An Essex Wedding - September/October 2023 (Issue 112)

My ever after Real weddings to inspire Good vibes ONLY How to look and feel your best WIN! Win a romantic break in Yorkshire worth £1,000 FOOD FOR THOUGHT Catering inspo! SEP/OCT 2023 £3.55

Natural, relaxed, beautifully actioned wedding photography. The best wedding photography is only captured when you’re being yourself and not posed or planned too much, even if it looks that way, real actual moments are caught in the most perfect way when you are being you naturally. Hitched Award Winners 2022 & 2023 www.instagram/danscottweddingphotographer/ www.facebook/colchesterphotographer/

REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER What not to miss this issue! 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around Essex 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 85 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer stellar advice 97 COMPETITION Win a romantic break in Yorkshire worth £1,000 CONTENTS SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2023 VENUES 19 I DO! Dream wedding venues 25 GO LOCAL Venues in and around Southend On the cover This beautiful shot was taken by Nicola Drummond Photography. The styled shoot took place at Baddow Park and is utterly gorgeous - check out page 49! 71 19 FEATURES 49 TI AMO Living the Italian dream in Essex, this styled shoot is picture perfect 53 FOOD FOR THOUGHT Catering special 59 GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN A styled shoot all about living your best life! 63 PREPPED TO PERFECTION We ask our local experts how best to slay on your wedding day! 3

REAL WEDDINGS 31 ‘TIL DEATH DO US PARTY Lindsey and Chris Tuckerman tied the knot at Gosfield Hall 36 WORTH THE WAIT Following a three-year engagement, Alexandra and James Arthur said their I do’s at Braxted Park 43 ONCE UPON A TIME Danielle and Tony styled their day in an oh-so stylish sage green palette HONEYMOONS 89 TOTAL BODY BLISS Louise Prance visited Warwickshire’s Ardencote Spa, where she experienced total body bliss and a weekend of wellness 90 MAGICAL MAURITIUS Explore this year-round honeymoon hotspot for a taste of the local cuisine, lush scenery and sustainable hotel choices 93 RURAL ROMANCE Discover the delights of Provence at Hôtel Crillon le Brave GROOMS 80 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 82 SOMETHING BLUE We’ve rounded up some of the latest products for the groom-to-be FASHION & BEAUTY 68 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 71 ALL DRESSED UP The new season bridal edit of dreamy dresses features delicate details, fairytale-inspired florals and flowing fabrics 76 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 79 FASHION AND BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 90 59 49 76 80 4 celebrate In the Chelmsford countryside Cosy, roman�c, in�mate award winning restaurant & licensed wedding venue Ceremonies & fine dining celebra�ons for up to 30 people

Welcome to the September/ October edition of An Essex Wedding. We hope the start of autumn gives us the Indian Summer we all deserve – let’s face it – July was a washout! But, do you know what? I’ve been hearing about the most spectacular summer weddings, whatever the weather. The funkiest brolly shots, dreamy rainbows and all the drama of stormy skies. Essex is also blessed with beautiful barns, historic castles and totally bouji hotels to mark your day – just check out dream venues feature on p19. If you’re currently on the lookout for wedspiration, we have included two stunning styled shoots. One, shot in Baddow Park, giving all the Italian vibes – chic and effortlessly cool. Secondly our ‘Girls just wanna have fun!’ shoot – so much inspo you can take on board for your hen do or for some memorable moments with your bride tribe on W Day itself! As always, we have three fabulous real weddings. An remember, it’s so easy to submit your wedding to grace the pages of An Essex Wedding, simply fill out the form on our website: Happy planning! Endless summer Rachel Westall, Editor Rachel x Canapés that look too good to eat The cool and contemporary Old Parish Rooms a romantic break in Yorkshire worth £1,000 WIN! ISSN 1745-6541 ADVERTISING Account Manager Jessie Wilson | 01376 538 478 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

Honeymooning in Crillon-le-Brave, don’t mind if I do! Backdrop goals at Apton Hall Cool vibes all the way for Lindsey and Chris Tuckerman at Gosfield Hall Golden hour – but all day long Freshwater pearls, perfect for the big day EDITOR’S LETTER 7

