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Katie and Matt’s Fun-Filled Summer Wedding at Blackwell Grange

Katie and Matthew celebrate their wedding day at Blackwell Grange wedding venue in Warwickshire

Katie and Matt’s criteria for finding their perfect wedding venue was clear; they wanted an incredible setting that none of their friends had married at before. When they came across Blackwell Grange, they had a feeling that they had found their dream location, although it would require using their imagination quite a lot to start with.

A thatched roof wedding barn in Warwickshire Guests enjoy the sunshine in the courtyard of this stunning Warwickshire wedding venue

“We have always loved the Cotswolds and knew the venue was not too far from us, so we booked an appointment to view it,” says Katie. “We didn’t know what to expect as there were only drawings of the venue at the time and before we went for the appointment we were pre-warned to take wellies as the venue was under construction!”

“When we arrived, we were greeted by the owner, Didi, who showed us around the venue. The wedding barn had no roof and the reception building only about a metre-high but we were so inspired by Didi’s visions that we knew the venue was going to be beautiful when it was finished!

The beautiful wedding barn provides an intimate space for the wedding ceremony

Setting the scene

The happy couple decided on a simple, elegant and understated style to their day, aiming for a relaxed atmosphere with just a touch of glamour. The bride crafted all of the wedding stationery herself, and they used plenty of beautiful flowers to decorate the ceremony and reception spaces and give their day a natural feel. With rich hues that were reflected in the bridesmaid’s dress and groomsmen’s accessories, their day was colourful and sophisticated all at the same time.

The bride and her bridesmaids who wore deep red dresses to match the colour scheme The couple's weddng stationery looked romantic and complemented their deep red and pink colour palette The stunning wedding red and pink flowers adorned the top table in the Orchard Barn A close up of the beautiful flowers tied to chairs in the ceremony barn and a mirrored table plan The groomsmen wore navy blue suits with deep red floral buttonholes The couple's stunning three-tier wedding cake decorated with fresh flowers

Wining and dining

After exchanging their vows in the breathtaking Thatch Barn, the newlyweds made the most of the glorious sunshine and held their drinks reception on the picturesque Cider Lawn, with rolling countryside views all around. They opted for Pimm’s, ice-cold beers and elderflower sparklers, accompanied by a delicious selection of canapés. The mini fish and chips went down particularly well with Katie’s nephew, while other guests also enjoyed mushroom and leek risotto balls, Thai chicken skewers and baked Camembert with sourdough crostini.

After a beautiful wedding ceremony the couple sign the registrar together Guests throw confetti to congratulate the happy couple after their wedding ceremony Guests enjoyed delicious wedding canapes - wedding catering Cold drinks kept guests cool during the couple's summer wedding

When the time came for the wedding breakfast, Katie and Matt were welcomed into the Orchard Barn by all their loved ones and sat down to feast on a mouth-watering menu created by the Galloping Gourmet chefs at Blackwell Grange. With bruschetta to start, a surprise course of lemon sorbet with a lime and vodka shot, and roast fore rib of beef for the main course, it was safe to say that every course went down a treat.

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A close up of the couple's wedding menu Guests enjoyed a delicious wedding breakfast in the Orchard Barn at Blackwell Grange Guests enjoyed fore rib of beef, which one guest from each table served up

“Each table received the roast beef on a carving board. One guest per table was then chosen to carve and serve everyone else,” explains Katie. “It was great fun and got everyone talking!”

The couple had decided on exquisite dessert canapés to bring their wedding breakfast to a close, and the good weather meant they could enjoy these out in the gardens. Their loved ones sampled salted caramel ice cream cones, mini scones with clotted cream and jam and raspberry Eton mess while playing garden games as the sun shone down.

Guests enjoyed eton mess canapes in the courtyard

“We created a bespoke menu and picked all our favourite things!” says Katie. “The food is one of the things your guests remember most about your wedding day so we wanted to treat our guests to something special.”

The wonderful wedding food didn’t stop there either, and when the evening reception started, the Galloping Gourmet chefs fired up the outdoor pizza oven and served an array of pizzas to the delight of all the guests

Exceptional service

It makes all the difference knowing that you’ve got someone to support you throughout your wedding planning and on the big day, that’s exactly what Katie and Matt received from the Galloping Gourmet Events Team at Blackwell Grange.

“The Events Team were so helpful during the planning process and made sure we were completely happy with our food choices and arrangement for the day,” says Katie. “Everything ran so smoothly on the wedding day – I didn’t have to worry about a thing!”

Guests enjoyed outdoor games - wedding ideas As the sun still shone, guests played croquet on the lawns during the even reception The happy husband and wife enjoyed their first dance in front of family and friends

An unforgettable day

With such a new and unique venue, complete with amazing wedding food and drink, Katie and Matt certainly got their wish of a venue that was nothing like any of their friends’ wedding days. The bride’s only regret was not getting to sample all of the canapés!

“We loved the whole day but particularly loved having all our favourite people with us. All our hard work had paid off.”

The happy newlyweds steal a moment to themselves to reflect on their wedding day The bride and groom take a stroll around the beautiful gardens and surroundings of one of the finest wedding venues in Warwickshire

You can find out more about this beautiful barn wedding venue by visiting the Blackwell Grange page.

To see how you could treat your guests to a bespoke menu just like Katie and Matt did, make sure you read Creating Meaningful Wedding Food With Our Bespoke Menus and see how special you could make your wedding breakfast.

Images courtesy of Helen King Photography