Caitlin and Patrick: An International Fairytale

A glamorous affair that was planned all the way across the Atlantic with guests from all the world to witness their stunning destination wedding day.  

After pictures became some of the most 'liked' on social media we knew that it was a wedding everyone had fallen in love with. We are delighted to share Caitlin and Patrick's view from their recent wedding day at Hedsor House. 

The Day

We wanted the wedding to be beautiful and elegant, and we didn't have a specific theme to make that happen. Though, my friends would probably say black, gold and sparkles were really my theme...

I was surprised how outwardly emotional it all was... before (and during) the ceremony it was hard not to be a babbling mess. I know I would feel a lot of emotions, but I didn't think I'd be unable to keep my eyes dry! Also, getting ready almost seemed too relaxed... while this is a good thing I kept panicking that I should be doing or organising something! It surprised me how it was not hectic at all. 

Why Hedsor?

“Utterly incredible old English residence. We chose the venue through scrawling through Instagrams and it came up. Beautiful staircase. Wonderful grounds with cows.”
— Patrick

I wanted a venue in London so that people traveling from the States wouldn't have to go far once they arrived in England, and Patrick really wanted a more rural location. 

After a lot of research trying to find the best countryside venues within easy travel distance to London, we stumbled upon Hedsor, and it seemed absolutely perfect. Luckily, Patrick's cousin lives in the area and was able to visit in person on our behalf. We booked before seeing it ourselves, but we knew it was the place for us. 

Details of the Day

The Dresses: I went on about a dozen dress appointments before settling on the one... there were just way too many gorgeous options that I loved wearing! In the end, I really loved the shape of a Sarah Seven dress I tried, but my girlfriends said I couldn't get it because there were no sparkles! Every other dress I had loved had some sort of shimmer to it. The women helping me brought out a different Sarah Seven dress- it had the same neckline in a delicately beaded bodice, but I was not a fan of the bottom. 

After a few minutes and a couple texts with the designer, the shop had coordinated my own custom gown! By combining the two dresses my dream dress was born, and I loved it because I could so easily envision it at Hedsor. 

As for the bridesmaids, I had fallen in love with the gorgeous gold Badgley Mischka making the rounds on the internet, so I knew we had to do something just as sparkly and gorgeous. We went with an Etsy shop who does similar designs. 

Did anything unexpected happen?

Before the day, our jeweller missed the deadline for my wedding ring, but luckily our good friend took a later flight out of Seattle and was able to come bearing a temporary replacement. Otherwise, the day went pretty smoothly, and while a lot  of things went differently than I expected, it was often a pleasant surprise. 

 

The Menu by Caper & Berry

Starter - Tomato and Pepper Tart Tatin  

Main - Beef Wellington

Dessert - Shots in Pots – Double Chocolate, Hendrix and Cucumber, and Passion fruit and Orange Meringue Pie - all presented on a gorgeous dessert table.

 

“The thing I remember most about the day would be the dance floor and everyone always dancing. Also eating mac and cheese in the bath after the day was over.”
— Patrick

Your Best Memory From the Day?

“But in the end so many people commented on how special it was, so I’m happy we didn’t hold back. After all, the day was all about that moment!”
— Caitlin

People are not lying when they say how quickly it goes. It ended as it began, and I felt like we had to make a lot of effort to stay in the moment. I also remember being in awe at how many of our friends and family travelled so far to celebrate with us... I felt like the luckiest person alive throughout the entire day!

 

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Caterer  - Caper & Berry / Cake- The Sugared Saffron / Production- Class Act / Band & DJ - Tony Winyard/  Florist - Bloomingayles / Videographer - Mischa and James / Photographer - Greg Finck / Dress - Sarah Seven / Bridesmaids - Etsy / Groom - ASOSGroomsmen - ASOS / Make-up and Hair - Carolanne Armstrong

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Rachel and Graham: Love at First Sight

The most elegant day that left guests in awe even a month after the wedding. Rachel and Graham wanted to incorporate history inside and out and make it a day no one would forget, and this they did.  

The Ceremony

We had our ceremony at St Nicolas Church in Taplow which was my childhood Church. It was beautiful but a blur, but I also remember thinking "please let the ring fit."

Why Hedsor?

“Hedsor House speaks for itself, it is absolutely stunning in every way. No matter what the weather would be we knew our guests would love the elegance and history inside and out.”
— Rachel & Graham

Graham and I went to view other venues however they just didn't compare.

My Dad came with me to view one of the other venues but on the way home we pulled into the Hedsor driveway.  We phoned and asked for a viewing right away and luckily we were squeezed in. The minute we walked in we knew it was it and my Dad leaned over and said "this is where you are having your wedding". It was sorted there and then.

Details of the Day

The Dresses: My Dress was by Stella York from Pure Couture which was the perfect style for me and fitted like a glove. It was a lace, traditional dress and you know when you feel beautiful because all you want to do is swish in it, I loved it.