More Than Just A Venue EXCLUSIVE USE MANOR HOUSE WITH WEDDING COTTAGE & 14 ROOMS SLEEPING 31 GUESTS Pre-wedding accommodation available in The Wedding Lodge, with bridal preparation rooms, sleeps 8 guests. Hubbards Hall Drive, Off Churchgate Street, Old Harlow, Essex, CM17 0NH For more information please contact 01279 354455 With its stained glass windows and period features the Town Hall is a gorgeous building for your special day, the Town Hall has rooms licenced for wedding and civil ceremonies for up to 130 guests. Just a short 5 minute walk is the stunning Victorian Bridge End Gardens, basking in the sun with its clipped hedges and gentle fountains it will certainly give your day the wow factor. For more information please email or call Claire on 01799 619845 Weddings in Saffron Walden Luxury Eco-friendly & sustainable wedding florist Helping you to create a memorable special day with bespoke individual sustainable ecofriendly floral designs. Personally selected, inspired by & caring for nature. 07905 882655

NEWS Nearlywed All the latest from the region EDITOR LOVES... I was lucky enough to enjoy the Medik8 Platinum Facial at Greenwoods’ Spa. Medik8 is a dedicated professional-led skincare brand. Not only was the beauty therapist professional in the application of products, she also had excellent advice and knew the products inside out! My facial lasted 60 minutes and was tailored to me. During the facial, unlike any other treatment I’ve had before, the Platinum mask (professional use only) was applied. This is a thick, cool, clay-like face mask that completely covers face, eye and lips. After 20 minutes the mask peels away in one and you can immediately feel the benefits. The treatment flew by and I cannot wait to to use the brand again. Greenwoods Hotel & Spa is located in the quaint village of Stock and was the perfect place to escape the stresses and pressures of everyday life. It has recently undergone a major refurbishment and looks and feels luxurious from the moment to enter. There’s a huge selection of spa days and overnight breaks on offer. Or, like me, just pop in for an hour of utter indulgence. You’ll come away with baby soft skin, feeling like a new woman! Visit: LET THE PLANNING COMMENCE! Planning a wedding is one of the most exciting times of your life and what better way to celebrate than a day out with your partner or wedding party. The National Wedding Show returns to Birmingham (NEC) between 22nd and 24th September, and to London (ExCeL) 14th and 15th October, for two full weekends of unbridled wedding inspiration. Chat to hundreds of local and national suppliers, try on dreamy dresses, get the scoop at insider talks and make the most of some unique discounts too. After all, when it comes to planning the biggest day of your lives, every little helps. Treat yourself to VIP tickets and receive special benefits on the day including access to the relaxing VIP lounge, a complimentary drink and a goody bag filled with beauty treats. Plus, reserved seating at the Catwalk, because who doesn’t want the be on the FROW for once? What’s more, you can enjoy 10% off website prices (and up to 35% off door prices) on both VIP and standard tickets. Simply use the ticket code ‘CountyWedding10’ at checkout and you’ll get standard tickets for £16.50 or VIP tickets for just £32. Check out: Buy tickets here: 9 NEWS

THE NIGHT BEFORE New for 2023, you’re now able to book The Wedding Lodge for the night before your wedding. Arrive and relax with a meal (perhaps a takeaway, or something prepared for you by one of the venue’s caterers) and maybe a bottle or two of prosecco! You can then get ready in the house the following morning, with hair and make-up being able to arrive early to ensure enough time to get ready, before moving over to the wedding cottage in the main venue prior to the ceremony. As well as four double bedrooms (sleeping up to eight guests) and two bathrooms, there’s a large kitchen/dining room, a lounge, a make-up room with Hollywood mirrors, a bridal preparation room and a lovely big garden, perfect for relaxing drinks the night before the wedding and beautiful photos the following morning. For further info, visit the website: BRAXTED PARK OPEN DAY IN OCTOBER Braxted Park offers a unique blend of serenity and sophistication that come together in one magnificent venue. Set amongst the picturesque Essex countryside, Braxted Park is a carefully curated space that offers the perfect setting where forever memories are created and everything you could wish for is here in this one breathtaking location. And on Sunday 15th October you’ll be able to experience this exquisite location for yourselves. Between 11am and 3pm, the team will be opening the gates of the 500-acre estate and inviting you to experience the magic of Braxted Park. Braxted Park’s friendly and knowledgeable team will be on hand to guide you around the Estate and will be serving delicious refreshments throughout the day. They have also invited some of their most trusted suppliers to join the event, so you’ll have the opportunity to meet them and discuss your ideas and questions with them, too. Spaces are limited, so get in touch with the Braxted Park team today on +44 (0)1621 770 855 to book your place. HEDINGHAM CASTLE SETS UP FOR SUMMER Working with local suppliers Evelyn Rose Floristry and Andy Griffin Photography, Hedingham Castle is delighted to unveil its stunning outdoor ceremony space on the lawns of the Georgian House, overlooking the lake. New for 2023, couples can now say their vows in this incredible peaceful setting, with seating for up to 150 guests. Further to the UK’s new outdoor wedding laws brought in during the pandemic and made permanent in 2022, couples can now get married outside at licensed venues without the need for a permanent structure. Visi the website: Andy Griffin 10

