Shustoke Farm Barns is a brand new wedding venue based only a stones throw from the CoverUps Coventry HQ. While the West Midlands and Warwickshire have their share of good wedding venues, it’s great to see a new one of such a high standard.
Background Of Shustoke Farm Barns
Shustoke Farms Barns is actually run by Cotswolds based wedding firm, Cripps Kitchen. Their other wedding venues, Cripps Barn near Bibury and Stone Barn on the Oxfordshire/Gloucestershire border are classic English countryside wedding venues set in the heart of the Cotswolds. We actually visited Cripps Barn only last year – you can read our blog of that night here: Cripps Barn Wedding.
On With The Show!
The band arrived at 7pm. This is later than the usual 6pm start, but the way the timings worked out (including being so close to home) we were able to eat at home and arrive at the venue just as the wedding breakfast finished. A handy feature of Shustoke Barns for us is that there’s an area directly behind the stage. All our gear could be loaded in there, and certain bits set up ready to move into place when the area was cleared. It was about 45 mins before we were set and ready to go from the time the area was available, so a good way to keep things slick!
The bride and groom were a delightful couple to work with – really excited about their day. Since the groom was a wheelchair user they decided not to have a first dance and just crack straight into the dancing all together. Can’t Buy Me Love was their choice as first live song and it’s lively, upbeat feel definitely got the room going from the off!
Rocking Party Band
The couple made lots of choices from our rockier end of the set. From Stereophonics towards the end of the first set to The White Stripes and Fratellis later in the night it was a fantastic opportunity to break from the normal wedding tunes. Teenage Dirtbag, which had been missing in action for the last few months made a reappearance to a lively dance floor – and as you can see from the photos below the was a big hit!
Return To Shustoke Farm Barns
Despite being a brand new wedding venue, the diary at Shustoke Farm Barns was filling up nicely already. With any luck we’ll have the pleasure of working there again in the future. For now though just enjoy the photos from the night!