Our Story & The Proposal
Alex & Callum :
We met online with the intention of becoming friends (it isn’t often 2 redheads come together). After 2 weeks of constant conversation via Facebook we decided to meet in person as there seemed to be an instant connection and almost everything in common. Once seeing each other in person it was like a classic comic book love story. We instantly became best friends and fell in love with each other in a matter of days. We have been side by side ever since.
After a year together, Callum proposed while on holiday in Cyprus. Standing on the balcony, watching the sun set - it was perfect. The engagement ring had been custom made by a jewellers just a few yards from where we were staying.
Fantasy Wedding At Southend Barns Inspired By Lord Of The Rings
After lots of searching for local wedding venues, a few caught our eye - specifically converted barns seemed to have the character we were looking for. The second one we visited was Southend Barns
in Chichester, and it just ticked all the boxes. It looked fantastic, even without any decorations. We knew straight away that this was it. A couple of days after our first viewing, we returned to put a deposit down for our desired wedding date.
As huge fans of most things fantasy, we drew a lot of inspiration from the likes of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. As a converted barn, the venue was easy to picture as something straight out of one of these stories, and with the addition of numerous handmade decorations, Southend Barns became even more the fairy-tale wedding venue we imagined from the start.
A lot of people were surprised to discover that the flowers we used were in fact fake roses purchased from The Range. Alex’s mum bought piles of them and tirelessly arranged them and fixed them together with fake ivy to add to the woodland theme.
Entertainment for the whole day was taken care of by our Master of Ceremonies, Gary Evans. He helped provide the music for both the ceremony and reception. It was important for us to include the music titled Concerning Hobbits from The Lord of the Rings - this was played during the bridal party entrance - magical. As we are both huge metal fans, our first dance was to one of our favourite bands, Metallica. With the addition of a symphony, their track Nothing Else Matters was the perfect balance of elegance and rock’n’roll.
We had the legal ceremony as part of our wedding day. This was conducted by a local registrar at Southend Barns. This made the whole day run much smoother and avoided us having to travel to various venues.
Our wedding breakfast included a BBQ buffet. Perfect for a summer wedding - although it did pour with rain - typical! The buffet included a delicious spread of various meats, salads, potatoes and breads followed by a series of mini desserts. Our wedding cake was in-keeping with the fantasy theme, it was designed to look like it was made from wood and was wrapped in roses and ivy. The design of this was impeccable and it also tasted divine.