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THE perfect COUNTRY VENUE FOR YOUR wedding DAY ESSEX’S MOST EXCITING COUNTRY BOUTIQUE WEDDING VENUE if you’re looking for something unique at Old Brook Barn dreams really do come true. Old Brook Barn is a magnificent 17th century barn. Exclusively yours to enjoy with the stunning natural brook, decking area, willow trees and meadow fields, you could not wish for a better setting on your special day. We are a privately owned venue who pride ourselves on making your day as memorable as possible. Please contact us to make a viewing appointment, we would be delighted to show your around. 07747 116 100 oldbrookbarn @oldbrookbarn old brook barn Images courtesy of Anesta Broad Photography

Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs WIN TICKETS TO THE NATIONAL WEDDING SHOW Planning a wedding is one of the most exciting times of your life and what better way to celebrate than a day out with your partner or wedding party. The National Wedding Show returns to Birmingham (NEC) between 22nd and 24th September, and to London (ExCeL) 14th and 15th October, for two full weekends of unbridled wedding inspiration. Chat to hundreds of local and national suppliers, try on dreamy dresses, get the scoop at insider talks and make the most of some unique discounts too. After all, when it comes to planning the biggest day of your lives, every little helps. Treat yourself to VIP tickets (£45) and receive special benefits on the day including access to the relaxing VIP lounge, a complimentary drink and a goody bag filled with beauty treats. Plus, reserved seating at the Catwalk, because who doesn’t want the be on the FROW for once? Check out County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with The National Wedding show to giveaway 10 pairs of VIP tickets to our readers. For your chance to win enter via our website: Freebies& OFFERS WIN PERSONALISED BRACELETS Are you dreaming of making your special day even more memorable for your beloved bridesmaids? Look no further! We have an exciting opportunity for you to win personalised bracelets for each of your bridesmaids, courtesy of Merci Maman. Merci Maman understand the importance of thoughtful and meaningful gifts, especially when it comes to your bridesmaids. Its handcrafted Personalised Pastille Chain Bracelet is a bestseller, a timeless and beloved piece testament to the elegance and charm that the brand’s jewellery carries. Crafted with love and attention to detail, these bracelets will serve as treasured keepsakes for your bridesmaids, a symbol of your lasting friendship and gratitude. Visit County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Merci Maman to give readers the chance to win two personalised pastille chain bracelets worth £237. For your chance to win enter via our website, FIT FOR A QUEEN Inspired by organic shapes and capturing fluid elements in motion, Lucy Quartermaine creates stunning jewellery from remarkable designs that will transform your bridal style. Originally produced to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the Royal Pearl collection complements 925 silver with freshwater pearls for a timeless design perfect for a wedding day. Visit County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Lucy Quartermaine to give readers the chance to win a threepiece set of Royal Pearl pieces worth £237. For your chance to win enter via our website, FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

WEDDING SHOWS AUTUMN 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. 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 our website WORK WITH US KENT SUN 24 SEP | RACKLEY’S CHILTERN HILLS Marlow Road, Cadmore End, Bucks, HP14 3PP SUN 12 NOV | MORDEN HALL Morden Hall Road, SM4 5JD SUN 12 NOV | PENSHURST PLACE Penshurst, TN11 8DG SUN 15 OCT | BRADBOURNE HOUSE New Road, East Malling, ME19 6DZ BERKS, BUCKS & OXON LONDON

