An Essex Wedding - March/April 2023 (Issue 109) MAR/APR 2023 £3.55 FASHION, BEAUTY, HONEYMOONS, GROOMS AND MORE Planned to perfection Expert advice for your big day trib Be go r a id ls e How to dress the bridal party WIN! A four-night break in Tuscany THE GREAT OUTDOORS Venues with glorious gardens True love Real weddings aplenty

REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER New Editor, Rachel Westall, talks all things weddings! 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around Essex 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 81 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer stellar advice 90 COMPETITION Win a four-night break in Tuscany CONTENTS MARCH/APRIL 2023 VENUES 19 GLORIOUS GARDENS Venues with outside spaces that have the wow factor! 25 KEEP LOCAL Wed in and around Romford, Brentwood & Billericay On the cover This issue’s cover has been sponsored by St Osyth Priory ( a stunning, historic wedding venue in Essex. It was captured by Day & Knight Photography ( at the wedding of Cat and Andy. 69 25 FEATURES 49 PLANNING SOS! Top tips for organising your big day 69 DRESSING THE BRIDAL PARTY Ensure your wedding party looks the part and stop by one of these local suppliers for quality and style 80 SO SPA, SO GOOD Gracie Leader enjoys a day of relaxation learning about Reiki 43 3

REAL WEDDINGS 31 AN ECO WEDDING The sun shone for Olivia and Neel Raja, who kept all things sustainable and recyclable at their marquee wedding in Hazleigh 36 SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW Maddie and Matt Wood tied the know in a vintage-themed day held at The Coach House at Markshall Estate 43 SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL Chelsea and Mark tied the knot at The Warren Estate with elegant touches of blue throughout HONEYMOONS 90 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and honeymoon destinations 94 SANTA NEEDS A SPA DAY! The Runnymede on Thames set the scene for a much-needed pre-Christmas break 92 FLY AWAY WITH ME We’ve rounded up some of our fav city escapes 96 A GRAND AFFAIR Experience ultimate luxury combined with traditional Greek appeal at Rhodes-based Ixian Grand & All Suites GROOMS 86 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 87 SUITED AND BOOTED Styling advice for the groom-to-be 88 IT’S ONLY NATURAL With neutral colour palettes on the rise, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite products to ensure you look on-trend this season FASHION & BEAUTY 55 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 56 FRILL SEEKERS This season’s bridal dresses enjoy tiers of ruffled tulle, silky satin layers and subtle pleats 63 IN LOVE WITH LACE This timeless fabric never goes out of fashion 66 HEAD OVER HEELS Walk down the aisle in style this season with our hand-picked edit of the best bridal shoes and bags 74 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with these must-haves for the bride-to-be 76 EAT YOUR WAY TO A STRESS-FREE WEDDING Nutrition and Health Coach, Demelza Rayner, reveals seven simple steps to feeling relaxed and in control on your wedding day 78 FASHION AND BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 83 BAN THE BLOAT Professional nutritionists at Wedding Wellness explain how to avoid untimely bloating on your wedding day 88 36 74 55 31 4


Accessories aplenty, p66 Blue blooms looking gorgeous This is my first issue of An Essex Wedding magazine and what a treat it has been! Living in Coggeshall, I never get over just how beautiful this part of the world is – and how many amazing venues we have surrounding us! If 2023 is the year you get married, congratulations! Your big day is nearly here! If you still have your bridal party to get suited and booted, fear not, we have a great feature dedicated to dressing your nearest and dearest that’ll be by your sides on the day. We also have our planning SOS special, where our county’s industry experts reveal their top tips to ensure the smooth running of your day. This issue’s real weddings were oh so special. From Matt and Maddie’s vintage style affair at The Coach House at Markshall Estate to Olivia and Neel’s eco, festival themed wedding at Hazeleigh – it looked so much fun! I absolutely love reading about your days and am always on the lookout for newlyweds to feature. So, to submit your own nuptials to grace the pages of An Essex Wedding, get in touch via our website or just send me an email Happy planning! Nice to meet you! I love all the soft, muted tones from Matt and Maddie’s vintage-styled day WIN! A four-night break in Tuscany Rachel Westall, Editor Rachel x ISSN 1745-6541 ADVERTISING Account Manager Kirsty Brindley | 01376 538 490 An Essex Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Events & Publishing Ltd. 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. @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS DESIGN 01376 535 616 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 MANAGING DIRECTOR Sarah Ellis | 01376 535 602 EDITORIAL Editor Rachel Westall | 01376 535 611 I love the drama of this look! Those smiles say it all. Congratulations, Olivia and Neel Wedding planning tips from the dream team at Hedingham Castle Honeymoon goals at Nobu Hotel, Marrakech EDITOR’S LETTER 7 Boho vibes at Houchins

