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Zillia and Martyn’s Magical Summer Wedding

Weddings - 22.11.17

This couple shared a special moment with their guests and tied the knot in the great outdoors.


Zillia and Martyn were looking for an unforgettable and relaxing setting for their wedding day to enjoy with all their nearest and dearest. When they found Braxted Park; a magnificent country house wedding venue in Essex, they knew it was going to be ‘the one’.

Enjoy the wonderful gardens at this beautiful wedding venue in Essex © Sam and Louise Photography

“As soon as we drove up that amazing drive we knew it would be incredible. The main thing that swayed us were the gardens. Even looking around it in winter we knew that it would look stunning in the summer and could just imagine all our friends and family outside.”


The couple were more than happy with the natural beauty and exquisite colours of Braxted Park, so decided not to go overboard when it came to decorating.

Their decorations were pretty low-key as they decided that stunning flowers in their chosen colours would do the talking. Colourful lanterns above the dance floor too gave the place that perfect summery feel.

“We used whites, pastel pinks, peaches and greens as neither of us are big on bright colours. With it being a summer wedding, we wanted to keep it soft and subtle.”


When it came to picking out her perfect dress, Zillia had to look for something slightly different than she had planned.

“I’d always thought I would get married on a beach in a floaty maxi dress but instead found myself planning a full Essex wedding, so I knew I had to open my mind up to a dress that would probably be a little more “wedding dressy” than I imagined! My dress was from the Blue by Enzoani collection, and I bought it from Bellissima. I loved the lace detailing on the dress and where there was a gap between the lace into the tulle skirt until the hem.” – Zillia

Martyn looked the part too with a navy three-piece suit from Jack Bunneys in Essex, which he paired with a lighter blue polka dot tie and brown shoes.

Zillia’s bridesmaids wowed with a summery pastel tone, which they not only loved but felt comfortable in too.

Zillia visited a wedding boutique to try on wedding dresses from lots of wedding designers and deciding on the one © Sam and Louise Photography

“I didn’t want to be a bridezilla and demand they wore something they didn’t like so comfort was my number one priority with their dresses and luckily they all enjoyed them!”


Zillia and Martyn’s big day was lovely and sunny, so they made the most of the good weather by tying the knot outside in the picturesque Knott Garden. They celebrated with a drinks reception with their nearest and dearest in the Walled Garden, before heading into the Pavilion for a magnificent wedding breakfast and a night full of dancing and fun!


Although Zillia and Martyn loved every minute of their special day, there were a couple of moments which really stood out.

Zillia and Martyn enjoy the wedding speeches with all their guests during the wedding reception © Sam and Louise Photography

If Zillia could give any advice to any bride and grooms-to-be out there it would be this:

“CHILL! Your wedding will be amazing whatever happens. Your dress might not fit perfectly, you might not get great weather but honestly, nothing could have spoiled that day for me.”

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“I think the speeches were probably my favourite part. I cried my eyes out but all three were unbelievable and I will never forget them. Also, the dancing once the band were on. We all love a good dance and having all our family and friends together on the dancefloor was the best!”



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