There are some days you wish could last forever. If you have one of those days while you’re working you’re a very lucky individual. I count myself to of been very lucky recently when fate took me down to Lewtrenchard in Devon near Cornwall. I found myself at the most beautiful Arts and Crafts Manor, something which if you’ve ever seen Miss Marple or Poirot was like stepping back in time. It’s a beautiful home, surrounded by beautiful gardens in a beautiful part of the country and I was there on one of the nicest days of the year. This though is a wedding and design blog, so why was I there as I wish it was my home but sadly it’s not.

Well the name of the home I was Coombe Trenchard (visit the website for Coombe Trenchard), there are some very lucky individuals out there who have experienced either the gardens when they have an open day or stayed in one of the four rooms which comprise possibly the most special bed and breakfast in the country. Now though Coombe Trenchard is starting to play host to weddings. Only a very limited number of weddings, after all this is not your standard wedding venue with weddings 5 days a week. Sarah the owner told me she only wants to host weddings where she knows the those getting married their truly value the surroundings. Where the Bride and Groom would feel like part of the family as it was the wedding of Sarah’s son which Coombe Trenchard hosted that was the inspiration for wanting to welcome around ten weddings a year into her home.

To mark the beginning of this adventure Sarah invited Tracy and Bridget from Blue Fizz events (visit website) to host a styled shoot at Coombe Trenchard which is where I came in and drove down to Devon with some stationery designed especially for the occasion. Stationery is a pretty small part of a styled shoot, most eyes are on the clothes and the setting. Both of which dazzled. That though is for another time. The fine folk at Wed Magazine have first use of the photos taken by Lucy, possibly the only person who was glad that day was over. She was soldiering on through a really heavy cold and was trying to keep away from people to avoid passing it on. I think she needed a lay down at lunch. Though what a lunch, I was expecting to take sandwiches but rather I was told lunch would be there. Sarah though treated us to prosecco in the sun at the rear of the house overlooking the beautiful gardens while an amazing buffet lunch was brought out for the various people present. Of which there were about 16 people from photographers, to models, stylists, bakers, stationers and jewellers. It has to be said Sarah is an amazing host and I have suggested my parents could really enjoy visiting it with my Gran.

My set of photos are more a behind the scenes look at the gardens and house. Behind the scenes of the shoot and inside will follow at a later date. I hope you enjoy looking at them.

The drive to the house
The drive to the house
Rolling countryside around Coombe Trenchard House
Rolling countryside around Coombe Trenchard House
The front of the house
The front of the house
Some of the days rare dark clouds
Some of the days rare dark clouds
View from across the stream
View from across the stream
Bridge from the lawn to the gardens
Bridge from the lawn to the gardens
Another bridge into the gardens - so much to explore!
Another bridge into the gardens – so much to explore!
Duck swimming
Duck swimming
View from the bridge
View from the bridge
View into some of the gardens
View into some of the gardens
I love such vibrant leaf colours
I love such vibrant leaf colours
There are signs in the gardens explaining many things for the garden open days
There are signs in the gardens explaining many things for the garden open days
The stone bridge from the other side
The stone bridge from the other side
A modern sculpture on the lawn
A modern sculpture on the lawn
View of the lawn
View of the lawn
Outbuilding with Dovecote
Outbuilding with Dovecote
Dovecote
Dovecote
Peahen
Peahen
Back of the house
Back of the house
Preparing for lunch
Preparing for lunch
Pre lunch drinks
Pre lunch drinks
Back of the house overlooking the lawn
Back of the house overlooking the lawn
One of Coombe Trenchard's residents
One of Coombe Trenchard’s residents
Swallow
Swallow
Clock Tower
Clock Tower
Decorative chimneys
Decorative chimneys
Elaborate chimneys
Elaborate chimneys
The clock tower
The clock tower
One of Coombe Trenchards Lions
One of Coombe Trenchards Lions
Guarding the steps
Guarding the steps