May was a milestone moment here at Southend Barns as it marked ten wonderful years of our beloved wedding venue.
To celebrate our first decade, we flung open our barn doors for a special anniversary party. Joined by many of the people who have contributed to Southend Barns’ success over the years, including lots of the wonderful couples to have tied the knot with us, the party was a beautiful and emotional occasion.
May has also seen the launch of our new rebrand and website. Our 10th anniversary seemed the perfect time to have an update – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
Keep reading for a glimpse into the fun and festivities at our ‘Cheers to 10 Years’ anniversary party…
It was fantastic to catch up with so many of the couples whose weddings we have been honoured to be a part of over the years. Hearing their stories and their lovely sentiments about our staff and venue was really very special.
“Southend Barns was the first venue we looked at and nothing else compared each time we returned to be sure of our decision. We loved that it was a family business and that the ceremony Dairy Barn was a stones throw from the celebratory Threshing Barn. It was just beautiful, simple and welcoming with a warm and genuine team.”
Claire & Dan
“We wanted a venue that could host both the ceremony and reception that was beautiful, classic and high quality, but also somewhere that was within 2 hours of London and that had a small town nearby so it would be easy for our guests to come to and stay. Southend Barns just ticked ALL those boxes. We were having a winter wedding and the setting was just stunning. We loved the attention to detail in every aspect of the property.”
Mr & Mrs Smith
“We viewed Southend Barns and instantly fell in love with it, it’s not your typical barn that’s for sure! Everything about it was perfect, everything had been so meticulously thought out down to the smallest detail – a modern venue infused with character and history. The layout of the venue was fantastic and the bridal suite was stunning. It had a variety of great places for photos too. Having the undercover seating area outside was a great option if it rained (we had a May wedding but we all know how unpredictable British weather can be!). The candles and festoon lighting added to the atmosphere as well. Such a magical place which holds wonderful memories in our hearts.”
Ellen & Dean
“We picked Southend Barns because we loved the venue, everyone that we dealt with from start to finish were incredibly helpful, friendly and we felt we were in good hands. And the Secret Garden really swung it – from the moment we saw it we knew that this was where we wanted to get married.”
Kirstie & Dave
To mark our 10th anniversary we commissioned a sculpture by local artist Kate Viner. The beautiful piece was unveiled at the party and has proudly taken its place in our gardens. You can find out more about the statue and the inspiration behind it here.
Our talented Roots team came up with three delicious Southend Barns themed cocktails for the party. From an adaptation of ‘The Fleming Punch’ – a homage to Mariella and William Fleming, to a completely new creation ‘The Bee-Root Sour’ – a delightful blend of Southend Farm honey, egg white, lemon, cassis and blueberry gin, and the decadent ‘Southend Sunrise’ mocktail – filled with apple, orange, fresh basil and beetroot juice. There was something for everyone.
It really was an unforgettable event and we’d like to thank all the couples, staff and suppliers who joined us to make it so special.