A Sparkling Eclectic Devonshire Wedding: Jayne Cooke and Andy Hobbs

11 Nov 2015

A sprinkling of sequins and a rainbow of fresh, inviting colours outlined the fun and luxurious theme of Jayne and Andy Hobbss wedding at Dartington Hall in Totnes, Devon. The couple tell Bride about their sparkling ceremony

Photography by Freckle Photography

After working together at an estate agent, love blossomed for couple Jayne and Andy Hobbs, and they tied the knot in Dartington Hall in Devon. The couple share the style secrets behind their shimmering wedding day that combined a glittering mint green, coral, pink and gold colour palette with big flowers and lots of sequins.



Tell us about the proposal.
On a wet, blustery day I was standing on a coastal path with my boyfriend, Andy, after he had been away working for nine weeks over Christmas and New Year. He had just forced me out of our cosy house to go on a dog walk to say I was unenthusiastic was understating it. Near the end of the walk in the woods, overlooking the sea, he stopped and knelt on the muddy path and proposed to me.  





What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?

Mint Green, coral, pink and gold with lots of sequins.



When did you know when youd found the’ dress?
It was covered in sparkly sequins that glistened in the lights and the fabric was beautiful. I did however alter the neckline to suit my body shape.



Where did the groom find his suits?
Andy wanted to buy his suit and have a three-piece. I wanted a nice bright blue suit to look very elegant. The rest of the men wore their own suits to fit in with the eclectic theme.


Tell us about your floral arrangements.
Well, I wanted them big. I wanted to have what every girl sees in the movies, and being a florist myself this was very important to me. I have a love for protea and adore the pink colour that looks so beautiful with soft blush peonies. I also wanted the flowers to complement the season and the venue. As we got married in October, I added a hunting theme with pheasant feathers in buttonholes and the centrepieces, pew ends and pedestals, along with glittery gold feathers.


The centrepieces, which were over six-feet tall, in beautiful gold trumpet vases and all of our wedding flowers were silk. We had a selection of beautiful candlesticks on the tables and two floral arches at the doors.


We moved all of our ceremony flowers to the great hall, using freestanding pew ends in the windowsills and smaller gold vases filled with flowers in front of the top table, which was covered in our gold sequin tablecloth, as was the cake table. The top table was important to me, as we had it placed on the stage so I wanted it to be a focal point. We had a full length floral arrangement, which just looked beautiful in the photos and our video.



Tell us about the details of the day.
We made gold wire names as our favours, which were also our guest nameplates. I love going round to friendshouses where they have them on display. I also made individual menus for each person with their name and what their menu choices were. I wanted to have these on the table to bring in the chevron theme that I used throughout the wedding, from the invites to the wedding signs. I made my own invitations which featured our wedding logo that we also projected onto the wall of the great hall throughout the wedding breakfast and evening. We managed to get some great photos of our guests in our vintage style photobooth wall, which I was then able to use in our thank you cards, so each person had a unique gift.



How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?

I did feel very emotional. We walked from the bridal suite up a secret staircase to the back of our ceremony room. We had to go outside where it was a bit blowy, but we have some great shots of the bridesmaids, my dad and me marching through the autumn leaves.




My sisters and I had to prep my dad not to make us cry, so he wouldn
t look at any of us so that he could keep his composure.



As the doors opened, the bridesmaids all went through my cousins Emma and Rebecca first, then my sisters, Katie and Sarah with my gorgeous nephew Theo. My sisters wore coral dresses and Theo wore a navy suit with mint green and gold chevron braces and a bowtie, so cute... Then my friends Debs and Vic followed in sequin dresses. As I saw them walk down the aisle and heard our music, the emotion hit me. I saw Andy had a tear in my eye.




What was your most memorable moment?

I loved Andys speech. He was thoughtful, meaningful and truthful.




What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?
The paperwork and all the spreadsheets needed. The décor came easily but it was everything else that was challenging.





What was the most important investment for you? Food, drink, honeymoon?
We both wanted our guests to feel relaxed and cared for, so food and drink were important. We had canapés after the ceremony, dinner, bacon baps and pasties in the evening, along with an ice cream cart and lots of wedding cake. No one went hungry, just me who missed out on the canapés and my wedding cake.



What song did you choose for your first dance, and why?
We had Ho Hey by the Lumineers which was my choice. Its a lovely song with the words I belong to you, you belong to me, my sweetheart!Its also a good song to dance to. My sister Katie and her husband Chris taught us a few moves to use, although it went out the window when my heel got caught in my dress.


Tell us about your wedding cake.
Well I was very lucky that my sister Katie made my wedding cake. It was seven tiers and beautifully decorated to match our theme, as Katie used our invites to base it on. We had chevrons, a full sequined tier and sugar flowers to replicate our wedding flowers. Andys choice of flavour was carrot cake, I chose cherry and almond and then we had chocolate, lemon, and fruitcake.



If you could go back and change anything, what would it be?
I would have a dress run, where I would try on everything together my underwear, underskirts and veil, so that I could make sure it was just right.



Was there anything you wish youd known before?
I wish Id told my bridesmaids to fluff my dress at the end of aisle, so you could see the beautiful train in the photos and video.



Where did you go on honeymoon?
We went to Miami, then on a mini cruise to Mexico. We then spent a week in Florida to do Harry Potter Land and the theme parks.



Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?
A budget, décor and stationery are really important to carry a theme and make a wedding personal.

Watch Jayne and Andy's wedding video:

Steal their Style:
Photography: Freckle Photography, www.frecklephotography.co.uk
Venue: Dartington Hall, www.dartingtonhall.com
Videographer: Pearl Productions, pearlproductions.me
Flowers, décor, photo wall and love letters: Flourish, www.withaflourish.co.uk
Chair covers: Sitting Pretty, www.sittingprettysouthwest.co.uk
Cake: Buns nRoses, www.facebook.com/BunsNRoses 
Hair and make-up: arenacreativehair.co.uk
Band: The Joker, www.jokeronline.co.uk

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