Our beautiful, iconic 400-year-old Hotel, sits beside the River Nene in the idyllic surroundings of the conservation village of Wansford, in Cambridgeshire. Throughout its history the Hotel has hosted an incredible array of famous and Royal guests including Mary Queen of Scots, Queen Victoria, Princess Diana and many others. Having completed an extensive restoration, the Hotel has once again regained its reputation as one of the region’s finest. It now cleverly displays all its historic glory with luxuriously appointed rooms featuring painstakingly restored medieval fireplaces combined with all of the modern technology and conveniences we all enjoy. With two restaurants to choose from we know our ‘foodie’ guests will be fully satisfied! Fine dining can be enjoyed in our Michelin recognised, 3 rosette awarded ‘Prévost’ restaurant. This showcases a contemporary Tasting Menu by our Executive Head Chef, Lee Clarke and Head Chef Sam Nash, all paired with the eclectic wine choices from our Sommelier. Relax and unwind in our Courtyard Bar and Lounge, smile at its unique playful décor, enjoy the music and the warm friendly atmosphere. Even outdoors, if the weather suits, in the historic courtyard setting warmed by our open firepit. Indulge Haycock Manor Hotel, Wansford - in - England, Peterborough PE8 6JA T: 01780 782223 | E: | IN A LUXURIOUS NIGHT AWAY

NEWS All the latest from around the county SAY CHEESE! Browning Bros. has introduced its brand-new selfie pod for weddings and events! As an additional hire, this top-of-the-range, British-made selfie pod can take GIFs, photos, Boomerangs and burst GIFs. Once set up, simply gather your friends, family or significant other, and enjoy making memories that will last a lifetime!⁠ The images can then be sent directly to each user via text or email and the client will receive full digital gallery following the event. Born out of a vision between two brothers to break away from the ordinary, Browning Bros. is passionate about delivering original experiences, providing luxury glamping accommodation, alternative wild weddings, secret escapes, corporate events and much more. For further information visit: LET THE PLANNING COMMENCE County Wedding Events is delighted to announce it’s hosting another fabulous wedding show at Braxted Park, Witham, on Sunday 14th May between 11am and 3pm. A magnificent country house surrounded by a 500-acre wooded estate, Braxted Park is one of the most beautiful exclusive use wedding venues in Essex. It offers a choice of exquisite locations for both indoor and outdoor ceremonies, and boasts luxury accommodation for newlyweds and their guests. Visit this amazing event to view the incredible grounds of Braxted Park and meet a huge variety of wedding suppliers such as florists, photographers, musicians and more! Visit and pre-register for the event online at: NEW BRIDAL BOUTIQUE Rivers Bridal, located on Billericay high street has officially opened its doors! Owner, Ria Carroll says, “I’ve always dreamt of expanding into bridal as our main focus has been prom. I’m passionate about proms but weddings are just so much more magical and to be a part of someone’s bridal journey is something very special. I want to make everyone’s dress shopping experience something to remember as I believe your wedding isn’t just about the day but the months and years leading up to it and the dress buying is a huge part of that journey.” Rivers Bridal stocks designers: Evie Young, Rachel Allan, Madison James, Phoenix and Danielle Couture. For further information, visit Nearlywed 9 LOCAL NEWS

TIME TO CELEBRATE Love is in the air as celebrant Steve Swain has been swept off his feet since starting his business just over a year ago. Steve started his celebrant business during Covid and just over a year ago conducted his first service. Since then, the phone hasn’t stopped ringing and he’s now preparing for his 200th ceremony. Steve became a celebrant after people told him he was good at public speaking, especially when it came to toasts or talking about other people. He said: “Being a celebrant is a fantastic job, as I get to work with amazing people that need support with a wedding, funeral, naming ceremony or vow renewal. I studied with The Regency Academy for my Celebrant Diploma, at the end of which l was thrilled to have achieved a distinction. I also obtained a City & Guilds accredited programme certificate as a civil celebrant. “Since I started, I’ve had some incredible feedback from clients who have talked about how professional and supportive I’ve been – and how I helped to make their day perfect. That means a lot and is very satisfying.” For more information visit the website or email TWO AWARD-WINNING ESSEX BUSINESSES Awards voted for by wedding couples mean so much more to wedding suppliers, offering a true reflection of their services. An Essex Wedding spoke to two recent award winners in each of their categories! CATEGORY: WEDDING STATIONERY Nicole Bright, The Little Paper Parcel How do you feel to have won an award? I feel extremely pleased and proud to have won the Hitched Wedding Awards for the second year in a row. As a small business gaining recognition for your work and knowing customers positive experiences and reviews have contributed to the win is an incredible feeling. What have you got planned for the year ahead? After being on maternity leave for the majority of 2022, I’m looking forward to getting back to working with amazing couples to help them create their dream wedding stationery. I plan on launching some new and exciting invitation formats, thank you card designs and working with more fantastic couples on bespoke designs throughout 2023. CATEGORY: WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS Maryann, The Menagerie - Lifestyle Photography How do you feel to have won a Hitched Wedding Award? The award reinforces all the hard work I put in for the couples I photograph, so to receive some recognition that’s based on reviews from them on one of their most important days of their lives - that’s really something special and deserves a thank you to all the gorgeous couples I photograph. What have you got planned for the year ahead? The next year will bring a lot of changes with it, a change of location for me personally. I’m adding highlights videos to some of my packages, and I have a new assistant photographer starting to work alongside me soon. This year is already shaping up to be the busiest yet, but also the most diverse. I have weddings booked everywhere from a donkey sanctuary to a private beach. It’s certainly going to be unusual, and so much fun! A NIGHT IN THE VINES Toppesfield Vineyard is an ideal location for a romantic get-away. This stunning Scandi-style luxury villa has giant picture windows which look out over the awardwinning vineyard. The contemporary design includes a nickel bar (like at The Ivy) for drinks and dinner as well as a roll top nickel bath, ideal for sipping champagne by candlelight. There’s a beautiful private garden with a BBQ, day bed and loungers as well as a jacuzzi which looks out over the vineyard. This romantic, luxury location is proving very popular for proposal weekends and minimoons/honeymoons. The price for one couple is £240 per night with a minimum of two nights stay. Availability can be checked via the Airbnb calendar on Toppesfield Vineyard’s website: 10

