I am so excited to share this beautiful Forde Abbey wedding. Forde Abbey is the most beautiful venue. Formally a home for monks, the Abbey has a history spanning over 900 years. And includes an award-winning garden full of the most beautiful flowers. Perfect for love and romance.
Excitement & Anticipation
The bride got ready for her wedding at a hotel nearby. Her Bridesmaids joined to help with all the wedding preparations. The bride wore her hair in a chic plaited updo. Fresh Flowers accessories her hairstyle.
David Fielden designed the exquisite dress of silk and lace. It came from Carina Baverstock Couture. Kurt Geiger sandals and a stunning floor-length veil accessorised the look. To complete the ensemble In Bloom Devon supplied a gorgeous bouquet of seasonal local flowers
The bride utilised a plastic bag over her head to keep her hair in place whilst she slipped into her wedding dress. Her bridesmaids aided her, before putting the veil in her hair.
A Forde Abbey Wedding
The wedding ceremony took place in the Great Hall of Forde Abbey. Magnificent gold chandeliers hung from the ceiling. And large lead windows illuminated the room as the couple said ‘I do’.
There were emotional and heartfelt reading s by guests. Including Taylor Mali’s witty and sweet poem about ‘How falling in love is like owning a dog’.
After the ceremony guests gathered in the stunning grounds and gardens to chat and enjoy drinks together.
Romance By The Fountains
Whilst guests went on ahead to the reception venue, the bride and groom stayed behind to enjoy a few photos. Making use of the beautiful Japanese garden and the lake with the centenary fountain. It reaches 160ft and is the highest powered fountain in England.
The Bride and Groom drove a vintage white car owned by the groom to their reception venue. They stopped off at a nearby cornfield overlooking their venue for a few extra romantic photos.
The bride and groom arrived at the groom’s family home for the reception. Guests greeted the couple, showering them with organic petal confetti.
Before relaxing with friends and family for a hog roast BBQ and speeches the Bride and Groom took a few minutes to have a couple of formal group photos with their bridesmaids and groomsmen.
The bridesmaids, groom and bestman made speeches. Which had everyone in stitches with tears of laughter rolling down their cheeks. Then it was time for the hog roast BBQ.
After the speeches, the couple cut their homemade wedding cake for guests to enjoy with teas and coffee.
The reception was held in the apple orchard of the Groom’s parents’ farm. Old doors were used to create tables. Whilst hay bales and blankets were used for chairs. Watering cans filled with homegrown flowers decorated the orchard. Whilst origami cranes hung from the branches of the trees.
Afternoon Guest Activities
The late afternoon was spent enjoying time with family and friends. French cricket and badminton was available for guests to play. With competitive spirits getting quite high.
The high spirits continued well into the evening. With music and dancing for everyone to enjoy.
Forde Abbey Wedding FAQ’s
Forde Abbey is situated in Chard, Somerset. The postcode is TA20 4AU
Forde Abbey is an exclusive use venue. Operating with one wedding per weekend. You may have either your ceremony and reception at the Abbey of choose to have both.
Accommodation is not available on site, but there are many hotels and B&B’s in Chard and the nearest town of Ilminster.