If you stand on the hill outside Heaton House Farm you can look out over three counties – Cheshire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire. The coming together of different characteristics is a feature that runs through this bespoke barn wedding venue. Family owned and run, the barns of this former dairy farm have been thoughtfully developed to create a beautiful setting that would suit any type of wedding ceremony. Rustic features (not to mention the horses and cows) give this place character and charm, whilst modern finishing makes it feel contemporary. The different elements that make up a wedding have all been careful consideration – photography included! So the car park is large enough for your horse and carriage, vintage bus or there is even a landing pad for your helicopter!
Open air wedding
Ruth and Nick chose the more traditional car approach for their midsummer wedding. We had photographed Ruth getting ready at her family home, but the dedicated preparation area at Heaton House was welcome for last minute adjustments. Their civil ceremony took place outside under the pretty Oak Pagoda, with guests looking on from the patio area. The open space makes it a perfect venue for guests with young families, as it is easy for restless children to move around.
Afterwards guests gathered for a drinks reception and confetti on the lawned area, framed by those spectacular views. Children (and older guests!) love this area for running around and playing, but it would also be perfect for a BBQ. We loved capturing reportage shots of all the fun and laughter before heading off to the very pretty water gardens.
Not too far from your guests (so you don’t feel like you have abandoned them) these private gardens provide a bit of peace and tranquillity. You can just be at ease together as the new Mr and Mrs – a wonderful setting for some relaxed portrait photographs.
Ruth and Nick’s wedding was blessed with wonderful weather, but the wet weather alternative would have been the lovely oak-beamed Entrance Barn, one of four areas licensed for civil ceremonies. The availability of different spaces, which have themselves been designed to be flexible, is a definite plus for this venue and means your day can flow seamlessly from one event to another. No rushing your guests out so that a room can be turned round for the wedding breakfast or evening reception.
Ruth and Nick’s wedding breakfast took place in Steele’s Barn, with interior walls that adjust so that it feels right for your wedding, however big or small. A clever touch, typical of the thought that has gone into this venue. On to the evening reception in the Wedding Barn, and dramatic photos of a first dance under the romantic twinkly night sky lighting, and then the band struck up and we left them to dance the night away. When guests are weary there is accommodation at the Farm itself, or a camping and caravanning field for the more adventurous!