We created an eco friendly archway using a base of birch poles and willow and then added chicken wire to allow us to fill out with foliage. Anyone who knows me will know that floral installation art of an absolute favourite of mine and so I was extremely excited to build this arch way for Jemma and Ross.
We then added simple bunches of gypsophila and wax flower to the chair ends to line the ceremony aisle and created some relaxed floral arrangements to sit on both mantelpieces in the Pynes House ballroom.
Following the wedding service, Jemma and Ross made their way through Pynes House fabulous Georgian entrance hall, another spot that just draws you in to this wonderful Devon wedding venue. Out through the oversized front doors for a confetti moment.
The extensive garden area at Pynes House allows you to hold a larger wedding and house a marquee on the grass lawn.
A clear roofed marquee had been erected for Jemma and Ross to celebrated their Devon country wedding with guests.
Another exciting installation piece was hung from the central roof section of the marquee to run above the long top table. Jemma wanted this to wow guests as they arrived into the marquee.
We created a 30 foot long hanging foliage showstopper.
We then added a light foliage runner along the central part of the top table and the surrounding guest tables featured a geometric lantern filled with a foliage and flower surround.
I often feel that September is a great month to get married with that late summer sun always seeming to show its face.
Jemma and Ross’ day at Pynes House was no exception with the day gracing us with t-shirt wearing temperatures.
With such a stunning day, the couple managed to fully use all the stunning grounds at Pynes House including their highly scented rose garden.
I knew that Jemma’s thoughts and style suited us from our first email conversation and I love her clear vision for the day. Absolutely effortless to work for it truly was a pleasure to create floral designs for a lovely couple in one of my most treasured wedding venues in Devon.
Pynes House, we love you!
Venue: Pynes House, Exeter, Devon www.pyneshouse.co.uk
Photography: Sarah Lauren Photography www.sarahlaurenphotography.com
Dress: Caroline Castigliano www.carolinecastigliano.com