Pure Couture also made me a matching lace jacket to cover my arms which was just stunning and my veil was sparkly and from Saphire in Wooburn Green who also hand made my Mum's and my Mother in Laws fascinators.

The Flowers

We had flowers from Hot Flowers in Wooburn Green and Suzanne was amazing in discussing through our options and on the day she gave us exactly what I had envisioned and more. I think its fair to say there were a few "ooooohhhhs" as our guests walked into our wedding breakfast.

 
“Our little two and a half year old Flower girl believed she was a princess for the day in a castle was the sweetest thing.”
— Rachel
 

The Transport

Our transport was certainly heard before it was seen! We arrived in a brand new Maserati which all the men loved taking pictures of outside the house. I was just happy to get in and out easily in my dress. It was also good because our chauffeurs who provided the cars were also part of our wedding party and very good friends so everything was kept light hearted and fun.  

The Entertainment

“Our guests were trying to re enact scenes from Dirty Dancing on the dance floor. We had a few people flying literally onto the floor.”
— Rachel

Our Entertainment was from Eight Ray Music a band called the Revue who were excellent and kept everyone dancing all night. But our sparkly diamond dance floor also helped from Class Act who also lit up Hedsor House and the grounds in beautiful different colours which we had a few comments made of how stunning it was. 

 

The Fireworks

A special mention had to go to Pyromania for the best fireworks we have ever seen and were still receiving comments two weeks later of how good they were. 

 

The Menu by Caper & Berry

Starter - Prawn Cocktail  

Main - South American Lamb and Chicken Sharing Boards with Salad and Potatoes.

Dessert - Shots in Pots- Chocolate Brownie with Salt Caramel and Honeycomb, Lemon Posset and a Chocolate and Cherry Cheesecake.

The Photographer: Nigel Chapman could not have done a better job capturing the day, go to the gallery below to judge for yourself!

Your Best Memory From the Day?

Standing out on the lawn watching the spectacular fireworks with my new Husband and all of our family and friends. You know when you have a moment of pure happiness... it even brought tears to our eyes.

 

Caterer and Production - Caper and Berry / Band & DJ - The Revue Band | Eight Ray/ Dance Floor & Lighting - Class Act / Florist -  Hot Flowers / Videographer - Hazel Young | Heartfelt Productions / Photographer - Nigel Chapman / Dress - Stella York - from Pure Couture/ Bridesmaids - Pure Couture/ Groom - JolliffesGroomsmen - Jolliffes / 

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Jo and Ryan: Party People

A traditional English country wedding with a very fashionable twist, Jo and Ryan's special day was the party to end all parties, with guests dancing on their chairs before the starters even came out...  

Not long ago, a few of the Hedsor House team watched the most beautiful, fun-filled, tear jerking wedding video. Only a few days later we were lucky enough to receive Jo's email with all of the details behind their amazing wedding that had our whole office laughing and smiling. We thought it was only fair to share Jo & Ryan's wedding in Jo's own words...

The Ceremony

Our actual ceremony was very traditional. We got married at the little local church opposite the village green with a small pub in the corner. My Dad said I was actually shaking a bit when I was walking down the aisle but to be honest I didn't realise I was, I just so excited to get married and to see everyone! I couldn't wait to party!

Why Hedsor?

What we both loved about the house was that it was a ‘blank canvas’ and that it had so many rooms that we could do so much with
— Jo & Ryan

Hedsor House happened to be the third venue we had looked at, when we got there we knew straight away that this was the one.

The house is just so picturesque and the grounds surrounding the house just have that WOW factor to them. As we both really wanted to get married in a church, the local St Nicolas' in Taplow, was only a short distance to Hedsor with the perfect little village green that surrounded it. 

The drive up to Hedsor is just stunning too, it really builds up the anticipation and there isn't the slightest moment of disappointment once you get to the house. 

Details of the Day

The Dresses: I found finding the dress the hardest part in the whole wedding organising. I went to so many different bridal shops I think I started to confuse myself! I finally found 'the one' at Suzanne Neville’s own boutique in Beauchamp Place. The top mesh straps of the dress initially drew me towards it and then when I tried it on the dress fitted my body shape so well I knew it was the one instantly.

I loved it at as I was able to have it made to measure so it was bespoke to my body shape and they were able to add one of her famous corsets into the dress too as well as the back necklace from Hermione Harbutt.  My Mum also had her bespoke wedding outfit made by Suzanne Neville. She looked amazing and I have never known a mother of the bride get so many compliments on their outfit. I am fashion buyer for Kurt Geiger so the shoes and bags were another fundamental part to complete the look. I went for Valentino rock stud sandals in white patent and added a bit of fun with a Sophia Webster speech bubble bag.

The Bridesmaid Dresses

The Bridesmaid Dresses

The bridesmaid dresses were from Maid to Measure as I really wanted them all to have the same material and colour but different styles to suit their body shapes so they all felt really comfortable on the day. The soft pale pink was just stunning and really complimented the flowers. It was great that they were able to have their own style of dress to compliment each of their individual styles and personalities. 

