Mulberry House wedding for Sophie and James

Mulberry House wedding for Sophie and James

Mulberry House wedding – Sophie and James 


Here are some details of a Mulberry House wedding.

I just love a wedding at Mulberry House. This is not just because I can virtually fall out of bed into the venue! My home is just five minutes away and my studio is only ten minutes away.
I can honestly say that weddings do not come any better than James and Sophie’s .

I’ve often said that the reason I still love shooting weddings is the atmosphere that a couple in love create when they share that day with the special people in their lives. This wedding was as much fun and contained as much love as I remember in all my years of shooting weddings.

Mulberry House is real gem of a wedding venue. It has beautiful grounds, stylish rooms and is known for great service. Therefore this makes it many couple first choice for their wedding venue. I am proud to have worked with the team at Mulberry House ever since they built their first website. My pictures still feature on their website many years on.

There is a wedding album of mine at Mulberry House as well as the one I keep in my studio. If you would like to discuss your wedding photography please get in touch.

The studio number is 01245421224 or my contact page is at the bottom of the pictures. You can also email me at  gavinwoollard (@)

In the mean time feast your eyes on James and Sophie’s beautiful pictures from their Mulberry House wedding in September.


Mulberry House brideMulberry House groom getting ready

Mulberry House wedding ceremonyMulberry house wedding photographer Mulberry House wedding group photoBride at a Mulberry House weddingMulberry House wedding reception entranceMulberry House wedding receptionMulberry House wedding reportage photoMulberry House wedding at night

An interview with Sophie about their Mulberry House wedding

Where did your wedding take place and what made you choose that location?

We held our wedding at Mulberry House in High Ongar. We actually found it by attending a wedding fayre there. I never went there to see the venue as me and my (now) husband had already seen one that we liked. I went to the fayre with both mums and we all fell in love with the venue. When I got home and told my husband that he had to go and see Mulberry House.  I knew it would suit us both. I’m old-fashioned and I loved the house and he’s modern and he loved the thought of the marquee. The rest was history!!

What was your colour scheme or wedding theme?

When planning the wedding there was never a colour theme that took both of our fancy. I knew I wanted a theme of lots of flowers, a romantic setting, lots of candles and fairy lights and a vintage/boho vibe. James was as laid back as ever and therefore said I could have whatever I wanted! We ended up having pastel coloured flowers with my bridesmaids in a nude like colour dress which complemented both me and the flowers amazingly. Then sticking to the vintage theme James went for a navy slim fit tail suit and ivory cravat which he did look very handsome in!

What was your dress like and why do you love it?

My dress was a lace tight fitting trumpet style dress, with layers of lace at the bottom and on the train. I always knew I didn’t want a princess style dress or a plain style. It was always going to be a lace dress as glitzy detail is just not me. I loved that the tiers of lace was so unusual and I hadn’t seen or tried another dress like it. As soon as I tried the dress on I knew it was the one, not only did my mum cry but I also cried and all of a sudden it all became real. I could imagine walking down the aisle in my amazing dress.

Tell us about your ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’.

My something old: I had some lace from my mum’s wedding dress sewn into mine on my train. Naturally, it meant a lot to me and my mum as it holds a lot of sentimental value.
This was my something new: My beautiful dress, veil and shoes.
The ‘something borrowed’ was a diamond bracelet from my nan.
The ‘something blue’ that I wore was my garter!

The groom.

Where did your groom get his morning suit?

James toyed with the idea of having a tailor made suit but eventually decided against it as he wanted his best men and ushers to be matching him. He hired them all from the Ted Baker section in Moss Bros.

Did you buy each other wedding presents?

We did. James brought me a beautiful pair of diamond earrings that I wore on the day. He also bought me a photo frame of where we met, where we got engaged and where we were getting married. I think our wedding day was the most romantic he has ever been! I brought him a Rotary watch which was engraved on the side. He wore this for the wedding day.

Please tell me about your wedding cake.

Our wedding cake looked amazing and was exactly how I wanted. However it did not taste the best so if you get offered a cake tasting then do it! We had quite a plain cake as I wanted lots of flowers in between each tier. The middle tier had our initials on it and the other two had an ivory lace pattern.

Wedding inspiration

What was your most useful source of wedding ideas and information?

Personally I found Pinterest is really good for wedding ideas! I also brought quite a few (hundred) wedding magazines as it’s good to see other people’s weddings to get some ideas.

Tell us about a supplier who provided a first-class service.

Obviously, Gavin Woollard photography! Nothing was ever too much for him and he knew exactly what we wanted when we said not too many ‘posey’ photos. But to be honest we were very lucky, we didn’t have any trouble with any of our supplies.

Mulberry house were very good, no request was too much and they were very organised with everything on the wedding day. Consequently,  it all ran really smoothly with no issues at all.

Do you have any advice for future brides?

My advice would be is just to remember what you are planning. It’s not just the biggest day of your life, it’s also when your new life is starting with the love of your life. It’s all about getting married. I know everybody says it but it honestly is the best day of your life but it is also the quickest.

Definitely take time to take in your day and remember that everybody there are to see you get married. Go off for just 10 minutes to talk to each other. There really is not a lot of time that you actually are together in the day. We had a sweetheart table which was the best idea we had as it meant we spent the whole of the dinner just us two together and we were able to talk about the day so far.


The wedding photography

What was your favourite photograph and why did you like it?

Oh, this is a hard question as there are so many that are my favourite. I guess it has to be the one of us walking out of the room after just saying ‘I do’. Our faces say it all. The photo shows so much love and pure happiness so I think it sums up perfectly what our wedding day meant to us.

Was Gavin Woollard Photography the right photographer for you?

Absolutely! From our first meeting we felt very comfortable with him and his work was exactly what we were looking for. Gavin fitted in with our crazy families on the wedding day. He blended in so well that all our guests were saying how much they liked him! I think we did a good job choosing him. We were delighted to be chosen for the front of a wedding magazine so that must show very good teamwork!!

Here’s the cover of that magazine. We have a copy of it framed on our wall at home.

Mulberry House Gavin Woollard magazine cover for Absolute Bridal

Are you planning to get married at Mulberry House?

If you are marrying at Mulberry House or any other wedding venue in Essex why not get in touch by clicking here
Obviously, I also travel outside of Essex as well! I have done years of local weddings therefore 95% of my weddings are near to my Writtle photographic studio.

Naturally, this is just fine by me. Thanks for reading and please make contact if you like what you have seen here.

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