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 – www.jasminejadephotography.co.uk – took the pictures enabling Ria to record her own dream wedding in the venue she had first spotted in a photographer’s gallery.