Last week I made the trip west to join my friends from the Marry Me group for another tweet up. This time we were at Muddifords Court country house, a superb Georgian building with a large Victorian extension at the rear and an impressive lake at the front. Set in fourteen acres of land in the middle of rural Devon, it’s peaceful, impressive but not overly grand. Most of the wedding facilities are in the farm buildings around a large courtyard. The buildings used to accommodate the mill machinery and were apparently powered by donkeys! The Cider room, registered for civil ceremonies, is an intimate space which accommodates a surprisingly large number of people. The courtyard has raised decking, perfect for a band, and a cosy bar tucked in the corner.
It was good to be able to visit on a summer’s evening when it was possible to appreciate the grounds. As the sun set over the courtyard, everyone was sat around chatting. Almost nobody at the tweet up had been at the last one, so I got to meet a whole different set of people this time round. Although it’s interesting chatting to other photographers, it’s also fun meeting people who do other things in the industry: caterers, cake makers and decorators and on this occasion even ice cream sellers!
Muddifords’ owners were fantastically welcoming. Pip took some time to fill me in on the history of the building, as well as telling me of the plans for converting more of the old farm buildings into a suite for bridal parties. Although the house only has four guest bedrooms, each is decorated with care and in a manner that complements the age of the house. There are plans to expand the number of rooms but in the meantime wedding guests are welcome to camp in the grounds. It’s a lot easier than trying to organise taxis at the end of the night and I rather like the idea of everyone crawling out of their tents the morning after a wedding to a cooked breakfast.
Thanks to the Marry Me folks for having me along and here’s to next time!Pin It