Adele & Douglas’ big day

Adele & Douglas’ big day

Adele & Douglas’ big day at That Amazing Place, Wedding Venue, Essex.

That Amazing Place are pleased to be able to share another story of a perfect wedding day.

Today it’s the turn of Adele and Douglas, who have been together for 4 and a half years and met over drinks.

The Venue

For these newlyweds there was never another venue in the running.

Adele says “When we first started dating, we often walked past That Amazing Place on a Sunday, and always thought it looked beautiful. When the venue held its first wedding open day, we passed by and said then it would be a lovely place to get married.”  When they set their wedding date, it was the only venue they considered and hoped that the inside was as stunning as the outside.  They weren’t disappointed, “We knew it was perfect for us and speaking with Hannah and Paul confirmed this. The size of the venue, the decor, the rooms, the grounds – it really is amazing! Plus everyone at the venue are so accommodating.”

Our dog friendly policy was also a big pull for this couple and made the wedding all the more special.  Their cheeky canine friend just couldn’t help himself getting up to mischief, not only eating all of the best man’s canapes, but also breaking free from the bridesmaids to chase a duck!  This resulted in an impromptu swim across the lake and early exit from the wedding.

 

Adele and Doug's big day Lakeview Room at That Amazing Place Exclusive essex wedding venue

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Theme and entertainment

Whilst Adele and Douglas didn’t have a theme, they really wanted a relaxed and fun wedding.  As Douglas is from Scotland, the rooms on site were perfect for family who travelled for the wedding.

Adele and Doug's big day Lakeview Room at Reception Room dressed exclusive essex wedding venue theme

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The grounds and countryside surroundings made for some stunning photos from photographer Scott Miller, who captured lots of special moments to provide a beautiful lasting record of the day.

 

Adele and Doug's big day Lakeview Room at Reception Room dressed exclusive Essex wedding venue

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In the evening, our newlyweds choose a band called “The Beavers” to get everyone up out of their seats and partying the night away.

 Adele said “Paul and Angie really helped as the band came with a lot of equipment, but nothing was too much trouble and they had lots of ideas on how we could make it work. The evening was so much fun, we didn’t stop dancing all night.”

 

 

Catering

Adele and Douglas opted for our twilight package and whilst they didn’t have a traditional wedding breakfast, this buffet option allowed for a sit-down meal in our picturesque hall.

As Douglas and several of his friends are chefs, it was important that the food was of an excellent standard.  We are pleased to report that our recommended supplier, Premier Crew, didn’t let them down.

 

Deserts by Premier Crew at That Amazing Place wedding venue

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Adele said “Sarah helped us so much with quantities and suggestions.  We had so many comments on how good the food and service were.”

 

 

Flowers

The flowers were provided by Jo at Browns Blooms and Balloons and they were beautiful! Adele asked Jo to supply the flowers after seeing her arrangements at our open day in May.

Our bride and groom gave Jo a very loose brief of small vases, pink flowers and thistles and were really pleased with the results.

Adele and Douglas big day flowers at exclusive essex wedding venue That Amazing Place

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Adele said “It was great as she knew the venue inside out, so could immediately tell me how many small vases I would need to alternate with candles, and had ideas of how the flowers could be moved around during the day.”7

 

 

Dress

We think you’ll agree our beautiful bride looked stunning in her dress from Ritva Westinius.

Adele's wedding dresss at exclusive essex wedding venue That Amazing Place

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As Adele is very petite, she sometimes struggles to find clothes that are a perfect fit, so to have something bespoke felt really special.

She said “It was so comfortable and practical, as well as being stunning! I especially loved how it transformed from daytime to evening, with the removable lace jacket and ingenious way the train hooked up to make it in to a strapless evening dress.”

 

Adele's wedding dresss at exclusive essex wedding venue That Amazing Place 2

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Special Moments

Adele and Douglas both had an amazing, perfect day and agree there is nothing they would change about it.

Adele and Douglas big day first dance at exclusive essex wedding venue That Amazing Place

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They both found dancing on stage with the band using blow up guitars as a particularly memorable moment.  However, for Adele, one of the loveliest and most romantic moments was when her new husband declared it to be the best night of his life!

