The hills of Herefordshire are home to beautiful old farms, rolling green pastures, incredible views of the Black Mountains, and the grounds of Dewsall Court. A sprawling country estate that dates back to 1644, Dewsall Court is a modern-day luxury venue that touts an orangerie conservatory, a glass-walled barn, a lake and a sweet little chapel. It’s here that today’s real wedding takes place.
Read on below to find out more about how this couple chose to host their intimate wedding at Dewsall Court in Wales, as bride and groom, Ceri and Richard give us the scoop.
Photography by Gantes Co.
How did you two meet?
We met via our parents being good friends, then we became friends and it grew from there. We wouldn’t have thought we’d be together as we are polar opposites in terms of personality, but they do say opposites attract!
How & when did you get engaged?
We got engaged within 3 years of being together. Walking along the beach was Ceri's favourite thing to do which led to the proposal at Rhossili Bay. It's one of the best beaches in the UK, though some would say it is one of the best in the world!
Why did you choose Dewsall Court?
We viewed a couple of venues but we knew Dewsall Court was the one for us. We knew we wanted to have a neutral theme, nothing too arranged, something very simple that gave us a natural look. Dewsall had all these and so much more; a large house that sleeps up to 23, an onsite ancient but cute and cosy church, a rustic style barn with festoon lighting (The Wainhouse) with a burning fire pit outside it for the reception and wonderful views of the surrounding scenery. We had a wedding planner who worked closely with us to make sure things were exactly how we wanted it. Also as it is exclusive, you get a very personal and private wedding. The 15 acres of grounds allowed for many photo possibilities and different types and styles of photos.
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Any standout moments from the day?
The whole weekend was just incredible, from arriving with our family and closest friends on Friday and having a delicious feast in their lovely conservatory to drinking beer and wine to playing snooker and reminiscing all night. This led to an unforgettable Saturday – there were many standout moments from the day, from the first look to the first dance. We are so grateful for our planner Emma, she did a fantastic job, going above and beyond, it really let us enjoy every moment without a worry.
Walking down to the little church on the tiniest pathway through the cutest garden arm-in-arm with my dad, the bridesmaids following and the flower girl singing on our way down while the echo sounds of the string quartet played – it was an emotional one for me. The 'speeches' plan changed from being inside to being read outside of the house on a staircase with a beautiful backdrop which is very different than most weddings we’ve attended (one of the best decisions our planner and photographers made, so that stood out for us). One of Richards most memorable moments was when he was outside with his friends having a cigar to celebrate the wedding day; the photograph of the “lads” was a cool shot! We partied till daylight around the campfire with the bar staff and having a full English breakfast on Sunday with our nearest and dearest; it couldn’t get any more brilliant than that.