ESSEX SUSSEX SUN 8 OCT | LAYER MARNEY TOWER Layer Marney, Colchester, CO5 9US SUN 29 OCT | HOUCHINS WEDDING VENUE Houchin’s Lane, Coggeshall, Colchester, CO6 1RT SUN 1 OCT | MULBERRY HOUSE Chelmsford Road, High Ongar, CM5 9NL SUN 15 OCT | BRAXTED PARK Great Braxted, Witham, CM8 3EN SUN 15 OCT | THAT AMAZING PLACE Hubbards Hall Farm, Harlow, CM17 0NH SUN 22 OCT | SELDEN BARNS Selden Lane, Patching, Worthing, BN13 3UL EAST MIDLANDS SUN 15 OCT | RUSHTON HALL Desborough Road, Rushton, Kettering, NN14 1RR SUN 1 OCT | NUTFIELD PRIORY Nutfield Road, Nutfield, Redbridge, RH1 4EL SURREY 12PM-4PM 12PM-4PM

• 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 29 OCTOBER 2023 | 11AM - 3:30PM MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD High Street, Berkshire, SL5 7JX SUNDAY 1 OCTOBER 2023 | 11AM - 3.30PM ASCOT RACECOURSE

Pre-register for all of our events at ASCOT RACECOURSE, 1ST OCTOBER, 2023 WEMBLEY STADIUM, 8TH OCTOBER, 2023 MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, 29TH OCTOBER, 2023 X Sarah Here at County Wedding Magazines and Events HQ we’re looking forward to kickstarting our Autumn 2023 wedding show season – perfect for all those couples that got engaged over the Summer 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, Sales and Events 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

MIDWEEK WEDDING PACKAGE 2024 Weddings at Greenwoods Hotel and Spa Price based on a 50 day guests and 80 evening guests Any Monday-Thursday 2024 Exclusive hire of our Garden Suite, Gazebo and Garden Terrace Alcoholic Reception Drink Per Adult 3 Course Wedding Breakfast followed by Tea and Coffee Half Bottle House Wine Per Adult Glass of Prosecco for toasts House DJ Evening Buffet of Sausage and Bacon Baps with Wedges Bridal Suite Night of Wedding Singla Organza Chair Sash on our Chiavari Chairs £8,599.00

believin Dream wedding venues THAT AMAZING PLACE 01279 354 455 | Nestled in the Essex countryside, this 15th century Grade II listed former monastery has been beautifully refurbished, with every detail lovingly restored to highlight the venue’s history with a contemporary twist. Exclusively yours, with a picturesque location and breathtaking views of the grounds and lake, That Amazing Place offers a perfect backdrop for your special day. From the long driveway up to the house on arrival, to enjoying reception drinks on the patio with views of the lake, all of your guests will enjoy the stunning scenery on offer. . Celebrate in style Say your vows in The Lakeview Lounge (60 guests), The Hall (100 guests), the Outdoor Gazebo (150 guests) or the Marquee Gazebo (150 Guests), then enjoy a wedding breakfast for up to 80 seated friends and family in The Hall – or up to 150 in the Marquee. You can then party the night away with a reception for up to 200 of your favourite people. . We love... The venue offers full use of the manor house, facilities and 14 deluxe bedrooms (sleeping up to 29 guests)! DON’T STOP Vikki Watts Photography BRAXTED PARK 01621 770 855 | 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

