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, chaos of bridesmaids doing their makeup and Hannah's parents, arranging her wedding bouquet, with flowers from the garden. A couple of miles away, 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' 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, stargazing, wildflowers, Darling Buds of May, festively 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 horsebox 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, a wedding at the Secret Barn in West Sussex...

Bridesmaids makeup
Bride at home
Parents creating the headdress from garden flowers
Bride hair
Bridesmaids getting ready
Putting tape on the wedding car
Groom in Warnham church
Wedding guests arrive at Warnham church in West Sussex
Warnham church wedding bride arrives
About to enter the church
Bride and her father wait to enter Warnham church wedding
Wedding ceremony at Warnham church in West Sussex
Bride and groom light candles on the altar of Warnham church
Warnham church wedding
Bride and groom kiss outside the church
Hug from her mother
Confetti at Warnham church
Warnham wedding
Bride and groom in the vintage wedding car
Chanctonbury Ring
Wedding table decoration at the Secret Barn in West Sussex
Secret Barn decorations
Guest at Secret Barn wedding
Canapes at Secret Barn wedding reception
Secret Barn wedding
The groom
Wedding reception at Secret Barn
Casual wedding reception at The Secret Barn in Sussex
Secret Barn wedding
Bride at Secret Barn wedding
Secret Barn wedding reportage photography
Wedding reception at the Secret Barn
Wedding reception at The Secret Barn in Sussex
Wedding games
a look
Secret Barn wedding
Secret Barn wedding portrait kiss
Secret Barn couple portrait
Secret Barn wedding reception
Bride and groom enter the Secret Barn
Vintage detail at Secret Barn wedding reception
Father of the bride speech at The Secret Barn
Secret Barn wedding speeches
Best Man's speech
Secret Barn wedding in West Sussex
wedding wine on a summer's evening
Summer evening wedding games
Picture of the bride on a summer evening at The Secret Barn in Sussex
Group shots
Bridesmaid and her beer
Secret Barn wedding portrait in the evening sunlight
First dance
Evening sunshine at The Secret Barn in Sussex
Dancing in The Secret Barn


Wedding Photography Awards

This image of a bridesmaid with a beer bottle in her mouth has so far won three awards in international wedding photography competitions...

Reportage wedding photography award

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  1. 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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