Meet The Family
Hanbury Wedding Barn is truly a family endeavour. The idea started from a wedding photography profession but has grown to call on the diverse skills of two generations acquired from many businesses. These skills include catering, hospitality, construction and management consultancy and have all been essential to the start-up of this unique new venture.
Adrian’s passion for wedding photography has given an insight into over 150 different wedding venues allowing us to adopt many features into the barns. In addition, creating a photography brand from scratch has required considerable skills in marketing, using social media and handling large numbers of people. Photographing over 400 weddings has provided a superb grounding in understanding how to run a successful celebration.
His wife Kirsty has an equine background helping to form the distinctly farm atmosphere of the venue. Kirsty has run her own artisan chocolate business specialising in creating wedding favours, alongside her equine profession which utilises the business skills from her BSc. She has turned her hand to the design of the barns with an instinctive flair that has helped shape the rustic style of these old buildings.
Kirsty has given her parents, Mike & Carol, a new challenge after they retired from running their own management consultancy for over 25 years. This company specialised in logistics projects, with an annual turnover exceeding £0.5m. Mike is managing the construction process as well as providing the business strategy.
Carol’s experience includes Company Secretary, managing company accounts, payroll, Human Resources and Health and Safety. In addition, Carol runs a busy Bed & Breakfast business, bringing more hospitality skills to the team.
Also involved is Kirsty’s brother, Alistair and his wife Rebecca. Rebecca brings many years’ experience in hospitality. This has included restaurant and hotel management, catering, coordinating events, training and now hospitality consultant. Alistair’s input is engineering and technical with an emphasis on IT and networking.
We believe it is only this team approach that can take an idea and bring to fruition a new business. It has been challenging to slowly divest our previous passions to build a new one while nurturing four children under 5.
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