Adele said “Neither of us could stop smiling, we both just had so much fun, with all our closest friends and family in such a beautiful location.  Angie and her team worked so hard to make the day perfect, everything worked seamlessly behind the scenes and the day ran like clockwork. Paul was the perfect host, so much fun and made sure that everyone was having a really good time. We are so thankful that Paul and Jayne open up their beautiful home to weddings, it is all so personal and nothing is too much trouble.”

 

Adele and Douglas big day the ceremony at exclusive essex wedding venue That Amazing Place

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Adele and Douglas big day the ceremony at exclusive essex wedding venue That Amazing Place

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We are so pleased to have helped this lovely couple realise their dream of a fun, relaxed wedding day.  At That Amazing Place we love to see people enjoying their celebrations so much and feel proud to have been able to make it happen.  We wish Adele and Doug lots more fun, luck and love in a long and happy marriage.

Lucy & Vicky’s Dream Day

Lucy & Vicky’s Dream Day

Lucy & Vicky’s Dream Day

Wedding Stories at That Amazing Place.

At That Amazing Place, we believe it’s important to get to know our couples.

Our aim is ensuring we tailor-make their wedding to make it a dream day  to remember. Now it’s time to hear all about Lucy and Vicky’s dream day

This lovely couple have now been together for 6 years.  They met through friends whilst enjoying a night out in a bar.  Lucy was actually dating someone else, but knew it wasn’t working for her.  From the moment she saw Vicky she knew she’d met “the one”.  It really was a case of love at first sight!

Lucy and Vicky Dream Day Wedding Stories at That Amazing Place

The Venue

Lucy and Vicky looked at other wedding venues, but they knew they had found their perfect setting for their summer wedding when they came to visit our house in the picturesque Essex countryside.  For them there was just no competition, Lucy said “No other venue could compare with That amazing place, it’s simply beautiful.”

Lucy and Vicky Dream Day Wedding Stories at That Amazing Place Wedding Venue Essex

Theme and entertainment

Our lovely couple had no strong theme for the wedding, except “summer”.

That Amazing Place set in picturesque grounds with flowers in bloom and a lake, proved to be perfect for a wedding with summer as its central theme.

Lucy and Vicky Dream Day Wedding Stories at That Amazing Place Summer Wedding

To provide some background music and create a welcoming, but sophisticated environment for their guests, our happy couple hired a saxophonist for background music during the drinks reception.

For the evening reception our recommended DJ, Andy from Herts Entertainment who never fails to get the party started.

Flowers

The happy couple decided on simple floral arrangements and bouquets consisting of mainly lilies and white roses from “Vicky’s Floral”.  A simple choice that looked stunning on the day.

Lucy and Vicky Dream Day Wedding Stories at That Amazing Place Feature

Lucy and Vicky Dream Day Wedding Stories at That Amazing Place Flowers

Dress

Our gorgeous brides both looked beautiful in their wedding dresses.  Vicky chose a traditional white dress with a stunning lace bodice from “Wed2be”.   Lucy selected a lace dress in a pretty blush colour that really complimented her skin tone, from “Enchanted Bridal Boutique”.  We think you’ll agree they both looked gorgeous!

Lucy and Vicky Dream Day Wedding Stories at That Amazing Place Wedding Dress

Lucy and Vicky Dream Day Wedding Stories at That Amazing Place Wedding Dresses

Catering

The catering option was an easy decision for Lucy and Vicky, as our recommendation for caterers, Premier Crew, offer a vast choice for the wedding breakfast so you can devise a menu to suit everyone’s taste.

Lucy and Vicky Dream Day Wedding Stories at That Amazing Place Wedding Cake

They also hired an ice cream truck to fit in with their theme of “summer”.  This catering option provided different varieties of ice cream – an additional dessert option with a difference!

Lucy and Vicky Dream Day Wedding Stories at That Amazing Place Ice Cream Van

Special Moments

Lucy and Vicky found it difficult to pinpoint just one moment from a perfect day of exquisite memories.  However, they agreed that the moment they first saw each other, on the patio wearing their dresses was very special and will remain forever engraved in their memories.

Lucy and Vicky Dream Day Wedding Stories at That Amazing Place First Sight

The other standout moment for this couple was the first dance.  Lucy said “I was so scared about the first dance as I have two left feet and Vicky is a really good dancer, but it was perfect and I wouldn’t change it for the world.”

