Real Wedding || Steph & Ryan || September 2019

A Note From Us…

Steph and Ryan – The first time I met Steph and Ryan was back in September 2017, as we were walking around the venue I knew they both had amazing personalities and a great sense of humour, we were going to get on like a house on fire! Each time we met Ryan joked – I started to get a little worried when he said he was planning to have Elephants on arrival, something a little unique he joked. I received a phone call, again with what I was going to take with a pinch of salt until Ryan said they we’re pregnant, expecting a baby just two weeks after their wedding with Steph just laughing in the background…

Why Did You Choose The Pumping House For Your Special Day?

After originally having our heart set on a venue and then being let down, we visited several other venues and The Pumping House was our last of the day. We instantly fell in love with the venue and it just clicked. It was just so us. The open space, the parquet floor, the separate entertaining rooms upstairs and the quarters were everything we were looking for and more. We were so excited to share the venue with our quests.   

Every Love Story Is Unique – Tell Us Yours?

Ryan and I met in 2015 on a night out. After a few weeks of dates, I went to Ryan’s house and pretty much never left! After 3 months we bought a house together and enjoyed our time with each other and with Ryan’s daughter each week. In May 2017 Ryan proposed at home and our wedding planning journey began. Just as we entered 2019 and our wedding was creeping up in the September, we found out we were expecting a little bundle of joy, which meant I would be 38 weeks pregnant on our wedding day and typically for us our lives and wedding plans all altered!

What Was Your Highlight Of The Day? 

We absolutely loved our day and spending it with all of our loved ones. Ryan’s highlight was seeing his little girl and I walking down the aisle. My favourite moment was our amazing band playing the soundtrack too our wedding and the music played will stick with me forever and always bring a smile to my face.

What advice would you give to couples planning their special day? 

We would advise other couples to plan their wedding day for them as a couple. Everyone else will love being there and surrounded by your love no matter what flowers you had or food they ate!

What Was On The Menu? 

Our menu for the day was fantastic. We started with either Seared Beef Fillet Salad with Sweet Mustard Dressing or Butternut Squash, Sweet Potato with a Hint of Chilli Soup. For main course it was either Pan Fried Chicken Breast with a White Wine, Cream and Tarragon Sauce or Leg of Spring Lamb Roasted with Garlic and Rosemary, Red Wine Jus. For dessert we had Chocolate Fudge Brownies with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream or Eton Mess with Crushed Homemade Meringues, Mixed Berry Compote & Whipped Cream. All of the food was incredible.

  What Was Your Inspiration For The Day? 

We didn’t have a specific theme or inspiration for the day other than tying in things that we loved. We are big gin drinkers and therefore collected all different gin bottles for our centrepieces which we filled with flowers and fairy lights. Our little ones favourite colour is blue so that became our colour scheme!

The Dream Team…

All of our suppliers were amazing. Jo and the Pumping House team were on hand day and night in the run up to the wedding. Jo even supported by dad behind the scenes to plan his speech which included some surprises! The venue was styled by Save The Date who completely understood our vision and put everything together so effortlessly. Our beautiful flowers were done by Peonies & Plumes who provided all bouquets, venue flowers and gifts. Our incredible 3 tier wedding cake was created by Storeybook Wedding Cakes and was so tasty, even after dishing out to 20 overnight guests the next day we still had plenty to enjoy ourselves. My bridesmaids and I had our hair styled by Hairway to Heaven Bridal Sophie worked her magic and made us all feel amazing. Our make up was done by Josephine Way who is just incredible. Josephine even supported me to completely change my make up look 3 days before the wedding! The soundtrack to our wedding day was provided by The John Adams Band. We originally saw John at a food festival in 2016 and instantly fell in love with his voice and his vibe. As soon as we had decided we wanted a live band to play throughout the day we knew it had to be John. All of our guests were amazed by him and he just tied everything together for us. To have live music played during our ceremony and for our first dance was such an incredible feeling.

Remi Rose Marsden waited until her due date and was born on Monday 30th September 2019 at 11:26pm.

Photography by Eve Hopkinson


September Open Day

Sunday September 24th saw our amazing open day here at The Pumping House. Emails began flooding in on Monday from both booked and new brides to tell us how amazing they thought our beautiful venue looked, so if you missed out we though we would share the day!


