Katy and Charlie: All in the details

Katy and Charlie both come from a theatrical background so we knew this wedding would be an absolute show stopper! From their bespoke table plan to their first dance which had everyone wanting to jump on the dance floor, this a real wedding that we all wanted to be a guest at. 

Why Hedsor?

We knew from the second we walked into Hedsor that this was the place we wanted to get married and that nothing we saw afterwards could compare. What appealed to us (apart from the stunning surroundings) was the exclusive hire of the whole venue and that we could have our ceremony, reception and evening party in the same place. Not to mention, the bridal suite upstairs is incredible to get ready in. We also knew that if it did rain (although we were very lucky with some great weather) that it wouldn’t have mattered because the inside of the house is just as beautiful as the grounds.

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Was there a theme to your day?

We didn’t have a specific theme as such, just that we wanted to include as many personal details to reflect us as much as possible. For example our tables were named after our favourite musicals - a nod to our theatrical backgrounds. 

Probably the most memorable and significant items were the incredible table plan which was made up of hand drawn cartoons of all our guests, drawn by Charlie, with matching table place cartoons. The guests loved trying to identify themselves on the table plan!

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We spent the year designing and making personalised theatre programmes for the tables with memories, anecdotes and embarrassing stories of each guest for each table. These proved excellent conversation starters for those guests that didn’t know each other. We had various personal touches on the tables including homemade sloe gin, little favours from our dog to their pets, all with labels designed and printed by us.

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Details of the Day

The Ceremony: Our ceremony was perfect for us, music from my brother’s band and readings from two of our closest friends created a relaxed, personal feel.

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Seeing my gorgeous bride walk down the aisle had me in tears. I had no idea what her hair or dress would look like but they were beyond perfect!
— Charlie

The Dress: My dress was a princess style ball gown by Sottero and Midgely (‘Layla’ style.) The corset style top was embellished with gold detailing. The skirt was ivory over nude and had the most magnificent train. I spent a good year trying on what felt like hundreds of dresses but knew this was the one as soon as I put it on. My bridesmaids were dressed in strapless, tea length blush pink dresses.

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The thing I remember most is the ten minutes before walking down the aisle; finalising outfits, walking down the stairs with my Dad and bridesmaids and preparing for the walk in! I thought I would be nervous beyond belief but instead it was the most exciting part of the whole day.
— Katy
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Groom's attire: On the day I was wearing a Gresham Blake three piece, blue check tailored suit. Having a suit made from scratch was an absolute delight, it fit like a glove. My shoes were brown tan brogues from Oliver Sweeney with custom floral tattoos and our wedding date on the side!  

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The Flowers: Our flowers were made by the fabulous Lavender Green (who personally designed my bouquet to go exactly with the size of my waist and dress!) Sue, the owner was so accommodating and understanding, helping us to fit everything in to our budget and giving us bits we could do ourselves. My bouquet (and the bridesmaids) were made up of sweet avalanche roses which matched their dresses.

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Throughout the venue, we had a woodland theme with giant birch and branched trees with tea lights, glass globes and petals which we had concreted and made ourselves in the run up. Lavender Green helped accentuate these more with mirrored boxes and candles.

The Cake: Our cake was made by Choccywoccydoodah in Brighton and was three separate cakes. Each cake was a different flavour and topped with a giant flake, marshmallow tower and a huge solid chocolate replica of our beloved cockapoo Dexter!

The Band: My brother’s band, Victoria, provided acoustic music for the ceremony and then for canapes on the terrace. In the evening we then had a nine piece swing band which played a mix of modern and classic songs. 

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Did you face any challenges in planning your big day?

The main challenge was not getting carried away, which it is so easy to do on your wedding day. Our florist and also our catering event planner, Tristan, were so great at reinforcing that actually Hedsor was beautiful as it was and didn’t need much dressing up!


The Menu by Caper & Berry

Starter: Mezze boards and fresh breads

Main: Chicken with tarragon sauce and pecorino mash

Dessert: Trio of shots and pots: Eton mess, chocolate brownie pot; lemon posset with fresh blueberries & baby lemon balm.

Caterer  - Caper & Berry / Band- King of the Swingers / Florist - Lavender Green Flowers / Videographer & Photographer - Kitebox / Dress - Sottero and Midgely /  Groom & Groomsmen - Gresham Blake TailorsMake-up and Hair - Claire Nicole / Table plan- Hey Draw Me

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Cheryl and Tom met at school and years later were married and celebrated at Hedsor. Read about their special day and do not miss the top three things they loved most about their church wedding service...

Why Hedsor?

Walking through Hedsor's Reception Hall and seeing the twinkling chandeliers in the Ballroom stretching beyond the stunningly beautiful domed Centre Hall was truly breath-taking and we knew straight away this was where we wanted to celebrate one of the most important days of our lives. Not only does Hedsor have gorgeous, characterful and beautifully maintained interiors, it is all encased in a striking Georgian house set amongst expansive grounds which afford sweeping views over the surrounding countryside - a dream setting for videographers wanting to capture drone footage!

The different rooms at Hedsor mean that your guests get to enjoy a different environment for each part of the day - keeping it fresh and exciting all the way through! Also, the evening dance floor and lighting is set up in the Centre Hall behind the scenes whilst you're in the Ballroom enjoying your wedding breakfast so that, afterwards, everyone walks through to see the place seamlessly transformed. 

Was there a theme to your day?

We wanted an elegant and traditional summer wedding with a romantic atmosphere in keeping with the style of Hedsor. Our colour scheme was dusky pink and ivory with the bridesmaids' dresses and groomsmen's ties, pocket squares and socks, as well as all of our flowers, stationery and wedding cake following the same theme. 

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The stationery was all laser cut with a beautiful tree motif which we felt resonated with the idea of marriage as an entwining of your roots. We had fun with our table names which were famous lovers from literature, history and film.
— Cheryl
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Details of the Day

The Dress: Having visited more than a few boutiques spanning several counties, I kept going back to one of the first dresses I tried on- my dream dress was a fitted mermaid style from the Bond Street Pronovias Collection with intricate lace and guipure motifs, a lovely train and a low v back. This was accompanied by a matching three quarter sleeve off the shoulder lace jacket for the ceremony, sparkling belt, silver sandals and plain tulle veil with blusher. It was great fun having two looks with and without the jacket!

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People often asked me when I knew Cheryl was the one. The truth is I’ve always known. We’ve been together since age 15 and yet I still couldn’t believe this beautiful person- the women of my dreams- was walking down the aisle to become my wife, looking simply breathtaking in her wedding dress.
— Tom
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My something 'old' and 'borrowed' was my Grandma's gold locket which mum wore on her wedding day. It was very special walking down the aisle with this treasured locket wound round my bouqet.

