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March/April 2017
March/April 2017
The latest edition of An Essex Wedding magazine is packed with up-to-the-minute products, news, reviews and advice to help you create your perfect wedding. Keeping it local, we take you on a journey around Uttlesford & Braintree to reveal a selection of showstopper venues in which to tie the knot; and our Glorious gardens feature has al fresco venue inspiration galore so be sure to check out this unmissable issue. Our Flowers feature is full of beautiful blooms to help inspire you no matter what season you're tying the knot in, and we’ve got sweet and savoury food options on the menu in our Catering feature which will have you licking your lips. There’s expert advice to help you celebrate your big day providing you with memories that you’ll cherish forever.

WIN! Two luxurious getaways with Hallmark Hotels
Country & Western
Image provided by Rachael Pereira
Country & Western
Emma and Richard celebrated their big day with a quirky theme and a festival vibe.

Emma Cannings, 39, married Richard Bacon, 45, at Orsett Showground on 29th August, 2015.

Read all the details of their big day on page 41 of the current issue, available now: www.anessex.wedding/buy-a-copy.cfm
Spotlight on... Uttlesford & Braintree
Spotlight on... Uttlesford & Braintree
Parklands, Quendon Hall

With a marble-floored entrance hall and crystal chandelier, the awe inspiring arrival at Parklands sets you up for the rest of the venue. Boasting lots of original features and modern twists, there’s something for everyone. The Mansion looks opulent from the outside with its original feature windows and red brickwork. The original columns are also at the front of the house, which really add to the grandeur of the venue. The external grounds at Parklands feature a large fountain in the front gardens and views over the 100-acre deer park.

The Drawing Room offers a cosy setting with a roaring log fire in Braxted Park Set majestically in 500 acres of parkland and approached by a sweeping driveway, lies Braxted House. The Walled Garden has been carefully restored to its former beauty making an idyllic setting for a wedding. The Pavilion is situated within the garden itself and overlooks the semi-mature pleached hornbeam hedging, intricate planting and cascading water features, creating the most perfect photo backdrop. The Orangery is an exceptionally pretty room overlooking the mature gardens of the main house; whereas The Knott Garden is a picturesque setting within the walled garden, both of which can comfortably seat 150 loved ones to witness your vows. Receptions can take place in The Reception Hall, which provides the perfect country house setting for your post-vows drinks before sitting down to your wedding breakfast in the elegant Ballroom. The Walled Garden Pavilion is also a superb location for a reception, catering from 50 to 300 guests and is fully equipped with air conditioning, heating and bar facilities. We love... the bridal hampers offered to nearly-weds who get ready at the venue. Contact: 01621 892 305 | braxtedparkweddings.co.uk the winter months, ideal for smaller ceremonies of up to 40 and intimate wedding breakfasts of 32 people. The grand Banqueting Hall is ideal for hosting between 30 and 140 guests for your ceremony.

Finally, The Pavilion, which adjoins the house, is elegantly lit with chandeliers and a starlight ceiling, and makes an enchanting area for nuptials of larger numbers as it can accommodate up to 400 guests for a civil ceremony and an additional 200 evening revellers.

We love... the Honeymoon Cottage nestled in the deer park, so you have the wedding night to yourselves in your own little sanctuary, including a four-poster bed and Jacuzzi bath for two.

Visit: www.quendonpark.co.uk

Check out more local venues on page 17 of the current issue, available now: www.anessex.wedding/buy-a-copy.cfm
Why being a bridesmaid is a full time job
Why being a bridesmaid is a full time job
Being a bridesmaid equates to a full-time job, based on the number of hours that are required to fulfil 21st century bridesmaid duties, according to new research.

Super skincare for super mums
Super skincare for super mums
If you are a busy mum struggling to find the time to prep your skin for the day ahead, Liz Earle Treatment Ambassador Abigail James has the perfect fast-acting skincare tips to help boost your glow and power up your morning routine.

CWM Planning Tools
Downtime in Dubai
Downtime in Dubai
A stopover in the pearl of the Gulf can't fail to leave its mark, discovers Sarah Reeve.

Readers' poll
What we've learnt from the latest reader poll at www.anessex.wedding

How are you planning on entertaining your guests?

DJ / Live band: 56%
Performer (Magician etc): 0%
Fun in/outdoor games: 22%
Photobooth & props: 22%
Forthcoming Events
Please note: All dates are subject to changes, contact organisers for more information before making arrangements. To view more events, please visit the events page on our website...

8-9 Apr 2017 - Wedding Fair at ExCel London
ExCeL London, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London E16 1XL

9 Apr 2017 - Ipswich Town Football Club Wedding Fayre
Ipswich Town Football Club, Portman Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 2DA

9 Apr 2017 - Wedding Fayre at the Cliffs Pavilion
Station Road, Westcliff On Sea, Southend On Sea, Essex, SS0 7RA

23 Apr 2017 - Bury Lodge Wedding Showcase
Bury Lodge Lane, Stansted, Essex, CM24 8QE
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