I met Claire and Richard Down in October 2017.
They are a formidable couple who have grown a successful wedding business literally from the ground
Whilst looking for their own wedding venue, they realised that there was no where quite as special as home and decided to restore their old kitchen garden incorporating an oak-framed arbour which could be licensed for outdoor wedding ceremonies.
After their own memorable wedding day at home, they realised the opportunity they had created for other couples to marry at Upton and went one step further, developing an old cider barn into a stunning, licensed, indoor wedding venue.
After trading for two successful years they expanded their venue by incorporating The Stable Barn.
Once stables to father Chris Down’s racehorses, the barn has been transformed into a spectacular space for Wedding Breakfasts allowing Upton to increase their capacity from 120 to 156 guests and increase their flexibility.
Whilst also developing their business, they were also enlarging their family and needed some more help to continue to develop their business. Having already recruited an events coordinator they also realised that they needed some more support with their marketing.
I stepped in to help build brand awareness, compiling a robust marketing strategy.
Developing their social media engagement, improving their website and online listings, producing editorial for online and print publications, creating a timely online virtual tour and working with their team to produce some great promotional events including an opening party for The Stable Barn and A Wedding Salon.