Real weddings at Wivenhoe House – Sarah & Ben

“I’d been to Wivenhoe House for work a few times and knew what a great place it is. I particularly love the architecture and that’s what first made me think of it as an option for our wedding.

We didn’t get married until 4pm and I was annoyingly chilled all day. I had done all I could do and if anything went wrong now I couldn’t change it, so I relaxed and rolled with it. Luckily, nothing did go wrong.

The great thing about Wivenhoe House is that everything is under one roof. Once the ceremony was over, we had drinks on the lawn while the photographer took pictures.

David and his wife shot my best friend and bridesmaid Samantha Fitch’s wedding and I distinctively remember them being really great because they got fantastic images, without being too intrusive. They knew how to get classic family portrait shots as well as the natural shots no one knew were being taken; I particularly love that kind of wedding photography.



Not being too conventional and wanting something different, we opted for a barbecue for our food. We didn’t want a stuffy three-course wedding breakfast. We also expected the weather to be hot, so sitting down to a roast dinner didn’t really appeal. We made sure there was lots of wine on the tables plus jugs of Pimm’s for that extra summery touch.

Our evening entertainment was Idreiss. He has performed at a few family parties in the past, so we knew how great he was, and we liked that he would DJ and sing, which provided variety for our entertainment. He also does a great garage set, which I loved and which got everyone up dancing.”



How they did it 


♥ When it came to colours and themes, I didn’t have any ideas. it was Ben that suggested the colour red (Manchester united red – he’s a fan) but when I held that colour next to my dress it didn’t work, so we ended up with burgundy instead.
♥ I took a swatch from the bridesmaids’ dresses and a picture of my dress to my florist. i said i couldn’t tell her what I liked but I could tell her what i didn’t like – first on the no list was gypsophila, I know most weddings have it but I hate the stuff. I requested that if the flowers needed padding out, it should be done with lots of foliage – and no gypsophila.
♥ The wonderful Nicky Clark at Styles & Smiles did my hair and the bridesmaids’. I wanted soft waves and the bridesmaids wanted their hair up, because we expected the weather to be warm. I chose side buns for them, so their hair was a feature in the photographs.



Photography: David Islip Photography

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Wivenhoe House Hotel

Flowers: Butterfly Flowers

Cake: Essex Cake


find us, however you travel
By car:

Whether approaching Wivenhoe House from London and the South or Ipswich and the North via the A12, take the exit marked Colchester (A133). Follow the A133 towards Clacton, ignore the entrance to the Knowledge Gateway, continue along the A133 then take the B1028 for Wivenhoe before turning right into Boundary Road, then right again into Park Road. The entrance for Wivenhoe House is shared with the University of Essex but Park Road leads you through Wivenhoe Park and you will be able to see the glorious house from the road.

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By train:

Colchester station, Colchester Town station, Wivenhoe station and Hythe stations are all between 10-15 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Trains run between London (Liverpool Street) and Colchester station every 10-20 minutes. The journey takes around an hour. Also connect with Colchester from Norwich, Ipswich, Felixstowe & Harwich. Some trains from London (Liverpool Street) also stop at Wivenhoe Station. When travelling from the Clacton/Walton direction, alight at Wivenhoe or Hythe Stations.

By plane:

Stansted airport is approximately 45 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Helicopter pad coordinates are 603200/223900.