James & Kate’s classic and timeless Baddow Park House wedding, with Damien Vickers Photography

Published by Claire Gould on

Here’s a little something magical to take you through the weekend! Gorgeous couple Kate and James were wed at Baddow Park House – a wonderful place we’ve never featured before – and chose super talented Damien Vickers Photography to capture their day. The couple contrasted timelessly elegant styling with a relaxed, natural photography style – and everything looks just perfect! The details are stunning and the atmosphere sparkles… we’re in LOVE! Keep reading for some knock-your-socks-off wedding supplier reviews and scroll for ALL our fave images from their day.

Wedding photographer’s website


How did you choose your photographer?

Both James & I didn’t want a “formal’ photographer as such it was important to us that our day was captured in the moment rather than staged. I immediately loved Damien’s style, for me it had better compositions, better story telling and I loved the slightly desaturated editing style his website displayed.

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!

I was absolutely in love from viewing the very first preview shot, that love continued to grow as Damien shared the final gallery with us. In summary for me he nailed it!

What’s your fondest memory of your wedding?

My husband’s speech, my son was sat on my lap having a cuddle as James was stood, reminiscing, laughing with all of our family and friends.

Any thoughts for other couples about having a wedding video?

Two words, DO IT!

Tell us about your venue – what made this place special for you?

James had always wanted to marry in the place were we lived, he loved the idea of walking from our home to the church (via the pub), Baddow Park House held our reception which was nothing short of exquisite. The romance of the vineyards, the orangery, the grounds combined with the historic grandeur of the main house made it perfect in every way.

Did you love wearing your outfits? How was your shopping experience, was it fun to find your wedding gear?

Free champagne and huge pretty dresses with some of my best friends, whats not to LOVE. James so much so he had his made! A memory and an outfit that will keep on giving in so many ways. Both my dress and James suit continues to hang in our kitchen weeks on as it provides us with so much joy to it! If i had the budget I would most definitely frame it.

Did you hire a florist? Tell us about any floral amazingness 🙂

Yes, both the church and the house was dressed from top to bottom, for me its all about the smell it provides. We didn’t want formal with neat edges, we wanted colour, classic with differing heights. No two flowers ever grow the same, yet we snip them to match.

As cake lovers here at English Wedding we’d LOVE to know who made your cake, and how delicious it was?

Our cake maker was a friend local to us, I don’t really eat cake but must confess I love her carrot cake, YUM. James is a traditionalist which meant it had to be Victoria Sponge, on the day there was a surprise middle layer of carrot cake, legendary. Although cutting a cake with a blunt sword was some what entertaining for our guests.

Tell us about any special personal touches, or creative projects you made yourselves (we love that stuff!)

The list is endless but two really stand out,

1. James is famous for making a mean espresso martini, so instead of tea and coffee we served those and even had little wafer initials made to lay on the top.

2. James Nan was famous for her chutney making, we served individually wrapped mini chutney jars with our evening grazing tables.

One other things we’d like to recommend is our audio guest book! What an epic invention, such a laugh.

Did you have any wedding readings? What were they?

I’ll walk beside you – written by Anthony Newley read by Jon Dafydd-Kidd in both English & Welsh. 1 Corinthians 13.1-7 – Read by Rachel Wells Permission to Wed – written by Megan Hung read by Megan Hung

What was your first dance song? Why did you choose it?

Wild horses, for James and I the lyrics are very symbolic.

Favourite wedding suppliers

Contact details are available on request

Cambridge wedding photographer Damien Vickers
Catering – A&Co Catering
Flowers – The Willows
Dress – Abigail’s Collection
Make-up – Bethany Kate
Hair – Jo Jones
Harpist – Caroline Hall
Live music – Go2 Entertainment
Cars – Arrow Vintage Cars
Venue styling – Victoria at Party Squared
Audio guest book – Calleo

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

1 Comment

Peter haken · November 10, 2022 at 10:31 pm

Lovely set of images, my favourite is the couple in the field with the pigeon doing a flypass 🙂

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