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
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
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 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.
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
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!