We simply love helping inspire your wedding planning, and we just had to share this wonderful wedding photoshoot with you, enjoy!

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This team met at Southend Barns to set up the most amazing wedding photoshoot – the ladies though it was was going to be good, but the end result exceeded their expectations. 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. Coral, peach and mint were the main colour themes, with a hint of gold. The set locations were the Dairy Barn Ceremonies Room, a dining area, a drinks table, a sweet table, a cake table, a wishing tree, the bridal suite and various outside scenes around the venue. The team hope to inspire brides to look at this collection and see how they could apply some or all of the elements in their special day.

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The venue

The Dairy Barn Ceremonies Room

The ceremonies room with its white décor has high exposed beams and wooden benches for the seated guests. Unassuming drapes and hanging ivy wre used to provide a new dimension to the room whilst the bridal flowers stood out on the neutral background.

The Dining Area

Ribbons adorned the chairs with crystal glass floral centrepieces. Gold edged plates with gold cutlery complete with crystal glassware created a classic table style. Butterfly menus and name cards matched in colour the mini macaron favours with matching confetti strewn over the crisp white cloth.

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The Drinks Table

Something for the evening possibly? What about setting an area where your guests can pour their own drink from a decanter or a tapped drink dispenser.

The Sweet Table

Macarons galore with a tower, mini macarons and other yummy items. Taking a piece of furniture, in this case Southend Barns sideboard, edible pieces combine to create a focal area at a wedding. Gold leafed marshmallows bring the ‘hint of gold’ element into the sweet table.

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The Cake Table

A naked cake always looks amazing whether it’s tall or small. Here with the backdrops, barn setting, the addition of macarons, fruit and matching flowers it looks simply superb.

The Wishing Tree

A personal feature at a wedding could be a wishing tree. With butterflies to write on using the provided bespoke pens your guests create lots of lovely memories for you to recount long after your wedding. The use of butterflies ties the table and backdrops together in this styled shoot.

Outside Scenes

The bride, groom and flowergirls were captured in the romantic courtyards and gardens of Southend Barns. The flowergirls wore exclusive designed dresses that balanced perfectly with the bride’s gown and grey suit of the groom.

The Suppliers

Eliza Mabel – supplied flowergirl dresses and accessories

Cheryl of Eliza Mabel, said about the shoot “It was a pleasure to be involved in this shoot, especially with the added excitement of using my own dress designs. This exclusive design is a simple yet sophisticated dress style in a satin with a little lace detail sash, that complemented the look of the day. I chose a very soft pink which worked so well with the beautiful coral and peach tones of the shoot. With matching dyed Rainbow Club shoes as the dresses to co-ordinate the look, combined with simple cardigans and hair accessories that just finished off the outfits.

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Hana Venn Photography – captured the stunning products and models

For Hana not having a product range to talk about can make it trickier to explain her side of things however we think she’s given a good perspective of the day. “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.

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Creative Wedding Workshop – provided backdrops, draping, wishing tree and styling

Eliza of the Creative Wedding Workshop said “I loved working with the coral, peach and mint colour theme for this shoot. Using the fresh white base colour as the backdrop worked perfectly. The colour theme suited the rustic barn backdrop and would look gorgeous for a spring or summer wedding. Coral and peach can be quite difficult to colour match as there are a variety of tones available. The products I created for the shoot worked as backdrops for the macarons and flowers. They worked to enhance the star pieces, setting the scene and tying the theme together. I aim to create pieces that are beautiful but are not the main attraction. They create focus on key areas but do not scream look at me.

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Queen Bees – all sweet treats, macarons and naked cake

Allison from Queen Bees said “Knowing the colour scheme allowed me to create many shades of macarons to produce what I believe is a striking macaron tower. On its own it is a lovely item, but when dressed with accompanying mini macarons, macaron pops, cupcakes and gold leafed marshmallows you can see how a dessert table can be created. Whilst the mini macarons in diminutive bell jars looked gorgeous as favours on the dining table. My overall plan when creating the simple naked cake decorated with macarons and fruit was for it to complement the macaron tower and show how it could provide another dessert option at a wedding.

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Bridal Flowers Direct – supplied flowers and styling items

Sally of Bridal Flowers Direct commented, “It was a pleasure to be involved with this photoshoot and to, once again, work with the other highly talented local wedding suppliers. In keeping with the chosen colour scheme of a mixed palette of coral, peach and mint green with a hint of gold we selected ‘Juliet’ & ‘Miss Piggy’ Roses, ‘Jana’ Spray Roses, green Lisianthus, peach Hypericum Berries, white Astilbe, cream Stocks, Eucalyptus Cinerea and variegated trailing Ivy. Whilst complementing the colour scheme and the rural but sophisticated setting of the venue, the chosen flowers also reflected current wedding trends in terms of both colour and varieties of flowers and style of arrangements.

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Wedding Dress provided by Bijou Bridal, hair styled by Alisa Greany and make-up styled by Kerri McEneaney. Working as a collaborative, with different suppliers and a range of services, showcased how effective and ultimately, individual, a wedding can be. If this has inspired you visit Southend Barns now!

Full shoot

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