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The Best Destination & Beach Wedding Dresses in Surrey

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It’s no secret that I am a fan of a destination wedding. Above is a picture of me and my husband back in 2014 at our wedding in South Africa - it was the best day of our entire lives (I’m confidently speaking on his behalf) haha!

When searching for my dress, I must admit I didn’t think about the practicality of getting it half way across the planet. Luckily and rather conveniently I found a dress that was hugely conducive to transport as it was made of chiffon. Light, floaty, no creases - perfect!

When I opened my bridal shop in Surrey in April 2018, I wanted to have a good selection of unique dresses for brides getting married in all corners of the world - home and away. These are a list of my TOP TEN DESTINATION WEDDING DRESSES for brides getting married abroad on the beaches of Australia or the snowy mountains of Switzerland. These gowns travel easily, move with the breeze and have a distinctly relaxed and bohemian feel.


FIJI

A truly spectacular A-line halterneck wedding dress made of oodles of pleated chiffon and stunning lace. Named after a chain of islands we’d quite happily call home, FIJI is our top choice for a destination wedding. This ethereal wedding gown is floaty, whimsical and truly exquisite - ideal for a wedding on a beach, up a mountain or in the woods.

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KEMBLE

KEMBLE is our chiffon and sparkling lace gown by Ella Rosa. A stunningly beautiful bodice with an exquisite sheer lace back and buttons all the way down the skirt, KEMBLE is ideal for a summertime wedding. This graceful chiffon skirt ripples like waves breaking on a shoreline whilst the delicate beading across the bodice sparkles in the light.

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DEMETRIA

DEMETRIA also features in our BEST BOHEMIAN WEDDING DRESS blog as she is so light, relaxed and elegant. She is an ideal dress for transport as she is light and compact. Her chiffon skirt and bodice can be folded and placed in your car or hung in an aeroplane with ease and all she’ll need is to be hung straight for a few days and her creases will drop straight out. No sparkles, no bling, just stunning lace and an incredible cut. Perfection.

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FEATHER

FEATHER is a sexy fitted gown with wonderful movement and beautiful boho detailing. The delicate vines and florals cover her sheer bodice and down the skirt dancing above the intricate and contemporary lace beneath. A plunging front and a low V back are super chic and the luxuriously soft tuille train is light and delicate. Finish your look with a chic bridal cape and you’re ready for your wedding in Provence amidst the vineyards.

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BLOOM

Another pleated chiffon skirt, this time with an exquisite bodice and beautiful cap sleeves. Elegant, simple, pretty and sweeter than honey, BLOOM is the epitome of destination wedding glam. Couple this adorable boho wedding dress with a savage flower crown and fierce make-up and float down the aisle on your faraway beach.

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BLAKE

BLAKE is a little naughty and a little sassy but ultimately is a contemporary twist on a classically elegant and beautiful bridal gown. This long-sleeved wedding dress is now available in our Surrey bridal shop and for me, BLAKE is a vision in the South African bush wedding with rustic florals, jagged foliage, dark plum and burgundy colours and would be ideal for a cooler climate. Dress her up or down for a country bumpkin celebration or a lush ski resort wedding.

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ELENA

ELENA is joining our LUSH CURVE collection in autumn 2019 and will be available from a UK4 to a UK34 so everyone can benefit from her beauty! Her stunning and distinct pattern, high neck and low back, soft and romantic tuille to add whimsy to this striking design. Elegant sleeves are ideal for a winter or spring wedding vacay in Europe or the U.S. Dreamy, elegant and uber feminine.

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DOROTHY

The elegant and sophisticated DOROTHY has PARIS written all over her! Hell, anywhere in France! She is hopelessly chic and transcends bridal tradition in favour of relaxed European glamour. Her stunning bow-tie neck and open back with her understated skirt is perfect for strolling down the Champs de Elysee en route to a fabulously chic Parisian restaurant. Or staying a little closer to home, DOROTHY is perfect for a classy London wedding for any hopelessly chic London brides.

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DARWIN

New to our collection, DARWIN is elegant, chic and dripping from head to toe in a unique design of lace. It is a contemporary vintage design in that, it is so delicate and feminine in a vintage style with a slightly contemporary twist. A sexy silhouette and a scoop back complete this chic and classically beautiful gown. Perfect with an overstated dramatic veil for an Italian wedding.

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EMMA

EMMA also made our TOP TEN BOHO WEDDING DRESS list and as you can see, she can work for lots of different styles of celebration! EMMA is lightweight, delicate and utterly charming. She is available in ivory but I love her original mocha design. It makes the unusual and bohemian style lace stand out. She’s fitted and daring without being too naughty! Good vibes all around with EMMA as your dress.

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Hannah's Favourite Barn Venues in Surrey & Sussex...

