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Full of wedding ideas, expert advice and talented local suppliers, An Essex Wedding is now available for free – simply follow this link to download the latest issue. For even more inspiration, you can also check out our previous issues.

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Happy planning!
May/June 2022

May/June 2022

Delighted doesn’t even come close to describing how I felt when I was offered the position of Editor on your favourite wedding magazine. A born-and-bred Essex girl, I’ve worked on bridal publications for a fair few years, and love nothing more than seeing couples plan and celebrate one of the best days of their lives. Married for nearly 14 years after tying the knot at Gosfield Hall. I understand the excitement, anticipation and stress that comes with organising your nuptials. With that in mind sit back, put your feet up, grab a glass of fizz and let me take some of that hard work away from you!

Starting on page 19, you’ve six pages of wedding venues to discover, from historic stately homes to hotels, restaurants and golf clubs surrounding the city of Chelmsford. Afterwards, head to page 75, where 12 of the best bridal boutiques discuss wedding dress shopping dos and don’ts. Looking for a cake to get your guests talking? A talented team of Essex bakers are on hand for essential advice on page 57, before you move on to even more inspiration courtesy of our reader weddings, beginning on page 31. And don’t forget to enter our fab competitions, from the chance of winning a minimoon in the Lake District (p94), to getting your guy’s hair in shape courtesy of award-winning men’s hairdresser, Jim Shaw (p13).

Claire x 

PS: If I’ve one piece of advice, it’s to invest in a videographer, if you can afford one. My husband and I didn’t, and last year I became seriously unwell with a brain injury. As such I’ve lost a lot of memories for good, which includes our actual wedding day itself. I’d love nothing more than to sit back and see my friends and family on film enjoying what I’ve been told was an incredible day.
You've got the love
Image provided by Matt Heath Photography
You've got the love
Gemma and Andrew’s wedding proved that white isn’t the only option for a breathtaking bride.

Read all the details of their big day on page 43 of the current issue, available now: www.anessex.wedding/free-download
Win a two-night stay in the Lake District worth £1,500
History in the making
History in the making
Gosfield Hall

A striking Georgian mansion set within 10 acres, Gosfield Hall contains grand and elegant reception rooms that blend both style and comfort – including a cocktail terrace for welcome drinks, and a sheltered courtyard. The Grand Salon provides an impressive welcome area for your guests, with its high hand-painted ceiling, double-height sash windows, roaring log fire and baby grand piano. The Prophet’s Chamber – or the snug as it’s more affectionately known – is a cosy space for a quiet five minutes for newlyweds, or perfect for more mature guests to escape the hustle and bustle of your evening party. Then there’s the Library; oozing character and charm, it boasts views over the terrace, fountain and Gosfield Lake beyond.

Ceremonies of up to 116 take place in Queen Charlotte’s oak-panelled gallery – just imagine making your entrance along the 120-footlong aisle! You can also opt for an alfresco affair in the inner or outer courtyard, while the Grand Salon offers a third option to suit every taste. Receptions are then held in the former Marquis of Buckingham’s Ballroom, a truly exquisite setting for fine dining. Seating 116 for a wedding breakfast under crystal chandeliers and double-height mirrors, it really is a space to take your wedding party’s breath away.

Want to offer your friends and family the option to spend the night? Gosfield Hall also has 23 suites to stay in, comprising 14 double rooms and nine family rooms. There’s also the option to bed down in The Marquis, a house two minutes from the Hall itself, which offers a further nine guest bedrooms for the night of your wedding.

Visit: www.gosfield-hall.co.uk

Check out more local venues on page 25 of the current issue, available now: www.anessex.wedding/free-download
Essential skincare ingredients to give you the perfect wedding glow
Essential skincare ingredients to give you the perfect wedding glow
There's a lot to think about when you're getting ready for your wedding day, and you might be wondering what to add to your skincare routine to give you that special glow for the big day . Here, Margo Marrone, Co-Founder of natural skincare brand The Organic Pharmacy, shares some key ingredients. When you're getting ready for your wedding, there is so much to consider. From the outfits and the venue to the food and the guest list, event planning can become a little overwhelming. A nice way to get yourself ready for the big day (and also give you some much-needed self-care time) is to treat yourself to a holistic skincare routine that will give you that dream wedding glow, and keep you feeling fresh as a daisy throughout the lead-up to your celebrations. Here, we'll go through some key skincare ingredients that will keep you looking radiant and feeling relaxed throughout your special day.

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Top ways to save money and have that dream wedding
Top ways to save money and have that dream wedding
With wedding season now in full swing, brides and grooms to be will all agree that with so much to plan for, from clothes and shoes to flowers and photography, costs can soon escalate. But saying 'I do' doesn't mean you have to break the bank, Anita Naik, Consumer Editor at VoucherCodes.co.uk shares this brilliant money saving tip to help make your dream big day a little more cost effective... and it's all in the timing!

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A romantic escape to Mauritius
A romantic escape to Mauritius
Travel editor Melissa Barker reveals why Mauritius is the perfect honeymoon destination after being stuck in the UK for what feels like a lifetime.

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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...

1-2 Oct 2022 - Bluewater Wedding Fayre
Bluewater Shopping Centre, Bluewater Pkwy, Bluewater Management Suite,
Upper Rose Gallery, Greenhithe, DA9 9ST

2 Oct 2022 - Signature Wedding Show - The Brentwood Centre
Doddinghurst Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 9NN

16 Oct 2022 - Braxted Park Wedding Show
Braxted Park Estate, Great Braxted, Essex, CM8 3EN

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