There was a simple range of criteria when we chose the perfect venue for our reception. We wanted a nice space where people could mingle in a picturesque setting.
It had to have easy access to a bar and have an option to be outdoors if the weather was right.
Crucially, we wanted people to be able to hear background music if they were standing outside in the afternoon, as we had opted against a live band. The place needed to do quality food and it needed to have a decent area for a boogie in the evening... did we mention it needed easy access to a bar?
Finally, we wanted somewhere where our photographer, Fiona Stone, could take breathtaking photos which we could one day show to our grandchildren.
We only viewed three venues when we searched for our dream location and I would not recommend doing much more – although we had done a lot of research online.
We knew we wanted to get married close to our home in Gravesend and we ideally wanted it within 20 minutes’ distance from our church, St Mary’s, in Chalk, where we had chosen to get hitched.
You might think being strict limited our options but it was actually a relief to have narrowed down the potential destinations.
It gave us a handful of targets, all of which we felt were strong but for
We might have viewed one or two more locations if we hadn’t set foot in the 14-acre grounds of the Knowle in Higham on our third fact-finding expedition.
Michael Baragwanath, the owner of the 19th century country house, took the
time to talk to us about what we wanted and was not afraid to voice his own opinions on what he thought made a good or bad wedding.
It was a tactic we respected and showed he had a real passion for putting on a party – as did all the Knowle staff.
Hosts at other venues did not show the same enthusiasm. The attitude at the Knowle won us over as much as the picturesque grounds. When it came to the big day, our faith was rewarded with flawless service, a sensational atmosphere and the photos we always wanted.
It was a wedding – and a venue – all of our friends and family told us they would never forget.
Contact the Knowle Country House on 01474 822262 or go to www.knowlecountryhouse.co.uk
Pictures by Fiona Stone Photography. Go to www.fionastonephotography.co.uk