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FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN ENTER ONLINE VIA OUR WEBSITE WWW.ANESSEX.WEDDING PART OF THE FAMILY Woofs & Weddings offer doggy wedding chaperone services! Rebecca or one of her team will be your pet’s ‘plus one’ for the day, ready to help care for your dog throughout your wedding celebrations. Making dreams of having your best pal by your side on the day a reality. All packages include; a meet and greet beforehand, secure transport for your dog on the day, walks, one-to-one care throughout their time at your venue, assistance with photos and posing, support in planning the day for your dog, assistance with your dog walking down the aisle and sitting nicely during the ceremony, and lots more! All can be tailored to what you need and range from eight to 24-hour care. Also, the company offers one to one training sessions to work on specific roles/ training you’d like your dog to have for the wedding. For example, how to walk down the aisle nicely and how to settle during the ceremony. Woofs & Weddings are offering An Essex Wedding magazine readers 10 per cent off any booking made before May 1st. Just mention An Essex Wedding when booking. To book, please email: or visit the website: Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs GOODNESS FROM THE INSIDE OUT The key to feeling and looking your best on your wedding day is to combine healthy eating habits with good sleep hygiene and stress reduction techniques, but it’s often hard to know where to start. Despite our best efforts of trying to eat the ‘right’ foods, we can inadvertently miss out on many key vitamins and minerals that can have a positive impact on mood and energy. That’s why Demelza Rayner Nutrition is offering three lucky brides the chance to win a seven-day food diary analysis service, worth a total of £180 (£60 each). The winners will be sent a link to an app, where you can log your meals for seven days. Once Demelza has viewed the data, she’ll draw up a comprehensive report using the latest nutritional software that outlines whether you’re getting enough of the three major macronutrients – carbs, protein and fat – as well as a thorough rundown of vitamins and minerals. She will then arrange a mutually convenient time for a 30-minute phone call (or zoom) to run through the results to discuss any deficiencies that may come to light and provide personalised support in these areas. Even if you think you’re eating healthily, dietary analysis can be incredibly illuminating. Find out more about Demelza Rayner Nutrition’s one-to-one personalised nutrition programmes, or request the regular newsletter featuring exclusive tips and recipes, by visiting To enter, simply tick the box marked ‘Nutrition’ on the giveaway form that you can find here: WIN A PAIR OF STEVE MADDEN BRIDAL SHOES The hunt for the perfect bridal shoe ends here with the chance to win the ultimate pair for your special day from Steve Madden. The shimmering Bridal Collection is not only amazing for brides but bridesmaids too, ensuring a picture-perfect look on the big day. For everyone who loves to shine you can choose from rose gold, silver, nude and white with finishes that include satin, rhinestone, leather and clear materials. If the shoe fits… be your own Cinderella! Check out County Wedding Magazine readers have the chance to win a pair of bridal shoes to the value of £150 from For your chance to win enter online via our website Freebies & OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

WEDDING SHOWS SPRING 2023 ALL EVENTS 11AM - 3PM unless otherwise stated /CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents At County Wedding Events each show is professionally and meticulously run to ensure a variety of suppliers are on hand to help you plan your big day and are hosted by some of the loveliest premier venues in your area. All our shows offer you free entry and parking, a goody bag each containing gifts, and useful local information to plan your wedding. You will also have the opportunity to enter prize draw competitions and take advantage of exclusive offers and discounts on the day. ESSEX BERKS, BUCKS & OXON SUN 2 APR THE COMPLEAT ANGLER Bisham Road, Marlow Bridge, Marlow, SL7 1RG EAST ANGLIA SUN 26 MAR HAYCOCK MANOR Wansford, Peterborough, PE8 6JA LONDON SUN 14 MAY MORDEN HALL Morden Hall Road, SM4 5JD SUSSEX SUN 16 APR SELDEN BARNS Selden Lane, Patching, Worthing, BN13 3UL 12PM-4PM SUN 14 MAY BRAXTED PARK Great Braxted, Witham, CM8 3EN SAT 1 APR HOUCHINS WEDDING VENUE Houchin’s Lane, Coggeshall, Colchester, CO6 1RT 12PM-4PM

