Words from the heart, observations, experiences... our couples, their families and guests; our suppliers; the media; ourselves - we've all been reflecting on what makes Bateman's Barn South Elmham, Suffolk special to us.
Bateman’s Barn was the first and only venue which Katy and Simon looked around when planning their wedding.
"Even though it was a torrential thunderstorm when we first visited, we immediately knew this was the right venue for us - a beautiful barn with a marquee attached, set in the gorgeous Suffolk countryside, with friendly and helpful owners who were very supportive with helping us plan our big day!"
Mary & Ollie did things a little differently on their day… A walk across ancient deer park to the Minster ruins. Games on the lawns. A colourful ceremony in the medieval barn and a reception in the covered courtyard before a grand finale of fireworks.
“We had a wonderful day and would recommend the venue to anyone. Thanks for all your help!” From Mary icing her own cake on the very morning of her wedding, to the quirky evening band and relaxed catering, it was certainly a day to remember.
Susan Fitch at New Beginnings Florist in Bungay has worked closely with Nicole and John for many years. She loves the South Elmham island wedding venue so much in fact, that she just couldn't resist getting married here!
"Bateman's Barn is a beautiful setting for a country wedding which has been renovated to the absolute finest standard, to lend itself to the perfect wedding."
When Josi and Mike started planning their wedding, they were determined to find a venue where they would be treated as individuals, not just another couple - just another wedding.
"It was just the most amazing day and so much of that is down to you, Nicole, and John. You worked so incredibly hard to make it such a personal and smooth running day. In our opinion you are fantastic!"
Warning - May contain hero worship!
A superbly sunny day with the whole historic venue looking spectacular in the sunshine - but it was more than just the weather which was warm at Bateman's Barn that July day when Alex married his partner, Mark. "Our wedding at Bateman's was, for want of a better word, fantastic. Everyone was so welcoming. The day ran like clockwork and Nicole and her team managed to turn our wedding thoughts and dreams into a reality."
All together different weddings - Mark explains how Batemans' Barn was just the perfect Suffolk venue for his marriage to Alex.
Alice's amazing Charlie Brear wedding gown was a real show-stopper when she married Jamie at Bateman's Barn - so much so that a major wedding dress blog writer felt she just had to give the couple's whole day some online coverage.
The Suffolk wedding (a tribute to Alice's Lowestoft roots) was both 1920s and literary inspired, touching on their personalities and in the coverage, the local florist, decor providers and fish & chip van all get a mention - and Nicole, of course - "She was invaluable."
Phillipa and Keith "couldn't recommend Bateman's more highly." As well as being in awe of how Nicole ensured everything went smoothly practically without even being see, Phillipa remembers with real fondness a foraging walk with her around South Elmham Hall's ancient meadows to gather wildflowers to decorate the medieval barn.
Wedding ceremony rehearsals are all part of the package at Bateman's Barn South Elmham, but when Nicole found herself faced with a couple's set of non-English speaking, Russian relatives she soon found herself introducing a whole new sign language to make things fun and everyone feel most welcome.
This was a wedding which treated its guests to a walk to the Minster ruins too - without losing anybody. A note from Tom and Masha tells the story...