“Steve proposed during a trip to Thailand for his 30th birthday at a restaurant overlooking the ocean, and the first thing we did when we got back was to look for a venue. We didn’t originally know exactly what kind of venue we wanted but after looking at lots online, we decided that a barn wedding venue in Essex would be right for us. Our favourite that we came across was Gaynes Park, and we loved it so much when we saw it in person that we didn’t even look at anywhere else. When we first walked into the Mill Barn, we looked at each other and had pretty much decided that this was going to be our wedding venue.”
“Once we decided on Gaynes Park, we went for a rustic theme that was in keeping with the venue. We wanted there to be a relaxed feel to the wedding and for everyone to just have a good time! We chose a few pastel colours that were perfect for spring, used large lanterns to line the aisle in the Orangery and decorated our tables in the Mill Barn with wooden slices and jam jars filled with flowers. As our wedding date was Good Friday, we filled small mason jars with mini eggs for our wedding favours. It was the perfect nod to the Easter weekend!”
To see just how beautiful Gaynes Park can look in a different season, take a look at Hannah and Tommy’s Summer Woodland Wedding.
“I found my wedding dress at Angelica Bridal in Islington. I had been to a few shops previously but hadn’t loved any of the dresses. The woman in the shop suggested one by Essense of Australia that she thought would suit me – I didn’t like it but thought I might as well try it on. When I put it on, I loved it and thought it looked better on me than any others. I wore a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes which I had never planned to buy but I just fell in love with them! Steve and his groomsmen wore three-piece navy Ted Baker suits with grey ties, while my bridesmaids wore mint green dresses from Hobbs.
“To keep the relaxed feel to our day, we chose Kir Royal and white sangria served in jam jars for our drinks reception while an acoustic guitarist played. We also kept our guests happy with a drum full of ice-cold beers and elderflower cocktails. The food for our wedding breakfast was incredible and we decided upon ham hock croquette to start, fillet steak and dauphinoise potatoes for the main course and a delicious chocolate brownie for dessert, which all went down really well.”
“We had an amazing day celebrating at Gaynes Park, and I think my favourite part was the first time that we saw each other in the ceremony. Dancing the night away with all of our friends and family was definitely the most fun moment though! Gaynes Park did a brilliant job with everything. Steve was a little unsure of what he needed to do and where to be, but the team took care of everything.”
Images © Fiona Kelly Photography
To see more of this magical barn wedding venue in Essex, visit the Gaynes Park listing page.
Venue - Gaynes Park
Bride’s dress - Essense of Australia
Bride’s shoes - Jimmy Choo
Bridal Boutique - Angelica Bridal
Groom’s suit - Ted Baker from Moss Bros
Bridesmaid’s dresses - Hobbs
Venue Stylist - Mediterranean Occasions
Florist - Lily and May
Invitations - Olive Weddings
Photographer - Fiona Kelly Photography
Band/disco/DJ - 1 Entertainments – Gavin
Musician - Laura James