A FAMILY-OWNED wedding venue in Rochford say they are “truly delighted” after being hailed as one of the best stately homes to have a Bridgerton-inspired event.

The Lawn, in Rochford, which is owned and run by the Keddie family, has been named in the top five across the whole of the UK.

Ahead of the launch of the new hotly anticipated Bridgerton season, Sacet has revealed the top manor house wedding venues across the UK.

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The first wedding was held at The Lawn in 1992 after the business was started by Gillian Keddie, now 89.

The Lawn was her mother’s house, and after she died in 1989, Gillian and her husband David didn’t want to sell the home but wanted to maintain it in all its glory.

As someone who loved hosting parties, Gillian, with the support of her husband David who owned the iconic Keddies department store, re-opened The Lawn as a wedding venue.

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Sadly, David died in 2018 aged 88, and Gillan is now retired.

Their son, also named David, took on The Lawn and continues to run it to this day.

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He said: “We are truly delighted to have been included within the top five stately home wedding venues in the UK, voted for by real couples who have hosted their weddings at The Lawn.

“As a family owned and managed business, we take every wedding so personally and really put everything into making every wedding perfect and truly memorable for all the right reasons.

“It means the world to all of our fantastic team here to achieve such recognition and to have their efforts appreciated. We would like to thank all our fabulous couples for their support and wonderful reviews.

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“As someone who loved hosting parties, my mother, supported by my father, reopened The Lawn as a wedding venue to maintain the house in all its glory.

“We haven’t looked back since.”

Mr Keddie was the chairman of the Keddies stores in Southend and Colchester and was one of the county’s most respected businessmen.

At the time of his death, his son said: “My father was one of life’s true entrepreneurs – a dynamic, inspirational and deeply principled maverick, with an innate sense of justice.”