Summer Weddings

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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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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Rachel and Graham: Love at First Sight

The most elegant day that left guests in awe even a month after the wedding. Rachel and Graham wanted to incorporate history inside and out and make it a day no one would forget, and this they did.  

The Ceremony

We had our ceremony at St Nicolas Church in Taplow which was my childhood Church. It was beautiful but a blur, but I also remember thinking "please let the ring fit."

Why Hedsor?

“Hedsor House speaks for itself, it is absolutely stunning in every way. No matter what the weather would be we knew our guests would love the elegance and history inside and out.”
— Rachel & Graham

Graham and I went to view other venues however they just didn't compare.

My Dad came with me to view one of the other venues but on the way home we pulled into the Hedsor driveway.  We phoned and asked for a viewing right away and luckily we were squeezed in. The minute we walked in we knew it was it and my Dad leaned over and said "this is where you are having your wedding". It was sorted there and then.

Details of the Day

The Dresses: My Dress was by Stella York from Pure Couture which was the perfect style for me and fitted like a glove. It was a lace, traditional dress and you know when you feel beautiful because all you want to do is swish in it, I loved it.

Pure Couture also made me a matching lace jacket to cover my arms which was just stunning and my veil was sparkly and from Saphire in Wooburn Green who also hand made my Mum's and my Mother in Laws fascinators.

The Flowers

We had flowers from Hot Flowers in Wooburn Green and Suzanne was amazing in discussing through our options and on the day she gave us exactly what I had envisioned and more. I think its fair to say there were a few "ooooohhhhs" as our guests walked into our wedding breakfast.

 
“Our little two and a half year old Flower girl believed she was a princess for the day in a castle was the sweetest thing.”
— Rachel
 

The Transport

Our transport was certainly heard before it was seen! We arrived in a brand new Maserati which all the men loved taking pictures of outside the house. I was just happy to get in and out easily in my dress. It was also good because our chauffeurs who provided the cars were also part of our wedding party and very good friends so everything was kept light hearted and fun.  

The Entertainment

“Our guests were trying to re enact scenes from Dirty Dancing on the dance floor. We had a few people flying literally onto the floor.”
— Rachel

Our Entertainment was from Eight Ray Music a band called the Revue who were excellent and kept everyone dancing all night. But our sparkly diamond dance floor also helped from Class Act who also lit up Hedsor House and the grounds in beautiful different colours which we had a few comments made of how stunning it was. 

 

The Fireworks

A special mention had to go to Pyromania for the best fireworks we have ever seen and were still receiving comments two weeks later of how good they were. 

 

The Menu by Caper & Berry

Starter - Prawn Cocktail  

Main - South American Lamb and Chicken Sharing Boards with Salad and Potatoes.

Dessert - Shots in Pots- Chocolate Brownie with Salt Caramel and Honeycomb, Lemon Posset and a Chocolate and Cherry Cheesecake.

The Photographer: Nigel Chapman could not have done a better job capturing the day, go to the gallery below to judge for yourself!

Your Best Memory From the Day?

Standing out on the lawn watching the spectacular fireworks with my new Husband and all of our family and friends. You know when you have a moment of pure happiness... it even brought tears to our eyes.

 

Caterer and Production - Caper and Berry / Band & DJ - The Revue Band | Eight Ray/ Dance Floor & Lighting - Class Act / Florist -  Hot Flowers / Videographer - Hazel Young | Heartfelt Productions / Photographer - Nigel Chapman / Dress - Stella York - from Pure Couture/ Bridesmaids - Pure Couture/ Groom - JolliffesGroomsmen - Jolliffes / 

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Jo and Ryan: Party People

A traditional English country wedding with a very fashionable twist, Jo and Ryan's special day was the party to end all parties, with guests dancing on their chairs before the starters even came out...  

Not long ago, a few of the Hedsor House team watched the most beautiful, fun-filled, tear jerking wedding video. Only a few days later we were lucky enough to receive Jo's email with all of the details behind their amazing wedding that had our whole office laughing and smiling. We thought it was only fair to share Jo & Ryan's wedding in Jo's own words...

The Ceremony

Our actual ceremony was very traditional. We got married at the little local church opposite the village green with a small pub in the corner. My Dad said I was actually shaking a bit when I was walking down the aisle but to be honest I didn't realise I was, I just so excited to get married and to see everyone! I couldn't wait to party!

