Natalie and James: Classically Elegant

Natalie and James were introduced through their siblings. After James’ delay in contacting Natalie and then Natalie not showing up for the first date, it is a relationship that defeated all initial odds.

During their two year engagement, they planned the perfect wedding at Hedsor House making sure that their guests were placed at the heart of everything.

Read more about their beautiful day below…

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Why Hedsor? - Natalie

James and I really wanted to find a gorgeous country manor which we could take over exclusively. Anyone that has been to Hedsor House can agree how stunning it is. The venue and the grounds were truly breath-taking, plus the Bridal Suite definitely sealed the deal!

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Was there a theme to your day? - Natalie

We are quite classic with our tastes, so we wanted everything to be fairly simple and elegant. We only wanted neutral colours; pale pink, light blue and lots of white.

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The most important thing to us was that all of our guests enjoyed themselves, so we made sure there was an abundance of food, drink and entertainment! We know weddings are expensive for guests, so we wanted to ensure that no one had to want for anything. We also wanted people to have fun!

Details of the Day - Both

Natalie: My dad was making me laugh walking down the aisle so that set the tone for the day. It was great to see James at the altar, everything else is a bit of a blur. It was quite warm in the Centre Hall so it was a struggle getting the rings on, but that just added to the amusement of it. Never take anything too seriously! One of our last minute purchases were pretty little fans. These went down very well with our guests.

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James: I couldn’t tell you a word that the registrar said. I was fixated on Natalie. I felt so relaxed. We were getting married and everything that we had been planning for two years was finally happening. I remember not being able to get her ring on her finger. Eventually it went on. I lost my wedding ring four times before the honeymoon was over.

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Natalie walking down the aisle towards me. That is the one thing I remember clear as day and was my favourite part of the day.
— James

Natalie’s Dress: As for my dress, I always said I would never wear a tight, strapless dress, so of course that’s what I ended up with. It was very simple, but I wanted to make sure when I looked back in the pictures it would always be classic, and not just on trend.

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Bridesmaids: I knew I always wanted my bridesmaids to be in pale blue but finding a dress in the right colour was a nightmare. This is why I opted to find the design and then have it replicated by a local designer. I was so pleased with how they turned out, the girls looked brilliant.

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James’ suit: My suit was amazing. It was a gift from my fiancé (now wife) for my 30th birthday. It was a custom made Loro Piana two piece suit from the Boggi Milano Master Tailor. I got to choose every element and detail of the suit from the fabric to the buttons and even the lining of the jacket and trousers. I had my initials and our wedding date stitched onto the inside breast pocket. I wore an ivory double breasted waistcoat, crisp white shirt and pale blue tie. I love it and it is now my special occasion suit. Typically I will buy a suit and get it tailored but my wedding suit was something special and fits perfectly.

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I never thought I would ever feel so happy. From the minute I arrived at Hedsor I was in a state of elation. It really is the greatest day of your life and I got to spend it with the person I love the most and all of my family and friends. You get lost in it all and the day flies by without you realising it. I would highly recommend to anyone who is getting married to just stop, look around and take it all in.
— James

The Photobooth: Our photobooth was also a highlight of the day, even if I did occupy it most of the time.

The Entertainment: We had a string trio for the ceremony and the drinks reception, and then a live band with a separate DJ until the lights came on.

One of my groomsmen, who shall remain unnamed (it wasn’t Chris or Wayne) thought that power sliding across the dance floor in his new suit was a good idea. Needless to say he no longer has knees in his trousers. Money well spent.
— James

Groom’s Car: One of the first things I organised when we were planning the wedding were my wedding cars. That’s right I had two! I hired a new Range Rover for the week to ship things to the venue and to ferry me and the groomsmen around. I was then, very kindly, given a Jaguar E-Type by Classic Car Club for the wedding day, which I drove with my brother from Stoke Park to Hedsor House. The E-Type looked beautiful and was a head turner as we drove to Hedsor and when parked right outside the main house.

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Did you face any challenges in planning your big day? - Natalie

We had a few family struggles but nothing too drastic. No one tells you how stressful it is to plan a wedding, but the day itself was completely worth it. The reason it was so stressful was because I wanted it to be perfect, and if I do say so myself, it really was. We had the perfect venue, the best team, and I married my best friend.

One of the things we were particularly nervous about was the first dance, so we decided to have a few lessons and learn a routine. What I didn’t take in to consideration was how tight my dress was, and as I had little off the shoulder sleeves, I couldn’t move my arms very far. Our well thought out choreographed routine didn’t quite go to plan, but I don’t think anyone noticed. Except for James. Who still teases me to this day about it.

