country house wedding

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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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!

See more beautiful weddings at Hedsor:

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