Southend Barns dancing

Anna and Calum had a wonderful wedding day at Southend Barns in west Sussex…

We met a couple of times before the wedding day to talk about ideas and to visit the venue together. Southend Barns is popular and picturesque – the venue buildings are close together and surround a beautiful lawn which creates the perfect space for guests to mingle. I arrived in the morning to photograph Anna’s preparations which included her father’s job of inflating a couple of Mr and Mrs balloons – carefully making sure they were the same size!

One benefit of visiting a venue before the day is to generate ideas for possible shots. A set of mirrors in the entrance to the ceremony room caught my eye and I got a rough idea of how I might use them. On the day, I was able to catch Anna and her father glancing at each other just before the ceremony and include Anna’s sister and the piper in the frame.

The couple chose a humanist ceremony which involves the rings being passed between all the guests to be blessed. Their vows were very emotional and even had the venue staff teary eyed! Following the ceremony, everyone had some time to relax with a drink and Anna and Calum ducked for a few minutes as they wanted a few photos of just the two of them. They decided to have their speeches before the wedding breakfast and following that, their first dance and ceilidh. It was a fabulous day in which everything came together perfectly.

Southend Barns wedding bridal make-up

Southend Barns bride make-up and dad with balloon

Southend Barns wedding groom and best man

Southend Barns groom shaking hands

Southend Barns wedding groom

Southend Barns wedding ceremony room

Southend Barns wedding bride hugging father

Southend Barns wedding bride and father in mirror

Southend Barns wedding looking down the isle

Southend Barns ceremony

Southend Barns wedding humanist ring blessing

Southend Barns couple in the mirror during ceremony

Southend Barns wedding bride tears

Southend Barns kiss

Southend Barns wedding walking back up the isle

Southend Barns confetti

Southend Barns wedding couple walking

Southend Barns looking out of the threshing barn

Southend Barns wedding betting card

Southend Barns wedding speeches

Southend Barns speeches

Southend Barns speeches

Southend Barns wedding speeches

Southend Barns wedding tray of shots

Southend Barns wedding toasting marshmallows

Southend Barns first dance

Southend Barns dancing

Southend Barns dancing