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What do you remember most about your day? - Natalie

I felt so happy. I know that sounds expected, and slightly tacky, but honestly, being in a room filled with everyone you love is so special and overwhelming. I wasn’t nervous at all.

I just absolutely loved it.

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Lots of people said they had never seen a more relaxed bride. Words of advice. Champagne helps!
— Natalie
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All of our suppliers were truly amazing. A huge thanks to Kate from Caper & Berry (Caterer) who was just a dream to work with. Linda from Seventh Heaven (Florist) was also magical. Both of these ladies were such a big part of the day, I am truly thankful to them.

The Menu by Caper & Berry

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This was the best part of planning! Menu tasting is the dream.
— James
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Starter: Burrata with artichokes and heirloom tomatoes

Main: Deconstructed beef wellington

Dessert: Trio of shots and pots; Eton mess, banoffee pie and a chocolate mousse with brownies, salted caramel and honeycomb

After this, we had a four tier cake, each tier consisting of a different flavour, a cheese table and a sweet table. Because we like our food, we also booked the Caper & Berry Pizza Defender. It was incredible! The food definitely did not disappoint.


Caterer  - Caper & Berry / Production & Band- The London Function Band / Florist - Seventh Heaven / Photographer - Paul Toeman / Dress - Pronovias /  Bridesmaids - Hollie Tarrier / Groom - Boggi Milano / Groomsmen - Roderick Charles / Make-up and Hair - Tori Harris / Cake- Dolce Lusso Cakes by Katie

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OLIVIA AND MARTIN: CLASSIC GLAMOUR

Olivia and Martin were friends for seven years before falling in love. After they began dating, they questioned how soulmates could be have been around each other for so long without noticing. 

Months later, they fell in love with Hedsor House and had six months to plan the day of their dreams. Their classically glamorous day was everything they dreamed of and more...

Why Hedsor?

Olivia: Hedsor House was only the second venue we viewed. From the moment we turned off the road and took the long drive up to the house I knew that we were going to like it. 

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As soon as we were inside I was instantly in love. We moved from one beautiful room to another exploring and I remember getting teary eyed and saying to Martin ‘this is where I want to get married.'

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We did visit a few other venues however, nowhere held the magic for me that Hedsor did. Nowhere else gave me goosebumps and nothing else could compare. Luckily Martin agreed, for us there was no other option, our wedding had to be at Hedsor House.

The Ceremony

Olivia: Our ceremony was beautiful and the fact we’d written our own vows really made it even more personal. Our registrar was excellent and made me as comfortable as possible during one of the most intense moments of my life.

Martin: The feeling of happiness and relief once the ceremony was over was indescribable. I can genuinely say I was the happiest and proudest groom in the world and even gave the congregation a fist pump before kissing my beautiful bride.

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The biggest surprise on the day was Olivia. I knew she’d look gorgeous as she always does but I wasn’t prepared for the moment I saw her walking down the aisle. I was stunned by her beauty and may have had to borrow a tissue from our registrar.
— Martin
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Details of the Day

The Dress: I got my dress from Ellie Sanderson in Beaconsfield, it was by a designer called Jesus Peiro. Ellie Sanderson was the first boutique I visited and my dress was the fourth I tried on. I was convinced I was going to wear a fitted, strapless, mermaid style dress. One of the wonderful ladies who worked there picked my dress for me to try on, I picked three I liked (two mermaids and a big ball gown just for fun)! She then picked two for me, one of which turned out to be my dress: a tight halter neck top with a plunging v neck, protruding collar and bigger skirt with box pleats and pockets!

The dress featured a heavy duchess satin and as soon as I put it on, I loved it and realised that I didn’t actually want the tight fitting style. I wanted to feel like I was wearing a wedding dress and absolutely loved the style of the Jesus Peiro. The dress was simple and classic but with a bit of a modern twist and I’d never seen a dress like it before. 

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The Suit: I wore a bespoke midnight blue tuxedo with a shawl collar inspired by the James Bond Skyfall tuxedo (I’m a huge Bond fan) created by Clements and Church Beaconsfield. After meeting Clements and Church at the Hedsor Wedding Showcase, I made an appointment to visit the store where I described my ideal look for my wedding day and was measured up for my tux. I was blown away when I later spoke to the guys and not only had they re-created the tux of my dreams to fit me perfectly, they’d also gone to the effort of procuring the exact fabric used by Tom Ford to make the Skyfall tuxedo for Daniel Craig.

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Martin: On the big day, I was worried about a lot of things, but the moment I put on my tux I felt confident and ready for anything. It also put a huge smile on my face when I opened the jacket and saw not only my initials, but my soon to be wife's new initials and the date of our wedding... it was perfect.

