REAL WEDDING - The Summer Wedding Of Laura And Rob At Devon's Gourmet Venue, River Cottage, Captured By Raj & Jade Weddings

22nd July 2020


REAL WEDDING - The Summer Wedding Of Laura And Rob At Devon's Gourmet Venue, River Cottage, Captured By Raj & Jade WeddingsRob tells us more about themselves :

"We met at secondary school; it was my goal to annoy Laura during our English Lessons, but we became close after we left school, even though we attended different colleges. I was always bowled over with Laura's beauty, strong will, and kind heart. Laura tells me it was my sense of humour, thoughtfulness, and kindness.

I proposed to Laura. We went to the Lake District, where we consider we had our first date. We rode a tandem around Windermere, rowed a boat on the lake and ended the day watching the sunset over Tarn Hows. I took Laura down to the water's edge, went down on one knee and asked her to marry me. Tarn Hows is one of our favourite spots in the Lakes. She didn't expect it, she thought I was going to skim stones as is my usual tradition!"

The Venue

REAL WEDDING - The Summer Wedding Of Laura And Rob At Devon's Gourmet Venue, River Cottage, Captured By Raj & Jade Weddings - the venue
Robert explains why they chose their venue:

"River cottage has an ethos of organic, fresh, local and sustainable food. We love food and we had visited a couple of years earlier for a food and music festival. It is in the heart of the beautiful English countryside in an incredibly beautiful valley, we were also hoping for good weather as it was Devon in June. We had been looking for a small intimate venue that would give us the feeling of closeness with all of our guests and for it to be relaxed, which meant River Cottage was a perfect choice."

The Bride

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The Groom

REAL WEDDING - The Summer Wedding Of Laura And Rob At Devon's Gourmet Venue, River Cottage, Captured By Raj & Jade Weddings - SkopesREAL WEDDING - The Summer Wedding Of Laura And Rob At Devon's Gourmet Venue, River Cottage, Captured By Raj & Jade Weddings - the groomRobert wore a linen-blended trouser and waistcoat combination with a dark blue jacket from Skopes tailors: "I had picked the jacket before everything else and was determined to match that to the rest of my outfit".

The Ceremony

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The venue's stunning 17th-century farmhouse is perfect for an intimate ceremony; after saying 'I do' in the doorway, Rob and Laura signed the register in front of the iconic fireplace.

Drinks Reception

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The Wedding Breakfast

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The tables were arranged in a horseshoe with no gaps to make sure everyone was a part of the meal; the places were labelled with little wooden tags and all the table flowers were from the River Cottage garden and arranged in delicate clusters in small bud vases.

The best man's speech was a beautiful tribute to the groom (his brother) and the Groom's speech caused everyone in the room to tear up, with beautiful tributes to his family, mother-in-law and to Laura.

The Cake

REAL WEDDING - The Summer Wedding Of Laura And Rob At Devon's Gourmet Venue, River Cottage, Captured By Raj & Jade Weddings - wedding cakeREAL WEDDING - The Summer Wedding Of Laura And Rob At Devon's Gourmet Venue, River Cottage, Captured By Raj & Jade Weddings - cutting the cakeThe cake was also made by River Cottage in the morning of the wedding; it was a semi-naked sponge decorated with fresh fruit and flowers.

After Dinner

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Couple Portraits

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"It was perfect in every way; it was light-hearted, fun and full of amazing food. The setting, the weather, the food, and the company were what made the day so memorable to both of us.

Our day was extra special because it was a small and intimate gathering with our closest friends and family, we were able to relax and enjoy our time. We know it's a tall order, but if you can have a small wedding it makes the day extra special for you and those who you are with."

Credits

Venue: River Cottage

Photographers: Raj & Jade Weddings 

Wedding Dress: Phase Eight

Groom's Attire: Skopes

Hair and Makeup: K&H Hair and Makeup


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