Real weddings at Wivenhoe House – Claire & Darron

Tea for two at Mistley Place Park sealed the deal for Claire who was delighted to say yes when her boyfriend Darron popped the question over a cuppa.

“It was a beautiful evening”, said Claire, “and I’ll never forget it.”

Real weddings

At that stage Claire, who met Darron through a mutual friend, only knew the colours she wanted for their wedding, burgundy and Champagne, details of the big day itself were yet to be decided.

“Once we had visited Wivenhoe House, it all just seemed to come together. Walking in through the beautiful entrance still takes my breath away. The team there is so helpful, nothing is too much trouble.”

A visit to an open wedding event at Wivenhoe House led Claire and Darron to Butterfly flowers in Clacton for their stunning floral arrangements. Claire’s gorgeous dress came from Hilary B in Ardleigh and The Groom’s Room at Abigail’s Collection in Colchester supplied the suits.

The wedding cake, from Marie’s Cakes, provided something for everyone: “It was amazing,” said Claire, “It was three tiers with a vegan carrot top, a lemon middle and vanilla on the bottom. Flowers in cream and burgundy spiralled down the sides.”

The wedding favours added even more fun to the proceedings, with scratch cards for the adults, colouring books for the children and party bubbles. The venue was styled by Dreamwaves who also provided the entertainment, with “Tightrope” from The Greatest Showman soundtrack, chosen for Darron and Claire’s first dance.

Claire said: “The image of seeing Darron waiting for me to walk down the aisle with my Dad and how proud my Dad looked will stay with me forever.”

After a night in our glamorous Exclusive suite, Claire and Darron headed off to the exotic island of Mauritius for their honeymoon.

Claire said: “Louise at Wivenhoe House was our wedding planner, and I cannot thank her enough for putting my mind at ease. When I felt I was getting stressed, she was there at the end of the phone, Louise and the team made my dream wedding come true.”


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.