Sally and Duncan’s Wedding at Shilstone House

Duncan and Sally’s relationship writes like a real life fairytale love story. After independently emigrating to sun drenched Barbados for work, they met, fell in love and spent an idyllic two years together on the island before returning back to the UK together for their dream countryside wedding, and to find and move into their first marital home.

Duncan’s parents live in the South West and after viewing the magnificent Shilstone House as a potential venue, they fell in love with the rolling countryside views and knew it was the  perfect setting  for their day. They wanted to include as much of nature as possible and Unfortunately mother nature (UK version) got totally on board with this idea and gave them an overcast sky and heavy rain for most of the day; but thanks to the vista of the rolling hills and grandeur of the house it gave a dramatic misty ‘wuthering heights’  windswept feel to the day, especially watching the clouds roll over the Devonshire landscape. Despite the weather not being quite as they had hoped, the day was beautiful with a fantastic crowd so it turned out brilliantly with some great memories to look back on.

Sally looked absolutely breathtaking in her gorgeous wedding dress, and despite warning us that she would probably be in tears throughout the ceremony, she managed to hold them back amazingly well. She did say afterwards that this was down to knowing that if she didn’t cry and Duncan did, she could remind him of that through their marriage. 1:0 to Sally.

Both Sally and Duncan have very close friendship groups and it is clear to see just how much they mean to their friends and family, there were plenty of tears as they said their vows and during the speeches. It was very clear that these two are surrounded by so much love and support from a wonderful network of family and friends, we felt privileged being invited in to their fold for the day.

After dinner and speeches in the Indian Marquee in the grounds,  Duncans close friend Mel wowed everyone in the evening with her fantastic hooping routine, and even managed to get the bride and groom up to have a go!

– Henley

Family arriving at Shilstone HouseMother reading out letter to brideBridesmaids helping bride in to her dressBridal party getting ready in the bridal suite at Shilstone HouseGrandparents in ceremony roomGroom sees bride for first timeExchanging vows at shilstone houseShilstone house wedding, ceremony roomexchanging of the ringsbride and groom laughing Bride looks at gtoom during wedding ceremonyguests clapping for newlywedsFirst kissChampagne glasses lined upShilstone house in DevonGuests eating canapesChild looking out of windowWedding bouquetChild interrupts group photosBride and groom in Shilstone house doorwayShilstone House WeddingGuests chattingGuests around Shilstone HouseGuests look at water fountainWindy weatherShilstone House Devon Groundslaughing during speechesProud groomBride embarrased by wedding speechesEmotional groomWedding guest puts on a hooping displayHooping displayShilstone House marquee first dancePointing guest during wedding dancingGroom laughs with friendsGuests dancingShilstone House marquee dancing


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  • paul atherton - whoa – certainly was a wet one – great images !!



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