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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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Emily and Dan: Music and Merriment

Emily and Dan seamlessly blended traditional elements of their Jewish heritage with an incredible flashmob and party atmosphere at Hedsor. 

Their day was characterised by a number of surprises, mostly revolving around music which is a passion of theirs - in fact they met when they were in a musical at university and Emily now runs a choir that Dan is a member of. 

We spoke to Emily and Dan to find out more about their wedding and the reunion of boyband Blueprint for one night only... 

Why Hedsor?

We loved that we could have a little piece of the countryside all to ourselves and still be within close reach of London.
— Emily

"We fell in love with Hedsor House the moment we saw it. With stunning views, plenty of space and timeless beauty, we loved that we could have a little piece of the countryside all to ourselves and still be within close reach of London.

We had always hoped for an outdoor wedding, especially given the stunning gardens and view at Hedsor. But when it rained on our wedding day, the beautiful Centre Hall was the best plan B we could have hoped for, and the numerous spaces inside the house meant there was plenty of room for our guests to spread out and explore.

Choosing Hedsor was the best decision we made, and we have been showered with compliments about the venue ever since! 

Details of the Day

The Ceremony: We had a modern Jewish ceremony, updated with the help of our Rabbi to include lots of beautiful traditions that we personalised to make sure it reflected our values. Emily was sung down the aisle by a friend of ours, and our Rabbi brought along a guitar for added music, with a performance of our favourite song, alongside a reading of some of our favourite lyrics from other close friends. 

We chose a simple chuppah (Jewish wedding canopy) and were surrounded by our family and loved ones. As a twist on the traditional Jewish breaking of the glass, usually done only by the groom, Emily also stamped on a glass! 

Pick great suppliers. If you know you have the best people on the job, you’ll be able to relax on the day.
— Emily

The Food: Caper and Berry were incredible caterers, providing flawless event management on the day too. From the canapes, tweaked to suit our palates, to the bespoke fish-based three course menu and show-stopping ‘shots and pots’ we couldn’t have asked for more. The evening cocktails, flavoured popcorn, cheese board and salt beef sandwiches went down a treat and we’d recommend them to anyone! 

The Cake: Emily’s mum was keen to design the cake, and made hundreds of sugar hydrangeas which cascaded over layers of chocolate, vanilla and fruit cake. 

The Photographer: Simon Atkins ticked all our boxes, having photographed Jewish weddings and ceremonies at Hedsor. With a photojournalist style, we knew Simon would capture our day without us awkwardly posing. We hardly noticed he was there, and we were so pleased with the way he captured the emotion, atmosphere and love of the day. 

The Entertainment: We chose Totem as our band for the day - a brilliant decision! Musicians played during the ceremony, signing of the register, reception, dinner and several awesome sets in the evening! Daniel’s brother Michael performed our first dance - an amazing acoustic rendition of ‘500 Miles’ on guitar. We soon had everyone dancing with us!

Our reception kicked off with some traditional Israeli dancing, which saw us thrown into the air on chairs, and huge circles of dancing with our friends and family! From then, three singers and a band plus live DJ kept the dance floor full all night. As well as some beautiful performances by friends during our ceremony, we decided to add in a few surprises for our guests! Immediately after cutting the cake, we both broke into song, soon joined by 25 of our singing friends in a flashmob song and dance routine we’d put together.

Later in the evening Blueprint, Daniel’s boyband from his university years, re-formed for a short set - all of this we’d kept even from our parents! Singing ‘Love Me For a Reason’ with all our guests is something we’ll never forget! We ended the night with a sparkler exit, lit up by the faces of our nearest and dearest!  

The Suppliers

Catering: Caper and Berry / Photographer: Simon Atkins / Cake: Waitrose & Emily's Mum! / Chuppah: Chuppah's Direct / Flowers: Ruby and Grace / Lighting, Sound & AV: Class Act / Music: Totem / Flashmob: Starling Arts / Hair & Make Up: Simone Abeya / Dress: White Leaf Bridal / Groom's Suit: Saint Laurent / Groomsmen: Moss Bros / Rings: Michael Platt

Huge thanks to Simon Atkins for permission to use a selection of photography from Emily & Dan'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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