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Bridemaids: My four bridesmaids looked beautiful in full length Grecian style dresses in blush pink from Coast with strappy pink sandals to match my silver ones. The pretty pearl earrings I gave my bridesmaids happened to perfectly match the delicate ivory pearl and crystal earrings Tom bought me to wear for our big day. 

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Wedding party attire: Tom, his groomsmen and our Dads wore tailored blue three-piece Ted Baker suits whilst Mum looked stunning in an elegant Condici dress suit in navy and ivory which, again, tied in perfectly with our colour scheme. 

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Flowers: Our florists, Sue and her daughter Lucy, were wonderful to work with and instintively understood our vision for the day. The Ballroom looked so beautiful when we walked in to be greeted by cheers from our family and friends.

My bouquet was sweet avalanche pale pink roses and my bridesmaids had a mixture of pink and ivory roses - all with integrated gypsophilia which my bridesmaids also wore in their hair. The flower theme carried through into our wedding cake which had a 4 tier design incorporating exquisite sugar roses which you could easily have mistaken for real flowers!

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The wedding car: Tom and I travelled from the church to Hedsor House in a gorgeous 1939 Rolls- Royce Wraith (named 'Victoria') in black and ivory with our names inscribed on the back window. The owner had organised a bottle of champagne which we enjoyed on the journey as we took in the surreal fact that we were now husband and wife! 

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The music: The wonderful atmosphere on the day was enhanced by Murray, a talented acoustic guitarist- his gorgeous music drifted out over the lawns where guests were enjoying Champagne and beautifully presented canapes in the warm summer sunshine.

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The carefully rehearsed steps for our first dance went completely out of the window with all the excitement but fortunately we had no trouble improvising!
— Cheryl

What were the three best things about your wedding ceremony?

  1. It meant a lot to me for us to get married in my childhood church (Christ Church, Chorleywood) next door to my primary school - the same church where I'd been christened and enjoyed annual Christingle, Nativity plays and many school assemblies!
  2. The service itself, since it was so personal the vicar had previously invited us around to the vicarage to chat about our relationship and how we'd met and he incorporated some amusing anecdotes into the service which injected fun and laughter. We chose childhood hymns including 'One more step along the world I go' which I sang at Christ Church during my primary school leavers' ceremony. We put a lot of effort into the order of service to get it just right and were so happy with how it flowed on the day. 
  3. Walking down the aisle together as husband and wife at the end of the ceremony seeing all our family and friends smiling, excited and wishing us well was a very special moment, as was the subsequent walk out into the courtyard to be showered in confetti!
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It was so exciting finally being able to call Cheryl my wife and travelling together in our wedding car on the way to Hedsor, picking confetti out of our hair, as we took in the fact that we were actually married, is a moment I’ll remember forever.
— Tom

The Menu by Caper & Berry

Starter: Vine-ripened tomato & flame roasted pepper tart tatin with a goat's cheese mousse, fresh basil & basil oil

Main: Roasted fillet of sea bass or breast of chicken with parmentier potatoes, caponata, capers & roasted peppers, grilled courgettes & a basil rich pesto

Dessert: Trio of shots and pots: Chocolate Mousse with baked brownie cubes, salted caramel & crushed honeycomb; lemon posset with fresh blueberries & baby lemon balm; and vanilla cheesecake with summer red berries & a raspberry caramel wafer

Caterer  - Caper & Berry / Production & DJ - Class Act / Guitarist- Murray HockridgeFlorist - Sue Barton Flowers / Videographer - Rupert Ward- Lewis / Photographer -Kerry Morgan / Dress - Pronovias / Bridesmaids - Coast / Groom & Groomsmen - Ted BakerMake-up and Hair - Elle Au Naturel

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Rebecca and Sarbjit: Bollywood Glamour

The months of wedding planning, gold accents, flower wall and last minute hair trials and tribulations came together to make the perfect wedding day for Rebecca and Sarbjit. Read more about their Autumn wedding at Hedsor House below.  

What was the first element you planned?

The first element of the wedding we planned was the colour scheme. We really wanted to incorporate influence from Saj's culture (Punjabi) and do something that was different to what we had seen before.


Was there a theme to your day?

We wanted glamorous Bollywood meets traditional, classic, period English. We wanted to push the boundaries of colour and do something bright and vibrant coupled with pastels. Red is the traditional bridal colour for Punjabi weddings so that had to be a key colour on our big day and it wouldn't be Bollywood inspired without gold. 


The flowers were really important as they added such a romantic vibe. Having flowers on the main gate at the beginning of the drive and also the flower wall as guests walked in was so important. Gold ran throughout the decor from foiling on invitations, to the gold sequin table cloths, cutlery and canopy of gold disks we had in the Centre Hall above our heads.


Why Hedsor?

We wanted a venue that gave us the flexibility to do what we wanted decoration wise but more importantly allowed us to host the whole day under one roof against a beautiful and period backdrop which was so important to us. Georgian architecture is stunning and we really wanted a building that had period features, was small and intimate enough but also had the impact and glamour to be able to take the bold theme. The added bonus was that the bridal party could stay at the House that night making a whole day of it which was lovely. 


Details of the Day

The Dress: It took me a long time to find my dress but when I finally saw it (only three months before the wedding) I knew it was right. The silhoutte was just what I was looking for and the lace layers added the romantic feel that tied it into the theme completely. I was not expecting to have a dress with sleeves but the lace detail was so beautiful, I just fell in love with it. Yolan Chris are all tailored- made to each client and have the couture look that I really wanted. I had 10 inches added to the train to add a bit of impact and went for a cathedral veil to add even more drama!

I think every girl thinks about the moment their Dad see’s them for the first time but I will never forget his reaction. It was so emotional and the best feeling ever.
— Rebecca

Did anything go wrong, before or on the day?

My hair stylist (that I had taken so long to find and was so excited to have doing my hair) had to unfortunately cancel the day before our wedding. My bridesmaids pulled together and the day before we did a few trips up and down the motorway for last minute trials. Thankfully, one of my bridesmaids is a model and another is a top colourist at Nikki Clarke so they were able to pull some strings and get someone in last minute. 

The main objective for our day was to create an event that everyone would enjoy- it was so important to put our guests first and ensure that everyone left having had an amazing day and one they would remember forever.
— Rebecca

The Menu

With the menu, we really wanted to wow our guests and provide top quality, tasty food and inspiration from both Indian and British cuisine. We had canapes such as mini steak and chips, lamb kebabs and pakoras. 


Caterer  - Caper & Berry / DJ - DJ Kontent / Florist - Ruby & Grace / Photographer -Photography by Bea / Dress - Yolan Chris 2016 / Bridesmaids - Ghost London / Groom - Hardy Amies / Groomsmen- M&SMake-up - Melissa Sophia

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Betsy and James planned their special day all the way from Singapore with special touches like stationery made by the Groom and acorns collected by the Bride's family. Read about their beautiful March wedding below.

