Candy and Edilaine met in Oxford on a night out which changed their world forever! After only a few dates, Edilaine had to go back to Brazil for a couple of months to visit her family. Despite an ever increasing phone bill, Candy called everyday and she couldn’t wait for her to come back. Edilaine finally surprised Candy a few days after the opening of her new restaurant.
Since officially starting their relationship in 2012, they have been through many different life stages together. They were engaged in 2017 in Tuscany…when like true star crossed lovers….they both planned to propose on the same evening without each other knowing.
We viewed a couple of venues, but nothing had that spark for us. When we went to visit Hedsor House for a wedding showcase, from the moment we saw the Hedsor House sign and drove up to the house, with the beautiful flowers lining the drive, it was sending us both very positive vibes. Then we saw the house, we both fell in love in with the place instantly. As we entered the building, we were both blown away how beautiful and magical it was. I remember saying to Edilaine ‘Where do I sign?’ As we explored the whole house, we both saw our wedding day right in front of our eyes. Everything was falling into place and we knew that Hedsor was the number one choice for us!
Hedsor House was the perfect venue because it had everything we were looking for. The beautiful drive to the house, the ceremony room and the ballroom, a big garden for reception drinks. The bridal suite is just breath-taking, and the powder room was just perfect with natural day light.
What was the first element you planned?
We had eight months to plan our wedding as we moved our date forward, so my priority was finding the right dress (well actually two dresses that complemented each other). We started with the idea of keeping our dresses a secret from each other, but then we had a conversation that the photographs may look strange, as Edilaine loves big, sparkly gowns, and I prefer simple, elegant ones. I’m definitely pleased that we went dress shopping together.
Was there a theme to your big day?
Travel was our theme as we both love exploring places together and also for that fact that Edilaine’s parents are from Brazil and my parents are from Hong Kong. The table plan featured a world map with the title ‘Where In The World Are You Sitting?’ We used countries that we have been to as our table names and we wrote why it was special. We only included the outline of the country on the tables, in order to make it harder for our guests to find where they were sitting. It was a great ice breaker.
Our wedding favours were small cardboard suitcases which we filled it with heart shape sweets complete with a personalised tag of our names and wedding date. Also, at the entrance we had two suitcase trunks with two love birds and love hearts as decoration for cards and gifts.
The dresses: Both dresses were from the Stella York Bridal Collection. We were so lucky to find two that really complemented each other.
My dress is called Isla - it’s a simple, lightweight, elegant wedding dress. In a relaxed sheath silhouette, this lace and chiffon gown with illusion neck and backline is light and airy. The back of this gown is highlighted by a kissing-scallop closure, which was my favourite feature. Edilaine's dress is called Kamille - off the shoulder lace V back with a mix of classic lace and whisper soft chiffon and with a diamanté belt to add a finished touch.
The flower girls all wore the same ivory dress with a yellow ribbon, and a flower headpiece to match the dress. The page boys wore the same outfit, navy shorts with a white shirt accompanied by navy braces and a yellow bowtie.
The Cake: Our cake was made by Melissa Woodland Cakes. The top tier was a coconut sponge with a passion fruit filling, the middle tier was a lemon sponge with a raspberry filling and the bottom tier was a chocolate sponge with vanilla buttercream and cherry conserve. Decorated with laces and real flowers, with a gold ‘Mrs & Mrs’ cake topper. It was absolutely delicious!
The Entertainment: We had a magician, Paul Fowler, who was also our toastmaster. He was brilliant and entertained our guests during the reception and wedding breakfast with close up magic. We also had a big performance with Paul after the speeches, and it was amazing to see everyone’s reaction, they were all in awe with him.
Tori Handsley played at my other sibling’s weddings so it was kind of a family tradition to have her to play at ours. We walked into our ceremony with her playing ‘A Thousand Years’ and leaving the ceremony with ‘Is This Love.’ She also played during our wedding breakfast, where she was right next to our sweetheart table. She asked us during our meal, if we had any requests, and we requested the first song we ever asked her to play for us at a wedding fayre, ‘A Girl From Ipanema’ (a Brazilian song).
Did you face any challenges during planning?
We didn’t have many challenges to face because we chose the Bluebell Package. Everything ran very smoothly with all the suppliers and they accommodated all our needs - all within our eight month planning timeframe. All the suppliers recommended by Hedsor were fantastic! Absolutely delighted that we chose the Bluebell Package.
The only hiccup was that our table plan went missing the day before! My brother was searching for it like mad, even on the day. I wasn’t supposed to find out, but someone accidentally slipped up and told me…...oops! Later, we found out that someone had thrown it in the bin, but my brother managed to rescue it and get it to the wedding safely! It was a little crumbled but nothing too major to panic about. We were just pleased we had a table plan in the end!
As I was waiting to walk down the aisle, some of the younger children were starting to get teary and asking for their mummy. It was like a chain reaction and I didn’t want them walking down upset. I remember comforting them (have to say it was a good distraction as I completely forgot all my nerves). I had to quickly think on my feet and said ‘Let’s play hide and seek!’ and we were all counting to 10, which was perfect because the door just opened in time.
The Menu by Caper & Berry
Starter: Caper and Berry Boat Fish Cake, Mozzarella and Heritage Tomatoes (v)
Main: Slow Cooked Hampshire Beef served on a Spring Onion Champ Potato with Vegetables and Rich Red Wine Jus
Seared Scottish Salmon fillet served on a dill mash with pea veloute and preserved lemon oil (v)
Dessert: Cappuccino Tiramisu
Late Night Food: Barbequed Pulled Pork Sandwiches & Homemade Pizza