We hope you were all spoilt with love this Valentines Day. I spent this week skiing in the mountains with my partner – breath-taking landscapes, giggles and lots of red wine is my idea of a perfect Valentines. This week reminded me of one of my favourite romantic poems that acts as a reminder of what love is really about (and it could just be the perfect addition to your wedding vows):


“I have thought

My entire life

I needed


Or mountains

Or magnificent

City lights

To be happy.

Truth is;

I do not

Care where

I am

As long

As I have


Christopher Poindexter

This week we wanted to feature the gorgeous Hendall Manor Barns in East Sussex. We showcased at their wedding fair on 20th January and loved meeting lots of potential couples – but we also wanted to share with those of you who couldn’t make it, what makes this venue so special.

Hendall Manor Barns is a discrete and beautiful modern split level 17th Century stone barn with sophisticated lighting and excellent acoustics, perfect for creating an incredible atmosphere on your big day.

The key details
Day guests: up to 100 guests
Evening guests: up to 150 guests

The Venue
Hendall Manor Barns is an exclusive use wedding venue making it perfect for those individuals looking for privacy to enjoy the day with their loved ones.

The venue allows you to bring your own alcohol onto site making it the perfect opportunity to show your flair as a couple and create stations for your favourite tipple e.g. gin bar, cider station or mulled wine. Just remember that if you plan to charge money to your guests on the day you will need a licence.

For those of you who are more of a Netflix-and-chill kind of couple then the next thing I tell you will probably be music to your ears – the venue has a kick-out time of approximately 10pm, which is just something to consider if you are more of a party couple.

The Walled Garden
The venue boasts a stunning walled garden which is perfect for hosting an outside bar as well as garden games to keep your guests entertained.

There is a lovely swing hanging from a tree which styled with florals and foliage makes the perfect spot for some stunning photos.

Accommodation Options
3 bedrooms
Sleeps 7 people
Honeymoon suite available

How to Style the Venue
The owners at Hendall Manor Barns love seeing the creativity from couples and encourage their clients to use the internal space creatively.

We’ve provided some internal styling ideas that the NYA team can create for you below.

Lighting is essential for creating a cosy and intimate feel to your wedding day. As the evening sun drops, your lighting choice will beautifully highlight the stunning 17th Century flint walls.

We can either wrap the stunning wooden beams with fairy lights or alternatively we can create a canopy of fairy lights or festoon lighting to make the space feel cosy inside the tall ceilinged barn.

The height of the barn is grand making this the perfect venue to add a lantern installation. Why not come and meet us at our wedding warehouse to match your wedding colours to our vast range of lantern colours. A lovely effect is to hang your lanterns from a lighting canopy combining two gorgeous styling options.

Hanging Plank Installation
We don’t want to give too much away… but we are so excited to be styling a wedding this wedding season at Hendall Manor Barns with a foliage hanging plank installation between the beams inspired by Pinterest.

Ceremony backdrop
The back-flint wall of Hendall Manor Barns makes the perfect backdrop for your wedding ceremony. We can add a fairy light wall installation against the back wall to complement the natural flint or add pinterest-worthy floral embroidery hoops.

Alternatively, why not hire our moon arch which can be styled in a range of ways from foliage or floral installations to hanging glass baubles filled with fairy lights, candles or flowers. The great thing about our moon arch is that you can reuse it as a photobooth later in the evening. Add an Instagram style personalised photo frame to make perfect photos for your wedding hashtag!

Images courtesy of Craig Payne Photography