I was honoured to capture the wedding of Amanda and Mark at Gaynes Park in Essex recently. We’d been speaking for months leading up to their special day, so I felt as though I knew them well by the time the big day arrived. I was therefore so excited to capture their big day in photographs for them to treasure. Gaynes Park is one of my favourite wedding venues, with so many opportunities for beautiful shots – a photographer’s dream!

Wedding preparations in the beautiful bridal cottage

I arrived early at the quaint little bridal cottage and waited for Amanda to arrive with her mum and her bridesmaids. Amanda had already had her make-up and hair done at home first so when she arrived at Gaynes Park she was ready to get into her beautiful dress and make those final essential touches before the ceremony. Amanda’s mum helped her into her dress, whilst her bridesmaids waited downstairs in anticipation.

I then shot off to meet Mark and his best man to capture the nerves and excitement before Mark went to meet his beautiful bride at the ceremony. I also captured guests arriving, who were equally excited to see the couple tie the knot.

A beautiful wedding ceremony at Gaynes Park

The ceremony was held in the beautiful bright orangery, flooding natural light onto happy friends and family who had come to celebrate the obvious love of this wonderful couple. The mood during the ceremony was filled with laughter and happiness which made for great natural photos, catching those un-staged moments as the couple made their vows to each other.

After the ceremony, the wedding guests enjoyed drinks and canapés on the lawn, congratulating the happy couple and enjoying the glorious surroundings of this stunning venue. 

So many stunning locations for wedding photography

We then went off for couple shots in the gorgeous grounds. The venue is so well thought out for photography, with lots of interesting settings to capture beautiful photographs. The flowers were in full bloom, adding splashes of colour to create beautiful photos of the newlyweds. 

Guests then headed inside for the wedding breakfast and the speeches. The room had been beautifully decorated, with white lights dotted around the ceiling like fireflies, beautiful blooms on each table, and a stunning yet understated, semi-naked, wedding cake proudly announcing the new ‘Mr & Mrs Jackson’.

I was also treated to a delicious two course meal by Amanda and Mark and the venue looked after me extremely well, making sure I was fed and watered. So a huge thank you to Natalie and her incredible team at Gaynes Park.

Gaynes park has been so well thought out for photography

As day turned to night, the evening guests started to arrive. We took the opportunity to pop out again for some more couple shots – the light had changed and we were treated to some great moody skies overlooking the stunning Essex countryside. I always like to do my couple shots in two sessions if possible and my couple are up for it (most of them are), to take advantage of the changing light which creates a different mood. 

I caught some final shots of the cake being cut and the first dance, where the couple were clearly still on cloud nine and elated that their big day had been so magical. I also caught some of the action on the dance floor, as guests let their hair down and danced into the night, which is where I left them…


bride and groom in the walled garden at gaynes park surrounded by summer flowersbride and groom walking through confetti


Gaynes Park – A Hidden Gem in the Essex Countryside

Nestled in the charming village of Epping Essex, with the London skyline in the distance, Gaynes Park is truly a hidden gem. This stunning location exudes natural beauty and peaceful ambience and has become increasingly popular as a wedding location. In fact, Gaynes Park is renowned for its picturesque wedding venue.

Gaynes Park has a rich history dating back to the 16th century when it was first recorded as a grand manor house. The estate has seen significant events such as the granting of ownership to the wealthy Ruggles family, and the sprawling mansion was later converted into a school during the 19th century. In the early 2000s, the estate became a wedding venue, and its stunning historical features and natural landscapes continue to attract visitors from across the country.

Located in the heart of Essex’s countryside, Gaynes Park offers visitors a peaceful escape from the hustle of city living. Surrounded by acres of farmland, this country wedding venue offers visitors the chance to experience the beauty of nature. Immerse yourself in the charming village life and take a stroll through the local town of Epping. The market town is dotted with independent shops, hearty restaurants serving classic British cuisine, and welcoming pubs perfect for a drink with friends.

The main draw of Gaynes Park is it is a spectacular wedding venue. Built on the estate’s historic farmhouse, the Orangery is a unique and elegant location that overlooks the Walled Garden. With space to accommodate up to 150 guests, the Orangery is the perfect location for those looking for a grand celebration. Couples have access to the beautiful gardens, making it the perfect backdrop for their wedding photos.


Gaynes Park is the Perfect Wedding Venue

Wedding planning can be an incredibly exciting, yet also overwhelming and stressful experience. There are so many decisions to make, from choosing your dress to picking the perfect flowers. One of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make is deciding on a venue. With so many options available, it can be difficult to know where to start. However, if you are looking for a truly stunning and unforgettable setting, Gaynes Park should be at the top of your list.

