Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?
Probably our first! As is the way with these things, the construction went to the wire and we will still screwing down decking as the brides arrived in the morning. It was an impossibly long day but it represented the culmination of years of work. To see it come to fruition was beyond rewarding.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Delegate. Wedding days are busy events with many moving parts. Make sure you have someone with you who you trust to take care of any questions as they happen.
What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?
This is hard to answer, there have been so many. The one that sticks out the most is when the bride's mother swapped our hand soap in the bathroom with soap she had had made that matched the colour scheme of the wedding!
Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.
Relaxed, rustic, welcoming, family run, rural
Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?
Again, too many to chose from. As a wedding photographer of 10 years experience, when we were planning a venue I made sure to include many good spots. You have the choice of the gardens, the lake with its island, the pavilion, the old red brick barns or the sprawling fields beyond.
Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?
What’s your favourite canapé?
Being a northern lad, anything in a mini Yorkshire pudding!
What’s your favourite midnight treat?
Usually whatever the caterers have left for us.
What is your venue's most unique feature?
As I mentioned above, when laying out the barns we drew on my 10 years experience as a wedding photographer with a big focus on the flow of a wedding day and making sure the barns were inclusive and kept the energy of the celebration high. We worked hard to match up the contemporary feel of the new barns with the rustic look of the old and retain many of the original features. All that said, I think our most unique feature is that we are family run. This gives us a very personal approach to couples and their celebrations which can make such a difference to a wedding day.
What part of your business are you most proud of?
Probably the fact that we are here at all. From the idea of opening a venue being conceived in 2016, a year of planning and discussion, a year of searching for the perfect site to renovate, nearly a year waiting for planning permission, 7 months initial construction with more ongoing to this day, it has been a long road. This has been a big family project with everyone contributing their invaluable experience and family members even moving back from Australia for a year to help out. All in all, something to be proud of!