Set on a working farm in the stunning West Sussex countryside, Southend Barns Wedding Venue was opened in early 2012 by Mariella and William Fleming. The farm buildings were originally used to house the cows when the farm operated as a dairy business. However, the buildings and beautiful landscaped gardens have since been converted and have quickly become the wedding venue of choice for couples that come from far and wide.
The lovingly restored barn complex features a magnificent 200-year-old Threshing Barn, which radiates rustic charm with authentic wooden beams and iron wrought chandeliers. This combined with stylish contemporary touches, such as the unique concrete polished floor make the barn an ideal venue for any wedding party. The barn can accommodate up to 150 for a sit down meal and up to 200 for the evening party. Working in partnership with Sam and Janet Mahoney, the couple behind Field & Fork, all the food served at the venue is sourced locally and cooked onsite in the purpose built kitchen.
Sitting adjacent to the Threshing Barn is the Dairy Barn, which is fully licensed for all civil ceremonies and partnerships. With a wonderful sweeping 22 metre aisle and handmade sweet chestnut benches that can seat up to 150, the barn is an idyllic setting for loved ones to exchange their vows.
Couples can also make use of the calm and luxurious surroundings of the bridal suite, which is located in its own private courtyard. Once used as a dairy parlour it has now been revamped with contemporary interiors complete with driftwood mirrors, lavish rugs and log fire, which will be lit and ready for the couple’s return with a bottle of local Tinwood Sparkling Wine.
There is ample outdoor space with a picturesque courtyard that lies at the heart of the venue, with its luscious lawn, well-kept pots and Cornish slate patio lined with dairy inspired milk churns – it is the perfect spot for photographs and for mingling with guests over drinks and canapés.
As evening falls, the gardens are lit with romantic up-lights that show off the fantastic flint and log walls of the wedding barns. Here guests can gather around the relaxing Collecting Yard with its sumptuous sofas and fire pits to enjoy a truly magical evening setting; the perfect end to a perfect day.
For more information about Southend Barns please visit www.southendbarns.co.uk, call 01243 641247 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.