From the intimate wedding ceremonies we were honoured to be a part of in spring to the joy of welcoming dancing back to our Threshing Barn in the summer, 2021 has by no means been an ordinary year, but still one that has been filled with an extraordinary amount of love.
Finding creative ways to ensure couples could have a beautiful wedding whilst adhering to the changing restrictions surrounding the pandemic has been at the centre of everything our team has done this year. When parties were prohibited, our team of chefs worked round the clock to deliver incredible fine dining focused receptions including five course feasts, complete with carefully curated wine selections and dreamy alfresco dining options. As rules gradually relaxed, our incredible team constantly adapted, all the time ensuring each wedding flowed beautifully, never felt limited and that each couple had the day they deserved.
2021 has also been a year of new and exciting developments here at Southend Barns. To help make wedding planning as stress free as possible we introduced our stunning new styling packages, with options ranging from trendy Boho Blush and classic Elegant Ivory to lush and natural Wild & Green and the glamourous Champagne Rose.
In August we were excited to open our new shepherd’s hut, Mama Lou. Set in our alpaca’s grazing field with a festoon-lit private pathway to the door, Mama Lou gives guests all they need for a relaxing and luxury break in a gorgeously unique setting. We are delighted to have already had lots of couples staying in the shepherd’s hut and the feedback has been wonderful.
It wouldn’t be a Southend Barns end of year round up without a mention of some of the fabulous weddings we have been privileged to be a part of. From Henry and Iain’s memorable film themed wedding, to Jamie and Bronwyn’s gorgeously decadent day with impressive champagne tower and his and hers cocktails. We have been lucky to be a part of so many beautiful weddings this year and with some exciting plans on the horizon for our tenth year including a new website, reimagined terrace bar and outside kitchen, we can’t wait to see what 2022 has in store!