Last week, the gorgeous Deer Park Hotel hosted the Colour Pop Wedding Festival, in association with Blue Fizz Events.
After I finished at the day job on Thursday evening, I hopped in the Dotty-mobile up to Honiton in Devon and escaped the real world, to spend the evening at the Deer Park. On a whim, I booked myself a room for the night too, as a cheeky little treat, and I’m so glad I did!
Deer Park Hotel is nestled in its own estate and it’s honestly one of my most favourite places in the whole wide world. Mr Dotty and I spent a wonderful weekend at Deer Park last month and we were treated like royalty. I’ll be sharing lots of lovely snaps in the next issue of the magazine from our lovely stay.
If you’re looking for a wedding venue in Devon, I can’t recommend the Deer Park enough. The service, the food, the setting, the atmosphere – it’s got everything you could ever want in a quintessentially English country hotel. The wood-fired pizza oven offers a fabulous alternative for your wedding catering, and I can say from personal experience, they are DELICIOUS!
The Colour Pop Wedding Festival was organised by Blue Fizz Events and featured a superb assortment of vintage and quirky wedding suppliers. The majority of suppliers were exhibiting in the in-house marquee, which is available to hire for your wedding.
Violet & Grey had some gorgeous wedding accessories and gifts available, from custom engraved cutlery, through to hand crafted embroidered ring cushions. You can find more inspiration and examples of their work, which includes a beautiful interior design range over on their website.
Abide Clothing had their bridesmaid collection, “Abide Maids” on display which is a fully customisable range of dresses. With an amazing spectrum of colours available, plus a selection of styles and lengths to suit all preferences, Abide Clothing can cater for all tastes and body shapes.
Kate Burt Cakes was a favourite of mine at the fair, with her beautiful designs on display. Kate says, “My love of food, beauty and form find their fulfilment in baking and sugarwork, and I am so lucky that my work is a joy to me. The cake I’m working on is ALWAYS my favourite and, most of all, I love the privilege of being able to share my passion with others, creating for them something beautiful, personal and unforgettable.”
I first met Artemis Stationery at the Decidedly Different Wedding Fair at Exeter Castle, and was delighted to see Nathan again at the Deer Park. Nathan explains, “I’ve always had a passion for art, design and photography. I started Artemis Stationery to be able to indulge my passion for design. I love working with great people and being inspired by them to come up with new ideas and make amazing stationery for them.”
One of the downsides to running a wedding blog and magazine from home is that I often find myself building relationships with lots of suppliers and wonderful people – but always over the web or social media! So, I was delighted to meet Emma from Freckle Photography in person! Her stand looked awesome with vintage crates and some lovely examples of her work. Emma is advertising in the next issue of Dotty Magazine, and I’ll be featuring her on Dotty with a blog showcase very soon.
Sweet Heart Cart had a delicious display at the fair, with a sweet filled buffet cart. They can also offer handmade sweet trees, cake pops and lots more available for your event or wedding. Their company tagline is “Sweet Heaven from Devon”, and based on their yummy treats I spotted last week, I’d be inclined to agree!
The theme of the wedding fair was “Colour Pop” and the floral display by Yvonne’s Freelance Floristry certainly ticked the box! I haven’t met Yvonne before but we chatted all about her beautiful blooms and floral techniques. She says, “Having not worked in a commercial high street florist has allowed me the freedom to develop my own signature style and craft. I am as happy out scouring local lanes and gardens as I am in speaking with international growers and buyers and have great contacts with local flower farms to bring you the best the west country has to offer.”
Daisy, Molly & Me are another firm Dotty favourite, who provides boutique cakes across the whole of Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Devon. Specialising in handmade and bespoke cakes, Sue can also produce a range of cupcakes, cookies and assorted confectionery to suit your specific requirements. I took a little cupcake back to my room after the fair to sample and it was absolutely delicious.
I always love coming across new and exciting suppliers, and Helen from Moorish Idol offered just that. Helen crafts the most amazing bespoke printed fabrics, and decided to apply her talent to paper pom poms! “Patterned Paper Pom Poms” has now been officially launched and is unique in its offering, “Once you have chosen your paper colours and print patterns, we hand print our locally sourced, quality tissue paper in our workshop in Devon, using Annie Sloan chalk paints. Our attention to detail gives our pompoms a beautiful and bespoke look quite unlike anything else on the market.”
Abbi Chapel Bridal is situated in the Blackdown Hills in Somerset, and they are stockists for Justin Alexander, Sincerity Bridal, Phil Collins Bridal, White Rose, Opulence Bridal, Olivia Grace and Katherine Westwood Couture. They are also the area stockists for Linzi Jay, Richard Designs & Twilight Designs. Abbi Chapel Bridal is based within a barn, “The warm traditional feel of the barn, creates a gentle and calming ambiance in which a bride can relax to choose her wedding gown. And by not being on a High Street reflects in our dress prices, as we don’t have the same high overheads as a High Street shop.”
The gorgeous interior design of the Deer Park means that it is perfect for wedding celebrations. The beautiful restaurant is a great setting for your wedding breakfast, and suits rustic and vintage decorations, as well as the more traditional country style.
The Deer Park Hotel has a grand exterior but the most comfortable and welcoming vibe inside. As I arrived into reception and met with Mark, the Managing Director, I said to him, “It honestly feels like coming home when I walk through the doors.” I was being completely honest and can’t wait to return to Deer Park again very soon.