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May/June 2024

May/June 2024

Wedding season is well and truly upon us and the temperature is rising, slowly but surely! My heart sang this Saturday morning... I was driving along the A12, the sun was shining and driving past me was a beautiful, vintage Imperial Viscount. The driver, wearing a top hat, looked calm and ready to collect the bride and escort her to say those special vows. Goosebumps, right? I’m so excited to have my inbox filled from brides and grooms telling me about their days – and I can’t wait to see 2024’s wedding trends put into action. As you may already know, we feature three ‘real weddings’ - that’s you - every issue. So please do get in touch!

This May/June edition also has a feature dedicated to cake! Three pages generously filled with mouthwatering designs. We also highlight a range of dresses available from local bridal boutiques if you’re still searching for ‘the one!’ And as always, we have our reader dilemmas answered in our Hot Topic section as well as a Fashion & Beauty Q&A.

To submit your own nuptials to grace the pages of An Essex Wedding, get in touch via our website: www.anessex.wedding/get-involved

Happy Planning!

Rachel x
It's Always Been You
Image credit: Liam Gillan
It's Always Been You
Wedding photographer Laura and Wedding band guitarist Elliott Thornhill have witnessed their fair share of wedding days. Now, at Greenwoods Hotel & Spa, it was their turn...

Read all the details of the big day on page 35 of the current issue available: www.anessex.wedding/free-download
Win £1,000 to spend on your big-day jewellery
Making History
Making History
Leez Priory

Leez Priory is a stunning Tudor manor house. The ancient red brick architecture is steeped with characterful features including castle-like battlements, leaded windows and an outer gate house complete with original and ornately carved solid oak doors. The historic Great Tower, accessed by a fairytale spiral staircase, is a fantastic feature and can be used for a more intimate ceremony, for photographs and also as the backdrop for your nuptials too.

There’s a choice of eight licensed locations ranging from the Tower to the Coach House Barn to the Great Hall. With such stunning grounds and ancient Tudor backdrops, alfresco wedding ceremonies at Leez Priory are extremely popular including the recently added lake ceremony, where you can say ‘I do’ overlooking a picturesque lake with fountain.

Your evening reception can host up to 250 guests. Leez Priory offers you the exclusive use of a charming carriageway, the Great Tower, two reception rooms, bar and a characterful cellar disco.

The Tower is a real showstopper either as a stunning backdrop to photos or as an intimate ceremony option.

Visit: www.leez-priory.co.uk

Check out more local venues on page 25 of the current issue available now: www.anessex.wedding/free-download
Say 'I Do' to style and sustainability: Discover Art of Couture's chic wedding dress rentals
Say 'I Do' to style and sustainability: Discover Art of Couture's chic wedding dress rentals
Hey future brides! If you're scouting for a standout wedding gown that won't break your budget, you've got to check out Romford-based Art of Couture. It's spearheaded by the super talented Ukrainian designer, Kateryna Orlovska, who brings a touch of magic to the bridal scene in the UK. What's super cool about them? You get to design a custom gown that's uniquely yours, and yes, you can rent it! This concept is super fresh—Art of Couture is riding the wave of the wedding dress rental trend that's gaining momentum in the UK. It's perfect for those of you who want to look absolutely stunning without the hefty price tag or the worry of what to do with the dress post-wedding. It's a savvy choice in today's eco-conscious world because, let's be honest, more brides are looking for sustainable and budget-friendly options. By opting to rent, you help reduce waste and keep your wedding green.

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Short, chic and oh-so cute
Short, chic and oh-so cute
These sassy styles are always in fashion. From ankle-length, tea-length, mid-length, the question is simply, how short do you want to go?

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Parisian elegance
Parisian elegance
Part of the prestigious Oetker Collection, Le Bristol Paris is everything you could dream of from a once in a lifetime visit to La Ville-Lumière

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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...

13 Oct 2024 - Copdock Hall Wedding Fair
Copdock Hall, Church Lane, Copdock, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP8 3JZ

Are you a venue or show organiser hosting your own wedding event, open day or showcase? Then submit your event details here now: www.county.wedding/events-add
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