Tuesday, 29 November 2016

We Won! - TWIA 2017

Last week, my assistant Elise and I were lucky enough to attend The Wedding Industry Awards (South West) at nearby Old Down Manor.

Having been shortlisted last month, we were in the running for 'Best Wedding Team' and it's with both shock and delight that I can tell you all that WE WON!

Once nominated, it was all down to our wonderful couples of the last year to cast their votes and leave their comments. We cannot thank you all enough!

It's not over just yet..... from here, the regional winners like us all go forward to the national awards held in January for which all winners are re-examined before the national winner is announced.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

'Quintessentially Barnsley House'

If you follow us on social media (Instagram in particular), you will know that we have been super spoilt this summer with the most amazing run of stunning weddings.

Though I don’t have the time to write about them all, I knew from the day itself that I really wanted to feature this wedding of Claire & Nick as to me, it was quintessentially Barnsley House.

With a great combination of our recommended suppliers, great taste and an amazing couple, the results were just beautiful and with the addition of the great British sunshine the house was full of smiles.

The amazing team at Flowers by Passion complimented the gorgeous Barnsley gardens perfectly with lots of greens and pastel colours - just look at those pedestals! 

As is her forte, Jennie at Curtis and Co. Cakes themed the cake perfectly in line with the flowers and decor.

Once again, with their surroundings at the forefront of their minds, Claire & Nick added seeds as their favours with a nod to Claire's Irish roots. These were accompanied by our signature place cards and rosemary (though in this case, our couple did use a professional supplier for their calligraphy).  

They also chose my personal favourite from our wedding menu; Francesco's Beef Wellington, Parsley Potato Puree, Roasted Vegetables and Port Gravy - always a crowd pleaser!

The evening continued with our beautiful temple cocktail bar, crack baby shots (!) and Fake Tan - the most energetic band I have ever seen. They guys not only look fab dressed all in white but bring so much life to the party, the dance floor was full from the first note!

Featured suppliers:
With special thanks to http://www.debsivelja.com/ for the wonderful images used in today's post.

Saturday, 8 October 2016

An English country garden with a touch of Morocco!

Nina & Erik’s wedding was always going to be amazing as Nina had such a strong concept of how she wanted the day to be and to look.

With guests and families the world over, the Petersson wedding was a four day affair beginning on Thursday evening with an arrival dinner, a Moroccan evening and BBQ on Friday, the wedding itself falling on the Saturday and finally a farewell brunch for everyone on Sunday.

Both ambitious and hard-working, Nina & Erik took their wedding as the perfect opportunity to spend time with one another and their families in the wonderful setting of Barnsley House. Nina looked absolutely stunning in her beautiful dress and Erik, tall, blond and handsome in his perfectly tailored suit. Their looks as well as their personalities are the perfect combination.

For me, the Moroccan theming was a highlight as The Raj Tent Club completely transformed the Barnsley House lawns with the addition of low level seating with vases and props to enhance the look.

The lovely marquee from The Pearl Tent Company was also unique to Nina and Erik complete with a stunning hanging floral arrangement at its centre, singing bridesmaids, rapping ushers and my first introduction to ‘Swedish House Rules’ introduced to everyone at the beginning of the wedding breakfast by Erik’s sister.

I love how over the course of the weekend, the guests used every inch of the space we have to offer whether for activities, photos (captured by the very talented Thierry Joubert) or just for additional seating (not to mention the groomsmen’s wedding morning game of tennis). Barnsley House matched Nina’s vision perfectly and the house and grounds were embraced just as they are meant to be.

Suppliers featured:

Thursday, 8 September 2016

In other news...

When I am not planning and running Barnsley House Weddings, I am concentrating on other in house events; predominantly private parties and corporate events.

Recently, I have been given two fab opportunities to spend time with local suppliers recommend by us here at Barnsley in order to find out more about what they do and how their workshops can enhance my client's time at Barnsley House.

Georgie Case (Conference and Meetings Manager at Calcot Manor) and I spent an evening at the wonderful 'Foodworks' - an amazing cookery school that we recommend to groups who want an offsite activity during their stay. We had the chance to try our hand at some Moroccan cuisine and at the end of the evening all sat down together to have a glass of wine and eat what we'd made! It was a really unique experience that I would recommend not only with friends but also as a great activity to do with colleagues that you don't know that well as you do everything as a group and get to know each other in a relaxed environment.
Georgie and me getting hot at the hob!

