February 7, 2020

We might not be a big team, but every single person here has a key role to play in making sure that your day runs smoothly and the place is looking perfect when you check in! As a family run wedding venue, we only take on a certain amount of weddings per year so we can make sure that every day runs professionally and so we can give couples the care and attention they need in the run up to their big day! We specialise in weddings at Launcells Barton and we know what we do works well for our couples and, because we don’t offer holiday accommodation or anything like that, our sole focus and attention is on our couples and making sure everything is ready and set up come your wedding day!

 

Ken & Julian – Maintenance Team 

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Ken & Julian work on our Maintenance side of things. We are still a working organic farm with over 230 acres to care for, so when Ken and Julian aren’t maintaining and fixing bits around the venue, cutting the many lawns and making sure everything looks perfect when a couple checks in, they are also looking after the fields and woodland across the farm. Out of wedding season there is plenty of maintenance to do as we refresh the whole house, venue and barns, ready to welcome in a new season! We also run a biomass heating system across the venue, so there is also a lot of work to be done harvesting timber from our sustainably managed woodland ready for the following winter!

 

Claire- Admin & Accounts 

Wedding Team

Claire looks after our Admin & Accounts, making sure all the numbers and many spreadsheets are in order. You may also see Claire on a wedding day working on the bar side of things, as she has extensive experience in managing hotels and bars. She is fantastic at making sure that guests know where they are going when they first arrive and that drinks are being prepared ready for welcome drinks, she’s a welcoming face making sure guests are happy.  So, if you or your guests have any questions while I’m with the Bridal party or helping a Groom with his buttonhole, Claire’s your gal! Claire works with us part time during the week, as she is also a busy mum of 4 boys!

 

Ellie- Housekeeping

Wedding Team

Ellie is our House keeper and her attention to detail and pride in her work means we never have to worry about anything being out of place! Ellie looks after the house and both barns, turning everything around after a wedding! From changing beds & cleaning the house top to bottom, to making sure that every inch of the barns have been hoovered, mopped and dusted, along with giving the caterers kitchen a thorough once over ready for your caterers to arrive and set up for your wedding. She has an eye for all the details and triple checks all the smaller, but very important things through to the much needed tea and coffee in the house, before she is happy for a couple to check in.  Ellie works throughout the week, juggling everything around her 3 children.

 

Bar Team

Wedding Team

Our experienced seasonal bar team, some of whom have been with us for many years, are there on your wedding day to make sure everything  runs smoothly and, most importantly, the drinks keep flowing! The team will normally arrive in the morning and start polishing and setting up all the glassware for your meal, before they open the bottom snug bar and welcome your first guests. They also make sure everything is prepped and ready for your welcome drinks after your ceremony and all the wine is refreshed on tables throughout your meal. The team are also on hand to turn the barn around after your meal ready for your band or DJ to set up and then their focus is running the main bar, keeping it well stocked and making sure the barn is clean and tidy with no dirty glasses laying around, so there are no smashed glasses when everyone is up dancing the night away!

 

Matt & Lara 

Wedding Team

We’re the owners here and not only live on site, but are here to oversee everything too. You will usually find Matt overseeing everything to do with the Farm and Wedding Venue day to day and I will usually be the person you speak to when you first enquire, as I co-ordinate and run all the weddings and support our couples with venue visits and answering any questions in the lead up. I get to know our couples and their families really well and see it as such a huge privilege to be with so many lovely families for the biggest day of their lives! We’re here when you arrive  the day before to welcome you and check you in and here on hand throughout the day for any questions you may have and to offer our advice and experience. On your wedding day, while I co-ordinate your day, making sure your suppliers are set up where they should be and everything is running on time, Matt oversees everything behind the scenes, making sure the catering equipment is all up and running and the bar is all set up and ready to go! We are the last people to leave at night, when your band have packed up and the last of your guests make their way home, making sure everyone is safely where they need to be. You will usually see us and Freddie our Sprocker, the next morning tidying the bar and waving you off as you check out too! We have 3 children between us and try and split our time between the farm and family life, which isn’t always easy during busy wedding seasons. You may well find my 7 year old daughter moving chairs around or sorting out the lemons from the limes the day before a wedding trying to help us out!

Now you now a bit more about us, our team and how your wedding day will run! Don’t forget to have a look at our real weddings, for inspiration and to hear from some of our happy couples! 

