Picking the perfect wedding venue
So after two wonderful engagement parties and a few glasses of Prosecco, itâ€™s time get planning. Weâ€™re saving up for the big day, so decided not to go abroad this year. Instead we recently returned from a break in Ullswater in the Lake District. It was a good opportunity to think about what we want for our wedding day.
At first I was torn between a wedding in Italy and a reception in central London. Rickyâ€™s half Italian and we thought about getting married in Tuscany, perhaps a vineyard or by the Amalfi Coast. But getting our family out to Italy would be a bit of a mission.
Iâ€™m from East London and love everything about our capital city -the chaos, the history and the architecture. But venues in London are often on the small side and they donâ€™t come cheap. Rickyâ€™s family is pretty large and we want somewhere big enough for our special day.
After a few weeks we finally set our hearts on Gaynes Park in Epping.
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The venue is just outside of London, surrounded by fields, ornate gardens, a barn and an orangery. Iâ€™m hoping our photos will look beautiful with a location like this. Fingers crossed the September sun will shine for us next yearâ€¦ mind you, thatâ€™s the least of my worries. Even with our venue booked, my wedding â€śthings to doâ€ť list is growing by the day.
Next up, I want to find the right photographer. Someone who can capture our silly personalities and do something a bit different.