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January/February 2017
 
January/February 2017
 
Keeping it local, we shine the spotlight on outstanding hotspots in Southend, Castle Point & Rochford where you can say ‘I do’, and we reveal some of the county’s most luxurious Spa Venues for some rejuvenating pre- or post-vow pampering. Meanwhile, we take a tour of some of the region’s leading Bridal Boutiques to help you find the one, and whether you’re a traditional bride or prefer to walk on the wild side, we pull the covers back on some party-licious options for Hens and Stags so you can see out your single days in style with your best girls.

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Florals & lace
Image provided by Helen Elliott Photography
 
Florals & lace
 
"We first set eyes on each other in glamorous McDonald’s when we were teenagers,” shares Jess. “Adam was in his football college kit and I was in my school uniform. Not expecting it would turn into love, we exchanged numbers after we both couldn’t stop looking at each other.”

A relationship sparked up and seven later after Adam got down on one knee and popped the question while on holiday in Mexico.

“As we both met when we were very young, we took things slow and had fun splashing out on big holidays. This was going to be our last one for a while as we were planning to move out together into our first home. It was the third day into our holiday and Adam asked me to go for a morning stroll on the beautiful, white sandy beach,” remembers the bride. “He then kissed me, told me he loved me and asked me to marry him. I, of course, said ‘yes’ straightaway – it was worth the wait.”

Here, Jess tells us more about their special day…

Read all the details of their big day on page 34 of the current issue available now: http://www.anessex.wedding/buy-a-copy.cfm
 
Win a honeymoon to the Maldives, worth more than £5,000
 
 
 
Southend, Castle Point & Rochford
 
Southend, Castle Point & Rochford
 
The Lawn, SS4 1PL

This beautiful Georgian manor house comes complete with a 100ft, colonnaded terrace – a photographer’s dream.

Make an impressive entrance by walking down the sweeping staircase before marrying your fiancé in the Grand Hall with up to 100 loved ones seated and 30 standing. You can also host your reception and evening party in this interlinked area, making the most of the adjoining rooms and terrace, with space for 160 partygoers.

If you dream of a more intimate affair, The Club Room is ideal for an exclusive ceremony with space for 30 of your nearest and dearest. For larger guest lists, check out the venue’s light and airy, air-conditioned Orangery where up to 150 people can witness your vows. Your wedding breakfast can also be hosted here; it’s a stunning setting to celebrate with up to 130 guests.

Visit:
www.thelawn.co.uk


Check out more local venues on page 19 of the current issue, available now: http://www.anessex.wedding/buy-a-copy.cfm
 
 
 
Essex-based boutique set to host new bridal TV show
 
Essex-based boutique set to host new bridal TV show
 
Commissioned by TLC and produced by Angel Eye Media, Big Brides Boutique, a new bridal series is set to be filmed at Kelvedon Hatch-based Curves & Couture.

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Exclusive interview with Raphael Plaits
 
Exclusive interview with Raphael Plaits
 
An Essex Wedding speaks to Jude Raphael, the brains and beauty behind Westcliff-on-Sea-based hair-styling business Raphael Plaits...

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Wedding of the Year
Image provided by Ayshea Goldberg
 
Wedding of the Year
 
Congratulations to Nicki Ahern and Dean Middleton who were crowned winners of the latest round in our Wedding of the Year competition.

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Flying the flag
 
Flying the flag
 
British bridalwear has never been more popular and diverse. Designers from three UK-based labels explain what they think has put our national wedding style on the map

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Glamorous Granada
 
Glamorous Granada
 
Frances Leate discovers the many faces of Spain's Sierra Nevada region.

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

Everything that makes your wedding so special is precious – what protection do you have in place?

None – what could possibly go wrong? It's going to be perfect!: 100%
My engagement ring is insured but that's it.: 0%
We've been reading all our suppliers' T&Cs to make sure we're covered in one way or another.: 0%
We've got wedding insurance – we've spent so much on our day, we had to have this peace of mind.: 0%
 
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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 Jan 2017 - THE Wedding Fayre...! Smeetham Hall Barn
Smeetham Hall Lane, Bulmer, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 7EU
www.theweddingfayre.net

14-15 Jan 2017 - Wedding Fair at ExCeL London
ExCeL London, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London E16 1XL
theweddingfairs.com/excel-london/

15 Jan 2017 - Cromwell Manor Wedding Exhibition
Cromwell Manor, Watt Tyler Lane, Pitsea, Essex, SS16 4UH
www.essexweddingexhibition.com

15 Jan 2017 - The Lawn Wedding Fair
Hall Road, Rochford, Essex, SS4 1PJ
www.thelawn.co.uk

15 Jan 2017 - THE Wedding Fayre...! Layer Marney Tower
Layer Marney Nr Colchester, Essex CO5 9US
www.theweddingfayre.net

15 Jan 2017 - The Colchester Wedding Fair
Best Western Marks Tey Hotel, Marks Tey, Colchester, Essex, CO6 1DU
www.theholybridal.co.uk/wedding-fairs

22 Jan 2017 - Brides on the Beach, Southend
Brides on the Beach, Talk Night Club, Lucy Road, Southend on Sea, SS1 2AU
www.essexweddingexhibition.com

22 Jan 2017 - Wickford Wedding Fair
The Chichester Hotel, London Road, Wickford, Essex. SS11 8UE
www.weddingdayangel.com/the-chichester-hotel

22 Jan 2017 - Down Hall Country House Hotel Wedding Open Day
Matching Lane, Hatfield Heath, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, CM22 7AS

29 Jan 2017 - Warley Park Wedding Exhibition
Warley Park Golf and Country Club, Magpie Lane, Little Warley, near Brentwood, Essex, CM13 3DX
www.essexweddingexhibition.com

29 Jan 2017 - THE Wedding Fayre...! Stoke by Nayland Hotel Golf & Spa
Leavenheath, Nr Colchester CO6 4PZ
www.theweddingfayre.net
 
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