Well, now that I had the dress (my biggest worry about a May wedding), I was ready to take on South Farm! The thing was, that its all very well liking the look of somewhere online – we did go to see somewhere else, that I won’t mention as it would be unfair, that looked fab online but was an IMMENSE disappointment when we went to see it. So, although I felt excited about going to see it, I felt very wary – surely it couldn’t really be THAT beautiful?
We went on a cold, grey day, well – it WAS December to be fair! It was the kind of day that could make the Taj Mahal look like Wormwood Scrubs. But….when we got there, and drove down their BEAUTIFUL tree-lined driveway, I knew this was my place. Everything about South Farm suited us perfectly – it is a working farm, which grows its own veg (which they use in their cooking), they have pigs, chickens, and 4 peacocks, 2 of which are albino (and these will come in later too!). Walking around the place, you can’t help but fall completely in love with it – the house front looks like the Bennet’s house from the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice (one of my favourite books), and the inside of the house is impeccably decorated, to make it classy but homely at the same time. The grounds are full of all the flowers that you could ever wish for – and enough that, at different times of the year, there will always be something beautiful to look at. However, that being said, I have to say that I am SURE May will be unbelievable!
We knew we wanted to find somewhere that we could get married and have our reception at – and South Farm not only offers that, but they give you the WHOLE place for the day, including a bridal…well, I can only call it a flat actually as it is on 2 levels and has a lounge and kitchen area! But, further that this, they offer FOUR different options for a civil ceremony! There is a drawing room area, which would be beautiful for a small, intimate ceremony; the Old Dairy, which holds up to 100 and has an outdoors/indoors conservatory feel to it; the Barn, which is just done beautifully, with canvas hanging from the ceiling, real wooden beams, an indoor bar, and a view of all the animals for the kids! The last place, and the one that we are so hoping to have, is the garden. This is the most beautiful place and, amidst the flowers and trees, there is a summer-house positioned over a pond in a way that makes it look as if it is floating upon it. It is magical and, if we have any type of weather that is not rain, THAT will be where we will marry! Being South Farm, however, and the most professional, accommodating and caring people who I have EVER dealt with, they do also set up an alternative so that you, literally, can decide 10 mins before your ceremony which way you will go – you don’t find many places that will offer that!
I guess it depends on what you are looking for, and I don’t mean to sound like a big old advert for South Farm….although I know I am because I can’t really help it – it is the most magical place and definitely worth a look – I am SO SO excited about it – we went for our formal planning session recently and, far from having built it up in my head and being a bit disappointed, it was even BETTER than I had remembered! What it comes down to is that I KNOW that we have found the most perfect place for us, and I guess that’s all that matters at the end of the day ?