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The bridesmaids wore black, floor length dresses. The girls shopped around and picked their own dresses which worked really well in the end.

The groomsmen were all in tuxedos which looked lovely and really complimented the rest of the wedding party.

The details

Describe more of the day: As our wedding was in early February we knew it would be cold! We wanted the colours to be warm and luxurious so we picked muted pinks, golds and cream.

Class Act provided lovely golden and amber uplighting for the ceremony which really added extra warmth to the room. One of my favourite things was our table settings, we had warm beige table cloths, gold rimmed charger plates, gold cutlery and gold rimmed glass wear with blush pink napkins.

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One of my other favourite things was our signing board, we asked my dad to frame our Hedsor spoon that we got when we booked our wedding date and then got all the guests to sign around it. I love that it represents the start of our journey to the end, from booking the date to the actual day itself.
— Olivia

Everyone had a gold laser cut name placed over their napkin, it all went beautifully together and looked fabulous in Hedsor's Ballroom!

Were there any surprises on your big day? 

The weather was a bit of a surprise! We got married on 2nd of February and it had rained every day in the week leading up to the wedding. When I woke up on the morning, the sun was shining and it was a bright sunny day! It was still a bit cold but it stayed dry all day and we were able to get some great photos in the grounds!

What do you remember most about your day? 

Olivia: My overwhelming feeling of happiness. I couldn’t believe how lucky I was to be marrying the man of my dreams in the place of my dreams and that everything just seemed perfect! Martin looked better than James Bond is his tuxedo, I don’t think I stopped smiling for the entire day (apart from a few tears at the speeches)! It was the perfect start to our married life together and every time I think about it I get that same feeling of happiness and can’t help but smile.

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The Menu by Caper & Berry

Starter- Salmon, Cucumber and Edible Flowers

Main - Hampshire Beef

Dessert - Chocolate and Honeycomb

Caterer  - Caper & Berry / Production & DJ - Class Act / Florist - Ruby & Grace / Photographer -David Bostock / Cake - Melissa Woodland Cakes / Dress - Jesus Peiro from Ellie Sanderson / Groom - Clements and Church Beaconsfield /  Make-up- Lauren Christy / Hair - Hayley Jeffery

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Sarah and Caroline: AT LAST

Sarah and Caroline's eyes met at a work Christmas party and the rest is history. Their day was filled with so much love and personal touches. Read more about their November wedding below...

Why Hedsor?

We were first attracted to Hedsor because of the fantastic location, I wanted something private with a rural feel yet close to the surrounding towns. The drive immediately makes you feel as if you’re somewhere else, somewhere exclusive, peaceful, elegant. The winding drive creates a build up, then the road opens up to reveal a spectacular house – simply breath taking. We both looked at each other and said ‘WOW’. Inside, does not let it down, in fact the whole house, grounds and surroundings oozes class and sophistication. With its grand Staircase, beautiful Balcony, sensational Ballroom and Centre Hall, Hedsor really is amazing - yet the real delight and something you don’t expect is the Bridal Suite which is almost a whole floor. Incredible! 

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Was there a theme to your day?

There was not an overall theme. We were just keen that everyone had a good time and enjoyed spending the day with us.

Details of the day

The Ceremony: I could not believe how nervous I was! Walking in to a room with what feels like hundreds of pairs of eyes on you, willing yourself to not move too quick (or trip) is very nerve wracking – I was clutched on to my dad for dear life! Michael and Katherine, the two registrars were complete pros though, and took us through the ceremony with ease.

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The Dress: My dress was not the vision I had in mind when I set out looking (but what bride doesn’t say that), it was delicate lace, embroidered with sparkles throughout. It had cap sleeves and a high neck, but the most amazing diamond cut out on the back. I fell in love with it on the hanger, and was (apparently) beaming from ear to ear the second I tried it on.

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The Suit: My suit was amazing. Although I was cutting it fine by only purchasing it a week beforehand it was perfect, and I am glad I held out. It was a Hugo Boss virgin wool navy suit from Harvey Nichols. It hung perfectly and was tailored to me by a local seamstress - not that it needed much adjusting. I received such incredible service, the assistant at Harvey Nichols simply couldn’t do enough and after about 20 suits we found ‘the one’.

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The Bridesmaids: I knew I didn’t want matchy matchy bridesmaids, and actually when we started looking I was originally looking for a Cadbury purple colour….however, over time that soon changed and we ended up choosing a pale blush for one bridesmaid, and a slate grey for the other.

