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