The Perfect Venue
Braxted Park was the first venue Jennifer and Jack visited together and they fell in love with it straight away!
“It had everything we were looking for and more,” says Jennifer. “The grounds are stunning and the venue could accommodate the entire wedding from start to finish. We loved that guests didn’t have to travel between the ceremony and locations and that there were lovely bedrooms for people to stay in.”
Colours and Themes
After hunting for inspiration online and in bridal magazines, the happy couple chose an understated, elegant, vintage theme for their day. Gold, purple and lilac set the colour scheme.
“Purple is my favourite colour and gold worked with the theme, bringing an element of glamour in to the decoration,” explains Jennifer. “After planning our colours, we visited Braxted Park once again the following summer only to discover that the flowers in the grounds were purple too, a perfect match!”
Alongside some fabulous floral arrangements, Jennifer and Jack put a lot of thought in to the décor around the venue. A photograph table displayed their alternative guestbook and featured photographs of parents and grandparents on their wedding days.
“Our families are incredibly special to us and it was important that we included something to represent those family members who are unfortunately no longer with us,” says Jennifer. “It was lovely to see their photographs on the day and feel that they were there in some way.”
All About Flowers
Beautiful blooms were the main form of decoration at this elegant summer wedding, establishing the theme and colour scheme of the day. All the centerpieces and bouquets were created by Claire and the team at Luke and Lottie Floral Design. Arrangements were displayed in gold glass vases and bottles and the table flowers were interspersed with matching candle and tea light holders.
“One of my bridesmaids was especially delighted when she saw the flowers on the day because she has booked the same florist for her own wedding next year!” smiles Jennifer.
Having dreamt about her wedding dress, Jennifer was delighted to find the perfect gown in the very first bridal boutique she visited with her mother. Choosing a dress from the White Rose range, she was able to combine elements from different dresses in the collection to create her desired style.
“I liked the skirt of one dress and the bodice of another. Discovering that they could be combined was the perfect solution,” smiles Jennifer. “I chose to add a lace overlay with short sleeves and have buttons down the back of the dress to the end of the train. We had a long wait after the dress was ordered and doubts started to creep in as I’d never actually tried on ‘my’ dress but, fortunately, as soon as I tried it on, any doubts I’d had disappeared.”
Jennifer accessorised with sparkly gold shoes from Kate Spade and a pretty bracelet and earrings that were a gift from Jack.
As for the Groom and the Bridesmaids…
Jack looked the part in a charcoal grey suit from the ‘Taylor Me’ range at Moss Bros. His best man and ushers wore co-ordinating suits from Next and the page boys also wore a similar version from George at Asda.
Jennifer’s four bridesmaids looked beautiful in one-shoulder lilac gowns, completing the look with gold Kurt Geiger shoes and clutch bags from Accessorize.
“My bridesmaids and I got ready in the beautiful bridal changing room at Braxted Park and Jack and the boys got ready in the garden cottage on site,” says Jennifer. “Knowing that everyone was there well ahead of time definitely gave me peace of mind on the morning of the wedding.”
Saying ‘I do’
The ceremony was held in the Orangery in the main house at Braxted Park, with wonderful views out over the gardens.
“Waiting in the adjoining Lantern Room before the ceremony was so exciting!” smiles Jennifer. “I couldn’t wait to go inside and see Jack and all our guests.”
A string quartet played as guests arrived and throughout key elements of the ceremony.
The Wedding Breakfast
Following the romantic ceremony, drinks and delicious canapés were served in the Walled Garden. Outdoor games were a great idea and added a little entertainment throughout the afternoon.
Moving in to dine, the newlyweds chose Milsoms as their caterers and enjoyed a starter of red onion, sunblushed tomato and ricotta tart followed by roast sirloin of beef with dauphinoise potatoes. Pudding was a scrumptious peach and raspberry ripple cheesecake.
“We wanted to try and accommodate as many tastes as possible and chose dishes that would complement our summer time wedding,” says Jennifer. “The food was delicious and beautifully presented.”
With live band, Electric Ocean, to entertain, the newlyweds danced their first dance to ‘Everlong’ by the Foo Fighters.
“The band were a huge hit,” explains Jennifer. “We had been to see them perform early on in our wedding planning and we’re so glad we were able to book them for our day. They played a great mix of music and kept everyone dancing.”
Milsoms caterers served an informal barbecue in the Walled Garden which certainly kept the guests going in between sets!
Jennifer’s Top Tip
“Take your time when choosing suppliers. Ask to see examples of their work, read reviews from other people and meet them in person if you can before making up your mind. A wedding day is so personal and it’s really important that you’re comfortable with the people who will be working alongside you to create your day.”
“The whole day was perfect and more than we had ever imagined. I just wish I’d found time to eat some of the canapés and had room for the evening buffet!”
Images © Ella Violet Photography