Why Hedsor?

What we both loved about the house was that it was a ‘blank canvas’ and that it had so many rooms that we could do so much with
— Jo & Ryan

Hedsor House happened to be the third venue we had looked at, when we got there we knew straight away that this was the one.

The house is just so picturesque and the grounds surrounding the house just have that WOW factor to them. As we both really wanted to get married in a church, the local St Nicolas' in Taplow, was only a short distance to Hedsor with the perfect little village green that surrounded it. 

The drive up to Hedsor is just stunning too, it really builds up the anticipation and there isn't the slightest moment of disappointment once you get to the house. 

Details of the Day

The Dresses: I found finding the dress the hardest part in the whole wedding organising. I went to so many different bridal shops I think I started to confuse myself! I finally found 'the one' at Suzanne Neville’s own boutique in Beauchamp Place. The top mesh straps of the dress initially drew me towards it and then when I tried it on the dress fitted my body shape so well I knew it was the one instantly.

I loved it at as I was able to have it made to measure so it was bespoke to my body shape and they were able to add one of her famous corsets into the dress too as well as the back necklace from Hermione Harbutt.  My Mum also had her bespoke wedding outfit made by Suzanne Neville. She looked amazing and I have never known a mother of the bride get so many compliments on their outfit. I am fashion buyer for Kurt Geiger so the shoes and bags were another fundamental part to complete the look. I went for Valentino rock stud sandals in white patent and added a bit of fun with a Sophia Webster speech bubble bag.

The Bridesmaid Dresses

The Bridesmaid Dresses

The bridesmaid dresses were from Maid to Measure as I really wanted them all to have the same material and colour but different styles to suit their body shapes so they all felt really comfortable on the day. The soft pale pink was just stunning and really complimented the flowers. It was great that they were able to have their own style of dress to compliment each of their individual styles and personalities. 

The Flowers: As I was getting married at the height of the summer I really wanted the flowers to take centre stage and create amazing back drops for the photos. Euphoric Flowers were just amazing to work with and totally brought my vision to life. The flowers just looked spectacular throughout the church and the venue really capturing my colour theme of pink, white with a hint of grey. The bouquet and mini versions for the maids and flower girl looked stunning. The flowers in the wedding breakfast were just breath-taking, the large clear glass vases full with flowers looked spectacular with all the guest going "wow" when the walked into the room.

The Food: Our caterers for the day and evening were Cavendish Events who did a fantastic job with all the elements including the planning stages of our day. 

Ryan’s best men didn’t just do a speech they did a rap with music which was the biggest supprise of them all, it was so funny and got the whole rooms singing and dancing along
— Jo

The Menu

Starter - Tempura Prawns  

Main - Feather Blade of English Beef with Rich Bourguignon Sauce, Horseradish Creamed Potatoes and Buttered Greens,

Dessert - Trio of Desserts – Chocolate Fondant, Eton Mess and Crème Brulee

 

The Entertainment:  The entertainment and music was such a key part of our day. Ryan and I are a party couple and we really wanted the day to be a real party atmosphere throughout. Having the singer Danny Mills in the wedding breakfast with his piano taking song requests was the best idea by far seeing all the guests dancing and on their chairs was just brilliant. Also seeing all the guests faces when the three waiters started singing was so funny I had so many guests coming up to me saying this is just the best wedding ever which made everything worth it! Also our friend is the singer Danny Litchfield he came as a guest but he organised for his band to play at the evening reception alongside Kristina Joy who sang at the church and evening reception too - she was amazing and was on the show The Voice. Danny also got up and did a few songs in the evening too.

The Photographer: The photos of our day were honestly perfect, go check out them on Jay Rowden's website to see for yourself!

 

Your Best Memory From the Day?

I loved seeing all my guests having such a fun time all dancing on their chairs and around their tables at the wedding breakfast. I have never been to a wedding where the party started before the starters had even come out.  Also seeing our guests faces when the three waiters started singing too was priceless. Also we had a north vs. south dance off in the evening which was hilarious. 