What was the first element you planned?

The location! Hedsor House. Despite living abroad, I had always wanted to marry in England. We wanted a location that wasn't dependent on the English weather and being expats, despite both working in the creative industry, we wanted to minimise the amount of personal touches we would need to prepare and ship from Singapore. We wanted a beautiful venue irrespective of whether you dress it up or not. 


Why Hedsor?

Aside from the above, completely coincidentally, we chose Hedsor because my Parents AND Grandfather used to go to Hedsor House when it was used as a training centre at their previous companies. I did not know my Granddad but everyone says what an amazing man he was. So, because the house has links to our family, it felt serendipitous to stumble across it again - my Dad jokingly welcomed everyone to his stately home in his speech! 


Was there a theme to your day?

Acorns was a theme running throughout the day. My Granddad said at my parent's wedding may these two little acorns grow into a great oak tree (from the saying great oaks little acorns grow) and it has become a symbol of family to my side. Even the house I grew up in was called 'Little Acorns'! Hence, loving the oak leaf detail in the Sophie gown I chose....(more about the dress below)...


The wedding stationery featured acorns, James had acorn cufflinks and my parents had even collected, baked and painted acorns in the previous Autumn in preperation for table decorations. James' family also collected damson berries to make his Grandmother's damson gin recipe, which were individually bottled and given as wedding favours and also doubled up as people's name cards. 

We were just so happy and elated all day- we probably should have been a bit more serious through the ceremony but I think we were both just incredibly excited.
— Betsy

Details of the Day

The Dress: Being an expat finding THE dress was harder than normal. I did not find a dress in England when I was back home for a visit and the sample sizes in Singapore were two dress sizes smaller than me, so it was pretty tricky. I think I had tried on the best part of 60-70 dresses by the time I found my dress in Sydney, Australia while there for a girls weekend.


My dress is from a designer called Karen Willis Holmes who has a collection where you can mix and match creating your own perfect gown. I had tried on the 'Sophie' gown and loved the top with the oak leaf embellishments in the bodice but was not sure about the skirt so went to their flagship store and made the only Sophie/Nina combination there is in the world (for now!)


The shoes: James is a little taller than me so I wanted flats. I think living in a hot country and wearing sandals all the time meant I did not want just any pair of sparkly shoes. I spent HOURS searching and in the end asked Tui from the The Tui Collection, Singapore, a local show designer if she could make me a pair. I found some embellished beading which I thought matched the Sophie bodice and gave her a sample of the dress to match the leather and she made these stunning one of a kind shoes. I was given both an old and new sixth pence to put in my shoe for good luck so managed to stick these in under the arch of my foot too!


For my Bridesmaids: The Bridesmaids dresses are from an Aussie brand called Sheike which I love. They did a country wide search for me and sent them to Bondi junction- a friend bought them for me and another bought them over from Sydney - it definitely helps to have international friends!


Groom: James' suit was from Private Affairs Tailors, Singapore. We opted for black tie so all the Groomsmen just wore their own suits.

James is a designer so did all our wedding stationary himself. The damson gin was brewed by his family, bottles were hand filled, applied and tied.
— Betsy

Did you face any challenges in planning your big day?

It was emotional not being able to plan the big day as closely as I might have done with my Mum, especially choosing my wedding dress. That was emotionally hard. And then just savouring the moments - I felt robbed of certain moments that just went by too quickly, but you just have to focus on the amazing day we had with amazing people that we love. 


Were there any surprising aspects to your big day?

The weather was incredible for the 30th March! Blue skies and unusually warm for the time of the year- it was actually the warmest day of the day of the year so far and we were able to have our reception drinks outside playing croquet (quintessentially English!). It rained on the day before and after so we were incredibly lucky! 


What advice would you give Brides organising their wedding?

When you have your make up trial, meet your artist with your 'normal' look. I met Sarah without any make up on and said I wanted to still look like me. But, I typically wear a reasonable amount of make up normally anyway so it wasn't enough. Give her a point of reference!


Organise everything down to a tee, but let it go on the day and just enjoy it.

Have all the family shots you want, you'll regret not having them. Get a videographer - it's amazing watching it back!

There’s not many occasions you have the opportunity to be surrounded by those you love and we felt so blessed to have so many people to be with us celebrating. Both near and far, but especially those who travelled from further afield.
— Betsy

Caterer  - Caper & Berry / Cake- Melissa Woodland / Production & DJ - Class Act / Florist - Ruby & Grace / Videographer - Will Warr/ Photographer -Barker Evans / Dress - Karen Willis / Bridesmaids - Sheike / Groom - Private Affairs Make-up and Hair - Sarah Yeo / Stationery- James Bebbington

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Joanna and Sammi: Pure Love and Joy

Joanna and Sammi's big day was a joyful celebration with friends and family from around the world. After seven years of dating, the day was everything they dreamed of. 

The Planning

Every detail of the wedding we planned ourselves. The evenings were spent making our table numbers (the house covered in glitter), hours spent with bridesmaids making wedding favours and more hours of online shopping for laser cut place names were all part of the experience and made our wedding a product of us and our time. 

Seeing all the suppliers set up our wedding was amazing, I got to see our day unfold and I knew Joanna was going to love it. I could not wait for her to see it. We were both blown away.
— Sammi

There were a number of people who could not be with us on our wedding day such as my grandparents, and Sammi's granddad who could not attend due to ill health. It was important to have them there, and having photos of our absent loved ones at our wedding made us feel that they were right there with us. 

The Ceremony

A string trio greeted guests on arrival and made the perfect timeless entrance for me walking down the aisle. 

During the ceremony, we felt like there was no one else in the room, we got the giggles and I forgot my vows, but it was truly special, it was just very us - perfect and unforgettable. 

Joanna looked amazing and I could not take my eyes off my wife.
— Sammi

Details of the Day

The Dress: My dress was a fitted fishtail design, elegant, one piece of lace, buttons down the back accompanied by a long veil from the La Sposa 2017 collection. I found my dress in an amazing wedding boutique in Barnet.

While walking down the aisle I realised I forgot my veil which was a gift from my Godmother, the first words exchanged to my future husband were ‘I’ve forgotten my veil!’ whilst trying to hide my anguish.. his first words were ‘you look beautiful’ which made all my worries fade away. The bridesmaids quickly collected the veil and slipped it on me after signing the register. Everyone thought it was planned!
— Joanna

My bridesmaids looked beautiful in their mid length navy Chi Chi dresses. The dresses were an elegant navy blue which contrasted against their blush pink bouquet's and neutral strappy shoes. To match my necklace from Tiffany's necklace my girls all wore matching pearl pendant necklaces.

