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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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Andrew and Richard: Midsummer Day’s Celebration

We are proud that Hedsor House is a true blank canvas; whatever your dream celebration, we can most likely help you to make it happen!

So when Andrew and Richard came to us with their incredible ideas for a special midsummer marriage here at Hedsor, we were so excited to see how they would transform our beautiful spaces to achieve their grand designs.

We spoke to Andrew and Richard to hear more about their day and how they wove the concept of ‘sprezzatura’ into their special celebration…

It has been a delight having the freedom to create a spectacular ‘reconstructed’ marriage ceremony in the total privacy of this stunning Georgian mansion and gardens.
— Andrew

Why Hedsor House? 

"Location, location, location. The house has spectacular rooms, wonderful gardens, privacy and we loved that it is exclusive use. The only guests at the house are your own wedding guests.  We were allowed the flexibility of all reasonable requests to create an extraordinary and entrancing day of entertainments.

Details of the Day 

The Theme: We wanted our day to be absolutely flawless but also feel relaxed and inclusive. So we focused on the concept of ‘sprezzatura’, an Italian word that reflects ‘the art of studied nonchalance’… It means to conduct something perfectly but without apparent effort. Based on comments from our guests, we certainly feel as though we achieved this!

The Suits: We had Nehru under-suits of ivory trimmed with gold. We also had handcrafted jackets for the grooms and pageboy, each in separate colours of Duppion silk made in India. This was overlaid with gold arabesque designs that were made exclusively for us!

The Flowers: We went for summer floristry at its more opulent, though we also wanted it to look like a fresh herbaceous border brought indoors. This reflected the sprezzatura concept we were going for.

The Ceremony: We deconstructed the marriage ceremony, then ‘reconstructed’ it to incorporate elements relevant to us – from neopagan hand-fasting to international speakers on LGBT battles past and forward.  For example, we had a speech from the former Health Minister who championed Civil Partnership in Parliament.

We have been very touched by so many guests saying it is the best wedding day they have ever been to!
— Andrew

The Reception: We had an added surprise for our guests in line with the concept of a Midsummer Day’s Dream; a film production company set up a full-blown snow scene in the oak-panelled Ballroom. Snow falling in the middle of summer was an incredibly atmospheric addition!

The Food and Drink: Our caterers, Create Food, were wonderful. They created two dishes to our exact specification that we had designed to remind us of holidays. One included succulent pink duck breasts that everybody commented on!

The Entertainment: Entertainment was high on our agenda. Two very prominent stars of the West End performed in the Centre Hall, and the London Gay Men’s Chorus Ensemble entertained our guests in the Sunken Garden. This was alongside international tenor Harry Nicoll and the Aurai Trio.

The Photography: One of our guests is an internationally renowned cameraman, and our official photographer is a rising star. Both were asked to take informal and non-posed photos. However, our posed shot with all the guests in the stunning Sunken Garden from the upper balcony? Spectacular!

Plan every last detail and ensure performers know what they are doing – rehearse! Also make sure the guests have a clear vision of what is expected of them by putting timings in the Order of Service – everyone can prepare themselves, and therefore relax!
— Richard

The Suppliers

Catering: Create FoodBloomberry Juices / Flowers: Floral Designs Ltd / Wedding Jackets: Malcolm Hall / Wedding under-suit: Tailor Made London / Photographer: Paul Nicholas Dyke / Light, Sound & Stage: Visions Group / Revelry & Entertainment: Dreamtime Productions (Matthew Wren-Andrew, Kieran Brown, Shona White, Niall Bailey) / Harry Nicoll, (Tenor ‘Caro Mio Ben’) / London Gay Mens Chorus, Simon Sharp (Artistic Director) & the A Capella Stars / Pauline Savage and The Aurai Trio /Snow Theming: Snow Business 


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