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August 22, 2019

Last July Sam & Mary-Anne brought all their friends and family down with them from London and celebrated in the gorgeous Cornish Countryside on a beautiful summer’s day!

Not only did they bring their friends and family down with them, but they brought the wonderful London-based Wedding Planner, Shaun Johnson, who we’d put them in touch with to give them a bit more support piecing everything together, while Sam was away playing professional rugby and Mary-Anne was working long hours as a lawyer.

Bleujen styled the Mill Barn and Reception Barn beautifully the day before with delicate soft peachy pinks & greenery.

Mary-Anne got ready in the Manor House with all her bridesmaids and close family around her. Meanwhile Shaun and I were on hand to make sure all the little details were perfect and the button holes in place! Sam arrived with his ushers and put the finishing touches together, before grabbing a drink in the Snug Bar.

Mary-Anne looked beautiful as she walked down the aisle in a floating ballgown to her eagerly awaiting Groom, who had the biggest smile on his face when he saw his beautiful Bride for the first time.

After the ceremony, guests made their way outside for Pimms and music, while the newlyweds took a bit of time to themselves.

Their guests then welcomed the happy couple, who were grinning ear to ear, into their welcome drinks reception, with a cascade of confetti!

After family photos in the garden, everyone was announced in to take their seats in the Reception Barn for the wedding breakfast. There were some very emotional speeches, that got everyone- including the LB team- welling up!

After their meal and speeches, the couple’s band set up and guests mingled outside while the newlyweds took some time together to take in their day, before it was time for their first dance!

After their first dance, the happy couple rushed off to catch the sunset at the top of the farm and even bumped into some cows to Mary-Anne’s delight! As they made their way back on the tractor, everyone was outside the Reception Barn to welcome them back to the party!

A few words from the happy couple “From the moment we saw photos of Launcells Barton we felt such a connection to the venue and then when we came down to meet you and look around we just knew we couldn’t get married anywhere else. Launcells is such a special place and you’ve really made it into the most wonderful venue. We felt as if we’d always known you, and as if we really belonged there, which is exactly the vibe we wanted for the wedding. You were so lovely and helpful in the run up and on the day- Lara you fitted in like a wonderfully helpful guest, and Matt thank you so much for the tractor ride up into the fields to see the sunset! We really had the most incredible day and could not have hoped for a happier, more magical wedding. Thank you so much for opening your home up to us, and letting us be a part of the Launcells Family” 

We wish Mary-Anne and Sam every happiness for the future, especially as they are soon to welcome their first baby into the family! Exciting times for you both! 

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Photography- Oli Mcgivern
Flowers-  Bleujen
Hair- Hannah Woodgates Hair Design
Cake- Hannah’s Cornish Cake 
Planner- Shaun Johnson Weddings

 

 

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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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March 21, 2019

Weddings are always incredible days filled with many magical moments; love, laughter, dinner and dancing, you name it, it’s all in there! We know that for you and your guests the emotion of the day can also make it a long one, which is why our venue is carefully crafted to ensure that each part of your day is spent in its own unique and special space.  From getting ready, to waving your guests off underneath the star-filled countryside skies, here’s how you could spend your own big day… 

Watch your guests arrive in style
For most brides and grooms, watching their guests arrive excited for their day is something they only get to really enjoy when they watch the wonderful work of their videographer several weeks later. At Launcells Barton you get something that is very special; because our Manor House is so central to the venue you’ll be able to peep through the windows to see your guests arriving and congregating in anticipation of your big entrance.  If you’re due to be married in the church they’ll even make their way right past the front door!

A tipple for their arrival
The first place your guests head to is one of our two onsite bars.  This is a great space that’s been lovingly created from parts of our own working farm; you’ll find wood reused from former cow sheds and a rustic feel that you just can’t beat! On sunny days they’ll be able to congregate in our open courtyard, before making their way to the ceremony!

Your ceremony
It very much depends on the type of ceremony you’re having as to where everyone heads next! If you’ve always dreamt of saying ‘I do’ outside then our walled garden is going to be the perfect place for you and your guests to share the special moment whilst seated on pews made from wood from our own land.  Outdoor weddings at Launcells can be absolutely breathtaking; get married in Spring and you’re surrounded by blossoming plants and flowers, tie the knot in Summer and you’ll hopefully be surrounded by beautiful blue skies and green flora.