My mother in law lent me a beautiful vintage aqua marine and diamond bracelet to wear for the day, it is a family air loom and it is simply beautiful. It ticked all the boxes for something old, borrowed and blue!

Sammi looked dapper in a navy Paul Smith suit, crisp white shirt with a red and navy dog tooth silk tie matching the groomsmen. Sammi's Oliver Sweeny shoes were an indulgent treat. 

The Flowers were truly breath taking and exceeded all expectations. 

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Joanna and I decided we would buy each other a fragrance to wear on the wedding day. We both agreed it would be a fragrance the other had never worn before and we would exchange on the day of the wedding. Choosing my wife her ‘wedding fragrance’ was both a challenge but also an experience I will always remember. Whenever she wears the perfume I go straight back to our wedding day. Strangely, we both picked the same fragrance. She picked Creed Aventus for men for me, and I chose Creed Aventus for women for Joanna. She looked and smelt amazing.  
— Sammi

Starter -  English garden pea soup with smoked ham hock croquettes and a mint oil with bread in buckets.

Main - Fillet of sous vide Hampshire beef, on a wild mushroom tart tatin and fondant potato, with wilted spinach, baby watercress and an intense truffle infused jus.

Dessert - Date pudding, walnut praline, salt caramel ice cream and toffee sauce


Your Best Memory From the Day?

The feeling of such love. It was unforgettable to have people from all around the world in one place just for us. We had people travel from France, Cyprus and a friend who is currently traveling the world pop back to England just for our wedding. We did not feel worthy, but it made us feel so loved.  

Caterer  - Caper & Berry / Cake- Melissa Woodland / Production & DJ - Class Act / Singer  - Idreiss Ibrahim / String Trio- Apollo Strings / Florist - Ruby & Grace / Photographer -Alexis Jaworski / Dress - Forever Bridal in Barnet / Bridesmaids - Chi Chi Clothing / Cake- Melissa Woodland / Groom - Paul SmithGroomsmen - Marks and Spencers / Make-up and Hair- Elizabeth Beckett 

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Chloe & Arjun: When East Met West

Between the attire, cake and all other elements of their day, Chloe and Arjun's day intertwined Western and Asian cultures in the most perfect way.  

Why Hedsor?

We initially settled on another venue in the area but when we came across Hedsor House we fell in love with it immediately and knew we were meant to be married here! We became very excited about our forthcoming wedding, everything seemed to fall perfectly into place as soon as we stepped over the threshold and confirmed our date with them! I don't think anyone could argue that this is a beautiful venue and the people there were absolutely fantastic. 

The Ceremony

I walked down the aisle to a piano and violin rendition of 'You'll Never Walk Alone' - apart from both being big Liverpool fans, this had been the first vinyl my mother in law had bought and my mother never failed to remind me that she was kissed on the cheek by Gerry (from Gerry and The Pacemakers) himself!

Details of the Day

The attire: We tried to make the wedding a balance between Indian and Western traditions so the Groom and his Groomsmen were in Indian dress while us girls were in Western dress.

Myself and my Bridesmaids wore Western dress with a slight Indian element to my dress. My dress was actually a design by my sister, Ginny, and I had it tailormade in London.

The cake: My mother designed the cake which had four tiers- the base tier represented me with the English roses and white lace pattern taken from my dress, and the top two tiers for Arjun- glazed with henna icing. She also created from scratch a topper of Arjun and me in our outfits- me dragging him across the cake with laptop and phone in possession!

The flowers: Natalie at Luxe Flowers was fantastic- so lovely and bubbly and knew instinctively what we would like in our arrangements. Between Caper & Berry, LUXE Flowers and stationary by Papeterie Eugenie the Ballroom looked fabulous. To be honest all our suppliers were fantastic- I could not fault them at all and the day ran seamlessly.

The Menu by Caper & Berry

Starter-  Sesame crusted seared tuna with Asian vegetables, pickled ginger, crispy shallots and a wasabi ponzu dressing

Main- Sous vide rump of Surrey lamb with with garlic and thyme roost potato and vine roasted tomatoes

Desserts- Selection of desserts served in the Drawing Room: passion fruit panacotta, chocolate and salted caramel mousse, banoffee pie, coffee & pistachio macaroons, dark chocolate dipped strawberry lollipops and caper and berry kirsch brownies.

Your Best Memory From the Day?

Just how blissfully happy we were and how everyone there also seemed to be enjoying themselves. 

The Father of the Bride, Groom and Best Men speeches were heart warming as were the readings by my Aunt and Arjun's two sisters- I swore I wouldn't cry and I did so within ten minutes of the ceremony!

‘Prior to the wedding we had both agreed not to have a first dance as we don’t enjoy the limelight and cannot dance! However, half way through the wedding breakfast Arjun turned to me and suggested very casually that we have one - this led to some of our friends running around trying to ensure the DJ had the song we wanted to be played!
— Chloe

Caterer  - Caper & Berry / Cake - Maxine Handley (Bride's Mother) / Production & DJ - Class Act / Florist - LUXE Flowers / Photographer - Ruth Allen / Dress - Designed by Bride's Sister, Ginny and tailored in London /  Make-up- Alessandra Make Up / Hair - Caitlin from Beauty Call / Stationary- Papeterie Eugenie 

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It was a cool, crisp & sunny late December day, as guests arrived at St. Nicholas' Church of Hedsor and they could already see what a beautiful day it was going to be in celebration of Katie and Adam. From personalised ornaments to mulled wine this wedding is what Christmas dreams are made of. 

The Planning

The first thing we did was start looking at venues from Ras al Khaimah in the UAE where Adam proposed in November 2015. My best friend, Anya (and Maid of Honour) was already getting brochures sent to my house for our return - super eager! We knew we wanted a 'Christmassy' wedding and I had a vision in my head of the sort of venue I would like. I knew once I found it everything else would be downhill. 

A close second was booking our photographer. Chloe was a photographer at a friend's wedding two years before and when I saw her photos I fell in love - I wasn't even engaged at this point but I always had her in the back of my mind! I'm not a fan of posing and am really critical of myself in photos, but all of Chloe's shots were so natural and tasteful. She uses distraction techniques to catch everyone naturally in the best light. 

Why Hedsor?

Where do I start? I had looked at hundreds of venues online and tried whittling it down to a list of favourites we could go and see in person. The first two we visited did not meet up to expectations I had from photos online and I just did not get the 'feeling.' Hedsor was the third venue we visited. Even on the driveway we smiled at each other and Adam said 'I think this is it.' We had butterflies! For me, it was the little things that meant Hedsor was the place- it's so lovely to look at, but so homely as well. 


Kelly, who greeted us, was so warm and inviting, as were the other members of staff. We spoke to Alexander, the owner, who told us he learnt to swim in the bath tub in the Bridal Suite! 

