A rustic summer wedding at a stunning Devon vineyard
Updated: Sep 29
I'm so happy to share with you Amy & Ben's romantic, country wedding, which took place at Devon's breathtaking Brickhouse Vineyard. They imagined a laid-back summer celebration, and thanks to some gorgeous May sunshine, they got precisely that. The most amazing floral arrangements from Sophie Millington plus a few hire items from us, helped to create a dreamy setting. Live music provided the perfect atmosphere for dancing the night away, while vintage style garden games and a picture booth added to the fun.
I caught up with Amy to find out exactly how they went about planning and styling their dream day.
We went for a rustic/boho kind of style. We wanted something natural that complemented the venue and reflected our relaxed vibe for the day. Basically, a big summer party with all our friends and family.
PLANNING & STYLING
We didn't have a planner or stylist - Rustic Love was the closest we had, Nicola was like my sounding board! We used recommendations from the venue and looked at past weddings there for inspiration. I used Pinterest and social media for ideas and had a wedding journal where I printed out ideas and ticked things off so I didn't forget anything - like registering the marriage!
I think almost everything was from Rustic Love. All our signage (my favourite I think), lanterns for the aisle, birch arch for the ceremony arch (stunning!!!), candle holders for the table, glass bottles for the table flowers, name discs for the table, wooden holders for the menus...
...garden games (sooo glad we went with these the guests absolutely loved them), photo peg frame for our photo booth pics, confetti, bucket for our bucket list ideas… probably other stuff too haha you have it all.
The incredible flowers from Sophie Millington really finished off the whole look, she created the most beautiful arrangement on the birch arch - it made the perfect ceremony backdrop. Vintage bottles were filled with coordinating flowers and teamed with candles in muted pinks along the length of the tables.
We hired a neon sign from my friend at confetti events! She does beautiful backdrops and we hired her ‘better together’ sign which was really pretty for behind the top table.
We also hired lighting from Socialights, I couldn’t resist after seeing pictures of their lighting at Brickhouse and I’m so glad we did because it was stunning, especially at night (they put this up and took it down too so we didn’t have to do anything!)
I didn’t in the end! I love crafting so I always planned to, but Nicola (Rustic Love) had everything I could have wanted and more, it felt extra special being able to have items made for us and meant I was even more excited about seeing the set up. It was all amazing quality and so perfect for our day.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DAY
There were so many. The feeling of walking down the aisle to The Conscious Club singing (stunning and got the tears flowing) and first seeing Ben was probably what I’ll remember most but maybe my biggest highlight was how happy everyone was!
Seeing people having fun, playing the garden games, taking in the incredible venue, having pictures in the photobooth and dancing to the band created this amazing feeling between everyone. I’m really glad I kept it intimate because people weren’t afraid to dance and let their hair down and the barn is the perfect space for that! We are still getting people saying now how much fun they had and I think that is what I most wanted from the day like I said about a summer party so I’ll always be so grateful for that.
GUESTS FAVOURITE BITS
The venue is the top one for sure, people were just amazed by it all, no one had seen Brickhouse before which made it really special and unique for everyone there. Also the food, so many said it was the best food they’ve ever had so can’t get much better than that!
Then it was definitely the band - Mammoth, they absolutely made the evening and were incredible. It made for some great dance move pics and funny stories we will remember forever, definitely worth spending that bit more to have live music because you cannot beat that atmosphere.
The main thing I would say is don't worry about tradition, do what makes you happy and the rest will fall into place. At first our families were a bit confused why we weren’t having certain things like a ‘traditional wedding breakfast’ and were having an afternoon tea but they now agree it was perfect and so social (and ridiculously delicious). I had my dad and step dad walk me down the aisle so really there are no rules!
Start planning early, the sooner you start the less stressed you will be (and enjoy it)
Book your suppliers as soon as possible: I was shocked at how many were already booked almost 2 years in advance
Try and go for local suppliers/local to your venue - makes logistics much easier
Print out a timescale sheet or get a wedding journal so you have an idea of what should be done by when
Keep a tab on what you need to pay (it can get overwhelming if you don’t, and it helps you to pay things off at different times)
Leave yourself enough time to get into your dress/outfit on your wedding morning so you can have touch ups and don't feel rushed
Then enjoy every second, the getting ready, the moment you first see your partner, take moments throughout the day to just look around and take it in ← this advice was given to me a lot because people know I find it hard to relax usually but I am so glad I did this because the day goes so quickly and the feeling is just magical so you want to treasure it as much as you can
Thanks so much for the wise words Amy, some brilliant advice there!
What a day! I absolutely loved working with Amy & Ben on this wedding. Amy and I were pinging photos and ideas regularly on DM's. I knew from Amy's vision exactly how she wanted the day to look, and once she told me Sophie was the florist, I couldn't wait to see what she would do with my props.
They booked the DIY delivery to the venue option, which meant I turned up, the day before, with a van full of lovely items. I assembled the arch, signage and garden games in position. Amy, friends and family arranged the lanterns and other bits and Sophie filled my vintage bottles with beautiful blooms. It's so nice having the venue the day before to set up; a much more relaxing experience than on the morning!
Thanks again Amy & Ben for choosing me, it was my pleasure from start to finish x
A big thank you to Mimosa photography for capturing the day so beautifully
Photographer: Mimosa Photography
Makeup: Sophie White
Hair: Natalie Nichols
Videographer: Charlotte Dart
Dress: Brides at Waterfields
Earrings: Claire Austin England
Florist: Sophie Millington
Caterers: Titley Green
Afternoon band: Conscious Club
Evening Band: Mammoth
Cake: Ben's Bakes