Planning their special day, Rachelle and Adrian wanted to find a beautiful venue where everything could happen under one roof. They also needed to accommodate a relatively large number of guests, and soon found the perfect wedding venue in Essex – Braxted Park.
“We focused on venues with marquees and pavilions and when we saw Braxted Park, we knew it was the one,” smiles Rachelle. “The walled gardens are stunning, the Pavilion was perfect, there was accommodation for our family and, to top it all off, All Saint’s Church is a stone’s throw away. It had everything we were looking for. “
Setting the Scene
When it came to décor, lilac-grey and lavender were chosen as the main colours of the day.
“Lavender reminds me of my grandparents,” explains Rachelle. “It smells great and I had my heart set on the bridesmaids dresses being a lilac-grey colour.”
Working alongside The Wedding Lounge, chandeliers and Grecian chair backs with sprigs of lavender were introduced in to the Pavilion. The happy couple also decided to incorporate a Scottish element to the day, reflecting Adrian’s Scottish roots. Thistles were used in the floral arrangements, tartan featured in the groomswear and Adrian’s mother made Scottish tablet for favours.
Both Adrian and Rachelle love music so it played a crucial role when it came to planning their wedding. Each and every piece of music, from the church music to the bagpiper and the first dance, was carefully considered and meaningful to the happy couple. Confetti holders were made from sheet music and one of Adrian’s guitar cases was used for cards.
And the Bride Wore…
While she had a clear idea of the designs she liked, Rachelle tried on around 50 dresses before she found ‘the one’ at Bodice & Bustle in Bishops Stortford. Designed by Essense of Australia, it featured a high neckline and elegant beading.
“I felt so comfortable and confident in it that I knew it was the one straight away!” says Rachelle.
The beautiful bride accessorised with shoes by Rainbow Club, a diamond necklace and a Swarovski bracelet.
“My mum had also sewn my late nan’s wedding ring in to my petticoat as my ‘something old’,” explains Rachelle.
Continuing the Style
Adrian wore a tweed three-piece suit from Jack Bunney’s in Barking, with Rachelle’s father and the groomsmen in the same suit with a slightly different waistcoat.
Finally, the three bridesmaids looked stunning Kelsey Rose dresses, also from Bodice & Bustle, accessorising with Swarovski earrings and necklaces.
Following their ceremony at All Saint’s Church, a drinks reception was held in the walled gardens at Braxted Park. Prosecco, Mojitos and Pimm’s were served alongside delicious canapés and beer from Adrian’s local brewery, Mad Squirrel in Potten End.
Moving in to dine, lobster and leek ravioli introduced the wedding breakfast, followed by Scotch beef for main course. For dessert, guests enjoyed a duo of lemon and chocolate tart with raspberry sorbet. Vegetarian options were equally delicious.
“For us, the stand out dish was dessert,” smiles Rachelle. “We fell in love with both chocolate and lemon tart so Nick at Ellis Catering kindly made 130 individual lemon tarts and 130 individual chocolate tarts!”
Name That Tune
As day turned to evening, an exceptional band, The Hot Shots filled the dance floor and the newlyweds danced their first dance to ‘Night Light’ by Jessie Ware.
“Although our musical tastes often differ, Jessie Ware has always been an artist we love,” explains Rachelle. “Adrian chose this song as his favourite of hers.”
The evening buffet was a delicious selection of chicken kebabs, bruschetta, salads, sandwiches and a fabulous fresh fruit platter. Rachelle and Adrian also served their wedding cake in the evening, a spectacular design featuring four flavoured tiers.
“We were left with very little to take home, which must be the sign of a good cake!” smiles Rachelle.
“It’s so hard to pick just one moment, but the feeling of walking down the aisle in the church, arm in arm with my dad towards Adrian was incredibly special. I will never forget it.”
Advice from the Bride
“Cherish every second of your day and enjoy seeing all the most important people in your life together in one space.”
Images © Matt Wing Photography
If you can picture your special day taking place at this beautiful wedding venue in Essex, take a look at the Braxted Park listing page and find out more about this incredible location.