The decor is elegant but warm at the same time. The Ballroom was exactly what we wanted with huge windows, incredible views and a cosy feel. It worked for our numbers and I could just picture our wedding there. 

We visited in December and they told us they changed the tree twice in the month so it's fresh- these little details made all the difference. We stayed for two hours without realising where the time had gone, just sitting and making plans. When we left I had a little 'happy cry' in the garden as I could imagine my wedding day and it was everything I had dreamt it would be. 

My bridesmaids and I made our favours- gold personalised tree decorations with our initials A&K. Hedsor stuck some leftovers on their tree for us which felt so personal. Guests were sending us photos of the decorations on their trees for days afterwards.
— Katie

The Ceremony

The ceremony meant a lot to both of us. We put a lot of thought into each aspect; the hymns, music and readings and seeing it all come to life made it very special. I just felt really happy to be there. I expected lots of tears (I couldn't get through the rehearsal vows!), but I managed to keep my emotions in check, just about. It was a pinch yourself moment and I had to keep telling myself 'it's your wedding day' or 'you're about to walk down the aisle.' Everyone looked amazing in their outfits, and there was so much love in the room. Everywhere you look there was a smiling face, even the choir were smiling at us, and you just realise what a huge moment it is. 

We had a cute red 1960 Jaguar Mk2 as our wedding car which we loved to take us from St. Nicholas' Church to Hedsor. It looked great in our photos in contrast to my dress and brought out the red in Adam's outfit and the roses in my hair. 

Details of the Day

The Theme: There was no particular theme we just wanted it be classic, Christmassy and elegant. We wanted the day to represent us and the things we like. Nothing too fussy or clichèd. We wanted it to stand the test of time and be individual to us at the same time, we did not look back and say 'why did we choose that?!'

The Dresses: I had no idea what I would end up wearing as over time I have learnt that until something is on, you just do not know! I specifically did not want strapless and looked for long sleeved (for a wintery feel) but couldn't find a sleeved dress that looked quite right. I love fashion so I knew I wanted something classic but with a couture edge to it. 

The dress was intricate ivory lace with a nude and cream underlay. There are pearls and iridescent sequins all over it, and nude mesh panels under the arms which are very slimming. The front is V neck and back is a low V neck. I had a tulle overskirt made as I wanted a dramatic look for church and a more practical and fitted look for the reception. I had a plain, tulle, waltz length veil with a blusher. 

My shoes were a bargain in the sale from Dune - gold lace with a Manolo Blahnik style brooch. They were my touch of Christmas. For my hair, I did not want anything too fussy so went with how I felt my best in the past- windswept type bun with two red roses. I love putting flowers in my hair on holiday and always feel a bit special so I wanted the same for my wedding day.

For my Bridesmaids I wanted something Christmassy without being the obvious red. Their dresses were by a designer called Adrianna Papell who does beautiful beaded gowns. They are a Champagne/light gold with pewter beading and suited all of their body shapes (even my Maid of Honour who was five months pregnant on the day). They were slightly ombre and had a subtle fishtail which moved when they walked. My Maid of Honour made the fawn coloured Monogolian fur stoles which really finished their look off. I also had one in ivory which I wore into dinner when I had removed my veil and skirt. They all looked incredible on the day - helped by fact they are beautiful to begin with. We bought them each a pair of gold knot earrings to signify the strength of our friendship. 

Adam wears a suit every day to work so we wanted something even smarter so he felt that sense of occasion. We were recommended Stephen Bishop in Woking by two couples who had used him for their weddings. We chose navy tailcoats, with dark grey trousers, a light grey double breasted waistcoat. They all wore white shirts and shiny black shoes, with the ushers and fathers in navy ties and pocket squares and Adam in dark red to stand out just that little bit. We bought them each a gold tie clip with their initials engraved. 

The 'flower-nans': We had our ceremony at St. Nicholas' which is a very small 12th century country church not far from the house with views over the country side and beautiful decor. My grandmothers were my flower girls (or 'flower nans') and walked down the aisle first scattering petals. The organist learnt 'Glasgow Love Theme' by Craig Armstrong and played it to perfection. It made walking down the aisle such an emotional moment and I did struggle not to cry. 

The Menu by Caper & Berry

Starter -  Salmon, Guacamole and Edible Flowers

Main - Rump of Lamb, Pecorino Mash and Mediterranean Vegetables

Dessert - Chocolate and Honeycomb Mousse

Our table names were our favourite Christmas films. Everything from Love Actually to Elf!
— Katie

Your Best Memory From the Day?

The church service was another unexpected favourite part. Seeing Adam's face for the first time and singing carols with the choir as loudly as we could. Hearing my sister, Helen, and my friend, Katie, do their readings with such composure really meant a lot to me. 

Adam’s speech was so heartfelt, endearing and funny that it was probably my favourite moment of the day, which I wasn’t expecting. I thought I’d be nervous on behalf of him but he absolutely nailed it. My mum leant over to me during the speech and said ‘You have a very special man there.’
— Katie

Caterer  - Caper & Berry / Cake- Melissa Woodland / Production & DJ - Class Act / Band  - Blue Juice / Piano- Sam Burkey / Magician- Faye Presto / Florist - Ruby & Grace / Videographer - Artistic Motion / Photographer -Chloe- Caught the Light / Dress - Ersa Atelier / Overskirt- Faith at She Walks in Beauty / Bridesmaids - Adrianna Papell / Groom - Stephen BishopGroomsmen - Stephen Bishop / Make-up- Laura Blu / Hair - Rebecca Chang / Transport- London Legends

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This beautiful indoor/outdoor ceremony in the Hedsor Dutch Sunken Garden was a wedding that the Hedsor team will never forget. Sarah and Sam planned this day perfectly filled with the most stunning ceremony, food, dancing and fireworks...

How they met...

Sarah and Sam grew up on the same street together but lost contact after their teenage years. One day they bumped into each other on the train and the rest is really history. Their union was celebrated in the most beautiful way. Hear about it in the words of Sarah below...

The Ceremony

Guests were greeted outside in the Hedsor Dutch Sunken Garden with a string quartet, Apollo Strings and an eight piece choir complete with pianist. Hedsor House is only officially licensed for civil ceremonies inside the venue so we stood in the door of the Dining Room framed by the beautiful backdrop of the house, whilst the formal part of the ceremony took place. Once the legalities were complete we then stepped out into the garden for the remainder of the service.

The ceremony was extremely special. The vows, readings and music were so personal and for me there were a number of moments during the ceremony when I was oblivious to everyone and everything else apart from the wonderful man standing in front of me. 

Why Hedsor

We chose Hedsor because it was the perfect venue for our dream wedding. The fact that it was exclusively ours was very important. The house and grounds lend themselves to accommodating all the different aspects of our day. Once we had met all the staff we knew we would be guided & looked after every step of the way.  

Were there any challenges in planning your big day?