 

Caterer and Production - Cavendish Events / Band & DJ - Danny Mills / Singer - Danny Litchfield & Kristen Jou & The Singing Waiters at Wedding Breakfast /  Florist - Euphoric Flowers / Videographer - Kissing Gate Films / Photographer - Jay Rowden / Dress - Suzaanne Neville - Suzanne Neville Beauchamp Place / Bridesmaids - Maid to Measure / Groom - Mark Marengo Saville Row Groomsmen - Mark Marengo Saville Row / Make-up and Hair - Jo Adams  

 

 

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Emma and Matt: Purple Pageantry

EMMA'S AND MATT'S PURPLE PAGEANT

A day of vibrant colours, exclusive surroundings and seamless planning bought together a fabulous day for Emma, Matt and their guests at Hedsor House. Just scroll through the photos of their spectacular day by the talented Pippa Mackenzie to get a sense of the purple pageantry...

We were lucky enough for Emma and Matt to share details of their soulful wedding with us... 

Why Hedsor?

What I remember most about the day is how wonderful the room we ate in looked
— Matt

"We had always wanted a beautiful grand house, long drive way leading up to it with lovely surroundings and Hedsor House was all that with a magical feel to it". Hedsor gave us the opportunity to use both the stunning garden views on the south lawn for our drinks reception and canapés then moved into the magnificent ballroom for the meal. 

Details of the Day

There were many small details that were very important to the couple, such as the invitations and wedding favours designed and made by Emma and her Mum. The colour scheme was vibrant purple - including the bouquet, bridesmaid dresses, grooms men bow ties and lighting in the room.

The most important thing to me was the drive up; you see all the lovely flowers and the cows!
— Emma

The House: We both loved how the long drive to Hedsor House built up the suspense and Hedsor definitely doesn't disappoint once you finally see it. The surroundings of the venue were very important to both of us, as we wanted to have our canapés and drinks reception outside. Hedsor House  had a magical feel to it that we knew our guests would remember. 

The Dresses: My gorgeous dress was from Windsor and Eton Brides, it was a strapless ivory dress with diamonds threaded throughout. Instead of a veil I opted for a sparkly headpiece that matched perfectly with my dress.  To match the bright inviting theme I chose floor length 'Cadburys' purple dresses for my bridesmaids and my maid of honour wore a gorgeous headpiece to stand out from the others. 

The Ceremony: The ceremony was beautiful, I remember smiling the whole way through. We had a civil ceremony in the Centre Hall, then celebrated outside on the South Lawns with umbrellas and outdoor furniture (luckily the weather was perfect).     

The Flowers: This was the first element of our wedding that I organised with our planner Georgia from Rhubarb catering. Flowers were (of course) purple, with threads of pink, the colours were very bright which bought a sense of fun and excitement into the atmosphere. Philippa Craddock bought together the purple theme throughout and we absolutely loved them!  

The Food and Drink: The superstars of the day had to be our caterers Rhubarb, we were lucky enough to have the help of Georgia Attwood who planned our day to perfection. Food, styling, planning  and preparations leading up to our big day helped us both feel excited rather than nervous. 

The Photographer: The photos below explain it all, we are so happy and proud to share with you - our special thanks to Pippa Mackenzie. As the saying says 'a picture speaks a thousand words' so we will just let you just look through them. 

The Entertainment: We couldn't recommend 'The Wandering Hands'   enough, they were amazing! They sang while we were having our canapés outside and did our first dance song which was such a memorable and special moment for us. 

"You want people to remember your venue and with Hedsor you definitely achieve this!" - Matt

Photography – Pippa Mackenzie / Band & Entertainment  –  'The Wandering Hands'  / Caterers – Rhubarb / Dresses – Windsor and Eton Brides / Flowers – Philippa Craddock / Hair and Make-up - Emma Louise Wells 

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Rachel and David: An American Dream

Rachel and David planned their entire wedding from ‘across the pond,’ though you wouldn’t have been able to tell they’d only visited Hedsor once or twice before their big day!

Their special day was flawlessly coordinated, and Hedsor was described by Rachel as “the perfect setting for the wedding of our dreams.” High praise indeed!

We spoke to Rachel to find out more about their special Jewish wedding and what Hedsor House means to them…

Why Hedsor?

