Nestled in the scenic countryside of Sussex, Southlands Barn has emerged as a premier wedding venue, celebrated for its rustic charm and breathtaking landscapes. As a wedding photographer, I’ve had the pleasure of capturing the magic of Southlands Barn through my lens. In this blog post, I will share why barn wedding photography at this award-winning venue is an incredibly fun and memorable experience.

Enchanting Setting:

Southlands Barn boasts an enchanting ambiance with its ancient barn (built in the 1700’s) providing a rustic backdrop for your wedding, and an equally ancient oak tree next to a picturesque lake providing the perfect spot for your couple photos. These captivating features provide a romantic and idyllic backdrop for your wedding photos. Southlands Barn itself sets the stage for truly beautiful and captivating photos, whilst the oak trees sprawling branches and the tranquil waters of the lake add depth and visual interest to the photographs, infusing them with a touch of ethereal beauty.

Wedding dress hanging in a barn

Abundant Natural Light:

The venue’s open spaces and the reception barn’s large windows allow for an abundance of natural light to bathe the surroundings. As a photographer, I am thrilled to work with this soft, diffused light that creates a warm and intimate atmosphere. The interplay of light and shadows enhances the enchanting allure of the venue, resulting in stunning and captivating images.

Wedding ceremony Bride and groom saying their vows at an outdoor wedding

Scenic Landscapes:

Surrounded by the picturesque Sussex countryside, Southlands Barn offers breathtaking landscapes that lend themselves to exquisite outdoor photos. From rolling hills and lush meadows to charming farmhouses, these surroundings provide an array of stunning backdrops. I love taking the couple and their bridal party for a short stroll, capturing their love and joy amidst the idyllic scenery, creating unforgettable images that embody the romance and serenity of the countryside.

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Rustic Details:

Southlands Barn is adorned with rustic details that add character and charm to every corner. From the beautifully weathered wood to the charming decor and signage, these unique elements create a distinct aesthetic that is a delight to photograph. Every detail, from intricate floral arrangements to the delicate lace on the bride’s gown, contributes to a storybook-like atmosphere, resulting in captivating and memorable images.

Bridal party in a barn Barn wedding reception

Celebratory Atmosphere:

Southlands Barn’s recent accolade as the ‘Best Wedding Venue in Sussex’ speaks to the celebratory atmosphere it offers. The relaxed and joyous ambiance allows guests to unwind, kick off their shoes, and dance the night away. As a photographer, I revel in capturing candid moments of laughter, heartfelt embraces, and lively dance moves. These photographs emanate pure happiness and authentic emotion, reflecting the carefree and joyous spirit of the celebration.

Detail photo of a cup cake wedding cake  First Dance at a wedding in Southlands Barn


Southlands Barn, recently crowned as the ‘Best Wedding Venue in Sussex,’ provides an enchanting backdrop for barn wedding photography. With its captivating setting, abundant natural light, scenic landscapes, rustic details, and celebratory atmosphere, Southlands Barn offers an unparalleled experience. As a photographer, I feel privileged to document the love, joy, and unforgettable moments that unfold within this picturesque venue. So, if you’re planning your special day at Southlands Barn, allow me to capture the beauty, happiness, and cherished memories that will be treasured for a lifetime.

Groom at a wedding giving his speech