Planning and designing the partial outdoor ceremony with the jeopardy of not knowing what the British weather would be like was difficult. However, all anxieties were solved on the day, with a quick call to a close friend at the Met Office! It ended up being a perfect day in every way.

Details of the day:

The Dress: My dress was the Tiffany Couture Gown, designed by Joyce Young, created in beautiful Italian silk combined with intricate lace. Ladies wore long evening or cocktail dresses. The gentlemen looked dapper in black tie.

The Dancing: We had Isreali dancing which was so exciting and hugely fun, led by The Function Band, who gave a wonderful and varied set throughout the evening. 

The Food: Sublime and innovative catering by Create including 'crack open' duck egg petit fours and we made homemade sloe gin for favours.

The Menu

Starter - Olive Oil Poached Salmon

Warm Burnt Onion Tartlet (v)

Main - Roast Dry Aged Beef Fillet

Gruyere and Wholegrain Mustard Souffle (v)

Dessert - Assiette of Chocolate and Cherry


Your Best Memory From the Day?

Every moment was absolutely perfect. From seeing all our guests, to the stunning Hedsor House; Create's fabulous food; the incredible fireworks; my dream dress; the excellent entertainment, and the beautiful flowers. I made a note to myself to take a snapshot in my head of every aspect of the day, and I relive it all the time! 

The End:

Spectacular musical firework display supplied by Pyromania was the perfect conclusion to our perfect day.

Caterer and Production - Create / Band & DJ - The Function Band / Florist - The Little Flower House, Bernet / Videographer - Relevant Bee Productions / Photographer - Gusto Images / Dress - Joyce Young by Storm / Bridesmaids - Brides of Berkhamsted / Groom - DiversoGroomsmen - Reiss / Hair - Claire Nicole / Coaches- Apple Travel / String Quartet- Apollo Strings / PA Company- Britannia Row

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Caterina and Jianing: The Language of Love

Caterina and Jianing faced a unique challenge on their special day with their loved ones coming from all over the world.

Jianing is Chinese, Caterina's parents are German/Japanese and with friends coming from over 15 countries - there was always a small concern of things becoming 'Lost in Translation'. Thankfully with translator assistance, communication ran smoothly and the universal language of love shone through...

The Theme

Our style in general is pretty elegant and classic, so we kept all the flowers and decor in light pastel colours. 

Why Hedsor?

I did a lot of research online almost two years before the wedding (that's when we got engaged.) I found many nice venues across the UK however Hedsor House was the only venue that was perfect from start to finish. 

I think the Centre Hall was what makes Hedsor extra special. We did not want to have a religious ceremony, so we wanted to make sure that the room we were married in was as beautiful and atmospheric as possible. We knew we would choose Hedsor House before even seeing it in real life! When we finally booked our visit, it was clear from the moment we walked in. It was the only venue viewed and probably one of the easiest things to decide on for our wedding. 

The Ceremony:

The ceremony itself went by really quickly. Our violinist, who happened to be a friend played absolutely beautifully during the ceremony and for my walk down the aisle - it literally made me cry. I think we both found signing the dummy register for the photos a bit silly and funny at the same time - it did make us laugh!

Details of the Day

The Dress: I have to say I had a really hard time finding my wedding dress. I had done a lot of research online and thought it would be pretty straight forward but I was so wrong...

I must have tried on about 50 different dresses. In the end I found this amazingly cut dress by Karen Willis Holmes - it was practically a simple silk dress that you could combine with different boleros, jackets and overskirts. None of the boleros by the same designer suited me, so I went for a different lace bolero by AIRE. It was a bit risky as I actually never saw the two pieces together until I had purchased them both and took them to my first fitting. It worked out perfectly though and lots of people couldn't even tell it was two separate pieces.

The Bridesmaid's dresses were purchased at David's Bridal and were kept within the pastel colour scheme. My sister, who was my Maid of Honour, wore a different coloured dress and a slightly different design but in the same material.

The Flowers: We purchased our flowers from Hot Flowers and Art and were really, really happy with the outcome. When I had my consultation with the florist they were amazing about keeping the costs down and still trying to create something that I had in mind. I absolutely LOVED my bridal bouquet! Shame I could not keep it...

The Band: The real highlight of the night was our live swing band - Ashby Big Band and the singer Tony Casino. We had heard the band at our friend's wedding before and absolutely loved them. They were honestly incredible and even though we are not great dancers, we loved dancing all night. The guests thought it was extra special! I think it makes a huge difference to have a live music at a wedding. We really didn't want to just play music on our iPod, especially as we are musicians ourselves, this element was definitely very important to us. 

The Production: GLO Production provided us with the dance floor, microphones and lighting for the evening which was great.

The Photography: Another big highlight of our day was our photographer - Remi Dupac. You will honestly never find a more talented, artistic and kind photographer!! We actually had him flown in from France. Our friends who got married in France almost four years ago had hired him for their wedding. I was a bridesmaid at that wedding and got to spend some time with Remi and see how he works and of course saw the amazing photos afterwards. Honestly, it's amazing how he manages to capture every important moment of the day - he didn't miss anything on our day!! And the photographs are simply stunning (see for yourselves.)

Instead of spending money on wedding favours, we decided to send out our personalised photos with our Thank You cards for each of our guests. There were so many stunning photographs of our friends and family that we wanted each of them to have them as real photographs rather than just seeing them on Facebook or sending them out by email. Everybody absolutely loved the photos and all our friends still talk about Remi, almost six months after the wedding. We can't recommend him enough!

Did anything unexpected happen?

Two small things (they felt a lot bigger at the time) went wrong just before the wedding. Two days before the wedding, I lost my phone in a taxi on the way from the airport and nearly freaked out as I was still coordinating everyone. Luckily I got it back...

Then I received a phone call from one of my Bridesmaids the night before the wedding when she kindly picking up the wedding cake and cupcakes for the cupcake tower, to say that the bakery had gotten our wedding date wrong and had not started making the cakes yet! The bakery had to hand deliver them on the day of the wedding... DRAMA! Luckily my Bridesmaid's handled it amazingly! 


The Menu by Caper & Berry

Starter - Sesame crusted seared tuna, Asian vegetable, pickled ginger, crispy shallots and a wasabi ponzu dressing


Flame roasted peppers and wine tomato tart tatin with a goat's cheese mousse, fresh basil and basil oil

Main - Lamb cannon with 24 hour slow cooked lamb shoulder, confit potato, pea puree, glazed asparagus, salsa verde and roasting jus


Buttermilk marinated Halloumi pan fried and served with garlic and thyme potato rosti, asaragus spears, roasted vine tomato and salsa verde

Dessert - Banoffee Pie, Eton Mess & Lemon Posset with Blueberries

What was your best memory from the day?

Everything! Pure happiness!

