Spring is in the air, and with the sunshine comes thoughts of the summer. Here in Devon, this is a season that is synonymous with love and matrimony. Devon is such a spectacular place to tie the knot, with rolling green hills and miles of beautiful coast, you are never far from the perfect backdrop to a romantic wedding shot. What better place to celebrate your love and make your commitment to your significant other, than right here in Devon?
So where are the best places to get married in Devon? If you are thinking that the Devon sunshine might beat all the hassle and legalities of a service in the Med, where do you start looking? Well, here are are Top 10 Wedding Venues here on our doorstep, in no particular order (and yes, we're slightly biased!):
1. Langdon Court
A favourite amongst local wedding photographers and brides looking for that fairytale ending, Langdon Court is a stunning 16th century manor house located in the picturesque South Hams. With vineyards, Jacobean gardens, freshwater lakes, a Victorian gazebo, unencumbered country views, and the beach at Wembury a short distance away, it's not hard to see why Langdon Court is a first choice for so many couples wanting to celebrate their special day.
2. The Horn of Plenty
The winner of the West Country Wedding Awards 2013, The Horn of Plenty offers a romantic country house setting with fabulous views of the Tamar Valley, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. With a reputation for the finest food and great service, The Horn of Plenty is a great venue for a wedding whether big or small, delightfully tucked away in its own five acres on the slopes of Dartmoor.
3. The Arundell Arms
Set in landscaped gardens with its own private lake on Dartmoor, The Arundell Arms hosts a magical wedding day. Perfect for those who have the great outdoors in their soul, you can get lost in the countryside, in perfect tranquility. The team are skilled at helping to make your wedding day the perfect event you require, and their chef has been awarded a Master Chef of Great Britain Award. Every detail will be taken care of at The Arundell Arms.
4. Boringdon Hall
An Elizabethan manor house near Plymouth, this is a dramatic setting for white wedding. With a truly unique character both inside and out, Boringdon Hall is extremely popular with those wanting a grandious and exclusive event.
5. Deer Park
With a finely manicured 'secret' garden for striking outdoor ceremonies and a vintage drawing room for more cosy indoor services, Deer Park has plenty of options to tailor your special day to your tastes and requirements. The 18th century Georgian House near the historic city of Exeter will simply take your breath away.
6. The Great Barn
For those who prefer a more homely feel to their ceremony, but don't want to be overshadowed by their counterparts in giant mansions, The Great Barn in Devon is the perfect way to get the best of both worlds. This 15th century barn has been restored and renovated into what is now locally known as a "thatched cathedral". Surrounded by a private estate, exclusivity is guaranteed in this mix of historical buildings, contemporary styling and state of the art facilities.
7. Dartington Hall
The largest medieval house in the west of England, Dartington Hall is a grade I listed building, set in an idyllic 1200 acre estate. With scenic views of country woodland and the picturesque River Dart on top of the gorgeous architecture and heritage of the building and the landscaped courtyard, Dartington Hall is sure to offer your a unique and romantic wedding to share with your loved ones.
8. Bovey Castle
Devon's only 5 star wedding venue, Bovey Castle offers experienced wedding coordinators to help you plan every detail of your day so that it is just right for you. An experience in true English luxury, Bovey Castle makes a beautiful and imposing spectre to feature prominently in your pictures and your memories.
9. The Donkey Sanctuary
For couples who like to do things a little differently! The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth offers an unforgettable wedding for animal lovers. The Hayloft Restaurant on-site can offer drinks and canapés for your guests after the ceremony, and some of the cutest and most unique wedding pictures you are likely to find.
10. Butterflies Woodland Shelter
For couples who want a little more privacy and an intimate ceremony close to nature, Butterflies Woodland Shelter is nestled within the woods near South Molton and offers couples a way to celebrate their love for each other surrounded by the birds and the trees and without all the trappings of a more opulent wedding venue.
We hope this post has given you lots of ideas for your wedding! This is by no means an exhaustive list so, please, if you have any wedding venues to add please let us know by leaving us a comment below, or letting us know on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Pinterest.