An Essex Wedding - November/December 2022 (Issue 107)

LAYER MARNEY TOWER 01206 330784 | Layer Marney’s magnificent Tudor buildings are surrounded by picturesque gardens, set in attractive parkland. Offering breath-taking views to the Blackwater Estuary, the impressive entrance driveway takes you past grazing livestock, with its formal gardens surrounded by both woodland and parkland. Layer Marney’s pond also has a wooden boardwalk around it, which is popular both with the wedding couple and photographer. Ceremonies are usually held in the Corsellis Room, seating up to 120. A beautiful space that requires little décor, it boasts exposed brick, ancient oak beams and Mulberry wall hangings. The Long Gallery is then the perfect place for your reception, with Tudor panelling, oak sprung floor and a magnificent fireplace which often becomes a focal point for wedding flowers and décor. This room can seat 140 people, and accommodates up to 180-200 for your evening reception. There’s also a newly-restored Barn for couples seeking a more rustic feel to their big day, with exposed wood, York stone flooring and underfloor heating. Seating 170 and accommodating up to 220 for the evening reception, let your guests enjoy your party while you grab some shots in front of the iconic Tower of the Tudor Gatehouse – which is the tallest in the country. PARKLANDS QUENDON HALL 01376 324555 | A luxurious 17th century mansion with a variety of rooms, Parklands is set in 100 acres of deer park with rolling hills and avenues of trees. Offering couples exclusive use of the house, it makes for an idyllic setting for your wedding anytime of the year. You can utilise the gardens in spring and summer, or why not stay snug in the cosy rooms during autumn and winter thanks to the warm and inviting log fires? Say ‘I do’ in front of up to 100 guests in the Tabor Room, a neutral, bright and beautiful blank canvas with window and doors overlooking the deer park. Alternatively, choose the Drawing Room, a traditionally decorated room perfect for small ceremonies of up to 50. For larger affairs, you can choose the Pavilion – adorned with fairy lights and chandeliers, it has two double doors leading out onto the back garden and moat and can host up to 500 of your friends and family. There’s even the option to wed outside, with the Gazebo the perfect backdrop for dreamlike memories. You can also marry in front of the fountain and deer park, with a capacity of 410, hosting your reception back in the Pavilion (capacity 400), or The Tabor Room (capacity 120). 20