Lucy and Vicky Dream Day Wedding Stories at That Amazing Place First Dance

 

At That Amazing Place we are always delighted when we are able to work with our couples to help create perfect wedding days full of amazing memories that last a lifetime.  We wish newlyweds Lucy and Vicky a long and happy life together and feel privileged to have been able to host their perfect summer wedding at our countryside venue.

Lucy and Vicky Dream Day Wedding Stories at That Amazing Place 2019

 

 

 

Rosa And Alex Wedding Stories at That Amazing Place

Rosa And Alex Wedding Stories at That Amazing Place

Rosa And Alex Wedding at That Amazing Place, Essex.

Here at our stunning country venue, That Amazing Place, we enjoy sharing the stories of the beautiful weddings and once in a lifetime experiences we help to create.  In this blog, we feature the story of Rosa and Alex, who celebrated their wedding with us in June 2019.

Our happy couple have known each other since their school days and had previously dated when younger.  Eventually, true love found a way to reconnect them together as a couple and they have now been together for 3 years.

The Venue

Rosa and Alex looked at a few other wedding venues, but we’re happy to say That Amazing Place was the one that really stood out for them as “everyone was so friendly”.  However, the thing that really sealed the deal for this lovely couple, was our policy of allowing dogs to attend the wedding.

At our stunning venue, we truly recognise that dogs are an important part of many families.  We think weddings should be tailor-made to the individual couples tastes and always strive to prioritise the things that make their day and our service special.  Rosa said “Thank you so much, our day was just perfect! Angie was amazing and everything ran so smoothly!”

Rosa And Alex Wedding Stories at That Amazing Place Wedding Venue Harlow The Gazebo

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Theme and entertainment

Whilst Rosa and Alex didn’t have a particular theme, they chose to dress our neutral venue in their colour scheme of blush and rose gold.

Rosa And Alex Wedding Stories at That Amazing Place Wedding Venue Harlow Reception

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To provide some background music and create a welcoming, but sophisticated environment for their guests, our happy couple hired a saxophonist for background music during the drinks reception.  For the evening reception they used our recommended DJ, Andy from Herts Entertainment who never fails to get the party started.

Flowers

Whilst Rosa didn’t have any specific requests for flowers, she knew she didn’t want anything too perfect or too disordered.  Caroline at the Orchid Room in Wickford was able to offer her expert advice and supplied all the flower and table arrangements.

Tall vases with large arrangements looked simply stunning in the wedding breakfast room.

Rosa said “the flowers and arrangements turned out to be beautiful”.

Rosa And Alex Wedding Stories at That Amazing Place Wedding Venue Harlow Flowers

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Rosa And Alex Wedding Stories at That Amazing Place Wedding Venue Harlow Flowers Bouquet

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Dress

This beautiful bride is very petite, so found choosing a dress for her frame a little challenging.  In the end, Rosa selected a fitted dress with spaghetti straps, a gorgeous large lace train and a beautiful, detailed back.   We think you will agree, that Rosa made the right choice and looked simply stunning.

Rosa And Alex Wedding Stories at That Amazing Place Wedding Venue Harlow Wedding Dress

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Rosa And Alex Wedding Stories at That Amazing Place Wedding Venue Harlow Wedding Dress Full

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Catering

Our newlyweds opted to go with Premier Crew for the catering and a formal three course meal.

Premier Crew were also able to offer guests an option for each course and this worked really well as they catered to all tastes.

All the guests agreed that the food was delicious.  For the food in the evening, the bride and groom opted for a pizza oven, which is housed in a converted horse box, providing a talking point and delicious catering all at the same time!  The fresh made to order pizzas “went down a treat’”.

Rosa And Alex Wedding Stories at That Amazing Place Wedding Venue Harlow Favours

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Special Moments

All our weddings are always full of special moments and this one was no different.  Rosa said if she had to pick one, it was when they first laid eyes on each other at the start of the ceremony, in the picturesque setting by the lake.  Our lovely bride said “We both found it hard not to shed a tear when we saw each other”.