Caterer  - Caper & Berry / Cake- The Sugared Saffron / Production- GLO Production / Band & DJ - Ashby Big Band/  Florist - Hot Flowers and Art /  Photographer -Remi Dupac / Dress - Karen Willis Holmes, Bolero by AIRE Barcelona / Bridesmaids - David's Bridal / Hair - Tamara Tott

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Jennifer and Marc: A Vintage, Grown Up and Glamorous Affair

Three weeks before their wedding the Groom's best man, a meteorologist, predicted that their big day would be a beautiful and sunny day, something that the couple never expected in October. We have fallen in love with this Hedsor Bluebell wedding and hopefully you will see why from the stunning photography...

How did your wedding planning process begin?

The first thing we did was look at venues. I knew once that we'd found our reception venue, we could set a date and begin to plan everything else. It was also important for me to use the venue to inspire us in decisions on colour, style & decor and I knew the place we chose would determine this. 


A close second was booking our photographer. We knew a long time before the wedding that we wanted Claire to take our wedding photographs. Working in the industry myself I am lucky enough to get to meet and work with talented people on a regular basis and Claire was at the top of my list for photography, having worked with her on several wedding shoots. It was especially lovely to have a friend taking our photographs, as she put us at complete ease and it was so nice to have her there as part of our day.


Why Hedsor House?

As soon as we drove along the tree lined driveway and saw Hedsor House we were blown away and then on entering the house, our decision was made. It is beautiful inside and out with a grandeur and glamour that we had not seen anywhere else. At the same time, it's so intimate and works amazingly well as a wedding venue. We knew that we would have a stunning day and we knew that our guests would feel the same. 

The Ceremony

The moment I saw Jen walk down the aisle towards me....

I’d over-heard her talking about some elements of her outfit, but when I saw her, I still felt blown away and she looked even better than I’d expected.

That was a good moment.
— Marc


We had our ceremony at St. John the Baptist Church in Central Windsor. The weather was absolutely stunning and made the day extra special as we could take advantage of the outside areas. It also meant that whilst our guests were arriving at the Church, the changing of the guard at Windsor Castle walked passed, which was a very special touch and a large stroke of luck. I got ready in the Castle Hotel across the road to the Church with my parents, my Auntie (also my Maid of Honour) and my Bridesmaids and we watched the guests as they arrived. 


Details of the Day

Theme: We really took inspiration from Hedsor House and wanted to do the venue justice by choosing colours and styles to compliment it. I think theme is probably not the right word, as we just chose all things that we liked in colours that worked together. I love vintage styling but I was keen to keep it fluid and not be stuck on one particular era. Some words that I think that sum it up; Vintage, Grown up, Glamour with a bit of romance and sparkle, without too much fuss.

Dresses & Styling: I gave an awful lot of thought to how I wanted to look. Being a Bridal hairstylist, I felt it was very important to me that I looked my very best, not only for Marc and myself, but for my brand, as I knew that people would be looking closely at my styling. It was really great to be on the other side of things for a change and be the Bride and because of my background I had thousands of ideas to work from. 


I chose a Maggie Sottero gown from 'Windsor and Eton Brides', that flattered my body and shape, in particular, pulled in at my waist. I was keen to have a dress with a vintage feel to it but something that gave me support on the day and this dress was the perfect balance. The beading on the dress is partly why I chose it, as it was so intricate and felt very 30's glam and I loved the low back.

I added a small belt, which I tied in a bow at the back and some cap sleeves to balance my shape. I wore a cathedral veil, a half flower crown and the most amazing gold sparkly peep toe bow heels from Miss KG.

I knew that I did not want 'traditional' for my bridesmaids and I wanted to choose something a little bit different, but a dress that would flatter each of their shapes. I found a full length nude Phase 8 dress that was adorned in silver, muted grey and black sequins in a 30's style. They looked absolutely stunning on the day and the dresses looked even better than expected as they shimmered in the sunlight and then on the dance-floor. I really loved them but it does help that my three bridesmaids are stunners!

The boys all wore navy three piece suits from Moss Bros with apricot ties and pocket squares. Marc wore a bow tie in the same fabric. We bought them each a pair of cufflinks with aeroplane propellers as a nod to Marc's job as a pilot.

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Floristry: The flowers, which were done by Ruby & Grace were a big part of our decor and the style of my bouquet was important to me. I really wanted a large bouquet with lots of green and pastels with a wild feel. The bridesmaid's bouquet were smaller versions of mine and the arrangements at Hedsor, were variations of the same. I have had my bouquet pressed by Infinity Flowers and put into a large hanging frame, so I can treasure it forever. 

Entertainment: Our band 'The Old Dirty Brasstards' were one of the things we were most looking forward to on the run up to the day and we tried to keep them as a surprise for the guests. They are a ten piece brass band that play modern songs. Very talented and lots of fun. We first saw them at Glastonbury in 2013 and absolutely loved them as they were so different and said then, if we ever got married we would have them as our wedding band.

Were there any surprises on your day?

Only the weather! When we booked our wedding for October, we did not really expect to have such a beautiful day. There was not a cloud in the sky all day and the sun shone from start to finish and it was warm, it was amazing. Our best man is a meteorologist and he predicted it three weeks before, but I did not believe him! 

What is the thing that you remember most about your day?

The speeches. All three of them were really special in their own way and everyone was laughing and crying at some point or other. The photographs really capture the reactions too, which is lovely. I also surprised Marc and got up and read a poem I had written, which was really fun, as no-one was expecting me to speak.

The day flew by in a shot and there were so many special moments, I can’t even say. But my very favourite moment was when we got to the Bridal Suite in Hedsor at the end of the night, took off our uncomfortable clothes and ran a bubble bath. We drank Champagne in the huge roll top bath facing eachother, Marc rubbing my aching dancing feet and we chatted about all of our favourite moments of the day. It was so special.
— Jennifer


The Menu by Caper & Berry

Starter -  Peas, Ham Hock and Crackling- A set pea mousse topped with smoked ham hock, garden peas , mint dressing and crisp crackling.

Tomato and Pepper Tart Tatin- Flame roasted peppers and vine tomato tart tatin with a  goat's cheese mousse, fresh basil and basil oil.

Main -  Rump of Lamb, Pecorino, Salsa Verde- Lamb rump served on a pecorino and mash with tender broccoli and olivette carrots, vibrant salsa verde and roasting jus.