The Flowers: As I was getting married at the height of the summer I really wanted the flowers to take centre stage and create amazing back drops for the photos. Euphoric Flowers were just amazing to work with and totally brought my vision to life. The flowers just looked spectacular throughout the church and the venue really capturing my colour theme of pink, white with a hint of grey. The bouquet and mini versions for the maids and flower girl looked stunning. The flowers in the wedding breakfast were just breath-taking, the large clear glass vases full with flowers looked spectacular with all the guest going "wow" when the walked into the room.

The Food: Our caterers for the day and evening were Cavendish Events who did a fantastic job with all the elements including the planning stages of our day. 

Ryan’s best men didn’t just do a speech they did a rap with music which was the biggest supprise of them all, it was so funny and got the whole rooms singing and dancing along
— Jo

The Menu

Starter - Tempura Prawns  

Main - Feather Blade of English Beef with Rich Bourguignon Sauce, Horseradish Creamed Potatoes and Buttered Greens,

Dessert - Trio of Desserts – Chocolate Fondant, Eton Mess and Crème Brulee

 

The Entertainment:  The entertainment and music was such a key part of our day. Ryan and I are a party couple and we really wanted the day to be a real party atmosphere throughout. Having the singer Danny Mills in the wedding breakfast with his piano taking song requests was the best idea by far seeing all the guests dancing and on their chairs was just brilliant. Also seeing all the guests faces when the three waiters started singing was so funny I had so many guests coming up to me saying this is just the best wedding ever which made everything worth it! Also our friend is the singer Danny Litchfield he came as a guest but he organised for his band to play at the evening reception alongside Kristina Joy who sang at the church and evening reception too - she was amazing and was on the show The Voice. Danny also got up and did a few songs in the evening too.

The Photographer: The photos of our day were honestly perfect, go check out them on Jay Rowden's website to see for yourself!

 

Your Best Memory From the Day?

I loved seeing all my guests having such a fun time all dancing on their chairs and around their tables at the wedding breakfast. I have never been to a wedding where the party started before the starters had even come out.  Also seeing our guests faces when the three waiters started singing too was priceless. Also we had a north vs. south dance off in the evening which was hilarious. 

 

Caterer and Production - Cavendish Events / Band & DJ - Danny Mills / Singer - Danny Litchfield & Kristen Jou & The Singing Waiters at Wedding Breakfast /  Florist - Euphoric Flowers / Videographer - Kissing Gate Films / Photographer - Jay Rowden / Dress - Suzaanne Neville - Suzanne Neville Beauchamp Place / Bridesmaids - Maid to Measure / Groom - Mark Marengo Saville Row Groomsmen - Mark Marengo Saville Row / Make-up and Hair - Jo Adams  

 

 

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Emma and Matt: Purple Pageantry

EMMA'S AND MATT'S PURPLE PAGEANT

A day of vibrant colours, exclusive surroundings and seamless planning bought together a fabulous day for Emma, Matt and their guests at Hedsor House. Just scroll through the photos of their spectacular day by the talented Pippa Mackenzie to get a sense of the purple pageantry...

We were lucky enough for Emma and Matt to share details of their soulful wedding with us... 

Why Hedsor?

What I remember most about the day is how wonderful the room we ate in looked
— Matt

"We had always wanted a beautiful grand house, long drive way leading up to it with lovely surroundings and Hedsor House was all that with a magical feel to it". Hedsor gave us the opportunity to use both the stunning garden views on the south lawn for our drinks reception and canapés then moved into the magnificent ballroom for the meal. 

Details of the Day

There were many small details that were very important to the couple, such as the invitations and wedding favours designed and made by Emma and her Mum. The colour scheme was vibrant purple - including the bouquet, bridesmaid dresses, grooms men bow ties and lighting in the room.

The most important thing to me was the drive up; you see all the lovely flowers and the cows!
— Emma

The House: We both loved how the long drive to Hedsor House built up the suspense and Hedsor definitely doesn't disappoint once you finally see it. The surroundings of the venue were very important to both of us, as we wanted to have our canapés and drinks reception outside. Hedsor House  had a magical feel to it that we knew our guests would remember. 

The Dresses: My gorgeous dress was from Windsor and Eton Brides, it was a strapless ivory dress with diamonds threaded throughout. Instead of a veil I opted for a sparkly headpiece that matched perfectly with my dress.  To match the bright inviting theme I chose floor length 'Cadburys' purple dresses for my bridesmaids and my maid of honour wore a gorgeous headpiece to stand out from the others. 

The Ceremony: The ceremony was beautiful, I remember smiling the whole way through. We had a civil ceremony in the Centre Hall, then celebrated outside on the South Lawns with umbrellas and outdoor furniture (luckily the weather was perfect).     