If an outdoor ceremony isn’t for you then our Mill Barn will be the home of one of the most special moments of your lives.  Say ‘I do’ under the exposed beams of this lovingly restored barn, which is just metres from the courtyard everyone will be arriving in.

Time for the reception
There’s no getting in the car and heading off to the reception venue here! You’ll make the short walk – and when we say short walk we definitely mean it – to our purpose built reception venue, complete with its own bar for you and your guests to enjoy! This will be the home to your wedding breakfast, with a big entrance for you to both be welcomed for the first time as a married couple!

Whilst this will be where you spend much of your time for the rest of the day there’s a number of outdoor areas your guests can enjoy if the weather is kind, and many guests often comment on how stunning the venue also looks at night, with specially situated lighting highlighting some of the natural features of the surrounding buildings.

Walk into a new future
With the sun setting on your special day you’ll have a little time to have photos taken walking toward the coast or surrounded by stunning Cornish countryside – is there any other way you’d ever want to finish the day?

For more information on our exclusive use wedding venue in Cornwall please give us a call on 01288 352352 and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have or arrange a viewing.

 

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February 25, 2019

Having been on the other side of everything for close to two months now, I’ve found myself increasingly understanding why more and more brides get stressed out. I’m lucky enough to have an idea of what I’m doing and who I want to be involved in our day, but it’s still a minefield of mixing your heart and your head and trying to find a happy medium.

The first time I realised that this wasn’t going to be a tick box exercise was when I went dress shopping. I hear gasps of “but you’ve only just got engaged” and yes it was a bit early, but I had my eye on a designer and they were having a trunk show, so I thought why not. So I headed off to London with my mum and Matt’s mum and decided it would be fun to go and try some dresses on and have girly time together, but then the pressure hit! I was thinking, “I’m dragging all these people to London and this isn’t just about trying on dresses, this is real now!”.  As I put dress after dress on I didn’t feel like I thought I would and I started to wonder if was just numb to wedding dresses after seeing so many?! I had been so sure in my mind of what I wanted, but as I didn’t look like the models I’d seen wearing them I didn’t feel like a Bride. Long story short, I did find a dress, but it was so different to what I thought I was looking for that it took me a while to except it. You have this idea of what you want for so long and then you get there and it changes, so you have to rethink it and, if you’re like me and love everything organised and boxes ticked, it can take a while to get your head around thinking with your heart rather than your head!

It’s been the same with other suppliers too, thinking “I know what I want” and “this will be easy”, but trying to get budgets together and piece parts of the day together, whilst looking at my Pinterest board with my work head on thinking, “I know that’s not at all practical and there’s no budget for that”.  So we’ve had to rethink what things are most important to us, and keep ourselves focused on those. There is also A LOT that goes on behind the scenes for a wedding, so unless you are in the wedding industry, you will never see it all – but that’s the point.  For example, my job is to make everything run smoothly, dealing with little hiccups without worrying the couple. There’s a lot of people involved in bringing a day together, so my other focus was trying to make the day as easy as possible for the people who will be running it and bringing it to life for me. You have a chosen supplier for a reason; because you love what they do! So by letting them get on and enjoy it too, the atmosphere will be so much better and so much more relaxed for everyone involved, including you!

As getting things organised is pretty much my life, I’ve also found it difficult to not get answers when I need them and accept not having everything nailed down in my head when I thought I would.  I’d given myself this idea that I could pretty much get everything sorted before our wedding season kicks off however, as i’m learning, sometimes there isn’t a simple answer and going back and and forth over something, actually works out for the best in the end!

I guess what I’m trying to say is this; it’s ok if your ideas and plans change along the way! They will change as reality, practicality and, of course budget, all come in to play, but don’t stress about it! Just keep reminding yourself that you’re getting married to the person you love, with friends and family there to celebrate with you – that’s it and that’s all it should be about. You want the day and the time you spend along the way with family and friends to be happy and enjoyable, so enjoy those moments and take them as they come with the understanding that your ideas may have to change and sometimes you do have to listen to your mum, as sometimes she is right…but don’t tell her I admitted that!

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August 20, 2018

Are you wanting to exchange your vows at the altar, surrounded by friends, family and loved ones? If a church wedding has always been a part of the plans for your big day, then we’re able to offer something truly unique at Launcells Barton.