The fruits of our labour!

My next evening out was hosted by Willcox & Tuckey, one of my favorite recommended florists. I have know Maria & Sara throughout my career in the wedding industry and apart from doing THE BEST wedding flowers, they now offer these fun, interactive workshops perfect for hen parties, corporate activities or just something a little different to do with your friends. As a bride to be, it's also a great way of gleaning inspiration from two very experienced professionals as well as thinking about what your floral wedding style is going to be.

Attending the workshop at Maria's farm meant that we were able to cut our own stems from the amazing cutting garden before learning how to arrange them into a lovely hand tied bouquet over a glass of prosecco (notice a theme here!) 

Once again, our work was not to be wasted and we each took home the flowers we had lovingly arranged.

A huge thank you to Foodworks and to Willcox & Tuckey for two fun, productive evenings. You can read more about what both do by following the links below:

And last but not least, photo credit to the very talented Laura Power:

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Waiting for Wedding Season

As the summer draws closer we cannot wait for the wedding season to really kick off. We've already had some beautiful weddings here at Barnsley House this year and have many more coming our way particularly over the next few months.

It seems that a lot of my wedding friends are feeling equally excited and nostalgic as lots of Barnsley House weddings have been appearing in blogs and on social media all week! Here are a couple of posts I have come across on my online travels.....




I look forward to updating you all with this years' weddings very soon.

Photo credit: http://www.weddingsbynicolaandglen.com/

For information, please contact Rachel; rachel.nelson@barnsleyhouse.com / 01285 740000

Friday, 18 March 2016


What struck me most about Amy & Kim as soon a met them and even now, is their undying love for each other, and for Barnsley House!

Amy comes from Guernsey, Kim from Nashville and they live together in London so the middle of the Cotswolds may not have been the most obvious choice however, when you see them here enthusiastically talking about the house and of course their wedding plans, there is no other venue that would have done!

Amy & Kim played the wedding card perfectly – a glorious, traditional white wedding absolutely full of their own personalities and quirks from Amy’s stack of cheese & Kim’s stack of cookies (with milk for dipping) taking the place of a wedding cake, to the incorporation of their favourite Mexican traditions; shots of Patron & their own recipe tacos for the evening.

The girls arrived at the very beginning of their wedding week which gave us all here at Barnsley the rare opportunity to really get to know the couple and spend some quality time with them in the build up to big day. More and more family arrived day by day as Kim & Amy religiously stuck to their wedding workout program using our conference centre to exercise each day, the marquee went up and before we knew it, it was time for the Friday evening BBQ getting everyone together to begin the celebrations.

Amy & Kim introduced us to the wonderful Papakata (who have since worked here many times) and decided to erect a second marquee over the ceremony area to ward off any unwanted weather. So of course, with this in place, the sun shone brightly and it may have been one of the nicest days we had all summer!

Champagne, Nashville Sweet tea and Guernsey ‘Roquette’ Cider was enjoyed on the beautiful lawns by guests relaxing on the hay bales or in arm chairs as we ‘brought the inside out’ for brilliant photo opportunities.

Dinner was served in Papakata’s incredible Sperry Tent amongst the vegetable and ornamental gardens before we returned to the house to party collecting Kim’s Bramble or Amy’s Margarita to keep them going en route!

The guests danced the night away in the Potager restaurant as the girls changed into shorter wedding dresses for the evening festivities and I can honestly say, there wasn’t a guest in the house without a huge smile!

It won’t be long before Amy & Kim return to Barnsley House for their first anniversary and we cannot wait to welcome them back with a shot of Patron!

The wonderful suppliers involved:

For more information about weddings at Barnsley House please contact me,
Rachel: rachel.nelson@barnsleyhouse.com / 01285 740000 

Wednesday, 24 February 2016


We were delighted to see this gorgeous blog on 'Style Me Pretty' today:

We had a very talented group of people working alongside the lovely Roman & Freda to create this beautiful wedding and I think that you'll all agree that Barnsley House provided the perfect backdrop for the style the couple had chosen.

  Special thanks to: