Adam (34) and Daniel (33), from Exeter, Devon, were married in a civil ceremony at Holne Park House on 2nd April 2016. The stunning venue is nestled on the southern slopes of Dartmoor National Park, set within the 90 acres of grounds and gardens of the River Dart Country Park estate.
Adam and Daniel’s love story is one of a quintessential modern 21st century romance, with an added sprinkling of old Hollywood glamour.
After meeting online in November 2013 and building a solid friendship, they finally met face-to-face on 4th January 2014, on the platform of Truro train station.
Amidst the bellowing noise and frantic scurry of commuters, it was clear from the outset that something very special was blossoming.
The train station still holds a unique place in both of their hearts and was the romantic setting of Adam’s proposal to Daniel on their six-month anniversary, in the pouring rain.
Their love story takes another interesting twist, as Daniel reveals they both grew up in the Midlands and moved to the South West, albeit at different times in their lives. “If you think about it, we could have met as children or young adults if we’d both remained the midlands…” Daniel ponders.
Following their engagement, the couple decided to get the ball rolling with their wedding plans and attended the popular Bride Wedding Show at Westpoint Arena. Daniel was instantly drawn to the stand of Laura Coleman, Wedding Co-Ordinator at Holne Park House.
“Laura’s personality shone through and we both instantly felt a connection with her,” remembers Daniel.
Laura invited the newly engaged couple to visit Holne Park House for tea and cake, an invitation to which they happily accepted.
“We didn’t think the venue would be in budget,” said Daniel. “When we drove down the tree lined road, the house appeared and was so stunningly beautiful, that I knew instantly that this was going to be our wedding venue.’
“Laura greeted us and gave us a guided tour. In our minds our venue was chosen.”
When deciding the theme for their wedding, it was important that the couple combined both of their individual styles. “Adam is more traditional, whereas I’m a little more bohemian. We wanted to merge the two together in a way that was blended and was personal to us”.
Before the ceremony took place, the room was filled with enchanting music, including a mixture of Celtic music from the likes of Enya, the Corrs and Clannad - providing the perfect atmosphere for the spiritual nuptials to come.
The rhythmic beat of Bodhran drums played as the couple walked down the aisle to begin their union. Daniel held the hand of their six-year-old son Rheuben, who had the very important role of best man.
The main ceremony included a Pagan handfasting, complete with binding cords, vows and ‘jumping the broom’ – an old marriage tradition that symbolises entering a new stage of a relationship, as well as sweeping out old energies and clearing away negativity.
The couple decorated the ceremony room with crystals, floral bunting and floral chair covers. Their centre circle was created using stunning Amethyst and Sodalite crystals – the purple and blue representing the colour theme of their wedding.
They chose to have a wishing tree instead of flowers with guests pinning their well-wishes and votive offerings.
Daniel wore a purple velvet jacket with a white shirt underneath and purple harem pants with leather flip flops. Adam, wore traditional attire, including navy blue trousers, a waistcoat, white shirt and brown leather brogues.
They were followed down the aisle by flower girls wearing floral dresses and the page boys wore navy blue trousers and waistcoats.
The beautiful and rolling grounds surrounding Holne Park House provided the perfect backdrop for their special and intimate day and the couple explored several romantic spots to take photographs and create everlasting memories. Daniel adds: “Due to the number of spiritual people at our wedding, many of them embraced the chance to meditate within the grounds and commune with Mother Earth and the trees.”
Guests enjoyed afternoon tea for the wedding breakfast, which included beautiful handmade cakes and pastries, followed by a gorgeous three-tiered wedding cake. The wedding cake comprised of a traditional white iced sponge cake, a chocolate cake and a delicious carrot cake decorated with stunning pieces of Labradorite around the edges with a crystal mandala on top, alongside a Labradorite bear and tiger – each representing the happy couple.
The evening entertainment was provided by AllStars Entertainment, a local DJ who kept guests on the dancefloor all night.
When the evening ended, guests retreated to their rooms within the venue. Daniel adds: “Our suite was amazing, it was pure luxury and we felt very comfortable. Our guests loved the venue and their rooms, with many commenting that they would love to visit again.”
When asked about their favourite memories of the day, Adam said: “When we returned from our walk with the photographer, Rheuben, our son, ran across the grass towards us with the biggest grin on his face and he held our hands back to the house. He also joined in on our first dance. It was a lovely moment.”
Daniel adds: “My favourite memory was when Rheuben asked the DJ to pause mid set so that he could get Daddy for his favourite song, with the DJ happy obliging and waiting for him to come back.”
When planning your special day, Adam and Daniel advises: “Do what you want, not what others are expecting of you.”
“Follow your heart as it’s your special day and you have to love it more than anyone else.”