Rosa And Alex Wedding Stories at That Amazing Place Wedding Venue Harlow Wedding Together

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Rosa And Alex Wedding Stories at That Amazing Place Wedding Venue Harlow Wedding Dress Full Bride Groom and Bridesmaids

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Rosa And Alex Wedding Stories at That Amazing Place Wedding Venue Harlow The Wedding Party

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Rosa And Alex Wedding Stories at That Amazing Place Wedding Venue Harlow Cake

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Rosa And Alex Wedding Stories at That Amazing Place Wedding Venue First Dance

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Congratulations Rosa and Alex

We wish Rosa and Alex a long life together filled with many more special memories and joyous occasions.  We hope they will visit us again soon to celebrate their anniversaries and other special events.

 

 

 

Our Wedding Story by Natalie & Matt

Our Wedding Story by Natalie & Matt

Our Wedding Story by Natalie & Matt at That Amazing Place.

Here at That Amazing Place we love sharing the romance of the very special wedding’s that are held here.  Today we talk to Natalie and Matt about the memories we helped them create at our exclusive country wedding venue.

Natalie and Matt have been a couple for eight and a half years having met at University.

Natalie says “We met on a night out at Canterbury Christ Church University, where we were both studying. I had ordered a ‘Glitterbomb’ drink because it had such a cool name, but it was revolting so I randomly struck up a conversation with Matt about it and asked him to try the drink.”    We’re very pleased that Natalie ordered that bad cocktail and their relationship went on to blossom!

The Venue

They didn’t have any set ideas about the style of their wedding venue.  Natalie had viewed several different locations together, but nothing felt quite right until Natalie’s mum discovered That Amazing Place.  Unfortunately, Matt couldn’t make the initial visit, so Natalie went with both parents and all three of them fell in love with it.  Luckily, when Matt was able to visit he felt the same way.  The big pull for this couple was the lake, beautiful grounds and the size of the manor house which was perfect for the number of guests.  They also both loved the modern and luxurious decor in the rooms; as Natalie puts it “the quirky but glamorous bedrooms”.   Natalie and her friends also really loved the bridal cottage, which provided a gorgeous space in which to dress and prepare for the nuptials.

Natalie also said “As well as the look and actual feel of the venue, Angie and Paul also helped to make the decision. Paul made us feel so welcome and Angie was fantastic at talking us through everything and we could tell she would be brilliant.”

Natalie and Matt Wedding Story at That Amazing Place Essex Wedding Venue The Wedding

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Theme and entertainment

Neither Natalie or Matt had strong ideas for a theme, they just really wanted their wedding venue to be modern and chic.  They found the décor at That Amazing Place to be very fitting with its simple elegance requiring very little additional decoration.

Wedding Pianist That Amazing Place Essex Wedding Venue

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During the ceremony and drinks reception, our happy couple opted for background music from a pianist from Piano DJ.   Natalie said “the pianist was hugely talented and was able to play requests on the spot! It created a beautiful atmosphere.”  For the evening entertainment they booked a DJ, from the same supplier, who really got the party started and ensured everyone joined in with the dancing.

When our newlyweds first met, they discovered a shared interest in Mario games and were able to incorporate this into the wedding with a table plan of a mini Mario World with the tables named after characters.  They also both loved watching their guests’ reactions to the caricatures they had prepared of every guest having secretly sourced pictures of everyone.  MK Caricatures did an amazing job and Natalie and Matt had the ingenious idea of using these drawings as both place names and wedding favours.

Natalie and Matt Wedding Story at That Amazing Place Essex Wedding Venue Mario World

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Natalie and Matt Wedding Story at That Amazing Place Essex Wedding Venue Mario Table Layout

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Catering

The catering option was an easy decision for Natalie and Matt as Premier Crew offer both an evening hog roast and a carvery option for the wedding breakfast “We are known amongst our friends and family for loving a Sunday roast dinner. We thought it was a fantastic option because whilst we obviously wanted to choose the food based on what we like, we also wanted the guests to enjoy it and who doesn’t like a roast dinner?”

There was so much choice for dessert, that they optioned for the trio of desserts. Both Natalie and Matt found Sarah from Premier extremely helpful for assisting with the right food options.  In particular, Sarah advised to serve canapés during the photographs as opposed to starters due to the generous portions of the carvery option.  Natalie said “I can’t emphasize enough how delicious all the food at our wedding was, we received so many compliments from guests. The staff were also amazing, so friendly and looked happy to be there.”

