July 27, 2019

On a glorious sunny day in May, Mark and Lucia married in front of all their loved ones at St Swithin’s Church, just a short walk from the house.

We’ve known Mark for many years; he supports us on understanding the complex world of Google, so when he told us he had proposed to his beautiful wife to be and could only imagine Launcells Barton for the big day, we felt very honoured indeed!

Mark and Lucia decided they didn’t want a long engagement and, luckily for them, we had one date left in 2019! Using our fantastic recommend suppliers, Lucia and Mark brought together their beautiful, stress free day perfectly!

On the morning of their big day Lucia was joined in the Bridal Suite by her friends and family as Lizzy Couch MUA and Kylee-Marie Hair got everyone ready for the church. It was so lovely and relaxed when I popped in to see how everything was going – just how a wedding morning should be!

Mark and all their guests made their way to St Swithin’s Church and once I was sure everyone had taken their seats and no one would see Lucia leaving the house, we all made our way down, scooping her beautiful lace dress up, making sure it was perfect for when she saw Mark for the first time!

After their ceremony the happy couple were welcomed by a cascade of confetti as they made their way back up to Launcells Barton for their welcome drinks reception, where their band were playing as guests arrived.

Before we invited guests to take their seats in the reception barn for their meal, Lucia and Mark had family photos in the garden, before going off for a few moments by themselves.

The Reception Barn had been beautifully decorated the day before by Bleujen, with foliage and a mix of pink and white flowers hanging from the centre beam, while the tables looked simply elegant with vases full of flowers and candles. The newlyweds were beaming as we announced them in for their meal, which was catered by the amazing Woodfired Kitchen.

After their speeches everyone mingled outside as the band got set up ready for the party to begin!

Everyone celebrated with Mark and Lucia as they cut their cake and enjoyed their first dance together, before everyone was welcomed to join the newlyweds on the dance floor! Mark and Lucia then took a bit of time together to take it all in and made the most of the incredible sunset!

A few words from the Groom! “I wanted to say thanks so much to yourself and Matt for all your help and for letting us share our day at the amazing venue you’ve built over the last few years.  We’ll both remember the day for the rest of our lives and it couldn’t have gone better! Launcells Barton has something a little magical about it – as soon as we visited we soon knew it was the one for us.  We’d always wanted to get married in a church, so the proximity to one of the prettiest in Cornwall was an added bonus to the stunning manor house and countryside location. All of our family and friends had the most wonderful day and will remember it for a long, long time”

Congratulations again to Mark and Lucia! It was a joy seeing the both of you celebrating your special day surrounded by your loved ones! Thank you for letting us be a part of it!

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December 3, 2018

Some brides will have had their big day planned out in their mind for many months, or even years in advance. For them, the table plans, the flowers and the bridesmaid dresses will be things they’ve already considered and concluded on. Decisions which have already been made will help everything to quickly fall into place.

But what if you’re not one of those people? What if the whole planning process leaves you feeling a little daunted? The first thing to say is that you’re definitely not alone and if you’re wanting to get married here at Launcells Barton then Matt and I are here to help you every step of the way – from your first viewing to your first dance. Our job is to make things as simple and enjoyable as possible for you as a couple. We always want to make sure that your wedding day is all about the both of you celebrating, surrounded by friends, family and all of your loved ones.

When it comes to having a wedding with us our venue is a complete blank canvas. There are so many options that it really can become whatever you want it to be. If you feel like you’re unsure or can’t decide on what sort of wedding you’d like visually, you’re in luck as there’s plenty of places to gain a little inspiration….

Take a look at our real weddings

We’ve had some absolutely amazing weddings here over the past few years; from tractor rides into the sunset to rustic floristry and lights adorning the beams of our reception barn. Take a look at what other couples have created and find the things you like; put your own twist on them. Make them your own.

We regularly add real weddings to our blog and our Instagram, so if you’re not already a regular reader or following fanatic be sure to start taking a look — or look on our Real Weddings page.

