Last Friday I was down at the stunning Rockbeare Manor near Exeter, in Devon, for Louise and Simon’s spectacular Italian themed wedding. Rockbeare Manor is Devon’s newest country house wedding venue which was originally built in 1760 but only opened for weddings last year after extensive, but very sympathetic, renovations. The Grade I listed Regency era manor house really is a beautiful venue which features a number of grand rooms and spaces which are flooded with natural light. It’s also situated in acres of stunning parkland which made for a picturesque backdrop for the day’s events.
I met with Louise and her bridesmaids for the finishing touches of their preparations in the opulent bridal drawing room at the manor house. The bridal makeup was by Becky Roberts and hair was by Lisa Sheldon from The Cutting Garden. Louise looked absolutely stunning in her Sophia Tolli wedding dress which was from The Wedding Company, Plympton. As the wedding guests arrived Simon and his groomsmen kept themselves busy in the billiard room with a few frames of snooker . . . and a couple of drinkies too!
The ceremony took place in the former dining room overlooking the terraced gardens. Once the rings were exchanged and the legalities completed the new Mr & Mrs Mole headed out into the grounds with their guests for a drinks reception featuring the classic Italian aperitif Aperol Spritz. The Italian themed wedding breakfast was held in the ballroom and saw the tables decked out with lemons, rosemary and biscotti. The centrepiece was the stunning wedding cake which was provided by Whites Cake House, Tavistock.
As the evening drew in the Riviera Dogs kept the dancefloor jammed with a selection of 80’s hits including numbers from the film Top Gun and songs from Don Henley, Go West and The Cutting Crew and Toto. Here’s a few pictures from Louise and Simon’s epic wedding . . .