Meet Lizzie from the wedding and events team at luxury Essex venue Braxted Park
Please give us an overview of the venue and what makes it different?
At the head of the breathtaking tree-lined drive lies the house, the secret walled garden, an enchanting pavilion and exquisite orangery; the perfect backdrops for your wedding whether intimate or grand, traditional or modern. All are distinctively yours for the day. We provide a personal approach – every wedding is unique and we love creating your perfect day.
What's your background and how did you get into this role?
I started planning events at school: proms, sixth form socials, dinners with friends, exhibitions – and I always loved a wedding! I studied for my degree in Event Management at Derby University and University Campus Suffolk. After finishing that, I went straight into planning weddings at hotels. I started in a tiny Welsh country house, then moved to a small chain of fantastic four-star country houses, before coming home to Essex and landing my dream job at the most beautiful venue: Braxted Park!
What's your favourite type of wedding to work on?
I love the weddings where the couple really reflect themselves in the day. Don't like cake but love doughnuts? Have a doughnut wall or tower instead! We adore the couples that really remember who they are and incorporate that into the day; the smallest touches can do this.
What's your top tip for couples choosing a venue?
Think about the most important elements of the day to you as a couple. If you want great photos, then you need the perfect backdrop and a great photographer. Is it all about the food? Make sure you get a menu tasting! Looking for a huge party in the evening? Ensure you have a big enough dancefloor and great lighting! This way you can tailor your viewings to suit your needs rather than just seeing them all!
Lizzie Pakenham | Braxted Park Estate | www.braxtedparkweddings.co.uk