Ellie & Iain’s Vintage Tea Party Wedding

Ellie & Iain first came to see me in August 2013 and booked their wedding for 26 July 2014. Almost a year in which to plan, design and make their perfect wedding. The only thing out of their control was the weather and even this turned out to be perfect!

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Ellie had spent months making pom-poms to decorate the marquee and her efforts were well worth-while. The marquee and grounds looked lovely decorated in pastel orange and greens. Every detail had been carefully planned and all went to plan (thankfully).

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A hot sunny day and guests were glad to have Pimms on the lawn and a cooling ice cream from the ice cream trike.

Then into the marquee for full afternoon tea complete with vintage china; sandwiches, savoury pastries, home-made cakes. Speeches followed with the bride’s father’s the best I have ever heard – made everyone laugh and then in tears!

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Following the afternoon tea, everyone headed back outside with sweet handwritten notes for the bride and groom. They were given balloons to tie them to, and released them all together into the summer sky. Such a lovely sight!

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The party started with live music from “The Shenanigans” who had everyone on the floor dancing until midnight. An evening hog roast with full buffet salads was followed by scrumptious wedding cake made by Sue, Ellie’s Mum.

A great day – thank you Ellie & Iain for letting us share your special day!

Weddings 2013

We have come to the end of the wedding season at Clavelshay – it has been so hectic that I haven’t had time to think, let alone blog!

What a fantastic summer – with perfect weather for our lovely couples. Am just looking back on the past couple of months and have some wonderful memories – here are just a few…

A perfect June day for Paul & Liz – sunshine all the day – and I have to say Clavelshay has never looked  better  with all the flowers in full bloom. A small but perfectly formed wedding!

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Another sunny day for Gill & Peter  - a happy ever after story for them – 2nd time for both. It was a happy, happy day with weather to match.

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IMG_5065 IMG_5104 IMG_5102 IMG_5103July saw Kendall & Stephen getting married – a fun filled wedding with plenty of laughter. Stephen is in the Royal Marines and looked extremely smart in uniform, as did his fellow Marines.  One of the highlights for me was finding the best man, a 6ft 2 ins Marine, asleep under a table in the marquee on Sunday morning. He had asked if he could sleep there as he had missed all the lifts home- still surprised me though.

We will be sharing more beautiful photos from Kendall and Stephen's wedding taken by local talented photographer Aran Jefferies, so make sure you pop back!

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A busy, busy August, with John & Sarah starting it off with a lovely intimate wedding for just under 50 people. Live music from Bare Bones Trio gave everyone such a great evening that no one wanted to leave.

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Cara & Grant‘s wedding was  a triumph – a traditional pole marquee which looked amazing. Grant had everyone in tears as he said it was his dream to get married here – he had played in our fields as a child when visiting his grandparents nearby.

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Carolyn & Graham ‘s wedding was a classic! They had been together for 23 years and finally got around to getting married.  Another beautiful sunny day with an evening to remember, with music from The Man from Funkle echoing  across the valley on a starlit night.

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The following day we had a superb wedding with Kayleigh & Tim organising it all in 9 weeks. Their dream meal was – pie and mash with mushy peas & gravy. All made here by Head Chef Guy – I have never ever seen such clean plates in my life ! The weather was not so good but did not affect the mood at all – a great party -  I got to bed at 4.30am!

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September brought  a very special wedding with Mark & Amie. They think of Clavelshay as their special place as they started coming here when they first met. Mark proposed here earlier this year and I was delighted when they told me they wanted their wedding reception here.  Amie said it was a perfect day and everything they had dreamed of... And Mark still wears the best after shave of all my customers…

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A quieter end to the season with a small family celebration for Jane & David, which was enjoyed by all.

We are happy to cater for all tastes and that is what makes weddings special here – every single one is completely different and very individual. That is why I love it!

Tom & Stephanie's Wonderful, Wonderful Wedding

When I first met Tom & Stephanie more than a year ago I knew they would have a fantastic wedding at Clavelshay Barn – sometimes you just get that feeling – and I was right!

I woke at 6am to rain beating on the window but that old country saying “rain before seven, fine before eleven ” is usually true and the rain stopped mid-morning. The bride and her girlfriends arrived early in the morning and my house was filled with the sounds of champagne corks popping, glasses clinking, hairdryers and chatter…

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Meanwhile the marquee was ready and being filled with beautiful flowers – peonies, roses and lovely scented stocks. Guy and I were busy in the kitchen preparing the canapés for the afternoon – sandwiches, smoked salmon blinis, cheese scones, scones with jam & clotted cream, chocolate eclairs ... Bob had the hog cooking on the spit ready for the wedding breakfast – all systems go ...

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We all helped put out the chairs on the lawn for the ceremony and it looked beautiful, just waiting for the guests to arrive.

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The sun almost started to come out from the behind the clouds just as the guests arrived and the wind died down. The jazz band played as Tom waited nervously for the arrival of his bride. Stephanie looked absolutely stunning in her beautiful dress and as she walked across the lawn on the arm of her brother Courtney to Tom, the clouds parted and the sun shone brilliantly. There was not a dry eye in the place! As Stephanie reached Tom, the only sounds to be heard were birds singing and a woodpecker drumming – an unforgettable moment. A moving ceremony and then natural confetti throwing and then ... Time for Pimms and canapés, photographs and more Pimms.

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Guests made their way to the marquee where the order of the day was the speeches first and then the wedding breakfast. The hog was cooked to perfection by Bob, expertly carved by Guy and Bob and enjoyed by all.

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After the meal, it was eventually time for the first dance – an important moment on any wedding day but especially so on this day. Stephanie’s father, George Williams who sadly died 8 years ago was lead singer with a motown/soul group called The Tymes. So Tom & Stef’s poignant choice of song for their first dance was one of his songs – famous in the 60’s and called “Wonderful, Wonderful ”.

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Then time for live music with local band “Snappa” (snappa.co.uk) who were brilliant and had everyone dancing all night – especially Stef’s Grandad, who at 89 was keen to dance with all the pretty girls! There was even a fantastic dance off between the woman and men in the wedding party, Steph's brother Courtney showed them how it was all done when he busted out a few Michael Jackson moves. No-one wanted the party to end including us!

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Thank you Tom & Stephanie for choosing Clavelshay Barn and for letting us share this very special day with you – it was an absolute pleasure and we wish you every happiness in your life together.

Sue and the Clavelshay Barn team x