The Pumping house is such a unique venue that speaks for itself with quirky styling and its original features, most of our couples have fallen for us just based on this. But we all like to get dressed up once in a while and do what we love most and that’s throw a wedding!

When the date was set in our diary we knew who we needed to call; Team Pumping House don’t have recommended suppliers as such we much prefer to get to know individuals and their teams to go on and recommend them to our couples. Only once we ourselves have a built up a good relationship and class them as friends we recommend, this list is growing quite quick 😉

So here they are, with the help of our friends, our open day in pictures… ENJOY!

Save the date event hire and styling are always first choice when it comes to transforming our smazing spaces, they know our venue inside out, well they should really as they have a hidden gem of a showroom in our basement which is just a treasure trove of all things wedding. If you didn’t get the chance to pop down on the open day get in touch for a private appointment, these ladies are just fantastic they can help with as much or as little as you need and will always go that extra mile!



Keeping the Engine Hall simple and elegant with touches of blush and coppers for the table scapes, complimenting with the stunning blooms in raspberries and pinks, Dan from Peonies and Plumes did us proud with stunning creations on our tables, cake, and Ollerton Room.








Floral hoops are a huge trend going into 2018, what better way to use them than in our ceremony room as a backdrop for all your guests to adore whilst you say your vows in this stunning room which overlooks our beautiful woodland.


Not forgetting this amazing bouquet! It was certainly a hit with many of you brides, we saw you all having a cheeky hold whilst swooning the Silk from Little Acorn Silks.



So many of our brides love our Bridal boutique and it looked even more stunning with the addition of this gorgeous gown from Frances Day Bridal

We love nothing more than a talking point, the amazing backdrop behind the top table and the cake swing was certainly just that, when you have a creation as simply stunning as this you know it’s time to get in touch with Sophie at The Confetti Cakery to showcase her delicious cakes!


Whilst on the topic of something a little bit different- the doughnut wall, we may have had a WOW moment when we saw it being installed; Couples are loving the alternative options you can have here!




Saving the best till last… how about having a pizza van rock up to your evening reception? The fantastic Mr and Mrs Pickwicks were another on our list. Having already attended weddings here and with a number of future weddings already in their diary for 2018/19 they jumped at the chance of coming along and meeting you all. We know you love them as much as we do, their pizza tastes pretty good too 😉




We have an amazing outdoor space and we love it when couples want to get there guests out in the fresh woodland, wether it be with their photographer or with the help of some sort of fun entertainment in the form of our snap cab…. Yes it’s actually a photobooth in a white britsh taxi, hands up who’
s a converted fan?


**remember the taxi is exclusive to us here.


We loved having you all over for our open day and we are already planning the next….

Get Sunday 21st of January booked in to your diary!!

Team Pumping House xx

{{ Real Wedding || Kate & Becky || July 2017 }} A modern, relaxed, Summer wedding.

One gorgeous Saturday in July, we saw the stunning wedding of Kate & Becky…


Kate & Becky are both teachers living in Cambodia –  planning a wedding is difficult enough, let alone trying to plan a wedding whilst being on another continent. They hired the professional services of Amy Thorne at Amaranthyne straight away Amy set out to find the venue of their dreams. Kate and Becky described their perfect venue, which included the words – relaxed, modern, non-traditional, non-fussy, natural, barn-like and industrial; Well, The Pumping House ticked all of their boxes.

The first time we met Kate & Becky was over a Skype call, myself and Amy gave them a tour whilst they were 7 hours away enjoying a glass of fizz. Instantly, they could visualise having their wedding celebrations here and fell in love with the charm of The Pumping House.

Kate and Becky’s wedding day was exquisite, two ladies clearly in love surrounded by their loving family. A quiet and relaxed celebration, The Engine Hall was elegantly dressed with lanterns, candles, flowers and stunning foliage by The Flower Barn The Flower Barn. The room filled with tears during the ceremony, touching speeches were followed by delicious canapés, shared antipasti boards, tagines, couscous and salads by Gail Dandy Catering. Finishing the meal with my favourite part …. THE BAKE OFF! The dance floor was alive all evening with the Brides and their guests giving The Pumping House our first Queen Chorus of Bohemian Rhapsody! This wedding day is certainly one we’ll remember.

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We wish both Kate and Becky a lifetime of happiness, continuing to treasure many more memories on their journey together.

