Jen + Tom | Gaynes Park Wedding
It felt like I’d been waiting forever for Jen and Tom’s Gaynes Park wedding, as I’d first met them back in January 2016 to meet and discuss their plans, but boy was it worth the wait!
I knew their day would be special, and although the weather had been unseasonably changeable, the sun shone on their early August wedding day at Gaynes Park. Gaynes Park is a popular wedding venue high at the top of the south Essex countryside near Coopersale.
I began the day early, catching up with Jen and her six bridesmaids and flower girl at Jen’s parents house near Braintree, where it was a whirlwind of flowers and hairspray. Jen’s mum had put together and arranged all the flowers, and I must confess I have never seen so many flowers at one wedding before, which was really lovely, and they looked sensational too!
We headed to Gaynes Park for the girls to have the finishing touches of make up and get changed at Gaynes Park’s Coach House, and Tom and the lads were also getting ready at the venue just around the corner out of sight in the Apple Loft. Tom had arrived in a vintage American car which was a surprise – and it was just as much of a surprise to me as it snarled behind me on the way to the venue in my rear view mirror!
Jen and her gang of girls headed up to the Orangery where the ceremony was taking place, and they took the Long Walk down towards the Orangery where Tom and the guests were waiting. Their daughter Lily did a fantastic job of stealing the show as she was first to head down the Long Walk towards her Dad, letting him know everything was cool and he needn’t worry! Once Jen met Tom at the top of the aisle, they had a friend conduct the ceremony, and during the signing of the register another friend sang beautifully in the interim.
After the usual formalities of group shots and general merriment, we headed inside for speeches, and the new Mr & Mrs had two surprise for guests: the first being several ingredients on each table enabling guests to mix up their own shots to drink, and the second being a chef’s hat under one seat of each table, so that chosen guest could carve up an amazing joint of roast beef for their table mates!
Once the speeches were underway, Tom’s brother and best man Andrew provided a very witty and articulate speech which segued nicely into the evening’s entertainment, and we were all treated to a very polished Strictly-esque first dance by the new Mr & Mrs! (I wish I could tell you it was a waltz or a foxtrot, but quite honestly I have no idea. It was good though.)
I knew I’d have a great day with these guys and it didn’t disappoint. More weddings like this please!