This weekend the Bickleigh Castle Estate was kept very busy with a spectacular wedding. Guests from all over the world arrived on Friday afternoon to be greeted with teas, coffees and locally prepared cakes! This was then followed by an evening meal for a small number of the guests catered for by our in-house chef.
On the morning of the wedding, preparations were underway, with make-up and hair products all over the Bride’s room, various musical tastes filling the accommodation and a lot of chatter and excitement for the day ahead of them. The groom and his group of friends, took to the Devon County Valleys with a spot of clay pigeon shooting, this left them returning with just enough time to get ready for the Groom to greet his bride.
The ceremony from the weekend was taken by the Groom’s father and was a moving and loving affair that reflected the relationship of this wonderful couple. Guests were then escorted by Nigel, the toastmaster, in his grand red uniform, to our unique little chapel for a blessing.
After the blessing guests were met by the staff here at the Castle with a Devon cream tea served on the lawn beside the River Exe outside the chapel. Guests were then served home brewed mulled apple juice and apple cider, made by the Groom’s mother. A treasure hunt involving ducks in trees, debates over what should have come first cream or jam on our Devon cream teas and history talks of the Castle were the topic of conversation amongst our international guests of the weekend. Our guests were feeling very lucky, whilst the rest of England was experiencing down pours, we had beautiful sunlight for the entirety of the canapé reception on our chapel lawn.
After copious photographs around the grounds, the Bride and Groom were ready for their wedding breakfast meal, featuring antipasti sharer starters and succulent joints of pork with all the trimmings for the main course –starring an interesting game involving chefs and aprons… in a family buffet style main course.
With stomachs full to the rim and speeches having taken place, guests were ready to relocate to the bar and dancing shoes were exchanged ready to dance the night away in our Orangery and bar area.
Some comments from the weekend:
(Bride and Groom)
Here at Bickleigh Castle we had a quieter weekend than normal, after a recent burst of busy weekends, including: weddings of all sizes, each one individually designed to create a perfect day for the Bride and Groom; a Land Rover experience weekend, that resulted in a court yard full of very muddy vehicles but with all participants sporting huge grins from the excitement that the weekend held; a summer fayre and a tango weekend. This weekend was a good chance to give everyone a chance to catch up on all of the events that have taken place at the Bickleigh Castle Estate this summer and start preparations for the upcoming wedding this weekend.
This weekend the castle accommodation was full with our Bed and Breakfast guests, history talks were in full swing and breakfasts were eagerly consumed leaving guests ready to explore the spectacular Devon countryside.
The following comments were made from some guests of the weekend:
Elsewhere, the staff were kept busy with meetings about future events including christmas parties which we have coming up very soon, weddings and various Christmas related events.
We are also holding an open day for Brides and Grooms on Sunday 27th October 2013. You will have the chance to have a tour of the Castle and join us in having a Devon Cream Tea. Please call us to let us know if you are planning on coming and we can discuss further details at the event regarding your wedding.