A BRADFORD-on-Tone couple's marriage on the family farm was so special they decided to set up a wedding venue there for other couples.

Georgia and Al Venn's big day in 2015 led to the creation of the exclusive Waterside Country Barn last year, although the pandemic means only four ceremonies have been held so far.

Things are looking more positive now and already six couples have booked to marry at the idyllic lakeside setting next year, with dates available for two more weddings.

Georgia, whose family live in Bishops Lydeard, said: "Following our special day, we wanted to make it possible for other couples to experience what we had.

"We believe the location and setting makes a unique and magical backdrop.

"Despite the lockdowns, we kept our heads above water and almost two years on, we are ready to hit the ground running."

Couples have full and exclusive use of the stunning wedding barn sitting in a six-acre field, with four glamping units sleeping up to ten, all with 360-degree views of glorious English countryside.

Clients can choose from two wedding packages - or event create their own bespoke day.

There was a scary moment for one husband and wife-to-be en route to celebrate their nuptials at Waterside.

Mother-of-two and events manager Georgia said: "Their wedding car ran out of fuel two minutes from the venue, so we quickly found a can of petrol on the farm and got the car going while their 180 guests waited patiently on the rose arched bridge to welcome them to the reception.

"Another couple had planned a romantic blessing by the lakeside with guests sat lined on rows of straw bales.

"With the uncertainty of the weather, we decided to set up for the blessing inside the barn. However, with 30 minutes to spare the weather suddenly cleared into bright sunshine and we made the call to relocate back to the lakeside. It was a really special moment and the sun shone for the duration of the afternoon."

Al, who grew up on the farm, is a carpenter and runs a business making timber frame outbuildings - much of the Waterside venue was constructed by his team at Outbuild.

Waterside is offered free to terminally ill brides and grooms through a link up[ with the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation.