Smooth Operators to Wed at Hylands Estate

Rachel & DarylRachel and Daryl are no strangers to Hyland House. As Operations Manager, Daryl helps to ensure that the many events at Hylands run smoothly and that everyone has an enjoyable time.
The couple also first met at Hylands House so it is already a romantic venue for them. They were at a Boys Toys event in 2014 where Rachel was viewing planes, cars, hovercrafts, big trucks and listening to bands. Daryl was part of the Hylands team keeping the whole show on the road. The pair kept in touch on social media and saw each other again a year later at the next Boys Toys day. No surprise then that they should choose Hylands House for their wedding in August. Another good reason is that Rachel also works for Chelmsford City Council, which owns Hylands.
The couple are hiring the house including the serene Bridal Suite, where Rachel and her Bridesmaids can get ready and add the finishing touches to their attire. The beautiful Grade ll* listed mansion, set in landscaped parkland is the perfect setting for weddings. There is a series of superbly decorated rooms, including the Banqueting Suite with its rich red colour scheme, highlighted with gold leafs and scrolls. The Grand Pavilion can accommodate up to 300 people.

“We are having a traditional wedding with a colour scheme of pinks and creams” said Rachel. “Our menu is British and will be three courses to include chicken and will also have food suitable for vegetarians. It will be such a pleasure for us both to enjoy the splendour of Hylands House as customers, rather than as workers and we are sure the Hyland’s team will do an excellent job”

Magical Russian and Turkish Wedding

Something that would really impress Tolstoy is the romantic, flower-filled marriage of Ceylan and Ozan which is to be held in May 2016 at Hylands House. The wedding will be a vibrant mix of Turkish, Russian and English culture with a little bit of American thrown in for good measure.

01-hylands-weddings-glamourThe couple, who live in London, are decorating the Grand Pavilion with flowers including having a floral wall and will have table centrepieces of exotic Manzanita trees. A Turkish element includes a drummer and violin player leading the bride and groom into the Grand Pavilion for the reception and wedding breakfast. There will be lots of traditional Turkish and Russian dancing accompanied by Ozan’s Aunt playing the accordion.

The fusion food will be bursting with a variety of tastes including a mixture of Mediterranean Meze, Russian Salad and with mini New York Cheesecake among the desserts. This is a romantic gesture, as the Big Apple is where Ozan proposed – and in some style. He went down on one knee during a walk along the Hudson River Front and even helped arrange for Ceylan’s two closest friends to fly out as a surprise and help them celebrate the engagement.

CeylanThe wedding will have elements of Abkhazia as this is the country where Ozan’s parents are from, although the majority of his family now live in Turkey”, said Ceylan. “We wanted a wedding venue, steeped in history, but one where we could project our own ideas. When we viewed Hylands with friends, everyone’s expression was the same – smiling from ear to ear.”

Ria and Matthew’s Perfect Hylands Wedding

A glance into a photographer’s shop window, whilst at University years ago, led to Ria Grice painstakingly tracking down Hylands House as the venue for her dream wedding.

“I saw a picture of a couple outside a large white house”, said Ria. “I always remembered how amazing the photo was, so when it came to planning my wedding I Googled all venues in Essex until I found Hylands. As soon as we drove down the long drive towards the house, I burst into tears at how stunning it looked in real life”.

Ria and her partner Matthew viewed nearly all large Essex wedding venues. However they felt that “none compared with the sheer beauty and elegance of Hylands.” “The House was a dream come true”, continues Ria, “and I would highly recommend it to any couple.”

Surrounded by over 500 acres of landscaped parkland, the spectacular Grade II* listed mansion has been meticulously restored by Chelmsford City Council to its Georgian splendour and has dazzling interiors.

Ria and Matthew’s wedding ceremony was in the elegant drawing room, which has a grand piano and an ornate chandelier as its centrepiece. Reception drinks were held in the Terrace Room, a serene romantic setting in which to greet guests, with its floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the terrace, lawns and landscaped parklands towards the Serpentine Lake. The wedding breakfast was held in the Banqueting Room, a real jewel of a place, lavishly decorated with 24 carat gold leaf swag and scroll decorations, silk lined walls and hand painted wall motifs. To complete the luxurious look there is a French marble fireplace. The evening party were entertained with music and dance in a specially decorated marquee with trees, candelabras, ivy and a giant LED love sign, set-up by the staff at Hylands.
Amongst all the excitement, the wedding couple could have moments of calm in the Bridal Room. This oasis of peace has stunning views and can be used as a retreat before returning refreshed and ready to continue the celebrations.

Hylands House wedding experts’ Tamsin and Tom helped to make the day one to remember. “They were fantastic” said Ria. “They had such a calming effect and made me feel relaxed about absolutely everything. We were also able to extend the bar till 1.00 a.m., which was amazing!” The magical day was full of joy and laughter.

Photographer Jasmine Jade – – took the pictures enabling Ria to record her own dream wedding in the venue she had first spotted in a photographer’s gallery.