Picture this – you’re getting married in a rustic, romantic barn and the breathtaking rolling hills of the East Sussex South downs and sweeping views of sun-soaked vineyards are your backdrop.
That’s Rathfinny Flint Barns, where Karen and Chris chose to hold their beautiful wedding day surrounded by family and loved ones, and we were lucky enough to visit to create some epic wedding flowers in East Sussex for their romantic wedding setting.
On arrival at the Rathfinny wine estate in the Cradle Valley, you’ll drive through the idyllic and secluded hills lined with vineyards, offset against the panoramic views of the South Downs way and the sea which is just 3 miles away and Seven Sisters cliffs.
Couples love the romantic sophistication that South Downs Rathfinny Flint barns offers for their wedding day, from the delicious food catered by local suppliers, the excellent service and attention to detail provided by the Rathfinny team, or the fact that Rathfinny wine estate is the UK’s leading English sparkling wine, Rathfinny wine estate offers so much for those wanting a relaxed, romantic vibe for their wedding day.
For warmer months, the courtyard at Rathfinny Flint Barns is the perfect romantic setting for couples to get married in Cradle valley.
There are so many ways to enhance this space with beautiful flowers and decorations to put your unique stamp on your wedding day. Karen and Chris opted for statement flowers at the head of their aisle to act as a backdrop for their ceremony space.
A broken archway is a great choice for couples as it can be used to frame several key areas, and is easily moveable so it can be used again in your Wedding Breakfast and reception space.
We spent a year planning with the lovely couple to ensure wedding flowers played a key role in transforming the space and the vibe they wanted to set for their wedding day.
The wedding colour palette consisted of fresh whites, the palest blush and a touch of buttermilk, and included the most luxurious Garden Roses, Delphiniums, Summer Cosmos and Lisianthus in the recipe.
To match the relaxed, social atmosphere, Karen and Chris opted for long banquet tables with sharing food platters for guests to enjoy, so it was important to choose flowers that did not obstruct the space.
Clustered bud vases full of beautiful Summer flowers were chosen to span each table and provide a floral touch between the platters, allowing flowers to remain a cohesive element across the whole wedding day.
Take a look at these photos taken by Sally Faith Photography from their wedding day for some rustic barn inspiration for your wedding.
“Gemma designed the flowers for our recent wedding, and we were so pleased with the results. Gemma helped every step of the way providing mood boards and suggestions for the best configuration and where we could reuse arrangements. Nothing was too much trouble and I knew that I could leave everything in Gemma’s capable hands on the day of the wedding. Gemma cares so much about her clients and ensuring the right results, after the wedding, there is even a tinge of sadness that you won’t be in contact anymore. Thanks, Gemma so much for the beautiful flowers and bouquets!”
Is there accommodation at Flint barns Rathfinny wine estate South Downs for a wedding?
Yes! You’ll have private access to the Flint Barns and its 10 en-suite bedrooms on your wedding day which sleeps up to 30 guests to rest and relax in.
What is the capacity of Rathfinny wine estate Flint Barns for a wedding ceremony?
The Flint Barns building in Cradle Valley can host a wedding for 120 for a Seated Ceremony.
What is the capacity of Rathfinny Flint Barns Dining Room for a wedding ceremony?
The Flint Barns Dining Room can host intimate indoor wedding ceremonies for 81 for a seated ceremony and 30 for a standing wedding ceremony.
What is the capacity of Rathfinny wine estate Tasting Room for a wedding ceremony?
The Tasting Room at Rathfinny wine estate, perfect for smaller, intimate weddings, offers exclusive use of the restaurant and balcony for a wedding of up to 30 people.
Where can I host my wedding breakfast at Rathfinny wine estate Flint Barns?
Rathfinny Flint Barns offers several flexible options for couples to enjoy their wedding breakfast celebrations. The Flint Barns Marquee can host a wedding breakfast for 120 guests, whilst the Flint Barns Dining Room venue in the South Downs hosts 60 for dinner and 120 for a Sparkling Reception.
What wedding flowers work well at Flint Barns Rathfinny wine estate?
Statement flowers at the head of the aisle at Rathfinny wine estate are just the ticket against the rustic wood of the partially sheltered courtyard for an outdoor wedding ceremony, which can then be repurposed to the wedding breakfast area after the ceremony in the beautiful marquee located the other side of Flint Barns.
Aisle meadow flowers with lush foliage are a great way to enhance the courtyard aisle at Flint Barns, which can then easily be repurposed to the Wedding Breakfast space for further enjoyment.
Lover of bakeries, pretty fabrics and Etsy. When I’m not planning gorgeous wedding flowers for my beautiful couples, I’m doting on my little rescue dog, attending a gig, eating pizza or I’m glued to my laptop working when I should probably be relaxing.
A unique wedding flower experience for madly in love couples across Sussex, Kent, Hampshire, Tunbridge Wells, and Surrey, specialising in exceptional relaxed, luxe and unique wedding flower designs, ranging from key pieces to floral installations and event decor – owned by Gemma Nash.
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