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bride & Groom walking through the plant covered walkway at Braxted Park wedding venue

My Favourite things at Braxted Park, Essex.

You know that I love exploring new venues outside of my usual Bedfordshire wedding photographer turf, which is exactly how I found myself shooting the wonderful venue Braxted Park in Essex on a gorgeous day for the wedding of Anna and Andy. I’ve fallen head over heels for this beautiful estate (and of course the adorable couples) every time I’ve shot here and I’m just dying to share with you all of my favourite things that make this venue such a perfect setting for your magical wedding day day. Warning: venue envy incoming.

The Setting

Tucked between Chelmsford and Colchester is the breathtaking Braxted Park. A 500-acre estate, home to a Georgian mansion, purpose built accommodation and seemingly endless gardens with stunning sculptures and fabulous fountains around every corner. Walking down the gravel driveway (perfect for your classic car) and passing through the gates into your own little bubble, you are hit with a sense of calm as you leave the rest of the world behind and begin your celebrations with your nearest and dearest. With a walkway that screams confetti, a reflecting pool for a quiet moment with a new spouse and picture-worthy pillars for some moody, romantic shots, the photography possibilities are endless, making Braxted Park a new firm favourite.

The Prep

Couples are absolutely spoilt for choice at Braxted Park, with two getting-ready spaces. No danger of running into each other before the ceremony unless you want to! Braxted Park offers a specific bridal dressing room for you and your bridesmaids to relax, pop the prosecco and get your glam on. Flooded with natural light, your hair and makeup artist will love it and we’ll be able to get some incredible pictures that really capture the anticipation and joy of your wedding morning. For the boys, a secondary dressing space is available in Braxted Park’s accommodation, perfect for you to get suited, booted and ready to roll. If you need anything, the estate’s stellar team of staff are on hand to make sure everything runs smoothly.

The “I Do!”

Not only do Braxted Park spoil their couples with a range of prep spaces but they do it with their ceremony spaces too! Choose from the classy walled garden, the traditional parish church or the impressive orangery to say your vows. Whether you’re looking for hand-painted wall murals, 

900 years of rich history or the scent of blooms in the air, you can find it all within Braxted Park’s amazing grounds. Whatever spot you choose for your special moment, the whole estate gives such a light and airy feel that you’re guaranteed to have a gorgeous backdrop that will look incredible in your wedding album.

The Reception

After your ceremony, it’s time to mingle with your guests and soak up all the happiness with your new husband or wife. Whether you’re making the most of the Jane Austen vibes in the lush gardens or taking advantage of the manor house’s lovely interior, I’ll be beavering away to get those sneaky shots of you enjoying some really authentic joyful moments with those closest to you. Soon, your guests are called through to take their seats in the Pavilion for a mouthwatering meal provided by the Braxted Kitchen. Meanwhile, I’ll be guiding you to the best secluded spots to get those essential portrait shots of you, enjoying each other’s company and generally being adorable.

Then, it’s your evening reception. You might be wondering how much of a party a country manor can handle. The answer is a lot! Braxted Park’s purpose built marquee is the place to be as you dance the night away with all of your favourite people. I’ll be busy capturing all the magic on the dance floor as you throw some shapes and sing your heart out, while Braxted Kitchen delivers showstopping evening food. Seriously, these guys do it all: BBQ, hog roast, tapas… take your pick!

The Goodnight

When the bottles are empty, the shoes have been kicked off, the last song ends and you’re ready to turn in for the night, you’ll find yourself thanking your lucky stars (again!) for booking Braxted Park. The on-site Garden Cottage makes the perfect plush wedding night retreat for you and your beloved to retire and reflect on your magical wedding day. Guests too will find their own accommodation in the form of Braxted Park’s converted stable block, providing a run of flawlessly decorated cottages for them to sleep it off. 

It’s safe to say that I thoroughly enjoyed my time capturing the day that Anna and Andy became Mr and Mrs Brown, and I’ve mentally added Braxted Park to my list of must-consider venues. A huge congratulations to the happy couple, not only on their nuptials but on the upcoming birth of their beautiful baby girl, as announced at their wedding – such a special moment! 

If you’re considered Braxted Park for your wedding, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch! Let’s work together to make the most of this stunning venue and create your dream wedding gallery.

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