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Real Weddings: Gabriella & Debo’s Celebration Of Love At Baddow Park House

Jun 21, 2023 | Seasonal Weddings, Wedding Ideas and Trends, Wedding Planning

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Gabriella and Debo’s story starts like all great love stories – on holiday.

They were both on separate holidays in Budapest, Hungary, in 2015. While there, they met in a bar called ‘Peaches and Creams’.

When Gabriella and Debo met in a chance encounter at this bar, little did they know that they too would go together like peaches and cream!

The Proposal

In The Landmark London Hotel, Marylebone, Debo pretended to take Gabby for a birthday weekend treat! When in reality, Debo had planned a gorgeous proposal to perfection. Having booked a room and set everything up, Gabby was surprised but delighted by the big question.

And so the journey to create their ideal wedding began…

The Planning

The couple looked at many venues, but none felt right. They booked to look around Baddow Park House – it was the last one on the list. Once they arrived at the venue and heard about what was offered, they instantly knew it was the right place for them to get married. They both adored the grounds, decor, ambience and particularly the Orangery!

They talked with Baddow Park House organiser Gaynor. Speaking of the experience, Gabby said, “We sat down and spoke to Gaynor, and she really put us at ease, we could tell Baddow Park House cares about their couples and that they invest the time into making the day run smoothly and that we would get the attention we needed”.

They both felt that a venue like this was much more attentive and unique, rather than somewhere that simply churns out cookie-cutter weddings, one after the other. 

Gabriella and Debo were in awe of the house. Gabby recalls, “As we entered the house, we were captivated by the rustic charm, complete with functional fireplaces, stylish designs, and delightful aromas in every room and bedroom (especially the beautiful bridal suite!).”

After agreeing on a date – in March 2023 – the planning was well and truly in motion.

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The Wedding

Gabby and Debo wanted a wedding that celebrated both their heritages, but they also wanted a wedding style that was unique to them. This was no easy task, but together they managed to plan an exquisite event that would wow their guests and combine their individual personalities.

The outfits were high on the list of things to organise since they’re arguably one of the most important aspects of the big day. 

Debo wore a dapper custom suit by Watxh, a London tailor headed by Creative Director James Okeyemi.

Gabby chose a divine white dress with a sweetheart neckline and additional detailing on the bodice. Both bride and groom had timeless style with a contemporary twist that made their wedding day outfits perfectly suited to their day.

Some of Gabby’s bridesmaids lived in the UK and some in the US, so she picked dresses from David’s Bridal, which has boutiques on both sides of the Atlantic! They found convenient little hacks like this that saved both time and stress in the planning process.

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The Cake

The couple chose Natalie Sheridan from @callaliecakes_ to provide a showstopping, tiered wedding cake. They decided on three tiers, each of a different flavour, for a little extra impact.

Tier one was vanilla & passionfruit, tier two was red velvet, and tier three was rum, and it’s safe to say this luxurious combination was a hit. 

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The Food

The talented team of resident caterers, provided a fantastic dining experience for the lucky guests. They worked closely with the couple to customise the menu according to their needs, incorporating unique requests without hesitation.

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The Entertainment

For entertainment, the couple selected DJ Darkozy to ensure a celebratory and vibrant atmosphere throughout the evening and making sure the dance floor was full the whole night through. In addition, they included a Steel Pan Band for the cocktail hour, chosen to incorporate Gabby’s Caribbean (Bajan & Jamaican) heritage. 

African drummers accompanied the evening drinks reception with a thunderous celebration of Debo’s African (Nigerian) heritage, made especially splendid with a saxophonist. 

They wanted something that celebrated both of their families and as music is so embedded in both cultures, it seemed like the perfect way.

The First Dance

The first dance was one to go down in Baddow Park House history. A true moment of love and awe fell upon the dance floor as Superstar by Usher played. The couple danced beautifully together, but they had some help.

Gabby’s sister is a choreographer, and while they didn’t create a routine, they did visit her a few days before the wedding for a couple of tips. The result was a precious moment, without a single faltered step.

Gabriella & Debo’s Celebration Of Love & Heritage

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Baddow Park House

Gabby and Debo saw many ‘lovely’ wedding venues, but it was the charm and magic of Baddow Park House that made them book.

Knowing that the team was so dedicated to giving them their perfect day meant the couple could simply enjoy every second.

Gabby commented, “Baddow Park House and its exceptional team played an integral role in making our wedding day one of the most amazing days of our life. We cannot say enough positive things about our experience (we could write an essay!).”

The couple highly recommends Baddow Park House as the wedding venue for any couple seeking a wedding team that genuinely cares about them as a couple. They created a day of celebration that was perfect for them and fully captured their vision as a couple.

Looking For A Stunning Venue?

If you’d like to know more about weddings at Baddow Park House, visit our website to download our brochure or book a viewing. You deserve a day to remember, and your dream wedding starts with the dream venue…

Wedding Reviews
We were booked to get married September 2020 but due to covid, we re-scheduled for September 2021. I wanted to say a huge thank you to the team at Baddow Park and especially Kelly – Group Operations Manager, for being so accommodating. We were very worried about the unknowns of having to re-arrange. However, Kelly and the team took that worry away. The process from having a “back up date” to confirming a new date in 21 was seamless, Kelly and her team were ALWAYS available via phone or email for a quick chat or to discuss the day in-depth. The upset of having to move our day never came as we knew the team had it all under control and that they would make our day even more special next year. We can’t wait to get married and celebrate at Baddow Park house with their fantastic team and gorgeous surroundings!

5 star rating

Fleur & Andy

From our first visit to see Baddow Park even before all the renovations we were in love with it and knew this was the place we wanted to get married, not only was the venue and garden beautiful but Kelly made us feel so welcome we knew it would all go smoothly…   Then COVID happened and so close to our wedding day, all was arranged and we were waiting ready and excited for our wedding day, but in one day, id not only cancelled one wedding but prepared an alternative one, I wouldn’t have been able to do this without the flexibility of Baddow Park and Kelly’s support with all our questions and worries of “What do we do now”   She has kept in touch with us throughout the year as we have changed dates and ideas and at not one point has anything I have asked been a problem. Unfortunately a 2020 wedding is not possible so now we wait for the perfect wedding at Baddow Park in 2021!

5 star rating

Victoria Partridge

What a magical wedding day we had at Baddow Park House, every single detail was perfect. From initial viewing to booking to pre-wedding preparation, you were all so helpful and supportive, nothing was too much trouble and no questions were left unanswered. The house is beautifully kept and the grounds exquisite, the atmosphere was lovely. Baddow Park is a truly beautiful place to get married.

5 star rating

Kirstie and Andy

We want to thank you sincerely for making our wedding day so special. Everyone thought the organisation was excellent and everything went so smoothly. Baddow Park is a beautiful place to hold an intimate wedding, the house and the gardens are just delightful. Everyone there said what a lovely venue it was. We had the most beautiful wedding and we are very grateful.

5 star rating

Mrs & Mrs B

From the moment we saw Baddow Park for the first time we knew this was exactly where we wanted to have our wedding reception. Combining beautiful grounds with the ability for us to personalise our day this was our perfect venue. We truly could not have asked for a better day and for all at Baddow Park House together with their suppliers who helped make the magic happen.

5 star rating

Nick & Lorna Bastian

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