Siobhan & Rich’s Special Day At Our Countryside Wedding Venue

While we’d love to share absolutely every special day here at That Amazing Place, it isn’t always possible. It’s for this reason that we get so excited to share another happy couple’s story when we can and today is no exception with the fabulous Siobhan and Rich. This lovely pair met 13 years ago! While that may have been unlucky for some, for this gorgeous twosome, it marked the year they said, “I do”. Siobhan and Rich met and subsequently fell in love at work thanks to a love/hate relationship between the pair over Excel. After a few mutual meetings to help Siobhan with her Excel errors, they began dating and that as they say, was that. So, let’s take a look at their wonderful day, right here at our countryside wedding venue, That Amazing Place.

Wedding Photo At That Amazing Place Countryside Wedding Venue For Siobhan & Richard

Photo Credit: Scott Miller Photography

The Venue

Siobhan and Rich were looking specifically for a venue that offered flexibility. They wanted a summer fete type vibe and from the moment they entered That Amazing Place, Siobhan says they were met with instant warmth, “the team and grounds were beautiful. We wanted the wedding to feel like a house party where everyone would party and celebrate with us.” When it came to the running of the venue, they appreciated the efforts that our team went to, to help them achieve their dream day, “Nothing was too much trouble. They made the day look effortless when we all knew that it could sometimes be difficult. They made things look like it had just happened.”

Theme and Entertainment

To make their day as perfect as could be, they spent time with our team brainstorming ideas. They appreciated our team’s suggestion that less is sometimes more, which the couple explained was, “very refreshing to hear from a wedding provider.”

With regards to the theme, Siobhan said, “the grounds really spoke for themselves. Music, flowers and food were the key aspects of the wedding. We also had lawn games, which entertained all ages. Rich in particular is very musical and actually worked very closely with Piano DJ, to ensure all of our favourite tracks were on the playlist too.”

Wedding Photo At That Amazing Place Countryside Wedding Venue For Siobhan & Richard

Photo Credit: Scott Miller Photography

Flowers

When it came to the flowers, Violets And Velvet provided an exceptional display. The happy couple worked closely with the florists, giving them a specific brief. Siobhan felt that it was very much a personal team effort. She explained, “We went for an English country theme. We had mini meadows along the aisle, which were stunning. We also had hanging flowers from the gazebo and lush foliage along the register table. Everything was very natural and undone.” They also incorporated herbs and scented flowers to give them the opportunity to think of their wedding whenever they smell the same herbs and flowers in the future. A beautiful detail that we especially loved and one that they continued into the marquee along with bespoke bunting.

Wedding Photo At That Amazing Place Countryside Wedding Venue For Siobhan & Richard

Photo Credit: Scott Miller Photography

Dress

Siobhan’s dress was from a boutique called Matchmakers in Brentwood. It was the first dress she tried on and with her sister and step-mother’s reactions of happy tears, she knew instantly it was the one. The dress, she describes as a princess dress, was complimented by flowers in her hair for a whimsical look along with darker lipstick to look less traditional.

Wedding Photo At That Amazing Place Countryside Wedding Venue For Siobhan & Richard

Photo Credit: Scott Miller Photography

Catering

For their catering, they had the fabulous Premier Crew. They chose exquisite light dishes and described the food as outstanding, “the presentation was beautiful too. There’s nothing worse than being too bloated to drink champagne and dance.” Premier Crew also provided pizzas for the evening’s dining, which they said were extremely well received by all.

From all of us here at That Amazing Place, we can’t thank Siobhan and Rich enough for sharing their amazing day with us. We hope they have a lifetime of happiness and fingers crossed, we hope to see them again for an anniversary stay or two. For more information on our countryside wedding venue, simply contact us today.

Katie & Darren Say “I Do” At Our Essex Wedding Venue

Katie and Darren are our latest couple to feature in our real wedding series and we couldn’t wait to share their big day with you. This happy couple met 8 years ago on Match.com, as Katie says, “before it was ‘the norm’ to meet people online, before the days of swiping right, so we actually told people we met through mutual friends.” Katie remembers thinking instantly on their first date that Darren would fit right in around the Christmas dinner table with her family and Darren himself couldn’t believe how much they had in common. It’s fair to say they hit it off instantly. So without further delay, let’s take a look at their sensational day right here at That Amazing Place, our beautiful Essex wedding venue.