HYLANDS ESTATE 01245 605 500 | The award-winning Grade II listed mansion, Hylands House, is set in 574 acres of landscaped parkland. Here, you’ll find the beautifully restored ceremony and reception rooms, plus the Grand Pavilion and outdoor wedding ceremony garden a few steps away. Stunning parkland and never-ending views of the Essex skyline are all around you. The grounds and formal gardens within Hylands Estate offer the dream setting for your wedding photos. Take a stroll into the Pleasure Gardens filled with seasonal flowers, including the famous wisteria. Celebrate in style The beautifully restored neo-baroque Banqueting Room provides the perfect setting for your wedding ceremony for up to 100 guests. With 24 carat gold leaf and scroll decorations, silk lined walls and hand painted wall motifs, this opulent space provides a stunning backdrop for your wedding ceremony or reception space. The Drawing Room is a remarkable space for up to 100 guests. It has a fabulously ornate and gilded ceiling, complemented by hand-painted wall motifs and a stunning marble fireplace. The new outdoor ceremony garden gives couples the chance to say their vows under the graceful tree canopy of the Estate’s woodland. The area includes a bespoke oak structure for couples and wooden seating in keeping with the woodland theme. Complete with sparkling chandeliers and ivory drapes, the Grand Pavilion offers a stylish celebration space for up to 300 guests for a reception or ceremony. It’s perfect for you to decorate in your own way. We love... The Wisteria Room is a breath-taking suite with huge antique mirrors to give brides a full view of their dress. There’s hanging space to accommodate long wedding veils, dress trains and accessories. With fantastic views of the back lawn, the Wisteria Room is decorated with beautiful hand-painted images of the cascading purple flowers of this climbing plant – a key feature of the estate’s Pleasure Gardens. CHANNELS ESTATE 01245 440 005 | The Barn is located on the Channels Estate, with Channels Hotel and Restaurant only a stone’s throw away. The main entrance to the venue is impressive, and perfect to park that wedding car for amazing photo opportunities. This 17th century Essex Barn is full of character and charm, with open beams. Family owned and run for 50 years, with exceptional food and service, it’s simply perfect to celebrate your marriage. Celebrate in style The Thatched Barn has a large, delightful and private garden, with a fully stocked outside bar. The rustic church pews and thatched cart house are known as the ‘Church without a Roof’. The ceremony can also be held indoors if the weather isn’t suitable. Ceremonies can take place in the garden, where the maximum is 140 guests, or in the Barn where a maximum of 130 guests is possible. For your reception, The Essex Barn can seat between 40 and 140 guests for the wedding breakfast, and up to 200 for the evening informal party. We love... Channels Hotel has 32 four-star Gold Award bedrooms, including a specifically created bridal preparation area, and honeymoon suite. 20

spacious rooms • stunning gardens • modern pavilion See for yourself why Hylands is the perfect place for your dream wedding. Join us for our Autumn Wedding Showcase on Sunday 8th October. Free Entry! Scan the QR code to find out more and reserve your show round. 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 17th March 2024, 11am - 3pm Free entry and ample free parking. Chef’s canap s will be served and additional refreshments will be 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 |

Outside wedding garden, hotel facilities, including bridal preparation areas, stunning grounds for beautiful photos, experience and quality cuisine, Channels Estate really does tick all the boxes! With a stunning outside ceremony garden, you can tie the knot under the beautiful thatched cart house. With antique pews, its known as the “Church without a Roof”. Of course if the weather isn’t being fair, then you have the option of marrying in the Essex Barn. The catering at Channels is all in-house, and the experienced team pride themselves on being flexible and accommodating to individual requirements. Every wedding day is unique to the couples preferences. Channels Estate also holds a 30+ luxury hotel, it boasts some of the finest accommodation in Essex, with a dedicated Bridal house the night before, with hot tub, and preparation areas. Then the glorious Oak Suite for the first night of your married lives. Situated just north of Chelmsford, the beautifully restored 17th century, thatched Essex Barn is the idyllic venue for your special day. Over 40 years of unforgettable wedding days To request for a brochure, with prices and menus. Contact or 01245 440005 (ext 2) CHANNELS ESTATE PRATTS FARM LANE EAST, CHELMSFORD, CM3 3PT

HEDINGHAM CASTLE 01787 460 261 | Hedingham Castle is set within 160 acres of stunning Essex countryside including the beautifully restored gardens in the immediate area below the Castle – the perfect backdrop for wedding photography. Our favourite spot is the lake, with the Castle behind, or in between the huge Wellingtonia trees at the bottom of the formal pond. The history of Hedingham spans almost a millennium, with the Castle almost 900 years old. Its imposing Norman architecture is iconic and the Castle is a landmark in its own right and can be seen for miles around, standing at over 70ft tall. The majestic Castle is arguably the best preserved Norman Keep of its kind in the country, both inside and out. Celebrate in style All ceremonies take place in the Banqueting Hall within the Castle, with its breathtaking atmosphere and impressive double height arch. The room is lit with candles and two grand chandeliers to give the space the most incredible romance. The acoustics are superb and many choose to have a string quartet play as the bride walks down the aisle. Receptions can take place in either the elegant Ballroom Marquee, which is a permanent structure adjoining the Mansion House and includes drinks in the Hall of the House and lakeside lawn before dinner. Or, for smaller weddings, you can hold your entire day in the Castle, dining in the Tapestry Room and then continuing the party on the floor above with drinks and dancing. We love... Brand new for 2023 is The Royal Chamber - a magnificent honeymoon retreat situated inside the Castle on the top floor, complete with a stunning four poster bed, double bath, breathtaking views and brimming with character. Couples really can sleep like royalty on their wedding night! GREENWOODS HOTEL & SPA 01277 829 990 | 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. Celebrate in style 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. The Garden Suite is the result of a million-dollar renovation and refurbishment programme of the venue. This contemporary space with its floor to ceiling windows, incorporating the original brick of the garden wall, has high-spec facilities including presentation screens, partitions to suit all party sizes and a bar! It has capacity for up to 200 guests. 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. 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. 23 THEMED VENUES