Our venue is situated just a short walk from the beautiful Parish Church of St Swithin’s, once described by Sir John Betjeman as the ‘least spoilt church in Cornwall’. Being this close brings with it a whole host of benefits for our couples wanting to have the church wedding they’ve always dreamt of without the logistics of booking a venue far from the first part of their day.

Here are just a few key parts of your wedding day…

The Parish Church of St Swithin’s

For those wanting an idyllic and romantic church surrounded by green Cornish countryside, St Swithin’s Church is the perfect home for your wedding ceremony. The building, which dates back to the late 15th century is nestled into the surrounding countryside and filled with intricately carved bench ends, Georgian boxed pews and a huge collection of encaustic Barnstaple tiles, giving it a traditional and unique feel.

Wake up in a luxury manor house

Waking up in our lovingly restored country house on the morning of your wedding is a wonderful way to start the day for any bride. With its distinctive regal façade and large light rooms with high ceilings, the house if packed full of traditional features including a priest hole in the bridal suite that dates back to the dissolution of the monasteries during the reign of Henry VIII!

Once you’re ready you’ll need not worry about transport as it’s just a matter of minutes to get down to the church and begin your walk down the aisle to your waiting groom.

Make your way to the reception

If you’ve got guests coming from far and wide, or perhaps not from Cornwall who are unfamiliar with the local area, the logistics of getting everyone from the church to the reception venue can become something of a challenge so you’ll be pleased to hear that they’ll be able to join you on the short walk to our Mill.

Your reception

You’ll be able to enjoy your welcome drinks in our beautiful Mill, or if the sun is shining, these will be served just outside to make the most of the weather. You will then move on to our brand new and purpose-built Reception Barn, which has been designed to complement the original house and surrounding area. It’s light, airy and open plan layout makes it great for larger weddings with seating for up to 200 guests. It’s the perfect place to dance the night away and to use as a real blank canvas when it comes to decorations and really making it your own. It of course comes with its own bar which we’ll staff for you so all you need to worry about is having a great time with your guests.

You can find out more about the Reception Barn here: https://launcellsbarton.co.uk/events-barn

Our Mill Barn is able to offer something a little different; this 19th century stone built barn has beautifully exposed beams and large French doors which if you’re lucky to have a sunny day, allow light to pour into the open plan area which will seat 180 of your nearest and dearest. There’s also a rustic bar for your guests to enjoy!

You can find out more about the Mill Barn here: https://launcellsbarton.co.uk/mill-barn

You can find full information on our wedding packages here: https://launcellsbarton.co.uk/packages/

The small details

If you are currently planning a church wedding, there are a number of criteria set by The Church of England which need to be met before your wedding day. For more information on this and booking the church please get in touch with St Swithin’s Church directly.

If you’re looking at wedding venues in Cornwall and you would like to discuss your big day with us give us a call on 01288 352352 or email hello@launcellsbarton.co.uk.

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August 15, 2018

We know that every couple and wedding are different, which is exactly why our venue and packages provide each bride and groom with the flexibility and freedom to make their day truly unique and one they’ll always remember. From the setting of your ceremony through to the catering and the décor; you’ll be able to dictate every detail.

You’ll also never share our venue with anyone else; each of our packages provides you with exclusive use, so you’ll only be surrounded by the ones you love on your big day.

Worried about the small details? As well as expert on-the-day coordination by our in-house team, our weekend and two-night-stay packages include the use of tables and chairs for your ceremony and reception, a fully staffed bar (have a look at all of the benefits that brings here!), a fully kitted kitchen for your caterers as well as a PA system that makes sure every guest is able to hear all of the emotional and tear-jerking speeches!

Here’s a little more information on how each of our packages works…

The Weekend Wedding Package

Our most popular package gives you exclusive use of the grounds and venue from Friday afternoon through to midday on Sunday. You’ll have several options when it comes to selecting a location for your civil ceremony; choose from our lovingly restored 19th century Mill Barn, the Manor House or the property’s beautiful outside ceremony space – perfect for a summer wedding!

From there you’ll be able to make your way to our Reception Barn which is purpose built and can seat up to 180 guests on round tables or 200 on trestle tables. Think of this space as a complete blank canvas for your reception; you can customise and make the space whatever you want it to be, and if you’re short of inspiration just ask our team – we’re always happy to help!

