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Frankie Graddon

Dress Adele

Venue: Pynes House
Photographer: Claire Pepper
Flowers: Olivia Wilson (Flowers by Weatherly)
Make-Up: Molly Grey for Bobbi Brown
Hair: Polly Morton 

Frankie and Ben married at the stunning Pynes House nestled in the picturesque Exe Valley, not far from Exeter but deep in the countryside. Pynes House is believed to be the inspiration for Barton Park in Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility.

Frankie look beautiful in a Sassi Holford Adele gown from the wonderful team at The Bride St Albans. With a squared scoop neckline and pleated princess skirt Adele is created in a beautiful floral textured Italian damask.

Claire Pepper

What made you choose a Sassi Holford gown?
I was looking for a dress that was simple but had impact, so immediately thought of Sassi. And as soon as I tried on the Adele, I knew I’d found exactly what I wanted. I loved the clean silhouette which felt contemporary yet classic, and chimed in with my personal style. The full skirt was dramatic enough to fit in with the grand location, and made me feel like a Hollywood star. I also love the textured fabric which gave the dress a little something extra and meant it didn’t need much in the way of accessorizing – just a veil and delicate jewellery.

What was the main inspiration behind your wedding?
I grew up in the English countryside and Devon has a very special place in my heart, so I wanted the wedding to celebrate that. We went for pretty wild flowers, soft, twinkly lights and classic outfits which all looked stunning with Pynes House and its beautiful grounds as the backdrop. I was also very keen to make the day feel relaxed and not too formal, so we had a string quartet which played a contemporary setlist (think Oasis, The Kinks, Jay Z), seasonal sharing plates and platters for the wedding breakfast and a cheese and pork pie tower instead of a cake.

What was your favourite moment from the day?
I genuinely loved every second, from the getting ready to the service, the speeches to the cocktails and dancing into the night. However, the moment I replay over and over again is when Ben and I said our vows to each other. We decided to write our own and they were so emotional and moving but also really fun and sweet. My mum wrote and performed a love song rap in place of a traditional reading which was also pretty special!

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