Online inspiration

Aside from our own, there are plenty of other websites to get some planning ideas from. Blogs such as Rock My Wedding regularly feature new styles, features and ideas, so make sure you check them out and see if any take your fancy!

Wedding magazines

Although 83% of planning and wedding research is now done online, there is certainly still a place for print. Magazines such as Wed Magazine can be a real source of inspiration for brides across Devon and Cornwall so pick up a copy and start flicking through those glossy pages!

Just ask us…

When you work with a venue they become a big part of your wedding journey. We want our couples to feel like they can ask us anything, so if at any time you feel like you’re not sure if something is going to work or need a little guidance, then just ask. We’ve probably seen it before and can point you in the right direction!

If you have any questions about planning your wedding at our exclusive use wedding venue feel free to give us a call on 01288 352352 and we’ll be happy to answer any of your questions.

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November 30, 2018

We’ve carefully designed Launcells Barton to be great no matter what the weather and we’re proud to be a wedding venue for all seasons. If the sun is shining, you can enjoy welcome drinks in our stunning courtyard and even get married in the walled garden. If the heavens open and the rain arrives you can enjoy drinks in our rustic bar and 19th century barn. There’ll definitely never be any moments where you’re hunched under an umbrella waiting for blue sky!

So when you can get married at any time of the year, which season do you go for? Here’s our quick guide to help you decide on when your date will be…

Spring

Spring is undoubtedly one of the prettiest times of the year. With flowers blossoming and trees around the grounds budding this really is a great time to be getting married. With warmer days hopefully with us by April and May, you can enjoy drinks in the courtyard before marrying in our beautiful 19th century Mill Barn which can seat up to 160 guests.

Don’t worry if there’s some inclement weather around though, as we can quickly change plans and serve your guests with their drinks in the dry and warm confines of our barn.

It’s then just a few metres to our purpose built reception barn, complete with its own bar and our staff ready to pour you a drink!

Summer

If you’ve always dreamt of being married outside, then take advantage of our walled garden and the summer sunshine to make it a reality. With everything in bloom and the surrounding countryside bathed in greens, the photo opportunities are absolutely stunning. There are also plenty of areas for your guests to spend their time outside enjoying it all – from the courtyard to the garden, they’ll leave feeling like they’ve had a perfect day – just as you will too!

Autumn

For some, Autumn is their favourite time of the year. There’s a crispness in the air, the countryside is covered in shades of red, oranges and autumnal tones. Now is the perfect time to have that rustic wedding you always longed for. As with our spring weddings, we’re able to quickly adapt no matter what the weather brings and this is why we’re often popular at this time of year.

Winter

A crisp winter’s day is something special; you could even say it injects a little bit of magic into a wedding day. We can’t promise you snow but we can offer you heated barns to ensure your guests are kept warm and happy, mulled wine and the perfect package to make your winter wedding a reality.

If you have any questions about planning your wedding at our exclusive use wedding venue, no matter what time of the year, feel free to give us a call on 01288 352352 and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.

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September 13, 2018

Back in July saw Justin and Karen saying their vows to one another under a beautiful sweeping arch of greenery.

It also saw the end of the heat wave that gave us such a wonderful summer and, although it gave the farm some much needed rain, it did mean we needed to bring the celebrations inside. However, Karen and Justin’s excitement and totally calm and relaxed attitude towards their day, meant that no matter what the weather was, nothing could dampen their spirits! It was a day filled with love, laughter and happiness!

The day before their wedding their florist, Lisa from Cabbage White Flowers, who had come all the way down from Surrey as florist, friend and guest, set to work decorating the Mill Barn and Reception Barn.  While Lisa worked her magic Justin and his friends were up the ladder putting up all the beautiful fairy lights! The venue looked stunning with circular arrangements of greenery hanging from the beams in the Reception Barn and the aisle in the Mill Barn lined with milk churns filled with arrangements of beautiful flowers!