Wondering where your bridal party will call home for the weekend? Our 16th century Georgian Manor House will be all yours throughout the weekend. With its distinctive regal façade and large light rooms with high ceilings, the house is packed full of traditional features and is able to sleep 12 of your nearest and dearest.

For full information please click here or give us a call on 01288 352352 and we’ll happily answer any questions about your weekend wedding.

Midweek Two-Night-Stay Wedding Package

If you fancy having a midweek wedding, then this package is definitely for you! You have all of the flexibility of a weekend wedding but on a weekday; so you’ll still have exclusive use of our venue, the flexibility to choose your ceremony location and to fully customise your reception or other aspects of your day. Your bridal party will of course also be able to call our Manor House their home for the duration of their stay.

For full information please click here or give us a call on 01288 352352 and we’ll happily answer any questions about your weekend wedding.

Midweek Intimate Overnight Wedding Package

If you’re wanting a small and intimate wedding we’re able to offer a bespoke and unique package for smaller wedding parties. To discuss your wedding day with us please call on 01288 352352 or complete the contact form on our contact page.

If you’re looking at wedding venues in Cornwall and you would like to discuss your big day with us give us a call on 01288 352352 or email hello@launcellsbarton.co.uk

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July 27, 2018

We’ve welcomed couples from all over the country and as far afield as Australia, so what is it that makes Launcells Barton the perfect place and home for your family, friends and most importantly your wedding?

If you’re currently planning your big day and looking far and wide at potential venues we’ve put together 10 reasons many of our bride and grooms travel hundreds of miles to spend their special day with us.

The best of both worlds

Cornwall is one of the most popular destinations in the country and it’s easy to see why when you think of the incredible sandy beaches and rolling countryside. But how do you choose between them? Fortunately, at Launcells Barton you don’t have to. Although we’re set in idyllic and leafy countryside, we’re also just minutes from some of the best beaches on the north coast and if you peak over the top of our hill you’ll see those rolling Atlantic waves!

Your bridal party accommodation

As a bridal party you’ll make our Manor House your home for the weekend. With its distinctive regal façade and large light rooms with high ceilings, the house if packed full of traditional features including a priest hole in the bridal suite that dates back to the dissolution of the monasteries during the reign of Henry VIII!

Guest accommodation nearby

Of course, if you’re travelling from afar you’ll also have to consider where your guests will stay. Being just minutes from Bude means we’re blessed with a wide range of accommodation providers within close proximity to our venue – whether it’s a luxury seafront holiday cottage, a small hotel or the perfect glamping spot, they’ll simply be spoilt for choice.

Exclusive use

Weddings are a day to share with your loved ones so when it comes to yours what better way to spend it than surrounded by the ones you cherish the most. As an exclusive use venue Launcells Barton is your home for your wedding weekend – no interruptions – just you, your family and friends.

Great travel links to the rest of the country

If you’re worried about an arduous and long journey to Cornwall for you and your guests, then we can happily put those fears to rest. Our venue is nestled just inside Cornwall, close to the border with Devon. This means that no matter what time of the year you’re travelling to us you’re unlikely to be hit by heavy tourist traffic or by the extra hours you’ll face if making your way to the far west of the county.

A completely flexible wedding

Want a picture perfect wedding outside? We can do that! Prefer a wedding in a state of the art and purpose built reception barn in the heart of the Cornish countryside? We can do that! How about having your day in a converted 19th century stone built mill barn? You guessed it – we can do that too! Launcells Barton really is flexible enough to meet every bride and groom’s needs. Why not have a look at some of our recent weddings to get an ideas for your own big day?

Still be married in a church

If you are after a more traditional service in a church, the Parish Church of St Swithian’s
is a literal stone’s throw from our venue and is described as one of the most unspoilt churches in the Duchy.

Iconic photo opportunities

With flexibility comes an incredible range of potential photo opportunities for your weddings – from the iconic steps at the front of our manor house to the beautiful green countryside that surrounds us, photographers love coming to Launcells Barton and you’re sure to have memories that will last a lifetime.

Your very own staffed bar

There’ll be no need to worry about supplying your own alcohol or bar staff – it is all taken care of. No hidden costs, no fears of running out or having to remove the bottles the next day – we ensure everything is covered! You can read more about our drinks packages in this blog post.

Some of the best local suppliers

We’re lucky to have some incredible local wedding suppliers on our doorstep – whether it’s a fantastic florist or a culinary craftsman, we’re always happy to give you the lay of the local land to ensure you know the best suppliers Cornwall has to offer – which can be really important if you’re not from the area!

