I know its been a while since I have had a chance to blog – I’ve been getting used to being a mum of 2 little girls and trying to work 5 days a week!! I am hoping to find the time to update this a bit more in 2012, especially as I see that I still have lots of readers coming to the blog so it makes it all worthwhile – thank you to you all xx
Anyway I wanted to share this wedding venue with you, Dewsall Court- its very special to me because its where I spent a lot of my childhood (with friends) and only recently it has been converted into the most amazing country house retreat where a lucky few also get to have the wedding of their dreams. The photos that they have shared with me from a recent wedding really show off the fabulous location and the amazing photo opportunities. (photos taken by Deidre Lynn)
I asked for a little mini interview with the girls in charge at Dewsall (Sam and Ananda) and here goes
* What sets Dewsall apart from the other wedding venues?
Apart from the fact Dewsall is such a stunning, relaxed and special place to be with everything you could want for a romantic country wedding in one place, we also care very much about not churning out ‘package’ weddings.
Love this photo – so romantic and amazing Herefordshire scenery…
Dewsall can sleep up to 23 people as well as being able to host weddings and receptions from intimate to larger affairs with 120 guests – treat us as your exclusive country home for the weekend! We limit the number of weddings we take each year so that we can work closely with our couples, bespoke and tailor made are our key words! Our friendly team will try to help build a day truly special to the couple in question, with room for personal touches and unique ideas.
* What about the actual ceremony or blessing?
To have a civil ceremony at Dewsall there are a number of options; whether it be an intimate signing with a few witnesses in the study, a family ceremony for 30 in the beautiful Chinoiserie Room, or for larger weddings we can accommodate 50 in the lovely converted Studio Barn or up to 120 in the rustic open sided Wain House barn in the garden… and right at the bottom of the garden path is St Michael and All Angels, the lovely little old parish church! By prior arrangement this can be used for a blessing for up to 85 people.
* How much involvement do the bride, groom and family have in planning the wedding/ choosing suppliers etc?
The bride, groom and family can absolutely get involved with choosing and tailoring the day to their wishes – we are here to help and advise but the ideas and planning for the big day are always led by our couples! However, to ensure the standard at Dewsall is kept to the level we think our guests deserve and to make sure everything runs smoothly we ask that guests use our in house caterers – they are a fantastic bunch of people as committed to being flexible and creative as we are! We also have an extensive wine list and can source your favourites if they aren’t on there – and we don’t charge corkage on wine bought through Dewsall. We can put you in touch with a selection of recommended suppliers – particularly our fabulous florists from Love Lily – to fit your needs and make sure you are using trusted professionals.
We encourage doing things a bit differently at Dewsall, if you need us to source anything quirky or arrange unusual activities we are more than happy to! For example – instead of using marquees to give extra space for your event at Dewsall we have some fabulous hand cleaved yurts – imagine having your reception bar and dancing in one of these!
Some of this years wedding ideas feature vintage tea party receptions, old fashioned village fête games, midnight bonfires, boho festival vibes and Dixieland Bands!
The gorgeous Betsy and Patrick featured in this post, had this to say about Dewsall,
“We can’t express to you all how wonderful it was to have such a dedicated, good hearted, excited, yet laid back team of truly amazing people to be there for us throughout our whole wedding weekend. The venue is mind blowing, pictures cannot do it justice, our guests described it as a fairy tale and said that when they woke up for work on Monday it would feel like it was all a dream. It really was a dream for Patrick and I, a weekend we will hold dear to our hearts the rest of our lives. Thank you so much for all your hard work. …I can’t even begin to count all the behind the scenes details you all coordinated to make our wedding day so special and intimate. I felt nothing but love. Now I feel even more blessed to get to know such thoughtful and kind people.” -
There is lots of other great feedback which you can read here on the site What People Say
PS Its been great to get back on the blog after so long and I hope that you all love this feature!