Pure Weddings South West
Bride’s name (maiden name): Glen King (NB: I have kept my name in view of the Glen King PR company)
Groom’s name: David Greensmith
Where from? Glen and David live and work in Exeter and are co-directors of Glen King PR.
Ceremony & Reception venue: Bickleigh Castle, Near Tiverton
Number of guests: 75 day - 150 evening
Ceremony date: 29th October 2016
How did the day start? Fizz, family and girlfriends in my lavish bedroom at the Castle with hair styled by Mandy Woolfenden, Exeter and makeup by Genevieve Satha from Uffculme. Pre-wedding, Mariam Badvai of Purity Spa next to Exeter Cathedral, did a number of Environ Cool Peel® Technology treatments, supplemented by Environ range of skin-care products, ensuring I had a dewy complexion for the big day which was a good base for the professional make-over.
How did you arrive at the ceremony? …. Rolls Royce – one of only 6 in the world!
A James Young Saloon Rolls Royce in powder blue. One of only 6 in the country.
What was the most emotional part of your day? Sharing our vows – a real tear jerker! Making a public pledge of your love for each other in front of the most important people in your life is a real commitment.
What was the funniest moment of the ceremony? When Shadow our cocker spaniel arrived as the ring bearer with our wedding rings secreted in his bespoke, handmade satin bow tie! He looked very dapper, as he was escorted down the aisle by my lovely son Oliver to the dulcet strains of ‘Me & my shadow’ sung by the talented ‘Swing Kings’. An acapella duo from Plymouth, they sang a playlist of our favourite songs throughout the service and afterwards at the blessing by Toastmaster Nigel Fortnam in the Saxon Chapel, where we exchanged candles. This was followed by the Swing Kings singing in the courtyard during the champagne reception with guests boogying from 3pm! A fantastic atmosphere on one of those perfect warm autumn days.
Photographer: Caroline Pilling– Yeovil. She is known as ‘The Story Teller’, capturing emotions of the day, which was exactly what we were looking for. She was so easy to deal with and we were completely unconscious of her taking pictures throughout the day and have a wonderful wedding album as a keepsake of the day.
Wedding stylists: Blue Fizz, North Devon. Tracy and Bridget were a godsend. They not only styled our wedding day, and created the swags, lace runners, place names, table plan and so much more; they also oversaw the running of the day leaving us to relax and enjoy the experience, knowing we were in capable hands.
What was your first dance? ‘My Girl’ by the Temptations – played by the amazing 10 piece ‘Soulside’ band from Bristol who really got the evening rockin’ in the Orangery with everyone up on the dance floor, delivering authentic soul by the legends of soul and Motown as well as the best disco funk songs.
Evening entertainment: As well as dancing, evening guests were entertained by close-up Devon-based magician Dan Brazier who is spellbinding. Guests wanting a flutter played black jack and roulette on casino tables provided by Casino Select from Newton Abbot.
Wedding presents: We asked the day guests for John Lewis vouchers. The evening guests, were asked to donate to WESC Foundation, a specialist centre for Visual Impairment, which raised £500.
How would you describe the style of your wedding? Classic and elegant with a nod to the fact that it was Halloween. Judi Spiers and her talented husband Rick created beautifully carved pumpkins sprayed silver, lighting the red carpet and stairway leading to the wedding breakfast room. The theme continued with small squashes converted to table lights for the centre of the tables created by Trugs, which twinkled as the day turned to dusk.
Any surprise moments? A fabulous firework display organised by Bickleigh Castle. A memorable conclusion to a wonderful wedding day.
What kind of food? Posh Nosh based in Topsham – we always use them for our corporate events. We really enjoyed the tastings and as always, the team looked after us royally. The alfresco champagne reception in the courtyard was followed by the main fayre served in the wedding breakfast room:
Roasted Breast of Guinea Fowl with Wild Mushroom and Thyme Stuffing and wrapped in Pancetta, on a Parsnip and Sweet Potato Mash, and red wine jus.
Wedding Cake: A spectacular autumn wedding cake was created by artisan chocolatier Heather Sekulla of ‘Drowning in Chocolate’, a gorgeous shop in Wiveliscombe, Somerset. A falling drift of chocolate beech, chestnut and maple leaves dusted in gold, copper and bronze showcased a mouth-watering variety of sponge cakes and ganaches enhanced with a dash or so of different types of alcohol on each tier. The guests waxed lyrical about how beautiful it looked as well as saying it was absolutely delicious. I still have one of the beautiful chocolate leaves in my freezer as a lasting memory.
Evening event food: We welcomed our evening guests in the Great Hall with a glass of wine before we all joined our day wedding guests. Supper was served in Mews Sitting Room with a stunning cheese wedding cake supplied by Westcountry Cheese & Co based in North Devon, accompanied by crackers and home-made chutneys and honey glazed sausages complemented with a glass of port for every guest.
Budget: It ran away with us as we lost thousands of pounds when Mamhead House went into receivership just three weeks before our wedding! Sarah Hay, owner of Bickleigh Castle came to our rescue, as she had that weekend free and gave us a fairytale wedding in a beautiful autumnal setting. Our guests said it was the best wedding they have ever been to.
Your tip to other brides:Get wedding insurance. We didn’t – a costly mistake!
Groom’s outfit: Eight groomsmen wore Ted Baker three-piece suits, hired from Moss Bros, in royal blue complemented with rose- pink ties. The bridegroom wore a Marino swirl morning waistcoat in ivory.
Dress: Sarah Treble Couture – Notaries House, Exeter. Glen's dress was a beautiful pearl silk satin, overlaid with two kinds of French lace. The skirt was stunning ivory, soft tulle based lace with a bold motif and deep scalloped edge, contrasting with an intricate corded lace bodice. The sumptuous centre-piece of the satin waist sash was hand embellished using Swarovski crystals. The bride’s shoes were ivory duchess silk from Leading Bridal Footwear specialist Benjamin Adams, bought at Debenhams.
Rings: Independent jewellers, Michael Spiers near Exeter Cathedral provided all our bridal jewellery. They offer a personal service and tailored a beautiful seven diamond, white gold wedding ring to fit perfectly around the twist in the bride’s solitaire diamond engagement ring offset by pearl drop earrings and matching necklace. The groom chose a classic medium weight court shaped ring made of Palladium. Deacon and a Francis silver cufflinks hand engraved with Mr... / & Mrs. was a wedding day gift from Glen to David.
What was borrowed? My parents Jim and Millie are sadly no longer with us, so I was given away by my brother Warren. I borrowed Mum’s three-diamond engagement ring and her treasured brooch in the shape of a ship’s wheel, a gift from Dad to her when he was serving in the Royal Navy during World War II.
Bridesmaid: My daughter Jessica King wore a soft pink off the shoulder – Greek Goddess style dress from Coast. Her satin shoes were from Rainbow Shoes – Exeter and who dyed them perfectly to match the dress. She did her own hair in a waterfall plait decorated with crystal diamante bridal hair pins sourced from Notonthehighstreet, and looked beautiful.
Flowers: Trugs – Exeter. A general scheme was romantic soft blush pinks, creams and ivories predominantly using David Austin roses, perfect for the time of year as the use of the autumnal snowberries and skimmia enhanced the richer colours of the season. The foliage used was made up of myrtle, rosemary, eucalyptus and soft ruscus and trailing ivy.