Gosfield Hall was built in 1545 by Sir John Wentworth, who was a member of the household of Cardinal Wolsey. Gosfield is a Grade 1 listed building that was visited by Queen Elizabeth I. The exterior looks newer as it was remodelled in the 18th century, as was the Grand Salon, but the central courtyard still retains the old Tudor style. Later Gosfield Hall was the home of King Louis XVIII of France after the French revolution. Nowadays of course it's one of Essex's finest venues for civil ceremonies and wedding receptions.
One of the joys of living in the UK is the way the weather changes - almost from minute to minute, sometimes! And even in the summer you can't be sure if it's going to be sunny or raining. Susie and Dan's wedding day looked as if it was going to be a wash-out - as I drove round the M25 to their home in Essex it was overcast and raining pretty solidly. In fact it didn't stop raining until well after the wedding ceremony, which took place at St John's Church in Danbury. Fortunately, as we drove to Gosfield Hall where the reception was to be held it started to clear up, and later on we even had a few rays of sunshine.