Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding - August/September 2022 (Issue 90)

OLD BRIDGE 01460 240 855 | This 16th-century manor and mature gardens provide a glorious backdrop to your special day. Built in the local honey-coloured ham stone, the house is close to the venue’s marquee and is integral to the whole ambience. The gardens, available for guests to enjoy, are dominated by a massive 400-year-old sweet chestnut tree, from which there hangs a triple seat swing where you can capture some memorable shots with your photographer. The venue is also blessed with formal lawns, rose beds and colourful borders. Plus, there’s a wooded area with gravel paths and a small stream flowing past weeping willows. The woodland is uplit at night, making a wonderful place for the two of you to go for a romantic stroll if you wish to grab some alone time for a few minutes. You can even use the gardens for lawn games, a bouncy castle, street food, an ice cream van, garden furniture and more. Ceremonies take place throughout the year in the Great Hall, seating 75. If the weather smiles on you, the front porch is also licensed, so any number of guests could be outside with you witnessing the formalities as you say “I do.” Receptions are hosted in the marquee, complete with its own bar, from May to September – it has a capacity of 200. The venue offers you complete freedom to arrange your own catering, music and décor. You’ll also benefit from having access at least one day before the main event to set up and also the day after to clear away. YARLINGTON BARN 07871 368 819 | A gorgeous lakeside wedding barn in the heart of Somerset, Yarlington Barn is a family-run venue located on a cider farm. A versatile space, it boasts a woodland backdrop and a gorgeous rose-clad gazebo in the most beautiful spot for capturing those all-important photos. Be it the frost of winter, the apple blossom of the spring, smell of cut grass in the summer or the colours of autumn, this venue has something wonderful to offer your big day whatever the season. Inside, rustic exposed beams and wrought iron chandeliers create a touch of countryside magic and the unusual barrel bar reflects the venue’s heritage as a cider farm. The barn is licensed for civil ceremonies, so from beginning to end you can host your big day there. The ceremony room can seat up to 80 of your nearest and dearest for the “I dos.” The Lakeview Room, the main function space, can accommodate up to 80 for a seated wedding breakfast at round tables of eight or 10. It also boasts a fully-stocked bar, and being a cider farm there’s certainly plenty of Somerset’s favourite tipple on offer. There’s room for 160 loved ones for the evening do for a hog roast or buffet with a disco and dancing. 25 COUNTRY HAVENS