Jessie & Ben - Ash Barton Estate - Devon
This is the Wedding of Jessie and Ben. Jessie (from Somerset) and Ben (from Devon) met while at Camp America in Pennsylvania. Funnily enough, this is the exact Camp where Jessie's older brother met his girlfriend a few years previous, there must be something in the water.
Since meeting, Jessie & Ben have spent lots of time travelling and had a little boy called Hamish together. The three of them are emigrating to Australia later this year, but before leaving they got hitched at The Ash Barton Estate. This place is a beautiful 13 bedroom manor house high above the North Devon countryside with views to the sea in the distance. It has a large communal games barn (which was turned into an amazing area for the reception, you honestly wouldn't have known it was a barn), an indoor heated swimming pool and 25 acres of grounds including extensive woods.
What really caught our attention at this wedding was the sense of team-work and family. Everyone (and we mean everyone) really chipped in.
Ben built a bar out of pallets and driftwood that he searched somerset and devon beaches looking for. He also built a huge wooden board to display pictures, an awesome table plan made out of chopped logs and well wooden centre pieces for each the tables.
Jessie's uncle cooked all the food on the day of the wedding, he isn't a chef but you wouldn't of know it. From the sausage rolls after the ceremony through to the exquisite 3-course feast he and he and his wife prepared and served out of a temporary kitchen for the reception. Ohh and the epic pulled pork rolls for later in the evening. We we lucky enough to try all of this fantastic food, if it was a restaurant we would definitely be booking a table.
Jessie's Gran-Nan made all the flowers, her stepdad, her Mum and her Dad were on the go all day ensuring every thing was running smoothy. An uncle played live music, Ben sourced a PA and made a playlist that saw everybody dancing into the early hours. Jessie's sister made the cake, her dad got a custom cake topper, the list goes on and on. Everyone really pitched in and it all contributed to an amazing atmosphere throughout the whole day.
Without trying the whole wedding had an amazingly English feel, from the table settings, the decorations, the tweed suits with pocket watches and the understated yet beautiful wedding dress.
We are Bristol based wedding photographers, but we travel all over the country and weddings like this are the reason we do.
Once again, congratulations Jessie & Ben and best of luck down under.
Wedding Venue: Ash Barton Estate: http://www.ashbarton.com