Ceremony Spaces and Accommodation

One of the most important factors to consider when choosing a wedding venue is the space available for your ceremony and reception. Gaynes Park offers three licensed spaces to choose from, including the elegant Orangery which is perfect for a picturesque ceremony surrounded by natural beauty along with the Gather Barn and the Mill Barn. The venue also offers luxurious contemporary accommodation for the bridal party and guests. With options for your guests to stay overnight, you can make your wedding celebration a truly immersive experience.

Exclusive Use

One of the best things about Gaynes Park is that it offers exclusive use. This means that you and your guests can enjoy your special day without any interruptions from outside parties. It also allows for full flexibility when planning your wedding, with the opportunity to personalise and tailor your celebration to your exact needs.

300 Acres of Ancient Forest

Gaynes Park is located in the heart of 300 acres of ancient forest, providing a peaceful and private space if you choose to have a woodland wedding ceremony. With stunning natural surroundings, this venue offers endless options for beautiful and unique wedding photographs. Whether you’re looking to capture intimate moments between the bridal party or have some fun with your guests during the reception, Gaynes Park provides a stunning backdrop for all of your photography needs.

Woodland Weddings

If you’re looking for a wedding ceremony with a difference, Gaynes Park provides the perfect woodland wedding experience. This venue offers a beautiful clearing surrounded by trees, ferns and wildlife for an intimate ceremony. This type of wedding takes full advantage of the surroundings and natural beauty of the woodland, creating a magical atmosphere that will make your wedding day unforgettable.

Bridal Preparation

On the big day, the bride will need plenty of space and privacy to get ready. Gaynes Park provides just that, with the secluded Apple Croft Cottage, with comfortable seating, and a private bathroom. This helps create a private and relaxing environment for the bride to emotionally and physically prepare for the biggest day of her life.

When it comes to choosing the perfect wedding venue, Gaynes Park really ticks all the boxes. With its exclusive use, three licensed spaces, luxurious accommodation, and its unique woodland setting, it has everything you need to create a truly magical and unforgettable day.


Capturing the Beauty of Gaynes Park – A Photography Adventure

Are you a lover of photography and seeking a new location to capture some magical moments? Then Gaynes Park might just be the next spot on your list. Nestled in the heart of the English countryside, this venue offers endless opportunities for stunning shots. 

The Gardens

With impeccably-manicured lawns framed by vibrant flower beds, the gardens at Gaynes Park are a photographer’s paradise. Regardless of the season, there is always something blooming, from springtime blossoms to autumnal hues. The gardens offer a range of different spaces ideal for any photography session, from intimate corners to open fields with stunning views. The wisteria-covered pergola or the enchanting woodland trail offer a dreamy atmosphere to shoot romantic couples or family portraits. The options are endless.

The Orangery

The Orangery, a stunning 16th-century conservatory, is a key feature of Gaynes Park. The restoration of this beautiful building has made it a stylish and elegant spot for wedding photos. Its grand space and unique features make it a stand-out location for photography sessions. The warm, natural light that flows through the windows creates a soft glow, allowing for mesmerising portraits or stunning detail shots. This is a definite highlight and not to be missed.

The Barns

For a more rustic look, the barns are perfect for that vintage, country feel. The building’s characterful facade and interiors give a unique quality to the photos taken here. The barns are particularly stunning in the evenings, with the warm lighting set up creating a cosy and inviting atmosphere perfect for candid shots. The wooden beams and exposed brick walls provide a backdrop that captures the rustic charm of the area.

The Details

Finally, Gaynes Park’s magic lies in its small details; the intricate carvings on the benches, the cobblestone path running through the gardens, and the beautiful brickwork of the Orangery. Each of these will add personality to your shots and make them stand out. The details can make all the difference to a photo. So, don’t forget to get up close and capture the little things that make this venue so unique.

In conclusion, Gaynes Park is unquestionably one of the most impressive photo locations in England. It is a perfect spot for any photographer looking for a beautiful and versatile location with a range of features that will create timeless and magical memories. The estate not only provides a stunning backdrop but also has the charm and personality to create beautiful images at any time of the day. A visit to Gaynes Park is sure to leave you with photographs that create a lasting memory.

If you are getting married at Gaynes Park and looking for a wedding photographer, please do get in touch! I’d love to hear from you. 

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