The Flowers: This was the first element of our wedding that I organised with our planner Georgia from Rhubarb catering. Flowers were (of course) purple, with threads of pink, the colours were very bright which bought a sense of fun and excitement into the atmosphere. Philippa Craddock bought together the purple theme throughout and we absolutely loved them!  

The Food and Drink: The superstars of the day had to be our caterers Rhubarb, we were lucky enough to have the help of Georgia Attwood who planned our day to perfection. Food, styling, planning  and preparations leading up to our big day helped us both feel excited rather than nervous. 

The Photographer: The photos below explain it all, we are so happy and proud to share with you - our special thanks to Pippa Mackenzie. As the saying says 'a picture speaks a thousand words' so we will just let you just look through them. 

The Entertainment: We couldn't recommend 'The Wandering Hands'   enough, they were amazing! They sang while we were having our canapés outside and did our first dance song which was such a memorable and special moment for us. 

"You want people to remember your venue and with Hedsor you definitely achieve this!" - Matt

Photography – Pippa Mackenzie / Band & Entertainment  –  'The Wandering Hands'  / Caterers – Rhubarb / Dresses – Windsor and Eton Brides / Flowers – Philippa Craddock / Hair and Make-up - Emma Louise Wells 

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Rachel and David: An American Dream

Rachel and David planned their entire wedding from ‘across the pond,’ though you wouldn’t have been able to tell they’d only visited Hedsor once or twice before their big day!

Their special day was flawlessly coordinated, and Hedsor was described by Rachel as “the perfect setting for the wedding of our dreams.” High praise indeed!

We spoke to Rachel to find out more about their special Jewish wedding and what Hedsor House means to them…

Why Hedsor?

"We always knew that we wanted to hold our wedding in a grand house; half of our guests were travelling to the UK from America, so the traditional features of Hedsor House made it the perfect backdrop to our day! My Mum told me about Hedsor years ago as she’d seen it in the film ‘Quartet’ and knew immediately that it would be the most perfect wedding venue for us. Fast forward to us being engaged; we visited Hedsor and knew immediately that it was the venue for us, absolutely stunning and the staff were so wonderful. 

Details of the Day

Our wedding day was absolutely magical and the magic was made possible by holding it at the most exquisite venue – Hedsor House!
— Rachel (Bride)

There were many small details that were very important to us, such as the invitations and wedding favours designed and made by myself and my Mum. The colour scheme was purple - including my bouquet, bridesmaid dresses, groomsmen bow ties and lighting in the room.

The House: There were so many elements that we just loved. The Sunken Garden was beautiful (even in winter) and we knew that’s where we would hold our cocktail hour. The Bridal Suite was gorgeous, definitely the perfect setting for the Bridal Party to get ready in the morning. The Centre Hall with the beautiful domed ceiling… WOW!

The Dress: My dress was by Maggie Sottero, covered in intricate lace and beading. When I found the dress I knew it was ‘the one’… It was everything I could have dreamed of with the scalloped edge, capped sleeves and sweetheart neckline. When I found it we already knew that Hedsor House was our venue and that the dress would fit the elegance of the venue just perfectly!

The Ceremony: It was very important that we could have a traditional Jewish Orthodox ceremony under a beautiful chuppah (wedding canopy) and ours was adorned with gorgeous purple and ivory cascading orchids. It was covered with the tallit (prayer shawls) of our grandfathers, a wonderful tradition within David’s family to honour those who have passed.

Though it was traditional, our ceremony had a modern twist. Our Rabbi sang many songs during the ceremony which included a beautiful rendition of Lecha Dodi (Come My Beloved) to All of Me by John Legend as I was escorted to the chuppah. Surrounding us was a sea of purple lighting and all our closest family and friends.

The Flowers: We used the exquisite Ruby and Grace who were so gracious in accepting the challenge of finding flowers that worked with our purple colour scheme. We gave them a small swatch of fabric from the bridesmaid dresses and Hannah told me that she always had it on her!

The Food and Drink: Philip Small, a specialist Jewish caterer, was absolutely amazing! Our starter was a duck salad and when we were walking around to greet our guests we knew it was a hit – everyone’s plates were empty! For dessert we enjoyed 4 miniature ‘shot’ desserts - chocolate mousse, berry compote with meringue, sticky toffee pudding and my favourite – vanilla ice cream with ginger stem.

The Cake: The cake was made by Philip Small’s wonderful pastry chef who made an exact replica of a cake I’d found on Pinterest – a three tier ivory cake covered in purple filigree. Each tier of our cake was a different flavour – red velvet on the bottom, chocolate sponge in the middle and lemon on top – delicious!

The Photographer: Our photographer was the brilliant Mike Garrard. We were both very sure we wanted a photojournalism style; when we discovered Mike we knew that his style and the vibrancy of his pictures would capture the essence of our day. He certainly did!

