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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.

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“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”

Hylands house wedding of Ruth and Barnes October 2nd 2015

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Today we welcome Scott Miller, guest blogger and award-winning photographer and videographer to our site. All pictures on this blog are copyright: Scott Miller photography.

Well we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day for this early autumn wedding of Ruth and Barnes at the wonderful Hylands House. It was a fairly small wedding with around 50 guests and on the day we had a team of four; two photographers and two videographers.
Now this can sound a lot of people to cover a smallish wedding but it allows us to capture the day in our relaxed unobtrusive style. Most if our work at ‘Boutique wedding films’ is reportage, capturing the magic as it unfolds.

Hylands House is a stunning grade II neo-classic house situated within Hylands Park; a 232-hecture park in Chelmsford Essex, with great access via the A12. The house is bursting with character; the bridal prep room has a stunning bay of window in which we created some beautiful bridal portraits. For the groomsmen we shot down stairs, using the large doorways to frame some of the shots.

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With having the extra cameramen we could be at the front of the ceremony room ready for the bride and still get a shot of the bride coming down the sweeping staircase. As a photographer you can only be in one place at a time so it’s moments like this when the extra cameraman is priceless.

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After the ceremony it was drinks and canopies at the front of the house as well as the horse drawn tours around Hylands park. What a glorious treat on such a wonderful day. We then shot some family photos; the sun was low and right in front of the house so we shot on a slight angle to keep the sun out of everyone’s eyes.

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Once the family shots were taken we finished with some bride and groom portraits using the stairs as well as the rest of the house before it’s time for the wedding breakfast in the grand dining room.

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After the speeches we had another little shoot with the bride and groom; we were then treated to a wonderful fire work display at the back of the house. Again as we had two photographers I stayed with the wedding party while the second shooter on the day ‘Chris Woodman’ took some truly stunning long exposure night images. It truly was a fantastic day with the staff at Hylands House insuring the day ran without a hitch.

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With our day finishing a little after the first dance and as the evening shenanigans’ were starting, we’re already looking forward to our next visit at this wonder wedding venue. And we couldn’t recommend it enough to any couples looking for the prefect venue.

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If you like our work, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via our website for more info and to check availability. I’ve recently won ‘wedding photographer of the year’ at the prestigious Essex wedding awards.

http://www.boutiqueweddingfilms.uk/ http://www.scottmillerphotography.co.uk/

Stunning Themed Weddings

2014-05-18 10.38.28When it comes to wedding planning, couples are no longer limited by the parameters of tradition. In recent years, themed weddings have become increasingly popular, with couples able to tailor their big day to convey their personalities and passions and make their wedding truly remarkable.
The wedding party’s clothes, wedding favours and table and room decorations can all be used to develop a theme. For example, for a Moroccan-themed wedding, swathes of fabric in vibrant tones, oversized scatter cushions and latticework metal lanterns will all help to set the scene. A vintage-style may involve heavy white lace table cloths, old tin tea caddies or oil lamps – remove as unable to have flames as centrepieces for the tables and sugared almonds in muslin for favours.

You could also incorporate your theme into your guest entertainment, with a retro band playing or traditional outdoor games like croquet, draughts or chess.

To accommodate your theme you will need to find a dream wedding venue for your big day – one that can cater for all your aspirations. Essex wedding venue, Hylands Estate in Chelmsford can accommodate even the most avant garde wedding with the Grade II* listed mansion and more contemporary pavilion offering huge scope for all manner of themes.
Hylands Estate is located in striking parkland with manicured lawns and flower beds and wild woodland areas. There are wide open spaces begging to be explored and private areas such as the pavilion terrace and courtyard, which are perfect for more intimate entertaining.

If you are planning an Essex wedding, the experienced wedding planners at Hylands Estate are on hand to offer their help and advice and can manage all or part of your planning – whatever your preference. They know the best local suppliers and can meet the most exacting of requirements.
With easy access from the A12 and Chelmsford city centre, there is abundant parking and great facilities.