Images by Adorlee.
Weddings at Southend Barns are always a joy to see and Emily & Adam’s big day is no exception.
With copper and peach vibes, their gorgeous Westie-poo fur baby in attendance and an abundance of Winter Pimms, this beautiful celebration is bound to put a smile on your face this Monday!
Notes from the Bride
When we were looking for a venue we wanted somewhere that you could have the ceremony and the reception in the same place so people could relax straight away knowing they wouldn’t have to go anywhere. We wanted somewhere which had the wow factor and also had homely cosy atmosphere.
When we found out Southend Barns was booked up for the following summer, we decided to have our wedding in January 2016 and embrace the winter wedding theme. I started to imagine how beautiful our day could be with wintery blue skies, fire pits, faux fur and warm winter Pimms. This was definitely the place where our visions could come true.
Our guests even now over a year after our wedding don’t stop talking about Southend Barns, everyone we speak to says just what an amazing venue we chose to hold our special day.
Also it has to be said the service we received from Alice was great, she made us feel special and nothing was too much trouble.
As we were having a winter wedding this was our main inspiration. We also really like metallic colours so we decided to choose copper as our metallic and main theme colour.
Back in 2015 when I was trying to source things of the copper colour it was actually quite difficult as the trend hadn’t really set in, now if I was planning a copper wedding there would be things everywhere for me to choose from!
Images by Nicki Feltham Photography.
Sussex-based wedding venue, Southend Barns is a pretty special place and this year marks it’s five year anniversary! In that time, 50,000 guests have raised their glasses, 25,000 bottles of Champagne have been enjoyed and 40,000 corks have been popped! Their couples mean the world to them, which is why they’ve all been invited back to attend their upcoming summer party celebration. If you fall a little bit in love with the spaces below, then you can visit Southend Barns too on Sunday 7th May from 12pm – 4pm.
Entry to the event is free and it is the ideal opportunity to meet with local suppliers and have a peek at the 200-year-old Threshing Barn, the elegant Dairy Barn with its sweeping 22 metre aisle and the luxurious Milking Parlour, which is now a stylish bridal suite.
You can discover more over on our Event Diary, but for now let’s get back to Anuska & Robert’s story…
Notes from the Bride & Groom
We knew we wanted to get married on November 1st as this is our anniversary and we couldn’t think of a more romantic day for our wedding. It was important to embrace the season and we wanted a venue to compliment the natural beauty of Autumn. Southend Barns was perfect – beautiful and rustic, and allowed us to add personal touches that made it our own. Being half Danish, there is a term we love called ‘hygge’ which can be described as a sense of ‘cosiness’ – Southend Barns has that as its essence – the natural barns, the cosy undercover fire pits, and a relaxed feel.
I’m not particularly the ‘Bridal’ type, and although I’m girly, the thought of wedding dress shopping was really stressful. When it came to my outfit, I knew I wanted something I could wear again. I decided on a top and a skirt so that I would be able to mix and match them in the future and then, on the special occasions that I wear them, I will be reminded of our big day. E&W Couture is a beautiful little boutique in Cardiff, so personal and fun, with that touch of ‘alternative’ I was looking for. Once I had the skirt, I found a corset and lace overlay from high street shops. Robert and I both decided on our shoes being our ‘something blue’, mine from Dune with a matching purse, and Robert’s from M&S.
We did the venue flowers ourselves, but decided on professional flowers for the bouquets and buttonholes. I used a local florist, Catkin & Pussywillow, who have such a creative flare mixed with a wild rustic beauty. I discussed with them that I was looking for ‘wild, rustic and seasonal’ and allowed them to design the flowers. When they arrived the morning of the wedding, they were more beautiful than I ever could have imagined. The flowers perfectly complimented the autumnal colours we picked for the bridesmaids outfits and groomsmen’s bow ties. We have since dried the bouquets and have them hanging in the house as a beautiful display that we can keep forever.
