An Essex Wedding - November/December 2023 (Issue 113)

STOKE BY NAYLAND RESORT 01206 262 836 | Situated on 300 acres, SbN Resort is surrounded by idyllic countryside. Everywhere you look, fabulous views offer amazing photo opportunities. There are meandering pathways amidst enchanting woodland, romantic backdrops of expansive lakes and stunning views across beautiful Constable Country. The function spaces offer exclusive terraces so our guests can enjoy panoramic views of the beautiful Dedham Vale. Guests enter this contemporary 80-bedroom hotel via the bright and airy lobby, featuring bespoke silk cherry blossom wallpaper to reflect the heritage of this family-owned business – sister company, Boxford Farms. SbN also offers further accommodation in the10 eco-friendly Apple Tree Lodge apartments. Time to celebrate SbN’s largest and most spectacular banqueting room, the Devora Suite, benefits from panoramic golf course and lake views from both inside the hotel and from the private outdoor terrace. Ideal for larger celebrations, the Devora Suite can accommodate up to 220 guests for a wedding breakfast and an additional 80 evening guests. Primarily used to host civil ceremonies, the Constable Rooms consists of two flexible interconnecting rooms – the Haywain and the Dedham – which offer panoramic views of the beautiful Dedham Vale from the exclusive outdoor terrace. They can be hired individually for an intimate celebration with 20 guests or used for larger ceremonies for up to 200 guests. For your wedding breakfast, the Constable Rooms can accommodate 70 guests, plus additional evening guests up to a maximum of 150. In the summer months, happy couples can enjoy an outdoor festival feel for their special day on the exclusive, secluded tipi site which enjoys an idyllic hilltop, wooded location with wildflower meadow and breathtaking views overlooking two lakes – just five minutes from the hotel. The tipis can accommodate up to 100 day guests plus an additional 50 evening guests. We love... All of SbN’s newlyweds are offered a complimentary wedding night stay in a Junior Suite as part of their chosen package. TALBOOTH 01206 321 105 | A traditional Tudor building set beside the picturesque River Stour in the heart of Constable country. This stylish marquee is perfect for a party and sits in immaculately manicured gardens. It’s all about food at Talbooth, so a complimentary tasting for the wedding couple just has to be done. Celebrate in style For your ceremony, the largest room is the River room accommodating up to 120 guests. Meanwhile, the Old room is perfect for intimate wedding of four to 40 people. For your reception, the marquee is ideal, with everything under one roof. The space welcomes 50 to 160 seated guests and space for 200 for an evening party. We love... The location really stands out... green, immaculately landscaped gardens, the meandering River Stour, it doesn’t get more picture perfect for a wedding photograph. Dan Casson Helen Elliott Photography LOCAL VENUES 29