Wedding Photo At That Amazing Place Essex Wedding Venue For Darren And Katie

Photo Credit: Paul’s Studio

The Venue

There were a number of reasons that Katie and Darren chose That Amazing Place, one aspect was that it was the “perfect blend of old and new.” They were huge fans of the décor, even going so far as to say that they’d decorate their own home like it. Katie said, “we loved the grounds and felt like the inside and outside ceremony options were bothlovely. At some venues we felt like you were pushed outside and the inside option was rubbish. The fact that it had bedrooms onsite was an awesome bonus too.”

Katie and Darren had high standards from the start, Katie even claimed to be, “one of those people who never enjoyed her own party but I have to say that WE LOVED OUR WEDDING! From the outset, Angie was a total rockstar;add Lizzie from Magpie into that mix and you have the perfect combo. Nothing was ever too much trouble, they both had great ideas and answered emails late and even on weekends.”

On the day itself, the happy couple described it as “perfect” which coming from Katie, was huge. “I’m a Virgo and work in the business; let me tell you again it was perfect and I wouldn’t change a thing. Angie even had my back with my overzealous bridesmaids who were trying to convince me to have the ceremony inside.”

Wedding Photo At That Amazing Place Essex Wedding Venue For Darren And Katie

Photo Credit: Paul’s Studio

Theme and Entertainment

When it came to the theme, there wasn’t a distinctive theme itself but there was a definite idea of how they wanted it to look. They wanted something romantic yet stylish. It was also important that a relaxed atmosphere was created. They wanted to avoid anything too formal or too stuffy. It was important for their guests to simply have fun and celebrate their union with them.While their guest list could have run away with them, our wedding venue itself made them keep numbers down which actually helped create the intimate, informal setting they wanted. It also meant their family and friends integrated throughout the entire day, just what they wanted.

With regards to entertainment, they enjoyed the west end singing waiters posing as servers all day, until they surprised guests after their meal by bursting into song. This was one of the best decisions they made about their day, Katie also thinks she, “deserves a medal for keeping it secret for a year”. In the evening, they had the fabulous Piano DJ. They submitted a song list of some of the songs they wanted to play but they also found Piano DJ read the crowd on the night and “played tune after tune. The dance floor was full all night. We highly recommend both companies.”

Wedding Photo At That Amazing Place Essex Wedding Venue For Darren And Katie

Photo Credit: Paul’s Studio

Flowers

Stock florist provided the flowers on the day. Katie had very specificideas of what she wanted and they, “knocked it out of the park. My favourite flowers were peonies,which were out of season so they suggested having David Austen roses,which were a beautiful alternative. Along with the David Austen roses, I had avalanche roses as well as amnesia roses and eucalyptus in my bouquet. The flowers looked glamorous and classy.” The beautiful couple especially loved the table centrepiecesand large urns that stood either side of theaisle.

Dress

Katie’s dress was from David Bridal in Stratfordand was created by a designer called Zac Posen. Katie’s stunning veil was added at the last minute, around a week before the wedding, much to Katie’s delight and may we add she looked stunning. It finished off her look beautifully.

Catering

The catering was covered by Magpie Catering; one of our Essex wedding venue recommended suppliers. Katie and Darren chose 10 canapésduring the drinks reception instead of a starter. Their meal was a traditional roast dinner followed by a trio of desserts. All food was served with an espresso martini or long island iced tea. They were particularly pleased with the waiting staff, “the waiting staff were brilliant – we were especially happy that we were handed a glass of prosecco instantly as we walked back down the aisle. In all seriousness it’s hard to cater for a large number of people but Lizzie did it. The food was perfectly executed, delicious and the waiting staff were super efficient. In the evening, we opted for cheeseburgers andchips instead of a traditional buffet and our guests loved it.”

Wedding Photo At That Amazing Place Essex Wedding Venue For Darren And Katie

Photo Credit: Paul’s Studio

Special Moments

For Darren, the special moment was the ceremony itself. When Katie saw Darren’s face, she “nearly lost it. Seeing him looking back at me from the top of the aisle, after trying to channel my inner Zenall morning, specifically telling my bridesmaids to not act excited or get emotional around me.”

Katie really enjoyed the walk too, with her Dad but, “the best bit was the west end waiters during the wedding breakfast.”

From all of us here at That Amazing Place, we wish the happy couple every happiness and hope to see them again soon for an anniversary celebration…or two! For more information aboutour Essex wedding venue, simply contact us today!