"We always knew that we wanted to hold our wedding in a grand house; half of our guests were travelling to the UK from America, so the traditional features of Hedsor House made it the perfect backdrop to our day! My Mum told me about Hedsor years ago as she’d seen it in the film ‘Quartet’ and knew immediately that it would be the most perfect wedding venue for us. Fast forward to us being engaged; we visited Hedsor and knew immediately that it was the venue for us, absolutely stunning and the staff were so wonderful. 

Details of the Day

Our wedding day was absolutely magical and the magic was made possible by holding it at the most exquisite venue – Hedsor House!
— Rachel (Bride)

There were many small details that were very important to us, such as the invitations and wedding favours designed and made by myself and my Mum. The colour scheme was purple - including my bouquet, bridesmaid dresses, groomsmen bow ties and lighting in the room.

The House: There were so many elements that we just loved. The Sunken Garden was beautiful (even in winter) and we knew that’s where we would hold our cocktail hour. The Bridal Suite was gorgeous, definitely the perfect setting for the Bridal Party to get ready in the morning. The Centre Hall with the beautiful domed ceiling… WOW!

The Dress: My dress was by Maggie Sottero, covered in intricate lace and beading. When I found the dress I knew it was ‘the one’… It was everything I could have dreamed of with the scalloped edge, capped sleeves and sweetheart neckline. When I found it we already knew that Hedsor House was our venue and that the dress would fit the elegance of the venue just perfectly!

The Ceremony: It was very important that we could have a traditional Jewish Orthodox ceremony under a beautiful chuppah (wedding canopy) and ours was adorned with gorgeous purple and ivory cascading orchids. It was covered with the tallit (prayer shawls) of our grandfathers, a wonderful tradition within David’s family to honour those who have passed.

Though it was traditional, our ceremony had a modern twist. Our Rabbi sang many songs during the ceremony which included a beautiful rendition of Lecha Dodi (Come My Beloved) to All of Me by John Legend as I was escorted to the chuppah. Surrounding us was a sea of purple lighting and all our closest family and friends.

The Flowers: We used the exquisite Ruby and Grace who were so gracious in accepting the challenge of finding flowers that worked with our purple colour scheme. We gave them a small swatch of fabric from the bridesmaid dresses and Hannah told me that she always had it on her!

The Food and Drink: Philip Small, a specialist Jewish caterer, was absolutely amazing! Our starter was a duck salad and when we were walking around to greet our guests we knew it was a hit – everyone’s plates were empty! For dessert we enjoyed 4 miniature ‘shot’ desserts - chocolate mousse, berry compote with meringue, sticky toffee pudding and my favourite – vanilla ice cream with ginger stem.

The Cake: The cake was made by Philip Small’s wonderful pastry chef who made an exact replica of a cake I’d found on Pinterest – a three tier ivory cake covered in purple filigree. Each tier of our cake was a different flavour – red velvet on the bottom, chocolate sponge in the middle and lemon on top – delicious!

The Photographer: Our photographer was the brilliant Mike Garrard. We were both very sure we wanted a photojournalism style; when we discovered Mike we knew that his style and the vibrancy of his pictures would capture the essence of our day. He certainly did!

The Videographer: Looking at Hang The Moon’s website I was hooked, his style was everything I could have dreamed of. The trailer and film is fantastic, we’ve watched it more times than we can count!

The Suppliers

Photography – Mike Garrard / Bride’s Dress – Maggie Sottero / Bridesmaid’s Dresses – Alfred Angelo / Caterer and Production – Philip Small / Videography – Hang The Moon / Entertainment – The Twentysomethings / Bridal Hair and Makeup – Bridal Hair Design and Make-Up By Elisa / Florist – Ruby and Grace

Huge thanks to Mike Garrard for permission to use a selection of photography from Rachel and David's celebrations!

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Rachel and Will: Romance and Revelry

For centuries, Hedsor House has been a place to gather, celebrate and entertain. So it was only right that Rachel and Will’s romantic wedding included so much to entertain and amuse their 140 guests.  

An electrifying string quartet on the lawns, a live party band playing soul and disco, topped off by midnight hot chocolate and marshmallows on the lawns; it was a blast!  

Rachel shared with us some more details of their special day at Hedsor.

Why Hedsor House?

“We wanted somewhere quite local and where both the ceremony and the reception could take place, but we didn’t want to get married in a hotel. We were also looking for somewhere that offered exclusivity, privacy and intimacy. We weren’t previously aware of Hedsor House, but discovered a hidden gem! It’s accessed by a one kilometre driveway and surrounded by almost 100 acres of glorious parkland, so it’s extremely private. 