The Videographer: Looking at Hang The Moon’s website I was hooked, his style was everything I could have dreamed of. The trailer and film is fantastic, we’ve watched it more times than we can count!

The Suppliers

Photography – Mike Garrard / Bride’s Dress – Maggie Sottero / Bridesmaid’s Dresses – Alfred Angelo / Caterer and Production – Philip Small / Videography – Hang The Moon / Entertainment – The Twentysomethings / Bridal Hair and Makeup – Bridal Hair Design and Make-Up By Elisa / Florist – Ruby and Grace

Huge thanks to Mike Garrard for permission to use a selection of photography from Rachel and David's celebrations!

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Rachel and Will: Romance and Revelry

For centuries, Hedsor House has been a place to gather, celebrate and entertain. So it was only right that Rachel and Will’s romantic wedding included so much to entertain and amuse their 140 guests.  

An electrifying string quartet on the lawns, a live party band playing soul and disco, topped off by midnight hot chocolate and marshmallows on the lawns; it was a blast!  

Rachel shared with us some more details of their special day at Hedsor.

Why Hedsor House?

“We wanted somewhere quite local and where both the ceremony and the reception could take place, but we didn’t want to get married in a hotel. We were also looking for somewhere that offered exclusivity, privacy and intimacy. We weren’t previously aware of Hedsor House, but discovered a hidden gem! It’s accessed by a one kilometre driveway and surrounded by almost 100 acres of glorious parkland, so it’s extremely private. 

Details of the Day

We were looking for somewhere that offered a blank canvas so we could choose the exact suppliers to make and transform it into our own special day. Hedsor really was the perfect venue for creating the most magical day!
— Rachel

The Style: Our day followed a contemporary champagne and nude theme that featured beautiful stationery, crisp linens, delicate cutlery as well as incredible floral arches. We were helped by Melanie from Cranberry Blue Weddings & Events who planned our day from start to finish. She could see our vision straight away, and helped to create an elegant and wonderful day that we will remember forever.

The Ceremony: One of Hedsor’s best features is its spectacular domed Centre Hall where our wedding ceremony took place. During the romantic service, our Buckinghamshire-based registrar provided some lovely information on the house’s quintessentially English history and two close friends gave a couple of beautiful readings. 

The Reception: Having the perfect venue was our top priority, followed by wanting to provide great food and entertainment for our guests. We took time to choose our caterer, Melissa Webb, one of Hedsor House’s preferred caterers. We spent a lot of time selecting our caterer and deciding on our perfect menu, which included delicious cocktails, tender fillet of beef and an amazing salted caramel mousse. 

The Entertainment: It was really important to us that our guests were kept amused, so we went all out on the entertainment. We had two magicians, a silhouette artist, a DJ and London-based party band Bellissima who kept the crowds dancing with pop and soul classics. We also loved having Stringfever, a crazy electrifying, comedy string group show. Hard to describe but really entertaining! And with all that dancing, it was only right that we supplied white dancing flip flops for ladies who wanted to kick off their high heels! For our send off just before midnight, we handed out sparklers and hot chocolate with marshmallows. A sweet end to the perfect day! 

We feel that Hedsor House is the perfect wedding venue for you to create something really unique. I’d recommend hiring Cranberry Blue Weddings & Events – they’re amazing and really made our day what it was! Do make sure you spend time getting the food and the menu right, and if you can afford it, try and hire a videographer as it really brings the wedding day to life.
— Rachel

The Suppliers

Photography – Pippa Mackenzie / Planners – Cranberry Blue / Quartet – String Fever / Band – Belissima / Caterers – Melissa Webb / Dress – Sassi Holford / Cake – Zoe Clark / Flowers – Lavender Green

Huge thanks to Pippa Mackenzie for permission to use a selection of photography from Rachel and Will's special day!


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Peter and Mark: Cockney Yorkshire Mash-Up

We think this wedding looks like a riot! What fun Peter and Mark had celebrating with their friends and family – alongside renowned pearly queen Ida Barr, who led a rather competitive game of bingo and a conga around the Centre Hall.

We love that Peter and Mark used all areas of the house, from getting dressed in their blue suits in the Dressing Room, to turning the Dining Room into an ‘East End boozer’.

It seems Hedsor House lived up to the concept of a ‘blank canvas’…

Hedsor enabled us to create exactly the day we wanted, making our dreams and crazy ideas come alive. Our guests are still raving about how all our different ideas were realised to perfection with a stunning backdrop.
— Peter

Why Hedsor House?

It was wonderful to discover that one of the best wedding venues in the country was only 1/4 mile from my house - hidden up a long drive which I had driven past hundreds of times.

In contrast to other venues, Hedsor is a beautiful blank canvas. You can truly create a ceremony and day to meet your exact needs. Other places we visited simply went through an exact day plan and usage of rooms that all other couples follow too.