Christmas Weddings At That Amazing Place

Christmas is the most wonderful time of year. Couple it with the festive season and it’s a time like no other. Here at That Amazing Place, we’ve seen many a Christmas wedding so thought we’d share a few insights to help you plan the perfect festive wedding to keep you and your guests having the time of your life…

Christmas Trees – they seem like an obvious choice to most but let’s not forget that they’re one of the biggest symbols of Christmas for many. Whether you’re religious or not, a Christmas tree is instantly recognisable which makes it an absolute must at your ceremony and venue. It’s a super easy prop to include too as you can simply decorate it with your chosen wedding colours, keeping it in theme and of course, super chic. For table decorations, mini trees are ideal and once again, a little internet surfing will help you locate mini decorations in your chosen wedding colours.

Bridesmaid Gifts – this is something that often gets overlooked yet when you look at all the work your bridesmaids (and maid of honour especially) put into your big day, it’s something that should really have a lot of though put into it. As it’s Christmas, and of course winter, pashminas are obviously a fabulous idea. They not only look beautiful but can be worn on the day. You can also incorporate them into your day further by gifting pashminas that offer a pop of colour.

Keep The Little Ones Entertained – the subject of little ones at weddings is always a hot topic for debate but here at That Amazing Place, we know only too well the joy it can bring to have children at your nuptials. That being said however, it’s important to consider the young ones when planning your big day and by that we mean, thinking of ways to keep them entertained and out of mischief. For those enjoying festive weddings, we’ve seen Father Christmas paying a visit bringing a few small gifts to enjoy and play with throughout the wedding breakfast. We’ve also seen couples utilise one of the smaller rooms as a “chill-out” room where Christmas-themed films are played such as the Polar Express or The Grinch. This not only keeps the kids entertained but also leaves the grown-ups with a little more space to enjoy your wedding too.

Christmas Colour Schemes – we know that it can be easy to simply opt for the obvious when it comes to a colour scheme; red and green of course but we also know that others will want to opt for something different. That doesn’t mean that it can’t be Christmas inspired. Berry shades such as deep reds and purples, along with winter whites offer a chic look and can make any wedding feel luxurious. If you’re still looking for more options however, Pantone is a great place to start. From plums and aubergines to deep jewel tones, the world is your oyster.

If you’re lucky enough to be holding your big day here at That Amazing Place, then you’ll be pleased to know that our very own events manager Angie will be on hand to help you in any way shape or form, from your theme to the florist and more. For more information, simply contact us today.

Check Out Our Country House Wedding Top Tips

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Whether it’s a case of keeping up with the Jones’s or just simply that in this day-and-age, weddings are about splashing the cash; weddings on a smaller budget seem to have gained a reputation for being substandard. Here at That Amazing Place however, we’re here to tell you that couldn’t be further from the truth, especially with our top tips to help you give your country house wedding a million dollar feel.

Less is more – as they say, the enemy of elegance is clutter so when it comes to your wedding décor, we always suggest you stick to the mantra of “less is more”. Keep things streamlined and the overall look nice and simple as opposed to trying to create a huge amount of self-made details. Keep things white, ivory and all shades of grey and you’ll ensure elegance and simplicity all the way.

Be strategic with your floral arrangements – flowers are essential for any wedding but they’re also an area in which bills can quickly start to add up. Thankfully, there are ways to help keep the bills low and that’s by adopting a strategic attitude about where you’ll be placing the flowers and which flowers in particular to select. Scrimping on flowers on each table will ultimately disappoint you but you can cut down on flowers in other areas of the venue. Invest in one large statement piece that everyone will see when they walk into the venue and you’ll feel a lot happier while your wallet remains full.

Keep a lid on your guest list – instead of throwing a lavish wedding for hundreds and hundreds of people on a small budget, why not crop the guest list and let your budget spread further with fewer guests? You’ve no doubt heard of the term, spreading it thin? That’s exactly what you’ll be doing with too many guests, so cut the list of your country house wedding and enjoy more to spend on fewer people. Make it an intimate and unforgettable experience.

Indulge your creative side – though we strongly advise opting for a solely DIY feel; indulging your creative side a little could be a winning decision. Think invitations and even seating cards. You can find creative ways to take on these beautiful projects and give your wedding a very personal feel. If you don’t have a creative bone in you (and believe us, there are some out there who feel this way) then it may be the perfect time to call on your most creative friend.

Make a grand entrance – it’s important that you know your guests probably won’t remember an inexpensive linen, nor will they remember a lack of flowers here and there but they will remember their entrance into your wedding. Make their entrance something to remember with striking flowers, candles and other elaborate décor. Keeping this at the entrance will be the best place for them to really see and remember it. Always remember the entrance and exit of each event space.

Here at That Amazing Place, we have the perfect option for those looking to keep within their budget in the form of our Twilight Wedding Package. For more information, simply contact us today.