In addition to the dessert option, Natalie and Matt also hired an ice cream cart to provide unlimited ice cream to guests in the evening. In a nod to Natalie’s grandma, who she was very close to until her death, one of the flavours was Ferrero Rocher, “She always had stacks of Ferrero Rochers and would let me eat as many as I wanted when I was at her house” said Natalie.

Flowers

Natalie met her chosen florist when visiting a different venue and was so impressed with her passion for floral design, that she knew immediately that Dawn Jennings Floral Designer was the florist she wanted for her wedding.

The bridal bouquet was a neat posy shaped hand-tied design comprising white brovardia, mid pink aqua and champagne roses, a white double lisianthus flower and grey/green eucalyptus leaves running though the bouquet.

Natalie and Matt Wedding Story at That Amazing Place Essex Wedding Bridal Bouquet

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The bridesmaids and flower girls bouquets were of the same design but just smaller versions.  The groomsmen had champagne roses as button holes and both mothers had lisianthus flowers as corsages.  The table decorations consisted of three clear glass cylinder vases with single stem roses and petals scattered around the edge of the mirror bases.  These arrangements looked really elegant against the backdrop of That Amazing Place.

Natalie and Matt Wedding Story at That Amazing Place Essex Wedding Bridesmaids andNatalie and Matt Wedding Story at That Amazing Place Essex Wedding Bridesmaids and Flower Girls Bouquet Flower Girls Bouquet

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Natalie and Matt Wedding Story at That Amazing Place Essex Wedding Bridesmaids Bouquet

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Dress

Natalie opted to source her wedding dress from Clifford Burr in Bishop Stortford, having had a great experience when shopping with her best friend for her wedding the previous year.   “The staff there were so helpful and I liked how they organised the dresses by style rather than designer.” Natalie’s dress was by Sottero and Midgley with sparkling diamante detail on the bodice and a sophisticated train.

Natalie and Matt Wedding Story at That Amazing Place Essex Wedding The Wedding Dress

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Special Moments

In a day filled with perfect moments that exceeded all expectations, the bride and groom found it difficult to pinpoint just one special moment.

Matt said if he had to pinpoint one moment, it was when he first set eyes on his exquisite bride that day.  He said “My bottom lip was twitching when I saw her walking down the aisle but I managed to pull it together by the time she reached me. I was stunned by how beautiful she was and had plenty of people telling me I was punching well above my weight throughout the day!”

Natalie and Matt Wedding Story at That Amazing Place Essex Wedding Grooms First Look

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Natalie said that her special memory was when her Dad turned up in the bridal cottage, saw how she looked and was overwhelmed by emotion.  Sabrina, the photographer, managed to capture this and it will serve as a lasting reminder of that moment.

Natalie and Matt Wedding Story at That Amazing Place Essex Wedding Meeting Dad

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Another stand out memory for Natalie was of the speeches.  Despite Matt being incredibly nervous, he overcame his nerves and actually enjoyed the experience. Natalie’s father and the two best men also did an excellent job.  Natalie said “One of the best men was also acting as Master of Ceremonies and introduced my dad as if he were the commentator at a boxing match which led to everyone chanting Dad’s name.  He had to wait for everyone to stop before he could start speaking”.

Natalie and Matt Wedding Story at That Amazing Place Essex Wedding Dads Speech

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The funniest memories include Natalie’s panic that no one was eating the hog roast.  Luckily Angie was on hand to reassure her that it hadn’t actually been served yet!   Here at That Amazing Place having Angie on hand to ensure the day runs like clockwork is a big plus for our couples.  Natalie said  “Everyone is so welcoming, emails are answered immediately, we felt we  could trust and go with their advice and we were all proved right!”

Natalie and Matt Wedding Story at That Amazing Place Essex Wedding The Happy Couple

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Congratulations Natalie and Matt

We are so pleased to have been able to help Natalie and Matt create their perfect day at our stunning country venue.  We wish this lovely couple lots of luck and happiness in their life together. We hope they will return to let us all know how they are getting on and celebrate future family occasions here.

Natalie and Matt Wedding Story at That Amazing Place Essex Wedding The Happy Couple 2

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Natalie and Matt Wedding Story at That Amazing Place Essex Wedding The Happy Couple

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