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