Secret Barn | Hannah & Chris

Secret Barn wedding

West Sussex wedding

A rare local wedding for me. A West Sussex wedding – Broadbridge Heath, Warnham church and The Secret Barn (near the South Downs). A wedding, for Hannah and Chris, on a very warm summer’s day.

Coverage kicks off, at their home, in Broadbridge Heath, near Horsham. A friend helping with hair, a chaos of bridesmaids doing their makeup and Hannah’s parents, arranging her wedding bouquet, with flowers from the garden. A couple of miles way, Chris was at the church. St Margaret’s in Warnham. The Romantic poet, Shelley, was born very near here and he was baptised in this church. This wedding day would have been Shelley’s 226th birthday…

(The church has an unusual yew(?) hedge arch, in front of the main door. This makes the lighting, on a very bright early afternoon….’interesting’…one step either way is either great light and really awful light...)

Hannah arrived a bit late (makeup readjustments) but the ceremony ran smooth – with a vicar who doesn’t hate photography! Plus points!! Confetti outside and then everyone off down the A24, towards the downs, to the Secret Barn, in a secret location! (Just below Chanctonbury Ring)

Secret Barn wedding reception

The Secret Barn….”The Secret Barn is a ‘proper barn’, on a proper farm, nestled down a quiet country lane in West Sussex, with views of The Downs and lovely countryside, this barn is the quintessential rural idyl, complete with a paddock for camping, an orchard crying out to hold a little ceremony, a lawn for canapé-ing on or toasting marshmallows over the fire pit. Think trestle tables, garland lights, hay bales, star gazing, wild flowers, Darling Buds of May, festivally fun. The Secret Barn is an exclusive, authentically rustic hideaway, it has beams and original flooring, it is not a ‘done up wedding barn’, and we love it all the more for its cracks and creaks.” – as they say on their website. A pretty good canvas to create your own wedding day on. Especially when the sun is shining!

Fizz and elderflower press, pieces of pork pie, sausage rolls and a vintage horse box bar….it creates a nice, simple, intimate feel to a wedding reception – so more personal than a big hotel. Food from the BBQ, speeches in the barn, back out to dessert in the evening sun. Then dancing in the barn – a slither of evening light (no flash to kill this atmosphere – just shoot around it and see what appears!). A wedding with a really good warm, relaxed and good vibe.

I left as the sun fell behind the trees and the horizon – passing the Domino’s pizza man, as he arrived at the Secret Barn, with his massive delivery of evening food..

Here are a few images from the day…

Bridesmaids getting ready


Creating the wedding bouquet

Bride hair

getting ready

Putting on the shoes

Tying ribbon on the car

Warnham church

Groom getting ready

arriving wedding guests

Flower sorting

Bride arrives

Waiting outside the church

Final prep in the porch

Bride and her father about to enter the church

Walking down the aisle

Wedding ceremony

Bride and groom kiss


Lighting the altar candle

Tearful bride


A kiss outside the church

Bride hugs her mother

confetti at Warnham church

Family and friends see the couple off

in the wedding car

Chanctonbury Ring

Details at Secret Barn wedding

wedding cake

Details at Secret Barn wedding

wedding reception at The Secret Barn

wedding reception at The Secret Barn

Secret Barn wedding reception

Secret Barn wedding reception

Secret Barn wedding reception

game of jenga

couple portrait at Secret Barn

wedding reception at The Secret Barn

Bride and groom enter the barn for dinner

vintage details

speeches at the secret barn

groom's speech at the secret barn

Secret Barn

evening jenga

sunset bride


bridesmaid and beer

Secret Barn wedding portrait


First dance at the Secret Barn

dancing at the secret barn

evening light



[…] ways, it is very like the Secret Barn in Sussex, just next to the South Downs. As you can see from this wedding there, it gives couples the chance to create their own atmosphere for there reception. It means a […]

Beautiful set of images. Love the lighting on the black and white ones as well as the colour ones, stellar work!

Lovely stuff Martin, what a beautiful spot for a wedding!

Stunning, stunning shots. Martin! You capture the atmosphere so well. And the tiny details! Every shot is gorgeous and we’re so excited to have you as the photographer at our wedding just around the corner!

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