Elaine and Greg started running Gants Mill as a wedding venue when they moved to Somerset with their three children in 2007.
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Bruton, Somerset BA10 0DB
They took over the family farm from Elaine's parents in December 2011. The farm and mill have been in Elaine's family since 1949, and they are delighted to be able to carry on business here for another generation.
As well as the mill, weddings and family, much time is taken up looking after their flock of Lleyn sheep.
Elaine grew up at Gants Mill and after university went to London to train as a chartered accountant, where she met Greg. In 1994 they married, celebrating their wedding reception in a marquee at Gants Mill.
Elaine is responsible for the gardens at Gants Mill, making sure that they are full of colour throughout the wedding and garden-opening season.
Since returning to Somerset Elaine has become active in the local community, becoming a member of the local PCC.
She has become a keen runner and particularly enjoys local off-road events such as the Stourhead 10k King Alfred’s Torment, as well as tackling the Bath and Salisbury half marathons.
Greg (also a chartered accountant) escaped corporate life as a Finance Director in London to set up the Gants Mill Weddings business. He is originally from Liverpool, which explains why the children can sometimes be heard singing “The Fields of Anfield Road”.
His main hobby is music. He plays guitar and sings, both as a solo act and with his band, the oddly named “Jahn Teller and the Distortions”. One of his songs, “I Love Radio 4”, achieved national radio coverage when it was played on “You and Yours” in March 2008, and can be heard and seen on YouTube. He claims Elaine has prohibited him from singing at other people’s weddings!
Greg is the Chairman of the Friends of St Mary charity, and was one of the founding team which set up the parish magazine. He has performed onstage with the Bruton Players, as well as with his own one man show 'Witty Ditties', raising money for local charities.
The annual Gants Mill Charity Ball has become a fixture in the local social calendar, raising many thousands of pounds for good causes. It is also the only Gants Mill event at which Elaine lets Greg sing.
So that's us. Well done for getting down this far.
"Thank you very much for all the help that you gave us both in the lead up to our wedding and on the day itself. Your calm approach and helpful guidance was greatly appreciated. We were able to enjoy the occasion and spend time with our guests in the knowledge that you would ably handle anything that cropped up." Jules & Ian