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    Essex Wedding – Anesta Broad Photography

    Today we have a lovely Autumnal wedding set in the heart of Essex and photographed by the lovely Anesta Broad Photography, a wedding and portrait photographer covering Essex and the surrounding area. It’s full of beautiful homemade details, fabulous colour and a very beautiful bride. So it’s over to Lisa and Gareth to share their special day and a few words of advice with us…..

    What was important to you when initially planning wedding?

    We wanted a venue that truly reflected ourselves and that would deliver the things that were important to us. This included a beautiful, natural setting and fine food.

    What did you use to plan your wedding?

    Bridal magazines and friends/word of mouth

    What was your wedding theme/colour scheme?

    We choose teal, as it was a sumptuous colour which suited the autumn season

    How did you choose your bridesmaids?

    I’m close to my two sisters and knew I could rely on them for their honesty and for getting things done the way I wanted. We also thought it would be lovely to include the groom’s side of the family, so we were thrilled when his niece agreed to the part!

    How did you choose your suppliers?


    Gaynes Park in Epping was on our initial short list based on location, as it was close to home and first impressions via their website. When we visited the venue we were sold!


    A local florist whose website pictures reflected the sort of style we were looking for – modern, yet natural and pretty.


    A good friend of ours, Anesta Broad, whose photos we found captured beautiful and fun natural moments.

    Cake Maker

    Gareth’s mum makes a great cake! (And it was a great cost saver!)

    Event Dresser

    One of the reasons we chose Gaynes Park was for their highly organised and reputable events team.


    We knew we wanted live music to cover a variety of genres. After spending hours searching for a pop/indie band online we stumbled upon The Bears website. They stood out for us as they included demos on their website.  We went to see them perform in London before making our final decision.

    First dance music and why?

    Heaven by DJ Sammy – out around the time we got together, we chose it for its beautiful words and melody… “Love is all that I need – and I found it there in your arms…”. Beautifully romantic!


    This was an area where we felt we could save money so I used some of my own design skills, along with some help from my graphics team at work to design our own stationary.  Whilst a lot of time and effort went into producing the stationary, we are incredibly proud of the end result. It is exactly what we wanted, matched perfectly to our wedding style, at little cost.

    Any DIY projects?

    Our stationery and card collection box

    Where did you find your dress?

    A beautiful shop in the centre of Cambridge – close enough for regular fittings.

    How did you know you had found the one?

    When I tried it on, I didn’t want to take it off!

    What accessories did you choose and why?

    Simple and classic – in keeping with the dress and my own personal style

    How did your budget change from first planning to the wedding day?

    There were a number of relatively small items which we had failed to consider at the beginning of planning, such as things like bridesmaid dresses’ alterations and jewellery, and coach hire to take the guests to and from the hotel. All of these things add up so we did exceed our original budget a little.

    Your favourite wedding purchase?

    I love the framed photo from our engagement shoot that we used as the guest signing piece.  Not only for the heart felt messages captured on it from our loved ones, but also for the fact that it will remain on our walls for the rest of our lives.

    Best wedding bargain?

    The vintage suitcase I picked up from an alternative shop in Camden. We used it as a card box and decorated it with personal vintage style items, including some lace from my dress, some ribbon matching the teal dresses, and a necklace I had been given from special friends. At £8 it was a fabulous bargain!

    Most extravagant part of wedding?

    It was most likely the food. It is important to us to not only to eat well, but to eat good quality delicious food. We were willing to forego certain items such as the hiring of wedding cars, in order to splash out a bit more on good food. We ate canapés (shepherds pies, battered prawns, BBQ pork and rice spoons, mozzarella and tomato blinis),and the wedding breakfast – duck pancake with hoi sin sauce (we wanted an Asian dish that reflected Lisa’s half Chinese heritage), roast lamb in a garlic and rosemary jus, with dauphinois potatoes and seasonal vegetables, and triple chocolate brownie with vanilla ice-cream.  For the evening, a cheese and charcuterie board.


    Thoughts on wedding day?

    It was a great relief that it didn’t rain as the forecast has predicted and the overwhelming love for each other and our family and friends.


    Favourite part of the day?

    For both of us – Lisa taking the long walk down the garden path (the aisle).

    For Gareth – Standing up amongst our loved ones seeing Lisa walk down.

    For Lisa – Approaching Gareth seeing all our loved ones looking out emotionally, whilst linking my father’s arm, him saying he was very proud of me, all against the beautiful soothing sounds of Pachebel’s canon in D.

    Thankyou so much to Lisa and Gareth for sharing their wedding memories and to Anesta for her lovely images.I love the teal bridesmaid dresses with fur wraps-very stylish.If you have a wedding you would like to share we would love to hear from you. Bye for now, Jenny.

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