Details of the Day

We were looking for somewhere that offered a blank canvas so we could choose the exact suppliers to make and transform it into our own special day. Hedsor really was the perfect venue for creating the most magical day!
— Rachel

The Style: Our day followed a contemporary champagne and nude theme that featured beautiful stationery, crisp linens, delicate cutlery as well as incredible floral arches. We were helped by Melanie from Cranberry Blue Weddings & Events who planned our day from start to finish. She could see our vision straight away, and helped to create an elegant and wonderful day that we will remember forever.

The Ceremony: One of Hedsor’s best features is its spectacular domed Centre Hall where our wedding ceremony took place. During the romantic service, our Buckinghamshire-based registrar provided some lovely information on the house’s quintessentially English history and two close friends gave a couple of beautiful readings. 

The Reception: Having the perfect venue was our top priority, followed by wanting to provide great food and entertainment for our guests. We took time to choose our caterer, Melissa Webb, one of Hedsor House’s preferred caterers. We spent a lot of time selecting our caterer and deciding on our perfect menu, which included delicious cocktails, tender fillet of beef and an amazing salted caramel mousse. 

The Entertainment: It was really important to us that our guests were kept amused, so we went all out on the entertainment. We had two magicians, a silhouette artist, a DJ and London-based party band Bellissima who kept the crowds dancing with pop and soul classics. We also loved having Stringfever, a crazy electrifying, comedy string group show. Hard to describe but really entertaining! And with all that dancing, it was only right that we supplied white dancing flip flops for ladies who wanted to kick off their high heels! For our send off just before midnight, we handed out sparklers and hot chocolate with marshmallows. A sweet end to the perfect day! 

We feel that Hedsor House is the perfect wedding venue for you to create something really unique. I’d recommend hiring Cranberry Blue Weddings & Events – they’re amazing and really made our day what it was! Do make sure you spend time getting the food and the menu right, and if you can afford it, try and hire a videographer as it really brings the wedding day to life.
— Rachel

The Suppliers

Photography – Pippa Mackenzie / Planners – Cranberry Blue / Quartet – String Fever / Band – Belissima / Caterers – Melissa Webb / Dress – Sassi Holford / Cake – Zoe Clark / Flowers – Lavender Green

Huge thanks to Pippa Mackenzie for permission to use a selection of photography from Rachel and Will's special day!


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Peter and Mark: Cockney Yorkshire Mash-Up

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’…

Hedsor enabled us to create exactly the day we wanted, making our dreams and crazy ideas come alive. Our guests are still raving about how all our different ideas were realised to perfection with a stunning backdrop.
— Peter

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

Hedsor said to us, “what do you want to do and how can we help you make it happen?” We loved that.
— Peter

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!

The Suppliers

Catering: Melissa Webb / Photographer: Boy Oh Boy / Flowers: The Fruit Market, Bourne End; Silhouette Artist: Alison Russell / Pearly Queen: Ida Barr (Chris Green) / Dance Lessons: Wedding Day Dance 

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


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Andrew and Richard: Midsummer Day’s Celebration

We are proud that Hedsor House is a true blank canvas; whatever your dream celebration, we can most likely help you to make it happen!

So when Andrew and Richard came to us with their incredible ideas for a special midsummer marriage here at Hedsor, we were so excited to see how they would transform our beautiful spaces to achieve their grand designs.

We spoke to Andrew and Richard to hear more about their day and how they wove the concept of ‘sprezzatura’ into their special celebration…

It has been a delight having the freedom to create a spectacular ‘reconstructed’ marriage ceremony in the total privacy of this stunning Georgian mansion and gardens.
— Andrew

Why Hedsor House? 

"Location, location, location. The house has spectacular rooms, wonderful gardens, privacy and we loved that it is exclusive use. The only guests at the house are your own wedding guests.  We were allowed the flexibility of all reasonable requests to create an extraordinary and entrancing day of entertainments.

Details of the Day 

The Theme: We wanted our day to be absolutely flawless but also feel relaxed and inclusive. So we focused on the concept of ‘sprezzatura’, an Italian word that reflects ‘the art of studied nonchalance’… It means to conduct something perfectly but without apparent effort. Based on comments from our guests, we certainly feel as though we achieved this!

