Zoe aged 26 and Andrew McKenzie aged 29, from Newton Abbot, Devon, were married at Holne Park House on 6th June 2015. 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.
Zoe and Andrew were both studying and working part time at their local Cooperative store when they met. “Andrew was my Duty Manager and the rest is history,” explains Zoe.
The proposal took place during a winter visit to Disneyland Paris in 2014 and was quite simply, magical. “Andrew dropped to one knee in Cinderella’s Castle. I said yes!” Zoe adds.
As they both grew up on Dartmoor, it seemed perfectly fitting that they would choose a venue amongst the beautiful and majestic backdrop. “Holne Park House is stunning and we were sold on the venue as soon as we walked in and met Laura, the in-house Wedding Planner,” said Andrew.
The style of their wedding combined vintage and classic and the theme of love birds and bird cages were used throughout. Andrew’s Scottish heritage also played an important part in the wedding, and both he and his dad wore a kilt in the family’s tartan.
Zoe chose a vintage dress, covered in ivory lace, a low buttoned back and a Swarovski crystal belt. “It was very elegant, and I knew as soon as I tried it on that it was ‘the one’. It was exactly what I had always imagined,” she adds.
The flowers echoed the vintage theme and complemented the wedding dress perfectly by combining a beautiful selection of roses, peonies, sweet peas, dahlias and baby’s breath.
Planning the wedding was plane-sailing; “We absolutely loved it and we had support from family and friends throughout. We also hand-made a lot of things to make it unique which was great fun. Laura was always on hand to offer advice and nothing was too much trouble. We will forever be grateful,” Zoe adds.
The couple’s friend, Carly, helped them decorate the venue and add a unique vintage touch to the day. “She is such a creative being and she helped us put together black boards and place paper flowers around the house. Her creative flair was definitely welcomed on our special day,” Zoe enthuses. Another friend, Trudy, made their wedding cake and it included a selection of vanilla and lemon cupcakes all iced in the shape of a rose. The top tier was a chocolate cake, covered in individual piped roses. Guests enjoyed the cupcakes for dessert at the wedding breakfast.
Nick Coles – Man on Fire, provided the music entertainment for the evening, alongside a saxophone player. Playing a mixture of songs, old and new, in between a DJ set, meant the dancefloor was never empty.
In the evening, guests feasted on pasties and chips served in cones in the Tea Garden. “It went down a treat!” Andrew comments.
Family and friends filled all the rooms at Holne Park House – and the overspill of guests camped within the grounds and continued with the festivities the next day, by enjoying all that the adventure park has to offer.
Zoe adds: “It was fantastic that our guests could continue to have a ‘fun day’ on the Sunday within the park. We have so any special memories. Seeing our nearest and dearest have a great weekend really made it for us.”
“Go with your heart when planning,” Zoe advises other couples. “Have everything that you and your partner wants. After all, it’s your special day."