As part of KD Events and Publishing Ltd, County Wedding Events (CWE) is ideally placed to offer you a wealth of experience organising events in the wedding industry. If you would like more information about either holding a wedding show at your venue or exhibiting at any of our shows, please contact us at, call 01376 514000 or visit WORK WITH US ESSEX EAST ANGLIA SUN 3 SEP HAYCOCK MANOR Wansford, Peterborough, PE8 6JA BERKS, BUCKS & OXON SUN 10 SEP CHENIES MANOR HOUSE Chenies, Rickmansworth Bucks, WD3 6ER SUN 24 SEP RACKLEY’S CHILTERN HILLS Marlow Road, Cadmore End, Bucks, HP14 3PP SURREY KENT EAST MIDLANDS SUN 1 OCT NUTFIELD PRIORY Nutfield Road, Nutfield, Redbridge, RH1 4EL SUN 12 NOV PENSHURST PLACE Penshurst, TN11 8DG SUN 15 OCT RUSHTON HALL Desborough Road, Rushton, Kettering, NN14 1RR SUN 22 OCT BRAXTED PARK Great Braxted, Witham, CM8 3EN SUN 29 OCT HOUCHINS WEDDING VENUE Houchin’s Lane, Coggeshall, Colchester, CO6 1RT 12PM-4PM SUN 10 SEP MARKSHALL ESTATE Coggeshall, CO6 1TG WEDDING SHOWS AUTUMN 2023 ALL EVENTS 11AM - 3PM unless otherwise stated

• Free entry • First 100 couples receive a free wedding journal keepsake • Goody bag for each couple • Up to 200 stands • Bridal fashion shows • Huge number of wedding specialists including venues • Demonstration areas • Competitions • Entertainment • Refreshments • And more... Pre-register and attend the show to have a chance to win a fabulous spa break worth £250 courtesy of Pre-register at London, HA9 0WS SUNDAY 8 OCTOBER 2023 | 11AM - 4PM WEMBLEY STADIUM Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, KT13 0SL SUNDAY 16 APRIL 2023 | 11AM - 3.30PM High Street, Berkshire, SL5 7JX SUNDAY 1 OCTOBER 2023 | 11AM - 3.30PM MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD ASCOT RACECOURSE

Pre-register for all of our events at MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, 16TH APRIL, 2023 ASCOT RACECOURSE, 1ST OCTOBER 2023 WEMBLEY STADIUM, 8TH OCTOBER, 2023 X Sarah Here at County Wedding Magazines and Events HQ we’re looking forward to kickstarting our Spring 2023 wedding show season – perfect for all those couples that got engaged over the festive period. From must-visit local fairs in some of the region’s best wedding venues to our larger Signature Wedding Shows, we can’t wait to welcome nearlyweds to our events and help plan their wedding day. Each event will boast a huge range of specialists who will be on hand to talk through your planning ideas and requirements; venues, bridal boutiques, photographers, florists, cake makers and more, there’s everything you could need to plan your wedding under one roof. On the day refreshments will be available to purchase from each of the venue’s on-site restaurants, bars and cafés. Couples will need to pre-register in advance for an allocated arrival time, although on the day visitors are always welcome, and attending our shows are free! For more information, visit County Wedding Events’ website. We look forward to seeing you at one of our events. Sarah Ellis, Managing Director County Wedding Events Psst! Our pre-registered Signature Wedding Show visitors will have the chance to win a £250 gift voucher courtesy of A date for your diary... GREAT EXPECTATIONS

Houchins is an intimate and romantic wedding venue with the choice of accommodation. Exclusively yours for the day, Houchins is set in beautiful grounds just outside Coggeshall, easily accessible to Essex, Hertfordshire and London. Call our award-winning team to arrange a viewing or chat through your plans on how we can make your perfect wedding day. Houchins Wedding Venue | Coggeshall | Colchester | CO6 1RT HERITAGE MADE MODERN 01376 561448 Photos courtesy of Big Fish Photography, Dominika Meichowska, Emma Gosling, Farlie Photography, Julia & You Photography, Kristian Lissimore Photography & Pure Image Photography.

Glorious gardens Venues with outside spaces that have the wow factor! BRAXTED PARK 01621 770855 | At the heart of a vast walled estate, you’ll find Braxted Park’s magnificent country house and its stunning gardens. The intimate gardens that connect Braxted House to the grand Wedding Pavilion provide an idyllic setting for any wedding vision. Within the historic Walled Garden guests can enjoy a series of themed ‘rooms’ that include a romantic English Garden, a Knott Garden and an Italian Garden. The year-round interest each provides creates beautiful and varied backdrops for wedding photographs. Celebrate in style Combing elegance and romance throughout its interior, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to saying, ‘I do’. The Orangery exudes romance, with Roman-inspired murals and arched windows that look out over the grounds. Alternatively, during the warmer months, tie the knot outdoors at the heart of the Walled Garden as your guests soak up the sun. Braxted Park even has its own church, so you could have a religious ceremony just a few minutes away from the house should you wish to. Each option is capable of seating up to 170 guests. When it comes to receptions, The Pavilion is perfectly equipped for parties both large and small. This versatile space offers plenty of room for up to 350 guests and comes with neutral décor so you can truly make it your own. The in-house catering team are on hand to create some spectacular menus for your special day, while come evening, a state-ofthe-art sound and lighting system and huge dancefloor ensures you can enjoy yourselves long into the night. We love... The Garden Cottage really stands out and offers couples the perfect place to retire to after a day of celebrating, while loved ones can enjoy a relaxing night’s stay just a few steps from The Pavilion, too. 19 THEMED VENUES