If you’re looking at wedding venues in Cornwall and you would like to discuss your big day with us give us a call on 01288 352352 or email hello@launcellsbarton.co.uk.

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July 25, 2018

Finding the perfect wedding venue is such an important part of your planning process. It’s where you’ll be spending one of the most significant moments of your life, and is a central part of creating the atmosphere for your day. The venue will determine so many other things such as which flowers to choose, how your photo’s will look and how many guests you can invite.

Something I always love and feel blessed to be a part of is the moment couples eyes light up as they discover all Launcells Barton has to offer during a visit! As they walk around our grounds and beautiful buildings, I can see them visualising their ceremony and their ideas coming to life, which is just magic!

If you’d like to know more about what makes us so special, here are just a few reasons our venue could be a match made in heaven….

Beautiful boutique accommodation

When you hold your wedding here, the whole venue is exclusively yours to enjoy for the whole duration, over the course of two nights and three days. Waking up in our lovingly restored country house on the morning of your wedding is a wonderful way to start your day. Plus, you’ll be able to be joined by 12 of your nearest and dearest. Our brides have their very own suite which will make you feel like you’re in complete luxury, as you should be!

Feel like one of the family

So many of our couples tell us that come the end of their celebration, they feel like we’re all one big family, which is exactly what we aim for! My partner Matthew grew up at Launcells Barton and the farm has been in his family since 1949, so being a family affair is definitely something which is important to us. We do everything we can in our power to look after you, make you comfortable and hopefully feel like this is your home during your stay.

Stunning photo opportunities

You’ll make memories that last a lifetime on your wedding day and you’ll be sure to remember them if you spend it at Launcells Barton with a whole host of photo opportunities for you and your groom. Photographers that visit our venue often say they’re spoilt for choice; we’ve got stunning green countryside, the iconic steps at the front of our manor house, the rustic interiors of our barns or the simplicity of an outdoor wedding. If you venture to the top of the hill you’ll also have the stunning backdrop of the coast.

Everyone can come!

If you both have large families and an abundance of friends, then you’re going to need a venue to accommodate them all. By holding your wedding here, you won’t have to endure any awkward situations or whittle down your guest list as we have the capacity to seat up to 200 guests. Children are always welcome and we provide plenty of advice on planning a child friendly wedding in this blog post.

The choice is yours

Every wedding at Launcells Barton is unique and the reason is that the options are pretty limitless. We’ve got the ability to have the wedding of your dreams – whether that’s an outside and simple ceremony, a large gathering in a state of the art barn set in rural countryside or a rustic affair in our converted 19th century Mill Barn, it’s all here to make your own.

Each can be your own blank canvas to make your own and if you’re feeling short of inspiration have a look through our blog at some of the fantastic recent weddings we’ve held here.

If you’re currently planning your wedding in Cornwall and would like to arrange a viewing or ask us any questions please give us a call on 01288 352352 or email hello@launcellsbarton.co.uk

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July 20, 2018

Back in June we saw the beautiful and relaxed wedding of Sophia and David.
I’ve been waiting to tell their story for so long, as they really did take a leap of faith with us and what an incredible day it turned out to be!

In January 2017, as we had just laid the foundations of our new Reception Barn, Sophia and David got in contact about holding their wedding with us, the only thing was they weren’t actually going to see the venue until a couple of days before, as they were now living in Australia due to work! Sophia’s family are from Cumbria and David’s from the Midlands, so they wanted a neutral location and somewhere that had a special meaning for them both. As they both love travelling and reminiscing about trips together, Cornwall was where they wanted to bring everyone together on their special day!

With a laptop in hand and iphone for back up due to the then sketchy Wifi, that we were still trying to get set up across the venue, I sat down to do my very first Skype viewing! As I walked around showing Sophia and David the different parts of the venue and standing in front of a muddy trench explaining what was going to be built, it became apparent, just how lovely they both were and what a lovely journey this was going to be with them!

Every few months, we would sit down in front our laptops and have a chat about how all the wedding planning was coming along and even though they were 1000’s of miles away, we had such fun laughing getting to know one another.

Then the day came, just two days before there wedding, when I was going to meet them both for the very first time and they were going to see the venue for real! Slightly nerve wracking, but thankfully they were ecstatic and absolutely over the moon, which was a huge relief!  After talking to them so much in the run up to their wedding, meeting them in person for the first time was like catching up with old friends!

