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A traditional summer wedding in the Essex countryside

A traditional summer wedding in the Essex countryside

Written by Katie Byrne

Hannah and Daniel celebrated their love in a gorgeous, traditional stately home celebration in Essex


Hannah Lassman, 25, a personal assistant, and Daniel Emerick, 28, a web developer, held their civil ceremony and wedding reception at Stock Brook Manor in Billericay, Essex.

Budget: £35,000

Flower budget: £2,500

Photography: Julia and You

Daniel proposed with a heart-shaped diamond ring during a trip to my favourite place in the whole world: the Azure Window on the island of Gozo, in Malta.

Stock Brook Manor is close to where I grew up and I had always imagined getting married there. With its stunning views of the English countryside, it was the perfect venue for our celebration.

We wanted the day to have a timeless feel. We are quite traditional and didn’t feel the need for a specific theme. We wanted to create a look of timeless beauty, so picked elegant details and a neutral colour scheme of pastel shades.

Our first dance song was Christina Perri’s A Thousand Years. I loved it so much I asked our string quartet band to play it as I walked down the aisle, too.

Our flower arch featured ‘Sweet Avalanche’ and lilac roses, hydrangeas in shades of baby pink and white, and silver eucalyptus. It framed us perfectly as we exchanged our vows. These were also used in our other floral decorations. We loved how soft and delicate they looked both individually andcollectively, and how they introduced just the right amount of colour to the day.

The flowers were key to helping us create the look and feel we wanted for our celebration and choosing a brilliant florist was a top priority for us. When we met Joanna at The Little Tin Shed, we thought her work was enchanting. She completely understood our vision for what we wanted to create and we were overjoyed with the results.

We had a naked wedding cake, which was decorated with fresh flowers. It had four tiers, with flavours including lemon, salted caramel and white chocolate with raspberry. The cake table also featured photos of our parents and grandparents on their own wedding days.

For favours, we gave our guests piña colada flavoured macarons. Children received miniature suitcases, packed with games, toys and sweets to keep them entertained during the wedding breakfast.

Daniel and I were the first ones on the dancefloor – and the last ones to leave it! We decided to book both a DJ and a live band, who were equally brilliant at keeping our guests dancing all night long.

I loved our sparkler send-off. All our guests were laughing and cheering, and it was a magical way to end the day. There isn’t a thing I’d change about the wedding. It was full of love and happiness, and we had the chance to share it with the most important people in our lives. We really couldn’t have asked for more.

My tip for brides-to-be: Invest in the right photographer! Ours told us you only get one chance to preserve your wedding day, so you need to pick someone who ‘gets’ your style as a couple, makes you both feel totally comfortable and who you know you can trust to capture the memories you want to treasure forever.

Steal their style!

FLORIST: The Little Tin Shed VENUE: Stock Brook Manor DRESS: Suzanne Neville at The Bespoke Wardrobe CAKE: The Couture Baker BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: Sorella Vita


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