HATFIELD PLACE 01245 381 523 | Hatfield Place is a historic Georgian country house sitting within its own grounds of approximately 15 acres. The house can be reached by a treelined driveway that leads to a large, gravelled sweep to the front. The house offers a true country house feel, with a welcoming reception hall, beautiful Ballroom leading out to the terrace and an elegant Drawing Room. In addition to the house, there’s a beautiful Orangery within the Walled Garden which has been carefully landscaped to create the perfect balance of the English country garden but with a modern-day twist. Some 14 luxurious bedroom suites are also available with each room being individually styled and furnished to a very high standard. Celebrate in style Ceremonies can take place in the Ballroom with subtle grey tones and rich silk draping offers a stylish and modern feel. This stunning room overlooks the grounds and seats 60 guests. The Terrace overlooking the grounds is a beautiful location for an outdoor wedding. This location seats 150 guests. The Walled Garden Gazebo, is also such a pretty setting for an outdoor wedding. Located within the garden itself and surround by the picturesque views of the garden. Finally, the Ceremony Hall, is a beautiful oak beamed hall and seats up to 150 guests. For your reception, the Ballroom can seat up to 60 guests. In addition to this exquisite house, there’s the beautiful Orangery and Walled Garden. The Orangery can seat from 60 up to 200 guests and provides a contemporary light filled space overlooking the picturesque view of the Walled Garden. We love... The magnificent oval staircase which is complemented by the intricate hand painted murals is simply stunning and great for pictures. THE LAWN CONFERENCE & BANQUETING CENTRE 01702 203 669 | The Lawn is nestled within three acres of perfectly striped lawns, wonderful seasonally planted flower beds, blossom trees and a stunning rose garden which, with its miniature privet hedges, makes the most perfect backdrop for an outdoor wedding in the stunning gazebo. This all sits within The Lawn Estate with its 120 acres of rolling parkland and ancient woods. The beautiful Georgian Manor House with 100ft of covered, colonnaded Terrace has an outside bar during the summer. Celebrate in style Ceremony capacity in the Grand Hall is up to 100 guests seated (more with additional guests standing) or up to 130 for outside weddings in the wedding gazebo. Everything effectively revolves around the Grand Hall which acts as the hub with the bar, dancefloor, Blue Drawing Room and Orangery (dining room) all spoking from it, creating the most fabulous entertaining and party space. The capacity for the Grand Hall and its linked rooms is 150 and for the Orangery, 130 seated. We love... The newlywed’s room leads to a full-length balcony which, combined with the classic Georgian architecture, forms a perfect space for wedding photography. 20

The most romantic venue in the country a magnificent marriage begins in a magnificent place NEW VENUE Hatfield Place is an exquisite Georgian country house which is the perfect setting for your wedding celebration. 01245 381523 The Street, Hatfield Peverel, Essex CM3 2ET We would love to meet with you to discuss your perfect wedding so please contact us today.

Set in three acres of beautifully manicured gardens, The Lawn is a truly enchanting, award-winning Manor House wedding venue with a stunning Orangery, galleried Grand Hall and delightful gazebo. Perfect for any size wedding, for any season. The Lawn Wedding Fair Sunday 26th March 2023, 11am - 3pm. Free entry and ample free parking. Refreshments available to purchase on the day. Register now! To find out why we remain one of the most sought a†er and best reviewed venues in Essex, contact us to arrange a viewing or visit and let us put together a tailored online quotation based on your precise requirements. Hall Road, Rochford, Essex SS4 1PL 01702 203669 | Parklands, Quendon Hall Quendon Essex CB11 3XN 01799 543800 A luxurious mansion, beautifully manicured grounds with deer roaming the landscape – offering the perfect balance of exquisite elegance and grandeur, with a relaxed and welcoming feel - our versatile reception rooms overlooking our gardens, offer endless scope and flexibility whatever your dream day demands. At the end of the celebrations your guest can retire to the luxurious en-suite guest rooms and as newly weds you will be chauffeur driven down to our lavish thatched honeymoon cottage. 2022_P_ewm_mag_A4 half page.indd 1 25/11/2022 13:32

DOWN HALL HOTEL, ESTATE & SPA 01279 731 441 | Established as one of England’s most established country house hotels, Down Hall is situated within 110 acres of picturesque woods, parks, and landscaped gardens, complete with a stunning wedding gazebo that’s perfect for outdoor ceremonies. The fountain also makes for the most beautiful backdrop to your wedding photos. A long driveway through the beautiful grounds leads to the stunning Italianate mansion – with ornate stone masonry and detailed architecture – a stunning backdrop to any wedding with a truly historic setting. Dating back to as far as 1021, this grandiose stately home radiates a gorgeous country mansion charm – perfect for the big day. Celebrate in style The Oxford / Belcamp suites can welcome 160 people. It’s an exclusiveuse space specially designed for weddings and boasts a lovely ornate fireplace with a contemporary twist. Secondly, the gazebo can host 200 guests where you’ll be surrounded by beautiful, landscaped gardens. For your reception, as well as the aforementioned Oxford / Belcamp suites, there’s also the Bridgeman suite catering for 180. This suite, with its iconic chandeliers, is the largest space. The room is decorated in a contemporary style, with an abundance of natural daylight and views across the landscaped gardens. We love... New to Down Hall is the Glasscock Suite which is an ideal space for any groom to relax with his groomsmen. Equipped with a 65-inch smart screen, PlayStation 4 and a pool table, there are plenty of activities designed to relax and entertain your party. HOUCHINS WEDDING VENUE 01376 561 448 | The formally landscaped wedding garden has been cleverly planted to show interest all year. So, no matter what time of year a wedding takes place there’s always some formal structure and colour in the garden. Beyond the garden is the woodland area for woodland weddings fronted by the recently renovated pond and fountain providing an elegant arrival. The Main Barn known as the Grain Store incorporates a large, open fireplace and mezzanine gallery to make full use of the 35-foot-high ceilings. The Grain Store is centrally located between the bar and dance barn helping your evening flow. Celebrate in style The marquee is available from April to October and is set in the wedding garden and seats up to 150 guests. Adjoining the Grain Store, the Foundry is a perfect space for out of season weddings with a central fireplace and overlooking the formal wedding garden. Set beyond the formal wedding garden is the woodland area which has a meandering pathway mown through it to a ceremony area with seating for up to 150 guests. Finally, set within the house is the oak panelled drawing room for smaller more intimate weddings for up to 25 guests. Receptions take place on the west facing terrace overlooking the wedding garden with capacity for up to 150 guests. Out of season receptions take place inside the Chitting Shed around the bar area for up to 150 guests. We love... The reception drinks area incorporates the bar and enormous west facing terrace overlooking the wedding gardens. Enjoy garden games and mingling with your guests before celebrating the wedding breakfast. THEMED VENUES 23

