Real Wedding - Sophie and Tom’s Champagne-Theme Wedding At Braxted Park

Real Wedding - Sophie and Tom’s Champagne-Theme Wedding At Braxted Park | CHWV

A beautiful Essex wedding venue and an elegant theme in exquisite surroundings - what’s not to love?

“We’d seen ten venues before we went to visit Braxted Park. It actually wasn’t on my list of top places, but Tom really wanted to go. As soon as we pulled into the dramatic driveway lit with torches, I felt something special. It was still balmy outside and as we walked around the gardens that were dotted with quaint greenhouses and flowers in bloom, and I just felt that it was the place I wanted to get married. The stone fountain in the walled garden takes your breath away and the whole venue is the perfect mix of traditional and modern. It wasn’t until I visited Braxted Park that I knew I wanted that feeling for our day.”

Real Wedding - Sophie and Tom’s Champagne-Theme Wedding At Braxted Park | CHWV

“We wanted to create a modern, elegant and luxurious feeling to our day but didn’t want to have a specific theme really. Tom and I both really love Champagne, so we used this as inspiration for certain parts of our wedding and used soft peach, gold and ivory colours throughout our décor. Flowers were a big part of our decorations and we had them all over the venue. They looked amazing! Fairy-lit drapes and candle centrepieces made the atmosphere really romantic in the Pavilion too.”

Real Wedding - Sophie and Tom’s Champagne-Theme Wedding At Braxted Park | CHWV

“My dress was probably one of my favourite parts of the whole day! I originally never wanted a princess style dress as I didn’t think it was modern enough, but nothing felt special when I was trying on all the fish tails, A-lines and low-backs that were the more contemporary options. After plenty of searching, I went into my local bridal boutique and was instantly drawn to my dress on a mannequin under a spotlight, and despite trying on a number of other dresses, nothing else lived up to that one. I loved the large floral applique, the illusion sweetheart neckline, the train that was obnoxiously long and the way it flared out so dramatically from the waist. I adored it all and I felt like a celebrity!”

Real Wedding - Sophie and Tom’s Champagne-Theme Wedding At Braxted Park | CHWV

“I got ready in the charming Garden Cottage with my bridesmaids before Tom and I held our ceremony outdoors in the Knott Garden. We had our drinks reception on the beautiful lawn at the back of the house and served Pimm’s, beers and elderflower Bellinis with plenty of canapés. We then moved to the Pavilion for our wedding breakfast and had smoked salmon or chicken parfait to start, lamb with goat’s curd or pork with chorizo for the main course and then a trio of desserts to finish. Seeing as it was our favourite Champagne, we accompanied it all with Laurent Perrier Rosé on the top table.”

Real Wedding - Sophie and Tom’s Champagne-Theme Wedding At Braxted Park | CHWV

“My favourite moment would have to be turning the corner into the Knott Garden and walking down the aisle. Seeing all of your hard work and planning come to fruition after months of organizing is pretty special too. If I could pass on any advice it would be to save money where you can and spend more on your photographer and videographer. After your day is over, these and your memories are the things that will last forever afterwards, so make sure you get the best that you can afford.”

Real Wedding - Sophie and Tom’s Champagne-Theme Wedding At Braxted Park | CHWV

Images © Leslie Choucard Photography

To find out more about this incredible wedding venue in Essex, visit the Braxted Park listing page.

Suppliers

Venue: Braxted Park
Photographer: Leslie Choucard Photography and Videography
Florist: Miss Fleur Floral Design
Bride’s Dress: Dando London
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Groomswear: Jack Bunney’s
Bridesmaid’s dresses: Goddiva
Cake: Appletree Cakes
Musician: Niké Jemiyo

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