The Suits: We had Nehru under-suits of ivory trimmed with gold. We also had handcrafted jackets for the grooms and pageboy, each in separate colours of Duppion silk made in India. This was overlaid with gold arabesque designs that were made exclusively for us!

The Flowers: We went for summer floristry at its more opulent, though we also wanted it to look like a fresh herbaceous border brought indoors. This reflected the sprezzatura concept we were going for.

The Ceremony: We deconstructed the marriage ceremony, then ‘reconstructed’ it to incorporate elements relevant to us – from neopagan hand-fasting to international speakers on LGBT battles past and forward.  For example, we had a speech from the former Health Minister who championed Civil Partnership in Parliament.

We have been very touched by so many guests saying it is the best wedding day they have ever been to!
— Andrew

The Reception: We had an added surprise for our guests in line with the concept of a Midsummer Day’s Dream; a film production company set up a full-blown snow scene in the oak-panelled Ballroom. Snow falling in the middle of summer was an incredibly atmospheric addition!

The Food and Drink: Our caterers, Create Food, were wonderful. They created two dishes to our exact specification that we had designed to remind us of holidays. One included succulent pink duck breasts that everybody commented on!

The Entertainment: Entertainment was high on our agenda. Two very prominent stars of the West End performed in the Centre Hall, and the London Gay Men’s Chorus Ensemble entertained our guests in the Sunken Garden. This was alongside international tenor Harry Nicoll and the Aurai Trio.

The Photography: One of our guests is an internationally renowned cameraman, and our official photographer is a rising star. Both were asked to take informal and non-posed photos. However, our posed shot with all the guests in the stunning Sunken Garden from the upper balcony? Spectacular!

Plan every last detail and ensure performers know what they are doing – rehearse! Also make sure the guests have a clear vision of what is expected of them by putting timings in the Order of Service – everyone can prepare themselves, and therefore relax!
— Richard

The Suppliers

Catering: Create FoodBloomberry Juices / Flowers: Floral Designs Ltd / Wedding Jackets: Malcolm Hall / Wedding under-suit: Tailor Made London / Photographer: Paul Nicholas Dyke / Light, Sound & Stage: Visions Group / Revelry & Entertainment: Dreamtime Productions (Matthew Wren-Andrew, Kieran Brown, Shona White, Niall Bailey) / Harry Nicoll, (Tenor ‘Caro Mio Ben’) / London Gay Mens Chorus, Simon Sharp (Artistic Director) & the A Capella Stars / Pauline Savage and The Aurai Trio /Snow Theming: Snow Business 


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Rachel and Rob: Country House Elegance

Hedsor House is the ultimate backdrop for a beautiful country house wedding, and we simply adored Rachel and Rob’s elegant day. 

When it came to planning our wedding, we shied away from having a theme as such; Hedsor House is so beautiful that instead we tried to create a feeling of ‘timeless elegance’ throughout the whole day.
— Rachel

From delicate floristry in soft, pastel shades to the graceful string quartet accompanying the ceremony, Rachel and Rob paid attention to the tiniest of details. We hope you’ll agree they created a simply incredible wedding here at Hedsor House.

Here's more about their day at Hedsor, their inspiration and their lasting memories.

"There was no specific colour scheme, but rather everything - from the handmade invitations to the accent colours in the outfits and decoration - were neutral, pastel shades which mirrored the beautiful Georgian-style decor of the house as well as the spring flowers in the stunning grounds. 

Our day had quite a traditional feel initially; we had a string quartet for the ceremony music and the groomsmen were in tails, but later on things became more relaxed as we wanted everyone to let their hair down for the reception! After the wedding breakfast we had cocktails in the Sunken Garden and then everyone joined us back in the Centre Hall to dance the night away!

Why Hedsor House? 

“We didn't plan to get married in a church so the main criteria for our venue was a beautiful ceremony room where I could imagine myself walking down the aisle... This turned out to be a tall order! After a weekend looking at venues without much success, we arrived at Hedsor House and both knew immediately it would be the perfect setting for our day. 

Whilst initially a little apprehensive of the 'blank canvas' approach, we soon realised this presented a fantastic opportunity to plan our perfect wedding. The versatility and flexibility of the house and the accommodating approach of the entire Hedsor team meant that we felt completely at ease throughout the planning process.