Only a few days later and Sophia, David and all their friends and family arrived to set up for their wedding. I have to say it was one of the most relaxed set up’s I’d ever been a part of-baring in mind the couple had organised everything from across the globe and were meeting their suppliers for the very first time!  With music on and everyone laughing and joking, everything turned out beautifully, as they had complete trust in all their chosen suppliers.

Bleujen created a gorgeous hanging wreath, full of greenery that hung from the centre beam in the Reception Barn.  They also styled the arbour for the couple’s outdoor ceremony with brightly coloured peonies and roses to give a pop of colour!

On the morning of their wedding as the sun shone, reminding her of the Summer she had just left behind in Oz, Sophia got ready with her friends and family around her.  Meanwhile David got ready close by, before making his way to Launcells Barton.
Sophia looked out of this world in a fitted lace dress with a simple full length veil.

It was soon time for the guests to start arriving and Sophia to get ready to walk across to the Walled Garden to meet her Groom, accompanied by some gorgeous acoustic music by Joss White.

Sophia and David kept their ceremony really relaxed and personal to the both of them. With readings and poems from their friends, personal vows and with everyone from across the World coming together to celebrate, there wasn’t a dry eye throughout the whole ceremony!

After their ceremony Sophia, David and all their guests headed out into the courtyard for drinks, canapés and lawn games.

While their guests were happy chatting and sipping on Pimms, with acoustic music playing throughout the courtyard, Sophia and David popped off for a few photos.

We then announced guests through the walled garden to take their seats for the wedding breakfast in the Reception Barn, before guests enjoyed sharing platters catered for by Beautiful and the Feast.

The Launcells Barton team made sure everyone had a full glass, as the speeches got underway.  David also said a lovely heartfelt thank you to us for all the support they had received,  which really meant a lot, as we do genuinely care about our couples and making sure they have the best day!

As their DJ John Green set up and guests relaxed in the bar and lawns outside the Reception Barn, Sophia and David hopped on to our tractor and Matt drove them off to catch the sunset…. and what a sunset it was!!

The newlyweds even took the time to go for a little walk just the two of them and being a farmers Grand- daughter, Sophia had no problem climbing the gates… even in that breathtaking gown!

Relaxed after their walk, they were then welcomed back by all their guests and the evening party began!!

A few words from the gorgeous Bride herself- Sophia ” What can we say… booking a venue which wasn’t yet built, in a town we’d never been to seems like a crazy idea when we think back. But putting our faith in Matt and Lara was the best decision. The whole planning process was a breeze with Lara on hand to answer all our questions. When we finally saw the venue, three days before the big day…despite the fog, we could tell it was as beautiful as the Skype videos we’d seen. The house is amazing, with more than enough space for a full bridal party. The walled garden was the perfect spot for an outdoor ceremony; a real sun trap which literally smells of roses! And the barn and grounds which provided so many areas for our guests to enjoy. We had the most amazing wedding and mini adventure in Bude, thanks team Launcells! So nice that we both feel like old friends rather than supplier and client. Sure you guys don’t fancy a trip over to Melbourne!? x”

These absolutely gorgeous images are thanks to the very talented Oli McGivern. Oli photographed one of our very first weddings and came down from London to work with us on our first Winter styled shoot back in 2017. We even changed the positioning of some of the windows in the Reception Barn at the very last minute, due to Oli explaining – over a few glasses of wine- about the lighting and mathematics of getting the best possible light for photographs! I still don’t understand the maths side of things, but he does get some incredible shots!!

Oli– “It was a joy to be back at my favourite venue with such a lovely couple and their friends who made me feel like one of the gang. My first return since the new barn was put in and Matt & Lara have done a fantastic job with it. The sun’s hat was firmly on and once again Launcells retains its title as the Easiest Venue to Photograph at the 2018 McGivern Photography Venue Awards. “

As Sophia and David settle back in to life in Australia, but this time as man and wife, we wish nothing but happiness for you both. It was a privilege to be a part of your special day and be welcomed as a friend by yourselves and all your friends and family who just couldn’t have been lovelier! We’re sure there will be lots of adventures to come as you continue to explore the World, but we hope that you will stay in touch and look back at your time in Cornwall as one of the happiest of your life!

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