Smiles and sunflowers were the order of the day at this beautiful Southend Barns wedding. Light, love and laughter filled the whole Recommended venue, which is wheelchair accessible and managed by a lovely team who made sure Louise & Andy didn't have to worry about a thing! From the rubber duck seating plan (yes, it's a thing, we'll explain later...) to the light blue chiffon bridesmaids dresses, this wedding was a breath of fresh air. That's before we've even touched on the golden hour shots of Louise & Andy... get ready to be blown away, because these two were absolutely glowing!

Summer Southend Barns wedding with sunflowers and Maggie Sottero wedding dress.

The weather started out looking pretty gloomy but once we had said our vows and officially became Mr and Mrs the sun came out! It couldn’t have been better or more romantic timing!

Louise & Andy


Choosing your venue is one of the most important parts of wedding planning, and that was no different for Louise & Andy's Southend Barns wedding. The accessibility was important for Andy who has muscular dystrophy and is a wheelchair user, so having a venue which is all on one level was the perfect choice! It also happens to be a beautiful rustic farm with a gorgeous outdoor ceremony space where they tied the knot under a cloud of sunflowers which are Louise's favourite flowers. Romantic or what!?


Louise's Maggie Sottero wedding dress with a deep v back and large lace train was the perfect fit. Paired with her sunflower bouquet that was bright, bold and bursting with colour, she was absolutely killing it! However she wasn't the only one that brought her A-game... Andy cut a suave figure in his custom made check waistcoat and sand coloured suit, with a nod to the bridesmaids with his blue tie. We also love a buttonhole and Andy's blue and yellow blooms have certainly caught our eye. Prize for best dressed couple? Consider it won.


Fun and relaxed was the vibe of the day, with a rustic touch to complement the beautiful beams ever-present at any Southend Barns wedding! They had hessian ties, milk churns for the flowers and rattan hearts for decoration. Louise turned a hand to basically everything by creating all the jars for the tables, stationery, invitations and table plan. Erm, Louise, we think you might have a future in wedding planning? And by looking at these photos, we think you might be pretty good at it...

Choosing a bright and colourful bouquet can bring your bridal outfit to life.

Advice to other couples? Just enjoy it! Have fun looking through suppliers, all the photos and of course all the food tasting! And try not to take too much advice, remember it’s your special day so do and have what you would both want.

Louise & Andy

If this Southend Barns wedding has you crying happy tears, and looking up 'Sunflower fields near me', we're with you. However if it's more accessible wedding tips you're after, we've got articles on how to choose an accessible venue and tips on an accessible ceremony too!

Helena Milsom

Written by Helena Milsom

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Photographer: Weddings by Tom | Venue: Southend Barns | Band: The Deloreans | Florist: Manor Nurseries | Cake Maker: Foxwood Wedding Cakes | Makeup Artist: Georgina Alice | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Bridal Boutique: Proposals of Chichester | Bridesmaids Dresses: For Her and For Him

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