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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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Krishna and Kunal: Royal Indian Extravaganza

Hedsor has become one of the most perfect backdrops to some truly stunning Asian weddings.

The heritage features of the main house and rolling lawns of our 100 acre estate blend seamlessly with all of the bright and vibrant elements of a beautiful Asian wedding. One of our favourite Asian weddings was that of Krishna and Kunal. With a civil ceremony in July, followed by a multiple day marquee extravaganza in August, the couple made the very most of everything on offer at Hedsor House. 

To put it simply, Hedsor has everything that any couple require for a dream wedding!
— Krishna

Since many Indian weddings are simply incomplete without dance and music, Hedsor’s legacy of celebration and entertainment set us up well for this special event. From a Bollywood performance to an incredible DJ set, this wedding had it all! It is a beautiful example of how the house and grounds can be used for multiple day ceremonies, including pre-wedding ceremonies.

We spoke to Krishna and Kunal to learn more about their stunning Asian wedding at Bride Magazine’s Number One wedding venue in Buckinghamshire.

Why Hedsor House?

For a start, the long driveway is just beautiful. When we arrived at the house, we felt that Hedsor was very grand. It is so regal and therefore very appropriate for the ‘Royal Indian’ theme we had chosen.

It was important for us that the venue we chose could cater to the number of guests we wanted and the various elements of our Asian wedding. With a grand marquee on the lawns and the different rooms in the house, Hedsor fitted our requirements.

We also liked working with the team; Mark and his staff made each of us feel very homely for the 3 days we were there at the house.

Details of the Day

The Theme: It was important to us that our wedding reflected our Indian heritage, and so we took a long time developing elements of a ‘Royal Indian’ theme with a modern twist. From our glittering gold and cream mandap to traditional Bollywood dancing, we felt like we really blended our cultures with some more contemporary elements against the backdrop of Hedsor House.

The Ceremonies & Receptions: We had two ceremonies; a civil ceremony in July at the house, and then a multiple day extravaganza in August with an 800 person marquee on the lawns. After our two ceremonies, we also had two receptions - both were very different styles but equally enjoyable! One of our receptions included a traditional mehendi (henna) night, one of the many important traditions for Indian marriages.

We made sure we used all of the spaces on offer at Hedsor House, including the lawns to land the helicopter as Kunal arrived! Getting ready in the Bridal Suite was lovely as it was so light and airy. We particularly loved using the flower-filled Sunken Garden as part of our day, too, especially when the owl delivered our wedding rings. It was so atmospheric.

The ceremonies and everything about our wedding went very smoothly and impressed all of our guests; in fact, to this day, all guests told us that they’d never been to a wedding like ours before!

The Dress: Ami Bridal Couture provided everything for the bride. That involved many elaborate sparkling gowns from a cream fitted dress to magenta and red bejewelled gowns and veils. The photos show the range of beautiful outfits!

The ceremonies and everything about our wedding went very smoothly and impressed all of our guests; in fact, to this day, all guests told us that they’d never been to a wedding like ours before!
— Krishna

The Photographer: It was important that we captured every moment of our day. We were very pleased with our choice – Eye Jogia – who is one of the top six wedding photographers in the world. 

Watch this video for an introduction to the couple’s regal celebration.

The Suppliers

Photography – Eye Jogia / Wedding Planner – Royce Angelo / Marquees – Savoir Faire / Bridal Outfits – Ami Couture / Lighting and Sound – Pro System / Indian Décor – EM Designs / Videography – Epic Media / Entertainment – Kspark / Bridal Hair and Makeup – Dil Mathuru

Huge thanks to Eye Jogia for permission to use a selection of photography from Krishna and Kunal's celebrations!


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