Karen got ready in the Manor House at Launcells Barton, while Justin got ready at his family’s home near by. Although Karen didn’t need much help, Hannah Woodgates Hair Design & Lizzy Couch Make Up helped to make Karen glow on her big day!

As Justin and his best man greeted all the guests arriving in the Snug Bar, Scottish pipers played to welcome everyone, before guests took their seats in the Mill Barn for the ceremony to begin!

It was then time for Karen, accompanied by the pipers, to make her way to the Mill Barn and walk down the aisle to say “I do”. Karen looked beautiful in a floaty lace bodiced gown from Grace loves Lace.

With personal readings and a relaxed laid back feel, their ceremony was everything they wanted it to be!

After the ceremony the heavens opened, so guests were welcomed with a drink in the Snug Barn, while we quickly turned the Mill Barn around. Guests were then welcomed back into the Mill Barn by the Blue Lion Band playing as Prosecco  & canapés flowed.

Karen and Justin popped off to explore the grounds and enjoyed a bit of time together while all their guests took their seats in the Reception Barn.

We then announced the newlyweds to all their eagerly awaiting friends and family, before Dartmoor Kitchen got underway with serving a delicious wedding breakfast! Do you know why it’s called a wedding breakfast? Well, it’s referred to as a ‘breakfast’ because it is the first meal in the newly married couple’s lives together and the first meal you eat as a married couple!

Karen and Justin’s wedding breakfast was full of fantastic speeches including the funniest Bride’s speech I have ever heard!

As the meal came to a close and guests milled around outside the Reception Barn enjoying the sun as it finally popped it’s head out, Karen and Justin went for a stroll and their band set up ready for the evening to begin!

Guests were then welcomed inside for the happy couple to cut their cake, a naked cake with flowers flowing down it designed by the incredible Hannah from Hannah’s Cornish Cakes. The Blue Lion Band then kicked the evening off with the couples first dance which the couple then asked everyone to join them for!

A few words from the gorgeous bride herself!-  It is difficult to put into words just how much we feel you contributed to us making our weekend so special.  Always on hand to answer our many questions, accommodating to our parents and suppliers, ready to give considered advice (that was always spot on!), your calm, professional, experienced and flexible approach meant that we had the day of our dreams.
For me personally, I have to say that I surprised myself with how anxious I got in the lead up to the day.  Even on the Saturday morning I woke up worried that things would not be done or thought about.  I think that must be a normal feeling for a bride, especially someone who likes to be in control of everything! What I learnt from all of this was that the worry was a complete waste of time – not only did you have everything in hand but you thought of and dealt with things that I did not even think of.  From early on the Saturday morning I really felt like a Bride.  And you being there was the biggest part of me feeling this way: the way you dealt with the bagpipes, to the way you facilitated the registrar visit, to the way you said ‘don’t worry I will sort out your dress’ as I was about to walk down the aisle amongst many other things you did, allowed me to feel like the most perfect bride and for us to have truly the best day ever.  And I am pretty certain that people who chose to get married elsewhere do not get this treatment.
From the moment we visited it, we knew it was the perfect place and didn’t even consider anyone else.  We loved the feel, the accommodating nature and the feeling that you would all do anything you could to accommodate us. 
I am getting quite emotional as I write this! Thank you just doesn’t seem to cover it but we are so grateful and thankful we found you and Launcells Barton – there is nothing we would change about the experience. It was a pleasure meeting you both and, without sounding patronising, I have found your determination and approach to building up this venue very inspirational.

These gorgeous photos are thanks to one of our recommended suppliers Andrew, from Travis and Brown. He has photographed a few weddings here since we opened in 2016 and every wedding he has really captured the couple and the individuality of their day. It’s great watching Andrew shoot a wedding, as he allows those nature moments to happen, but always there to offer reassuring words when needed.

It was an absolute joy being involved with your wedding Karen and Justin. It was wonderful to see two people so in love and meant for one another, as well as accepting of each others foibles – if Karen’s speech is anything to go by that is! Myself, Matt and Sophia wish you nothing but every happiness for the future as you start your married life together. 

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