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Barn venues continue to go from strength to strength in popularity. Year in and year out, barns dominate the wedding industry for their charm, their style, their ability to be relaxed yet formal - it’s safe to say, barn wedding venues aren’t going anywhere!

As a Surrey based bridal boutique on the borders of West Sussex, we have our fair share of barn venues right on our doorstep. We are recommended at several of them, but there really are so many options for couples to choose from. A barn could be super rustic and utterly charming a la ‘barn dance’ vibes. It could be a restored barn with slate floors, swanky lighting and a real modern feel to it.

For our future brides and their partners, we have put together a list of the best barn wedding venues in Surrey and Sussex to make your search a little easier.


SURREY

GATE STREET BARN

One of the counties most popular barn venues without doubt, Gate Street benefits from being a dry hire barn with a preferred partners list, giving you the choice of catering companies. Choose your style of catering to fit your wedding brief and build your day from the ground up. Quaint and charming from the outside, with a unique blend of traditional and contemporary inside. The extended bar area is exceptional and the features speak for themselves.

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GILDINGS BARN

Rustic, traditional and utterly charming, Gildings Barn is undeniably one of Surrey’s most loved barn venues. Built in the 1990’s in an historic fashion by the current owners father who studied the archaic techniques of building traditional barns (he nailed it by the way) this barn has everything you could want for a rural and relaxed celebration.

Photography by Paul Fletcher

Photography by Paul Fletcher


BURFORD BRIDGE

One of few barn venues to benefit from a large hotel adjoining it’s striking interiors. Nestled at the base of the famous Box Hill, Burford Bridge has a unique interior with a stunning fitted bar area with sofas for evening lounging. Inside the barn, dine under original beams taken from the Spanish Armada in the 11th century. Truly a piece of history in our very own beautiful countryside.

Photography by Shooting Hip

Photography by Shooting Hip


THE TITHE BARN (ok, so technically this is Hampshire but it’s too friggin’ beautiful not to include!)

The Tithe Barn nestles under beech hangers close to the South Downs Way at Old Ditcham Farm, on the border of Hampshire and West Sussex.

The hamlet of Ditcham dates back to Saxon times. The lands were given to the Abbey of Durford by the Lord of the Manor of Harting in 1273.

The Barn appears and disappears from maps over the centuries and the origin of the present building is shrouded in mystery. What we do know is that the Barn was originally of cruciate form, and it has been returned to this condition.

Photography by Paul Fletcher

Photography by Paul Fletcher


BURY COURT BARN

There is a wonderful intimacy about Bury Court Barn that provides the individual atmosphere for a truly special wedding. The main oak-beamed barn is so versatile it can make a small wedding feel at home and yet, for a larger wedding, it can accommodate up to 180 for a sit-down meal.

Jacaranda Catering Company offer a range of delicious menus. They are fully licensed so Jacaranda can run you a pay bar or you can provide all your own drink, whatever suits you. They are licensed for Civil Ceremonies so it's possible to enjoy your whole day under one roof. A beautiful ceremony followed by champagne and canapés with photos in the gardens.

Photography by Lynsey Grace

Photography by Lynsey Grace


LOSELEY PARK

Loseley House is situated in 1,400 acres of glorious rolling countryside, just 3 miles south of Guildford in Surrey. You will approach the House along a mile long winding driveway passing beautiful parkland. The view then opens up to the truly magnificent Elizabethan Mansion surrounded by well-kept lawns.

Steeped in a history stretching back over more than 500 years, privately owned Loseley Park is tailor-made to make your day special. Loseley House offers the panelled Great Hall, a magnificent backdrop for civil ceremonies and the elegant Drawing Room. Receptions are held in the 17th Century Tithe Barn which is also licensed for ceremonies.

The spectacular three acre walled garden is based on a design by Gertrude Jekyll and a perfect location for Celebrant ceremonies, reception drinks and wedding photographs.

Photography by Divine Day Photography

Photography by Divine Day Photography


HIGH BILLINGHURST FARM

If you’re looking for a luxury high-end barn, with the ultimate wow-factor, then High Billinghurst is for you. This barn venue, new to the market, has just about everything including a flexible list of reputable catering companies, an old barn for ceremonies and new barn for receptions, stunning gardens, a beautiful terrace and courtyard (perfect for evenings al fresco) and facilities for camping - this is the ultimate weekend wedding venue!

Photography by Married to My Camera

Photography by Married to My Camera


SUSSEX

BROOKFIELD BARN

One of West Sussex’ most loved venues, it’s impossible to find something unlovable about Brookfield. The stunning waterside ceremony area, the incredible new bridal prep-suite, the quaint exterior or the charming light, bright and contemporary interior. Brookfield should be top of your list in your Sussex search!