Weddings and Garden Gazebo Make it your own... Greenwoods Hotel and Spa has a stunning garden gazebo which is fully licensed for an outdoor ceremony in the warmer months. Hold your dream ceremony followed by a lavish reception for up to 200 guests in our state of the art Garden Suite. For more intimate weddings we have our 17th Century Manor House which is sure to impress your guests! Greenwoods Hotel and Spa don't believe packages, we believe in our couples building their own bespoke days that reflect their unique personalities. With no minimum numbers we are able to accommodate days suited to a range of budgets. Beautiful Grounds Large Party Space 17th Century Manor House 'A Venue for all seasons'

GOINGLocal Wed in and around Romford, Brentwood & Billericay MULBERRY HOUSE 01277 365 398 | What to expect This stunning Georgian country house offers a wealth of beautiful space to accommodate your dream wedding. On the first floor of the house is the exquisite, newly-renovated honeymoon suite which is available for you to enjoy on the night of your wedding. The beautiful grounds stretch to 22 acres and include the Mulberry tree from which the house gets its present name. There’s a Wellingtonia Fir planted to commemorate the Battle of Waterloo as well as many other mature trees including Lime, Ash, Elm, Yew and Chestnut. Within the grounds, there are many photo opportunities for couples, which includes a wishing well, Chippendale bridge and long grass meadows. The back paddock is home to the venue’s herd of alpacas, who all enjoy being involved on the day. Time to celebrate The Lakeview Gazebo provides a truly picturesque setting for a dreamy outdoor wedding, available between April to September on days when the weather is fine. If the British weather decides not to play along, Mulberry House offers complete flexibility and can arrange for your celebrations to be moved inside under the vaulted ceiling of the Cedar Suite. Both spaces seat 130 guests. For your reception, the air-conditioned Mulberry Suite boasts a stunning vaulted ceiling and statement chandelier. Seating up to 120 for your wedding breakfast, it’s perfect for a contemporary whilst traditional wedding breakfast and evening reception. Located on the ground floor of the main house, it also has its own private bar and cloakroom. The décor has been kept neutral, with wooden floors and exposed oak beams ready to be dressed as you wish! Hidden behind the beautiful Georgian house lies the newly refurbished all season’s marquee, seating up to 130 guests for a sit-down meal or 200 informally for an evening reception. It also has its own built-in bar and private decking area with lower outside terrace for use on warmer days or simply for some fresh air. The ivory draped, starlit ceiling with crystal chandeliers creates a magical feel for those special night-time occasions. The Marquee can be accessed via the main house, making it ideal for winter weddings, or from our woodland gardens during those sunny summer days. We love... On the first floor are the changing suites for the wedding parties for the morning of your wedding. Bridal changing facilities are available from 8am and a new ‘Lads Lounge’ is available for the guys to get suited up from midday. 25 LOCAL VENUES