Details of the Day

Hedsor said to us, “what do you want to do and how can we help you make it happen?” We loved that.
— Peter

The Style: To reflect both of our backgrounds, the wedding was a Cockney Yorkshire Mash-Up - with everything reflecting this including canapés, drinks, food, music, décor and entertainment!

The Ceremony: Our ceremony was held in the Centre Hall with its beautiful balcony and domed ceiling. We had lighting projections of the Yorkshire Rose and Tower Bridge on the walls to reflect our Cockney Yorkshire theme. We had a lovely, funny registrar called Jo who was incredibly excited as it was her first same-sex wedding! We walked up the aisle to David Bowie’s ‘Absolute Beginners.’

The Flowers: We had an enormous display of white lilies which looked great and gave out a powerful aroma. It was so lovely to be able to give our guests a bunch of flowers to take home. I think I want £200 worth of lilies in my house every week!

The Food and Drink: Our menu was a mix of Cockney and Yorkshire, created especially for us by caterer Melissa Webb. Canapés included nibbles of Cockney special smoked eel plus mini Yorkshire puddings topped with roast beef and mushy peas. Our starter was the Yorkshire inspired Whitby Crab served in the shell on a bed of sea salt. The main was chicken and pancetta pie served ‘family style’ with designated pie servers! We finished it all off with a trio of desserts including poached pear, Yorkshire Pudding drizzled with golden syrup, and rhubarb crumble ice cream.

In addition to the wines provided by Hedsor, we brought in our own London and Yorkshire beers and even built our own East End boozer in the Dining Room!

The Cake: The cake that wasn’t actually a cake! We opted for rounds of cheese decorated with flowers and figs, topped with 2 Lego grooms – a real talking point.

The Entertainment: Our speeches were interrupted by the arrival of cockney music hall star, Ida Barr, a pearly queen who sang a selection of music hall songs to a hip-hop beat. That was before leading the guests in a conga to do the hokey cokey back in the Centre Hall!

We had so much fun thanks to the entertainment on offer. Over afternoon tea in Ida’s salon there were a few games of bingo whilst others danced in the Centre Hall. Some made the most of the East End boozer we had set up, wandered the Hedsor grounds, or put their best photo face on in our black London cab photo booth!

The Suits: We wore lovely blue suits, white shirts and red socks and ties for a splash of colour! Our suits had our names embroidered inside which was a lovely touch.

The Photographer: Matt from Boy Oh Boy Photography stayed with us throughout the day from the start until sunset. He also did a pre-wedding shoot with us around the streets of London.

Mark and Peter’s advice to future couples

Keep on top of your budget - but use Hedsor to the full to create the backdrop for your dreams. Don’t split everyone up into lots of different rooms in the evening and make sure that people know where and when they need to be through the day or they will wander off. Oh, and don’t run out of booze!

The Suppliers

Catering: Melissa Webb / Photographer: Boy Oh Boy / Flowers: The Fruit Market, Bourne End; Silhouette Artist: Alison Russell / Pearly Queen: Ida Barr (Chris Green) / Dance Lessons: Wedding Day Dance 

Huge thanks to Mark and Peter for permission to use a selection of photography from Boy Oh Boy!


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Emily and Dan: Music and Merriment

Emily and Dan seamlessly blended traditional elements of their Jewish heritage with an incredible flashmob and party atmosphere at Hedsor. 

Their day was characterised by a number of surprises, mostly revolving around music which is a passion of theirs - in fact they met when they were in a musical at university and Emily now runs a choir that Dan is a member of. 

We spoke to Emily and Dan to find out more about their wedding and the reunion of boyband Blueprint for one night only... 

Why Hedsor?

We loved that we could have a little piece of the countryside all to ourselves and still be within close reach of London.
— Emily

"We fell in love with Hedsor House the moment we saw it. With stunning views, plenty of space and timeless beauty, we loved that we could have a little piece of the countryside all to ourselves and still be within close reach of London.

We had always hoped for an outdoor wedding, especially given the stunning gardens and view at Hedsor. But when it rained on our wedding day, the beautiful Centre Hall was the best plan B we could have hoped for, and the numerous spaces inside the house meant there was plenty of room for our guests to spread out and explore.

Choosing Hedsor was the best decision we made, and we have been showered with compliments about the venue ever since! 

Details of the Day

The Ceremony: We had a modern Jewish ceremony, updated with the help of our Rabbi to include lots of beautiful traditions that we personalised to make sure it reflected our values. Emily was sung down the aisle by a friend of ours, and our Rabbi brought along a guitar for added music, with a performance of our favourite song, alongside a reading of some of our favourite lyrics from other close friends. 

We chose a simple chuppah (Jewish wedding canopy) and were surrounded by our family and loved ones. As a twist on the traditional Jewish breaking of the glass, usually done only by the groom, Emily also stamped on a glass! 