Kate & Becky’s dream team –

Photographer – Lusina Wedding Photography
Full Wedding Planning – Amy Thorne from Amaranthyne Weddings
Wedding Flowers – Jenny & Emma from Flower Barn
Hair – Hayley Broughton
Makeup – Calli Webb
Wedding Dresses – WED2B
Catering – Gail Dandy
DJ and Dance floor – Diverse Entertainment



The Pumping House, in drink terms, is most definatly not a buck’s fizz!

There’s something about a warm summers day that just makes you want to grab an ice cold drink and soak in the warmth of the air, because lets face it, here in the uk we don’t exactly get our fair share of the worlds sun do we? As these beautiful days are set to stay a little while longer and we prepare for our upcoming summer weddings, we thought we would share a little about what we love here at The Pumping House … delivering the perfect beverages to you and guests.  We have not one, not two, but 3 bar spaces and a bar bike for good measure in order to do this.


As you can probably tell we have a love for all things drink related and if it’s a new trend or flavour, we have to be the first to try it out. Whether It stays a lasting love or just a fling….? well that would be telling!


We love a good drink, any kind of drink and just recently we have been on a Gin adventure, and oh boy it’s been a good one. Gone are the days of the old bog standard Gordons gin and Schweppes tonic, (sorry guys, but you’ll be classed as retro soon enough!)

Enter the new kids on the block…


Our Beautiful balloon glasses filled to the brim with light and crisp Bombay sapphire, following the floral factor of the botanicals through with a hint of rosemary, then adding a contrasting sharpness with fresh grapefruit and finished with one of our favourites, fentimans grapefruit tonic.


Or how about a quirky, and somewhat acquired taste of tanquary filled with the stunning Fentimans Rose Lemonade and finished with a candyfloss crown, for the princess in all of us!


And not forgetting the classic taste of Hendricks with frozen cucumber sticks, stacked with ice and dressed with bursting juniper berries.


All these unique new Gin offerings got our heads in a spin at The Pumping House HQ and with more and more brides and grooms through our doors each and every week, the more these quirky gin cocktails are at the forefront of the new aged couple’s requirements.


A modest offering of buck’s fizz just doesn’t cut it this day in age and quite honestly we love that people are experimenting with new ideas and are wanting to be a little different from the rest. Let’s face it, The Pumping House, in drink terms, is most defiantly not a buck’s fizz!


We are more a new craft gin, one of a kind. Laced with hidden delights of bursting berries and sprigs of unique garnishes, filled to the tip top with a delightful new ‘on trend’ but traditionally quirky tonic!

I’m not sure if I’m describing just a drink there… sounds pretty much like I have summed up our stunning venue in the form of a drink to me??!!

Anyway… for all that have been to visit The Pumping House, there’s one room in particular that sticks in people’s minds, maybe it’s the gin thing?


Our beautiful hidden gem of a botanical room always seems to prove a popular talking point, with its lush green foliage creating an outdoor, indoor and the note to botanicals in the form of wall art and stylish décor, this eccentric room just screams GIN!



So what else would you do in a room like this …. Well fill it with Gin of course…


And with that, the botanical room now hosts its very own gin bar!


Nestled away between the alluring decorative objects, and fitting into the styling of the room seamlessly, you will find a generous few bottles of some of our favourite gin tipples.

Our personal favourites at the moment are Tanquaray, Hendricks, larioss, and Bombay Sapphire just to name a few ( I’m sure we will be introduced to a lot more along the way) and if the gin sets the bar, the tonic must match so calling on our friends over at Fentimans was the obvious choice, they have very kindly let us try their full range, which we are still getting through, ‘hick’ and oh my it’s a whole new world, so far the Rose Lemonade and the Grapefruit tonic are in the fore front with the Ginger beer close behind, the combinations are endless and its all in the name of research I promise.


But what else does the perfect gin and tonic need, well just about anything you can think of, our gin bar is bursting with berries, lashings of limes and lemons and a sprinkling of spices all ready to be jigged about in your gin and lets not forget a helping of herbs in our mini gin garden, growing in amongst the greenery we have mint, basil and rosemary.

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So there you have it, a whole new world of Gin awaits you here at The Pumping House, if you would like to pop along and talk about Weddings and Gin with us ( both our favourite topics) and how it could work for your wedding or event just get in touch!

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