(v) Potato Gnocchi, Wild Mushrooms and Truffle

Dessert - Lemon, Raspberries and Vanilla- Zesty lemon crunch, fresh raspberries and raspberry meringue with vanilla mascarpone and raspberry wafer


Caterer  - Caper & Berry / Cake- Melissa Woodland / Production- Class Act / Band & DJ - Old Dirty Brasstards   Florist - Ruby & Grace /  Photographer - Claire Macintyre / Dress - Maggie Sottero, Windsor & Eton Brides / Bridesmaids - Phase Eight / Groom & Groomsmen - Moss Bros  Make-up - Bride / Hair- Pin-Ups Bridal Hair / Glassware Hire- Wedding & Parties / Transport- Red Routemaster

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Nataliya and Andrew: Combining Cultures

It was a day of literally marrying English and Russian traditions through the key elements of music, food, drink, flowers and light to create an unforgettable experience for everyone.

Hear about it in Andrew's own words below...   


The Ceremony

As guests arrived and took their seats, they were met with the beautiful floral arrangements and elegant standing candles along the aisle. The ceremony started with a live saxophonist who serenaded Nataliya, who was wearing an absolutely stunning Suzanne Neville dress. The ceremony itself included both Russian and English readings that said so much about us as a couple and also reminded everyone about the two traditions coming together on the day. 

Hedsor House was only the second venue that we saw and we instantly fell in love with its picturesque grounds, grand and stylish decor and its history. The vision of our wedding started to come together so easily in our minds that there was no doubt  Hedsor House was THE place to make our own history. 
— Andrew The Groom

The Drinks Reception

Rocket, our caterer, welcomed our guests with canapes that were beautifully presented and the saxophone provided wonderful background music. In addition to Champagne, we also had real ale from the very small Wimbledon Brewery, to reflect where I have lived for many years.


The Dinner

It all started with the Russian tradition of breaking a large, ornate and specially baked bread called 'Karavai'. Nataliya and I both ripped off a piece of bread to decide who would be head of the family!

I must admit that, my now wife, ripped a bigger piece. We also combined the twin traditions of speeches - typical of British weddings and shorter toasts from Russian weddings. The professional translator was there to ensure that everyone could understand what was being said which helped bring everyone together. To top it all off, each table had a chilled bottle of vodka to make the toasts in true Russian style. This went down very well...

The Fireworks:

At 10pm everyone was in for a surprise as they were ushered outside for fireworks, which were truly stunning. This completed the 'light' element of the day, with the evening being topped off wonderfully with music that included both Russian and British classic tunes to keep everyone get involved and be entertained. 


Caterer and Production - Rocket Food / Production - GLO / DJ - Ollie White/ Florist - Amelia Cornish / Videographer - Minty Slippers / Photographer - David Bostock / Dress - Suzaanne Neville - Ellie Sanderson Beaconsfield / Make-up and Hair - InParlour

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Homun and David: All the fun of the fair

Watching the house transform into a beautiful wedding complete with fairground sparked the inner child in all of the Hedsor team. Homun and David made sure it was a day that no one could forget...

The Theme

Dave and I have always wanted dodgems at our wedding so we decided to go for a carnival/funfair theme. We hired fairground rides which had dodgems, a carousel, a rodeo bull, test of strength, shoot the duck and coconut shy.

Spending an amazing morning with my mum and all my girls was my highlight! I remember feeling really overwhelmed that everyone was here to celebrate with me and Dave. I’m not normally someone who likes all the attention being focused on me but it was a very warm feeling on the day to see all our friends and family together. It is a feeling I will cherish forever. I wish everyday was a wedding day!
— Homun
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The Ceremony

The ceremony was short and sweet, just the way we wanted it. The room was big but at the same time it had a very intimate feel. We loved every moment of it! We could have opted for an outdoor ceremony but the thought never crossed our minds because it would have been a waste not to do it in such a glorious room!

Why Hedsor?

I've always loved my period dramas and knew before I looked at venues that a grand house was what I wanted. 

I had only seen one venue prior to Hedsor House but when I came for my first visit, after seeing the amazing ceremony room (Centre Hall) with the surrounding balcony I fell in love with the venue and nothing else mattered. The final room that convinced me was the bridal suite, after seeing that I could just imagine me and my girls getting ready there and I've always dreamed of having a four poster bed so the bed room was the cherry on the top! Even the bathroom was so amazing that it made it into our wedding photos!

Details of the Day

Our wedding invites were designed to be like carnival posters, the centre pieces were flower arrangements in the shape of a helter skelter and ferris wheels and the table plan was made from floating hula-hoops.

Everything was in a pastel blue and cream striped design to bring together our carnival theme with a touch of vintage to go with the venue.

The Dresses:

I wore three dresses on the day. For the traditional tea ceremony I opted for a simple red Chinese dress which was given to me by Dave's Auntie, which gave it a personal touch. 

For the main ceremony I wore an Angelina Colarusso gown which I adapted with the help of my amazing seamstress which took about six months of weekly fittings.

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And finally for the evening I changed into a white version of my bridesmaid dresses! They looked amazing in their pastel blue version and I wanted to be a part of their gang!

I wanted to wear the same suit that Scar Face wore in his wedding scene. All white with a burgundy bow tie.
— David

Did anything go wrong, before or on the day? Who saved the day and how?

Prior to the wedding someone had given me a little piece of advice, to take five minutes out for just me and Dave where we could just enjoy each others company. I mentioned this to Dave and thought nothing of it. But just after sunset Dave took me to the little gazebo at the back of the fields which I mentioned I really liked but didn’t know how to make it part of our day. It was a lovely moment where we could just relax.
— Homun

The M40!!! Two accidents on the M40 which was where all of my family were coming from to get to the venue.

As the day started off with the tea ceremony, with my side of the family, the start was delayed. As I was not supposed to see anyone until the tea ceremony started I was locked in the bridal suite on my own whilst my bridesmaids sorted getting everyone in place! They were such gems and with me being such a control freak, I had to put all my faith in them to organise everything downstairs while I waited. Miraculously, even though the family were late, the tea ceremony went smoothly and by the end of it, the time was aligned with the timetable for the day. BIG THANKS to my bridesmaids! They will never understand how grateful I am to them!


Did you face any challenges in planning your big day?

The table planning was the most challenging. I have always heard that was stressful and boy was that true! Caper and Berry were very good at accommodating my constant changes.


The Menu by Caper & Berry

Starter - Tuna, Wasabi Mirin  

Main - Rump of Lamb, Pecorino, Salsa Verde

Dessert - Mini Dessert Pots – White Chocolate & Cherry Cheesecake, Eton Mess and Peppermint Oreo Mousse


The Honeymoon

The very next day we flew straight to Mauritius! It was lovely to drop everything and switch off in what seemed like paradise! My amazing brother took care of all the arrangements after the wedding which meant we could have a stress fee honeymoon!

Caterer  - Caper & Berry / Band & DJ - Barry Malki/  Florist -The Bloomery / Photographer -Miki Photography / Dress -Angelina Colarusso/ Bridesmaids -ASOSGroom -Edit Suits / Groomsmen- Moss Bros/ Make-up Kristina Gasperas/ Hair- Frankie Jackson 

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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!