Stacey and Martin’s Braxted Park wedding was held on what turned out to be the nicest day at the end of a week of snow and wind at the end of March! Here Stacey tells us about their day.
Where did your wedding take place and what made the venue special?
We got married at Braxted Park Estate in Great Braxted, Essex. On visiting it, we knew it was where we wanted to get married. As we drove along the sweeping drive up to the house, it had that immediate `Wow` factor. On having the guided tour, everything there was just perfect for our special day. We also felt huge confidence in the staff there.
Did you have a theme for your wedding? What was your colour scheme?
We didn’t have a theme exactly. Our colour scheme was light blue and our flowers were a mixture of ivory roses and broom. For a special touch, just myself and Martin had hyacinth pips in our bouquet/corsage which matched the blue bridesmaid dresses and Martin & Brandon`s cravat. We then had the hyacinth theme running through our table plans and stationery.
Tell us about the process of choosing your dress? Was it the first one you tried on or did you change your mind numerous times?
I visited 4 or 5 dress shops and tried on about 30 dresses in total including ones that I would never think to try on. There were 2 dresses that I really liked in the end, but I knew in my heart that the one I finally chose was definitely ` the one`. In fact, I loved it more and more each time I tried it on, and felt like a princess on the actual day. The one I finally wore was one of those that I nearly didn’t try on!
Where did your groom get his morning suit?
Anthonys Formalwear in Billericay.
Can you tell me about your flowers?
My bouquet was a shower of ivory roses and hyacinth pips; the bridesmaids had posies made of ivory roses. The table centrepieces were a mixture of ivory roses and broom.
What are your wedding rings like? Did you have any other special jewellery?
My wedding ring is a small simple band made of platinum and Martin`s is also a simple band made of palladium. We have the same engravings inside each ` BraxtedPark 28.3.2013`.
What was your most useful source of wedding ideas and information?
The approved supplier list from the venue and surfing the internet in general.
Tell us about a supplier who provided a first-class service.
Our Photographer, Studio Rochford. They worked tirelessly all day and into the evening for us and got some amazing shots. The venue itself was remarkably organised both leading up to the wedding and on the day itself. I also have to mention my dress supplier, Olivia Rose Bridal in Wickford. They provided my dress and the bridesmaid dresses, and their service was also 1st class, I couldn’t have been happier.
Do you have any advice for future brides?
Buy a wedding organiser/book. Not one that is full of lots of suppliers names and tips already, as this just confuses you. Buy one that you can put your own information into. I did this and not only did I feel extremely organised the whole time, I had a perfect wedding without any hitches and I also have a lovely keepsake to remind me of the day and the organisation leading up.
Also, have what you and your partner want for your wedding, not what everyone else wants you to have. It is YOUR day.
Enjoy every single second as it goes so quickly.
What was your favourite photograph and why did you like it?
When I saw the photographs of Martin helping Brandon to get dressed into his little morning suit, I literally had tears in my eyes. They captured such a lovely moment between father and son and it was also something I didn’t get to see on the day.
Was Studio Rochford the right photographer for you?
110%; we couldn’t have chosen better.