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.

GOINGlocal Wed in and around Southend APTON HALL 01702 567 425 | Boasting original red brickwork and lovingly restored farm buildings, Apton Hall is designed in a horse-shoe shape around the picturesque courtyard with Apton Hall Farm in the background. Time to celebrate The original stables have been transformed into a stunning room with high ceilings, exposed brick and wrought-iron chandeliers creating the perfect backdrop to your wedding ceremony. With working stable doors and full-length glass windows, this light and airy indoor ceremony room fits up to 100 people. The underfloor heating also keeps it cosy in the winter months meaning it really is a room for all seasons. For larger ceremonies of 101 to 180 guests, the New Barn with its glass bi-folding doors is the perfect place to say ‘I Do’. And if you’re dreaming of an outdoor ceremony, then there’s the handcrafted gazebo in the centre of the courtyard, for up to 180 guests. The Cowshed is a beautifully decorated, fully air-conditioned evening reception room. With the lights dimmed and the dancefloor full, this area is host to the larger main bar which is open throughout the evening and where the party really starts. We love... When renovating the New Barn in 2016, the team found a wishing well that leads out to the Pond Garden. This now takes pride of place in the dining room complete with a glass top and lights. 25 LOCAL VENUES

THE OLD PARISH ROOMS 01268 833 101 | The venue is set within the grounds of the church at the top of the high street in the picturesque town of Rayleigh. Historic on the outside but cool and contemporary within. Think white brick walls and exposed steel beams. The venue is a blank canvas for your styling ideas. There are two mezzanine floors so you can create different areas but keep your guests together in the same room. Time to celebrate You can choose between the ‘chapel’ mezzanine if you’re going for a VIP only guest list of 30. Or for a larger party, you can hold the ceremony on the ground floor with its huge high ceiling. For your reception, a total of 80 guests can be seated across all the mezzanine floors which makes for an amazing atmosphere. For a nonseated party or reception, the capacity is 100 people. We love... The venue is flooded with natural light and is truly a space to make your own. A cool and intimate venue. 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. Time to celebrate 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 stunning airconditioned 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 beautiful views of the gardens and the light afforded by the classic large Georgian windows in every room, including the Orangery. The grounds and house together form the perfect backdrop for photography. 26

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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

RETTENDON LODGE 01245 320 060 | This family-run venue, located 10 miles from Southend in picturesque Battlesbridge, is now offering weddings in 2023 from just £2,150! Hosting your celebration in the venue’s beautifully-presented silk-lined marquee, your celebration includes the use of your own private event lawn – an amazing setting for your ceremony, with a starlit roof and dancefloor perfect for that first dance. Time to celebrate Indoor ceremonies are held in the marquee or outside on the lawn, with Rettendon accommodating 40 to 130 guests. Receptions are then hosted in the marquee for up to 200, which includes a fully stocked licensed bar for celebratory tipples. The venue’s catering team are also on hand to serve a delicious array of food, choosing either a three-course sit-down meal, carvery, hog roast or BBQ – not to mention their mouth-watering fork or finger food buffet options. We love... Set in the grounds of a country pub – the venue has eight en-suite hotel rooms available. FOOD LEIGH ON SEA 01702 478 477 | Food showcases a charming exterior, blending rustic elegance with contemporary design. Large windows bathe the space in natural light, creating a warm ambience. The brick and wood facade exudes authenticity and character. Lush greenery and vibrant flowers adorn the entrance, adding freshness. It invites passersby to step inside and savour a memorable experience. Time to celebrate For your reception only, this relaxed dining space can accommodate up to 26 guests, providing the ideal ambience and setting for you and your loved ones to enjoy a delicious meal together. This intimate venue is a perfect destination for couples who want to celebrate their love with their closest family and friends in a warm and cosy atmosphere. The taster menus are designed with the freshest seasonal ingredients and offer a variety of organic and locally sourced dishes to choose from. Your wedding breakfast will be a celebration of love, family, and good food. Guests will enjoy a culinary experience that’s both satisfying and delicious. We love... Food offers the happy couple a Friday or Saturday night experience for two including wine match. LOCAL VENUES 29