ORSETT HALL HOTEL, RESTAURANT & SPA 01375 891 402 | What to expect Orsett Hall’s Main Building is beautifully designed and rebuilt to replicate the original building which was built initially around 1750 and then rebuilt in the early 20th century, but unfortunately burned down in a fire in 2008. The hotel features individually designed and stylishly decorated guest bedrooms, superb dining in the Garden Brasserie, elegant function rooms, a gorgeous chapel and boutique spa. Time to celebrate Orsett Hall has an on-site chapel, licensed to conduct religious and nonreligious wedding ceremonies, as well as civil partnerships. Its stunning interior resembles something out of a fairytale and must be seen in person to be fully appreciated. Designed in soothing pastel tones and framed by elegant white beams covered in white flowers, the chapel offers traditional seating and a large balcony where additional guests can be seated and music can be played. The gazebo offers couples the opportunity to get married outdoors within the gardens of Orsett Hall. Perfect for weddings in the summer months, it offers couples an intimate setting al fresco. All function rooms are also licensed for wedding ceremonies. The Gold Room with its exquisite chandeliers, period fireplace and large window areas, is a bright and welcoming setting for a wedding. It can cater for up to 100 guests seated, and up to 200 for an evening reception. Whitmore is decorated in warm rich tones and can comfortably accommodate up to 140 seated guests, or 250 for a standing reception. It includes a large bar and is the perfect venue for a special occasion. The Grahame Thomas Pavilion is the largest suite; it contains its own private bar and can seat up to 520 people for a banquet or wedding. The Pavilion is fully air-conditioned and even boasts its own koi carp pond and bridge, where outside seating is also provided. We love... The twinkling chandelier catches everyone’s eye as it stretches from the lower ground level of the hotel corridor to the second floor. LANGTONS HOUSE 01708 433 155 | What to expect Langtons House is a beautiful Georgian Grade II listed building with many traditional features including damask wallpapers, wood panelling and jaw dropping crystal chandeliers. Time to celebrate Ceremonies can take place in the East Room, West Room, Orangery or Langtons Grand Hall. Receptions take place onsite in Langtons Grand Hall. The walls are finished with wood-panelling and William Morris style wallpaper. The finishing touches are the smart dark green curtains and green and gold banqueting chairs. The Hall overlooks the lake and gardens. It welcomes a maximum of 70 seated and 100 standing. There’s a fully equipped kitchen for caterers, a built-in bar and a servery area for all reception needs. We love... The landscaped gardens include a swan lake, ornamental bridge, orangery, greenhouse and bath house making a perfect backdrop for those breathtaking wedding photographs. 26

Licensed to produce Civil Ceremonies • Wedding breakfast up to 200 people Weddings at the palace hotel, southend-on-sea A beautiful seaside venue, filled with natural light and stunning views overlooking the River Thames. Park Inn by Radisson Palace, Southend-on-Sea is the perfect location for your special day. Packages from £34 per person Book via T: +44 1702 455100 or

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GREENWOODS HOTEL & SPA 01277 829 990 | What to expect Situated in the rural village of Stock in Essex, the 17th century manor house is set in over 10 acres of landscaped gardens. Renovated and totally refurbished within the last 10 years, the façade and stunning dome-style entrance, together with a sweeping stone staircase has real wow factor. Time to celebrate The Manor House is steeped in history and real care has been taken to ensure original features of the Library and Boardroom suites including original fireplaces, decorative wood panelling and impressive chandeliers. These rooms hold up to 20 guests for a ceremony and wedding breakfast. Proud to offer a truly bespoke experience, the venue’s talented chefs offer a variety of wedding breakfast and evening celebration menus and can cater for all dietary needs. The Garden Suite is the result of a million-dollar renovation and refurbishment programme of the venue and this contemporary space with its floor to ceiling windows, incorporating the original brick of the garden wall, the high spec facilities include presentation screens, partitions to suit all party sizes and a fabulous bar! It has the capacity to host up to 200 guests. We love... There’s an individual suite at the top of the venue, a real luxurious hideaway with sofa, king-sized bed and free-standing bath. THE MAGIC MUSHROOM RESTAURANT 01268 289 963 | What to expect The Magic Mushroom Restaurant is set on Barleylands Road on the edge of Barleylands in Billericay. The front of the restaurant has pretty floral borders. The wedding function rooms have been designed with a contemporary and modern look with charming wooden beams providing a bright and airy space perfect for your special day. The décor is neutral to allow you to decorate with your own colour theme. The Private Dining Room has its own entrance with a modern, mirrored bar. Time to celebrate There are two choices for your ceremony and reception: the Private Dining Room, a modern, bright, and charming room; or the Back Restaurant. By hiring the Back Restaurant, you also have the Private Dining Room which has its own entrance, bar and toilets. The two rooms are joined by bi-folding doors. The Back Restaurant is a beamed, bright and airy room with one side being glass windows to allow in lots of light and can accommodate between 36 to 100 guests for your reception. We love... This fine dining restaurant with its team of highly talented chefs can put together a bespoke, exquisite menu for your wedding breakfast and reception using only the best fresh ingredients. 29 LOCAL VENUES

Headquartered in the historic town of Maldon in Essex for over 30 years, TCP ECO is well recognised for manufacturing the world’s first low-energy LED, hydrogen fuel cell powered lighting towers. The portable lighting towers boast ZERO emission and ZERO noise pollution when in use, so they are a perfect temporary lighting solution for weddings and events. TCP ECO also provides a range of clean, green, off-grid power packs, as used by Olivia and Neel at their wedding. For further information please visit or contact to discuss your requirements. ECO FRIENDLY ZERO EMISSIONS ZERO POLUTION TCP Group // Quayside Industrial Park, Bates Road Maldon, Essex. CM9 5FA// // YOUR COMPLETE WEDDING ENTERTAINMENT Amp & Decks have been entertaining since 2002 and are now one of the most trusted entertainment providers. We offer professional wedding entertainment services specialising in wedding DJs. We pride ourselves to deliver a party you and your guests will remember for all the right reasons for years to come. WE ALSO PROVIDE...PHOTOBOOTHS | MAGICIANS | DANCEFLOORS | LED LETTERS 08000 599 722 • • • /ampanddecksent

