An Essex Wedding - May/June 2022 (Issue 104)

Delighted doesn’t even come close to describing how I felt when I was offered the position of Editor on your favourite wedding magazine. A bornand-bred Essex girl, I’ve worked on bridal publications for a fair few years, and love nothing more than seeing couples plan and celebrate one of the best days of their lives. Married for nearly 14 years after tying the knot at Gosfield Hall – see my wedding photo below – I understand the excitement, anticipation and stress that comes with organising your nuptials. With that in mind sit back, put your feet up, grab a glass of fizz and let me take some of that hard work away from you! Starting on page 19, you’ve six pages of wedding venues to discover, from historic stately homes to hotels, restaurants and golf clubs surrounding the city of Chelmsford. Afterwards, head to page 75, where 12 of the best bridal boutiques discuss wedding dress shopping dos and don’ts. Looking for a cake to get your guests talking? A talented team of Essex bakers are on hand for essential advice on page 57, before you move on to even more inspiration courtesy of our reader weddings, beginning on page 31. And don’t forget to enter our fab competitions, from the chance of winning a minimoon in the Lake District (p94), to getting your guy’s hair in shape courtesy of award-winning men’s hairdresser, Jim Shaw (p13). Claire Muffett-Reece, Editor Hello! Future heartbreaker! This dude scrubbed up well for Robyn and Kieran’s celebration You can’t go to a wedding without hitting the dancefloor in style, as these guests proved at Jess and Jac’s big day! Claire x PS: If I’ve one piece of advice, it’s to invest in a videographer, if you can afford one. My husband and I didn’t, and last year I became seriously unwell with a brain injury. As such I’ve lost a lot of memories for good, which includes our actual wedding day itself. I’d love nothing more than to sit back and see my friends and family on film enjoying what I’ve been told was an incredible day. WIN! A minimoon in the Lakes, on page 94 31 36 EDITOR’S LETTER 7 ISSN 1745-6541 EDITORIAL 01376 535 611 Claire Muffett-Reece | Editor Danielle Harvey | Managing Editor Kelly Andrews | Deputy Managing Editor and Beauty Editor Melissa Barker | Senior Editor, Grooms and Travel Editor Claire Ridley | Fashion Editor DESIGN 01376 535 616 Graphic Designers | Sarah Hill Stephanie Hodder | Vicky O’Connor Production Assistant | Lorna Butcher Digital Marketing Coordinator Katie Laley Web Development Manager Stuart Weatherley ADVERTISING Sales & Events Director Sarah Ellis | 01376 535 602 Account Manager Kirsty Brindley | 01376 538 490 Subscriptions 01376 514 000 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 Accounting Manager | Derrick James An Essex Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Media Publishing. Whilst every effort was made to ensure the information in this magazine was correct at the time of going to press, the publishers cannot accept legal responsibility for any errors or omissions, nor can they accept responsibility for advert content, or of the standing of advertisers or by the editorial contributions. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. An Essex Wedding is published six times a year. Subscription rates are £18.20 per annum (incl. p+p). Cheques should be made out to KD Media Publishing and sent to An Essex Wedding, c/o KD Media Publishing, Pantile House, Newlands Drive, Witham, Essex CM8 2AP. @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @cwm_wedding Visit us online at and cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS