Devon WED Magazine Feature. A Vintage Love Story.
Virginias Vintage Hire and Venetia Norrington Photography collaborated with a host of superb West Country suppliers to create a beautiful shoot evoking the beauty and romance of a bygone age using the stunning backdrop of the rooms and corridors of a crumbling historic house.
Whilst looking for unusual locations for a photo shoot I came across the mysterious and captivating Poltimore House in Exeter, Devon. Poltimore House has a prominent place in Devon’s culture: one of the great historic estates of the county. It was home to the Bampfylde family, in 1921 it became a girls’ school and in 1940 became the war-time home of Dover College for boys. From 1945 – 1975 Poltimore served as a hospital. Sold by the NHS in 1975, with its grounds reduced to just 13 acres, it became a nursing home until a fire destroyed the former ballroom wing in 1987.
From then on it became increasingly derelict, neglected and vandalised, slipping rapidly into decay. Now this historic house is in the hands of the Poltimore House Trust who are working hard to restore it back to its former glory.
A huge thank you to all everyone involved. Antique lace dresses from Days Of Grace, breath-taking floral designs from locally sourced flowers by Laura Hingston Flowers, stunning cakes from Posh Cakes, make-up by Eve Ashby and hair by Lucy Milton. Not forgetting a big thank you to Devon’s fabulous wedding magazine WED for featuring the shoot!