Natalie & Elliott celebrated their beautiful big day at a stunning barn wedding venue in West Sussex. Southend Barns was the perfect ‘blank-canvas’ interior for their woodland themed wedding. This gorgeous winter wedding is Narnia-esque and there are so many delicious details for you to be inspired by it’s almost too difficult to know where to start! There’s moss and succulent centrepieces, Bridesmaids in floral crowns and fur, marshmallows toasting and even a Hedgehog. Yes folks, a hedgehog.
Beautifully captured by LucyLou Photography, Natalie talks us through their special day and the planning involved…
Notes from the Bride
Elliott and I have always wanted to get married in a barn and for us Southend Barns was perfect. Not only did it have the rustic beams running throughout the Dairy and Threshing Barn, but also had a modern and unique twist to the venue, which we instantly fell in love with.
We absolutely love the New Forest and enjoy spending lots of time exploring new parts of the forest, so for us choosing a wedding theme was very simple. With the Forest theme decided we also wanted the wedding colours to be muted, natural, earthy tones, so the Bridesmaid’s dresses were a nude blush, the Groom and Ushers suits were brown tweed along with sage green ties and bow ties. To keep away the frosty February air, myself and the Bridesmaid’s wore brown fur stoles.
I love Southend Barns. A lot. So when this gorgeous shoot presented itself my love grew even deeper. Southend Barns in West Sussex is a venue like no other. The restored barns, magnificent gardens, bridal suite, outdoor sofas and fire pits create an amazing daytime setting and in addition a wonderful evening surrounding.
The scandi-esque vibe of this wedding venue is the perfect blank canvas for bright shades and what better combo than coral, peach and mint all brought together by a hint of gold.
Five ladies in the wedding industry met at Southend Barns to set up this amazing wedding photoshoot and they’re going to talk you through their style choices. They wanted to show off each space that makes up this fab venue – providing inspiration for venues, planners and brides as to what could be realised in this or any similar location. This styled shoot covers the a ceremony set-up, a dining area, a drinks table, a sweet table, a cake table, a wishing tree and various outside scenes around the venue!
There may also be a butterfly motif, just like our Modern Vintage style category!
So let’s kick off the week with this stunning rustic editorial, captured by Hana Venn Photography.
Notes from Southend Barns
With the incredibly talented group of suppliers styling the shoot, I knew I was going to be blessed with lots of beautiful things to photograph. A lot of my brides tell me of how they are inspired by styled shoots, the way the photographs can show them what is achievable within their colour scheme and theme. My aim was to create photographs which inspired people and show what they can achieve for their own weddings, focusing on the smallest details to the bigger areas, really setting the scene!
Southend Barns was the perfect venue for the shoot, having photographed weddings there, I knew that I would be spoilt for choice with photo locations whatever the weather, and would be surrounded by beautiful rustic backdrops and countryside…
Image courtesy of ID Salon.
We’re talking fashion and glamour this morning pretties…
Southend Barns, a rather gorgeous rustic wedding venue in Chichester, will be hosting a bridal fashion show on Wednesday 17th September from 7-9pm.
The event will raise money for the charity St Wilfrid’s Hospice, and is set to be a glamorous evening where guests can enjoy sparkling wine and canapés from Field & Fork, view a choreographed fashion show and meet talented local wedding suppliers.
Themes such as vintage, glamour, boho and rock ‘n’ roll will be featured in the show, which will showcase fashion for men, women and children, as well as gorgeous accessories!
Before and after the catwalk event, you’ll have the opportunity to meet the local, handpicked, wedding suppliers in the venue’s elegant ceremony room. It will be the perfect relaxed and informal atmosphere where you can find inspiration and meet potential suppliers for your wedding day!
Mariella Fleming, owner of Southend Barns, is super excited about the event and can’t wait to welcome you…
Tickets for the fashion show cost £30 and are on sale now with limited spaces. All proceeds from the event will be donated to St Wilfrid’s Hospice.
To book your tickets please email email@example.com or call 01243 641247.
To see more of this Rustic wedding venue, skip on over to Coco Wedding Venues!