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Nina and Michael’s Cultural Summer Wedding

Weddings - 10.12.19

Blending Chinese, Indian and British styles and cultures, the June wedding of Nina and Michael was a pure delight. With a delicate colour scheme, fabulous food and great entertainment, it was a truly joyful day.

The Venue

With a June wedding date in mind, Nina and Michael were looking for a wedding venue in Essex with a beautiful ceremony space where they could create a fusion wedding, blending elements from their Chinese and Indian backgrounds. When they arrived at Braxted Park, they knew it was ‘the one’.

“We both had butterflies in our stomachs! We loved that it was classic and English and that it wasn’t unnecessarily grand. We also loved the yellow ceremony room that just stood out from other venues we visited.”


Pastel pink was chosen as their wedding colour, beautifully understated for the time of year, with gold and lavender running through to add a touch of glamour. Marrying on one of the longest days of the year, the happy couple wanted to create a gentle floral theme and had a canopy installed in the Pavilion, creating a clean look to let the flowers stand out.

“We love peonies and lavender so they had to be incorporated in to the wedding. Peonies, lavender and roses adorned the bouquets and centrepieces.”


Nina chose three dresses to represent their cultures – a white dress by Pronovias, a Chinese dress from an online boutique and an Indian dress by Astha Narang.

“For my white wedding dress, I wore Kate Spade shoes with bows that were a Christmas present from Michael. I also wore a rose gold and diamond necklace that was a birthday present from my parents.”

Meanwhile, Michael looked the part in a three-piece suit from Gieves and Hawkes with black leather Chelsea boots, floral tie and matching pocket square.

Finally, the bridesmaids wore legengas to reflect Nina’s Indian culture, custom made by a boutique in India and featuring gold and lavender.


Following their traditional Chinese ceremony and romantic civil ceremony in the Orangery at Braxted Park, drinks and canapés were served in the gardens before the newlyweds and their guests moved inside to dine.

Tuna, scallop and mooli was followed by salmon fillet with wild mushroom risotto alongside exceptional vegetarian alternatives. And, for pudding, lemon posset or chocolate mousse were great choices for this summer celebration.


As the sun went down, the newlyweds danced their first dance to ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’ by James Arthur and a DJ played a mix of Bollywood songs and classic floor fillers.

“We’d been learning how to dance the Argentine Tango and decided to do it as our first dance!”

Chicken kebabs, falafel, pitta bread and hummus proved remarkably popular when it came to evening dining, and a sparkler ‘send off’ was the perfect finale to a perfect day!


“We had a quiet moment after the ceremony while we waited for the guests to form a confetti line. We were so excited and we took a selfie. It’s one of our favourite photos of the day, bringing back the happiest memories.”

If you loved this wedding, we think you’ll also be inspired by the summer wedding of Zillia and Martyn.

Finally, if you have yet to visit Braxted Park, we would love to show you all we have to offer. Simply call our friendly team on 01621 770855 or contact us online.



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