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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.