Mr & Mrs Ogles

To the entire team at Southend Barns,

Wow, we don’t even know where to begin with our thank yous. Thursday was the most magical day for both of us, we could not have asked for more, or imagined our wedding day being any better.

Venue; we fell in love with Southend Barns the moment we walked through the rolling doors on the terrace, it had the exact feel and look that we wanted, which came together perfectly on our wedding day. Our vision was for family and friends to be enjoying the outside and indoor spaces in the August sunshine. This was achieved effortlessly. I was determined to keep decorations to a minimum, as the venue has such a natural English countryside elegance and beauty. The gardens were in beautiful bloom, kept clean and in excellent condition, and our decorations were blended in with care. We have had countless comments on the quality and ambience of the venue. The bridal cottage was the perfect space to spend time relaxing and getting ready in, everything was spotlessly clean and well stocked with refreshments. We didn’t even mind the 06:20 wake up call from the rooster!

Catering; we have had so many compliments about the quality of the food. The barbecue buffet was Cameron’s main wedding request, and it did not disappoint! Guests being able to choose and serves themselves worked brilliantly. The food was hot, delicious and plentiful. All of our dietary needs guests have complimented the staff on knowing exactly who they were, and their dietary needs.

Staff; you really have an excellent group of staff on hand, taking care of every need, almost invisibly. Everyone was friendly, polite and seemed to enjoy the work that they were doing. Special thanks go to Amie & Alice for running an excellent show before the service, you both put us at ease, and we had total faith that everything was in your control. Also special thanks to Marc, for running everything after the ceremony, nothing was ever too much trouble, everything was seen to efficiently and usually without anybody needing to ask.

Attention to detail; overall, the attention to detail shown on the day just overwhelmed us. Every fine detail was taken care of seamlessly, without us having to even think about it. From being greeted with prosecco after our ceremony, to private canape platters, evening food just for us taken to the bridal cottage, to the beautiful environmentally friendly local breakfast hamper. You really did take care of everything. I can honestly say that from the moment I arrived on thursday morning, I was completely relaxed and at ease.

We genuinely felt like you all had a true vested interest in making our wedding day perfect. Even the day after, when setting up for the next event, everyone took the time to congratulate us and talk to us about our wedding, ensuring that everything had met our expectations. We felt like our wedding day was the most important event. Southend Barns will always hold a very special place in our heart & memories. I think that’s enough gushing now…it has been a pleasure to meet and work with everyone, and as you can see we will be forever grateful for the part you have all played in the best wedding we’ve ever been to!

Katie & Cameron
(01.08.2019)