The Chilli Barn Wedding Showcase
A couple of weekends ago a few of us hardy Northern wedding suppliers embraced the Easter chill to bring couples an uber exciting wedding showcase at The Chilli Barn in Otley. It was an alternative to a wedding fair so couples could see the full potential of the Chilli Barn and Tipi by Bar Events UK all set up for their wedding day.
For those of you who don’t know anything about this little venue on the outskirts of Leeds, let me hand you over to Bex from Oakleaf Weddings. Bex runs the weddings at Chilli Barn as well as managing Oakleaf Weddings and Events. She is the go-to gal for this venue and an added bonus to the wedding service here. Over to the lovely lady herself…
Chilli Barn is an idyllic venue inside and out with quirky visual touches and ultra-friendly service. The boutique nature of Chilli Barn lends itself to stunning, intimate weddings for up to 60 guests with spectacular parties for 90. It has a unique offering of in-house catered, delicious vegetarian and vegan cuisine.
Couples and guests are really looked after here and receive a very personal and bespoke service. The Chilli Barn family, team and exclusive planners Oakleaf Weddings & Events work perfectly together and with you to exceed your expectations.
From enquiry to after event you are guided through each step with regular correspondence, planning meetings and ceremony coordination from Oakleaf and top class service and from Chilli Barn.
Its just perfect for DIY or creative couples who want to put their own stamp on their wedding day and have the flexibility to have that they want, whilst being fully supported in bringing those visions to life. You can be involved in your wedding planning without the stress in the lead-up and on the day itself, couples can relax in the knowledge that everything is planned with personality and taken care of with every regard given to the Brides' or Grooms' wishes.
As couples pulled up outside the venue the showcase had already begun with The Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company pulled up. A great addition to your wedding to transport guests between venues.
To get the newlyweds there in style though Liberty Campers showcased their classic Campervan. I always find the journey between venues can be a chance for the bride and groom to catch up with each other and have some alone time and Liberty Campers can make this happen in a relaxed and fun way, and making them arrive at The Chilli Barn in style!
Informal, a real wow feature and fun! The Off-Piste Gelato is such a statement, I just love it and couples do too, it’s something unique and quirky to add to their wedding day.
The Tipi from Bar Events UK well and truly showed off the potential to transform the Chilli Barn into a double space venue. The toasty fire pit in the centre roared away and was quickly the go to standing place to warm up our hands and have a natter.
The open side tipi connected the two separate venue spaces which I think is key when booking a venue. You don’t want to lose guests but at the same time, it’s nice to have that chilling by the fire with a marshmallow vibe with the party in the barn. The team from Bar Events UK are just lovely, if you need a tipi, they're the ones to ask, they literally know them inside out.
As soon as you walked into the main barn ceremony area at the Chilli Barn, the floral set up by Leafy Couture was just stunning. Steven Heath serenading us all with his acoustic tunes instantly sets the wedding scene. Blown away by the space already! Just what couples want to see and imagine on their wedding day. Wedding cakes and favours from Estrele Cakes sat beautifully on the ground floor. Too good to eat and so creative.
Up on the mezzanine, a fab space for buffets, chill area or a wedding snug, Hayley Baxter displayed her beautiful photography work next to The Plantation florists who’s bouquets were wild, rustic and incredible. Their work is so well suited to this barn, rustic venue.
In the corner is what this space is really destined for, a pop up photobooth from Booth-O-Matic. Fun props and a funky background with a retro camera that looks the part will have guests entertained for hours. Monique, from Booth-O-Matic can help keep your guests entertained fro hours. Yep, get her booked for happy guests and a load of hilarious photos to share!
As you then ventured outside, past the roaring fire pit and into the fairy lit Tipi, couples were greeted with more friendly supplier faces. Oakleaf’s styled table showed how the tables can be styled in an elegant way with a delicate flowing table runner and refined charger plates and glassware. Good bye rustic log slices and hello pure elegance. Very inspiring styling to show couples what they could have on their wedding day.
Toast of Leeds Photography / The Wedding Vibe flaunted their absolute brilliance by displaying a little taster of their wedding photography. Creative photography with an edge, we like! A lot! I can’t wait to see The Wedding Vibe’s take on The Chilli Barn showcase too. Take a look over at their You Tube videos. They are brilliant, great T-Shirts too!
Three Little Birds Bakery had a stand flooded with pops of colour. With a macaroon tower and cupcakes displayed on the table it looked incredible and would make a great dessert table, again showing couples an alternative for their wedding day. We were lucky enough to sample a few and man did they not disappoint! Thank you Three Little Birds Bakery for the much-needed sugar kick on the day.
Raspberry Toast’s stationery was teamed with an incredible Nordic styled table setting from Floral Dance. They are based in Ilkley and the floral arrangements are out of this world. Again, a really different style and pushing the boundaries of wedding styling. Raspberry Toast designs with heart and each of her designs is put together beautifully. She has some amazing collections for couples to choose from and again her display showed the potential couples have with their stationery details. The foiling…perfection!
If you have kids coming to your wedding then fear not as Emily K Weddings has it covered. At the back of the tipi was her little tipi den that can be hired out to keep the little ones entertained or even for adults to have a power nap after a few too many.
This wedding venue showcase really did have everything covered for your wedding day and that included hair and makeup from Victoria Edwards as well as stunning wedding dresses from Dotty Bridal. Victoria Edwards worked her hair and makeup godmother magic on a lucky model throughout the day, fab to see this lady at work. Dotty’s dresses hung from the barn’s beams and modelled in the ceremony. Seriously gorgeous designs, I don’t know how brides can just choose one! However, make an appointment with Dotty, I’m sure they can help you find THE dream dress!
So that was The Chilli Barn venue showcase. A fab idea to sell really the concept to couples and let you see the full potential and set up for your wedding day. Thank you for inviting us along it was lovely to meet you all!
Photography by Dom Ioanna
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