Baddow Park House

Always Meant To Be

LAUREN & SIMON

THE PROPOSAL

When on holiday in Mexico, celebrating Lauren’s birthday, Simon took the opportunity to ask her a very important question. And there, on Isla Holbox, a beautiful tiny tropical island north of the Yucatán Peninsula, Lauren said yes to becoming Simon’s wife.

An old school romance

As school friends, their paths crossed until life got in the way, and both moved in different circles, albeit with some close friend crossovers!
It took a mutual friend’s 30th birthday party and a coincidental reconnection on a dating app to bring the two together – and that’s where their love story begins…

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Dear Baddow Park

“From the moment we stepped out of the car and saw Baddow Park House for the first time we knew that no photograph could capture the elegance and beauty of the house and its grounds. It was at that moment we knew we had found ‘the one’.

Each tiny detail and room had been considered and finished to the highest possible standard, everywhere was immaculate. More importantly for us, however, although it was a very grand wedding venue, Baddow Park still felt very much like a home. It was truly personal and so unique.

The team were amazing from the very start and made us feel special. Every other venue we’d seen up until that point was incomparable.

Our wedding celebration was the best day of our lives. We will never forget that feeling of being so unbelievably happy and hearing from our guests how much they enjoyed it.”

A Lavish Wedding Venue

Lauren’s and Simons wedding was held in December, over the Christmas season which is a beautiful time of year to say I do.

And as we all know, a winter wedding can be a very magical celebration indeed.

The Christmas tree and roaring log fires at our luxury wedding venue, set a beautiful backdrop for some very special wedding photographs.

The guests absolutely loved the warming surroundings of the fire pit, in the gardens of Baddow Park House, and found it was the perfect place for them to chill out between dances.

christmas wedding at baddow park house
bride at baddow park house

The Dress

Lauren’s dress was by British wedding dress designer Suzanne Neville.

The style wasn’t what Lauren had originally envisioned, but the elegance of Baddow Park House and the timing of the wedding influenced her choice.

The dress was a sleek A-line gown with a deep sweetheart neckline and gorgeous – and practical – long sleeves.

The deep V-shaped back featured a long line of buttons. This detail added a romantic and almost fairytale princess quality to the dress.

The Cake

The wedding cake that Simon and Lauren chose may well go down in Baddow Park history as one of the most unique we’ve had.

Rather than a traditional tiered wedding cake made of fruitcake or sponge, the pair opted to have a carefully constructed tower of artisan bread!

The different loaves were freshly baked and delivered on the morning of the wedding by local bakery Brown Bread.  They were then placed onto cake stands and arranged onto bread boards to make an incredible display.

In the evening, the breads were sliced up and served as part of the grazing table.

alternative wedding cake at essex wedding venue
cocktails at Baddow Park House in Essex

Finishing Touches

Simon’s family are Italian, so it was important to the couple to pay homage to his heritage.

Guests were treated to Limoncello favours (with sherbert lemons for the non-drinkers).  Cannolis were served with tea and coffee following the wedding breakfast.

During a planned cocktail hour guests enjoyed the delicious bespoke cocktails prepared by Baddow Park’s talented bar staff.

Espresso martinis were a particular favourite

“To any lucky couple holding their wedding clebrations at Baddow Park House, our advice would be, enjoy the process and soak up every second!  The team will ensure the day runs just as you want it to, so you have nothing to worry about in the build-up. It wasn’t just the way everyone at Baddow Park made us feel, it was the way they made our guests feel too. You can’t put a price on that. We would do it all over again in a heartbeat!”

Lauren and Simon

Images accredited to Farlie Photography