Special place to wed

November 21, 2017

Anne and Geoffrey Smith stand in front of the beautiful barn they helped create for Byrchendale Barn Weddings.

Anne and Geoffrey Smith love Byrchendale Barn Weddings.

Anne Smith of Byrchendale Barn Weddings.

A barn might not be the first place you would think about holding a wedding, but the timeless beauty of Byrchendale will warm anyone’s cold feet.

Set in the lush greenery of a retired dairy farm, Byrchendale Barn Weddings was created three years ago by Murchison’s Anne and Geoffrey Smith with their daughter Tegan Munroe and son-in-law Jason Munroe.

The family members had been searching across Victoria for the perfect wedding venue, but soon realised they need go no further than their own front yard.

Mr Munroe, a skilled carpenter, was keen to build a chapel, so with the blessing of his in-laws, he created a stunning venue in which to tie the knot.

Mrs Smith said the chapel was big enough for about 100 people and had a background of pear trees.

The group then began holding weddings with a marquee set up in the yard for receptions, but a storm eventually tore it down so a barn was built as a reception venue.

Byrchendale Barn Weddings was put on hiatus during winter, but came back stronger than ever with the inclusion of the barn, which features a large staircase, airconditioning, a bridal area and chandeliers.

Now, Mr and Mrs Smith are preparing to welcome the wedding season.

Mrs Smith said the venue had become popular through word of mouth and they were enjoying hosting a variety of celebrations.

‘‘It’s a lovely activity because it’s always cheerful because people are there to celebrate,’’ Mrs Smith said.

‘‘The good thing about here is that you can have your wedding here, your guests relax in the garden and have drinks and canapes while you have your photos taken.

‘‘Then you come back and you have your venue there ready to have the rest of your celebration. It works really well.’’

Mrs Smith said they had held about 20 weddings so far and had many more booked going into 2019.

■Byrchendale Barn Weddings is tucked away on a retired dairy farm in Murchison.

For more information about holding your wedding, other celebration or funeral there, visit

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