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Sophie and Tom’s Elegant August Celebration

Weddings - 21.05.19

With an elegant colour scheme, fabulous flowers and great music, the summer wedding of Sophie and Tom, with their ceremony in the Knott Garden, was the ultimate in romance.

The Venue

Having already visited ten Essex wedding venues with no success, Sophie and Tom went to see Braxted Park after work one evening, hopeful that they might find the perfect place for their August wedding.

“As soon as we pulled in to the driveway lit with torches, I felt something special. It was balmy outside and as we walked around the gardens, dotted with quaint greenhouses and flowers in bloom, I just felt that it was the place I wanted to get married. It’s the perfect mix of traditional and modern.”

The bride and groom share a kiss on the lawns at Braxted Park on their wedding day © Leslie Choucard Photography

With a love of Champagne, the newlyweds incorporated shades of peach, rose gold and ivory to the day with a simple, elegant theme.

Décor included beautiful fairy-lit drapes and chandeliers alongside beautiful flowers and candle centrepieces which added a warmth and softness to the ambience. Sophie and Tom also opted for a white aisle and a white LED dance floor.

“We accompanied the peach with ivory and, I’m a bit of a magpie, so I got my sparkle satisfaction from the gold. I wanted the day to feel luxurious, opulent and romantic.”


Sophie wore a stunning gown by Dando London. She fell in love with the floral applique, illusion sweetheart neckline and dramatic train.

The beautiful bride accessorised with Swarovski earrings, a diamond band by Monica Vinader, a crystal hair vine by Botias Accessories and Jimmy Choo shoes.

“I adored it all and I felt like a celebrity!”


Tom looked the part in a three-piece suit with silver pocket watch and Christian Louboutin shoes.

Finally, Sophie’s four bridesmaids wore champagne-coloured fishtail dresses embellished with sequins. “They were stunning and sparkled all the way down the aisle!”


Sophie spared no expense on her stunning bouquet and opted for more simple posies for her bridesmaids. Elegant arrangements adorned the aisle with hydrangeas and roses playing a lead role in the beautiful designs.

“I adore flowers. They’re such a thing of beauty and they just make me happy. If we’d had the money, I would have had them absolutely everywhere!”


Following their glorious wedding ceremony in the Knott Garden, a drinks reception was held on the lawn around the back of the house. “It’s a beautiful wide-open space and we wanted to use as many parts of the venue as we could.”

Singer, Nike Jemiyo, played a huge role in the day, her soulful voice accompanying Sophie down the aisle and delighting guests throughout the day.

Moving in to dine, a delicious menu commenced with smoked salmon or chicken parfait, moving on to lamb with goat’s curd or pork with chorizo. And, for pudding, a fabulous trio of desserts. “The lamb was so tender and flavoursome. It’s a shame I was so excited that my appetite was a little diminished.”


As the sun went down, the newlyweds danced their first dance to ‘You and I’ by John Legend. While the dance floor filled, a kebab stand with halloumi and falafel proved the perfect choice for evening summer dining.

An open bar also served Aperol Spritz and Mojito’s – favourites of the bride and groom – and the newlyweds and their guests danced the night away.

“The best part of the day for me was as I turned the corner to come in to the Knott Garden and walked down the aisle. It’s a moment you think about a lot and you’ll never get back. It’s every little girl’s dream to walk down that aisle.”


If you loved this wedding, we think you’ll also be inspired by the glamorous summer wedding of Mohini and David. And, 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.


Sophie and Tom’s Elegant August Celebration – Braxted Park


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