Begin y r Happy Ever A er in the Hea of Hist ic Colchester Capture Edwardian Elegance and Romance at Colchester’s Town Hall Colchester Castle Town Hall | Charter Hall Visit our new website A bespoke wedding florist with a unique and tranquil wedding consultation room, where together we can create the perfect floral designs for your special day. Just give us a call or find us on Facebook and Instagram to get booked in. 01702 203215 Christine’s of Hockley Find us on

Lindsey and Chris Tuckerman tied the knot at Gosfield Hall Images courtesy of Paul White Weddings ’TIL DEATH DO US PARTY It was on holiday in Dubai, a trip to celebrate Lindsey’s birthday, that Chris proposed. Soon enough they started planning their big day. Viewing Gosfield Hall, was love at first sight. Lindsey tells us, “As we drove down the drive, I was in tears. When we got there, they told us they’d had a cancellation for three months’ time. We decided to go for it and paid a deposit there and then. It just felt right. Unfortunately, we then went into lockdown before the wedding and had two cancelled dates. But it was obviously meant to be, as I managed to have my second son Sid in-between.” On 14th October 2022, the pair said those special words, ‘I do’, amongst family friends. Here, Lindsey tells us all about their day... 31 REAL WEDDINGS

I’ll never forget seeing Chris’s face at the end of the aisle and my two boys there looking so handsome. It was everything we dreamed of and more. I wish I could do it every weekend! It was incredible my Mum made it to the ceremony. She is disabled and hadn’t been to an event in seven years. I wore a couture dress called Riverside Iris by Hermione de Paula. The dress was shot in a Vogue shoot, I then had it customised with their embroidery the designer is famous for. I had my son’s names added, a quote on the veil and initials on my arm. My bridesmaids each wore a different style of taupe blush outfit from Maya. 32

We didn’t have a top table, just long tables of friends and family and round tables either side. The cake was made by our lovely friend Susie and flowers added by us. Our centrepieces were big floral arrangements in gold stands on the round tables, and garlands in the long tables. The flowers were all created by myself and my amazing florist friend Rebekka Clarke who flew over from Helsinki for the wedding. I couldn’t have executed it without her. Favours were wildflower seeds (a nod to my floristry business The Wildflower Garden). REAL WEDDINGS 33

I had a bespoke crown made from St Beth. I also had a feather coat which I wore for the sparkler shot. We hired the fantastic Trevor Cline, who is the most amazing magician. Make sure you plan in your wedding schedule to take a minute to yourselves just after you get married. It goes so quickly! LINDSEY AND CHRIS’S LITTLE WHITE BOOK Venue, | Photographer, | Dress, | Jewellery & accessories, @saintbethofficial2 | Hair stylist, | Make-up – Bride, | Make-up - Bridesmaids, | Suits, | Flowers, Stationery, @ottiedesign | Magician, | Band, | DJ, We had tealights and candles dotted around. Along with a Till Death Do Us Party sign. Our band were incredible and had everyone on the dancefloor in a planned dance off. We then finished it off with the most amazing house music set by our dear friend Glen Manley. We had lots of guests fly over and make such a huge effort to be there. It really was the best day of our lives. It was just a huge party! 34

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THE WAIT Worth After a three-year engagement, Alexandra and James Arthur said their I do’s at Braxted Park – and what a party it was! Images courtesy of Simply Photographic 36