Pick great suppliers. If you know you have the best people on the job, you’ll be able to relax on the day.
— Emily

The Food: Caper and Berry were incredible caterers, providing flawless event management on the day too. From the canapes, tweaked to suit our palates, to the bespoke fish-based three course menu and show-stopping ‘shots and pots’ we couldn’t have asked for more. The evening cocktails, flavoured popcorn, cheese board and salt beef sandwiches went down a treat and we’d recommend them to anyone! 

The Cake: Emily’s mum was keen to design the cake, and made hundreds of sugar hydrangeas which cascaded over layers of chocolate, vanilla and fruit cake. 

The Photographer: Simon Atkins ticked all our boxes, having photographed Jewish weddings and ceremonies at Hedsor. With a photojournalist style, we knew Simon would capture our day without us awkwardly posing. We hardly noticed he was there, and we were so pleased with the way he captured the emotion, atmosphere and love of the day. 

The Entertainment: We chose Totem as our band for the day - a brilliant decision! Musicians played during the ceremony, signing of the register, reception, dinner and several awesome sets in the evening! Daniel’s brother Michael performed our first dance - an amazing acoustic rendition of ‘500 Miles’ on guitar. We soon had everyone dancing with us!

Our reception kicked off with some traditional Israeli dancing, which saw us thrown into the air on chairs, and huge circles of dancing with our friends and family! From then, three singers and a band plus live DJ kept the dance floor full all night. As well as some beautiful performances by friends during our ceremony, we decided to add in a few surprises for our guests! Immediately after cutting the cake, we both broke into song, soon joined by 25 of our singing friends in a flashmob song and dance routine we’d put together.

Later in the evening Blueprint, Daniel’s boyband from his university years, re-formed for a short set - all of this we’d kept even from our parents! Singing ‘Love Me For a Reason’ with all our guests is something we’ll never forget! We ended the night with a sparkler exit, lit up by the faces of our nearest and dearest!  

The Suppliers

Catering: Caper and Berry / Photographer: Simon Atkins / Cake: Waitrose & Emily's Mum! / Chuppah: Chuppah's Direct / Flowers: Ruby and Grace / Lighting, Sound & AV: Class Act / Music: Totem / Flashmob: Starling Arts / Hair & Make Up: Simone Abeya / Dress: White Leaf Bridal / Groom's Suit: Saint Laurent / Groomsmen: Moss Bros / Rings: Michael Platt

Huge thanks to Simon Atkins for permission to use a selection of photography from Emily & Dan's special day!

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Andrew and Richard: Midsummer Day’s Celebration

We are proud that Hedsor House is a true blank canvas; whatever your dream celebration, we can most likely help you to make it happen!

So when Andrew and Richard came to us with their incredible ideas for a special midsummer marriage here at Hedsor, we were so excited to see how they would transform our beautiful spaces to achieve their grand designs.

We spoke to Andrew and Richard to hear more about their day and how they wove the concept of ‘sprezzatura’ into their special celebration…

It has been a delight having the freedom to create a spectacular ‘reconstructed’ marriage ceremony in the total privacy of this stunning Georgian mansion and gardens.
— Andrew

Why Hedsor House? 

"Location, location, location. The house has spectacular rooms, wonderful gardens, privacy and we loved that it is exclusive use. The only guests at the house are your own wedding guests.  We were allowed the flexibility of all reasonable requests to create an extraordinary and entrancing day of entertainments.

Details of the Day 

The Theme: We wanted our day to be absolutely flawless but also feel relaxed and inclusive. So we focused on the concept of ‘sprezzatura’, an Italian word that reflects ‘the art of studied nonchalance’… It means to conduct something perfectly but without apparent effort. Based on comments from our guests, we certainly feel as though we achieved this!

The Suits: We had Nehru under-suits of ivory trimmed with gold. We also had handcrafted jackets for the grooms and pageboy, each in separate colours of Duppion silk made in India. This was overlaid with gold arabesque designs that were made exclusively for us!

The Flowers: We went for summer floristry at its more opulent, though we also wanted it to look like a fresh herbaceous border brought indoors. This reflected the sprezzatura concept we were going for.

The Ceremony: We deconstructed the marriage ceremony, then ‘reconstructed’ it to incorporate elements relevant to us – from neopagan hand-fasting to international speakers on LGBT battles past and forward.  For example, we had a speech from the former Health Minister who championed Civil Partnership in Parliament.

We have been very touched by so many guests saying it is the best wedding day they have ever been to!
— Andrew

The Reception: We had an added surprise for our guests in line with the concept of a Midsummer Day’s Dream; a film production company set up a full-blown snow scene in the oak-panelled Ballroom. Snow falling in the middle of summer was an incredibly atmospheric addition!

The Food and Drink: Our caterers, Create Food, were wonderful. They created two dishes to our exact specification that we had designed to remind us of holidays. One included succulent pink duck breasts that everybody commented on!

The Entertainment: Entertainment was high on our agenda. Two very prominent stars of the West End performed in the Centre Hall, and the London Gay Men’s Chorus Ensemble entertained our guests in the Sunken Garden. This was alongside international tenor Harry Nicoll and the Aurai Trio.

