I know, I know, you’ve all been on absolute tenterhooks waiting for the big reveal of our venue. Well to tell the honest truth, we have been so busy booking suppliers, sending a hundred emails and getting on with general life, that I haven’t had time to write the post!
I wonder if any of you noticed that I threw in a couple of teasers in my last post which you can read here about the venue we’ve chosen. The first picture in the post is one from our venue and so are the inconspicuous barn doors and kissing gate. I wanted to choose some photos that form part of the venue’s character without giving it away.
Having visited 5 very different venues already, we didn’t know what to expect when walking in to our venue. We parked up and were instantly greeted by Will the owner of the barn and his 2 dogs, an instant tick, although it meant that Fraser was paying more attention to the dogs than anything Will was saying.
There are hidden speakers in the car park so as we were walking and talking up to the main entrance we were accompanied by the mellow tones of Ed Sheeran. The gravel had been raked, the lawns had been mowed into those fancy stripes and a florist was busy arranging flowers for the tables as there was a wedding due that afternoon. I had already fallen in love with the exterior and we hadn’t even set foot into the main barn yet.
As a couple, we really valued the feeling we got when visiting all the venues. Sometimes it took a while and the venue would grow on us as we wandered round, some we liked but knew weren’t quite right and some we just outright hated. But this one was so special. We both got that overwhelming butterflies in our tummies kind of feeling. I was honestly close to crying because it absolutely took my breath away. The barn is absolutely beautiful with its thatched roof, exposed beams and dainty nuances that make the barn its own.
Will the owner spent so much time with us, we didn’t feel rushed at all, he explained everything to us in detail and it didn’t feel like a sales pitch; all I could hear was the enthusiasm and commitment he had put in to make this barn what it is today. It was actually so lovely to see how passionate he was about the smallest of details such as having speakers strategically placed so that if you want to dance the night away you can but at the other end of the room the sound isn’t as loud and you can sit and have a conversation without having to scream ‘what was that?’ over the music.
The barn is set behind an actual working farm and one feature that I love is the way that farm equipment have been repurposed in the venue; for example, the milk churns – they have several dotted around the place and florists use them to display incredible arrangements as well as using them as bar stools which just look so cool.
The garden where the reception/outside ceremonies are held is so beautifully curated with flower beds spilling with roses and other blooms. A wisteria-filled pergola decorated with festoons lines the centre of the garden which acts as an aisle if you choose to get married outside or just an area to sip prosecco and celebrate with your guests.
One of my favourite features is the wood fire oven that sits in the alcove to the side of the main barn. My whole family is Italian so the idea that we would get freshly made pizzas for the evening buffet totally sold it for me. Pizza making is almost a spectacle in itself so I can’t wait for our guests to see this extra little touch to our venue.
We walked out of our visit, stood in the car park with the biggest grins and Fraser said to me ‘I think we’ve just found our venue’. We’ve been back for 2 further visits bringing both our parents along who have equally fallen in love with it.
I suppose now you’re just waiting for the name…
So, on Saturday 4th April 2020, our 10-year anniversary, Fraser and I will become Mr and Mrs Kay at
The Tythe Barn, Launton