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Katy & Mark - September '21

We had high hopes for Katy and Mark’s wedding from what we learnt from their planning meetings and boy, were we impressed by the end result! When a huge removal van arrived on set up day, packed to the rafters of homemade decorations, we knew their wedding would be something extra special...

We always envisioned the barn to be dressed rustically, bringing Katy and Mark’s love for the countryside and outdoors inside, which is exactly what they achieved. We were blown away by how talented (and busy!) the Father of the Bride had been by hand carving wooden signage, arches and confetti cone stands, we could go on!

As guests strolled down our driveway in the September sunshine, they enjoyed a warm welcome from bagpiper Tony who had travelled all the way from Wiltshire to honour Mark’s Scottish family roots throughout the day.

Katy and Mark chose to be the first ever couple to host their ceremony in the Main Barn and wedding breakfast in the Woodshed, which we are certain will now become a popular trend amongst our future CHB couples and we cannot wait!

Confetti was thrown, glasses were charged and canapes were served whilst guests admired the newly weds attention to detail throughout the venue. As CHB is nestled in the heart of a working farm, it was only ever going to be a yes when Mark asked the question of ‘can our prize winning sheep join us for drinks reception?’. Needless to say, they definitely took centre stage whilst they were on-site, and even posed for photographs with tartan ribbon tied in bows around their necks

Soon it was time for guests to be seated and a barbeque feast to be served by B and R Dining in the Woodshed. Little did our Bride know that whilst she was enjoying her first meal as a wife, her new husband had a secret mission to execute which he had been planning with us for months. Undercover vans arrived, walkie talkies were allocated and briefings were made, to ensure that the next few hours would run without a hitch. As the lovely photographer (who was in the ‘know’) whisked the happy couple off into the maize field for photographs,

As the night drew in, guests congregated around an old whisky barrel which displayed their beautiful wedding cake for the traditional cutting ritual. From there, Katy assumed their first dance was imminent until Brothers of the Groom, Paul and Daniel, announced for guests to make their way onto the lawn for a surprise sparkler shot. Lighters at the ready, the new Mr and Mrs made their way through a tunnel of sparklers towards our fire pit to toast marshmallows. Suddenly, the sky lit up and the first burst of fireworks appeared to Katy’s delight - the secret mission had been a success and a huge sigh of relief took over all who were ‘in the know’ for pulling off such a surprise from husband to wife!

What a day! Congrats again, Katy and Mark.

Photography: Emma Shaw Photography

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