Details of the Day

The Food: We chose Caper & Berry, one of Hedsor’s preferred suppliers. It was really important to us that the food was of a high standard and they really delivered on this with a seasonal menu. Their event manager ensured the entire day went to plan, and it was down to them that everything flowed perfectly from start to finish.

The Dress: I wore a dress by British designer Augusta Jones. Initially I thought I would quite like a rather full dress with a long train, but when it came down to it, that sort of style just didn’t suit me. When I saw my dress, I fell in love with its clean, elegant lines and simple design, as well as the luxurious feel of the lace. It also went perfectly with my veil, which my Grandmother lent me to wear on the day; a 60-year old cathedral length, pure silk veil edged with delicate Chantilly lace.

The Flowers: Seventh Heaven provided our flowers, which were seasonal blooms (peonies, roses, gypsophila) in shades of cream and ivory, which we teamed with antique silver candelabras for our centrepieces. We also had two large pedestal arrangements at the entrance to the Centre Hall.

The Photographer: As soon as we saw Mike Garrard’s work it was an easy decision to choose him as our photographer. His pictures are beautiful and really captured the essence of our day; his unique and original style was just what we were looking for.

Your wedding day really is the best day of your life and we would recommend all engaged couples to really make the most of the excitement and anticipation in the run up to the main event; it is a very special time, so just enjoy it!
— Rachel and Rob

The Suppliers: 

Production – Class Act / Photography – Mike Garrard / Quartet – Apollo Strings / Band – iPop / Stationery – - Ratanji Rani / Caterers – Caper & Berry / Dress – Georgina Scott Bridal / Videographer – Clark & Palmer Wedding Films / Bridesmaids – Maids to Measure / Hair & Make Up – Rosie Scott Hair & Make Up / Cake – Dawn's Wedding Cakes / Favours – The Biscuiterie / Flowers – Seventh Heaven

Huge thanks to Mike Garrard for permission to use a selection of photography from Rachel and Rob's special day!


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Vanessa and Kalpesh: Stylish Cultural Fusion

When Vanessa and Kalpesh decided on Hedsor as a wedding venue, they were taken in by the glorious views and the privacy of the estate.

Their wedding was a superb fusion of English traditions and colourful Indian culture, with afternoon tea and an Indian-inspired floral displays. And the wedding featured a fair amount of something both cultures enjoy: dancing ‘til the early hours! 

We spoke to Vanessa and Kal to find out more about their special day at Hedsor. 

One of the most important things about our wedding day was bringing our two cultures together in our union – I have British heritage and Kal has a British Indian heritage. Many mixed marriages that we had come across had two separate days and we were keen to try and have one day that represented us coming together – this was a tall order as it meant that we would have a jam-packed day with two ceremonies... On the plus side it meant two outfits each!”
— Vanessa

Why Hedsor House?

“When we drove up the long driveway of Hedsor House we were totally blown away. As we looked around the beautiful interior we could really see how we could make our day come to life there – all in one venue. This was not something we had found at other venues where there would be logistical challenges or the layout of the venue would not allow our day to flow smoothly.  What completely sold it for us was the absolutely beautiful Bridal Suite; it is such a beautiful and peaceful space to get ready in. And walking down the gorgeous spiral staircase to your ceremony in the magnificent domed Centre Hall is just so special."

Details of the Day 

The Flowers: The flowers were from Hot Flowers and Art, and surpassed all of our expectations. They were a beautiful vibrant hue of autumnal colours. When the bouquets were delivered to the Bridal Suite, it was a perfect moment. I was so pleased, and it really felt like all our plans were coming together!

Get married at Hedsor House! You will not regret it. And for brides – definitely use the lovely Bridal Suite to get ready!
— Vanessa and Kal

The Ceremony: To achieve our goal of representing both of our cultures, we had two ceremonies: a traditional civil ceremony for 80 guests followed by afternoon tea in the Drawing Room, and a Hindu ceremony for 130 guests with a stunning flower-framed Mandap.  We had both ceremonies in the Centre Hall, but both looked completely different. This showed the versatility of Hedsor that we could have two diverse ceremonies in less than four hours! We changed the layout of the room so guests faced the other way for the Hindu ceremony – it was full to the rafters with a really different feeling.  After the Hindu ceremony, our guests enjoyed a Prosecco-fuelled reception while we took a welcome and relaxing break by having our photos taken in the grounds of Hedsor House – all credit to our photographer Tony Hart for making this part of the day special and relaxing.

