Having visited the picturesque villages of the Cotwold’s several times, I wasn’t entirely surprised by the beautiful setting that is Stone Barn near Cheltenham. The venue really does ooze rustic style and charm and so we were really excited to be a part of Matthew and Emma’s special day.
We arrived the day before the wedding as the bride and her merry helpers had been lucky enough to gain entry to the venue in order to set up. Dotty was going to be positioned in the garden however we had a few obstacles to overcome first and lets just say it was handy that we had some strong men around to help us manoeuvre her ! With Dotty in position in the garden of the barn she was surrounded by a sea of yellow rapeseed which was utterly breathtaking. Inside the barn, the tables were being laid with pretty jars, each uniquely decorated by the Grooms mother with lace and pearls and stood on a wooden log. The hessian and lace table runners really added to the rustic charm as did the vintage ladder table plan which was ingenious to say the least.
The following day the sun shone as we made our way to the venue and were able to watch Matthew and Emma take their vows in the original stone barn. After the ceremony guests made their way out to the garden where they could help them selves to oodles of vintage and retro sweets that were perched on Dotty’s serving hatch. Adults and children alike, tucked into the nostaligic sweets and filled their goody bags to the brim. The prosecco was flowing and the flying saucers added another dimension of fizz altogether!
As bride and groom snuck off into the field for a few photos the guests were led back into the barn where they were trated to chicken liver pate and chutney to start, followed by barbequed lamb dauphinoise potoates and salad and finally warm chocolate brownie and ice cream. Following the speeches, we reopened Dotty’s Sweet Emporium and guests were once again free to fill up their customised brown sweetie bags. As the night wore on the huge fire pits on the terraces were lit and guests were able huddle round with their little sticks and cook their marshmallows. The ultimate mid night feast!!!