Essex Wedding Venues
The choice of wedding venue is a very personal thing and the options available to future brides and grooms offer an impressive variety of styles and locations. Here we give some brief details of just a few of the Essex wedding venues where we have taken some wonderful wedding photographs and memories over the years and which include links to their respective websites so that you can look further if you wish.
Boreham House, near Chelmsford is one of our favourite wedding venues. The venue and main house, built in the 18th century, is approached along a driveway which features a lake to the right hand side which is ablaze with colourful water lilies in summer. The wedding ceremony room is in the main house which boasts amazing original features. Wedding breakfasts and evening receptions are held in a marquee set in extensive grounds to the rear of the main house.
Situated close to the small village of Great Braxted, near Kelvedon. Braxted Park, in our view, rightly claims to be one of the most beautiful wedding venues in Essex. It is set in a fabulous parkland setting and offers a sweeping driveway down to the private main house and the luxurious accommodation that is available to the bride and groom and their families. Braxted Park can provide for both civil and church weddings on site and its wedding facilities include a variety of sized rooms which can accommodate up to 350 guests, wonderful gardens and a lake.
Creeksea Place, located near Burnham on Crouch, Essex, features a beautiful Tudor mansion set in extensive grounds. We have been fortunate enough to work on weddings held in the lovely walled garden and which offers amazing opportunities for photography. Weddings at Creeksea Place also typically have wedding breakfasts and evening receptions held in its marquee close to the rear of the main house.
Crabbs barn is a lovely barn style venue that is probably best described as a “boutique” venue. Indeed it won the Essex Wedding Venue of the Year – Boutique in 2013. Not only does the venue offer great indoor space it also has a bridal suite and guest accommodation on site as well as lovely outside space. The staff at this venue are fantastic as is the quality of the catering. We really like Crabbs Barn!
The Fennes is located in the village of Bocking, near Braintree, and is one of the first wedding venues where we worked. The centrepiece of this venue is the Manor House which is full of period charm with a Drawing Room, Library and Parlour. The house leads to the Banqueting Hall and Pavilion where ceremonies, wedding breakfasts and evening receptions are held. The Fennes also boasts fantastic gardens where you will find its famous bridge and lake which are ideal for photographs.
Another of our very favourite venues. Situated on the Lower Dunton Road just minutes from the A127 main Southend Road it lies in 4 acres of beautiful grounds. The venue offers two area for weddings – The Coaching Stables and the Marquee Room, and which both provide access to the venue grounds. The catering at Friern Manor is superb!
Situated in Epping, Gaynes Park is a truly lovely venue. Ceremonies are held in the Orangerie which is a great bright space that offers fabulous light. Wedding breakfasts are held in the adjacent open sided barn which converts to the location for the evening celebrations. The grounds and gardens at this venue are always beautifully presented and offer wonderful backdrops for photography.
Ah Hedingham Castle. What a gem! Situated in the village of Sybil Hedingham in north Essex this venue offers beautiful grounds and a historic castle tower where wedding ceremonies are held in candle lit surroundings. The castle also has a fantastic gallery around the ceremony room that allows for a different opportunity for photography. A great venue that has to be seen to be truly appreciated in our view.
The Holiday Inn is a new hotel venue situated at the entrance to London Southend Airport. Perhaps not surprisingly this venue features numerous references to aviation both in its wall art and room names such as the 1935 Rooftop restaurant and bar with spectacular views over the airport. This is a really friendly hotel which suits small to medium sized weddings.
Just to the west of Rochford, near Southend, is The Lawn, an impressive manor house set in fantastic grounds. The house itself has an number of great features including a grand staircase and a wonderfully light and bright Orangerie room where wedding breakfasts are held. The house sits in beautifully manicured gardens complete with a grand fountain and rose garden.
A truly stunning venue. The main Tudor mansion sits in beautiful grounds and to its rear is the famous Great Tower. This venue offers no less than 6 licensed rooms for civil ceremonies, including the Great Tower. The sweeping grounds which incorporate open space, a lake and a walled garden to the rear of the mansion offer numerous opportunities for amazing photography.
Orsett Hall is situated near the village of Orsett in south west Essex and just a few miles from the M25.. This venue offers an impressive range of overnight accommodation, separate wedding reception rooms and its own lovely detached Wedding Chapel. It is a stunning venue set in beautiful grounds with great transport links.
Located in Hadleigh just inside the west Suffolk border, Priory Hall is a venue set around an impressive Tudor house in truly beautiful gardens. Great photographs are ensured! Weddings take place in the Tudor Hall which can accommodate up to 120 guests. Breakfasts and receptions are held in a fully equipped marquee. A really lovely venue with more than a touch of history.
Set in some 250 acres of countryside in central Essex, Stock Brook Manor features a Manor House based on the style of Sir Edward Lutyens with well appointed and luxurious interiors and offering spacious wedding function suites. The house and grounds certainly do not disappoint from a photographic point of view. The catering is also excellent.
Based on the outskirts of the village of Kersey in west Suffolk, this new venue features impressive facilities which include the Maltings function room, the Kiln Room and fantastic gardens and grounds. We have also managed to get access to the mill house that is currently undergoing refurbishment. Photographs here offer a somewhat different option.