South Farm’s Open Evenings 2014

This year we held two Open Evenings on 5th August and 16th September 2014 and we were delighted to welcome a record numbers of visitors to enjoy all that South Farm has to offer.

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Photo by Kim Hawkins

Our thanks to the 700 guests who visited us including around over 100 booked couples and many newly engaged couples.  South Farm’s Event Managers were busy welcoming all guests and chatting to couples choosing their wedding venue or adding the finishing touches to their plans in anticipation of their wedding date at South Farm.

Our gardens were looking beautiful and bathed in glorious evening sunshine and guests were entertained by the dulcet tones of Sax and Honey www.saxandhoney.com and Mickey Fordola www.mickeyfordola.co.uk

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Photo by Kim Hawkins

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Photo by Kim Hawkins

The Tudor Barn was beautifully decorated with exquisite floral arrangements by Ione of Crazy Daisy www.crazydaisyflowers.com in August and Alison of Wildwood www.wildwoodfloralevents.co.uk for our September Open Evening.  In August guests were treated to live music in the barn from guitarist Martin Newnham of www.thehangingbaskets.netand in September guests enjoyed the great sounds and light show of DJ Gary’s Titan Roadshow www.boogie.pro

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Photo by Kim Hawkins

South Farm’s Small-holding and Garden team presented a magnificent display of fresh produce and South Farm’s bar team were kept busy pulling pints and serving home-made elderflower cordial to our guests.

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Photo by Thomas Baker

South Farm’s chefs were busy in the kitchen creating delicious canapés for guests to enjoy and visitors were served delicious home-made ice cream from our Pashley Ice Cream Bike.

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Photo by Thomas Baker

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Photo by Kim Hawkins

Tuk-Tuk and buggy rides were on offer and guests enjoyed touring the gardens and small-holding and visiting South Farm’s nearby nature reserve.  South Farms lovely en-suite guest bedrooms including our stunning bridal suite were all open for viewing along with our charming Romany Caravans and Showman’s Wagons.

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Photo by Kim Hawkins

Our neighbour and Master of Ceremonies, Chris Jennings, anneandchrisjennings@gmail.comwelcomed and expertly marshalled the crowds and Lee Smith, Elite Magician www.walkaboutmagic.com  entertained guests during the day.  For any couples thinking about inviting younger guests to their wedding, Stephanie from www.safeandsoundmobilecreches.co.uk was on hand to provide information on event crèches.

With the lovely evening sunshine it was a perfect setting for two of our favourite photographers Thomas Baker www.applepress.pro and Kim Hawkins www.kimhawkins.co.uk to showcase their portfolio of weddings at South Farm.

Our thanks to Thomas Baker and Kim Hawkins for photographing our Open Evenings. We are thrilled to show you some of their lovely images from our 2014 Open Evenings.