Cheryl & Tom: CHILDHOOD SWEETHEARTS

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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