The Photography: One of our guests is an internationally renowned cameraman, and our official photographer is a rising star. Both were asked to take informal and non-posed photos. However, our posed shot with all the guests in the stunning Sunken Garden from the upper balcony? Spectacular!

Plan every last detail and ensure performers know what they are doing – rehearse! Also make sure the guests have a clear vision of what is expected of them by putting timings in the Order of Service – everyone can prepare themselves, and therefore relax!
— Richard

The Suppliers

Catering: Create FoodBloomberry Juices / Flowers: Floral Designs Ltd / Wedding Jackets: Malcolm Hall / Wedding under-suit: Tailor Made London / Photographer: Paul Nicholas Dyke / Light, Sound & Stage: Visions Group / Revelry & Entertainment: Dreamtime Productions (Matthew Wren-Andrew, Kieran Brown, Shona White, Niall Bailey) / Harry Nicoll, (Tenor ‘Caro Mio Ben’) / London Gay Mens Chorus, Simon Sharp (Artistic Director) & the A Capella Stars / Pauline Savage and The Aurai Trio /Snow Theming: Snow Business 


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Krishna and Kunal: Royal Indian Extravaganza

Hedsor has become one of the most perfect backdrops to some truly stunning Asian weddings.

The heritage features of the main house and rolling lawns of our 100 acre estate blend seamlessly with all of the bright and vibrant elements of a beautiful Asian wedding. One of our favourite Asian weddings was that of Krishna and Kunal. With a civil ceremony in July, followed by a multiple day marquee extravaganza in August, the couple made the very most of everything on offer at Hedsor House. 

To put it simply, Hedsor has everything that any couple require for a dream wedding!
— Krishna

Since many Indian weddings are simply incomplete without dance and music, Hedsor’s legacy of celebration and entertainment set us up well for this special event. From a Bollywood performance to an incredible DJ set, this wedding had it all! It is a beautiful example of how the house and grounds can be used for multiple day ceremonies, including pre-wedding ceremonies.

We spoke to Krishna and Kunal to learn more about their stunning Asian wedding at Bride Magazine’s Number One wedding venue in Buckinghamshire.

Why Hedsor House?

For a start, the long driveway is just beautiful. When we arrived at the house, we felt that Hedsor was very grand. It is so regal and therefore very appropriate for the ‘Royal Indian’ theme we had chosen.

It was important for us that the venue we chose could cater to the number of guests we wanted and the various elements of our Asian wedding. With a grand marquee on the lawns and the different rooms in the house, Hedsor fitted our requirements.

We also liked working with the team; Mark and his staff made each of us feel very homely for the 3 days we were there at the house.

Details of the Day

The Theme: It was important to us that our wedding reflected our Indian heritage, and so we took a long time developing elements of a ‘Royal Indian’ theme with a modern twist. From our glittering gold and cream mandap to traditional Bollywood dancing, we felt like we really blended our cultures with some more contemporary elements against the backdrop of Hedsor House.

The Ceremonies & Receptions: We had two ceremonies; a civil ceremony in July at the house, and then a multiple day extravaganza in August with an 800 person marquee on the lawns. After our two ceremonies, we also had two receptions - both were very different styles but equally enjoyable! One of our receptions included a traditional mehendi (henna) night, one of the many important traditions for Indian marriages.

We made sure we used all of the spaces on offer at Hedsor House, including the lawns to land the helicopter as Kunal arrived! Getting ready in the Bridal Suite was lovely as it was so light and airy. We particularly loved using the flower-filled Sunken Garden as part of our day, too, especially when the owl delivered our wedding rings and everyone threw fresh petal confetti. It was so atmospheric.

The ceremonies and everything about our wedding went very smoothly and impressed all of our guests; in fact, to this day, all guests told us that they’d never been to a wedding like ours before!

The Dress: Ami Bridal Couture provided everything for the bride. That involved many elaborate sparkling gowns from a cream fitted dress to magenta and red bejewelled gowns and veils. The photos show the range of beautiful outfits!

The ceremonies and everything about our wedding went very smoothly and impressed all of our guests; in fact, to this day, all guests told us that they’d never been to a wedding like ours before!
— Krishna

The Photographer: It was important that we captured every moment of our day. We were very pleased with our choice – Eye Jogia – who is one of the top six wedding photographers in the world. 

Watch this video for an introduction to the couple’s regal celebration.

The Suppliers

Photography – Eye Jogia / Wedding Planner – Royce Angelo / Marquees – Savoir Faire / Bridal Outfits – Ami Couture / Lighting and Sound – Pro System / Indian Décor – EM Designs / Videography – Epic Media / Entertainment – Kspark / Bridal Hair and Makeup – Dil Mathuru

Huge thanks to Eye Jogia for permission to use a selection of photography from Krishna and Kunal's celebrations!


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