The sun shone for Olivia and Neel Raja, who kept all things sustainable and recyclable at their marquee wedding in Hazeleigh Images courtesy of Harriet Hall Photography An eco wedding Olivia and Neel met at university in London, through mutual friends as well as both playing sports for the medical school. Olivia reveals, “After one particular ‘sportsnite’, we shared a McDonalds on the way home and ever since then we’ve been inseparable, sharing everything we do. What first attracted me to Neel was his very social personality and easy ability to make me laugh…he’s also very handsome which may have helped!” Neel adds, “It was looks that first attracted me to Olivia, but getting to know her, her sense of humour and how kind she is, were what made me want to marry her.” Neel proposed on the couple’s fifth dating anniversary, it was a complete surprise. Olivia explains, “We were working hard during Covid (myself in A&E and Neel in ITU) so decided to take a week off in late November to explore some of the local hikes in our area. During our hikes Neel had been using his camera to take photos and videos, telling me that he was going to make a video at the end of the week. Little did I know, he was just practising each time to be able to record the proposal without me noticing! On the day of the proposal, I was cooked breakfast in bed and Neel then went off to pick me up a large bouquet of flowers from the local florist – the first flowers he’d ever got me, (I’d previously told him I wouldn’t marry him unless he’d bought me flowers!). On his walk to get them, Neel rang my dad to get the ‘okay’ to propose that day – no issue. “Me none the wiser, Neel set up the camera to take a selfie at the highest point overlooking the wonderful countryside, like we’d done on previous hikes, only when I turned round to smile for the camera, he’d dropped down on one knee to ask if I would marry him – obviously I said yes! He’d picked out a beautiful ring from a local jeweller which was the icing on the cake.” On 20th August 2022, the couple said their wows at All Saint’s Church, Purleigh followed by a reception at a private field they hired in Hazeleigh. Here, the newlywed’s share some of their favourite moments from the day... 31 REAL WEDDINGS

Sunflowers were a big part of the wedding because it was a nod my grandfather’s favourite flower, who unfortunately passed away during covid two years before the wedding but was a big part of my life and really approved of Neel as my boyfriend. All the flowers for the bouquets and buttonholes were grown on my mum’s Purleigh allotment with the help of her allotment friends too. We had an organist on the day and the church bells rang ! The church is next door to our favourite pub, the Purleigh Bell – where the groomsmen got ready, our guests gathered before the service and we had our first drink as a married couple. The local church is the parish church where my parents live and has wonderful views over Maldon. I wore my mother’s wedding dress but redesigned by Noble and Wright Arteliers. This meant a lot to me as I could redesign the dress to exactly how I wanted. Plus, my mum’s wedding dress was made from material picked out by her and her friend and then sewn together by my nan, so it was lovely to see my nan’s reaction when I walked down the aisle. 32

To tie in Neel’s Indian heritage, as well as our love of Indian food, we also had Indian savoury snacks from Sambal Express, Barkingside. My mum is very creative and reused our old bed sheets and old fabric to make bunting to decorate the marquee. The bunting is now termed ‘the family bunting’ and is used for other special occasions. Each birthday I always request a caterpillar cake, so we decided to have Mr and Mrs caterpillar cakes for our wedding, and also cupcakes so everyone would be able to have some. We had a very informal hog and lamb roast and allowed the guests to sit where they wanted. The centrepieces were dried flowers recycled from a friend’s wedding earlier that year – making sure to have a bit of orange or yellow in each centrepiece. We started the reception with local Maldon oysters – shucked by the groom and groomsmen who had learnt how to do it on the stag do! We paired the oysters with local sparkling wine from New Hall vineyards. The favours were limoncello in small glass bottles (they reminded me of Alice in Wonderland, and all were recycled after the day!). 33 REAL WEDDINGS

OLIVIA’S TOP TIP! “Avoid being on your phone during the day – everyone who you want to share your wedding with will be there and if not, there will be plenty of people and an official photographer who will document the day for you.” For our guests to stay overnight, we used Victoria Lily Events who set up cute bell tents. OLIVIA AND NEEL’S CONTACTS Photographer, | Ceremony venue, Marquee, | Bell tents, | Dress alterations, Suits, | Make-up, | Hog roast, Indian food, | Catering – oysters, | Cupcakes, Boos.bespokecakes | Catering chillers, | Glassware hire, | Flowers, | Rings, Campervan, | Local beers, | Local wines, Toilet hire facilities, | Emission Free Lighting & Power, I’ve always wanted to ride in a campervan and my mum saw the ‘Little Yellow Bus’ at another wedding. Luckily, they were free on our date! For the reception I wore a secondhand wedding dress - I didn’t want to get too much mess on my Church wedding dress as I’m keen to have it remade if I ever have a daughter who gets married! For the first dance we’d chosen Maroon 5s Sunday Morning. Unfortunately the PA system had a bit of a mishap and it meant we couldn’t hear any vocals. Jacob – Olivia’s best friend, is an amazing singer – and after some persuasion, he kindly stepped in. Everyone was soon on the dancefloor singing at the top of their lungs. The entertainment was provided by Neel (on bass and vocals), his oldest friend Dan (guitar) and Neel’s dad Nim (on drums) – they formed ‘Neel’s Wedding Band’ for the evening and did a set for everyone to enjoy before we all hit the dancefloor. All the energy for the reception was powered using emission free energy, thanks to TCP Eco. Friends and family were pleased with the idea of an eco-friendly wedding and using the hydrogen power really set it apart! 34