Photography by Craig Payne

Photography by Craig Payne


PATRICKS BARN

Beyond charming and rustic, Patrick’s Barn is run by the awesome and sustainable caterer, Garden Chef. Their grounds and spaces are truly quaint and you can even have your reception amongst the haybales under the traditional roof of the old working farm as an option for your day if you want something slightly different. A great non-conformist and super quirky option for the modern and playful couple!

Photography by Justine Claire

Photography by Justine Claire


BARTHOLOMEW BARN

Set amidst the rolling Sussex Downs, Bartholomew Barn is a refurbished Grade II listed barn. A haven of tranquility with contemporary features, it’s the perfect setting for your romantic, countryside wedding.  The barn has been fully restored using authentic materials yet has a modern and tranquil atmosphere. This is a very versatile space, providing a light and airy setting for your wedding reception, and is able to cater for intimate groups or large parties. In Spring, the woods behind the barn are carpeted with bluebells and the pretty courtyard gardens are full of colour year round and perfect for your wedding photographs.

Photography by Barry Page

Photography by Barry Page


CISSBURY BARNS

Set high on the South Downs and completely shielded by woodland you will find the stunning Cissbury Barns. For over two hundred years they have been at the heart of our sheep farming in Sussex and they are now transformed into a unique and stylish wedding and events venue.  There are two large barns, one fronted by a lawned garden and the other by a beautiful patio. The adjacent open fronted lambing pens are now the much loved and popular bar and lounge area. There is even a Petanque court for boules. Bespoke large doorways allow light to flood into the barns and connect all the spaces. 

Photography by Sara Reeve

Photography by Sara Reeve


UPWALTHAM BARNS

These traditional Sussex flint long barns are perfect for a relaxed country wedding and are set in the South Downs National Park next to the historic Goodwood Estate and are just half an hour from the coast.

Lovingly restored, Upwaltham Barns is family-owned and exudes a warmth and friendliness that has made it one of the most popular wedding barn venues in West Sussex. The atmosphere is delightfully friendly and relaxed. The wedding venue is yours exclusively on the day so you can relax with family and friends in your own secluded country idyll.

Photography by GK Photography

Photography by GK Photography


GRITTENHAM BARN

Grittenham Barn is a traditional stone Sussex barn with breathtaking views over the South Downs.  It has been immaculately restored and features a stunning central fireplace.  Grittenham is set in the heart of the West Sussex countryside between Petworth and Midhurst.  The site predates the 17th Century and is mentioned in the Domesday Book.  The barn, farmhouse and outbuildings are Grade II listed and this beautiful property is set in stunning gardens with a lake, orchard and woodland. The barn seats 120 people comfortably or 250 standing. 

Photography by Amy B Photography

Photography by Amy B Photography


FITZLEROI BARN

The magnificent Main Barn has stood proudly on the farm for over 400 years and in that time has had many agricultural uses but is now exclusively available to you, to celebrate the biggest day of you life!

The barn held its first wedding almost twenty years ago. The day was so spectacular that it inspired the then bride to open the venue to others, so they too, could enjoy the wonder of the barn and the surrounding countryside.

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PANGDEAN OLD BARN

Pangdean offers an intimate and atmospheric function venue set against the backdrop of the rolling South Downs.  At the heart of our working farm lies our magnificent oak-framed Sussex barn. Built in 1720, the Old Barn has been lovingly restored to offer you a unique wedding or function venue that is exclusively yours for the day.

Photography by Hayley Rose

Photography by Hayley Rose


SOUTHEND BARNS

Southend Barns is absolutely breathtaking from start to exquisite finish. Use their restored dairy barn for a beyond stunning ceremony, or say your nuptials al fresco and saunter down their incredible 50ft aisle overlooking the alpaca fields!

The stunning 200-year-old Threshing Barn with contemporary polished concrete floor and original wooden beams provides a beautiful setting for evening receptions. The space is completely flexible, allowing you to choose from many different layouts for your wedding breakfast. The maximum capacity for a sit-down meal is approximately 140 guests, which can be achieved with a variation of different table sizes and styles. 

Photography by Real Simple Photography

Photography by Real Simple Photography


FARBRIDGE

Once an old dairy, now beautifully restored, Farbridge nestled in the rolling downlands of the South Downs National Park, a quiet oasis of natural beauty. From summer warmth to autumn colour to winter cosiness, inside meets outside with bright, flowing interiors and beautiful vistas. A secret garden, a sun-lit courtyard, a smaller barn for the ceremony and dancing, a larger barn for drinks and sit-down meal: you choose how your day unfolds for up to 150 guests seated.

Photography by Fiona Kelly

Photography by Fiona Kelly

Written by Hannah Mac Lennan x