The Flowers: We chose Suzanne at Hot Flowers, as after the first time we met her we felt she ‘got’ what we wanted. I’m quite into flowers myself so this was a key part for me, but I didn’t want anything too structured – it needed to be natural, free flowing and seasonal. I left Suzanne to the creative side as I prefer to trust the professionals! The bouquets were a mix of roses, spray roses, lisianthus and wax flowers and smelt amazing courtesy of some freesia. Caroline wore a buttonhole which was a rose and lisianthus, and the rest of the buttonholes were roses. We decorated the beautiful Staircase with some beautifully simple ivy and other foliage, and had a jaw dropping hanging foliage wall of ivy and other greenery in the central hall which created a sort of waterfall effect. This was something Suzanne had never worked on before but we were so pleased with the outcome.

Hair & Make-up: Adele (my hair & MUA) was fantastic – she brought the lovely Claire along with her. What a calming influence they were! Both ladies made me feel completely at ease, we had a giggle, and Adele took charge a bit when it all got a bit overwhelming for me. Complete stars and we all looked fab!

The Cake: The cake by 'Cakes by Ali' was definitely a talking point. we wanted to play a little with this aspect of the day and she certainly allowed us to express ourselves. The outside was a beautiful arrangement pastel colours in a ombre cake with inside each layer was a different flavour. Ranging from Victoria sponge classic jam, chocolate fudge, prosecco and raspberry and finished with peanut butter and chocolate. Lastly, we decorated the cake with subtle influences of our favourite films…. Marvel. We had Thor’s hammer, Captain America’s shield, Hulk’s fist and a few others all sticking out between layers. People kept walking around the cake to see which ones they could spot. 

The Band: We booked a string trio recommended by Hedsor, Apollo Strings. They were brilliant, we picked from a lengthy play list about six months prior, so this took all the stress out of it, and although we do enjoy classical music we also wanted some modern-day classics with a string twist. They have fantastic range and did not disappoint. They played before, during and after the ceremony and everyone loved them.

In the evening we had a live band called Dexter; they were just perfect. Our first dance was At Last by Etta James. Cat the female vocalist and Steve on guitar gave the most intimate and special acoustic version and we could not have been happier. It was absolutely perfect for us and everyone was on their feet all night. 

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My brother (and my best man) stepped up! He hired a Ferrari for the day! I had no idea so when he showed up I was completely shocked. What a legend. Oh, my word, we were late getting to Hedsor as we were too busy driving it around. It was a very thoughtful and special touch. One that did not go unnoticed. I parked it in front of the house and after the ceremony fired it up to show our guesses its beauty, it did not disappoint.
— Caroline

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

The overwhelming feeling of love in the room – which is so cliché but its true, and many people commented on it. The majority of our guests from each side had not met before this day but you wouldn’t know that from the atmosphere. It was a big ball of love.

Did you face any challenges in planning your big day?

I think the main challenges were fitting it all in. We wanted to share the experience and make sure we took the time to speak to and understand all the suppliers. For us, it wasn’t just about they make a great food or it looks good. Yes that was important but, with so many fantastic companies to choose from it was important to us that we got on with all our suppliers. That they understood what style, feel and quality we wanted so that took a lot of time.... we met a lot of people.

 

The Menu by The Wild Fork

Starter: Smoked haddock fishcakes with gribiche & herb dressing

 Salt baked beats with goats cheese mousse and pickled beetroot (v)

Main: Venison haunch with pearl barley and fresh apple

Mushroom, sundried tomato, spinach and ricotta wellington (v)

Dessert: Croquembouche to each table with a jug of chocolate sauce followed by cheese.

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Wild Fork were great for this. Oliver was brilliant and really took flavours and textures to a different level for us. He really ‘got’ us and designed a menu, complete with drinks that was bespoke to our wedding. They were super efficient on the day too – in fact many of guests blamed their hangovers on the waiting staff topping their glasses up too frequently!
— Caroline

Caterer  - The Wild Fork / Production - Class Act / Cake- Cali Ali / Band- Dexter / Florist - Hot Flowers / Videographer- Martin, Posterity Videos / Photographer - Guy Hearn / Dress - Pure Couture Beaconsfield /  Bridesmaids- ASOSBiba / Suit - Hugo Boss / Groomsmen- Lemmings, Chalfont St PeterMake-up and Hair - Adele at Rosie Blush

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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 & 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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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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!

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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. 

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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
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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 & JAMES: GOING THE DISTANCE

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. 

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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! 

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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)...

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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. 

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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.

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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!)

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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!

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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!

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

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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. 

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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! 

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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!

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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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KATIE & ADAM: A VERY MERRY WEDDING

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. 

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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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SARAH & SAM: MEET ME IN THE GARDEN...

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

or

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

or

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 / 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!