The couple met on a night out in London in 2017 – Alex was celebrating her birthday and James was on his Christmas night out with his mates. It was James’ dance moves that first caught Alex’s eye! James proposed in Dubai in February 2019. Alex explains, “It was really beautiful and James had arranged with the hotel for the room to be set up for the proposal with a rose petal bath and champagne on arrival. It was a total shock and I was blown away but in hindsight I wish I wasn’t wearing my travel outfit because I looked scruffy in all the photos we took to capture the moment!” Due to Covid, the wedding was postponed, but after a three-year engagement, the pair tied the knot at Braxted Park on 9th July 2022. Here, Alex tells us all about the special day... SETTING THE SCENE Alex and James knew they wanted to get married in Essex and after some research, found Braxted Park. It was fair to say they searched no more as Alex tells us. “It’s a real mix of modern meets traditional. We also knew that we weren’t going to have a church wedding as neither of us are religious so seeing the Orangery and how beautiful it was sold the venue for us. The grand entrance when you drive down the long pathway to the main house at Braxted Park is really special. It makes a great impression straight away!” The pair married in The Orangery. The Ceremony went really smoothly – and as a civil ceremony was quite short – which worked out well as James had to hold their 11-month-old daughter throughout the service as she would cry if anyone else tried to hold her. Alex remembers, “She’s a total Daddy’s girl! We love looking back at the ceremony on the wedding video as having her there with us throughout the ceremony was special, especially because if we’d got married on our original pre-covid date she wouldn’t have been there at all. It felt like a really special moment.” DRESSED TO IMPRESS Alex’s dress was by Essence of Australia. “I searched a few shops locally and ended up going back to my original location, the Bridal Shop in Romford.” Alex tells us, “The ladies that work there are so lovely and it was one of them who asked me to try on the style of dress that I ended up going for. I don’t think I’d have picked it myself but when I tried it on it fitted like a glove and it just felt like The One. I’m so glad I took the assistant’s advice and tried it on!” James wore a three-piece navy suit from Jack Bunneys in Upminster. The groomsmen then all wore the same suit but had a different colour waistcoat and tie so that James stood out. The bridesmaid’s dresses were long, navy in a mix and match style. They all looked stunning. REAL WEDDINGS 37

Cheryl listened to all of our ideas, and added invaluable experience and expertise to create perfect flowers for our special day. She went above and beyond what we had hoped for. We couldn’t recommend Cheryl’s Flowers enough. Hannah & Jason 23rd April 2022 WWW.CHERYLSFLOWERS.CO.UK T: 07929 857646 E: Sustainable - Beautiful - Natural Dry hire venue in North Essex, available for weekend weddings between May and September BRICKWALL FARM - SIBLE HEDINGHAM - CO9 3RH

TIME TO CELEBRATE The sun shone and the wedding party enjoyed a drinks reception outside. The couple chose a saxophonist called Sister Sax who played throughout the drink’s reception and then into the evening party! The couple add, “She gives off cool Ibiza vibes which was totally the vibe we were going for. We then had the most unbelievable band play throughout the wedding meal called The Royals who are an acoustic duo that we booked through Bands for Hire. Then in the evening we had DJ Liam Bone who is so talented and played exactly the right mix of current songs and club classics for all our guests to dance the night away to. Finally, we had a photobooth from Devoted Photobooths which was the perfect way to capture all of our guests having a good time and each photo was printed twice for the guests to use the extra one to stick in the guestbook and leave a message.” MEMORABLE MOMENTS “The Events team at Braxted Park are second to none, they really are fantastic and so quick to get back to any queries,” Alex explains. “Nothing was ever too much trouble and they really make you feel as though you are the only couple to ever get married at the venue. We really didn’t have to think about or worry about anything on the day because the events team cover every little detail that you could think of – even down to bringing the bride and groom drinks during the evening reception so that we didn’t have to leave the dancefloor!” 39 REAL WEDDINGS

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A TIME Once upon Danielle and Tony Straker styled their day in an oh-so stylish sage green palette Images courtesy of Tom Halliday Danielle and Tony met 12 years ago at a mutual friend’s 21st birthday night out. As many a night goes, they ended up in The Pink Toothbrush nightclub, Rayleigh, and the rest was history! In 2019, on the same day the happy couple completed the purchase on their first flat together, Tony popped the question. Even though an Ibiza wedding was initially the plan, Covid cancelled that. However, this different path led them to the purchase of their first house together and falling pregnant with their daughter, Layla. On 23rd March 2023 at Apton Hall they became Mr & Mrs Straker. Here, Danielle tells us more about their day... 43 REAL WEDDINGS