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…
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.