Looking for the perfect wedding venue in Essex, Jessica and Jason visited four possible options before falling in love with Gaynes Park. Close to their home and within easy reach of great transport links for their guests, it was an easy choice.
“Gaynes Park is breathtaking, from the initial drive up through the fields to the beautiful Orangery, the barns and the walled gardens,” smiles Jessica. “We could have our ceremony and reception in the same venue with as little stress as possible!”
Design and Décor
As Jessica is an interior designer, the styling of the venue was one of her top priorities. Embracing the beautiful blooms outside, striking arrangements were carried through in to Gaynes Park, both in the Orangery for the ceremony and in the Mill Barn. Large table centrepieces made an impact, alongside a giant disco ball enveloped in white drapes that wrapped around the original beams.
Table numbers featured pressed flowers and Jessica even made her own washed linen napkins to intruduce the delicate grey colour scheme.
Finally, the wedding favours were home made Cosmopolitan shots with pomegranate seeds.
Jennifer chose a stunning gown from Pronovias.
“I didn’t have any predisposed ideas of styles before my appointment,” she explains. “The shop assistant was fantastic and picked out the third dress I tried on which turned out to be ‘the one’.”
The beautiful bride completed the look with Kurt Geiger shoes, a cathedral length veil and teardrop earrings.
Deciding on the colour for the bridesmaid dresses was more of a challenge.
“I went with my gut feeling and chose dove grey,” says Jessica. “We found a Bardot style tight-fitting dress with a small train – classic but glamorous.”
As for the Groom...
Jason and the groomsmen wore navy three-piece suits from Reiss, the groom accessorising with a grey waistcoat and a blue and white tie.
Order of The Day
Following their civil ceremony in the Orangery, accompanied by a string trio, cocktails and canapés were served in the gardens.
Moving inside to the Mill Barn, scallops were on the menu for the starter, followed by beef and, for pudding, Eton Mess. Candy Floss was a fun addition to the top of the toasting drinks!
As the sun went down, the music played and the newlyweds and their guests filled the dance floor.
“The band was one of the biggest splurges for us,” says Jessica. “We already had a DJ but it was a treat as we love live music. It made our first dance extra special.”
A pizza oven was hired to provide fresh stone-baked pizza, alongside a popcorn machine, beer barrels, miniature bottles of Prosecco and even a doughnut wall.
And, of course, the entertainment just kept on coming with adult face painting make up artists, The Glitter Dolls, delighting the guests.
Advice from the Bride
“Do your research, make a decision and move on. I spent too much time mulling over the same thing. And don’t be afraid to make things.”
Images © Three Flowers Photography
Venue styling by Mediterranean Occasions