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.
We had our ceremony at St. John the Baptist Church in Central Windsor. The weather was absolutely stunning and made the day extra special as we could take advantage of the outside areas. It also meant that whilst our guests were arriving at the Church, the changing of the guard at Windsor Castle walked passed, which was a very special touch and a large stroke of luck. I got ready in the Castle Hotel across the road to the Church with my parents, my Auntie (also my Maid of Honour) and my Bridesmaids and we watched the guests as they arrived.
Details of the Day
Theme: We really took inspiration from Hedsor House and wanted to do the venue justice by choosing colours and styles to compliment it. I think theme is probably not the right word, as we just chose all things that we liked in colours that worked together. I love vintage styling but I was keen to keep it fluid and not be stuck on one particular era. Some words that I think that sum it up; Vintage, Grown up, Glamour with a bit of romance and sparkle, without too much fuss.
Dresses & Styling: I gave an awful lot of thought to how I wanted to look. Being a Bridal hairstylist, I felt it was very important to me that I looked my very best, not only for Marc and myself, but for my brand, as I knew that people would be looking closely at my styling. It was really great to be on the other side of things for a change and be the Bride and because of my background I had thousands of ideas to work from.
I chose a Maggie Sottero gown from 'Windsor and Eton Brides', that flattered my body and shape, in particular, pulled in at my waist. I was keen to have a dress with a vintage feel to it but something that gave me support on the day and this dress was the perfect balance. The beading on the dress is partly why I chose it, as it was so intricate and felt very 30's glam and I loved the low back.
I added a small belt, which I tied in a bow at the back and some cap sleeves to balance my shape. I wore a cathedral veil, a half flower crown and the most amazing gold sparkly peep toe bow heels from Miss KG.
I knew that I did not want 'traditional' for my bridesmaids and I wanted to choose something a little bit different, but a dress that would flatter each of their shapes. I found a full length nude Phase 8 dress that was adorned in silver, muted grey and black sequins in a 30's style. They looked absolutely stunning on the day and the dresses looked even better than expected as they shimmered in the sunlight and then on the dance-floor. I really loved them but it does help that my three bridesmaids are stunners!
The boys all wore navy three piece suits from Moss Bros with apricot ties and pocket squares. Marc wore a bow tie in the same fabric. We bought them each a pair of cufflinks with aeroplane propellers as a nod to Marc's job as a pilot.
Floristry: The flowers, which were done by Ruby & Grace were a big part of our decor and the style of my bouquet was important to me. I really wanted a large bouquet with lots of green and pastels with a wild feel. The bridesmaid's bouquet were smaller versions of mine and the arrangements at Hedsor, were variations of the same. I have had my bouquet pressed by Infinity Flowers and put into a large hanging frame, so I can treasure it forever.
Entertainment: Our band 'The Old Dirty Brasstards' were one of the things we were most looking forward to on the run up to the day and we tried to keep them as a surprise for the guests. They are a ten piece brass band that play modern songs. Very talented and lots of fun. We first saw them at Glastonbury in 2013 and absolutely loved them as they were so different and said then, if we ever got married we would have them as our wedding band.
Were there any surprises on your day?
Only the weather! When we booked our wedding for October, we did not really expect to have such a beautiful day. There was not a cloud in the sky all day and the sun shone from start to finish and it was warm, it was amazing. Our best man is a meteorologist and he predicted it three weeks before, but I did not believe him!
What is the thing that you remember most about your day?
The speeches. All three of them were really special in their own way and everyone was laughing and crying at some point or other. The photographs really capture the reactions too, which is lovely. I also surprised Marc and got up and read a poem I had written, which was really fun, as no-one was expecting me to speak.
Starter - Peas, Ham Hock and Crackling- A set pea mousse topped with smoked ham hock, garden peas , mint dressing and crisp crackling.
Tomato and Pepper Tart Tatin- Flame roasted peppers and vine tomato tart tatin with a goat's cheese mousse, fresh basil and basil oil.
Main - Rump of Lamb, Pecorino, Salsa Verde- Lamb rump served on a pecorino and mash with tender broccoli and olivette carrots, vibrant salsa verde and roasting jus.
(v) Potato Gnocchi, Wild Mushrooms and Truffle
Dessert - Lemon, Raspberries and Vanilla- Zesty lemon crunch, fresh raspberries and raspberry meringue with vanilla mascarpone and raspberry wafer
Caterer - Caper & Berry / Cake- Melissa Woodland / Production- Class Act / Band & DJ - Old Dirty Brasstards / Florist - Ruby & Grace / Photographer - Claire Macintyre / Dress - Maggie Sottero, Windsor & Eton Brides / Bridesmaids - Phase Eight / Groom & Groomsmen - Moss Bros / Make-up - Bride / Hair- Pin-Ups Bridal Hair / Glassware Hire- Wedding & Parties / Transport- Red Routemaster