The Entertainment: Topping off the day of the union of our two cultures was our first dance, which was a traditional ballroom dance topped off by busting into some Bollywood moves! The dance was not at all well-polished by us, but we wanted to create a fun atmosphere for the ensuing disco, which we are told that we did!   We kept the entertainment simple with a DJ, Chintz Garcha from Showcase Weddings. Something our guests (and we!) loved was the sparkly dancefloor that we got to party the night away on. It was perfect to be able to celebrate in style in the same Centre Hall that we had conducted our two ceremonies in earlier in the day. Chintz was great at banging out the tunes that kept a real party atmosphere and a full dancefloor until the very last song! A perfect end to a perfect day.


The Suppliers: 

Photography – Tony Hart  / DJ – Showcase Weddings / Caterers – Akhil Sabherwal at Delhicious  / Dress – Ellie Sanderson / Cake – Andrea Freeman  / Flowers – Hot Flowers and Art 

Huge thanks to Tony Hart for permission to use a selection of photography from Vanessa and Kalpesh's special day!


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Sarah and Matt: Pearls and Lace

Sarah and Matt’s wedding was full of romantic flowers, delicate lace and all things gorgeous.

But more than that: there were plenty of elements to surprise and delight guests, from jugglers to string quartets and a life-sized escort tree (more on that later!) Most of all we loved how this couple really made the most of the different spaces at Hedsor House - we were amazed with what they did with the Centre Hall! 

We spoke to Sarah and Matt about why they chose Hedsor, and if they feel they achieved their dream of having the perfect wedding day.

It was an incredibly intimate day and captured the romance perfectly. Hedsor is such a thought-provoking and inspiring venue, and the warm and attentive staff are a true delight. We couldn’t have asked for a better day!
— Sarah

Why Hedsor?

Hedsor is a perfect wedding venue, a place of wonder and imagination. The location is stunning, we love the manicured grounds and the Highland Cows! It is a beautiful period venue that has lots of character and impact, and so we just knew immediately it was the venue for us – it felt totally perfect. We love the décor inside the house, the Centre Hall’s domed ceiling and columns and the stillness and beauty of the panelled Ballroom, with its stunning windows and great views out to the grounds.

Details of the Day

The Style: We wanted a luxurious, chic, romantic feel with lots of flowers and pretty details, we had lots of pearls and touches of lace. I originally wanted an ‘organic’ style, which developed as we went along but it did feature a life size escort tree which was a real statement and talking point. I have to say our fabulous wedding planner Melanie Helen of Cranberry Blue made all of the magic come together!

Make sure you have some of your wedding cake, and don’t let expensive flowers go to waste – donate to family and friends!
— Sarah

The Ceremony: Our ceremony was truly magical, and everything we had ever dreamt about. Our Harpist Rebeca Jones played and I walked down the aisle to David Bowie’s ‘Labyrinth’ soundtrack song, ‘As the World Falls Down’. The flowers by Mary Jane Vaughan were truly astounding. They were a real floral feast for the eyes!  

The Food and Drink: Our food was lovingly prepared by Rocket, and I genuinely think that most guests thought they were in a Michelin starred restaurant! They are extremely professional as a caterer, and really did go that extra mile.  

The Cake: We had a Rosalind Miller Cake which was gorgeous. We chose different flavoured sponge throughout its tiers, including rose, lavender and lemon in line with our botanical, natural theme. 

The Photographs: Pippa Mackenzie was discreet and very graceful. As soon as we met her it felt like we had known her forever! As a very experienced photographer she captured every special moment from our day with unique creativity.

The Suppliers

Planners – Cranberry Blue Weddings & Events / Flowers – Mary Jane Vaughan / Photography – Pippa Mackenzie Photography / Catering – Rocket Food / Cake –  Rosalind Miller /  Music – String Fever /  Harp – Rebeca Jones / Stationery – Emily & Jo Stationery 

Huge thanks to Pippa Mackenzie for permission to use a selection of photography from Sarah and Matt's special day!


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